Chelsea expected to lead late transfer frenzy

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With less than a week remaining before the Transfer Window closes, there is growing speculation that there could be a flurry of activity among the Premiership giants.

Manchester City look set to complete the signing of Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg for a fee in the region of £58 million, a deal which would surely put the seal on a busy summer at the Etihad. Having already forked out close on £50 million for Raheem Sterling from Liverpool, it is clear that Manuel Pellegrini?s side are expecting to be a major force in Europe as well as on the domestic front this season.

Jose Mourinho moved swiftly to prize Pedro away from the clutches of Manchester United for £21 million and received an immediate dividend with a goal at West Brom in a 3-2 victory. Although Mourinho would be the last person to admit it, there is a general feeling that Chelsea have been complacent about their title-winning squad this summer and are only now realizing the enormity of the threat posed by City.

The Blues defense has looked extremely vulnerable and woefully short of pace at times. They are still pursuing Everton defender John Stones who has submitted a transfer request in the hope of making the move to the Capital. Rumors of a record £70 million bid for Paul Pogba suggest that Chelsea are preparing a last minute bid to bolster their squad.

Arsenal have been linked with a swoop for Uruguay International striker Edinson Cavani, although Wenger already appears to have a plethora of attacking options. North London rivals are reportedly closing in on the signing of Saido Berahino from West Brom despite having an offer of £22 million rebuffed by the midlanders.

Southampton fans will be biting their nails this week with rumors suggesting that Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama could be leaving St Mary?s. Although the club have stated that they intend keeping both players, their history suggests that there is a price for any squad member. Teams such as Southampton are always likely to lose their emerging talents when the Premier League giants come calling.

It is something which has clearly irked Roberto Martinez at Everton and Tony Pulis at West Brom in regard to Stones and Berahino. Both players have obviously been affected by the intense media speculation in recent weeks, to the extent that Berahino was left out for the Chelsea game. It promises to be a fascinating five days in the transfer market.