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Emile Smith Rowe to Chelsea, Joao Felix replacing Mohamed Salah and Man United moves could mean shock deadline day


We could be in for a shock this week.

The transfer window shuts on 1 September and, looking at the rumour mill, there are some surprise moves in the pipeline.

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Salah could end his time in England and become the face of the Saudi Pro LeagueCredit: Getty

Here, talkSPORT.com runs through the ones that may raise eyebrows.

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool to Al Ittihad)

Losing their star man this summer will always been seen as a nightmare scenario for Liverpool fans, particularly so close to the end of the window.

The forward has arguably been the Reds’ greatest player of the modern era and so losing him would be a disaster, even if he did attract a fee of £129million.

Worryingly, the Saudi Pro League’s transfer window remains open for another week after England’s deadline, meaning that the Reds could be left in a rather vulnerable position.

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Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal to Chelsea)

Arsenal’s relationship with Chelsea is fierce at best with the Blues being almost as hostile a rival as their north London neighbours, Tottenham.

As a lad who has come through the ranks at the Gunners academy, nobody understands that better than Smith Rowe.

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Could Emile Smith Rowe cross enemy lines and leave Arsenal for ChelseaCredit: Getty

The 23-year-old is Arsenal through and through, but given his inability to break into Mikel Arteta’s starting XI on a regular basis, it means a move away could be tempting.

It is thought Arsenal are willing to let him go and an approach from Chelsea has been made and a move means he wouldn’t have to relocate from his London base.

With a decision needing to be made over his future in the coming days, fans will be anxiously watching on as the midfielder prepares to make a decision.

Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid to Liverpool)

A few years ago this is the sort of deal that would have had Reds’ fans truly excited at the prospect, but that might not be the case now.

Having joined Atletico for £113million in 2019, the Portuguese star was expected to become one of the world’s best players, but unfortunately for him he’s failed to kick on.

Felix was even shipped out on loan to Chelsea last term, but managed just four goals in 20 appearances for the Blues.

Whether that record could be improved with Liverpool remains to be seen, but the seismic nature of such a deal would undoubtedly capture headlines in the final days of the window.

Felix's spell in the Premier League was largely unsuccessful and he has returned to Spain

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Felix’s spell in the Premier League was largely unsuccessful and he has returned to SpainCredit: AFP
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Hojbjerg is preparing for life away from Tottenham with Man United keenCredit: Getty

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham to Man United)

Tottenham are willing to let Hojbjerg leave the club after falling out of favour under Ange Postecoglou, meaning an exit looks probable.

Having played under Erik ten Hag with Bayern Munich II, a move to Old Trafford certainly makes a lot of sense, particularly given United’s lack of options in the middle of the park.

As a result, a move could make sense for all parties and as such could be a go-er, even it would lead some supporters to raise an eyebrow at the deal.

Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea to Roma)

No one is surprised at the prospect of Romelu Lukaku leaving Chelsea, but his destination could raise eyebrows.

Having been targeted by Juventus and Inter Milan – followed by significant interest from Saudi Arabia – a move to Roma is one many didn’t see coming.

However, the chance to play under Jose Mourinho could offer him the chance to put a summer of uncertainty behind him.

Lukaku is finally set to move on this summer with a loan move to Roma near

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Lukaku is finally set to move on this summer with a loan move to Roma nearCredit: Getty

The deal taking him to Roma will be a loan arrangement, with talkSPORT understanding that Lukaku will take a paycut of more than £10million over the year to make the move happen.

But considering Lukaku has historically been regarded as one of Europe’s top striker, it perhaps shows just how far his stock has fallen.

Marc Cucurella (Chelsea to Man United)

It was only last summer that Cucurella left Brighton to join Chelsea, however his time in west London perhaps hasn’t gone as planned.

With Ben Chilwell an integral player for the Blues, game time is likely to be limited for the Spaniard, particularly after a flurry of big-money transfer dealings at Stamford Bridge.

Man United are looking for competition at left-back and with Luke Shaw facing a spell on the sidelines, a move for Cucurella would add undoubted quality to the team.

But while it would be a decent move for the Red Devils, it would be a big surprise given just how hard Chelsea had to work to sign him just 12 months ago.

Rob Holding (Arsenal to Mallorca or Sevilla)

Holding could be preparing for a new life in Spain before the end of the week

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Holding could be preparing for a new life in Spain before the end of the weekCredit: Getty

A player who looks looks certain to leave the Gunners this summer, Holding could be preparing for a busy week.

With a wealth of competition for places at the Emirates Stadium, the 27-year-old is looking to secure regular first team football with some surprising options materialising for him.

While Luton have been linked, Spanish clubs Real Mallorca and Sevilla have also emerged as contenders, giving popular defender the chance at a new challenge.

With fellow Arsenal teammate Kieran Tierney already joining Real Sociedad, at least Holding might be able to pick up an early tip or two on adapting to life in blazing sunshine of La Liga.

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