Summer transfer rumours: the 10 major moves to watch
Current club: Borussia Dortmund • Could join: Barcelona
How Not To Get A Transfer & Alienate People, by Ousmane Dembele (aged 20-and-a-quarter). Thursday was a bad day indeed for the Dortmund youngster, who thought it would be a great idea to miss training and fly to Paris to visit family and friends in a not-so-subtle bid to force through a move to Barcelona. Dortmund duly suspended him.
The Catalans have had a €100m bid turned down by BVB, with reports suggesting they want €150m for the player they signed from Rennes for just €15m last summer. Outlets in France and Germany, however, are suggesting it’s only a matter of time before he’s a Barça player.
Current club: Monaco • Could join: PSG, Real Madrid
Another potential move involving one of France’s finest youngsters is PSG’s attempts to spend all the money in the world ever and secure the signature of world football’s most coveted teenager.
Mbappe has been the subject of constant speculation all summer; most of it has suggested that he’ll join Real Madrid eventually, but PSG have always been in the chase - and reports broke on Thursday that the French giants had agreed a fee of €150m plus €30m in add-ons for the 18-year-old. They’ve been refuted since, but there’s definite interest from the Parisians.
Current club: Porto • Could join: Tottenham
No, you’re not seeing things - this is Tottenham being linked with an actual football player. Portuguese outlet A Bola say Spurs had officials at Porto’s game against Estoril, and that Pereira was surely the reason for their trip.
The 23-year-old right-back seems like a sensible target given Kyle Walker’s departure to Manchester City, and can be nabbed via a €25m release clause should Spurs wish to trigger it. He’s spent the last two seasons on loan at Ligue 1 Nice.
Current club: Sporting • Could join: West Ham
Pick a Premier League club… any Premier League club. They’ve probably been linked with Carvalho at some point. This week it’s West Ham flexing their muscles, but this time it appears to be serious - The Telegraph are reporting a £27.1m bid for the Portugal international.
The story says talks have been ongoing all week, that Sporting want closer to £36m, but also that Carvalho is keen to join the Hammers. This one’s looking good for Hammers fans.
Current club: Arsenal • Could join: Chelsea
Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t really been seriously linked away from Arsenal until now. But this week the Mirror claim that Chelsea are ready to ramp up interest in the England international and test the Gunners’ resolve with a £35m offer.
The 23-year-old only has a year left on his contract and, although Arsene Wenger has consistently talked up his player, Oxlade-Chamberlain is yet to agree a new deal at the Emirates Stadium. “Between me and the Ox, I’ve told him what I believe he should do,” Arsenal legend Ian Wright told FourFourTwo cryptically this week. “Now it’s down to him.” Ooo.