Summer transfers: 10 major moves to watch
- Current club: Manchester United
- Could join: Everton
Excited hacks broke the news on Tuesday that Rooney won’t be joining Manchester United on their pre-season tour to America – because a deal to take him home to Goodison Park was all but done. Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is reported to have met with Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford this week, and – despite interest from elsewhere – Merseyside is the most likely destination for the 31-year-old.
The latest stories suggest that United are so keen to offload his £230k-per-week wages that Everton won’t pay a transfer fee, while Rooney will take a hit of £80k per week to re-join his boyhood club.
- Current club: Everton
- Could join: Manchester United, Chelsea
And so begins the domino effect. For so long this window it’s seemed as though Lukaku was nailed on for Chelsea, but Thursday’s bombshell came in the form of a £75m move to Old Trafford being agreed instead.
There was, however, some confusion: initially it was suggested that Rooney would be a makeweight in the deal, though that doesn’t appear to be the case. Then Sky Sports motormouth Jim White declared that no such fee had been rubber-stamped, despite widespread claims elsewhere reporting that to be the case. Chelsea are desperate not to lose this one – Antonio Conte wants Lukaku more than any other player this summer.
- Current club: Chelsea
- Could join: Atletico Madrid
Amid the Lukaku hoo-ha, Costa is believed to have already said his merry goodbyes to team-mates, despite not yet having confirmed himself a new club. He was certainly told he wasn’t wanted at Stamford Bridge earlier this summer, though, and even if Chelsea don’t get their No.1 target it seems the Brazil-born antagonist will go regardless.
Atletico Madrid are thought to have all but sorted a return for their former striker, but their problem lies in not actually being able to register new players until January due to a transfer ban. In the meantime, a loan move for Costa could be on the cards.
- Current club: Manchester City
- Could join: Leicester
According to The Telegraph's well-connected East Midlands correspondent John Percy, Leicester are very confident of beating off the competition to sign the 20-year-old for around £25m.
It seems like a good move all around: though Iheanacho will still have to fight for a place with Jamie Vardy around, he’s certainly more likely to better his tally of only five Premier League starts from last season. The Foxes, meanwhile, would add to an impressive bundle of summer business that already includes Harry Maguire (Hull) and central midfielder Vicente Iborra (Sevilla).
- Current club: Porto
- Could join: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Why is this move interesting? Because it’s basically ludicrous. Portugal international Neves has been touted as one of his country’s finest prospects for a long time, having captained Porto in the Champions League when he was just 18, and been previously linked with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool.
Yet Jorge Mendes’s tentacles stretch far: having been involved with the Chinese consortium that took over Wolves last season, he then got his client Nuno in as manager, and now looks to be masterminding the £15m deal for Neves here. But money or otherwise, quite how he has convinced his now-20-year-old client to drop into England’s second tier is unclear.