Amidst the World Cup taking centre stage during this summer, clubs around Europe will still be wanting to make their voices heard in brining in the top talent to join their ranks. As has been the pattern of player over the last few summer transfer windows, the transfer fees continue to grow and reach unprecedented heights.
This year is likely to be no different. Here are five players that could make huge waves in the transfer market, which you can keep up to date with at the place where all the deals happen: the Transfer Hound.
The Brazilian might have only just joined Paris Saint-Germain 12 months ago, but there has already been heavy speculation regarding his future. For Neymar, the reason of moving to the French capital was to become the main man and guide the club to Champions League triumph.
After his injury in February, PSG faltered in Europe and failed to even get past the Round of 16 yet again. It seems no matter how much money is churned into the Parisian club, they have a mental blockage of reaching the depths of the tournament.
For Neymar, a route out of Paris is a very complicated, uneasy and controversial one to go down with it being Real Madrid, his former club’s nemesis. Los Blancos have made their interest known to Neymar’s representatives for a summer transfer, but it will largely depend on whether the Madrid-based club can shift Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale off the books.
The Brazilian forward is currently 1/4 to stay with PSG according to some of the leading football betting sites online, while odds favour Real Madrid at 5/2 with Ladbrokes ahead of any other potential suitor.
The Polish striker has been at Bayern Munich since arriving from Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer four years ago, but his agent, Pini Zahavi, has relayed information to the media suggesting that it is time for his client to find pastures new.
Whether it is a ploy for a new bumper contract remains to be seen, but Lewandowski is said to be seriously considering his options as he approaches 30 and having not long left to sign a new mega deal.
Chelsea and Real Madrid are joint favourites to snap him up this summer if he were to leave, being priced at 2/1 odds with Betfair. Though Lewandowski is also being tipped to remain in Munich for another year at 6/4 odds.
For any team around Europe, Lewandowski brings in a rounded game to the centre forward position and an unbelievable goal-scoring tally. Having scored 106 goals in 126 official matches for Bayern, it is no surprise to read interest in him from the best clubs in the world.
With one year left until Alderweireld’s release clause of €25m comes into action, and no sign of the Belgian signing an extension, Tottenham have resigned to the fact that they will sell him should a sizeable offer surface for the defender.
Alderweireld has consistently been one of Tottenham and the Premier League’s best players over the last few years, with Manchester United keeping close tabs on how this situation unfolds over the summer months.
With the centre back off to the World Cup with Belgium, it is unlikely that a deal will be concluded throughout the four-week tournament, but the Red Devils will want to secure his signature in principal with everything ready to take place soon after.
José Mourinho’s team are the favourites at 4/7 to bring the Belgian to Old Trafford this summer, with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain outside choices at William Hill.
Although Alderweireld is pushing for a move, Daniel Levy, Spurs’s chairman, will not be easily negotiated with for a potential transfer - especially if that club is a Premier League rival. It is understood that the North London club are looking for a fee in the region of £60 million, even if there is a release clause in 12 months’ time.
The Brazilian-born midfielder has been one of Europe’s revelations this season, impressing many of the world’s elite with one club particularly focussed on acquiring him in the summer window.
Pep Guardiola has been a long-time admirer of Jorginho and has made him a priority in his Manchester City midfield. Currently priced at 1/10 to join the Citizens, it looks like a matter of when, rather than if, this transfer goes through.
Jorginho, who has opted to represent Italy as his national team, is a deep-lying midfielder that breaks up play effectively, but also acts as the nucleus of the team and sits just in front of the back four, guarding it for his life.
It is clear to see why Guardiola is so fond of Jorginho - primarily because of his immense technical ability and range of passing. With Fernandinho just turning 33-years-old, bringing in a younger player, who is in the prime of his career, makes sense for the Spanish manager.
Jorginho is not the biggest nor the strongest, but, in a similar way to how N’Golo Kanté operates, his instinctive ability and spatial awareness is second to none. The midfielder is always in the right place at the right time and uses those attributes to influence his team’s attacking output.
After winning his fourth Champions League in five years since joining Real Madrid, Bale opened himself up for speculation after stating he must reconsider his future due to not being played week in, week out when he returned to full fitness.
Although Zidane has now left Los Blancos, Bale is said to be pondering his future and will not make any rash decision over his next steps. With the Welshman turning 29 before the season starts, any potential club looking to sign him for a mega fee will have to take into consideration his injury proneness as well as a limited resale value.
There is no doubt about it that Bale brings any club a smattering of quality and can decide the game in a matter of moments - just as he did against Liverpool in the Champions League final. The wide forward is a special player and one that Manchester United have been chasing before he even moved to Madrid.
Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman of the Red Devils, offered Spurs a higher fee than Los Blancos did, but Levy was adamant he was to be sold abroad. Bale is currently 11/4 to join United and 7/1 to make the switch to Stamford Bridge.
If Madrid are serious about bringing in Neymar from Paris this summer, Bale might well be the sacrifice they have to make in selling him to raise funds and clear the wage bill somewhat. Florentino Pérez, Madrid’s president, however, is not going to make it an easy task for any buying club, with the transfer likely to reach triple digits.