7 players who will be the main transfer hype this summer

Only a few months remain before the end of the season in the vast majority of European football championships. After that, club management, unlike their players, will not go on vacation, but will start working even harder – in the transfer market, where there is always a chance and opportunity to sell someone unnecessary in order to buy someone potentially very valuable.

Obviously, next summer we will see a lot of all sorts of rumors and information about impending high-profile deals. But already now we can assume which players will be the main transfer hype around…

Harry Kane

Age: 29 years

Citizenship: England

Club: “Tottenham”

It is difficult to understand why one of the best English forwards of all time (modernity, for sure) Harry Kane continues to be at Tottenham. Yes, in this club, the striker has already entered his name in history, becoming the best goalscorer of the Spurs of all time, but by his 29 years, Harry does not have a single serious trophy behind him. Yes, and frivolous, in fact, too …

Already, the press is writing that Kane will be a key transfer target for Manchester United in the summer. Erik ten Hag managed to create a more or less cohesive and effective team at Old Trafford in his very first season, but she has obvious problems with a productive and stable striker, because earlier the stake was largely placed on Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Rumor has it that the Red Devils will be willing to pay 100 million euros for Kane. This amount is more than worthy for a player of Harry’s level, considering his age and expiring contract. True, the latter could once again prove to be a stumbling block for Kane’s likely departure from Tottenham. The deal between the forward and the Spurs runs until the summer of 2024, and the Londoners can go for broke by refusing to sell Harry this summer, for the sake of another obsession to win at least something substantial…

Alexis McAllister

Age: 24 years

Citizenship: Argentina

Club: “Brighton”

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The star of Alexis McAllister rose on the football Olympus following the results of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where the Argentine midfielder turned out to be one of the fathers of the final triumph of the Blue and White.

Since January 2020, McAllister has been playing in England for Brighton, but this team, obviously, is no longer able to satisfy Alexis’s career and, possibly, even financial needs. It was expected that almost immediately after the end of the 2022 World Cup, in the winter transfer window, the Argentine midfielder would leave Brighton and move to a more top club. Then the head coach of the Seagulls, Roberto De Zerbi, known in Ukraine for his work with Shakhtar, expressed the hope that his club would be able to keep McAllister, and in the end it happened.

Alexis was absolutely not upset that he was not released for promotion in January. He continued to score goals and provide assists, and now has 7 goals and 1 assist in 22 Premier League games in 2022/23. The midfielder’s contract with Brighton runs until the summer of 2025, and this will allow the Seagulls to properly bargain with all the clubs interested in McAllister in the summer in order to maximize the amount of a potential transfer. And there are enough applicants for Alexis – these are Juventus, and Manchester City, and Tottenham, and Newcastle, and even Chelsea with Liverpool …

Victor Osimhen

Age: 24 years

Citizenship: Nigeria

Club: Napoli

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For Victor Osimhen, who has been with Napoli since September 2020, this summer is also likely to be the right time for a change of club. This season, the Neapolitan team is showing itself superbly both in the national championship, where it confidently leads and does not let Inter, Milan, Lazio, or other clubs close, and on the European arena, where Napoli made its way to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and did it for the first time in history.

Osimhen himself demonstrates excellent performance, and is rightfully considered one of the best forwards in European football at the moment. A powerful texture, excellent speed and killer forward instinct have already attracted the attention of many top clubs on the continent to Viktor. Among the most likely contenders for Osimhen are Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, but it is possible that someone else could join them in the summer.

Napoli paid 75 million euros for Osimhen to Lille, and has a contract with the Nigerian until the summer of 2025. Then the Nepolitans significantly overpaid for the forward, and now it is logical to assume that they will also demand a very significant amount of compensation from a potential buyer. But whether someone will be able and willing to post it is a mystery, the correct answer to which we will receive at the end of the summer transfer window in European football …

Yoshko Guardiol

Age: 21 years old

Citizenship: Croatia

Club: “Leipzig”

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Dynamo Zagreb Academy graduate Joshko Guardiol has been playing in the German Bundesliga for Leipzig since the summer of 2021. The Bulls did not spare 19 million euros to complete a full buyout of the promising defender’s contract, and now they are more than reaping the glorious fruits of their courage.

