Last-ditch deals we could see: Arsenal land Benzema, John Terry quits Chelsea, Ibrahimovic heads to England – anything could happen this week.
Name: Karim BenzemaAge: 27
Club: Real Madrid
With transfer deadline day looming there is still plenty of last-minute business to be done for Premier League clubs, and much of it could involve the big clubs, few of who have finished their summer business.
Mario Balotelli is set to quit Liverpool in the final days of the window, and here are ten other deals that could go through before the transfer deadline falls at 6pm on 1 September.
Arsenal sign Karim Benzema
It's become the saga of the summer. The Gunners were being linked with the Real Madrid striker long before the transfer window opened, and the French striker has apparently spent the entire close season on the brink of a move to the Emirates. It is still unclear whether Arsenal have made a bid, whether Real Madrid want to sell and if the player wants to move, but some last-day drama seems almost inevitable.
John Terry leaves Chelsea
Where does John Terry stand this season? Substituted against Manchester City and now banned after being sent off against West Brom, the former England captain may decide to avoid a messy divorce at Stamford Bridge by quitting the Blues before transfer deadline day. If Chelsea succeed in bringing in John Stones then it could spell the end for Terry.
No matter how determined Everton are to hold on to their young defender there is only so much financial pressure that they can withstand, and the Toffees, who have signed teenager Mason Holgate from Barnsley, could be persuaded to cash in if the Blues come back with an offer in excess of £30m on deadline day.
It's been one of the sagas of the summer, with Manchester United refusing to bow to pressure from Real Madrid to sell their goalkeeper. But it is clear that he wants to leave, and has not played this season. Despite his absence United have yet to concede a goal this season and, with De Gea set to leave on a free next summer, they could buckle and agree to sell for less than their £35m valuation.
Spurs are desperate to get rid of the Togo striker, who has a unerring ability to leave clubs under a cloud. He still has a year to run on his £100,000-a-week deal at White Hart Lane and has refused Spurs's offers of a buy-out unless they pay the contract in full. For their part Spurs have not even given Adebayor a squad number this season. His high wages and an unwillingness to leave London have so far undermined any deals, but Tottenham will be desperate to get rid of him and could offer to cover his wages if it means they can loan him out.
Amid all the hullabaloo over Karim Benzema the fact that Arsenal are far more in need of a defensive midfielder than a striker has been overlooked. Arsene Wenger has been linked with German midfielder Bender in the past and could spring a surprise this transfer window. Even if he doesn't, a move may materialise in January if Arsenal's season fails to get going.
Could the Swedish legend finally deign to grace the Premier League with his presence this season? There has been plenty of evidence that Zlatan is willing to leave PSG, and if the French club do not sell Edinson Cavani it may be Ibrahimovic who jumps ship. The big Premier League clubs have all been linked with a move for the striker, but a return to Italy may be the most likely scenario.
Manchester United sign a striker
With Wayne Rooney struggling in his new role as Manchester United's spearhead and few other options available to him, Louis van Gaal is rumoured to be scouring the world for another striker as deadline day looms. Former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato, currently playing for Sao Paulo in Brazil, is one option, another is Aleksandr Kokorin of Dynamo Moscow.
City's excellent start to the season does not mean Manuel Pellegrini will put away his chequebook until the new year, and refinforcements could arrive before the window shuts. The most likely appears to be former Chelsea man De Bruyne. The Wolfsburg midfielder has been linked with a move to the Etihad all summer and could still finalise a move this week. The main stumbling block appears to be the £45m price tag.