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Which African superstars could still move clubs?

00:39 SAST 2022/08/31
Osimhen Aubameyang Kudus
Which of the continent’s most high-profile players could still seal a move before the window closes?
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Barcelona 2022-23

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    At the time of writing, Aubameyang appears on the brink of a swift return to London, with all parties working to get the deal over the line before the window closes.

    The attacker only departed the Premier League in February, after his relationship soured with Arsenal, but despite a fine scoring record at Barcelona, he’s been deemed expendable by his new employers.

    Despite Auba’s previous desire to make it big in La Liga, he’s unlikely to want to play second fiddle to Robert Lewandowski, and at 33, he could be an effective leading man for Chelsea.

  • Hakim Ziyech Chelsea 2022-23

    Hakim Ziyech

    Likely heading for the Stamford Bridge exit door is Ziyech, who appears primed for a return to Ajax.

    The Morocco playmaker has been tipped for a move to both Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur, but Antony’s switch from the Netherlands to Old Trafford gives the Dutch giants the opening—and the funds—to re-sign the North African.

    Ziyech did start for Chelsea against Southampton on Tuesday evening, fuelling speculation that he’s set to say in West London, but expect a loan move (at least) to be completed before the window closes.

  • Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace 2022-23

    Wilfried Zaha

    Potentially heading in the other direction is Zaha, who’s being considered by Chelsea as another tantalising attacking option who could fire them back into the Champions League places.

    The Ivorian has made little secret of his desire to return to a European giant in recent transfer windows, and now in the final year of his deal at Selhurst Park, he could be available for a reduced fee.

    However, doesn’t expect him to sign, with the attacker understood not to be willing to dent his relationship with the Eagles supporters.

    That resolve could be tested…particularly if Chelsea fail to get Aubameyang over the line.

  • Napoli forward Victor Osimhen of Nigeria.

    Victor Osimhen

    While any move for Osimhen away from Napoli had appeared unlikely to take place before deadline day, recent reports in the Italian media have fuelled speculation that a deal may be possible.

    CDS [as per the Manchester Evening News], have indicated that they would be open to allowing Osimhen to leave to Old Trafford—initially on loan—if two criteria are met.

    The Partenopei would only be willing to sanction a move if United have an obligation to buy the forward for €100 million at the season’s end, and if the Red Devils can throw Cristiano Ronaldo into the mix.

    Will it ultimately be CR7 who decides if and when Osimhen makes his long-awaited move to England?

  • Mohammed Kudus of Ghana

    Mohammed Kudus

    One of two outstanding African midfielders tipped for a move to Everton, Kudus is one of the emerging stars of the continental game, having enjoyed several years of progress in Denmark and the Netherlands.

    Talk of a season-long loan to Goodison Park have gone a little quiet in recent days, but that may not necessarily mean that a deal is dead.

    Frank Lampard has already brought in Amadou Onana to bolster his midfield options, but clearly—as the next entry in this slidelist will demonstrate—he’s determined to further overhaul this part of the team.

  • Idrissa Gueye PSG Montpellier Ligue 1 25092021

    Idrissa Gueye

    Gana is already seventh in the all-time appearance list for Senegalese players in the Premier League, and if indications are to be believed, he’s primed to re-join Everton from Paris Saint-Germain.

    This one has been on the cards since July, but as we enter the final hours of the transfer window, Gueye remains a PSG player.

    He’s won three French titles—two in Paris—and will return to Merseyside with the experience of a run to the Champions League final and Africa Cup of Nations success behind him.

    Could he be the man to drag the Toffees away from a relegation scrap this season?