Deadline Day -1: Deals still to happen
Deadline Day -1: Deals still to happen

Deadline Day -1: $364m mega transfers to follow

FOOTBALL: With the clock ticking down towards the end of the January transfer window, a range of players' futures remain unresolved.

From Arsenal's pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Tottenham's decision to hijack Manchester United's deal for Lucas Moura, we take a look at the biggest deals that could still go through before the window slams shut on Thursday morning (AEST).

AUBAMEYANG TO ARSENAL

With Alexis Sanchez and Philippe Coutinho having completed their long-running sagas, Arsenal's pursuit of Borussia Dortmund front man

Dortmund's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Dortmund's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

shapes as the biggest transfer story yet to unfold this January.

Aubameyang has been targeted by Arsene Wenger in the hope of adding some much needed x-factor to the Gunners' attack after Sanchez's departure.

 

The North Londoners already saw two bids rejected for the Gabonese international, with a fee in the region of £60m finally agreed for the striker.

Incredibly, the fast moving saga is now being held up by the uncertain future of Olivier Giroud, who has been mentioned as a potential makeweight in a deal.

Instead, Giroud appears to prefer staying in London, which has opened up the potential three-way move - Giroud to Chelsea and Michy Batshuayi on loan to Dortmund to replace Aubameyang ... who goes to Arsenal.

With just a day left in the window, Arsenal will need to complete a move swiftly or be left light..

VERDICT: A desperate Arsenal will get their man.

Mooted fee: €63 million ($96.5m)

CHELSEA'S QUEST FOR A STRIKER

Antonio Conte is in the midst of a long running feud with his board over transfers, although after completing a deal for Ross Barkley the Italian turned his attention to completing a deal for a target man to provide back-up for Alvaro Morata.

Throughout January, the Blues were persistently linked with a range of forwards - many of who were, to put it simply, absolutely bizarre.

Andy Caroll, Christian Benteke, Peter Crouch, Ashley Barnes - names that many of the Londoners' faithful would have shuddered at being linked with their beloved club were filling the column inches.

Edin Dzeko was a more realistic target, but reports suggest the former Manchester City striker will stay put, leaving the Blues without a fix up front.

 

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal.
Olivier Giroud of Arsenal.

The latest target to emerge is Gunners striker Olivier Giroud, who would allow Batshuayi to move to Dortmund and Aubameyang to Arsenal.

Verdict: With so many strikers linked, surely Chelsea will finally nab one!

Mooted Giroud fee: £18m ($31.5m)

LUCAS MOURA TO SPURS

Initially a Manchester United target, Paris Saint-Germain outcast Lucas Moura has agreed a move to Tottenham.

Paris Saint-Germain's Lucas Moura.
Paris Saint-Germain's Lucas Moura.

Moura has played just 76 minutes in Ligue 1 this season and is desperate to secure a January exit to avoid another six months on the outs in the French capital.

A fee of £25m has been quoted, with reports suggesting Daniel Levy has already met with the player to agree terms.

Spurs are in prime position to complete a deal having not spent a penny this January as yet. Expect a deal to be done.

Verdict: As good as done.

Mooted fee: £25m ($43.5m)

RONALDO TO LEAVE REAL

Don't expect any resolution to this one, but it's certainly capturing the headlines this January.

Real Madrid are having the season from hell, fourth in La Liga, out of the Copa del Rey and now rumours of a rift between the club and prized asset Cristiano Ronaldo refuse to go away.

The Ballon d'Or winner has been linked with a sensational exit, with Chelsea, Manchester United and PSG all touted as potential destinations for the 32-year-old.

Jose Mourinho has ruled the Red Devils out of the race, and this shapes as a race that will rumble on for a while yet.

Verdict: Not going to happen, at least for now.

Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City.
Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City.

RIYAD MAHREZ TO MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City missed out on Virgil Van Dijk to Liverpool and have since been after a centre-back to ease the burden on an ageing Vincent Kompany.

Harry Maguire, Jonny Evans and Samuel Umtiti were all linked before reports emerged that the Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has paid his £57m release clause to seal a City move.

They've now confirmed the 23-year-old's arrival and, rocked by the news of Leroy Sane, have made a late move for Leicester's Riyad Mahrez.

Mahrez wants out, and has handed in a transfer request to push the move through after City's £50m initial bid.

Verdict: Almost a done deal.

Mooted fee: £50m ($88m)

JONNY EVANS TO ARSENAL OR CITY

West Brom captain Jonny Evans was thought to be the subject of a transfer tug of war between Arsenal and Manchester City.

West Brom captain Jonny Evans.
West Brom captain Jonny Evans.

The league leaders are on the verge of sealing Laporte's arrival, leaving the Gunners unopposed in their pursuit of the centre-back.

Wenger is focused on Aubameyang for now, but could quickly turn his attention to Evans if a deal is completed swiftly.

Mathieu Debuchy has been mentioned as a possible inclusion in a deal for the Baggies skipper who could cost upwards of £30m, although has a clause which could see him leave on the cheap in the summer if his side are relegated.

Verdict: Could still happen.

Mooted fee: £30m ($52m)

QUINCY PROMES TO SOUTHAMPTON

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is ready to reinvest in his struggling squad after receiving a serious injection into the club's accounts care of Liverpool's relentless Van Dijk pursuit.

They've already splurged £19m on striker Guido Carrillo from Monaco and now they're keen to nab a wide man after missing out on a reunion with Theo Walcott after he chose Everton instead.

 

Spartak Moscow's Quincy Promes is the man targeted for the job and negotiations are ongoing - with rumours of a £30m bid being enough to sign the Dutch international.

Pellegrino has spoken publicly on his interest in completing a deal for Promes and it should get done by the time the window slams shut - Saints have money to spend and the player should have no qualms with an English move to take his career to the next level.

Verdict: Promes to join Southampton, could be a hefty fee considering everyone knows Saints have cash to burn.

Mooted fee: £30m ($52m)

THOMAS LEMAR TO ARSENAL OR LIVERPOOL

Monaco winger Thomas Lemar was thought to be the top target of both Arsenal and Liverpool in their quests to replace Sanchez and Coutinho respectively.

However, amid reports of a £90m asking price, both clubs appear to have dropped their interest.

Arsenal are after Aubameyang while Liverpool look set to wait until the summer to find a Coutinho alternative.

He's dropped off the rumour mill and is set to remain at Monaco. Expect him to re-emerge as the subject of a move to a bigger club over the summer.

Verdict: He's going to stay.



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