Guardiol excelled at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where the Croatian national team reached the semi-finals, and then turned out to be stronger than the Moroccans in the match for third place (2: 1), and it was Joshko who scored the first goal in that match. Also, the young center back is the best player in the Bundesliga this season in terms of promotion of the ball per minute of possession (6.92).

It is not surprising that quite a few clubs from the top leagues in Europe are already showing interest in such a high-quality asset. At one time, Shakhtar even came close to signing Guardiol, but now the Pitmen can only bite their elbows that the deal did not take place then, but Yoshko’s near future seems to be connected with the English Premier League. There, the head coach of Manchester City, Josep Guardiola, is counting on the transfer of Guardiola, although the piquancy of the situation is added by the fact that the Croatian himself had previously announced a dream to try his hand at a Liverpool shirt …

Declan Rice

Age: 24 years

Citizenship: England/Ireland

Club: “West Ham”

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24-year-old Declan Rice began his professional playing career at West Ham, for which he has already played 229 matches (12 goals, 13 assists) to date. The defensive midfielder is not only the captain of the Hammers, but also a player of the England national team, although at the beginning of his international career he played for junior and youth teams in Ireland, and even played three friendly matches for the main team of this country.

Rice’s persona is of great interest in the English Premier League transfer market. There is practically no doubt that the midfielder will not leave Foggy Albion, but with a high probability he will change his club registration next summer. The fact is that Rice, according to rumors, has already rejected several proposals from the “hammerers” to extend cooperation. His contract is valid until July 2024, and in the near future, the West Ham management will have to decide what to do: sell the team leader, or leave him in the team for the next season, and then let him go to another club as a free agent.

Rice himself, according to numerous British sources, is disappointed by the lack of clear progress in the results of West Ham, and would like to try his hand at one of the top clubs. Right now, Declan’s most obvious option is Arsenal, in which case the player doesn’t even have to change their habitat, and this factor can also work in favor of the Gunners.

Mason Mount

Age: 24 years

Citizenship: England

Club: Chelsea

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Last summer, when Mason Mount won the Chelsea Player of the Season award for the second time in a row, few could have imagined that twelve months later the press would be talking about the imminent departure of the midfielder from the camp of the Blues. But the current reality is that Mount is likely to leave the London club in the coming months …

The fact is that Mount’s contract with the Blues runs until the summer of 2024, and the midfielder himself does not show interest in prolonging it. Moreover, Mason has already hired a new agent, who, according to rumors, has set the task of finding a new job for himself and, preferably, doing it as soon as possible so that Mount has the opportunity to conduct a full-fledged pre-season training in the new team.

Chelsea are still hoping to persuade Mount, but given the club’s multimillion-dollar spending in recent transfer windows, it cannot be ruled out that the Blues will end up selling the midfielder in order to somehow improve their financial statements. Among the potential contenders for Mason are all the same well-known clubs – Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle.

Jude Bellingham

Age: 19 years

Citizenship: England

Club: “Borussia Dortmund

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There is no doubt that Borussia Dortmund’s 19-year-old prodigy Jude Bellingham will see a real transfer battle between the continent’s top clubs in the summer. The young midfielder managed to establish himself well not only in the Bundesliga, but also in the ranks of the England team at the World Cup in Qatar.

Right now, Bellingham is clearly the most sought-after player in European football. At 19 years old, Jude demonstrates a phenomenal level of maturity at key tasks on the field and has a comprehensive set of skills that he continues to improve. For example, Bellingham leads the Bundesliga in smart passes (40), fourth in deep passes (40) and third in through passes (49).

Bellingham’s contract with the Dortmund club runs until the summer of 2025. Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool are actively claiming Judah, and each of these clubs is even ready to make significant expenses – 150 million euros. But in Borussia itself they are not yet ready to sell their leader, and they ask Bellingham to spend at least another season in Dortmund, after which they guarantee his sale to the club that the midfielder wants to choose for himself. So far, it is known that Jude has not made any decision, and both possibilities (that he will stay or wish to leave) are estimated at 50/50.

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2023-03-31 09:15:00

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