Lately, there has been a bit of movement in the football
community with teams gathering for training sessions and leagues starting to
announce their official plans for the remainder of the season.
But don’t let last month’s radio silence fool you. The
European top clubs haven’t been napping and all of them are lining up players
to bolster the ranks and prepare for the future whatever it may be.
This has prompted me to report on some of the latest
football transfers that could potentially be wrapped up during the lockdown.
I should stress that these are only rumours at this point
but there has been a bit of movement in all four cases I lay out in this
So, without any further delay, let’s see what is happening
on the transfer front.
Jadon Sancho to Manchester United/Chelsea
We all know that Jadon Sancho’s time with Borussia Dortmund
is coming to an end sooner rather than later. The player himself has expressed
desire to return to the Premier League at some point and although he says he is
feeling comfortable in Germany, it will be hard for Dortmund to keep him on the
Manchester United has been at the forefront of the Sancho
speculation for quite some time and bagging a world-class talent is exactly
what they need. There is a huge tradition of quality wing players at Old
Trafford and the young Englishman is definitely worth a shot.
The latest rumours also suggest that Chelsea might enter the
bidding war. The club will most likely lose a couple of experienced wingers
like Pedro and Willian, and with Hazard’s departure in the summer, Lampard’s
team will be very undermanned in that position.
With the up and coming young core of this team and
Abramovich’s financial muscle, Sancho can easily be persuaded to head to
Stamford Bridge as he is probably going to get as much game time as he wants.
Willian to Arsenal
News of another potential deal circulating right now is
Willian’s supposed transfer to Arsenal. As I already mentioned, the Brazilian
speedster is almost certain to change clubs soon and the Gunners look like a
very good destination for him.
He knows the city inside out and is enjoys living there.
Plus, Mikel Arteta is in definite need of some experience on the wings.
While players like Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli have
been hugely impressive, they are still raw prospects, while Willian has done it
all in the Premier League.
At just 31 years of age, the Brazillian still has a lot of
football left in his legs and might be available for a cut-price which will
make a potential deal very enticing for Mikel Arteta and his staff.
Arthur to Tottenham
Arthur Melo’s name has also made an appearance in this
week’s transfer rumour mill. The Barcelona starlet has impressed so far this
season and we all know how desperate Jose Mourinho is to bolster his midfield
Marca did report that Arthur is more willing to remain at
the Nou Camp but given how strange things have become in the club there is no
telling what will happen to the current squad.
The midfielder may well have to reluctantly leave his
boyhood team and a top Premier League club is not a bad destination to end up.
Tottenham now boasts the facilities and financial power to
bring in quality players and Arthur may see working under one of the most
decorated managers in recent history as an exciting project.
Kylian Mbappe to Liverpool
Mbappe’s name needs to introduction. The 21-year-old is
already a World Cup winner with France and is widely considered as the best
football talent right now.
Given that PSG continues to fail disastrously at mounting an
effective challenge for the Champions League trophy, Mbappe may soon look to
bring his talents elsewhere.
Clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona have been alert to this
possibility for quite a while now but news has emerged that it is actually
Liverpool who may be leading the race to sign the mercurial Frenchman.
It’s been said that Jurgen Klopp has spoken to Mbappe’s father for the possibility of bringing his son to Anfield and allowing him to challenge for the major honors.
Klopp has turned the Reds into a leading football powerhouse
and approaching Mbappe is definitely something that the German specialist will
feel confident enough to do.
If the deal happens, the fans will probably have to wave
goodbye to one of Salah, Firmino, and Mane but given what they will get, I
hardly think that anyone will be disappointed.