We are almost a month into the summer transfer window and already there have been some headline grabbing deals made. With two months remaining until the window closes, there is still plenty of time for more deals and there is no doubt that there will be plenty. The Premier League looks set to lose some of its biggest names, but as always, there will be many arriving over the coming months. Here we will take a look at some of the biggest names the Premier League is set to lose.
Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid is all but confirmed. Hazard was absolutely determined to leave Chelsea and Zinedine Zidane is happy to welcome to Belgian to the Bernabeu. In recent weeks there has been a huge amount of speculation in the press about the terms of the deal with many reports that the clubs agreed an initial fee of £88 million plus add-ons that could contribute another £42 million. It is also thought that Hazard will receive a salary of £400,000 a week, double what he was receiving at Chelsea, and that he will be signing a five-year contract.
This is not good news for Chelsea, they have been handed a transfer ban an appeal against which the Court of Arbitration for Sport is currently considering. The ban is the result of breaching the rules regarding the signing of foreign minors and if the appeal fails then Chelsea will be unable to bring in any replacements this summer. This would mean that they would be relying on an immediate impact from Christian Pulisic.
David de Gea
There were recently reports that Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea informed Manchester United that he is not willing to sign a new contract to extend his deal that ends next year. Regardless of whether this is true or not, there has already been a great deal of interest in signing him. There have been rumours that Paris Saint-Germain are willing to pay him around £350,000 a week and it is thought that if they were to offer United a sum in the region of £50 million then they are likely to sell him.
Given United’s recent form, there is probably very little motivation for De Gea to stay with the team. He has spent eight years there during which he has performed fantastically, but no one would question his desire to play for a better performing team. The only question would be, whom does United replace him with?
It has been reported that the Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil was put on the transfer list after he lost his temper with coach Unai Emery after the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea, telling him “You’re not a coach”.
Emery has never shown much faith in the German and he is not the most consistent of players. The team need to bring in defenders, midfielders and wingers, and selling Ozil would help free up the funds necessary to do so. However, it is not known if any clubs are interested in signing Ozil, and with him currently enjoying a £350,000 a week salary with two years remaining on his contract, he may well be happy to stay where he is.
Romelu Lukaku’s popularity at Manchester United has always been in flux. During his first season with the club, he was one of Jose Mourinho’s favourites. While he was not the most agile player, he did score 16 goals and lead the line almost single-handled. That burden may well have helped him at the World Cup in Russia, but once he was back in the Premier League he once again seemed to be slow and sloppy.
When Mourinho left the club, he took with him Lukaku’s protection. When Solksjaer took over, Lukaku missed the first two games with the new manager having different ideas about what he wanted from his centre forward. While Solskjaer has worked with Lukaku to get him facing the opposition goal more, he does not feature in his first choice XI. There have been reports that United are hoping to get a lot of money for the player, close to the £75 million they paid for him and it is known that there is interest from Inter Milan. However, they are thought to be reluctant to pay the asking price.
Xherdan Shaqiri only joined Liverpool last summer but there have been reports suggesting that Jurgen Klopp is preparing to move him on. Shaqiri seemed to struggle in the second half of last season, providing just one assist in 2019 and sitting out as many Premier League matches as he played in.
Liverpool did not pay much for Shaqiri and reports suggest that the team are still reluctant to spend big on squad reinforcements. If they were to sell Shaqiri, who has previously played for Stoke, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, then it would free up resources for them to invest on attacking talent that is more suited to Klopp’s style.
It is thought that Liverpool are eager to use any funds that they do have to bring the 20 year old Nigeria winger Samuel Chukwueze from Villarreal.
There has been some speculation that Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon may be a good fit for Liverpool but other reports suggest that the England Under-21 prospect is set to move to Tottenham Hotspur, a year after Spurs failed to purchase him from Fulham before the start of last season.
This time things should be easier for Spurs. Sessegnon is just a year away from free agency and he is reluctant to return to the Championship. Last year he won the Championship Player of the Season after 16 goals in a campaign that saw Fulham promoted. This season he managed two goals and six assists, while frequently being brought in and out of the side under three different managers. However, his previous form should be enough to ensure that he is still attractive to the big teams.
It has been reported that Spurs are preparing to offer £25 million while Fulham are hoping for a sum closer to £40 million. While it may sound a lot, when one considers the money turned down by Chelsea for Callum Hudson-Odoi, it is not so unreasonable.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is another Fulham player who was fantastic in the team’s campaign that ultimately led to promotion to the Premier League but then suffered once the team reached the top flight. He scored in just two matches in 2019 and just once after January.
However, he never stopped trying. While Fulham may have finished second from bottom in the league, their centre forward attempted more shots than any other player did in the Premier League, and one more than joint Golden Boot winner Mohamed Salah did.
While he does have the lowest conversion rate of any striker with 10 or more goals, Fulham are still expecting to get around £30 million for the Serbian.
Bournemouth would probably like to hang on to Ryan Fraser, who created more Big Chances than anyone else last season. However, considering his contract situation and the team’s finances, the team cannot afford to lose the Scotland winger for nothing next summer when teams such as Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are currently interested.
It has been reported that Bournemouth are hoping for around £30 million for the 25 year old, a fair amount considering the numbers being suggested for younger, unproven wingers who are entering the final year of their contracts. Arsenal seems like the most obvious destination, but they are unlikely to be willing to pay the full amount.
Toby Alderweireld’s agent was extremely clever when negotiating his contract with Tottenham. Alderweireld’s contract was due to end this summer but the team choose to use their right to extend the deal for another year. However, that came with a cost and the centre-back could still leave this summer for £25 million.
That is a very low price tag for a defender of Alderweireld’s quality, even if he is now thirty years old and a year from being a free agent. It is known that teams such as Manchester United and Juventus are interested in him, while Alderweireld has said that he wouldn’t mind returning to Amsterdam where he used to play for Ajax. Should no offer come along this year, then he could very well do it next year as a free agent.
Alexis Sanchez’s time at Manchester United has been a disaster. Woodward has said that signing him was an ‘enormous error’ and Sanchez has simply failed to show the kind of form that he had at Arsenal. Giving him a deal that was potentially worth £300,000 a week also caused huge problems in the dressing room and ultimately all he managed were three Premier League goals in a season and a half.
However, it seems that there is interest in Sanchez from Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Inter Milan, so Manchester United could see him leave in the coming weeks.