With the season now at an end and most of the players in Europe either in Dubai, Ibiza or somewhere in the USA, the papers and Twitter have been full of transfer rumours. Whilst most of them are laughed at immediately, some actually happen.
Here are the ones which have been most seen in the media over the last couple of weeks;
Mo Salah – Roma to Liverpool – £35m-£40m
This one looks like it’s going to be completed in the next couple of days, with several reliable Liverpool-based journalists reporting that the deal is all but agreed and the player is to sign on the dotted line before the weekend begins. With more goals and assists than Juventus superstar Paolo Dybala last season in Serie A, Liverpool are getting a player who has a bagful of pace and is good on the ball, already complimenting a front line which boasts Mane, Coutinho and Firmino.
Tiemoue Bakayoko – Monaco to Chelsea – £35m-£40m
One of the key components of the Monaco side who blew everyone away in France last season, the powerhouse defensive midfielder will be an excellent signing for Conte’s men and will also cast doubts on Nemanja Matic’s future at the club at the same time. A huge fee is being mentioned, but the signing of Kante last summer just went to show how crucial a strong midfield is to Conte’s 3-5-2 formation if it is to work.
Alvaro Morata – Real Madrid to Manchester United – £65m-£80m
One of the biggest transfer stories this summer, Spanish centre forward Alvaro Morata has been tipped to make the switch from one super club to another this summer in order to boost his chances of making Spain’s 2018 World Cup squad. A naturally gifted striker, Morata has all the attributes required to become a hit in the Premier League – a good height, relatively quick and lethal with both his feet and his head. Doubts have been cast over whether he’d live up to the price tag and also his lack of playing time under Zidane at Real Madrid, but with a good record at Juventus and Real (when he’s played), his signing would go a long way to adequately replacing the Ibrahimovic sized-gap in United’s front line.
Sandro Ramirez – Malaga to Everton – £5m – £7m
A graduate of the legendary La Masia youth academy at Barcelona, Sandro is due to complete a move to Everton in the next week or so for a cut price £5m. After joining Malaga from Barcelona last summer, where he struggled to break through at the Camp Nou under Luis Enrique, Sandro found the net 14 times in the league, assisting in another 3 goals for his teammates. With the technique and movement you’d expect from a Barcelona graduate, this could prove to be the signing of the summer, especially for the low fee they are paying.
Ivan Perisic – Inter Milan to Manchester United – £30m – £40m
The hard working 28 year old Croatian winger has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, with a reported opening bid of roughly £27m being rejected by Inter immediately. Previously at Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund and a regular in the Croatian national side, Perisic is highly rated across Europe and his performances for a hugely disappointing Inter side last season convinced Mourinho that he is worth bringing to strengthen his title challenge this year. Following the failure to sign Griezmann after his decision to sign a new contract at Atletico, a left footed attacking player was high on Mourinho’s list and Perisic fits the bill nicely.
Thomas Lemar – Monaco to Tottenham/Arsenal – £25m
Another player to come from the hugely impressive Monaco side who fired their way to the French league title last season, Lemar has been linked to both North London clubs this summer, with Spurs often mentioned as being the favourites to sign him. Often playing on the left hand side of the midfield, Lemar is more of a playmaker than a goalscorer; assisting in 10 goals for Monaco last year, finishing second in the Assists table. At just 21 years old, there is still plenty of room for progression and he could very well turn in to a superstar if he is given the room to shine.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid to Manchester United – £ A LOT
Suddenly, the impossible transfer may just seem possible. With talk that Ronaldo has made an “irreversible decision” to leave Real Madrid this summer following what he feels to be a lack of support from the club following an allegation of tax fraud from the Spanish prosecutor, the world media immediately started speculating as to where the superstar forward will end up. In reality, there are only a handful of clubs in the world who can afford Ronaldo, given his astronomical wages and £1bn buyout clause which is in his current contract. Talk of a sensational return to Manchester United has been backed up by claims from certain sections of the Spanish and UK media who suggested the player would be “open” to a return to Old Trafford. Questions have to be asked regarding whether United actually need Ronaldo, given the need for reinforcements elsewhere in the squad, but this story is one which will run and run all summer if it is not shut down by Florentino Perez and Real Madrid ASAP.
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