Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United feature - Bold deadline day predictions

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Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton, Liverpool, Swansea, Barcelona and Real Madrid all feature.

Jenny Leigh offers her insight into some potentially explosive deadline day ins and outs, well in advance, with some bold and brave predictions.

Luis Suarez (Liverpool to Arsenal £50,000,001)

The Luis Suarez saga looks set to go to the wire at present with Liverpool unwilling to back down. 

Arsenal have made such huge assurances to their fans this summer than anything less than Suarez at this point could be enough for the fans to mutiny against the board and the boss. So we have a standoff.

If Suarez kicks up more of a sulk, and keeping him around becomes untenable, suddenly if a £50 million bid comes in, could we see Liverpool back down?

Left with few alternatives and with time running out, I think the Gunners will cave and stump up the money Liverpool want and I think the Reds may cave if that crucial £50 million mark is met, despite the assurances they have given.

Chances of happening: 5/10

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United to Chelsea £45M)

Meanwhile, a similar saga has been unfolding over at Old Trafford where Wayne Rooney is proving more than a little bit of a pain in the backside for new manager David Moyes. The former Everton boss has insisted the England number 10 is not for sale but with the prospect of unsettling the dressing room, the Scot is caught between a rock and a cold hard place.

Chelsea have bid £25-plus million for Rooney already with manager Jose Mourinho naming the striker as his primary target above any other this summer. If the Blues put in a third bid over £40 million, Moyes’ hands may be tied and the Glazers may well overrule him on the matter. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were deadline day blood, sweat, tears and even helicopters over this one.

Chances of happening: 7/10

Gareth Bale (Tottenham to Real Madrid £90M)

Whilst the aforementioned sagas have been intense this summer, none other comes close to the transfer saga that is Tottenham’s Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. Spurs desperately want to keep their Welsh boy wonder but €100 million is a lot of money, especially for a player that may already be dreaming of a Bernabeu debut. The Spanish giants invariably get what they want in the end and I suspect a bid of around £90 million would do it.

Chances of happening: 7/10

Marouane Fellaini (Everton to Manchester United £25M)

United’s consolation for losing Rooney may come in the form of a big-haired Belgian after the Red Devils failed in their pursuit of Cesc Fabregas. Moyes might opt to go with what he knows and I suspect Fellaini could quite easily be tempted by a move to the champions for a reunion with his old boss.

Chances of happening: 6/10

Leighton Baines (Everton to Manchester United £16M)

The Toffees have an unfortunate record of losing their star players on deadline day, which could be set to continue – Fellaini isn’t the only target of Moyes’ at Old Trafford. Leighton Baines is another of his former favourites and he, like his Everton teammate Fellaini, could be on his way to Old Trafford if the right offer comes in for him although it may be a case of either or for Moyes as I can't see Everton letting both go s late in the day.

Chances of happening: 5/10

Michu (Swansea to Liverpool £25M)

If Liverpool lose their controversial forward at the last minute their options to replace him will be few and far between. There is, however, one player who could almost fit the bill over at the Liberty Stadium where Michu was nothing short of sensation for Michael Laudrup last term.

Like the Reds, the Swans will be more than a little reluctant to lose such a key asset to the team but money tends to talk in this day and age and I suspect a big bid would hard to turn down for a club with the Swans' limited resources – especially as they’re challenging in the Europa League this term and considering they only spent £2 million on him a year ago.

Chances of happening: 4/10

Pepe (Real Madrid to Manchester City £30M)

Meanwhile, at Mourinho’s old stomping ground, Pepe has been linked with a move to Manchester City. The Citizens have already splashed out nearly £90 million on new signings under new manager Manuel Pellegrini following a disappointing season under his Italian predecessor last term but the Chilean has stated he's not done spending just yet.

I wouldn’t fancy this one to go all way to deadline day in all honesty but it might be close, if it happens at all. City need a world-class partner in their backline for captain Vincent Kompany and there are few who can compare to the Portuguese Los Blancos stopper.

Real Madrid have young Raphael Varane coming through the ranks and they may feel the money could come in handy, especially if they have to throw €100 million at Tottenham for some reason. Pepe could, in effect, be the sacrificial lamb for Flory Perez and his amigos in the Spanish capital.

Chances of happening: 4/10

David Luiz (Chelsea to Barcelona £30M)

Like their counterparts over in the Spanish capital, Barcelona have a habit of getting what they want and oftentimes when they want it. Chelsea have already rejected a big offer for their Brazilian centre-back and Jose Mourinho insists Luiz is part of his plans.

I just wonder whether the 26-year-old’s head may have been turned by the prospect of switching to Catalonia to join the Spanish champions. Chelsea don’t need the money but if the player would rather go, Mourinho may consider letting him. This one is unlikely in my estimation but stranger things have happened. Barcelona did buy Alex Song after all.

Chances of happening: 3/10

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