As Europe gears up to enjoy the feast of football that will be Euro 2020, the summer transfer speculation will rumble on. This summer’s break promises to be particularly momentous for the Premier League, most notably in the attacking ranks. Not only is Harry Kane likely to leave Tottenham for a destination as yet unknown, but as many as three top strikers could be heading to the top flight of English football, two of them for the second time.
All three of these potentially big money signings have the potential to result in brand new betting sites shifting the top scorer predictions ahead of the new campaign.
Lukaku to Chelsea?
Belgian ace Romelu Lukaku has already had spells with three English clubs, including Everton and Manchester United, but there is some speculation that he could be lining up for another big move to the Premier League this summer.
In fact, if reports are to be believed, Lukaku might be headed to his former club, Chelsea, where he moved, from Anderlecht in 2011. Lukaku has been in sensational form for Internazionale in two seasons in Italy, helping them to win the Serie A title in the recently concluded campaign, but he could be a victim of circumstance.
The new Italian champions are in turmoil following the departure of manager Antonio Conte, with the club’s president, Steven Zhang, making it clear that will be aiming to balance the books this summer. That could mean the 28-year-old, who is at his peak, leaving for a price of around £90 million. And Chelsea could be the team to cash in. Manager Thomas Tuchel is not resting on his laurels and is known to be interested in bringing in an out and out striker, and Lukaku is certainly that.
Return of Ronaldo?
Another star that might come back to the Premier League is the all-time great Cristiano Ronaldo. Along with Lionel Messi, Ronaldo can claim to be the greatest player of the modern era and the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star, who has won almost all of the big trophies in European club football, along with leading Portugal to Euro 2016 success, could be on the brink of a sensational move back to Old Trafford.
Ronaldo is 36 though showing no signs of slowing down, if his efforts last season are taken into account. He scored 36 goals in 44 appearances for Juventus and looked as good as ever. Realistically, however, this will be his last big money move, and while he would certainly add an extra dimension to the United front line, there are other problems, beside the likely price tag.
It is unlikely that United could afford both Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho without letting go of at least two of Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, which would mean a major reshuffling of the forward line ahead of a crucial season for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
City or Chelsea for Haaland?
Chelsea are likely to be busy this summer and Erling Haaland might also end up in the Blues squad. The Borussia Dortmund star has been the subject of feverish transfer speculation for many months, with Manchester City believed to be the leading option for a long time, but it could yet be the case that Chelsea swoop to capture one of Europe’s most exciting young strikers.
If the Blues are to make a move for Haaland, they can expect to be asked to pay a very steep price. Dortmund, who, as mentioned above, could also be moving Jadon Sancho on this summer, are not in a position where they need to sell immediately, and if reports are to be believed, they are likely to be asking for as much as £150 million for their in-demand striker.
The flip side of that is the possibility of Haaland leaving for £65 million next summer due to a release clause in his contract. Chelsea will be hoping that this could serve as some sort of leverage to cut that price, and reports suggest that they would be willing to offer Tammy Abraham as part of the deal.
Is Haaland worth it? The answer has to be yes. At the age of 20, he has taken the Bundesliga by storm since signing making his Dortmund debut in January last year, scoring 43 goals in 40 games and with any amount of improvement still to come, he has the potential to be one of the very best. With such a talent on the transfer market, Chelsea are likely to be persistent, even if it eventually means they may have to wait for a year.