Transfer deadline day is like Christmas to us at Football FanCast Towers; a 24-hour bonanza of deal after deal, some expected and others not, with Sky Sports’ Jim White playing the role of merry old St. Nick.
There haven’t been too many presents to speak of today – in fact, the majority of deals thus far, such as Robert Huth’s loan move to Leicester City, have constituted more stocking fillers than the kind of prezzies you’ve been begging your mum all year for.
But we’ve still got enough time before the 11pm deadline to see some bigger bids come into fruition, particularly some involving Chelsea.
Indeed, the Blues are yet to make an inward acquisition this month, suggesting they might be depending upon the magic of deadline day to get a few transfers across the line.
With that in mind, here’s FIVE deals that could still happen at Stamford Bridge.
Height: 5 foot 10
Positions: Winger by trade – but has featured in almost every position for Fiorentina
Teams: Independiente Medellin, Udinese, Fiorentina, Colombia
Interested clubs: Chelsea and Manchester United, according to the Express
Likely transfer fee: £23.3million, according to The BBC.
The acquisition everything appears to be hinging upon at Stamford Bridge today, Chelsea’s interest in Juan Cuadrado first surfaced earlier in the transfer window and it’s now a case of whether they can get their planned deal across the line.
The Colombian international, who grabbed four assists at the World Cup, shares the industry and tenacity of Blues attacker Willian, but blends it with considerably better output than the Brazilian, boasting 15 goals and nine assists in his last 49 Serie A appearances for Fiorentina.
He’s a signing Chelsea hope can hit the ground running, adding further firepower to their starting Xi for the remainder of the campaign and subsequently, bolstering their Premier League title bid.
Cuadrado’s arrival will spell departure for two players however, which brings us onto…
Height: 6 foot
Teams: Mainz, Bayer Leverkusen, Chelsea, Germany
Honours: World Cup 2014
Interested clubs: Liverpool, Tottenham and Wolfsburg, according to The Daily Star
Likely transfer fee: £23million, according to The Independent
In addition to Mohamed Salah joining Fiorentina on loan to sweeten the Cuadrado deal, marginalised winger Andre Schurrle will also be making way for the in-form Colombian as he heads to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
In stark contrast, the 24 year-old’s performances have ranged from average to anonymous for Chelsea this season despite his World Cup heroics with Germany, finding two goals from the bench and a tournament-winning assist to Mario Gotze.
His departure to the Volkswagon arena will bring in around £24million, essentially balancing the books for Chelsea’s acquisition of Cuadrado, and although the deal is yet to be officially confirmed by either club, BBC Sport claim an agreement has been reached. It follows news of Schurrle’s name appearing on the DFL transfer list.
Height: 5 foot 9
Position: Striker, Winger
Teams: Emelec, Pachuna, West Ham, Ecuador
Honours: Ecuadorian Serie A 2013
Interested clubs: Chelsea, according to The Metro
Likely transfer fee: £20million contract clause, according to The Daily Mail
According to The Metro and The Daily Mail, Chelsea are plotting a shock deadline day bid for West Ham forward Enner Valencia, despite him moving to Upton Park only six months ago.
Indeed, the Ecuador front man impressed at the World Cup to net three times in three appearances, and has since racked up a decent enough total of three goals and three assists in twelve Premier League starts.
That may not seen like the kind of haul that would interest the Premier League leaders at this moment in time, but the 25 year-old is blessed with some appealing attributes, particularly his athleticism, versatility and defensive contribution, having begun his career as a wing-back.
Furthermore, the South American is currently on just £30k per-week, a miniscule fee in Premier League terms, and a clause in his contract dictates that any Champions League club can sign him for £20million.
Chelsea certainly have the financial firepower to do so, and although Valencia may not be a long-term prospect at Stamford Bridge, he would improve their attacking depth for the remainder of the campaign.
Height: 5 foot 8
Position: Attacking Midfield, Striker
Teams: Gremio, Shaktar Donetsk
Honours: Five Ukrainian Premier League titles, Three Ukrainian Cups
Interested clubs: Chelsea, according to The Express
Likely transfer fee: £20million, per The Express once again
Another attacker allegedly in Chelsea’s transfer crosshairs is Shaktar Donetsk’s Douglas Costa, who boasts 35 goals in 184 appearances and five league titles with the Ukrainian outfit.
The Brazilian is best famed for his pace, trickery and firepower, but it’s the defensive side of his game that will particularly impress Jose Mourinho, averaging 1.8 tackles and 1 interception per match during his six Champions League outings this term – also recording one goal and one assist.
He can operate anywhere across the attacking midfield berth or even as a centre-forward, and the 24 year-old’s potential is undoubted, having attracted interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United, to name a few, throughout his six-term Shaktar career.
The Express claim Chelsea have already had a £15million bid rejected this month and will resultantly have to up the ante to around £20million. Costa appears hell-bent on forcing through a move to Stamford Bridge, recently declaring his admiration for Jose Mourinho.
Height: 6 foot
Teams: West Brom, Chelsea, England U19s
Honours: West Brom Academy Player of the Year 2012/13, European U17 Championship 2014
Interested clubs: Burnley, according to The Daily Mail
Likely transfer fee: Loan
Home-grown prospect Izzy Brown caused quite a stir when he swapped West Brom for West London in summer 2013, costing the Premier League champions a rather miniscule £209k, and many have resultantly been tracking the young forward’s progress since.
The 18 year-old featured on Chelsea’s bench as they took on Manchester City at the weekend, but still waiting for his inaugural first team outing with the Blues, The Daily Mail claim he could be loaned out today to gain some top flight experience.
Burnley appear to be the only interested party at this moment in time, as they seek to bolster their Premier League survival bid with improved options in attack. But rated as one of England’s most promising youngsters, amassing seven goals and 20 caps across the age levels for the Junior Lions, further suitors could emerge from the woodwork before the end of the day.