Now lets take a look at Part 2 of our expected major transfer deals to happen this summer:
Alexis Sanchez – Manchester City/Bayern Munich/Chelsea
How Arsenal fans would rue Alexis Sanchez leaving the Emirates this summer; lets face it, the Chilean forward deserves more than what he is getting at the club. A player of his calibre should be winning major honours but he won’t do that as long as he remains at Arsenal. Sanchez has reportedly stated himself, he is frustrated at the lack of ambition and drive shown by his fellow team mates and the club. Don’t be surprised to see him walk out on the club in the summer with Manchester City and Bayern Munich believed to be sniffing down his neck with the former the most likely destination due to his past ties with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona.
Nonetheless, individually Sanchez has enjoyed another great season in front of goal taking his all time tally Premier League tally for the club to 50 goals. He is player who will not at stop at nothing to get a victory – a characteristic shown on many occasions this season when he throws a strop or at his fellow team-mates.
Maybe the time he starts winning the trophies he so well desires could be away from Arsenal, who knows?
Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal/Atletico Madrid/Liverpool
A player who has been on top of his game for a long while now. A player that has carried the weight of Lyon’s world on his own shoulders for a number of seasons. Step forward, Alexandre Lacazette.
I am very surprised he has not moved to a Champions League club already despite his goalscoring prowess that only a few players in Europe can match. Lacazette has encompassed rising from the academy ranks to becoming one of Europe’s most coveted goalscorers. He is one of only four players – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane – to have hit the 20 goal mark in one of Europe’s top five leagues to three successive seasons.
Lacazette has notched 126 times for Lyon in 274 games. When one considers he broke into the first team as a winger under former coach Claude Puel, its even more impressive 110 goals in 182 games since the switch to becoming the main man upfront, after the iconic Lisandro Lopez moved on. In those last three campaigns, the 25 year old has notched 88 goals in 128 (73 in 96 in Ligue 1 alone). Astonishing.
So its natural Europe’s finest should be interested in his services, and a move to the Premier League or even La Liga is on the cards this summer with Arsenal and Atletico Madrid believed to be lining up a big money move for the French hotshot.
Tiemoue Bakayoko – Manchester United/Chelsea
A player central to the successes of Monaco this season – I mean literally. Tiemoue Bakayoko has been a massive presence along with Fabinho in the centre of Monaco’s midfield throughout the season. His power, ball-playing ability and defensive awareness has seen him gather interest from top clubs in Europe such as Manchester United and Chelsea all soaring for his services this summer. Blues boss Antonio Conte sees the French international and his fellow countryman N’Golo Kante as the perfect partnership in Chelsea’s midfield.
Chelsea are confident of sealing a deal for Bakayoko but have Manchester United to contend with for his signature. It is believed Bakayoko would prefer a move to Old Trafford, but only if they are in the Champions League next season.
However, the Premier League Champions Chelsea, have been leading the chase for the Monaco midfielder, who they want to make an early summer signing with an offer of £30million.
Benjamin Mendy – Manchester United/Manchester City
Another player who has flourished this season for Monaco, making a huge contribution to the team’s formidable attacking force, French left-back Benjamin Mendy. The defender has been a major outlet on the left for Monaco with his marauding runs and devastating deliveries, he has contributed more assists across the league and Champions League than any other defender in Europe – more than Marcelo of Real Madrid and David Alaba of Bayern Munich. The 22 year-old has been instrumental for Leonardo Jardim’s men who are on course to win their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years.
Benjamin Mendy is now being touted by Manchester United, Man City and Chelsea because of his performances this season. It is understood he is now valued at around twice the figure Monaco paid Marseille for his services – a sum of £12million pounds – and his of interest to all of the top 6 teams. However, sources close to the player have told Sky Sports that Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte are the most keen to secure Mendy’s services.
All 3 managers have cause to search for a new left-back especially City manager Pep Guardiola who has had to rely on the services of Gael Clichy – a player most certainly expected to be part of Guardiola’s summer exodus as the former Barcelona coach looks to build the Etihad club in his own image and Mendy fits perfectly in his plans. City are in desperate need of a major reshuffle in defence which could mean Guardiola going all out for Benjamin Mendy.
Expect there to be a major bidding war for the French international left-back this summer.
Andrea Belotti – Manchester United/Chelsea/Arsenal
Torino president claimed to have rejected a £56m bid from Arsenal for striker Andrea Belotti. A man who has enjoyed a fantastic breakout season in Serie A, has attracted interest from a host of top clubs in Europe. Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea have all been linked with Belotti the past couple of months and his stats shows why.
After failing to score in his first 10 games for Torino following a move summer move in 2015, a goal against Bologna that year sparked a major turnaround. Since then, the Italian has never looked back, he has scored 28 goals in 42 appearances for both club and country. He has also created 33 goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates – more than any other centre-forward in Italy. His speed unsettles defences, while his strength and determination can turn seemingly lost causes into openings for his team.
His €90 million release clause would be sure to drive out clubs trying to signing the player; however, the Italian striker has dismissed claims his buy-out clause reaches that figure.
Michael Keane – Everton/Manchester United
Manchester United are interested are interested in re-signing Burnley defender Michael Keane, according to Sky Sources.
