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Transfer Window 2015: A look ahead to the final stretch of this summer's window

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As the close of the 2015 Summer transfer window draws closer, there are still many big transfers on the horizon. Nicholas Otamendi, Mateo Kovacic and Pedro are the most recent players to depart their clubs, but there are still many big names rumoured with a possibility of joining big clubs in this historic transfer saga.

Jose Mourinho is clearly making attempts to strengthen his side after a string of poor performances to start the new season, leaving many fans disappointed. After the signing of Pedro, it seems the Special One is targeting young English centre-back John Stones. The Everton defender is a very promising talent, and would surely make a perfect replacement for ageing captain John Terry - perhaps partnering with Kurt Zouma in the near future.

The Blues are also rumoured to be looking to strengthen their attack, with Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann being their main target. However, for the Frenchman to move to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea would really have to break the bank, which is not something Roman Abramovich is ever shy to do.The winger/forward would make a great addition to this already world class Chelsea side, and thanks to his brilliant 25 goals last season, would help ease the pressure placed on Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. 

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Meanwhile at the Emirates, Arsenal continue to look for an established striker, a position they've been trying to reinforce for quiet some time. The transfer saga with Karim Benzema hasn't gone away, and Arsene Wenger has insisted that he has the money to make the transfer happen.

Arsenal have been chasing Benzema for the past couple of transfer windows, and still seem to have made little ground in getting the Spanish capital's approval, so until then, Gooners will just have to hope Giroud finds his run of form.

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When discussing the transfer window, one can never rule out Real Madrid. The Spanish Giants have had yet another active window, and are still active on the rumour mill. Mateo Kovacic may have been brought in to fill the position of Lucas Silva, who looks likely to exit the Bernabeu very soon.

Striker hunt

Los Blancos are also connected with Juventus front man Fernando Llorente, who has ironically lost his starting position to former Madrid striker Morata. With the option to bring Morata back to Spain next year, it would be a very interesting choice if Benitez opts for 30-year-old Llorente now - a choice that would certainly spark the interest of Arsene Wenger in his chase for Benzema.

Despite an incredibly active summer window, Manchester United are still on the lookout for a world class striker to accompany Wayne Rooney up front. With the loss of Falcao and the sale of Robin van Persie, the pressure will be on Wayne Rooney and the rest of the United midfield to score.

With this, Louis van Gaal has taken to the transfer market to try and fill the void, seeing as James Wilson has yet to prove himself as a consistent starter for the Red Devils. While Chicharito will look to maintain his impact off the bench.

Van Gaal has expressed interest in Spurs front man Harry Kane. Man United have also maintained their prolonged enquiry on Thomas Muller, a target they've also had for the last few windows. Sadio Mane is yet another name that's been linked to Manchester, especially after Chelsea snubbed Barcelona winger Pedro.

More likely than not, Van Gaal will prefer Muller or Kane to Mane, but it seems very unlikely that Spurs will be allowing Kane to depart. Despite reinforcing every other position, Manchester United still may not feel satisfied should they fail to sign an established goal scorer.

Although this summer transfer window has seen some big transfers, most of the drama may still ensue. With deadline day around the corner, it will be interesting to see which teams make last minute transfers as managers look to reinforce their squads. Meanwhile world football braces itself for yet another exciting season, with many new names looking to prove themselves.

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