After a dramatic European Championships, clubs around the continent are readying their warchests in preparation for a fraught end to the summer transfer window.
Premier League clubs will – as ever – be among the biggest spenders, meaning that we could see the completion of some seismic deals over the next few weeks.
Here are five of the biggest Premier League transfers that could take place in the next few weeks, including a World Cup winner, a serial goalscorer, and two top young talents who might all be on the move this month.
Jadon Sancho to Manchester United
While this particular deal is nearing completion, it isn’t yet signed, sealed and delivered.
However, it’s currently looking almost certain that Jadon Sancho’s hotly-anticipated move to United will end up being the first transfer saga on this list to come to an end.
Sancho was a big target for the Red Devils last summer, but one year on, the deal is edging ever closer.
United have confirmed a deal has been agreed, and with just the final paperwork to be completed he will soon be unveiled.
After just under four years at Borussia Dortmund, in which the forward has scored 38 goals in 104 Bundesliga appearances, now looks to be the perfect moment for the 21-year-old to make his return to English football.
Saul Niguez to Liverpool
It isn’t expected to be an especially busy summer for Liverpool in terms of incomings. However, one such player that is reportedly on Jurgen Klopp’s wishlist is Atletico midfielder Saul Niguez.
A graduate of the Spanish club’s academy, the 26-year-old has steadily risen to become one of the key members of Diego Simeone’s impressive squad.
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With rumours surfacing over Jordan Henderson’s future at Liverpool, the Spaniard is possibly being line-up as a long-term replacement for the skipper, who turns 32 this year.
While interest remains from Barcelona, Liverpool look to be in the driving seat for Saul’s signature.
Harry Kane to Manchester City
The saga of Harry Kane looks set to rumble on well into the closing weeks of the summer window. After informing Spurs of his desire to leave the club, Manchester City soon emerged as the striker’s likeliest destination.
Spurs are understandably keen to keep the England captain, but with talk swirling of a £100 million offer coming from City in the near future, Daniel Levy’s resolve may be tested to the limit.
Should Kane’s transfer to the reigning Premier League champions be confirmed, it will surely go down as the biggest deal of the summer – unless the next man on our list is on the move.
Erling Haaland to Chelsea
Harry Kane isn’t the only world-class forward who could be on the move this summer. On the contrary, as Norwegian marksman Erling Haaland is thought to be on the wish list of the European champions.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a sensational campaign for Dortmund last year, netting 27 goals in just 28 appearances in the Bundesliga.
Chelsea’s biggest weakness in recent years has been their lack of a truly elite goalscorer at the sharp end of the pitch – a problem that Haaland would surely rectify.
Available next summer for a fee of around £63 million (according to Bild), Chelsea may bide their time with this one – unless they wish to get the jump on other clubs competing for his signature.. Time will tell.
Raphael Varane to Manchester United
As one of the most decorated defenders in world football, it isn’t hard to see why United are pushing so hard to sign the dominant Frenchman.
Raphael Varane has won just about all there is to win with Real Madrid during his decade-long spell at the club. With this in mind, the World Cup winner has been looking for a fresh start elsewhere – that is according to multiple reports.
With Sancho and Varane on board, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team could be a serious force in the Premier League next season, as both additions would solve longstanding issues for the Norwegian boss.
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