With less than a week left before transfer business comes to a close for the year, the gossip columns are fervently scratching around for news of likely last-minute deals.
Arsenal are all the rage after their questionable centre-forward stocks were reduced by one, for a few months at least, while Chelsea seem certain to rid themselves of a spare part.
Loic Remy – 5/4 to be an Arsenal player by 02/09/14
The crack goal-getter QPR clearly want rid of almost signed for Liverpool last month, only for a failed medical to scupper the switch.
Such trifles may not matter to Arsenal, who are officially desperate for a striker now first choice Olivier Giroud has been ruled out with an ankle injury sustained in the 2-2 draw at Everton, probably until December at least.
With few other options available to Arsene Wenger at this stage of the transfer window, and Alexis Sanchez emphatically proving he shouldn’t be played furthest forward when flailing against the Toffees, this deal looks on.
Kostas Manolas – 4/1 to be a Roma player by 02/09/14
The Gunners are still 3/10 favourites to sign this Olympiakos centre-half, who started all four of Greece’s World Cup matches in Brazil earlier this summer.
However, the latest gossip surrounding the 23-year-old suggests Roma are making a late play for his services, with the Giallorossi still expected to lose well-regarded Moroccan Mehdi Benatia.
Manolas is priced up at 15/4 to still be with Olympiakos by Tuesday, so a move to one or the other seems practically certain.
Fernando Torres – 1/2 to be an AC Milan player by 02/09/14
The game looks up at Stamford Bridge for the Spain striker, who was dropped from the Blues’ squad completely ahead of the 2-0 home win against Leicester, having failed to get off the bench in their opening-day win away to Burnley.
Chelsea may have to part with a fair wedge to get Torres’ £170,000 wages off the books, but with Jose Mourinho looking to add Roma’s Mattia Destro to striking ranks that now include Diego Costa and Didier Drogba, there’s clearly no room for the 30-year-old in west London.