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Grealish to City, Lukaku to Chelsea and six other big transfers that could still happen

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With Euro 2020 firmly in the rear view mirror, a number of summer transfer deals have suddenly sprung into life. Although some headline signings have already been confirmed, such as Jadon Sancho’s switch to Man Utd, a number of others in the pipeline threaten to steal the show. Express Sport takes a look at eight big transfers which could yet unfold for the Premier League’s top clubs this summer.

Manchester City

If all goes to plan at the Etihad, the club could be set to break the British transfer record not once, but twice.

Jack Grealish was subject to a £100million bid, a fee which matches Aston Villa’s valuation, although he is yet to decide whether to take the leap of faith or stick with his boyhood club and sign a new deal.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the picture surrounding Grealish’s future is expected to clear up over the next few days. The same could be true of Harry Kane.

Daniel Levy’s stubborn nature in the transfer market is set to trigger a fascinating tug of war for his services, as Spurs refuse to budge on their £150m valuation.

Ultimately, City are not willing to pay that much for a 27-year-old, although the England captain’s refusal to report back for pre-season training tells its own story.

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Chelsea

With a deal for Erling Haaland seemingly dead in the water, Chelsea are wasting no time in testing Inter Milan’s resolve when it comes to Romelu Lukaku.

Their opening player-plus-cash offer involving Marcos Alonso was rejected, although a new and improved £110m bid is sure to wake the Italian giants up.

At the other end of the pitch, the club appeared to be making good progress when it came to the potential signing of Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde.

Talks over personal terms had reportedly been progressing well, although there is still plenty to be worked out as Chelsea seek to include either Kurt Zouma or Kenedy in the deal.

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Manchester United

Having sewn up two of their priority targets this summer in Sancho and Raphael Varane, the Red Devils are now onto the task of bolstering their midfield.

Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid and Ruben Neves of Wolves have both been touted as candidates, although United would have to fend off rival interest in both cases.

Liverpool and Barcelona are reportedly both keen on the La Liga man, while Arsenal have also had their eye on Neves.

Both deals are far from complete, but United have serious momentum in the transfer market and could take the next step over the coming days.

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Arsenal

Attacking midfield has remained a dilemma for Mikel Arteta since taking charge of the club.

Martin Odegaard, who was on loan at the Emirates last season, has been linked with a permanent return, although that hinges on a chain reaction of events at Real Madrid.

Their top target is reportedly James Maddison, although at £60m, it would certainly be a stretch for the Gunners who will have no European football for the coming season.

As such, a player-plus-cash offer has allegedly been tabled by transfer chief Edu – it remains to be seen how Leicester respond. 

Tottenham Hotspur

With Harry Kane’s future up in the air, Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic has been linked with a move to north London.

At £40m, the Serbian would not come cheap, but he notched a hugely impressive 21 Serie A goals last season, only three behind Lukaku who played in a much better side.

The move is not thought to depend entirely on Kane’s future, but if he does end up leaving, it would surely increase the likelihood of seeing this transfer go through.

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