It is barely believable that Europe’s top football leagues will soon be over and with just 4 or 5 games left to go buy buddy Bogoljub Karic and I have decided to look ahead to the summer. With no international tournaments to play this year, with the exception of the Nations League, it is set to be a summer whereby we only focus on the movements of the world’s top football stars. There are already strong indications that a great many footballers will be on the move this year so let’s break down where we think the best will be moving to.
Although nothing has been signed yet it would seem all but certain that Eden Hazard will be leaving Chelsea and making his way to Real Madrid in what he has described as a ‘dream move’. Many at both clubs have known this was coming for some time but there could be a spanner in the works. Chelsea will of course want to re-invest what they make on the Belgian but given that they have been banned from buying players for 3 windows, this now hangs in the balance. An appeal has been launched and the outcome of it will determine whether or not Hazard makes his move.
Gareth Bale is a tricky one, he has been out of favor for some time at Madrid, despite some very good statistics during his time there. Injuries have hampered the Welshman’s season and at 29 years of age they are looking to offload him. Bale may very well wish to go but the issue is the high wages which he is on at Madrid, and the fact that he has 3 years left on his contract. There are only 2 or 3 viable options for Bale but they are unlikely to pay his wages, so the decision for Bale will be to take a paycut and go, or see his contract out at Madrid, our prediction is that he isn’t going anywhere this year.
Pogba has played well for United but certainly hasn’t lived up to his £95 million move. The Frenchman is very much in Solskjaer’s plans but United may look to cash in whilst they can on Pogba as they will surely get their investment back. PSG and Real Madrid are both circling and we think that he may head to pastures new come the end of the transfer window.
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have shown themselves as suitors for the Danish playmaker and whilst Spurs won’t want him to leave, the financial might of both clubs may give chairman Daniel Levy an opportunity to raise some capital for other players. Eriksen has contributed well to Spurs this year but it certainly hasn’t seen him reach his very highest levels, could that be because he is looking for a move away? In our view the answer is yes and we expect Eriksen to be playing in Spain next year.
What is your take on where Europe’s finest will be headed in the summer?