Summer transfers: 10 major moves to watch
- Current club: Roma
- Could join: Chelsea
As good as done for £35m and set to be completed next week, according to reliable sources. Versatile defender Rudiger apparently completed a medical while on a post-Confederations Cup holiday in Los Angeles this week, having helped Germany win the tournament.
The 17-time capped 24-year-old has been with Roma since 2015 and was a Blues target back then, but he now feels as though his chances of first-team football at Stamford Bridge are much better. With the likes of John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic having left since then, he’d be right.
- Current club: Leicester
- Could join: Arsenal
This one has been quietly bubbling under the surface for a couple of weeks, but it seems as though Arsenal are going to step up their efforts to sign the tricky Leicester wideman now that their pursuit of Alexandre Lacazette has been completed.
Mahrez told Leicester – and everyone else – of his desire to leave soon after the season ended. Now it’s a case of agreeing a fee that Leicester are happy with; the former champions are hankering for £50m, but Arsenal seem unwilling to budge beyond £35m at this stage. There’s probably some middle ground to be found.
- Current club: Sporting
- Could join: Crystal Palace, West Brom, Manchester City, Arsenal
Portugal international Carvalho has been linked with a Premier League move since he was a foetus (or that’s what it feels like anyway) – so is this the summer he finally comes to England?
The imposing central midfielder, who helped his nation win Euro 2016, is still only 25 but may fancy a fresh challenge having impressed as a regular presence at the heart of Sporting’s midfield for the last four seasons. Crystal Palace, West Brom, Arsenal and Manchester City have all been linked – the latter perhaps unsurprisingly, since Carvalho’s agent is Pere Guardiola, the brother of Pep.
- Current club: Manchester City
- Could join: Watford, West Ham, Aston Villa
Hart doesn’t appear to have too many options this summer: Manchester City have long moved on, and his loan spell in Serie A with Torino last season was no roaring success. Everton have signed Jordan Pickford, and it isn’t yet clear whether West Ham really want him or not.
Watford have popped up in reports this week, though only in the local paper’s attempts to get a comment from the agency that represents Hart (their response: go away). Aston Villa are now second favourites with the bookmakers to sign him, but a current wage of £125k per week is going to make potential suitors thing very hard before making a serious offer.
- Current club: Arsenal
- Could join: Marseille, Everton, West Ham
Poor Giroud has found himself very much in the unwanted category at Arsenal this week, what with the Gunners completing a move for the 26-year-old Lacazette – a rival the former keeps out of France’s team, no less.
Still, there’s no shortage of clubs who are willing to give him a new home: first it was West Ham, who are so desperate for a good striker that legitimate concerns exist about who they’ll actually end up copping off with by the end; then Everton were thrown into the mix; but in pole appear to be Marseille. They’re most confident of landing the Frenchman, say The Telegraph – perhaps led on by Giroud’s apparent openness to a move there as he revealed last month.