With the summer transfer window fast approaching, it’s time to take a look at the most exciting deals to come over the next few months.
Manchester City and Real Madrid have already laid the groundwork for another dynamic transfer window.
While Man City won the race for coveted Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland, Madrid have secured the signature of Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger to set the tone for the upcoming recruitment campaign.
Here we take a look at the transfer news & rumors likely to make headlines this summer.
#5 Gareth Bale – Real Madrid in the Premier League
Gareth Bale’s difficult spell at Real Madrid is coming to an end as the Wales captain prepares to return to the Premier League after nine years at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The left-footed player joined Los Blancos from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a world-record fee of £85.3m and has enjoyed a trophy-filled career at Madrid.
However, off-field antics coupled with recurring injury woes have seen Bale plummet down the pecking order under Carlo Ancelotti.
With his lucrative £600,000-a-week running out in June, the 32-year-old is set to return to the Premier League, where Newcastle United, Manchester United and Spurs are keen to enlist his services.
#4 Raphinha – Leeds United to Barcelona
According to TEAMtalk, Barcelona will step up their pursuit of Leeds United striker Raphinha next week after the player submitted a transfer request.
Xavi’s side were hoping to land the Brazil international at a bargain price in Los Blancos’ feared relegation battle in the Premier League.
But they will have to dig into their pockets to complete the transfer after Leeds secured top-flight status for another season.
Raphinha has emerged as one of the best-performing wingers in the Premier League since joining Elland Road in 2020 and Barcelona see him as an immediate upgrade from Ferran Torres.
Wolverhampton Wandereres loanee Adama Traore will return to the Molineux Stadium in the summer after an uneventful six-month stint at the Camp Nou, clearing the way for the Leeds star.
#3 Paulo Dybala – Juventus to Inter Milan
Paulo Dybala has decided to end his illustrious seven-year tenure at Juventus and will leave Turin as a free agent after refusing to commit to a new contract.
One of Serie A’s most desirable strikers has received a plethora of requests from the Premier League, with Arsenal and Tottenham reportedly keen to lure him away from Italy.
Unfortunately for the London clubs, Dybala’s future appears tied to Serie A as Inter Milan are in advanced talks with Argentina officials over a summer move to Giuseppe Meazza.
The Sun recently reported that the 28-year-old is close to penning a three-year deal at Inter, worth around £115,000 a week.
#2 Paul Pogba – Manchester United to Juventus
It’s been a staggering six years for Paul Pogba at Manchester United and it’s about time the 2018 world champion moved on.
The French playmaker returned to the Red Devils in a blockbuster £89.3million deal from Juventus in 2016 and is regarded as one of Europe’s finest midfielders.
But things haven’t gone Pogba’s way at Old Trafford. The 29-year-old has often grabbed headlines for all the wrong reasons, with his bizarre haircuts and off-field activity overshadowing his on-field performances.
Six years after leaving Allianz Stadium, Pogba is set to be reunited with Massimiliano Allegri, under whom he played the best football of his life.
The Italian record champions have opened talks with the Frenchman’s entourage to negotiate his return to Turin on a free transfer.
#1 Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich in La Liga
Robert Lewandowski’s future at Bayern Munich is in the stars, despite the Pole’s godlike status at Bayern.
The veteran striker has been one of the deadliest goalscorers in Europe over the past decade and helped Bayern establish long-term dominance in the Bundesliga.
Lewandowski’s agent Pini Zahavi recently opened the door for the 33-year-old’s exit from the Allianz Arena, admitting his outstanding eight-year tenure at the club is drawing to a close.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have emerged as the most likely landing spots for ex-Borussia Dortmund’s talisman as both sides failed to sign their key targets.
While Man City passed Barca to Haaland, Paris Saint-Germain have signed Kylian Mbappe with an unprecedented new deal that puts him outside of Madrid’s reach.
La Liga’s arch-rivals could therefore go head to head to enlist the services of arguably the best striker in the world.