Midweek transfer round-up: Maddison to United, Pogba to Juventus and Veretout to Napoli
by Chirag R Bhattad
The transfer window is in full swings. While not a lot of deals of taken place in the last few days, the work has been put in place for some major movements across Europe. Before taking a look at the potential moves, here is a look at all the major completed transfers across Europe.
From being linked to every top player in the world to going back to basics. Man Utd are now focusing on players who are not darlings of the media, looking to pluck out gems from different parts of England and Europe. One such attempt has seen them linked with Leicester City ace James Maddison.
The former Norwich City star beat Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen in creating the highest number of chances last season in the Premier League, an insane achievement. This has already put him in elite company, making him one of the best young talent in England. Man Utd are reportedly ready to shell out £60 million pounds for the English ace.
But Leicester City will be determined to keep hold of Maddison for at least another season. Brendan Rodgers is ready to build his team around Maddison, with a focus on youth seeing Demarai Gray, Ben Chilwell and Harvey Barnes featuring regularly for Leicester City under Rodgers. It will be interesting to see how things work out as this deal could go deep into the transfer season.
It seems to be accepted as a universal truth that Paul Pogba will be leaving Man Utd yet again. The frenchman enjoyed a mildly successful second coming to Old Trafford, with European and Cup honors under Mourinho and a lot of uncertainty before and after his tenure. He was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid early in the transfer window, but with Real turning their attention to Eriksen, their interest in Pogba has cooled for the moment.
But recently, Juventus have been making big noises in the transfer window. They have registered deep interest in bringing Sarri back, and are now looking to bring Paul Pogba back too, adding creative depth in their midfield alongside the arrival of Aaron Ramsey. Pogba will be angling for a move to Spain, but if nothing concrete materializes, he would be tempted by playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at the Old Lady.
This is a transfer which, if it goes through, could genuinely put Bayern Munich as one of the favourites to win the UEFA Champions League. FC Bayern Munich already had the best full-backs in World football, with Alaba and Kimmich recording 31 assists in all competition last season, better than Liverpool and FC Barcelona full-backs.
With Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard coming through the gates, their defense has been sorted out. Now they are focusing on the attacking front, and with Robbery leaving the club at the same time, they suddenly have two big holes to fill. Kingsley Coman has been a consistent performer when fit, with Serge Gnabry also putting in decent performances. But none are at the level of Leroy Sane.
The Man City winger has been one of the best young talent in England for the last two seasons, recording an astonishing 20 goals and 25 assists in the last two season in the Premier League. Add his 9 goals in Champions League and FA Cup and Sane’s number look very impressive. FC Bayern Munich are ready to shell out £70 million pounds, but Man City are rooting for £90 million pounds. It will be interesting to see who budges, but with Leroy Sane giving his okay for the move, it looks like a matter of time before the deal goes through.
Fiorentina had a horrendous campaign last season. They had to hold on to a nervy draw on the last day of the season to secure their place in the Serie A for the next season. Their midfield has been horrific, their defense porous and their forwards are misfiring big time, They have already let go of Edmilson Fernandes to Mainz and Jordan Veretout looks set to follow suit.
The former Aston Villa man is linked with SSC Napoli, with the Neapolitans looking to add depth to their squad if one-or-two of their midfielders decide to move on. Allan has been linked with a big money move to PSG while Adam Ounas is also looking for a way out. But if Piotr Zielinski, Fabian Ruiz and Allan decide to stay back at Napoli, there is no way Veretout starts ahead of them. Irrespective of that, Fiorentina are in shambles financially and the deal looks likely to go through pretty soon.
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness recently commented that he had advised his “friend” Jerome Boateng to “Try to find a new club this summer” with Niko Kovac looking at Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez/David Alaba as his first choice centre-backs with mats Hummels right behind them in the pecking order. This has almost confirmed that Jerome Boateng will be playing for a new club in the summer.
Arsenal are looking to move one German defender off their books already and might fancy going after yet another German to replace him. Boateng will be attracted by the Premier League and the wages on offer there. But with Arsenal out of the Champions League for yet another season, it will be interesting to see if the Gunners carry the same lure.
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