The hottest signings completed for the season 20/21, transfer rumours and updates. With the coronavirus outbreak already bottling this year’s competitions, Europe’s top teams look to break the bank to buckle up for next season.
Giovani Lo Celso ( Real Betis to Tottenham )
The Argentinian, seen as a natural replacement for Eriksen, has joined for £27.2million on a deal until 2025. Tottenham announced they would make his loan move permanent but it will only go through fully on July 1.
After a slow start to life in north London, the 23-year-old has shown glimpses of his potential in the last weeks. Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said his form had given Spurs “no choice but to execute the option”.
Hakim Ziyech ( Ajax to Chelsea )
An actual signing and not just an option on a loan move being triggered, the Blues announced this move in February. The Moroccan giant will now end his memorable spell with the Dutch giants and head to Stamford Bridge, with the move agreed to go through on July 1.
Although the coronavirus pandemic has raised doubts over contract lengths and already agreed transfers, Ziyech has confirmed he will become a Chelsea player, as planned, this summer.
“After I signed the contract that was it – on July 1 I am a Chelsea player. I haven’t given it another thought,” Ziyech told AD.
Francisco Trincão ( Braga to Barcelona )
The Portuguese 20-year-old was signed by the Catalans on January transfer deadline day this year and loaned back to his former side, Braga, for the remainder of the campaign. Trincão is set to join up with Barcelona on 1 July.
As he’s Portuguese you’ll see him labelled as the ‘next Ronaldo’ but don’t be fooled, this inverted winger, with a fine left foot could well be Lionel Messi’s understudy.
In 17 appearances, but just seven starts, Trincão has managed six goals and three assists in Portugal this season.
Nicolo Barella ( Cagliari to Inter Milan )
Linked with clubs like Chelsea and Liverpool in the summer, Barella moved to Inter on loan. He’s another player signed with an obligation to buy after just one year and following a decent first campaign, he’ll hope to step up when the new season eventually starts.
A versatile player, he is capable of playing anywhere in midfield, and has even been used as an attacking midfielder or as a defensive midfielder, but his favoured role is as a right-sided, offensive-minded central midfielder, known as a “mezzala” in Italy.
Alvaro Morata ( Chelsea to Atletico Madrid )
A year and a half after his loan move from west London, the Spanish striker will officially become an Atletico Madrid player. He had scored eight goals in 23 La Liga appearances this season before the campaign was postponed due to coronavirus.
Chelsea paid tribute to Morata after his planned 2020 exit was confirmed. The 26-year-old leaves England with a record of 24 goals and six assists in 72 appearances for the Blues.
Raul Jimenez ( Wolves to Real Madrid )
Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has admitted he would jump at the chance to join Barcelona or Real Madrid if the Spanish giants came calling. According to reports in Spain, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes that Jimenez would be the ideal player to complement Karim Benzema in the final third and is keen on a summer deal.
The 28-year-old scored 17 times while on loan at Wolves during the 2018-19 campaign before completing a permanent move from Benfica ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. The Mexico international has again been in impressive form for Wolves this term, scoring 22 times in 44 appearances in all competitions, in addition to providing 10 assists.
He told ESPN Deportes: “If you tell me that tomorrow an offer from Real Madrid or Barcelona comes, it is obvious that you do not let such an opportunity go.”
Kalidou Koulibaly ( Napoli to Liverpool )
Liverpool is hoping to beat Newcastle to the signing of Napoli defender Kalidou Kouilbaly. That’s according to Tuttomercato, who suggest the Reds will sell Joel Matip in order to make room for the 28-year-old.
It is unclear how much the Reds have apparently offered, but with the Partenopei looking to raise funds to spend elsewhere, it is believed they want at least £70m for Koulibaly.
Timo Werner ( Leipzig to Liverpool )
RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner has given the clearest indication yet that he could be heading for a summer transfer to Liverpool. The Reds are reportedly keen on signing the Germany international, who has hit 27 goals in 36 matches in the 2019/20 season.
Chelsea and Bayern Munich have also registered their interest, but according to reports in Germany, Werner has seemingly ruled out a move to the Allianz Arena.
“A challenge in a foreign league would appeal to me rather than a move to Bayern,” Werner is quoted saying in Bild.
Jadon Sancho ( Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United )
Chelsea also wants Sancho, 20, but he is keen on joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, three years after leaving City. The Red Devils are desperate to land the 20-year-old in a deal that would be worth north of £100million.
And as a final sweetener to seal the deal, the Mirror claim that United will give Sancho one of the most famous shirt numbers in English football. The No. 7 shirt at Old Trafford is something of legend, having been worn with aplomb by so many greats down the years.
Sancho has been a revelation in Germany, scoring 14 goals and assisting a further 16 in 23 Bundesliga appearances this season. Winger Sancho was one of the first targets manager Solskjaer identified to transfer chief Ed Woodward. Woodward is also backing Solskjaer with a move for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.
Lautaro Martinez ( Inter Milan to Barcelona )
The report details how the 22-year-old Argentine striker, who is contracted to the Nerazzurri until 2023, has a €111 million release clause a significantly lower number compared to the Blaugrana’s other dream target, Brazilian forward Neymar.
The Catalan club believe Lautaro would be the perfect replacement for the aging Luis Suarez, who will be 34 next January. In recent seasons the player has suffered from injuries and Lautaro would be able to slot in the squad perfectly.
Lautaro has communicated to both Barcelona and Inter that he wants to make the move to Spain in the summer, the report continues, as he believes that now is the right time for the deal.