THE January transfer window is now closed with relatively few ins and outs taking place at most Premier League clubs.
But keeping the purse strings tight during the winter could tee up a busy summer of transfer activity.
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And here, SunSport take a closer look at the THREE most likely deals that could be completed when the transfer window re-opens – according to odds supplied by Betfair.
Houssem Aouar to Arsenal – 7/4
Arsenal supporters will be relatively pleased with their January business after securing loan deals for Martin Odegaard and Mathew Ryan.
They've also managed to reduce the wage bill significantly having offloaded Mesut Ozil, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Schalke-bound Shkodran Mustafi.
And with the squad trimmed, the Gunners are much better placed to make an approach for top target Houssem Aouar.
Lyon rejected Arsenal's bid for the 22-year-old last summer.
But bookmakers Betfair think they'll have better luck this time around having priced him at 7/4 to join the north London outfit.
Most likely summer deals – Betfair
- Houssem Aouar to Arsenal – 7/4
- Jadon Sancho to Manchester United – 2/1
- Lionel Messi to Manchester City – 3/1
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Jadon Sancho to Manchester United – 2/1
Death, taxes and rumours of Jadon Sancho joining Manchester United…
But Betfair think this summer will finally see Sancho joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's ranks at Old Trafford.
The winger, 20, was close to signing last summer but Ed Woodward and Co. were unwilling to meet Borussia Dortmund's £110m valuation.
However, there are now claims Dortmund will sell for a lot less to recover from the financial loss suffered during the pandemic. He's now 2/1 for a blockbuster arrival.
Lionel Messi to Manchester City – 3/1
Premier League leaders Manchester City have kept their powder dry this January.
And there could be a very good reason for that if Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi reunites with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad this summer.
The Argentine magician has entered the final six months of his contract and City are one of just two or three clubs capable of affording his wages.
Messi could be on his way to English football at 3/1 with Betfair.
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