With less than a week left in the transfer window, clubs across Europe are scrambling to complete any last-minute work before next Tuesday’s deadline.
But for some clubs, the priority remains to get players moving in order to raise money and settle wage bills.
Such is the case with Barcelona, whose financial difficulties have been widely documented this summer, with the true extent of their debt revealed in Lionel Messi’s sudden departure to Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG themselves have to absorb Messi’s big salaries and are open to selling a handful of players.
Leon, who recently signed from Xherdan Shaqiri Liverpool, They are also said to be looking to move some of their stars before the window closes.
Here are five players who could be available for transfers, and that could be alternatives to the names that have dominated the headlines this summer.
Links to Aouar re-emerged this summer and it wasn’t the first time the player’s name has been raised as a potential target for Liverpool.
RMC Sport, via Get French football newsLast week, I reported that the midfielder was among the players who were looking to sell Lyon this summer in a bid to resolve “situation issues” in the dressing room.
Aouar is a product of Lyon’s academy, and while he’s charged a hefty fee in the past, the club is reported to have cut the asking price to around £25m this summer.
For the mentioned fees, the Proving stats It would be the idea to sign for Liverpool if they choose to make a move.
However, the demand for the player with Tottenham Hotspur is said to be the latest club to show interest.
PSG signed Rafinha just a year ago and they may already have been looking to move to him in order to free up finances after signing Messi.
He played 35 games with the French club in all competitions last season and scored seven assists.
As a midfielder, Rafinha could be the perfect replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, and interestingly enough, he is also the brother of current Liverpool star Thiago Alcantara.
The duo came through the academy at Barcelona, and while Thiago spent most of his career at Bayern Munich before moving to Merseyside last summer, Rafinha had a number of loan spells in Spain and Italy before eventually moving to PSG permanently.
Leeds United were linked with the Brazilian player’s move last summer in a move that would have seen the two brothers reunited in England, but Paris Saint-Germain won the race to secure his signature.
Dembele is another name that seems to pop up every summer, but with Barcelona signing the player for £135.5m in 2017, it was clear that the Catalan club would be charging exorbitant fees to part with the winger.
Despite being only 24 years old, the Frenchman has been the ‘subject of interest’ to Liverpool ever since he broke into the European scene at Rennes.
The club can take advantage of Barcelona’s financial difficulties and test their resolve on Dembele, who can be available For a meager £44m given he has entered the final year of his contract.
However, interested clubs could face a race against time as Dembele comes close to extending his stay in Barcelona, if the reports in Spain are to be believed.
Liverpool have been linked with Paredes since his time in Rome, with the Reds reportedly interested in a move for the player in January 2017.
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The rumors were quickly shut down The 27-year-old left Roma to join Russian side Zenit at the end of the 2016/17 season before moving to Paris Saint-Germain in January 2019.
With no replacement for Wijnaldum to come through the doors at Anfield, Reds can turn into Paredes to fill this void.
However, with striker Kylian Mbappe likely to leave for Real Madrid this week, PSG’s need to replace other players in the squad could quickly diminish if they sell the 22-year-old.
18-year-old Ryan Shirky is another player Lyon will be looking to sell before Tuesday’s deadline, according to a report. RMC Sport.
This summer, rumors suggest that Liverpool are looking to add more to their attacking ranks, given that Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will leave for the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
While the disruption to the Africa Cup of Nations should be minimal, their absence will lead to a headache in selecting Jurgen Klopp that he could solve with any potential income.
Cherki’s versatility and ability to act as a midfielder or attacking winger could make him an ideal fit.
In February last year, when he was just 16 years old, Sherky was already tempted to emulate Mbappe.
The young man has played 44 first-team matches with Lyon, scoring seven goals and six assists.
It is not yet clear if any clubs across Europe are showing a strong interest in the player, but he is certainly one to watch with two years remaining on his current deal with Lyon.