Written by David Robinson
With the season fast approaching, the transfer window is now starting to heat up and rumours are flying about all over the place. Unbelievable amounts of money are being spent by clubs in order to boost their squads with some deals clearly indicating the inflation in prices these days. As part of a series of looking at the latest transfer rumours, I assess the most recent and what I consider the most interesting transfer rumours to date.
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Leroy Sane – £42 million – Schalke to Manchester City
A German international at the age of 20 and not playing for one of the most elite clubs in Europe, it was always going to be a case of seeing the wealthy clubs such as Manchester City make a move for such talent. With Sane reportedly telling his club that he wants to leave, a deal could be on the cards. Joining Pep Guardioula at the Etihad and with so much money on the table, the winger would presumably want to grab the opportunity. A fee of £42 million is being talked about in today’s market along with the Citizens resources it could seem a cracking deal. Without knowing much about the German, it looks like it would be a good piece of business on paper. I think Man City could do with another attacking option in midfield despite spending heavily in this department. A player with genuine pace who can stretch the pitch would do wonders at the Etihad as it would provide another alternative threat that City aren’t fully possessed with at the moment. For such a young player, the fee has the potential to be payed off although this can the problem with young players, the don’t always develop at the rate they are expected to however I still believe this looks a sound investment worth taking and I believe the deal probably will happen this window.
Alexandre Lacazette – £29 million – Lyon to Arsenal
Only Arsenal could seemingly bid lower for a player that had previously had a higher bid rejected. With West Ham also in the hunt for the Frenchman, the Gunners are clearly looking to be sensible in terms of buying a striker. Would he fit the bill at the Emirates though? He certainly would provide another option up front with Lacazette a player that likes to get beyond the defence and get on the end of chances. However would he be worth the £40 million Lyon want for him. I think factors point towards no. The 25 year old missed out on the France squad altogether at Euro 2016 while Giroud featured regularly, he can not be considered a young player who has the potential to improve while he would also arrive from the French League meaning he would have to step up and prove himself. While his goal return is very good I think Arsenal would be overspending so while I think it wouldn’t be their greatest move, I would understand the argument for the Gunners having to take these risks and overspend in today’s climate. Arsenal fans are always demanding a World Class striker, surely this is not the perfect solution?
Ross McCormack – £10 million – Fulham to Norwich
An eye catching deal on the cards in the Championship with Norwich believed to have bid £10m for forward Ross McCormack. The Scottish striker has been a stand out player in the league for some time now and 21 league goals last season combined with other great qualities in a Fulham side who nearly got relegated is formidable. I think despite the very high price, it would be a fantastic deal for Norwich who of course are desperate for firepower. The former Leeds and Cardiff man would be the final piece in the jigsaw at Carrow Road in my opinion. We have seen the likes of Burnley and Middlesbrough go big on a striker and get promoted so I feel like it would be a huge step for the Canaries however it would really deplete Fulham and I can’t see them accepting £10 million. However I can see McCormack wanting this move to happen so a higher bid could very well be accepted, an interesting one to look out for this window.
Idrissa Gana Gueye – £7.1 million – Aston Villa to Everton
I was shocked to here about this move which looks set to be complete with the Toffees meeting the Senegalese midfielders buy out clause. Every time I saw the central midfielder play he looked pretty horrific truth be told and was another culprit as to why Aston Villa embarrassingly got relegated. I cannot see him being an improvement at all for Ronald Koeman’s side so this appears to be another mystifying transfer this summer. On the other hand I’m sure Aston Villa fans are in a better position to comment however at a glance, a bizarre one for an Everton side that is looking to make strides this season under their new manager.
Leonardo Ulloa – Enquiry – Leicester City to Swansea City
Swansea City have made an enquiry for Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa with the Argentinian forward reportedly wanting out at the King Power Stadium. The former Brighton man could be set to spend most of his time on the bench this season and with Swansea needing a striker, a deal would make sense for all parties. A fee of around £10 million is being discussed. I think this would be a good deal for Swansea but only for the right fee which I think would have to be less than £10 million. The 30 year old has a similar style to Bony and he was a big hit at the Liberty Stadium. I think the Swans could do with a couple of additionsup front and Ulloa would be a good start with 17 goals in two seasons for Leicester in the Premier League. I think he would be a good fit but I wouldn’t want to put all the pressure on him to score the goals so Swansea must try and negotiate carefully. With the striker wanting a move, this could play into their favour.
Which of these deals would be good signings? Let us know in the comments below!
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