After the arrival of Erling Haaland in Manchester City and the extension of Kylian Mbappé to PSG, several big names will animate the transfer market, which begins this Friday in Spain, Germany and Italy.
In Spain, Real has already rebounded well after the failure in the Mbappé file, by recording the arrivals of the German central defender Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) and the promising French midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni (Monaco).
Veterans Marcelo and Gareth Bale leave the merengue club, which will have to wait for other departures before welcoming new elements.
FC Barcelona, in the grip of economic difficulties, is in the same situation. The future of the French international Ousmane Dembele remains in abeyance, as his contract ended on June 30, Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong is announced to be leaving, and the arrivals of Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessié and Danish defender Andreas Christensen, at the end of their contract with Milan and Chelsea, were tied up according to the press.
Atletico Madrid side Saul Niguez and Alvaro Morata are back on loan, while the club said goodbye to Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan would be approached at River Plate, in Argentina. To be continued.
The file was thorny, but the will to Romelu Lukaku to revive after a sluggish year at Chelsea has worked miracles: a year after leaving Inter Milan for the “Blues” for 115 million euros, the 29-year-old Belgian striker is doing the opposite and will return to the season next the Nerazzurri, on a paying loan (8 million euros according to the press).
This return undoubtedly precedes another, already completed according to several Italian media: that of Paul Pogba at Juventus, where he lived his best years in club between 2012 and 2016, before spending six mixed seasons at Manchester United.
Among the other hot issues: Paulo Dybalain advanced discussions with Inter Milan to bounce back from Juventus, Nicolo Zaniolo, not sure of staying at AS Roma, or the future of two solid Serie A defenders, Milan Skriniar (Inter) and Matthijs De Ligt ( Juve), which are in the sights of major foreign clubs (Paris SG for the first, Chelsea or Manchester City for the second).
With the arrivals of Erling Haaland at Manchester City and, to a lesser extent, from Darwin Nunez to Liverpool, the big guys have wasted no time in this transfer window.
The Reds believe they are now fairly calm in this transfer window, despite losing Sadio Mané to Bayern Munich, while City still hope to strengthen in the middle with England international Kalvin Phillips from Leeds.
Chelsea and Manchester United, who are still waiting for their first signing, are comparatively far behind.
Behind, Tottenham, with Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma and Richarlison (Everton) since Friday, and Arsenal, with Portuguese nugget Fabio Vieira, are trying to keep up. The Gunners are still waiting for a Brazilian reinforcement: Gabriel Jesus (City).
The soap opera “Robert Lewandowski against Bayern” still keeps Germany in suspense. The situation has been blocked for more than a month between the 33-year-old Pole, who absolutely wants to leave, and the club, which demands that he go to the end of his contract, in June 2023.
Barcelona raised their offer to 40 million plus five in bonuses on Wednesday. Robert Lewandowskidouble best player FIFA (2020-2021), promised, according to the press, to give priority to the Catalan club on other possible offers.
After the arrival of Sadio Mane at Bayern, the other prestigious transfer is the arrival of Sebastien Haller to Dortmund from Ajax Amsterdam. The Ivorian has already passed his medical examination and been welcomed by the leaders, but his recruitment will not be formalized until July.
One month after the extension of Kylian MbappePSG is still building in a new era that President Nasser Al-Khelaifi wants less “bling-bling”.
The arrival of former Nice technician Christophe Galtier is expected in the coming days and will mark the departure of Mauricio Pochettino, but that of Portuguese midfielder Porto Vitinha, the first summer recruit, was announced on Thursday evening. Renato Sanches (Lille) and Slovakian defender Skriniar (Inter) could follow.
Departures are also mentioned – even that of Neymar! – but only young Xavi Simons, transferred to PSV Eindhoven, and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, first on loan and then permanently transferred to West Ham, have left.
Another tricolor international, Alexandre Lacazette, did the opposite and left Arsenal to find Lyon, his training club, which has just formalized the return of Corentin Tolisso, not extended by Bayern Munich.
At Olympique de Marseille, the coach Jorge Sampaoli set his conditions by asking for “resources to match” the Champions League after the departures of Boubacar Kamara (free party to Aston Villa) and William Saliba (return from loan to Arsenal).
A first signing was announced Thursday by OM: Isaak Touré, 19, 2m04, Le Havre defense tower (L2), signed until 2027.
Finally, the Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer (Borussia Mönchengladbach) is approached at OGC Nice, where he would find Vaudois coach Lucien Favre if necessary.
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