Even though the World Cup is in full swing it doesn’t mean that the transfer rollercoaster for the world’s biggest clubs slows down. Every club will be looking to improve their squad in order to compete for silverware next season, so we’re going to look at a few of the biggest rumours doing the rounds about potential moves!
Real Madrid –> Manchester United
This one has been rumbling on season after season, beginning when Bale first joined Los Blancos from Spurs several seasons ago. The reason there might be some truth in it now, though, is that Real Madrid have recently appointed a new manager. Bale was unsure of how important he was in Zinedine’s Zidane’s plans, but seeing as Zidane has left and has been replaced with former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui, Bale will have to chat to his new manager and see where he fits in. Depending on what system Lopetegui will play, or how much he likes Bale as a player, the Welshman could be on the move which would likely be music to the ears of Jose Mourinho as well as many Manchester United fans.
Real Madrid –> TBC
Onto another Real Madrid man-in-motion, Ronaldo let slip during an interview after the Champions League final that his career in the Spanish capital might be finished. Ronaldo is 34 now, and has just won his third successive Champions League, cementing himself as one of the (if not the) best in the club’s history. The expression ‘quit while you’re ahead’ comes to mind, and may be what’s on Ronaldo’s mind, too. At his age, he doesn’t have long left at the top, and it’s a far better choice to go while you’ve still got a bit left in the tank rather than to become a player that frustrates fans and taints a stellar legacy. His destination is a mystery, but one potential destination is the MLS – where Ronaldo will still be able to play for a few years and his commercial value can be used to grow the sport Stateside.
Bayern Munich –> Juventus
The 29-year-old former Manchester City centre-back has been with the German giants for a number of years, and has won the Bundesliga title once again this past season. He’s already committed to looking for a new challenge, and Juventus are the rumoured suitors trying to get his signature. It makes sense since the clubs have done business in the past with the transfers of Mario Mandzukic and Douglas Costa, so they’ve clearly got an established relationship. Juventus have done very well to bring in high quality players that keep their squad strong both for domestic as well as European competition, and Boateng definitely fits that bill.
Manchester United –> Chelsea/Tottenham Hotspur
There’s a lot of speculation about Martial, who looked to be one of the brightest young attacking talents when he first arrived at United during van Gaal’s tenure at the club. Since Mourinho’s arrival, Martial has slipped down the pecking order for whatever reason, and understandably, any player wants more guaranteed football. He started only a handful of games for United last season, and probably won’t feel too optimistic about getting into the starting XI next season. Spurs and Chelsea could both use additional attacking options out wide, particularly Chelsea if they don’t manage to hold onto Eden Hazard; add to the fact that Martial is both young and used to the league, so he makes a lot of sense for either London club.
Lyon –> Liverpool
This deal seemed all but signed until the European sports papers reported a sudden breakdown in negotiations between Lyon and Liverpool a couple of weeks ago. Considering the clubs were already at the negotiating table and personal terms had allegedly been agreed with the player, the delay seems more likely to be down to haggling over price rather than the deal being off the table completely. A lot of transfers go through an off-again-on-again cycle, but end up happening in any case. Fekir would be a huge boost to Liverpool’s attacking options, so there’s a good probability the Merseyside club will eventually pay a fee that will satisfy Lyon and get Fekir’s signature.