Keane, 24, left United to join Burnley permanently in 2015 for £2m, four years after he signed a professional contract at Old Trafford. United are understood to have a 25% sell on clause standing from the deal, meaning they would be due a quarter of any fee paid to re-sign Keane back. No talks have been made regarding a potential deal yet, but Mourinho is a keen admirer of the centre-back after an impressive campaign for Sean Dyche’s steady Burnley side.
Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool are all believed to be interested in Keane, who has just one year left on his current contract – which could prompt Burnley to cash in this summer.
Ross Barkley – Tottenham/Arsenal
Everton boss Ronald Koeman earlier this month gave Ross Barkley a deadline to sign a new deal at Goodison Park. Barkley has just one more year on his current deal but has so far refused to put pen to paper on a new deal as he considers his future at the club.
Tottenham are amongst a number of clubs thought to be monitoring Barkley’s situation and Koeman stated Everton are not prepared to wait for until the start of next season for a decision from the England international.
Everton are already on a look out for his potential replacement if he was to leave this summer with Ronald Koeman said to be interested in Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ajax’ attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen, though the former has stated he is happy to stay at the Liberty stadium beyond the summer.
Whatever Barkley decides this summer, he’s got to make the right call because his immediate future and supposed ‘potential’ is on the line… No pressure.
Leonardo Bonucci – Manchester City/Chelsea/Barcelona
According to widespread reports, Barcelona are trying to coax Leonardo Bonucci to the Nou Camp. Spanish media Outlet, Don Balon reckon the Catalans view the Italian defender as the ideal candidate to bolster their back line. It has been suggested Barcelona will move for the defender if Juventus are victorious in their pursuit of the Champions League trophy against Barcelona’s rivals Real Madrid.
The Premier League’s elite have also been heavily linked with Bonucci. Chelsea were desperate to secure his services last summer, but Juventus knocked back their advances. However, other reports such as the Telegraph say the Blues are still in the hunt for the defender – along with Manchester United and City.
Kyle Walker – Manchester City
Reports in the Daily Mail suggest Chelsea and Manchester City are both interested in the services of Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker amid growing rumours in various other news outlets that there has been some unrest between the England international and Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino behind the scenes at White Hart Lane, as a result, Walker has been recently left out of the Tottenham first 11 in key games such as the North London derby against Arsenal.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was already set to slap a significant price tag on the 26-year-old if he is to sell to a direct rival. But a potential tug-of-war between City and Chelsea will drive the price ahead of what promises to be a hectic summer for Kyle Walker.
Though, Tottenham are believed to be relaxed about the situation seeing as Walker is contracted to the club until 2021. Pep Guardiola’s City face an uphill summer as the Spanish coach aims to revamp his squad for the 2017/18 upcoming season and Kyle Walker could be central to those plans as Guardiola is desperate need for a new full-back after Argentine City legend Zabaleta confirmed he would be leaving the club in the summer. Guardiola sees Walker as the ideal replacement and believes the England international has all the ingredients for the perfect Guardiola-type full-back.
Bernardo Silva – Manchester United
Another rising star among the brilliant crop of players unearthed and Ligue 1 champions Monaco. Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva has been hugely impressive this season, his understanding with his fellow forwards such as Kylian Mbappe, Falcao and Thomas Lemar has been the bedrock of an exciting and devastating attack as we’ve ever seen from any Monaco team.
Silva has expressed his dreams of moving to a “top club” in future. The £70million rated winger helped his side capture the Ligue 1 title after his side’s 2-0 win over St Etienne. Monaco could be hit by a mass exodus this summer with Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho and Thomas Lemar all being coveted by Europe’s top clubs this summer.
Much of Bernardo Silva’s future does hinge upon the rest of his team-mates as it is looking massively unlikely most of the top stars at the club will be seeking greener pastures this summer. Jose Mourinho sees Bernardo Silva as the ideal signing to boost his attacking options for next season. United have struggled in front of goal this season, and Mourinho has made plans to solve that issue with a World Class striker and another attacking midfielder being added to his shopping list this summer.
Silva does hold Champions League ambitions, and Mourinho will try everything in his locker to ensure he is triumphant against Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday to match those ambitions.
Radja Nainggolan – Manchester United/Chelsea
According to Sky Sports News HQ, Manchester United have entered the race to sign Belgium and Roma. Sky Sources understand that Mourinho is looking to trump Antonio Conte to the signature of the 29-year-old, one of the most sought after midfielders in Europe.
It is understood United’s interest is at an early stage and no deal has been agreed with AS Roma. Last summer, Chelsea made several offers for the Belgian powerhouse to join Stamford Bridge, a bid which was rumoured to be in the region of £34million.
Since joining Roma permanently in 2014, following a loan spell at the Stadio Olimpico during the 2013/14 campaign, Nainggolan has become a vital part of the resurgence of Roma in recent years, making 120 appearances, scoring 26 goals in the process. Outside of Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera, Mourinho is short of options in the middle, with Marouane Fellaini reportedly in talks with Turkish side Trabzonspor about a summer transfer and Michael Carrick turning 36 by the time the new season kicks off, Mourinho will be looking for ideal candidates to stock up his midfielder especially if they have ambitions to successfully compete in the Champions League next season.