From the frenzied football festival that were the international tournaments this summer, domestic football is now just around the corner again and narratives will plunge straight into the transfer window as the proverbial rumour mill churns out stories. We decided to take a look at seven players hoping for moves in the summer transfer window.
7 players hoping for moves in the summer transfer window
7. Philippe Coutinho
James Rodriguez’s move to Everton could set a precedent for Philippe Coutinho. Another number ten to have struggled in recent years at a flurry of super clubs, dropping down in stature could help get him back on track.
Obvious jokes aside, Arsenal have been linked. At this stage of his career, that seems like an ideal move for the Brazilian as Mikel Arteta tries to bring some creativity into his side.
6. Wilfried Zaha
You’ve heard it all before. Wilfried Zaha is indispensable for Crystal Palace but seemingly not quite worth a huge investment for anyone else has proven to be exactly the recipe for a number of transfer sagas over the last few years.
Still, Palace are in a transitional period and, with two years left on his contract, perhaps this could be the time to sell him in order to fund the Patrick Vieira era. Zaha will certainly be hoping he is one of the players landing moves in the summer transfer window.
5. Raheem Sterling
It seems strange to suggest that one of Euro 2020’s best players, one who has just won the Premier League and started in a Champions League final no less, needs to leave his clu .
Still, Sterling has spoken of unhappiness at his limited game time at Manchester City last season and, given Pep Guardiola’s propensity for rotation, the notion of going back to a bit-part role after such a successful campaign this summer would be a real shame. At 26, Sterling is entering his prime. It’s time to act on that momentum.
4. Raphael Varane
Raphael Varane does not need to prove anything. He’s won pretty everything in the game so won’t like where Real Madrid are at the moment. In a state of transition, their deranged attempts to stay in the European Super League as that ship sunk to the sea speaks to a club struggling on the financial front.
At 28, a serial winner like that will surely not accept not challenging for major honours. If he can help lead Manchester United to a first Premier League title since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, Varane’s brilliance would finally be recognised in England. One of the many high profile players linked with moves in the summer transfer window, Varane could be a huge signing.
3. Manuel Locatelli
This is Manuel Locatelli’s time. Nothing quite raises a player’s profile like putting himself in the shop window during an international tournament and that’s exactly what the Sassuolo star did during Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph.
At 23, the goalscoring midfielder has already been linked with the likes of Juventus and Arsenal and the upward trajectory he’s embarked on lately will surely take him to a major club. Act on this momentum and the Locatelli could be a major force in European football over the coming years.
2. Renato Sanches
Renato Sanches has already had one big move and the Portugal star now has a chance at redemption.
The calming presence in the Portuguese midfield as their attacking stars flattered to deceive, the 23-year-old looks ready to move back to one of Europe’s major clubs after helping Lille win Ligue 1 last season.
As things stand, we’re getting to a point where Bayern Munich might actually regret selling him so quickly. Nonetheless, he’s one of the players linked with moves in the summer transfer window and the latest Liverpool transfer rumours suggest that The Reds are keen.
1) Jack Grealish
An icon amongst English football fans, helped in no small part by the fact Gareth Southgate never appeared to truly trust him at Euro 2020, Grealish ready for a move to Manchester City as he goes in pursuit of the game’s biggest trophies.
While Aston Villa are an ambitious club in their own right, selling their captain now for a British transfer record could fund an unlikely push for Champions League qualification, such was the manner of their improvement last season.
For all parties, it seems best that Grealish moves on this summer.
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