ENGLISH clubs have run out of time to sign players on permanent deals this month.
But that does not mean there will not be any more business – and there is cause for concern for the likes of Chelsea and
Manchester United .
While English clubs cannot buy any more players, loan deals are still a possibility until the end of August.
And clubs abroad can still sign players – including those from English clubs.
That could leave Premier League sides in danger of having to choose between resisting bids from the European elite or keeping a disgruntled star on their books.
In September of last season the 20 Prem clubs sat around table in London to discuss whether the window should close before the start of the season.
Despite the views of five clubs, including Manchester City and United, 14 of the 20 – among them Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea – agreed that a new policy would be brought in from this summer.
Chelsea may now fear a late raid from Real Madrid for Eden Hazard, who made it clear at the start of the summer that he was considering his future.
Although the chances of that happening may be reduced with Chelsea and Real seemingly on good terms after swapping
Thibaut Courtois and Mateo Kovacic.
As revealed by Ritescore, Paul Pogba is demanding a pay hike – as Barcelona circle.
Pogba has told United that he wants a £200k-a-week pay rise to stay at Manchester United, taking him from £180k to £380k Matteo Darmian is more likely to leave Old Trafford after Jose Mourinho admitted that the full-back could go.
Benfica or a return to Italy could be on the cards for the ex- Torino man.
Toby Alderweireld did not end up at United but that does not mean that he will not get a move abroad – as could be the case with Spurs duo Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele.
A clutch of young English players have gone abroad in the pas 18 months.
And West Ham starlet Reece Oxford is reportedly a target for Hannover, RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt.
It’s not done and dusted yet.