The transfer window for the English Premier League and French Ligue 1 is now open, but the rest of Europe will come alive on July 1 when some of the big deals already agreed upon will be made official.
Sportzshala’s writers have everything you need to know about the hopes of the top teams, and they delve into the deals that could be on the cards. Who will enter? Who will leave?
Budget? As is always the case with Manchester City, they can afford anyone, but will still turn down deals if the fee doesn’t fit.
What does the team need? After signing the striker Erling Haaland For £51.2m from Borussia Dortmund, City boss Josep Guardiola can still make do with a left-back and midfielder. Defender Benjamin Mendy still suspended by club due to pending rape trial and 37 year old midfielder Fernandinho left at the end of his contract, meaning there are still gaps in the team, even if the big void ahead is now filled by Haaland. Ultimately, the 21-year-old striker became the club’s top target this summer and the deal was signed very early on. Everything else between this point and the start of the season will be considered a bonus.
Who are the main targets? Midfielder Leeds United Calvin Phillips and Brighton left back Mark Cucurella two players that City would like to sign before the transfer deadline. Sources told Sportzshala that both want to move to Etihad, but they are key players at their current clubs and will not be allowed to transfer cheaply. Both deals will come down to what they mean to their clubs versus what they mean to City, with director of football Chiki Begiristain proving time and time again that he won’t overpay for transfers. If Guardiola can win the Premier League without a striker, he can do it without the added competition on the left back and in midfield.
Who could leave? Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus told the club that he would like to consider serious offers because he is aiming for more regular football. Arsenal, Tottenham, Juventus and Real Madrid have shown interest, although Arsenal remain at the front of the line. City want to refund more than £50m, which has been a sticking point in negotiations so far, but he is expected to leave. Like Jesus Raheem Sterling he also had one year left on his contract, and his future was up in the air. Sources have told Sportzshala that Chelsea are showing interest and if they make a suitable offer of around £60m, the English winger could also leave.
Are there new contracts? City have done a good job securing long-term contracts with key players. Rodri he still has two years left on his contract and is next in line for new terms. He was outstanding last season and a new long-term contract would be a fitting reward. — Rob Dawson.
Budget: £80 million plus incoming remittances. However, this summer all the work has already been done.
What does the team need? Liverpool have already moved quickly to make up for the loss Sadio Manewho will move to Bayern Munich for £30m by signing with Benfica. Darwin Nunez in a deal that could end up costing the Anfield club £85m. Fulham striker Fabio Carvalho and Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay arrived for less than £10m to add depth, and Liverpool’s transfer business appears to have ended quickly and with a minimum of fuss. Switching to a new linebacker can also happen if a suitable target appears. Borussia Dortmund Jude Bellingham is an interesting player but there is no expectation that a £100m deal for the England international can or will be done this summer.
Who are the main targets? Nunez is done and he joined the January contract with Luis Diaz, so Liverpool are well set up in attack. As previously mentioned, the 18-year-old Bellingham is a player who could eventually move to Anfield, but not this summer.
Who could leave? Mane left for Bayern Divock Origi close to completing a move to AC Milan as a free agent. Along with Origi, Ben Woodburn, Sheyi Ojo and goalkeeper Loris Karius were also released when their contracts expired. Japan forward Takumi Minaminoformer Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and defender Nat Phillips are available for moves if the right offer is made, while Wales fullback Neko Williams will be allowed to go on loan for the season.
Are there new contracts? Mohamed Salah | as well as Roberto Firmino both enter the final 12 months of their trades. While Nunes’ signing suggests Firmino will be allowed to leave as a free agent next summer, every effort will be made to convince Salah to sign a new contract. The Egypt international has so far resisted the opportunity to entrust his future to Liverpool, but his contract is a priority and his contract must be resolved. — Mark Ogden
Budget: £100 million. The club’s new owners have some things to figure out, but they will support manager Thomas Tuchel where he needs it.
