Deadline day upon Europe’s big guns
European heavyweights will be on their toes to execute eleventh-hour acquisitions as the summer transfer window for Europe's top five leagues is set to close tonight, from 10pm to 4am (Bangladesh Standard Time).
Manchester United appear as front-runners to stay the busiest on the deadline day, despite having made three big-money signings this window: Danish striker Rasmus Hojlund from Atalanta, English midfielder Mason Mount from Chelsea, and Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana from Inter Milan.
With Erik ten Hag's squad still seemingly lacking mettle to push for the title race based on three unconvincing displays in the new Premier League season, it is likely that the Red Devils will go all in to rope two players in key positions -- Moroccan midfielder Sofyan Amrabat from Fiorentina on a loan deal and Spanish left-back Marc Cucurella from Chelsea.
Fiorentina reportedly have no qualms with the loan transfer, but the Italian side want Manchester United to end up buying the player when his contract ends at season's end. The English powerhouse, however, seem to have an eye on 21-year-old midfielder Ryan Gravenberch from Bayern Munich if the Amrabat deal does not come to fruition but they might have to face stiff competition from Liverpool.
The red half of Manchester are not unfamiliar to successful signing of big names, having acquired the services of Wayne Rooney from Everton in 2004 and Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham in 2008, among others.
As far as off-loading is concerned, club's former captain Harry Maguire could seal a deal with West Ham while Donny Van de Beek is on both Turkish giants Galatasaray and French club Lorient's radar.
Meanwhile in Spain, FC Barcelona reportedly seek to secure two Portuguese players with identical first names in their ranks: full-back Joao Cancelo from reigning European champions Manchester City and forward Joao Felix from Chelsea.
Elsewhere, Paris-Saint Germain are set to splurge for French forward Randal Kolo Muani from Eintracht Frankfurt for a whopping 80 million euros.
The PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid saga has appeared to have come to a halt, for now at least. As Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti mentioned, Los Blancos have already shut the doors despite multiple persisting injury concerns in the side.
However, grating the cheese of Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp, Saudi outfits Al Ittihad are reportedly interested in Egyptian star Mohamed Salah as the Saudi league continues to attract more talents out of Europe with their transfer window set to run till the 20th of this month.