It’s Turkish transfer deadline day, otherwise known as Premier League clubs’ absolute last chance saloon to offload their high-earning flops to someone else foolish enough to pay their extortionate wages.
It’s almost always a day of disappointment, because these transfers very rarely end up happening. Even when Galatasaray made a big-money swoop for West Ham’s Carlton Cole back in 2011, the Hammers had to reluctantly reject the bid because they had no means of replacing him.
But in the case of Diego Costa, Chelsea don’t need to worry about that – unless they’re seeking someone who can sit around in the striker’s front room in Brazil keeping his mum company. Which they almost certainly aren’t because Roman Abramovich doesn’t care about anyone’s mum.
Rather, one suspects the Blues would happy to get shot of last season’s top scorer (until January, at least) by any means possible – and it’s currently the Turkish way or the highway.
Following yesterday’s reports that Fenerbahce had “held talks” with the Spanish Brazilian striker about a loan move until January (Standard), momentum appears to have been lost.
The Express quotes the Fenerbahce manager Aykut Kocaman as saying the transfer of Costa was “very close, but then the result was negative.” Kocaman now appears to be on the verge of signing Vincent Janssen from Tottenham instead (Mail).
Hope is not lost though, because the Sun claims Besiktas are also keen on Costa and want to pair him up with big-name summer signing Pepe to create Europe’s most argumentative football team.
Costa himself remains nowhere to be seen, although we do know he’ll have to return to Stamford Bridge at some point to get his car out of the youth team car park.
Gunners ‘agree Lemar deal’
Most other transfers must wait until January, when some old ones may be revived.
The Star says Arsenal are confident they can “resurrect” a deal for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar and already have an “agreement in principle” to sign the 21-year-old for £92m on wages of £250,000 a week. The Gunners are acting very flush for a team who just wrote off £60m on Alexis Sanchez.
Incredibly, West Ham are also apparently set to rekindle attempts to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvahlo in the new year – despite relations being the clubs being so bad that the Portuguese side’s president currently refers to Hammers owners David Sullivan and David Gold as “the dildo brothers”.
The Sun says this slur “will not be enough to stop West Ham trying to prise Carvalho away with a cheeky bid”. Will it be cheekier that the one Sullivan already *allegedly* made with a load of formatting errors in it?
Elsewhere, Napoli and Slovakia’s rumoured Manchester United target Marek Hamsik has admitted it “would be hard” to reject an offer from the Red Devils (Mirror), United boss Jose Mourinho has talks planned for November about extending his Old Trafford contract (Telegraph) and Paris Saint-Germain winger Julian Draxler has “privately told team-mates” that he hoped to join Barcelona in the summer (Metro). Tragically for him, he was only wanted by Arsenal.