Whilst the Premier League might still be the richest in the world, there were many occasions this summer when money didn’t appear to be enough. The team from TicketReview.net looked at the biggest 4 ‘nearly’ signings and describes how they are playing since their big moves broke down.
Thomas Lemar – (Arsenal)
Arsenal made an extremely late and bold move on deadline for Lemar, offering more than £90 million for him to join the London club. Thomas Lemar has been in great form again scoring two goals for France against Holland and more for Monaco. Whether Arsenal will increase the offer in January remains to be seen.
Virgil van Dijk – (Liverpool)
Virgil was in demand from several teams this summer, with Liverpool and Chelsea the front runners.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp targeted van Dijk during the summer, as he sought to strengthen his defence. Liverpool have not strengthened the defence since missing out on the Dutchman and have let in many goals as a result. Whilst he handed in a transfer request he is back playing again and looking like the player he was last season.
Alexis Sanchez (Manchester City)
Another interesting move that at one point seemed 100% likely to happen was on deadline day when Manchester City offered over £100 million for the Chilean’s services.
There is no doubt about the ability of the striker and whether he remains at Arsenal for another season remains to be seen.
As he has not signed a new contract with the Gunners, Manchester City could bid again in January; Chelsea and Manchester United have also been previously linked with the Chilean.
Ivan Perisic (Manchester United)
The Croatian winger was high on the transfer list for Manchester United with them offering 40million plus for the Inter Milan man. Perisic is an important player for Inter with him recently signing a new deal.
Inter and Perisic have been in fantastic form this season winning most games and looking like potential title challengers. If Manchester United are to sign the winger, then expect a transfer price to beat that of Paul Pogba.
With Neymar being the first 200 million player, this has increased the value of players in the Premier League and abroad. We look forward to January to see if any of the above move teams.
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