Summer transfers: 10 major players still to move
- Current club: Real Madrid
- Could join: Chelsea
Romelu Lukaku effectively stole his move to Manchester United and Morata has had to suffer the ignominy of being told that, in fact, Jose Mourinho’s interest in him was apparently little more than diversion tactic. All this and the newspapers spreading tall tales that the 24-year-old had dyed his hair red ahead of his expected Old Trafford move. Oh dear.
Still, Antonio Conte remains a fan from their time together at Juventus – and with Chelsea in rather urgent need of a forward, there’s a spot going at Stamford Bridge. Get out the blue rinse, Alvaro.
- Current club: Torino
- Could join: Chelsea, Milan
An alternative to Morata, Chelsea could turn to the prolific 23-year-old Italy international Belotti. The latest reports indicate that this is in fact the club's preferred option - but it's not one that comes cheap.
At least Roman Abramovich knows how far down the back of his sofa he’d have to dig: Belotti’s release-clause is set at £89m which, even by today’s standards, seems a lot of money for a player with just a single notable goalscoring season to his name. Milan - who are already splashing the cash in a shock £30m move for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci - are also said to be very keen. However Chelsea may have the inside track as Torino would rather not sell to another Serie A side.
- Current club: Borussia Dortmund
- Could join: Milan, Liverpool, Chinese Super League
Aubameyang is intent on leaving Dortmund, confirming that he’s “ready for new adventures”, and will likely cost somewhere between £60m and £70m.
The newly ambitious Milan would seem to be winning this particularly race, with stories of a move to China starting to quieten. However whispers linking the prolific 28-year-old with the Premier League continue, with Liverpool - whose manager Jurgen Klopp previously worked with Aubameyang at Dortmund - said to be weighing up a bid by various sources.
- Current club: Monaco
- Could join: Real Madrid
Florentino Perez is a fan and you suspect that if the Real Madrid squad wasn’t so top-heavy (Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Marco Asensio and - for now - Alvaro Morata) that Mbappe would already be at the Bernabeu.
Earlier in the summer, Liverpool and Arsenal were both suggested as possible destinations. However with Alexandre Lacazette signed by Arsene Wenger last week and Liverpool unlikely to offer the huge sum it would take to prize the 18-year-old star from Monaco, neither seems realistic.
Unless Real pull off one of their late-summer shocks, the smart money is on Mbappe spending at least one more year in France.
- Current club: RB Leipzig
- Could join: Liverpool
Perhaps one of the reasons why Liverpool have made so little transfer progress this summer (Mohamed Salah aside) is because their collective energies have been focused on a single target. Leipzig’s 22-year-old midfielder Keita is next season’s must-have item and Klopp evidently realises that he needs to strengthen his midfield before the Premier League year begins.
Unfortunately for Klopp, the German club have little interest in selling and aren’t financially compelled to come to the negotiating table. A bid of £57m has reportedly been turned down - yet the move could still happen if Keita, as is rumoured, is pushing for a move to Anfield.