What does the team need? Chelsea have several important issues to resolve. Free transfer departures Antonio Rüdiger to Real Madrid and Andreas Christensen (likely to Barcelona) have left Tuchel in need of at least one new centre-back while a new left-back is another priority due to doubts over Mark Alonsofuture and the need to compete for Ben Chilwell. The central midfielder is another issue, but with a club-record striker worth £97.5m. Romelu Lukaku is close to a deal for a loan return to Inter Milan, but the focus is likely to shift to attacking reinforcements in the hope that the midfield will wait until next year.
Who are the main targets? Sevilla defends Jules Kunde is a prime target to fill in the gaps left by Rudiger and Christensen in defence, but Barcelona have become rivals for the French player. RB Leipzig Yosko GuardiolTorino defender Gleison Bremer and Paris Saint-Germain. Prenel Kimpembe were also linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. Wolves cornerback Ryan Ait-Nouri is the left-back’s target, while Chelsea remain interested in the West Ham midfielder Declan Rice despite his £100 million estimate. However, West Ham’s determination to keep Rice and Chelsea’s priorities elsewhere makes the move unlikely. Future Armando Broja, who had a successful loan spell at Southampton last season, will determine whether Chelsea look for a new striker to replace Lukaku or trust the 20-year-old Albanian striker. Sources also told Sportzshala that Manchester City winger Sterling is the striker’s top target but could be worth £60m, while 18-year-old Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina has also been the subject of interest.
Who could leave? Rüdiger has already left and Christensen, Danny Drinkwater and Charlie Muzonda were released as free agents. Lukaku will likely return to Inter just a year after returning to Chelsea. Alonso is expected to leave due to interest from La Liga and the captain Cesar Azpilicueta could also leave despite a one-year contract extension at the end of last season. Christian PulisicThe future is also uncertain as the American striker cannot secure a spot in the starting XI under Tuchel. Pulisic, Timo Werner as well as Hakim Ziyech all of which could be offloaded to raise transfer funds if Chelsea get decent offers.
Are there new contracts? The club’s long-drawn-out takeover, completed last month by a consortium led by Todd Boly, has delayed all new signing negotiations at Stamford Bridge, an issue that helped fuel Rudiger’s move to Real Madrid. But new proposals for Mason Mount, Rhys James and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy are likely to be prioritized and decisions also need to be made on N’Golo Kante – The Best of N’Golo Kante as well as Jorginhowho enter the last 12 months of their transactions. — Mark Ogden
Budget: Spurs have secured a £150m cash injection from their majority shareholder, Enik, the vast majority of which has been provided for transfers. Plus, there may be additional funds from the departure of players.
What does the team need? Antonio Conte is setting himself high goals this summer. He believes Tottenham need at least six signings to turn them into Premier League title contenders, including a centre-back, central midfielder, two full-backs and another striker.
Who are the main targets? Spurs have already started searching for the Inter Milan winger. Ivan Perisic and Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster on free transfers, plus a Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma for £25 million. The club wants to sign Alessandro Bastoni from Inter Milan to bolster their defence, but so far it has not been easy to reach an agreement. They are also showing interest in Middlesbrough right-back Jed Spence, but the two clubs still disagree on the 21-year-old. Spurs linked with Everton striker move Richarlison, but the club has privately denied speculation that they are close to a deal. Conte is a fan of the Inter striker. Lautaro Martinez but the deal could be worth around £90m.
Who could leave? Ajax interested in signing winger Stephen Bergweinwhile a host of other players were told they could find a new club, including Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele, Young Lo Celso as well as Emerson Royal.
Are there new contracts? Harry Kane last summer there was a push to get out of Tottenham but Spurs are more confident they will keep the striker 12 months after Champions League qualification. Ideally, Tottenham would like to extend his contract even further, but it’s not yet clear if the 28-year-old is ready to consider a new deal. — James Ollie
Budget: It’s hard to say for sure, but Arsenal spent £140m last summer and that’s bound to have an impact now, given they missed out on Champions League qualification. The money from the departure of the players will be reinvested in the team, but the money is there regardless.
What does the team need? Numbers….