The Transfer Window is arguably the most exciting time of the year for football clubs and fans alike. Of course it’s the clubs’ that have to do all of the hard work in both the buying and selling of players, whereas fans have the much easier option of sitting back, relaxing or perhaps deliberating over who will or won’t join the club in anticipation of the big names who may come or go throughout the summer transfer window. Subject to several debates, the Premier League has been recognised more and more in the last few years in particular, as being the world’s most thrilling football competitions’ on the planet. With some of the most exciting clubs and players, for me it is easy to say that the Premier League does not disappoint with the way it sets an example for all fans and teams around the world.
But different to other competitive divisions around Europe and the world, one thing that the Premier League clubs can look forward to more than others is their ability to have the first choice of the best young talents in European Football. Throughout the course of this article, my aim is to inform you of all the potential names in the frame of moving to the Premier League throughout the summer transfer window, as well as those who could be departing the English Premier League and their possible destination.
Firstly, the ongoing saga that continues to float around the Premier League and will probably continue to do so throughout the end of the season and the whole of the summer transfer window surrounds a certain David De Gea. The Manchester United goalkeeper has been a constant brick wall, guarding his net sometimes heroically this season and many people would strongly argue De Gea is easily the Premier League’s best goalkeeper after a number of key performances many giving Manchester United a chance in some very important games.
But where does this leave De Gea? Well the apparent front runners for the Spaniard are current European champions and Spanish giants Real Madrid. Although David De Gea completed the transition from Real’s cross-city rivals Atlético to Manchester United, the Spanish sensation may find it very hard to turn down a move to Los Blancos. With the opportunity to play with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos and possibly being given the chance to be tutored by veteran Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, it may be a very straightforward decision for David De Gea to make. And if he does end up staying with Manchester United? Well it could prove to be one of the smartest moves the Reds would ever make and as rumours continue to build about ‘Dave’s’ future, it looks set to be one exciting transfer window in terms of big name moves, as well as being a very nervous one for fans of the English club.
Another potential move that could happen in aid of Real Madrid is one that may shock you. After footballing legend Zinedine Zidane, the current coach of Real Madrid B, openly admitted his admiration for Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, and ZuZu has even expressed stated that Real Madrid should make a move for the Belgian star, who has recently picked up the PFA Player of the Year award. But where will that leave Real Madrid? With Eden Hazard being able to play as a left-sided winger or even through the middle as an attacking midfielder, would it mean Real Madrid would have to sacrifice one of their stars? It’s easy to say that they are not short of those big name players. With major speculation building about Welsh wizard Gareth Bale gaining a place in Real Madrid’s bad books, could we see a sensational summer swap between Real Madrid and Chelsea? Gareth Bale has already proved himself in England, after an outstanding final season with Tottenham Hotspur. But the real question is, are Chelsea prepared to sacrifice one of their stars to the European champions? Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has already rubbished speculation about the Belgian moving to Spain in the summer, but football is football and the move may just end up happening – what a chain reaction of transfer moves that would be?!
In regards to Gareth Bale, times have been tough for the Welsh forward. After making the life-changing move to Real Madrid two seasons ago for a fee reported to be in the region of £80 million, things did gradually get better and better for Wales’ biggest star. But many ask, what is it that causes some sections of the Real Madrid support to dislike Bale. Of course many will put it down to the clear fact that the Welshman may still be making the transition from English to Spanish life and football. However, this apparent ‘phase’ and drop in his usually very high standards in football has led to critics and media frenzy in circulating rumours of a potential move away from Spain and back to the country where it all started for him in English football. Manchester United are one of the clubs reportedly monitoring the Welsh forward, especially considering he recent rumours hinting that The Reds could continue to spend big. Could we see a club pay a fee bigger than £80 million? Who knows, but I’m sure all football clubs can admit that if they were offered the chance to sign a player like Gareth Bale, they most certainly wouldn’t say no to the chance. So, will Bale be heading to Manchester United this summer? We will have to wait and see.
