You know all about Erling Haaland to Manchester City. About Aston Villa’s decision to tie Philippe Coutinho down to a long-term contract. But did you know newly-promoted Fulham are set to sign one of Europe’s most underrated young wingers for a bargain £7 million?
Are you aware of the second coming of Gabriel Martinelli at Arsenal? And what about the Wolves man who’s leaving Molineux after just two years in Old Gold?
Here are the Premier League transfers that could, and should, be completed sooner rather than later.
Marquinhos – Sao Paulo to Arsenal, £3m
Anyone daring to question the wisdom of Arsenal signing a little-known teenager who’s played just 28 minutes of league football this season should remember that, three years ago, the name ‘Gabriel Martinelli’ would have been met with little more than quizzical glances and choruses of ‘Who?!’ on the streets of North London.
Like Martinelli, 19-year-old Marquinhos is a skilful left-winger with an eye for goal. Globo Esporte claim that Arsenal saw a £2.5 million bid accepted by Sao Paulo last week – a fee that makes Marquinhos far cheaper than Martinelli upon is 2019 arrival from FC Ituano.
Explaining why Marquinhos is leaving for such a minor fee, Sao Paulo coach Rogerio Ceni admitted over the weekend that the Serie A giants ‘need the money’.
Manor Solomon – Shakhtar Donetsk to Fulham, £7m
The trail went cold in the weeks after Fulham reportedly agreed a £7 million, £25,000-a-week deal with Shakhtar Donetsk’s exciting Israel international. That was, of course, until Solomon broke his silence and all-but confirmed that he will be stepping into Fabio Carvalho’s gilded footsteps at Craven Cottage.
“I cannot say that everything is finished and that I have already left Shakhtar and signed in England. It’s not there yet,” Solomon said.
“But the chances of me playing in England (next season) are very high. It is my childhood dream. It’s the best league in the world. I will be there.”
Matt Turner – New England Revolution to Arsenal, £5m
Technically speaking, the USA shot-stopper has been an Arsenal player since February. A £5 million fee having been agreed with MLS outfit New England Revolution, Turner is expected to replace the frustrated Bernd Leno and provide renewed competition for the excellent Aaron Ramsdale.
“I’m not going over there just to collect a cheque and ride off into the sunset,” the 27-year-old bullishly tells the Evening Standard.
“I’m going to push myself, I’m going to push Aaron and continue to help him get better and help myself get better.
“It’s really hard to say no to not only the chance to go fulfil a dream, but also to go challenge myself at the highest level and play for one of the biggest, most recognisable brands in the world in Arsenal.”
Calvin Ramsay – Aberdeen to Liverpool, £4m
Though official confirmation is yet to arrive, it seems only a matter of time before the SFWA Scotland Young Player of the Year is joining forces with his idol Trent Alexander-Arnold at Anfield.
According to 90Min, Liverpool have agreed a £4 million fee up front with Aberdeen, plus a further £2 million in add-ons. Ramsay’s arrival should pave the way for Neco Williams, who wants first-team football in the build up to the Qatar World Cup, join Fulham on a permanent basis.
Alex Murphy – Galway to Newcastle United, unknown fee
One for the future rather than someone capable of immediately challenging for a first-team berth under Eddie Howe, 17-year-old Murphy is one of the most promising youngsters currently plying his trade on the other side of the Irish Sea.
According to the Connacht Tribune, Newcastle are ‘on the brink’ of fighting off competition from Celtic. Murphy will join when he turns 18 in June.
Cheick Doucoure – Lens to Crystal Palace, £15m
With James McArthur and Cheikhou Kouyate both out of contract this summer, Crystal Palace have made bringing in a more youthful midfield option one of their top priorities heading into Patrick Vieira’s second season at the helm.
Vieira is reportedly ‘crazy’ about 22-year-old Doucoure and with good reason. The Malian maestro is one of the most complete central midfield players in the whole of France.
According to The Sun, Palace ‘will sign’ Doucoure in a deal worth around £15 million.
Marcal – Wolves to Botafogo, free
Over the weekend, Marcal finally turned one of the worst-kept secrets in English football into public knowledge. Wolves’ veteran defender will be a free agent in a matter of weeks and reportedly agreed a return to his native Brazil some time ago, with one report suggesting he’s already bought a house near Botafogo.
“We are talking. (Botafogo) came to me, showed interest and I see (the move) with good eyes,” Marcal explains. “We are increasingly fine-tuning things and I believe this has a great chance of working. A new project at Botafogo.
“It’s the same club we know, really great in its history and its achievements. But it is experiencing a new moment, a new beginning and a new management. From what I have seen it seems very solid, with great ambitions. So this attracts the attention of any player, including me.
“And I see a great possibility of be part of this grandiose project.”
Lucas Torreira – Arsenal to Fiorentina, £12m
Mikel Arteta certainly could have done with Torreira’s bite and aggression during last week’s disastrous 3-0 North London derby defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. An ill-timed injury to Thomas Partey is unlikely to earn the Uruguayan a fresh start at the Emirates, however.
Fiorentina have agreed a deal that will see Torreira join the Serie A outfit on a permanent basis to the tune of £12 million.
“Lucas is happy in Florence and I think they will sign him,” explains agent Pablo Bentancur.
“(Torreira) is one of the fans’ most-loved players. Fiorentina logically want to buy him because he is playing very well. He has returned to having impressive form and dynamism.”
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