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Ten Big Transfers That Could Happen this Summer (Part One)

The summer transfer window will soon be open, and, whilst the market is still substantially affected by the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, there still some big names who could be on the move in the weeks ahead.

Erling Haaland

Haaland is arguably the hottest property in world football right now.

Since joining Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg, he has scored 57 goals in 59 appearances for the Bundesliga side.

It is not a question of if he moves toa bigger club, but when, with Dortmund publicly insisting he is not for sale. Money talks, however, and if the right bid comes in, they will listen to offers, though they will likely need to be north of £120 million.

Only a small handful of clubs could afford that – Manchester City, PSG, and Chelsea.

Kylian Mbappé

The 22-year old World Cup winner has made no secret of his ambition to one day play for Real Madrid. The only question is whether he makes the move now or is happy to spend another season or two at PSG.

His current deal in Paris expires next year, so both club and player have a decision to take.

Real have made no secret of their desire to take him, but their financial situation is poor, and they may need to sell players first. And the decision of Zinedine Zidane to resign as manager complicates matters further.

At the same time, PSG need to convince Mbappé of their ambition if he is to stay. A second place finish in the league and another failure in the Champions League have not been the best advertisement for that.

Harry Kane

Now 27 Harry Kane has just won the Golden Boot award for the 2021-21 season in England. However, he has shocked Tottenham fans by admitting in a TV interview that he wants to leave the club because he wants to start winning trophies on a regular basis.

He also claims that he has a gentleman’s agreement with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy that will allow him to leave the club he has supported sine he was a boy.

Spurs initial response is to play hard ball, and claim he is not for sale at any price. And Levy, a renowned tough negotiator in the transfer market, could set any fee for him so high that it effectively prices teams out.

Kane is under contract until 2024 but trying to make a player stay who does not want to rarely works.

This is likely to be one of the most protracted battles of the summer, but, when the dust settles, it would be no surprise to see him wearing a Manchester City shirt next season.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Whilst he may still have a  year left on his current contract at Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo has implied that he may soon be moving on again. Having topped the Serie A goalscoring charts, he has said hat he has achieved the goals he wanted when he moved to Italy, and his decision to move his luxury fleet of cards back to Madrid has been taken by some as a sign that he intends to return to the Bernabeu.

At the same time, speculation has also linked him with returns to former clubs Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United.

One barrier for any club signing him though are his wages  He may now be 36, but his salary demands will put him out of the reach of all but a small elite group of clubs.

Jadon Sancho

The England winger Sancho has been told by Borussia Dortmund that he can leave Borussia Dortmund this summer, and he seems destined for a return to the Premier League.

Manchester United, who spent virtually the whole, of last summer trying to negotiate a deal for him  only to fail to agree a price with the Bundesliga club, will begin as the favourites to finally get their man this time. However, they are likely to be joined in any pursuit by Chelsea, who may try and tempt him with the chance to return to his London roots again.

Valued at well over £100 million a year ago, Dortmund need the money so will accept a lower fee than that hit time round.

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