These are the last hours of the transfer market, the decisive and decisive ones. Many top clubs are still moving after the most unexpected surprise deal, Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United for €15million plus €8million add-ons to Juventus. An incredible turnaround that left Manchester City out of the race, for days in talks with agent Jorge Mendes. And now?
Manchester United had other possible signings in mind, but Kieran Trippier is not on the way as the club has decided to retain Diogo Dalot after AC Milan, Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund approaches this summer. Manchester United have also had contacts for Saul with Atletico Madrid but without finding any agreement yet: Chelsea are forcing on this deal after a buy option loan offer that has not yet been accepted so far. Talks ongoing.
Chelsea also want to try to buy a new centre-back: constant contacts in these hours for Jules Koundé, the ready offer was €50million but Sevilla have no intention of accepting this figure: the negotiation continues with confidence to reach a agreement, Koundé already has an agreement for more than a month with Chelsea on personal terms until June 2026 but still no green light from Sevilla.
Manchester City could remain with the current squad after having missed out on Cristiano Ronaldo and especially Harry Kane, the real big goal of the club for months and months. Meanwhile, the young Brazilian talent Kayky will immediately arrive at Pep Guardiola’s disposal, anticipating the deal that was originally scheduled for January.
Keep an eye on Houssem Aouar as a last-minute opportunity for English clubs, Arsenal have so far not given an answer for the OL midfielder. Tottenham instead tried an unsuccessful exchange between Serge Aurier and Emerson Royal with Barça, while continuing to look for a new midfielder and a right back in the last hours of the transfer market.
What about Liverpool? The sale of Shaqiri to the OL has opened a space, but the club will only buy in case of real bargains. While everything is still blocked for the sale of Divock Origi which has had requests from the Bundesliga. One idea was Renato Sanches to replace Wijnaldum in midfield, a temptation that has remained so because the Portuguese’s injury stops everything.
Bayern Munich will conclude in the next few hours the deal for the purchase of Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig: €16million ready to define everything in a short time, Sabitzer has refused several times to renew his contract because he only and only wanted Bayern as priority.
Juventus in Italy is the most active team: new signings are needed after Ronaldo’s farewell, meanwhile Moise Kean has arrived for the attack from Everton, a return on loan with potential obligation to buy concluded in recent days with great speed. Kean wanted Juventus, now he will take the place of Ronaldo. But the club is also looking for a midfielder: the list includes the return of Miralem Pjanic from Barça or Axel Witsel, Massimiliano Allegri’s favourite for the midfield.
No big names are expected for Barcelona: the rumours about Pierre Aubameyang were false, it was never a real option for Barça who will try to resolve the Pjanic and Moriba issues as soon as possible. Then, it will be time to discuss Pedri’s new contract with top priority in the coming weeks to reach an agreement.
The last big name to watch will be Kylian Mbappé, of course. Because Real Madrid have made an offer of €170million plus €10million add-ons in recent days, Paris Saint-Germain have not found a replacement and there is still no green light of president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to close the deal. There is great tension, Florentino Perez tries because he knows that Kylian Mbappé dreams of playing for Real Madrid and insists on this possibility, whether it is in the last hours of August or in the 2022/2023 season. Work in progress to find the solution. But everything is in Nasser’s hands.