Transfer rumors: Arsenal finalizes Perez, Mustafi deals; Hart to Torino
The summer transfer deadline is mere hours away, and while many teams have taken care of their major transfer business already, there are still plenty of moves to be made prior to the window shutting for the next four months.
A number of big names have already changed addresses, with Manchester United signing the likes of Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly (and also inking Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer), while rival Manchester City has loaded up with Claudio Bravo, John Stones, Nolito, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan, among others.
Juventus may have lost Pogba, but it managed to add the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic and Dani Alves. Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund also spent big, with Bayern adding Renato Sanches and Mats Hummels, and Dortmund loading up with Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze, Ousmane Dembele, Emre Mor, Raphael Guerreiro and Marc Bartra.
Even so, more big names are set to change home venues prior to Wednesday's deadline. Here is the latest buzz as the window to make deals gets smaller and smaller:
Tuesday, August 30
Arsenal polishes off Perez, Mustafi moves: Arsenal has at long last bagged its striker and central defender, as Lucas Perez moves from Deportive La Coruña for a reported £17 million. The move comes after failed attempts at signing Jamie Vardy and Alexandre Lacazette. The club also finalized the signing of Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia.
Gabigol goes to Inter: As expected, Gabigol joins Joao Mario as new signings for Frank De Boer at Inter Milan. The Olympic gold medalist has signed a five-year deal at the San Siro.
Hart to Torino is happening: Joe Hart has headed to Italy physical and will join Torino on a one-year loan from Manchester City.
Juventus closes in on Witsel: Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel is reportedly on his way from Zenit to Juventus, adding to Juve's impressive transfer haul to compensate for losing Paul Pogba.
Loans for Mangala, Nasri? A pair of other out-of-favor Manchester City players could be headed out temporarily as well, with Elaquim Mangala potentially returning to Porto on loan, while Samir Nasri has been linked with Sevilla as a potential loan destination.
Leicester's Slimani bid rejected: Leicester City's reported £25 million bid for Islam Slimani has reportedly been rejected, with Sporting Lisbon holding out for £34 million. Leicester is also eyeing Sporting's Adrien Silva.
Marcos Alonso heading to Chelsea: Fiorentina left back Marcos Alonso is on the verge of a £23 million move to Chelsea, which has been eyeing depth at the fullback positions.
Remy loaned to Crystal Palace: Chelsea forward Loic Remy will spend the season on loan at Crystal Palace. He is reunited with manager Alan Pardew, under whom he played at Newcastle.
Kenedy loaned to Watford: Chelsea wasn't done offloading, sending young Brazilian defender/winger Kenedy to fellow Premier League side Watford for the season.
Palace rejects Spurs bid for Zaha: Palace maintains it doesn't want to sell Wilfried Zaha, with Tottenham's latest £21 million bid for the English winger rejected by his club. Tottenham is said to be moving on from its pursuit.
West Brom spends big for Chadli: West Brom spent a club-record £13 million to lure Nacer Chadli from Tottenham. That record is expected to be reset, with the club said to be closing in on a £15 million deal for Malaga's Ignacio Camacho.
Monday, August 29
PSG bids big for Draxler: Julian Draxler is a big name who could be on the move in the next few days, and reports are swirling that Paris Saint-Germain is preparing a massive €75 million bid for the Wolfsburg and Germany playmaker.
Liverpool won't happen for Pulisic: Christian Pulisic's immediate future is of great interest for U.S. fans, with SI's Grant Wahl reporting that rumblings of a Stoke City bid are false, while Red Bull Leipzig is preparing a €15 million offer. Another report surfaced over the weekend that Liverpool was bidding €11 million for the 17-year-old American, but ESPNFC reports that Pulisic won't be heading to Anfield anytime soon.
De Jong linked away from MLS: Nigel De Jong's tenure in MLS could be a brief one. ESPN's Taylor Twellman reports that the Galaxy and Galatasaray are 'finalizing a move' to send the Dutch midfielder to Turkey.
Ozil helps sell Mustafi on Arsenal: Shkodran Mustafi appears headed to Arsenal after a lengthy transfer saga, and it turns out the Germany international was lured to London by countryman and Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil.
Chambers to leave Arsenal on loan: While one defender comes in, another appears headed out of the Emirates, with Calum Chambers set to join Middlesbrough on loan for the remainder of the season. (UPDATE: Arsenal has since confirmed the loan move for the English defender.)
Wilshere, too? Jack Wilshere will reportedly be given the chance to get regular first-team minutes outside of Arsenal via season-long loan. The perpetually injured midfielder could be headed away from the Emirates as he aims to return to his best form. He spent the last half of the 2009-10 season on loan at Bolton.