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Transfers - Football: Storylines with a week to go of the window

The countdown is on to the end of the transfer window, with clubs scrambling to put the finishing touches on the squads that will take them up to January.

There is now just a week before the window closes at 23:00 on Thursday 1st September and there are sure to be some sagas settled, while there are always moves that emerge late in the day.

Here are some storylines to look out for over the next week.

Will De Jong saga be resolved?

Signing Dutchman Frenkie de Jong has been Manchester United's priority since his former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag's appointment in April.

The Red Devils' midfield has been a problem area for nigh on a decade and after being linked with a flurry of names, they confirmed a deal to bring Casemiro in from Real Madrid earlier this week.

Ten Hag remains keen on acquiring at least one more body and De Jong's technical excellence could prove a thrilling foil to the steel provided by the newly-arrived Brazilian.

However, there is uncertainty as to whether he will, or even can, leave Barcelona due to the Blaugrana's financial situation, while United, 4/1 for a top-four finish, aren't the only club interested in the playmaker.

Chelsea, who can offer him Champions League football, have also been linked with the 25-year-old, while Bayern Munich are another outfit monitoring his situation.

The current window has seen Bayern develop into somewhat of an ex-Ajax enclave, with Matthijs de Ligt joining from Juventus and both Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui signing from the Amsterdam giants.

If De Jong is made available, United will need to be ready to pull out of all of the stops to convince him to reunite with Ten Hag.

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Chelsea still going for Gordon

An emerging star for sure, but is Anthony Gordon worth the reported £60m Chelsea are thought to have bid for him?

The 21-year-old has become a key player for the Toffees over the last six months and is 4/1 in the anytime market to score his first goal of the season on Saturday at Brentford.

A homegrown hero, Gordon is unlikely to down tools but Chelsea's interest doesn't seem to be going away and having repeatedly upped their bid, they are clearly keen to sign him.

It was the same for Leicester defender Wesley Fofana, but with the Foxes reported to have culled those negotiations, the Blues' gaze has centred on Goodison Park.

Everton boss Frank Lampard suggested after Tuesday's 1-0 EFL Cup win at Fleetwood that the club does not need the money and will only sanction the transfer if it is "right for everyone".

After taking just a point from their opening three Premier League games, Everton, 4/11 to avoid relegation, need Gordon if they are to push for a top-half finish.

And, if they do sell him, they'll need to reinvest in not just a direct replacement but other players who maybe able to compensate for his departure.

Could the money prove too much to turn down? Or will Lampard be able to hang on to his starlet beyond 1st September?

Arteta pushing for Pedro

De Jong's determination to stay at Barcelona almost jeopardised their move for Raphinha, but they sealed the signing of the Brazilian from Leeds for a cool £52.20m.

Arsenal were thought to be his second choice and despite signing both Gabriel Jesus, 7/1 to be the Premier League's top scorer, and Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City, as well as Porto's Fabio Vieira, Mikel Arteta is still in the market for players.

A winger is the Spaniard's priority, with Wolves' Pedro Neto now his number one target.

Bruno Lage said on Tuesday that Wolves are yet to receive an approach and after signing a new deal in March, the Molineux outfit are in a strong position.

After missing much of last season with a knee injury, the Portuguese may also want a year of regular football to get back to his best, with the minutes he will receive also boosting his chances of making his country's squad for the World Cup in Qatar.

The speculation could inspire him, with Neto 8/1 to score first against Newcastle on Saturday.

Arsenal's busy summer looks far from over but their pursuit of the 22-year-old may prove to be one of the deals in which they fall short.

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