FOR most football fans it'll be a blessed relief when this Summer's Transfer Window “slams shut” (© Sky Sports News) but there's still a lot business to be done before the final bell rings on a window that has seen transfer fees spiral out of control.

Neymar Jnr stole all the headlines with a staggering £222m move from Barcelona to PSG which appeared to trigger some riduculous transfer fees throughout Europe. But which players look the best bets to move on in the last 24 hours of the window and where is there profit to be made? Let's have a look.

Virgil Van Dijk to Liverpool

Probably the most drawn-out saga of the window has been Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk's move out of Southampton. Liverpool were warned off Van Dijk after supposedly tapping him up and it's almost three months since they were forced to issue an apology to the Saints.

Despite that it's long been my belief he'll still end up at Anfield, even though Chelsea and Arsenal are also in the mix to sign him, although it's likely it could cost the Reds up to £20m more than they were prepared to pay initially to land their man.

Liverpool is Van Dijk's preferred destination and odds of 8-11 are short but that's where I'd be putting my money on him playing this season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool

Another man who fancies playing under Jurgen Klopp is Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He has reportedly rejected a move to Chelsea in favour of a transfer to Anfield so the ball is in Liverpool's court. A bid from the Reds is expected but could fall short of Chelsea's £40m offer so it'll be a question of whether they can do business with Arsenal.

The Ox is just 1-2 (Ladbrokes) to move to Anfield, 6-4 to remain at Arsenal and as big as 7-1 to sign for Chelsea.

Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelona

Liverpool have tried their best to resist the advance of Barcelona who have money burning a hole in their pocket. The latest bid of a reported £148million is off the scale and I can't see the Reds being able to say no that kind of money. At the time of writing you can still get 11-10 (Coral) that the Brazilian will end at the Nou Camp be the end of the transfer window which incidentally ends on September 1 in Spain.

If Oxlade-Chamberlain moves to Liverpool it could be a catalyst for Coutinho to leave Merseyside.

Alexis Sanchez to Man City

Away from Liverpool and it looks like Pep Guardiola sees Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez as the long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero. Man City have tested the Gunners' resolve with a bid of around £50m which, based on some of the other crazy valuations, has rightly been rejected.

Not short of a few bob I expect City will up their offer before the window closes and Arsenal may well cash in their chips on a player who looks like he doesn't want to be at the club. You can still get 8-11 on Sanchez's next club being Man City.

Jonny Evans to Man City

Northern Irishman Jonny Evans has emerged as the surprise subject of potential deadline day drama. The central defender has apparently rejected an approach by Arsenal leaving the way clear for a move to either Manchester City or Leicester City.

The Foxes are 16/1 (BetVictor) to land him, while City are 1-1 (BetVictor) and in a world where money talks it looks like he could be making his way back to Manchester to play his football.

Best of the rest

Other notable rumours doing the round include Ross Barkley who has been the subject of much speculation about his future. If Chelsea don't sign Danny Drinkwater from Leicester they may turn their attention to England midfielder at 6-4 (Unibet).

Leicester's Demarai Gray has attracted interest from Spurs who have been quiet so far this transfer window. They're likely to do some business on the final day and Gray at 11-10 (Skybet) could be on the move.

Riyad Mahrez could be another player on the way out of Leicester. Rumours were rife on social media yesterday he'd be making a move today but as yet nothing has materialised. Chelsea (7-1 William Hill) and Man Utd (10-1 Unibet) are reported to be the front-runners for his signature.

In Scotland

Good news for Celtic fans is despite much speculation Moussa Dembele is more likely to stay at Celtic Park than leave. Favourites to sign the Frenchman are Marseille at 4-1 (McBookie)

Much shorter priced are Man Utd at 1-1 (McBookie) to sign the prodigious Kieran Tierney but he looks in no hurry to go anywhere.

There's been plenty of interest around Motherwell's Louis Moult with Aberdeen (1-1 McBookie) being touted for his signature earlier in the window. But the arrival of Stevie May looks to have put paid to their interest and 6-1 (McBookie) on him ending up at Ibrox might interest one or two of you.


  • Virgil Van Dijk to Liverpool 8-11 (BetVictor)
  • Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelona 11-10 (Coral)
  • Jonny Evans to Man City 1-1 (BetVictor)
  • Demarai Gray to Spurs 11-10 (Skybet)

Let me know if you've any info or any views or bets on who'll be moving before the transfer window closes.

  1. maccathered 5 years ago

    Coutihno will not leave Liverpool even if they were offered 200 million so dont waste your money backing him to leave.

  2. Alves 5 years ago

    Tierneys going nowhere anytime soon, can see him being here for a good few years yet

    • elvis parsley 5 years ago

      Seen a couple of decent value bets.

      Hull shaker to become betfreds south american football odds setter 3-1 (will he go to the darkside ??).

      Hamish to Oxford university to help reconstruct the Oxford concise dictionary 66-1

      Macathered to hand in his Liverpool supporters badge and join the Manchester united supporters club as he wants to win the league in his lifetime and not have to ask his descendants what its like to win the league. 11-10.

      Nathan ufton (sorry if its spelt wrong) to get a job scripting the next 10 years of EastEnders episodes in one go as his posts take 30 minutes or so to read 5-2.

      Mr fixit to move to the Sunday sport and become their new crufts correspondant, with dug of course, woof….8-11

    • Mr Fixit 5 years ago

      Sunday Sport? Is that still on the go – and do they have any sport in the paper?

  3. Johnb 5 years ago

    Bid 1 £750,000 rejected
    Bid 2 £1.5m rejected
    Bid 3 £? rejected

    What part of £5m for John McGinn do Nottingham Forest not understand

    I would be asking for £7m to £10m
    We don’t need to sell, we don’t need the money

    • Johnb 5 years ago

      John McGinn
      Bid 3 £3m rejected, double it again and it might happen

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