We are towards the end of the 2016/17 season which means it is already time for teams to look into the areas that have been problematic for them this season and need to be addressed in the summer. As always, the media houses and the twitterati are busy linking up players and clubs and quoting prices, but which of these rumours will turn out to be true and which of them won’t be. These transfers could cost millions of dollars to the clubs and as such, it is important to note which of them are feasible and those that are not.
Sportwalk takes a look at the 10 transfers that could shape the summer of 2017 for the season 2017/18 :
10. Pablo Zabaleta to West Ham:
Zabaleta is out of contract in the summer, and West Ham has already made him an offer which he will most certainly sign on. Man City needs him to go, but Zabaleta still has few fights left in his locker.
9. Theo Hernández to Real Madrid:
Even though there are few other teams for the French leftback like Liverpool, Real Madrid at the moment seem to be the favorite to land him. He is quoted to cost around 20M — an amount that Real Madrid should be able to cough up pretty easily given that they need coverage in that area. But Liverpool will not give up easy either as Jurgen Klopp is determined to find a solution to the left side of his defense ahead of next season.
Likelihood: Real Madrid 8.5/10, Liverpool 7/10
8. Fabinho to Manchester City:
Speaking of addressing the weaknesses, Man City has a lot to do in the summer with fullbacks and defensive midfielder(s) being a priority and Fabinho fits the bill in both categories. With a reported summer spending balance of 200M, Pep Guardiola is looking to shape City as beautifully as possible and Fabinho is the leading candidate for a blockbuster summer ahead.
7. James Rodriguez to Chelsea:
It is no secret that the charismatic Colombian is unhappy at the amount of playing time at Santiago Bernabéu, He will be looking at a change of scenario this summer and Chelsea have emerged as the leading candidate.
6. Kylian Mbappe to Anyone:
There are at least 5 teams who want the French breakout striker of the season. Real Madrid is leading the race at the moment, but both Manchester Clubs are not far behind. What the quality season he has had, it will be difficult for Monaco to keep hold of him for another season.
Likelihood he leaves: 8/10
5. Yannick Carrasco to Bayern Munich:
Apparently, Douglas Costa is unhappy at Bayern Munich, and the Bavarians feel Carrasco can be the perfect replacement. Even though his fees could present a problem, Bayern has never been afraid to spend when they have felt the need to.
4. Douglas Costa to Juventus:
The unhappy Brazilian winger wants to move to the Italian giants and even though he is valued at 50M, the transfer of Kingsley Coman will bring it down to 30M. Juventus need natural wingers; they have used various player OOP this season and will look to change that out.
3. Alexis Sanchez to anywhere but Arsenal:
Alexis has already declared his discontent for the Gunners and is looking for a move. The leading clubs at the moment are PSG, but Chelsea and Juventus are not far behind either. After PSG’s exit in the Champions League even after a brilliant first leg, they will be looking to add fresh legs for their CL temptation. Chelsea will fight even more if Eden Hazard leaves.
Likelihood: PSG 8/10, Chelsea 6/10, Juventus 7.5/10
2. Eden Hazard to Real Madrid:
Every season just like any romantic sitcom featuring two lead characters who cannot decide their future, this one is the ideal ‘Will they, won’t they?” situation in the transfer window. It is election time in July and president Fiorentino Perez will be looking to add a Galactico and the Belgian fits the bill in every way possible.
1. Greizmann to Man United:
Even before the season began properly, this was a transfer that kept everyone busy. This is the ultimate move Manchester United will hope to land; they have already shown the world they are not afraid to break the bank or even the world record fee for that matter. Real Madrid are keeping their tabs on Antoine Griezmann, but it seems more and more likely that Jose Mourinho will do everything possible to get his desired target.