Written by David Robinson
It certainly looks like this transfer window won’t be dull, with Premier League money at an all time high, cash is being spent in no time by lots of clubs ahead of what is sure to be a tough campaign. As always at this time of the year, transfer rumours are always flying about with some a lot more realistic than others. While of course as football fans we can only speculate on the deals, a fair share will actually have some real substance and be completed. I look at some of the latest and most interesting transfer rumours.
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Paul Pogba – £100 million from Juventus to Manchester United – Source: SkySports
I think I have to start with this rumour, £100 million is being talked about! The Juventus midfielder is likely to be subject to speculation all summer unless a deal is done. The question is, in today’s market is he worth £100 million? I personally believe there is no chance the Frenchman is worth that much even if he does look a player that has all the potential in the world. The 23 year old probably summed this up with his Euro 2016 performances, some lovely touches and moments of genius at times but his overall game wasn’t effective enough to match this price tag. The argument for spending this amount is that he would fit in nicely at Manchester United and really be a huge part of rebuilding a squad. There is no hiding from that if this deal was to be completed, Manchester United would be strengthened and have a potentially World Class player for years to come. This deal could very well happen which in my opinion, is a worry for English football that clubs are prepared to pay this much for any player barring the obvious of the likes of Messi.
Georginio Wijnadlum to Liverpool – TheTimes
A very interesting story, the Dutchmen turned out to be a huge disappointment on Tyneside having made a move for £15 million. So it comes as a great shock that he is now being linked with a move to Liverpool with a fee of around £20-£25 million being widely reported. Clearly Wijnaldum must have talent but it beggars belief that this could be deemed a serious possibility. The 25 year old seemingly didn’t have the character to try and pull Newcastle of a difficult situation and was really a key reason why the club didn’t perform. A more stable environment could see more productivity from the former PSV man but really Liverpool will be overpaying if they pay more for his services than Newcastle did in the first place. You would have thought that the Magpies would look to have cut their losses with the player but this surprisingly looks not to be the case. I’m sure Newcastle will want to move Wijnaldum on while Liverpool are evidently not afraid of spending big money so I can somehow see this one happening. However it would only appear to be a dreadful transfer based on the attacking midfielders time in England. I’m not sure he would improve the squad a great deal and with Mane already being bought for over £30 million, Liverpool have options when it comes to attacking midfielders with the likes of Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana and Mane at the club. Based on this surely Klopp will not be needing the Newcastle man?
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou – £11 million – Marseille to Tottenham Hotspur – Sky Sources
This deal looks very likely to happen. Without knowing much at all about the player, Spurs can improve their squad and particularly do with adding a winger so it seems a logical move. The France under 21 international will probably be a signing mainly for the future with a squad role more likely to be the case should N’Koudou sign. He can operate on either wing and is meant to have a direct style of play with plenty of pace in his game. £11 million really is still a lot of money should N’Koudou not adjust to English football. Providing him with enough game time would also be essential with a young player likely to lose value should he not feature a great deal under Pochettino. The type of deal where you just have to wait and see what the player produces.
Hal Robson-Kanu to Hull – free transfer – Sky Sources
Another logical move but I would find this underwhelming if I were a Hull fan. Robson-Kanu made somewhat of a name for himself with a couple of good showings for Wales at Euro 2016 including his excellent goal against Belgium. However the Tigers have had a problem with scoring goals both in the Championship and the Premier League. The forward is unlikely to be answer to these problems and even on a free transfer you would question whether it would be a good move. Steve Bruce must be lining up other options up front? If this is the case, then Robson-Kanu would be a decent addition as a squad player, someone who could make an impact from the bench over the course of the season. Apart from that though this should be a case of building a squad and not being a key signing at the KC Stadium.
Riyad Mahrez – various, including Arsenal, Barca and Chelsea – various sources
Another player who is likely to be involved in continuous rumours all summer. Mahrez was really the magician for Leicester last season but his dramatic rise in pure quality is an interesting one. This very much has the look of paper talk about it with Barcelona apparently interested in the winger. Leicester will surely not want the Algerian to leave and certainly not for cheap with Kante already departing for Chelsea. A move to Arsenal and Chelsea seem more realistic with the Gunners in particularly a great fit. Wenger could do with a high quality right winger and although there would be question marks as to whether Mahrez could do it another club, he looks on paper to fit the bill at the Emirates. It would be somewhat of a risk for the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal to go big on the 25 year old as we have seen plenty of examples of players struggling to adjust to the step up. With factors like style of play important to note, Mahrez might not suit life away from the King Power as well as expected so it would be a calculated risk for clubs to take a punt on however logically it would seem a risk worth taking. I would expect the tricky winger to go for no less than £30 million considering other deals that have gone on. I find this one unlikely to happen now with the sale of Kante but it could progress should a chain of events happen during the window.
Will Pogba return to Old Trafford? Will Mahrez leave Leicester? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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