Yesterday’s Premier League transfer roundup highlighted Bournemouth’s interest in Harry Wilson, an update on the future of Wilfried Zaha and Villa’s eyes on Baptiste Santamaria. Today’s edition brings you news on Giovani Lo Celso, West Ham’s pursuit of Gary Cahill and Aston Villa’s pair of new signings.
Report: According to journalist Nicola Schira, Giovani Lo Celso will sign a five-year contract with Tottenham worth €4m (£3.6m) a season. The Argentina international is said to be joining Spurs in a deal worth £55m (Mundo Deportivo via The Mirror).
Verdict: Finally, it seems as though the Champions League finalists will get their man. It has been a long time coming, but this one has been worth the wait. The 23-year-old was Betis’ best player last season, topping the club’s WhoScored rankings in La Liga with 7.06. His nine goals were the most of any player in the squad, whilst he also had the third-most assists. From a Betis point of view, losing such a good player is always a loss, but they can be happy in the knowledge that they will make a £34.9m profit on a player they signed for just €22m (£20.1m) four months ago. They have also brought in Nabil Fekir to soften the blow, who was part of France’s World Cup-winning squad last summer.
How likely is the deal? 8/10
Report: It is understood by Football Insider that West Ham are considering making a move for former Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill. He is said to be on the Hammers’ shortlist of players they want to bring in before the transfer window closes next week.
Verdict: Surprisingly, Cahill has not yet found a new club considering the amount of experience he has at the highest level. The former Bolton defender has won it all during an illustrious club career which has also seen him capped 61 times by England. The Irons are not exactly short in the middle of their backline, already possessing four options, and if the Cahill links are true, then clearly youth is not something that they are looking to bring in either – he would be the third centre-back over 30 available to Manuel Pellegrini. The 33-year-old played a bit-part role at Stamford Bridge before leaving as a free agent in July and made it clear that he was unhappy with Maurizio Sarri’s treatment of him. Let’s hope that he has a better relationship with the manager of his next club.
How likely is the deal? 7.5/10
Report: Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of two more players. Tom Heaton has arrived from Burnley in a deal worth £8m, whilst Marvelous Nakamba has joined from Club Brugge for an undisclosed fee.
Verdict: It’s official: Villa have bought enough players this summer to field an XI made entirely of new signings. Heaton and Nakamba are the 11th and 12th men to move to Villa Park this summer respectively. The former comes after a long search for a new goalkeeper that saw Alex McCarthy and Jack Butland also targeted. Heaton has a C.V that more than backs up Dean Smith’s decision to bring him in. He has four seasons of Premier League football under his belt, as well as three England caps. Nakamba’s capture is more peculiar. Saying that is not to doubt his talent, but rather to question whether he is needed. He is now one of seven central midfielders available to a manager who generally plays with two. How is he going to fit them all in?
How likely is the deal? Completed