The July – September summer transfer window is upon us and most clubs are on the lookout for players to strengthen their squads. Club managers, football directors and scouts have already identified their targets and are waiting for the opportune time to make their moves.
The tranfer market is an expensive affair in modern football with selling clubs demanding astronomical transfer fees and players clamoring for exorbitant wages. Just last summer, premier league clubs splashed out around £1.4 billion on permanent transfers.
Summer transfer window 2020 will be no walk in the park, in the wake of the global economic slump caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nevertheless new signings lubricate the team and play a significant role in achieving the objectives set out for the new season, and thus most will be active in the market.
Below are 5 players that clubs will be forking out their cheque books in an attempt to secure their signatures.
- JADON SANCHO
The English winger has been dazzling since he made his move to Borrusia Dortmund from Manchester city for a mere £8 million. He has since lit up the bundesliga with his explosive speed, nimble footwork, astute vision and terrific goals.
At just 20 years old, the youngster managed 17 goals and 16 assists in 32 matches in the recently concluded German top flight season.
Despite his tender age, securing his signature will not come cheap. Rumors have it that anyone who wishes to acquire his services will have to part with a transfer fee in excess of £100 million .
Who is interested?
Manchester United are said to be the most interested club in securing Sancho’s services. A host of other European giants among them Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Barcelona are also hot onthe heels of the youngster.
2. THOMAS PARTEY
A youth product of Odometah FC’s youth ranks in his native Ghana, Partey was snapped by atletico Madrid in 2011. Successful loan spells at RCD Mallorca and Almeria earned him a first team berth and he has been putting up solid perfomances ever since.
His technical ability which is often overlooked, is up there with some of the best midfielders in the world, as is his spatial awareness when tracking players making runs-in behind. Its all tied together neatly with the character, resolve and devotion that any manger would dream of.
Although Atleti are keen on retaining him, they have been unable to persuade him to extend his contract. The midfielder has a £43 million release clause in his contract and on that account, clubs have a clear pathway to landing his signature.
Who is interested?
Arsenal are said to ramping up their efforts to sign the Ghanaian. Manchester United, Juventus and Inter Milan are other clubs rumoured to be interested in the midfielder. It remains to be seen whether Thomas will part ways with the Los Rojiblancos.
3. KAI HAVERTZ
As an established member in the Bayer Leverkusen team since the age of 17, Havertz has grown by leaps and bounds. In his native Germany, he has been described as ‘An Alleskönner‘. Generally construed to imply: A player who can do everything.
A description ideal for a player who has proved efficient when playing in midfield, off either flank, as an attacking midfielder or even as a striker.
In the past two seasons alone, Havertz has struck 35 times in all competitions. His goal scoring exploits coupled with defense splitting passes, technical prowess and relentless energy have led to conclusions that he is a cross-breed of the Legendary Michael Ballack and Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil.
The Leverkusen hotshot is valued at between £80 million and £107.5 million.
Who is interested?
Chelsea are the odds-on-favorite to sign Havertz but Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are also keen on the German International.
4. PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG
With the Gabon international into his final year of contractual obligations, talks of a new deal are yet to bear any fruit.
The Gunners skipper who recently took his tally to 51 premier league goals after a brace against Norwich has been simply breathtaking since joining from Dortmund in January 2018. His explosive speed, superb finishing and ability to flourish both out wide and through the middle, makes him an asset any manager would crave for.
Aubameyang is joint top scorer in the premier league with 19 goals and is chasing the golden boot, an accolade he won last season with 22 goals.
The flamboyant forward is rumored to be worth around £50 million with Arsenal losing their bargaining chips due to his contractual situation.
Who is interested?
The coveted striker with 124 goals in 171 matches in the last 5 years has attracted interest from all over Europe with Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, Liverpool and Inter Milan are reportedly interested in the 2015 African player of the year.
5. KALIDOU KOULIBALY
A blend of immense strength, pace, tremendous vigour on and off the ball, exceptional control and an impeccable passing range, Koulibaly is a ‘Colossal Beast’ who is a striker’s worst nightmare.
The ex-Genk player whom many were sceptical about as a youngster has developed into one of the best centre-backs in world football.
Napoli club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has reiterated that he will not even contemplate entertaining bids below £90 million for the Senegalese international.
Who Is Interested?
Interest in the centre-half is rife with Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Liverpool, PSG and a host of other European clubs all looking to get Koulibaly in their books.