Only two days to go and there's Mateo Kovacic looks to be on the move. Is anything else likely to happen? Jasmine Baba finds out...
"With a cloud looming over Courtois to Madrid, Mateo Kovacic may be a favourable reimbursement for The Blues. "
Thibault Courtois leads the news as he did not report for training at Chelsea on Monday. He hasn't changed from 1/8 to move to Real Madrid but a deal for him is looking closer as we get near to Thursday's deadline.
Being absent from training isn't the best look for the club when Sarri mentioned yesterday he only wanted commited players, so I guess that his fate is sealed.
As for his replacement, it always looked like it was going to be Jack Butland, and the odds are still suggesting it is at 4/6. However there's been some movement for Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak, shortening from 8/1 to 2/1, although that seems to carry a hefty release clause reported to be around £89m.
Kovacic to Chelsea betting suspended
Reports that a loan deal for wantaway Mateo Kovacic, with an option to buy, has been agreed between Real Madrid and Chelsea. With a cloud looming over Courtois to Madrid, this may be a favourable reimbursement for The Blues. Kovacic has stated before that he wanted more minutes and it seems that new boss Julen Lopetegui hasn't been able to convice the midfielder to stay.
Fekir to u-turn again
First it was Liverpool, then he was staying at Lyon, after that Liverpool were still linked and now Chelsea are favourites at 5/2 to sign him.
This has been boosted by the fact that Nabil Fekir has been left out of the squad of The Blues' pre-season friendly tonight against Lyon. You may remember that he failed a medical for The Reds earlier in June leading to their deal to collapse, but it's starting to look like old news now.
Hart is no longer blue
After trying to sell him for the last couple of seasons, Manchester City have finally found a solution for their problem with Joe Hart; Burnley's goalkeeper crisis. After the Clarets lost both Nick Pope and Tom Heaton to injury, they were deseperate to find another keeper who could immediately be their first-choice, not only for their new season start but also their Europa League campaign. They've found that in Hart, joining on a two-year deal. A win-win for all involved.
For those waiting for an arrival
It's still been relatively quiet for Tottenham, and those waiting for new players to join may be left hanging. Earlier speculation over Jack Grealish and Lewis Cook have both stalled, even though the former of the two is still 4/9 to move to Spurs.
Toby Alderweireld is still a big doubt to stay. Manchester United have been the likely suspects to take the defender away from North London for a while at 4/9 but with no likely replacements and The Red Devils' stuttering, Alderweireld is also 6/4 to stay. United are said to be making a final deal on the Belgian, but will not be going over £40m for the defender.
Tottenham don't always have the biggest shopping list when it comes to signings, and is usually heavily relied on sales with players. This window looks no different and is probably more true now that they are financing a new stadium. If Alderweireld is to leave, you may see a domino effect around their targets.
Mino Raiola plotting
It's not a transfer window until football agent Mino Raiola says something about one of his players. This time he stirs up more drama for Jose Mourinho as he's come out in support of his client, Paul Pogba, moving away from Old Trafford, preferably to Barcelona. There's a slight market backing for it at 5/2 as the relationship between Pogba and Mourinho looks to be damaged beyond repair.
'I want Paul Pogba out of Manchester United': Agent Mino Raiola plotting a sensational Barcelona move to get his star player out of Old Trafford https://t.co/YveQJPvE66 | @ChrisWheelerDM pic.twitter.com/G1HEeYGDmA— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) August 6, 2018