Manchester City’s final two days of the window are about the expected arrival of Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao, and the club’s interest in Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred may well having to be put on hold until the summer.
Regarding Laporte, the Basque club’s €65m (£57.2m) release clause for the centre-back was met on Monday so providing a medical and other formalities go to plan he could officially be signed at some point today.
On Fred, there remains a possibility the midfielder could join Laporte though the chance is understood to be less than 50-50. At Manchester United it is a case of “never say never” regarding a second signing to follow Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal, but at the moment there is a sense it is unlikely.
If Laporte does sign for City then Tosin Adarabioyo may be allowed out on loan – maybe to a Championship club, with Sheffield Wednesday among those interested. The hope would be that if he does sign temporarily the centre-back will play regularly and that the style of play is approximate to City’s.
Eddie Howe has said this morning that he has received no bids for any of his players this month, with Harry Arter persistently linked with a move to West Ham United. David Moyes has moved for Tom Cairney, with Bournemouth big admirers themselves, but Fulham insist the midfielder is not for sale. Lewis Grabban is of interest to Cardiff City, and could be sold before the deadline if the price is right. Benik Afobe, meanwhile, looks set to stay put, with Wolves among those keen on the striker.