As the summer transfer window is just weeks from opening around Europe, the rumours are set to fly. Who will be the blockbuster transfer this year? Who will go on strike to force a move through? Who will break the world record transfer fee? Who will be tapped up?
In this article I look at some of the biggest deals that could go through this summer.
- Theo Hernandez from Atletico Madrid to Real Madrid
The young left back has been hugely impressive in his loan spell at Alaves in La Liga this season, where he has become their key player in the team’s run to the Copa del Rey final. With talk that he has completed a medical at Real Madrid this week in preparation for a transfer to the Madrid giants, Zidane looks to have one eye on the future, with Hernandez replacing Marcelo eventually. This one looks like it’s going to happen.
2. Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton to Liverpool
This one has the potential to be the transfer which is drawn out all summer. Whilst Liverpool are crying out for a top-class centre half with Premier League experience, Southampton are rumoured to be demanding £50m for their in-demand centre-half, who is also attracting interest from Chelsea and Manchester United. However, Liverpool’s relationship with Southampton following previous transfer dealings between the two clubs may prove to be a decisive factor in the move. Should Liverpool secure a top 4 finish and Champions League football this season, then this move could very well be possible. Whether Liverpool can negotiate a cheaper price than £50m remains to be seen. He is exactly what they need and would be an excellent acquisition for the Anfield club.
3. Pretty much anyone to Inter Milan
With the new owners at Inter Milan now familiar with the squad and management they have at the San Siro, huge changes are expected to be made at the club this summer, with rumours of up to €1billion being made available to the new manager for signings. This opens up a huge pool of players which the club can go for, with Fabregas, Mbappe, Jordi Alba and Naingollan being spoken about as possible transfer targets this summer. As well as new players, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is the new owners number one choice to take over as manager and with talk Conte may be tempted to make the move back to Italy, it is an exciting time to be an Inter fan.
4. David De Gea from Manchester United to Real Madrid
According to Spanish expert Sid Lowe on his excellent Spanish Football Podcast, Real Madrid have prioritised David De Gea as their primary transfer target this summer and are confident they will agree a deal to bring the Spanish Goalkeeper to the Bernabeu. However, with De Gea earning more money per week at Manchester United than everyone except for Bale and Ronaldo do at Real Madrid and with Manchester United extremely reluctant to sell, completing the transfer will be expensive and complicated. There is also talk that Real Madrid representatives are also keeping in regular contact with Chelsea ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois, should the de Gea transfer fall through for any reason. Keylor Navas should be very worried.
5. Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid to Manchester United
With Manchester United’s financial report which was released recently, the club proved that they are still one of the marketable and profitable clubs in the world. As a result of this, Mourinho and Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward will want to show the rest of the Premier League how serious they are about a title challenge next season by securing the signing of Griezmann, who – Messi and Ronaldo aside – is La Liga’s shining star. Current United midfielder Pogba has reportedly spoken to Griezmann about the move and spoken highly about the club, country and League in what appears to be a bid to persuade the French attacker to make the move, but a lot will depend on whether United qualify for the Champions League this season. It will take huge money to bring him to Old Trafford, but the transfer of Pogba last season proved that United can still compete with the very biggest clubs financially to get deals completed.
6. Kylian Mbappe to ?
The insanely talented Monaco striker Mbappe has set Ligue 1 and the Champions League on fire this season, with his pace and composed finishing making him a prime target for one of Europe’s very elite clubs. Talk of a £70m bid from Manchester United being immediately rejected by Monaco is an indication of just how much money this teenager is going to move for this summer and, for me, I would not be surprised in the slightest if this move breaks the World Record fee paid for a footballer. Real Madrid and Barcelona have been mentioned as the favourites for his signature, but seeing as he is from Paris, do not be surprised if the Billionaires from the capital break the bank to get him.
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