With the big leagues closing the door on the 2019-2020 season this week, the transfer rumors have officially begun to heat up. Most of the major Eurpoean leagues including the EPL, La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga will begin the 2020-2021 campaign in September.
Still, the Champions League will run through August. Plenty of soccer ahead of us, lets look and see who might end up where between now and the early fall.
Jose Gimenez to Manchester City
Pep Guardiola prepared Man City for its long-term future with a big buy from Atletico Madrid last summer and may do the same this go-round. Jose Gimenez could give Guardiola a 25-year-old partner for Aymeric Laporte at the heart of City’s defense. And Guardiola seems ready to break the Rodri record, as well as the international record, for the defender.
The asking price for Gimenez is about $137 million. Rodri was a club record buy for City in 2019 and has been a wonderful addition for City. He could be joined by one of Atleti’s best in Gimenez.
Joelson Fernandes to Arsenal
Arsenal is expected to trigger a nearly $52 million release clause to pry Portuguese phenom Joelson away from Sporting Lisbon. Like many hot young talents in his home country, Joelson Fernandes has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s a 17-year-old left winger who has made just three substitute appearances for the first team. He is touted to be “next” whoever and Arsenal will have to fight off Barcelona and Juventus to get the young talent.
Jadon Sancho To Manchester United
The biggest name in this transfer window is likely to be Jadon Sancho. He has been linked to Manchester United for months, as reports have surfaced he’s homesick and wants to return to England to play. Borussia Dortmund’s asking price is apparently around 109 million euros. United’s boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has asked management to get the deal done as soon as possible. He is the top target for United.
Memphis Depay To Borussia Dortmund
If Dortmund is to sell Sancho, they will likely move on former Manchester United fallout Memphis Depay as his replacement. Depay has resurrected his career at Lyon in France. The Dutchman could be moved to Germany for around 40 million euros if Dortmund finalizes things with United for Sancho.
Ben Chilwell and Declan Rice To Chelsea
Chelsea has already made some transfer splashes with Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech. Still, they need to upgrade their defense more than their attack. Chilwell and Rice are two players who would do just that. Nothing firm on this yet, but Chelsea have been publicly interested. We expect offers to be made in the coming weeks. Chilwell has asked for a move to Chelsea from Leicester City.