There are just 11 days, and counting, before the Premier League transfer window slams shut on August 8th. There is still time for the country’s top clubs to complete their transfer business, but they need to start getting a move on. Today’s Premier League transfer roundup is made up of Arsenal’s pursuit of Nicolas Pepe, Harvey Elliott’s switch to Liverpool and Everton’s talks for Moise Kean.
Report: It is understood that Arsenal have agreed a fee with Lille in regards to the purchase of Nicolas Pepe. The Gunners will pay £72m in instalments for the Ivory Coast international, with the deal expected to be completed by Wednesday.
Verdict: Considering Unai Emery is said to have just £45m to spend this summer, this comes as a surprise to say the least. If the deal goes through, it will be the joint-fourth highest fee ever paid by a Premier League club. Whilst it does come out of the blue, it would be a great move in an attacking sense for the Gunners and complete a potent trio with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Between them, they contributed directly to 105 goals last season.
However, Arsenal are in need of some defensive reinforcements – in the past campaign’s top 10, only Manchester United and West Ham conceded more than the 51 they shipped. Whilst William Saliba has been brought in, he will go straight back to Saint-Etienne on loan until next summer so, as it stands, there are no new faces in their backline.
How likely is the deal? 9/10
Report: Harvey Elliott has completed a move to Liverpool from Fulham. The 16-year-old has not yet turned professional as he needs to be 17 to do so, but he has already made his first appearance for the club in the Reds’ 3-0 loss against Napoli on Sunday.
Verdict: Just like the signing of Sepp van den Berg earlier in the transfer window, the capture of Elliott is one for the future. The teenager’s career is only just starting, but he is already a record-breaker – he became the youngest Premier League player in history when he made his top-tier debut for Fulham last season. Former teammate Tom Cairney said that Elliott has the skill to “wow” people, so he is clearly a decent prospect. He is also an England youth international having scored twice in five matches for the U17s. Whilst we are unlikely to see too much of him this season, he is one to keep an ear out for.
How likely is the deal? Completed
Report: According to Sky Sports, Everton are in talks with Juventus in regards to the purchase of Moise Kean. Ademola Lookman has recently left Goodison Park to move to RB Leipzig and, as such, the Toffees see Kean as the perfect replacement.
Verdict: Kean is one Europe’s brightest young talents, and has already made an impression at Juventus by scoring eight goals in 21 appearances for the Old Lady. His performances for the Serie A champions have even earned him three caps for Italy, in which he netted twice. Even at just 19 years of age, the 2019 Golden boy nominee knows where the back of the net is, which is why Everton are interested in him.
Of the two out-and-out strikers at Marco Silva’s disposal last season, Dominic Calvert-Lewin bagged eight and Cenk Tosun four. And, having not even turned 20, he still has plenty of time in front of him to hone his skills. For £36m, it is a transfer that makes sense, although Juve’s insistence on a buy-back clause will be a slight cause for concern.
How likely is the deal? 7/10