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Ligalive takes a look at transfer rumors from major leagues across Europe to identify the top three deals that we expect will cross the line in the 2020 summer transfer window.
When the coronavirus pandemic brought everything to a standstill a few months ago, pundits in the footballing world predicted that the 2020 summer transfer window would be a quiet one. They couldn’t have been more wrong.
Big names have already swapped clubs, with Chelsea beating Liverpool to the signing of RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner and Achraf Hakimi saying goodbye to both Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid to join his new teammates at Inter Milan.
These transfers have made it clear that unlike the rest of the world, football leagues, at least across Europe, exist in a bubble that hasn’t been punctured by the COVID-19 crisis. If that had been the case, none of the deals mentioned above would have seen the light of day.
With the transfer business in football continues to edge forward in much the same manner as it did before the ‘New Normal,’ Ligalive has decided to identify three deals we think could happen before the closing down of the 2020 summer transfer window.
Jadon Sancho’s departure from Manchester in 2017, as trendsetting as it was at the time, didn’t raise many eyebrows. He was one of the first English teenagers who decided to ignore the tried-and-tested route of trying his luck in England and moved to a foreign league.
The winger knew that with the wealth of attacking talent City had at their disposal – they had Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva who played in the same position as Sancho, his game time at the club would at best be limited. At worst he could be frozen out on the bench for a few years.
Manchester City, though, knew that Sancho was no ordinary talent. That’s the main reason why they tried to convince him to stay at the Etihad with sweeteners like the promise of an astronomical wage bill for a teenager, plus the opportunity to play under one of Europe’s best coaches in Pep Guardiola.
Credit to the youngster then to ignore these inducements and put pen on paper with the Signal Iduna Park residents. Merit of his decision was questioned at the time but three seasons and 33 goals later, Sancho has answered those questions with aplomb and is ready to return to England.
Of the few youngsters who have made waves in the Bundesliga with their performances this season, the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder is the one surest about his future.
That is precisely the reason why the 21-year-old submitted a transfer request within a few days of the conclusion of the 2019/20 German top-flight campaign. He has been linked to the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Liverpool but it is Chelsea that appear to be signing him .
The Blues are in a bullish mood in the transfer market after a ban stopped them from introducing any new players to their squad for the 2019 summer and winter transfer windows. Their signing of Havertz won’t be the last bit of business that they’d do this summer as they’re also linked with Leicester’s Ben Chilwell.
After their manager’s falling out with the current occupant of the defensive midfield position Partey has made his own at Atletico, it seems only a matter of time before Arsenal sign the 27-year-old.
Arsenal are expected to sign Thomas Partey in the coming weeks for several reasons. Multiple reputed news outlets have stated that the Gunners are about to complete his transfer, Atletico need the money that they would get from his sale and Mikel Arteta’s side need him.
The last point is the most important as the need that Arsenal have for Partey is severe. Matteo Guendouzi, one of their first-choice defensive midfielders of the season, seems to be on the verge of leaving the club, leaving a big hole in the center of the park that the Gunners faithful hope their club would fill with the Ghanaian international.
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