Cristiano Ronaldo's imminent return to Manchester United could shape the final hours of the summer transfer window with the potential for a number of knock-on effects in the Premier League.
Jesse Lingard and Daniel James are among those being linked with an Old Trafford exit as Ronaldo’s arrival further limits their potential playing time.
West Ham remain keen on Lingard after his star turn on loan in the second half of last season helped them qualify for the Europa League, but they continue to pursue CSKA Moscow’s Croatia international Nikola Vlasic as an alternative.
Wales winger Daniel James has started two of United’s opening three Premier League fixtures but has also been strongly linked with a move away, most likely on loan, with Everton, Brighton, Leeds and Crystal Palace all eyeing up the 23-year-old.
One other young attacking United player, Amad Diallo, was set to join Feyenoord on loan but a thigh injury for the 19-year-old has scuppered the deal.
Things are quieter on the other side of Manchester, with any chance of a new striker arriving at City this summer apparently over after the failure in their pursuit of Harry Kane before the brief dalliance with Ronaldo.
Bernardo Silva is still being linked with a move away ahead of 11pm on Tuesday, but no suitors have put forward an offer as yet.
West Ham have already been busy over the weekend, bringing in Kurt Zouma from Chelsea.
That move theoretically frees up space for the Blues to pursue France defender Jules Kounde, but Sevilla are reportedly not budging from their £68.5million valuation of the 22-year-old.
Borussia Dortmund will continue to push for a loan deal for Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi.
England winger Hudson-Odoi is yet to feature in the Premier League for Chelsea this term, despite starting the UEFA Super Cup penalties victory over Villarreal.
Hudson-Odoi has been determined to push for regular first team action at Chelsea under first Frank Lampard and now Thomas Tuchel.
Former Paris St Germain boss Tuchel has used Hudson-Odoi as a wing-back in his 3-4-3 system at Chelsea.
While the 48-year-old Blues manager remains a vocal fan of Hudson-Odoi's attitude and his quality, he has also conceded the young England star could find his path blocked to an advanced left-sided role in west London.
Tuchel insisted on Friday that there was no loan scenario for Hudson-Odoi at that stage, but the final throes of a transfer window are always changeable.
Chelsea confirmed today that Tiemoue Bakayoko has rejoined AC Milan on a two-year loan. The midfielder’s second spell with the club is due to run until 2023. He previously played for the club in 2018-19 and also spent last season with Serie A rivals Napoli.
James is just one of several players being linked with Everton as Rafa Benitez looks to further reshape his squad in the final hours of the window.
Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles is another option for a loan and he has tried to force a move with a public plea to the Gunners to let him go to a club who will select him.
While Benitez could turn to his old charge Salomon Rondon, now of Chinese club Dalian Pro, as cover for Dominic Calvert-Lewin as Moise Kean appears set for a return to Juventus to replace Ronaldo.
But one of the big storylines at Goodison Park over the final hours will be over James Rodriguez’s future as the Toffees look to get the Colombian off their wage bill.
Brazil winger Willian has left Arsenal after his contract at the club was mutually terminated ahead of his switch to Corinthians on a free transfer.
The 33-year-old has struggled for form since he arrived at Arsenal from fellow London side Chelsea last year and made 38 appearances in the 2020-21 campaign.
"He had two more years to run on his contract but following positive... discussions with him and his team, he'll be leaving for a new opportunity with Corinthians in Brazil where he began his career," Arsenal said in a statement
Business seems less likely across north London, where Tottenham’s links with Nuno Espirito Santo’s old favourite Adama Traore have faded since Kane committed his future last week.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers would like to strengthen his own attacking options, and has been linked with a move for RB Leipzig’s former Charlton, Everton and Fulham winger Ademola Lookman.
Norwich have already made 10 signings in this window but are still being tipped to make a late move for Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo, a player also linked with Southampton.
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