European window set for frantic finish with Neymar, Pogba and Icardi in the mix

first_img9 Lionel Messi currently leads the way in terms of best-paid playersWho could move where before the window shuts?Neymar | PSG to BarcelonaPogba | Man Utd to Real MadridEriksen | Spurs to Real MadridJames Rodriguez | Real Madrid to AtleticoIcardi | Inter to JuventusDembele | Barcelona to PSGVertonghen | Spurs to LeverkusenAlderweireld | Spurs to RomaFernandes | Sporting to Real MadridReal Madrid will end chase for Man Utd star Paul Pogba – if they land £700k-a-week Neymar TRANSFER deadline day has been and gone in the Premier League but silly season on the continent is preparing for a manic climax of its own.Many mega deals are still in the offing with Neymar, James Rodriguez and Ousmane Dembele all thought to be up for grabs as the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain shape their squads.9 Neymar would be a far from popular man even if he stayed at PSGCredit: EPAMonday, September 2 sees the market shut in Leagues One and Two, Scotland, and countries such as France, Italy and Spain.One factor that might come into play, however, is the fact that the Bundesliga shuts its window at 5pm UK time, earlier than Ligue 1 (7pm) and the 11pm deadline for La Liga and Ligue 1 clubs.Here, we run down the top transfers that could happen between now and then.NEYMARStand aside Gareth Bale and Paul Pogba. Anymore drama in Neymar’s future this weekend will make it the official Saga Of The Summer.A rollercoaster two years in Paris has led to the Brazilian desperately wanting out and former club Barcelona appear in pole position to sign him.Both the Catalans and Real Madrid are bargaining for players-plus-cash deals and a sponsor even posted a photoshopped image of Neymar in a Barca shirt on Friday. Wink wink, nudge nudge.9PAUL POGBAReal Madrid have made little effort to hide their admiration of the Manchester United midfielder this summer, who has stated his readiness for a new challenge as a result.Zinedine Zidane may have pressed ahead with £300million worth of spending before the new campaign but Pogba is seen as the ultimate prize.Reports most recently noted how agent Mino Raiola was pleading with United to let him leave – but their inability to sign a replacement makes that highly unlikely.9 Like his team-mates, Pogba’s start to the season has been mixedCredit: Getty – ContributorCHRISTIAN ERIKSENSeen as something of the Pogba Plan B, Real are again the team after Tottenham star Eriksen.Like his United rival, the Dane has gone public with his intent to move on and, unlike Pogba, he may be able to tempt his club into a sale because his contract runs out in June.PSG have emerged as another contender for Eriksen, in a move worth around £90m according to French media, and Mauricio Pochettino admits he doesn’t even know if he will ever play for Spurs again.Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen tells Danish journalists he’s ready to leave the clubMAURO ICARDIOne of Italian football’s most controversial footballers, Inter Milan striker Icardi is still highly sought after as a first-class clinical finisher.It was thought the Argentine had to leave for the Nerazzurri to afford Romelu Lukaku, but the United forward and Alexis Sanchez’s arrivals suggest they are instead happy to sit Icardi in the reserves until a buyer comes along.Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Napoli have all been linked. This is a deadline day deal primed to move forward very quickly once enacted.9 Icardi has lost the club captaincy and No9 shirtCredit: ReutersACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneJAMES RODRIGUEZThe status of Colombian midfielder Rodriguez could best be described as a domino.Real are reluctant to sell him to neighbours Atletico Madrid with Napoli lurking in the background.Should Madrid land Eriksen or Pogba, the pieces may begin to fall and Rodriguez may get the move he is thought to desire.9 Rodriguez actually started Madrid’s draw with Valladolid – but is now injuredCredit: Getty – ContributorOUSMANE DEMBELEOnce Barcelona’s record signing, French winger Dembele has been redesignated as a mere bargaining chip for much of the summer.Time and time again, the 22-year-old finds himself offered to PSG in exchange for Neymar.Dembele’s agent is adamant he will stay at the Camp Nou but it seems very difficult for the club to keep him and return their Brazilian favourite to La Liga.9 Like Philippe Coutinho, Dembele has never really settled in SpainCredit: ReutersJAN VERTONGHENAll eyes were elsewhere during Spurs’ summer but defender Vertonghen’s future is suddenly on very shaky ground.Apparently no longer needed by Pochettino, the Belgian’s fitness levels and refusal to sign a new deal have been blamed on his axing from the first-team picture.That has alerted Bayer Leverkusen to a potential deal with his boss stating there was “no news” on Vertonghen’s future ahead of the game with Arsenal.9 The 32-year-old cut a glum figure during the opening day win over Aston VillaCredit: ReutersTOBY ALDERWEIRELDSpeaking of Spurs centre-backs out of contract at the end of the season, speculation over Alderweireld’s next move refuses to go away.Admirers Manchester United and City are out of the picture for now and Serie A side Roma are no longer in need of a new defender having signed Chris Smalling.Thus there is renewed optimism that a renewal can be thrashed out to keep Aldweireld in North London past next summer.9 Alderweireld may stick around in North London after allCredit: Getty Images – GettyBRUNO FERNANDESAttacking midfielder sensation Fernandes, 24, continues to impress at Sporting Lisbon having missed out on moves to United and Spurs.Like Eriksen, the Portuguese ace is very much on Real Madrid’s agenda as an alternative to Pogba – but should come cheaper than the Dane.A rapid start to the new campaign could tempt Los Blancos into finalising their mega business with a £64m push for Fernandes.Latest La Liga NewsGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaPicturedKING OF SWINGBale pulls golf pose at training in jibe at critical Real Madrid fansWALKING A FINE LINERonaldo vs Messi ‘not close’ says Lineker as he gushes over Barca iconSET IN HIS WAYSSetien moans that five subs will ruin Barcelona plan of wearing teams downGossip’DEAD’ PAULPogba’s proposed £15m-a-year Real transfer risks wage row after virus pay cutNEY-MBER TWONeymar is second best player in world ahead of Ronaldo, claims ex-Barca chiefTHAT OLD TRICKMessi could leave Barcelona on free via exit clause to allow Old Boys returnGossipNO BALE OUTGareth Bale’s Real Madrid future in limbo with NO firm transfer offers yetlast_img

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