There’s just a week to go before the transfer window closes and desperation has set in for some Premier League sides, with Arsenal and Chelsea particularly anxious to get over the line with a couple of centre-halves whose price tags keep creeping up.
Here are the latest names doing the rounds, and how they compare to current members of the London pair’s backlines.
Chelsea reportedly had a £30m bid turned down for this 21-year-old, who has been compared to the great Alessandro Nesta since signing for AC Milan from Roma for £21m last summer.
Romagnoli made more blocks in Serie A last season than constantly-in-the-way Blues captain John Terry managed in the Premier League last term, with 20 to the veteran’s 19, although he did start seven more matches.
His 86.4 per cent pass-completion rate didn’t quite match up to the former England skipper’s 89.8, yet steamed past Terry’s fellow Chelsea centre-half Gary Cahill’s 83.6.
This 24-year-old Torino centre-half was thought to be Napoli bound, but the Partenopei’s refusal to allow Kalidou Koulibaly to leave for anything but crazy money has forced Antonio Conte to consider Maksimovic instead.
He managed in excess of twice as many tackles per league match than Cahill in each of the last two seasons, and averaged more interceptions than the former Bolton man and Terry combined.
The Serbian’s 17-match injury spell at the start of 2015/16 shouldn’t put potential suitors off, as it seems Maksimovic put his metatarsal fracture well and truly behind him after returning in January.
Seeing Monaco’s DR Congo international linked with the Gunners is something of a shock considering Tisserand has struggled to get a game for his principal employers, spending the last two seasons on loan at Toulouse.
Decent with his head, making two aerial clearances per Ligue 1 match on average last term, compared to Laurent Koscielny’s 3.2, the 23-year-old’s 77.3 per cent pass-completion rate doesn’t appear good enough for a spot in Arsenal’s backline.
Tisserand was expected to make a switch to La Liga side Espanyol prior to the north Londoners’ supposed interest, and that transfer still seems likely to go through.