With Alan Saint-Maximin’s move all but done, the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas has stuck his neck on the line and predicted what deals will get done between now and August 8th.
Douglas estimates that there’ll be another £40m left to spend following Saint-Maximin’s arrival, believing there’ll be 2, possible 3, new players signed after a deal go the Nice winger goes through.
He feels a full-back will ‘definitely’ sign, claims another striker should be looked at (and mentions Carroll as a possible arrival) and also suggests midfield cover could also arrive.
Here’s what he’s had to say during his latest transfer post on Twitter:
He does suggest that incomings could ‘depend on outgoings’, but that is to be expected given we have several outcasts and fringe players who need to be moved on – either permanently or on loan (Elliot, Lazaar, Clark Saivet, Colback, Murphy, Gayle?).
If and when Saint-Maximin signs – a deal he describes as ‘virtually done’ – the emphasis should be placed on full-backs for me – and it sounds like it will be.
A deal for PSG’s Stanley N’soki is in place but a contract is yet to be agreed by all accounts, while Amiens’ Emil Krafth and Lille’s Edgar Ie have been linked at right-back.
As for a striker, Andy Carroll arriving on a free in a month or so seems like a very real possibility IF he proves his fitness – although having him and fellow injury prone striker Dwight Gayle as back up options to Joelinton could prove to be a big risk.