The expected extensions of Mbappé and Messi, the future destinations of Depay and Haaland but also the workforce management in Marseille and Lyon, the transfer window, which opens this Wednesday, promises to be very lively.
Wijnaldum, Hakimi, Donnaruma… A big transfer window for PSG?
At a time when several media agree on the imminent arrival of Georginio Wijnaldum, the club of the capital would be on the way to achieve a first (very) big blow. Torn from the nose of Barça, yet confident about his signature, the Dutch international midfielder (30 years old, 75 caps, 22 goals) would arrive free from Liverpool, where he had been playing since 2016. Complete player, the former PSV would be an excellent deal for PSG, in search of a midfielder to associate with Verratti. At the same time, PSG would also be on the way to concluding the free arrival of Italian international goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnaruma (22 years, 26 selections), which could be loaned immediately. But that’s not all, since the Parisians would also be on pole in the case Achraf Hakimi (22), versatile side of Inter Milan, who would nevertheless not be ready to give up at a discount. Paris also aims to retain Moise Kean, on loan in 2020-21. We also talked about Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes). Nasser Al-Khelaïfi has promised an ambitious transfer window. It should be … In any case, the capital club should be one of the main animators of the summer market.
Marseille wants to keep Lirola and Balerdi and rethink their environment
Pol Lirola was one of the very good surprises of an uneven second part of the Marseille season. On loan from Fiorentina, the 23-year-old right-back is enjoying the Canebière and did not fail to let it be known. However, his option to buy 12 million euros, deemed too high by Olympian leaders, expired at the end of May. Enough to question the rest of his Marseille adventure, as for Leonardo Balerdi, who grew thicker at the end of the season. But the central defender still belongs to Dortmund, who does not intend to let go of less than 15 million euros … However, the finances of OM will already be requested to complete the transfer of the middle of Flamengo Gerson (around 20 million euros). ‘euros). And to accompany the Brazilian, OM would advance in parallel on the track Mattéo Guendouzi (22 years old). Once again, a loan would be privileged for the international hopefuls, who have become undesirable at Arsenal. All to rethink a midfielder orphaned by Sanson, Lopez, and potentially Strootman, or even Kamara, the largest market value of the workforce.
Management of loan returns in Lyon
If the summer promises to be tough on the side of departures from OL (Memphis, Dembélé, Aouar …), the team of Peter Bosz, the new Rhone technician, will have to look into the many returns of loans. Starting with that of Jeff-Reine Adelaide, again affected with the cruciate ligaments in Nice, where his option to buy 25 million euros will not be exercised. That of Moussa Dembélé (33 million euros) will not be either by Atletico, but the 24-year-old center-forward benefits from an exit voucher. Just like Youssouf Koné (25), in a situation of failure in Turkey. Pape Cheick Diop (back from Dijon) and Camilo (Curitiba until December) will return to the middle, Joachim Andersen has enjoyed good odds since his big season at Fulham, where he became captain. In the event of departure, OL could amortize his transfer (24 million euros). “We already have consistent offers on at least three players on loan and currently in the workforce,” Jean-Michel Aulas announced Monday to local media Olympique et Lyonnais. One certainty remains: there will be traffic jams in the Rhone workforce.
Mbappé’s extension is long overdue
After Neymar, Mbappé? Formalized in early May, the extension of the Brazilian star (29 years) is a first thorn in the side for PSG. But uncertainty hangs over the future of Kylian Mbappé (22), under contract until June 2022. Without major progress, namely a contract extension, the best player of the last season of Ligue 1 will be free of s ” engage where he wishes from January, which would constitute a bitter failure for PSG, who had engaged him against 180 million euros bonus included in the summer of 2017. Nasser Al-Khelaïfi wants to be very confident, but it is the former Monegasque who has the reins. An outcome before Euro 2020 (June 11-July 11) seems unlikely. But the discussions promise to be intense between the Parisian decision-makers and the entourage of the one who dreams of becoming a Ballon d’Or. And according to Michel Platini, triple winner (1983, 1984, 1985): “He has as many chances of winning it with PSG as with another club.”
