Almost £800m has been spent in this summer’s transfer window but the spending shows no signs of slowing. Many clubs have invested heavily in their squads and this window saw the world transfer record smashed by Paul Pogba’s £90m move back to Manchester United.
Rumours are still rife regarding big money transfers as many teams are yet to flex their financial muscle. We take a look at five players who could still make a big move this summer…
Christian Benteke – Liverpool
Belgian forward, Christian Benteke, was linked with a move away from Liverpool when Jurgen Klopp was announced as manager. Brendan Rodgers spent £32m on the forward from Aston Villa only last summer but the 25-year-old has struggled to adapt to Liverpool’s style of play. Benteke was pushed further down the pecking order following the emergence of Divock Origi, the return of Danny Ings as well as the signing of ex-Southampton forward, Sadio Mane. The Belgian has reportedly accepted the fact his future does not lie at Anfield.
Crystal Palace were the frontrunners for his signature a few weeks ago and had a £25m offer rejected by the Reds who are keen to recoup the full amount they paid for his services. The move went cold before Yannick Bolasie left for Everton meaning Benteke emerged as a target yet again. Liverpool again rejected a bid from the Eagles which including £7m in add-ons as they have demanded £30m up front. West Brom have also shown interest in the forward and are willing to meet Liverpool’s demands but the Belgian international is not keen on a move to the Baggies.
VERDICT: Joins Crystal Palace
Gabriel Barbosa – Santos
Young Brazilian forward, Gabriel Barbosa, who is most commonly known as ‘Gabigol’, has also been linked with a big-money move to Europe. Gabigol has been dubbed ‘the next Neymar’ and has been tipped to reach great heights in his career. The 19-year-old is currently representing Brazil at the Olympic Games.
Reports claim that Manchester United have moved into pole position for the signature of the prospect after Jose Mourinho identified the youngster as a future star. Contrasting reports suggested that Leicester were willing to spend £25m to bring the Brazilian to the King Power Stadium. Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been keeping tabs on the striker who may wait until next year for a move to a bigger club.
VERDICT: Stay at Santos
Mauro Icardi – Inter Milan
Inter Milan forward, Mauro Icardi, has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League. Icardi has established himself as one of the best forwards in the Serie A following his move from Sampdoria. New manager, Frank de Boer, has indicated that the Argentine remains a key part of his plans in Milan.
Arsenal and Chelsea have both targeted the forward and Icardi’s agent is due in London for talks regarding a move to the Premier League. Olivier Giroud could head the other way if Arsenal’s move for Icardi materialises.
VERDICT: Stays at Inter Milan
Christian Eriksen – Tottenham
Danish playmaker, Christian Eriksen, has cast doubt over his future at White Hart Lane following a contract dispute at the club. Eriksen has developed into one of Mauricio Pochettino’s most important players and has reportedly asked for a new contract worth up to £150,000 per week. The Lilywhites are unwilling to offer such wages which has created uncertainty regarding his future.
Juventus are willing to meet the wage demands of the 24-year-old and would be willing to pay big money to bring the former Ajax midfielder to Turin. Inter Milan are also monitoring the situation as de Boer looks to bring a player he worked with in Holland to the San Siro. It remains to be seen whether Eriksen will pen a new deal in North London or seek pastures new.
VERDICT: Stays at Tottenham
Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon
The Alexandre Lacazette transfer saga took another twist this week as the French forward hinted that he would not turn down an offer he could not refuse. Lacazette has been linked with a move away all summer long despite the Lyon president insisting their star forward would not be sold.
Arsenal are the most likely destination if Lacazette chooses to leave. The Gunners have targeted a new striker but failed to improve their £30m which was rejected by the French club. Arsene Wenger is expected to increase his offer for the French international who netted a hat-trick in Lyon’s opening Ligue 1 game against Nancy.
VERDICT: Joins Arsenal
Who else could leave their current club in the summer transfer window?