The January transfer window may have slammed shut, but there are still plenty of clubs hoping to tie up summer deals for some of European football’s hottest talents.
It is the time of year when players begin to weigh up their options and give some of the Premier League clubs a chance to flex their financial muscles with a big money offer.
More and more players are being lured by the mega-rich Chinese Super League and the ludicrous financial rewards. However, there remains no doubt that the English top flight is one of the best in the world and here are five players who could be tempted to move to English shores this summer! Buy your Premier League football tickets here.
There will always be the inevitable link with Liverpool because of his close relationship with former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, but Liverpool could try and use these ties to their advantage, especially if they can secure the lure of Champions League football.
Aubameyang told French radio station RMC in January: “If I want to go to the next level, I need to leave in summer,” Whether this is a come-and-get-me plea remains to be seen.
The Reds may have to pluck up around £40 million for the striker but could generate the funds with the sale of injury-plagued forward, Daniel Sturridge. Liverpool are desperate for a big-name striker to fill the void left by Luis Suarez and Aubameyang fits the bill. Manchester City have also been put on high alert surrounding the Gabon striker’s availability and this could be one to keep tabs on come the end of the season.
A rumour which has been rumbling on for some time and the Frenchman is a player who we would all love to see in England. Manchester United appears to be the rumoured destination filling the back pages across Europe if he decides to move on from Atletico Madrid. United are willing to splash out £60 million for the 25-year old who is one of world football’s biggest talents right now. Griezmann would be a suitable fit for any top club in England but a big money move to Old Trafford could be too much to resist.
Griezmann’s image adviser, Sebastien Bellencontre, admitted last week a move to Manchester United would be perfect for his client. He said: “I have to say this would be the ideal scenario in marketing. He would play for the same club as Beckham, his idol, with the same legendary No 7 in the back.” Watch this space. Is it too early to get the shirts printed?
James has become disillusioned with life at the Bernabeu and The Colombian has cut a peripheral figure this season with his days at Real looking numbered. Who will rescue him from his Madrid nightmare? Amid interest from Bayern Munich, a reunion with his former boss Carlo Ancelotti looks appealing. However, a move to both Chelsea or Manchester United could also be on the cards this summer. Rodriguez had a promising breakthrough season at Madrid following his £63 million move in 2014, however, he has been left frustrated by Zinedine Zidane’s lack of playing time this campaign and a summer exit looks more than likely as clubs circle for his signature.
The Brazilian has the aggression, tenacity and talent which fits the mould for a Premier League star and the time could be now for the Bayern Munich man. Costa has impressed in Germany for Bayern Munich this season and has blossomed under Carlo Ancelotti. Costa reportedly attracted an offer from Chelsea before he signed for Bayern and the attacker said he has plans of a new challenge once his ambitions in Germany are fulfilled.
The Brazilian has remained coy on his future but has confirmed interest from England and his desire to play in the Premier League one day and Chelsea could come knocking once more. He toldBild: “I think England is one of the biggest soccer leagues in the world – fantastic! Just like Spain’s La Liga also, with big players, big teams.” Could a Costa double act be gracing Stamford Bridge next season?
A move to Arsenal was mooted last summer following his return to Real Madrid after a fruitful loan spell at Juventus. However, the Spaniard has been limited to cameo appearances and is a player who deserves to be playing regularly for a top side. There will be plenty of potential suitors from across the globe, but a move to England could well be Morata’s next move after flirting with a move to the Gunners in the past.
Arsenal and Chelsea are rumoured destinations for the Spanish hot-shot. A bid in excess of £70 million could be enough to tempt Morata to swap La Liga for London.