Despite the fact that we have entered the final hours of the 2017 summer transfer window, there are still plenty of major deals left on the table.
Some of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and throughout Europe have not yet filed away their chequebooks, and we could be heading for a record spend on deadline day.
We have consulted the Football Whispers Index – which utilises a unique algorithm to give every transfer rumour a score out of five based on the likelihood of the deal – to pick out the nine major transfers we expect to be competed before the window slams shut.
Serge Aurier to Tottenham Hotspur – 4.9
It looked for a while as though Manchester United were leading the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain full-back Aurier this summer but, with the Red Devils not expected to make any late moves in the market, Spurs are set to land the talented 24-year-old in a deal worth around £23million.
The switch is dependent of the Ivory Coast international being granted a visa by the UK Home Office, something that was far from assured due to an ongoing legal wrangling over a conviction the player received for assaulting a police officer in Paris last year.
But the latest reports suggest Aurier has been cleared to enter the UK and his signing for Tottenham now appears a formality.
Kylian Mbappé to Paris Saint-Germain – 4.9
After bursting onto the scene as part of the vibrant Monaco side who stormed to the Champions League semi-finals and claimed a first Ligue 1 title in 17 years last season, Mbappé became the hottest commodity on the transfer market this summer.
The Parisians have already smashed the world transfer record to sign Neymar from Barcelona for €222million this summer, so, with Financial Fair Play restrictions in mind, they will loan Mbappé for a year before being obligated to pay €180million for his permanent signature next summer.
Fernando Llorente to Tottenham – 4.7
First linked with a move to Chelsea back in January, it looked as though veteran Spanish striker Llorente was finally about to move to west London.
But as the the Premier League champions negotiated with the Swans, Tottenham swopped in and agreed a fee of around £15million is being mooted for the 2010 World Cup winner.
Llorente is now set to travel to Enfield to undergo a medical at Spurs’ training ground. The club believe they’ve got the man needed to provide strong back-up to Harry Kane and will let Vincent Janssen leave.
Alexis Sánchez to Manchester City – 4.2
An expected addition to the Arsenal exodus, Chilean superstar Sánchez – also out of contract in less than a year’s time – has reportedly decided that he will no longer remain at the Emirates and is intent on reuniting with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
At different points throughout the summer, Sánchez has been named as a PSG and Manchester United transfer target, but it now seems as though City are the only horse left in the race to sign him.
All that remains is for the two clubs to hash out a deal, but Arsenal will only accept an offer in the region of £70million for the 28-year-old, although their preference is for a part-exchange deal.
Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea – 4.0
Conte is looking for reinforcements in several departments at the transfer deadline approaches, and central midfield is one of the areas highlight for additions, with Nathaniel Chalobah and Nemanja Matić both having been sold this summer.
Drinkwater, looking to reunite with former Foxes team-mate N’Golo Kanté at Stamford Bridge, may not be the most glamorous name on the market, but with his Premier League experience and propensity to play in a midfield two, he first the bill for Chelsea. Leicester are thought to value the 27-year-old at £40million.
Wilfried Bony to Swansea City – 3.8
After spending last season on loan with Stoke City, Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony appears to have no future at Manchester City, and a return to Swansea is expected before the transfer window shuts.
The 28-year-old striker moved to the Etihad in a £28million deal in January 2015, but has managed to score just six Premier League goals in 36 appearances for the Citizens.
Not figuring in manager Guardiola’s plans, Bony will rejoin the Swans, with whom he enjoyed a fruitful season-and-a-half after moving to the Premier League from Vitesse in 2013, scoring 35 goals in 70 all-competitions outings for the South Wales side.
Swansea and City are reported to have already agreed the terms of a deal which will see the 51-cap Ivory Coast international welcomed back to the Liberty Stadium.