The European pass market begins to heat up with important movements. The first strong steps were taken by Manchester City, which secured the arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez, and Real Madrid, recent champion of the Champions League, who signed the German defender Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea, and ensured the renewal of one of his figures: Luka Modric.
The Merengue made official this Wednesday the extension of the contract with the 36-year-old Croatian midfielder until June 30, 2023. It will be his eleventh season with the white team, with whom he played 436 games and won five Champions Leagues. Real Madrid also has everything arranged with Aurélien Tchouaméni, French midfielder for Monaco.
Modric renewed contract until 2023 (Real Madrid).
On the other hand, Marcelo will not continue at the white club (he could go to Sampaoli’s Olympique Marseille), Isco and Gareth Bale. And there could be a bomb with the Welsh, since the president of Getafe revealed that they offered it to him and the possibility of adding it is being analyzed.
City makes room
Julián would have a minor competitor at City: Gabriel Jesús.
With the imminent arrivals of Julián Álvarez and Haaland, Manchester City thinks about getting rid of some of the figures whose contract expires in a year and who, if that were the case, would leave on free status. These are the cases of Gabriel Jesus, to whom the exit door has already been opened (they want about 50,000,000 euros) and Raheem Sterling. The Brazilian is linked to Arsenal and Real Madrid, while the Englishman was on Simeone’s radar for Atlético, with the future of Luis Suárez in see.
A door for Lo Celso
Lo Celso broke it in Villarreal (EFE).
Tottenham announced the arrival of experienced goalkeeper Fraser Forster and now he would return to the fray for Pau Torres, a Villarreal midfielder whom he had previously sought. And this could open an exit door to Gio Lo Celso, whose pass belongs to the Spurs and who wants to retain the Yellow Submarine after a great season on loan, with the Champions League semi-finals included.
Dybala, one step away from Inter
Is Dybala going from Juve to Inter? (AFP)
One of the great stars that will change clubs in this transfer book is paulo dybala, who finished his contract with Juventus and goes free. He mentioned it to him in several teams but La Joya is one step away from settling with Inter. “The wedding is ready”, published the Gazzetta dello Sport and anticipated a meeting between his agent and the club that would finish shaping the agreement.
But those from Milan are also going for another strong card: they want to repatriate Romelu Lukaku, who has already made public his desire to return to Inter and puts pressure on the new Chelsea owners to let him out. Is a trident armed with Lautaro and Dybala in attack?
Juve and Barsa fight for Di Maria
Where will Di Maria play? (AP).
Juventus seemed on track to keep Angelito after his departure from PSG, but the arrival of Barcelona turned the negotiations into a one-on-one. Thus, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, from the Turin team they are beginning to lose patience and another name sounds in case the Fideo thing does not happen: Domenico Berardi, from Sassuolo, who would ask for about 30 million euros.
In the Vecchia Signora, who lost Dybala and could also be left without Morata, the main target for these hours is Paul Pogba, who ended his relationship with Manchester United and would sign for three years with Juve, where he already played from 2012 to 2016.
Does Barcelona break the market?
Lewa wants to leave Bayern but… (AFP).
Away from the limelight after the departure of Lionel Messi, Xavi wants his team to step strong again in Spain and Europe. And that is why the dance of names that sounds in the culé is more than interesting. According to information from El Chiringuito, from Barsa Di María was offered a two-year contract with a salary of up to five million euros net per season, plus two in variables.
The other heavyweight that sounds in the Culé is Robert Lewandowski, the Polish gunner who insists on leaving Bayern Munich and would welcome joining the Catalan team. He also mentioned it to Raphinha, the Brazilian who exploded with Bielsa in Leeds, although Liverpool would also be following in his footsteps, taking into account that he would lose Sadio Mané: If Lewandowski leaves, Bayern would offer 30 million pounds to keep the Senegalese.
The list of names that entered the orbit of Barcelona also includes Argentine winger Nicolás Tagliafico, without a place at Ajax, to Franck Kessié, from Milan, and according to Sport, Alexis Sánchez -he has one year left on his contract at Inter- would have been offered to return to the Blaugrana, where he already played between 2011 and 2014.
Other cracks that are free
Cavani leaves United (AFP).
Edinson Cavani: After his relationship with Manchester United, away from Riquelme’s dream of taking him to Boca, the Uruguayan striker would not continue in England and his destiny would be in Spain: he is linked to clubs such as Atlético de Madrid, Villarreal and Sevilla. Mexico’s Toluca also dreams of having him.
Ousmane Dembele: After several twists and turns regarding his departure last season, the French striker would finally emigrate, although in Catalonia there is a desire to retain him. At the time, one of those who showed interest in wearing it was his former teammate Lionel Messi’s PSG.
Andrea Belotti: Torino striker, 9th from Italy in the Finalissima vs. Argentina is coming off a great campaign and would make the leap after playing his entire career in his country. He is also related to Sevilla and Atlético de Madrid.
Alexander Lacazette: After five seasons at English Arsenal, the French striker ends his contract and his departure has already been confirmed. And according to the French press, his return to Olympique de Lyon is practically closed, the club where he trained and stood out between 2009 and 2017. The announcement would be imminent.
Jesse Lingard: After his loan spell at West Ham, the Englishman did not fit in with Manchester United and will leave in this transfer market. Most likely, he will stay in his country, where the Hammers themselves and Newcastle are closely following him, but he is also on Sevilla’s radar.