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Last-minute African transfers that could still happen on deadline day

9:52 PM MYT 31/01/2022
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We’re into the final hours of transfer deadline day, but which African All-Stars could still move?

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    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Will Auba finally get the chance to reinvigorate his career away from the Emirates Stadium?

    It certainly appears likely, with the Gabon striker understood to be on the brink of securing a loan move to Barcelona, where he’d be a capable replacement for retired Sergio Aguero.

    The ex-Arsenal skipper appears to have burned his bridges in North London, and will be desperate to return to action after a miserable Africa Cup of Nations experience in Cameroon.

  • Eddie Nketiah, Arsenal 2021-22

    Eddie Nketiah

    Another Arsenal striker tipped for the exit door, Nketiah is rumoured to be piquing the interest of ex-Gunners midfielder Patrick Vieira at Crystal Palace.

    While both the Eagles and Leeds United have looked at the Anglo-Ghanaian forward in the past, any hopes of a deadline-day move might be contingent on Aubameyang not securing his own switch to Barcelona.

    With just one forward departing the club, Arsenal risk being short up top, allowing both to leave would be reckless for Mikel Arteta.

    Instead, expect Nketiah—whose contract only has six months to run—to depart North London in the summer.

  • Victor Osimhen of Nigeria and Napoli.

    Victor Osimhen

    Arsenal’s current striking situation should probably lead to them investing in new attacking options during the window, with The Sun reporting last week that Victor Osimhen is being considered by the Gunners.

    The Napoli striker has come good in southern Italy this season following a tricky maiden campaign with the Partenopei, and is reportedly being considered by the Gunners as a potential solution up top.

    They may yet to compete with Newcastle United should either try to launch an ambitious late bid, with Napoli unlikely to be willing to give up one of their star men so readily.

  • Mahmoud Trezeguet Hassan of Egypt celebrates goal during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.


    Still in contention for the Nations Cup with Egypt, Trezeguet actually scored the extra-time winner against Morocco on Sunday as the Pharaohs reached the semi-finals.

    His fortunes in Cameroon have contrasted to a difficult first half of the season in England, and in truth, despite the odd intervention, Trezeguet has struggled to impress since signing for Aston Villa.

    His time in Birmingham may be coming to an end, with Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir understood to be keen on his services.

  • Yves Bissouma

    Yves Bissouma

    Linked with the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United in the past, Bissouma remains a Brighton & Hove Albion player…but for how much longer?

    He’s reportedly being monitored by Tottenham Hotspur, who’ll be keen to rectify their inactive transfer window late on, while Aston Villa are also understood to be considering a late move for the Mali man.

    His exit would be a bitter blow for the Seagulls, but the prospect of seeing one of Africa’s finest young midfielders working alongside Steven Gerrard—one of the finest midfielders in the history of the game—is mouth-watering.

  • Aurelien Tchouameni Monaco 2021

    Aurelien Tchouameni

    Chelsea have been linked with a move to Matthijs de Ligt and Sergino Dest on transfer deadline day, while AS Monaco powerhouse Tchouameni has also been tipped for a potential move for the club.

    Defence appears to be a greater priority for Thomas Tuchel, but midfielder Tchouameni—who’s drawn parallels with N’Golo Kante—would also be an awesome long-term addition.

  • Hugo Ekitike Reims Ligue 1

    Hugo Ekitike

    In-form Stade de Reims frontman Ekitike has bagged eight goals in 11 Ligue 1 starts so far this term, prompting considerable interest from the Premier League.

    Both West Ham United and Newcastle United have made designs on the Franco-Cameroonian forward during the transfer window, and it looks like the Magpies—desperate to bolster their squad as they look to pull out of the relegation zone—are in pole position to bag their man.

    A fee of between £20-33 million is understood to have been accepted by the club of the Champagne region, but can Newcastle get the deal over the line before the deadline passes?


    Deji Sotona

    Could Irish-Nigerian wonderkid Sotona be returning to English football?

    Once on the books of Manchester United, where he impressed Red Devils youth coaches with his explosive speed, Sotona has since been on the books of OGC Nice, but has been tipped for a return to the Premier League.

    He’s understood to be having a medical at Brentford, after impressing on trial at the club, and could yet have the opportunity to make his mark in the top flight.