Depay, direction (finally) Barça?
His departure from OL is now confirmed. After four and a half years of good and loyal service, the one who has become captain since the arrival of Rudi Garcia in October 2019 is leaving the club at the end of his contract. Now represented by his own care, as he announced on his social networks, the 27-year-old Dutch international (64 matches, 26 goals) should focus on the Euro (June 11-July 11). Unless his situation is settled very quickly, while he has been insisted on at Barça for several months. So that the Catalan club avoids being once again overtaken by a competitor as on the Wijnaldum file. Moreover, it is said that the Paris-SG is in ambush … Without doubt in the event of failure for Kean. In Catalonia, Depay would in any case find the coach who installed him at the forefront with the Netherlands, namely Ronald Koeman, his most fervent supporter, confirmed in his functions at the beginning of June.
Can Dortmund keep Haaland?
The question of Erling Haaland’s future destination seems set to become a recurring soap opera in transfer windows. Alternately announced in the four corners of Europe, the 20-year-old star striker remains, for the moment, at Borussia Dortmund, where he would have a release clause of “only” 75 million euros activatable … in 2022. And according to the latest echoes, the Ruhr club does not intend to sell it for less than … 200 million euros this summer. An amount beyond reach for 99% of European clubs. But Real Madrid remain in the ranks, just like Chelsea, who would like to make it the head of the gondola of their return to the top in England, or Manchester City. One thing is certain, Haaland, who will not play the Euro with Norway, will have plenty of time to negotiate.
Umtiti towards the exit in Barcelona
If the retention of Ronald Koeman’s Barça coach does the business of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and other Clément Lenglet, it is less true for their compatriot Samuel Umtiti. In delicacy with his knee since the 2018 World Cup which propelled him to the sky, the former OL defender (27) is now content with a complementary role in Catalonia (16 matches this season). The Barcelona adventure seems to be coming to an end for the central defender, for whom an exotic destination is not to be excluded.
England tears off Grealish
Selected for his first big competition with England, Jack Grealish (25) saw his big season with Aston Villa rewarded. Already courted by many clubs last summer, the captain of the Villans finally extended his contract last September, pulling the rug out from under the rumors of the departure of his long-standing club. To better leave a year later? In terms of ambitions, the versatile attacking midfielder seems ready to mingle in European games and the two Manchester clubs have understood it. Longtime followers of the Birmingham child, the two rivals could have to fight to attract Grealish, not to mention Arsenal, in lack of headliner, or even Tottenham, in the event of departures. Especially since Aston Villa seems to have prepared for the future, by recruiting the Argentinian Emiliano Buendia, with a similar profile, from Norwich, for some 46 million euros.
Messi towards an extension?
Will leave, will not leave? According to the latest trends, Lionel Messi seems set to stretch the thread of a career at Barça which is now fifteen years old. The election of Joan Laporta as president of FC Barcelona tilts in the balance, while the Argentinian (33) has never so close to a departure from the club a year ago, when he asked from. Free to take part where he wishes since January, the six-fold Ballon d’Or has the choice. In a recent interview with The team, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi confirmed the interest of PSG, where Neymar awaits him. The meeting between the two former comrades of the MSN, however, seems complicated in view of Messi’s expectations in terms of salaries …
Lille is looking for its new trainer, Galtier on the road to Nice?
Christophe Galtier left after having gleaned the title of champion of France to everyone’s surprise, although he is still under contract, Lille is now looking for a new coach. While other sites await them, starting by retaining their major players (Yilmaz, Sanches, André, David), replacing Mike Maignan (Milan) and Boubakary Soumaré (announced in Leicester), the Mastiffs must also and above all find a trainer . Patrick Vieira is announced at the top of a short-list of Olivier Létang. The arrival of the former Nice coach – tracked in Italy – would coincide with a sort of crossover with the former Lille coach, insisted on from the Côte d’Azur …