The transfer deadline day for four of Europe’s top leagues is now over. Aug. 8 was the transfer deadline for Premier League while La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 operate on a different timeline, although all four must have their transfer business concluded by Monday.
There are some of the big-ticket names who have already switched addresses through full transfer or loan for example: Antoine Griezmann, Eden Hazard, Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, Luka Jovic, Hirving Lozano, Nicolas Pepe, Romelu Lukaku and Philippe Coutinho. On the other hand, there are others who remain front and center in the shop window with the sand falling through the hourglass, the likes of Neymar, Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala.
Neymar seems to be out of options and resigned to staying at PSG. He has been eyeing a return to Camp Nou and PSG have been in negotiations for some time over various packages. Neymar left Barcelona for PSG in a world-record $245 million purchase just two years ago but he’s been yearning for a Barcelona reunion.
After signing Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid earlier in the summer, Barcelona didn’t have a real need for Neymar. PSG and Barcelona kicked the tires on just about all options over the last few weeks according to various reports and just haven’t been able to find an agreement. Barring a shocking change of events on Monday, it appears as if Neymar will be staying put–at least until the winter, when this saga will likely be fired up again.
After a battle with Inter Milan, Mauro Icardi could find his way to PSG. New coach Antonio Conte had made it clear that Icardi had no place on his team, and summer acquisitions of Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez further underscored his insignificance to the project. PSG has stepped forward looking to take Icardi on loan. If Neymar returns, it’s unclear how PSG would envision Icardi fitting into its team.
Keylor Navas is expected to leave Real Madrid for PSG on Monday. The three-time Champions League winner became tired of playing second-fiddle to last summer’s big acquisition, Thibaut Courtois, and PSG has given him a lifeline in a move that will see Alphonse Areola go in the opposite direction on loan in addition to a $16.5 million transfer fee. PSG also went to Spain to find its backup, signing Sergio Rico on loan from Sevilla. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has arrived at Sevilla ahead of a transfer from West Ham.