The Biggest Transfers We Could See This Summer
July 04, 2017
Last season’s spectacular summer of transfer activity saw a convoy of big names dominate the headlines as spending hit an all-time high. In addition, there were several unforgettable deals, including the world-record fee of £89 million Manchester United splashed out to resign Paul Pogba from Juventus. No less than 13 Premier League clubs smashed their own club transfer record as Premier League clubs forked out a staggering £1.1billion on strengthening their squads. With the world of football gossip rife, we assess the beautiful game’s endemic transfer stories and how the rumoured shakers and movers could impact on the favourites to win the 2017/18 Premier League.
Daniel Alves (Juventus To Manchester City)
Last Thursday saw the Brazilian right-back announced his departure from Juventus after one season with the Italian giants. Alves made 33 appearances as the club sealed the domestic double for the third successive year, although his final match ended in disappointment as Real Madrid crushed his dreams of a fourth Champions League crown under the lights of the Millennium Stadium.
City are now strongly linked with a move for the marauding full-back with his trademark bursts and overlaps showing no signs of coming to a standstill anytime soon. Alves is the second-most decorated footballer of all time in European competitions and considered by many to still be the best right-back in the world.
With Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna having left the club this summer, Pep Guardiola would be pulling off one of the coups of the summer if the former Barcelona star decides to reunite with him at the Etihad.
Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid To Manchester United)
Fee: £61 million
The Spaniard has emerged as United’s top transfer target and the Red Devils are expected to complete a move for the 24-year-old in the next 72 hours according to the Daily Star. United have already seen an offer in the region of £60m knocked back, but there is no doubting that the extra expense to secure Morata’s signature will be worth its weight in gold given his predatory instincts and outstanding pedigree.
Despite being a bit-part player for the majority of last season’s campaign, 15 goals in just 26 games gave him La Liga’s best goals-to-minutes ratio and illustrate why he looks to be Jose Mourinho’s preferred choice to spearhead his attack at Old Trafford next season.
Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon to Arsenal)
After numerous summers of speculation, it appears the French forward is finally on his way to London and in the process will become the Gunners record signing with the fee rumoured to be in the region of £52 million.
Lacazette’s dribbling, pace and in particular his goalscoring record place him alongside the very best in Europe. Only four players have scored more goals in a major European league over the past three seasons with his 37 in all competitions last time out proving to be the best total of his career to date.
Despite Arsenal’s failure to secure a Champions League place for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s prolonged reign, the 26-year-old is in the golden stage of his profession and has the undoubted tools to push Arsenal back into the big time.