Another player that could be shown the exit door by his club this season is Ivory Coast anchorman Yaya Toure. Manchester City’s powerhouse has apparently been looking at a move out of the Etihad and Italian outfit Internazionale repeatedly been touted as the favourites to acquire the services of the central midfielder. Yaya Toure has proved to be a real force in the Premier League ever since he joined from Barcelona some years ago, playing a significant part in Manchester City’s title win in 2012 and continually performing in the biggest games in the biggest competitions. His outstanding reputation has continued to develop through his time with The Citizens and should he leave, he will leave a fantastic legacy. However issues in regard to reliability and consistency could mean that Manchester City entertain offers from further afield for the box-to-box machine. Many clubs alongside Inter could be looking at Toure but with an asking price of between £25M and £30M for his services, there will inevitably only be a certain amount of clubs able to afford such a transfer fee. But when you see how effective Yaya can be, as a manager looking to fill a void in the centre of the pitch, one cannot deny that you would not be tempted to submit an offer. Could it be Toure’s time up? It could well be!
Now, I turn my attention to the Netherlands and one of the biggest rising stars in Dutch Football. Dutch winger Memphis Depay has been an utter force PSV Eindhoven this season and helped his side wrap up another title in the Eredivisie. But some have said after achieving the best prize in Dutch Football, it could be time for the winger to pack his bags and head for a new challenge away from the Netherlands. His likely destination has been suggested as the Premier League with Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all reportedly in the frame to sign Depay. Whilst Liverpool are in desperate need of both pace and strength up front, this move could be a sensible one for Brendan Rodgers to go for. However, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal probably feels he has the advantage over the winger and after attracting Daley Blind last summer, it could be Memphis to Manchester due to their Dutch connection.
Clearly with regards to Liverpool, they have lacked a player like Memphis for the past couple of years, especially after losing star player Luis Suarez to Barcelona recently and Italian striker Mario Balotelli lacking that will to score. Therefore a move to Liverpool for Depay would certainly be a wise one. PSV are reportedly only asking for around £20M for his services and if that is the case, it could be the bargain of the summer for those willing to take a chance on the youngster. However you do have to ask that if Depay had the option, where would HE want to go? Both Liverpool and Manchester United are battling it out to take each other’s places in the Premier League right now, so could it be the case of who finishes higher? This is a move that we should all keep an eye on, and whoever does end up picking the Dutch star up, they will be one very lucky club. Unless he does choose to stay where he is, that could make things very interesting.
The final player which I can personally see making the move to the Premier League is Olympique Lyon’s superstar Alexandre Lacazette. Lacazette is somebody I have watched for a long period of time and after monitoring his progress for an earlier article for TalkingTikiTaka earlier this season, the French striker has gone from strength to strength in his home country; playing a huge part in Lyon’s success in the Ligue 1 this season. With 26 goals and 5 assists in 34 league games, Lacazette has been the outstanding performer in French football this season. And like most players who put in good performances for their club throughout the season, they are always going to be linked with moves away to pastures new, and Lacazette seems to deserve just that. With the Premier League being Lacazette’s most likely destination if a move were to happen in the summer, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and even Newcastle United are all keen on bringing in the forward. His likely value could be between £15M and £25M and could potentially rise should he sign a new deal with Lyon, which could possibly happen due to the high quality of his performances this season. And considering his breakthrough into the French international selection recently, it is clear that Lacazette’s prospects of further developing and moving upwards in football looks more and more likely as the days go on. All in all, it looks set to be an exciting summer and Lacazette and will surely be on the radar of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, namely in the English Premier League.
So there we have it, just a few of the potential big name transfers that could hit the Premier League club as close as this summer. I suspect that you certainly won’t be able to take your eyes of the summer transfer window. With transfer moves left, right and centre, the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League Season could most definitely be one to remember!
Article written by: @KailemSims3