With football now having a return date to restart the season, attention is again turning to what will happen next, with the transfer window still set to open – albeit a little later than usual.
And it could be an interesting one, with many clubs being forced to sell and other unable to buy as Europe’s top clubs prepare for an almighty shake-up.
It’s all in today’s Rumour Mill…
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STERLING ON UTD SHORTLIST
Manchester United are one of the clubs expected to come out of the coronavirus pandemic strongest, thanks to their supreme wealth and long commercial arm built up over the years.
And that means they will be at the front of the queue for talent in the transfer window, even if clubs are forced to sell on the cheap.
According to The Independent, the club has Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish in their ‘highest priority’ bracket of five players Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spent the shutdown watching replays of with keen intent.
The surprising name in that group of five however is Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, who United will stunning attempt to move for should their rivals’ Champions League ban get upheld, which would force a number of top stars to move on.
However improbable as it sounds, United are convinced that they will move for the England man quickly should they hear he is available.
ATLETICO STAR TEASES ‘NEW CLUB’
Atletico Madrid have a history of their stars teasing a huge transfer for publicity purposes, you only need to see Antoine Griezmann’s ‘La Decision’, a show where he would announce his next move – like LeBron James did before joining Miami. He revealed he would be staying at Atletico, only to leave them for Barcelona a year later.
And now Saul Niguez is teasing something similar – although this time fans are a lot more sceptical.
On Monday (AEDT), the midfielder, who scored to help knock Liverpool out of the Champions League, tweeted: “New club, I’ll announce it in three days”.
Since then he has done a countdown on his Twitter account, reminding fans of his announcement.
So will it be a move to the Premier League, with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea both interested?
Don’t get your hopes up. It looks like it will be something to do with Esports or a new sponsorship opportunity.
‘SIGN MESSI FOR FREE’ OFFER OVER
Barcelona and their fans will all be breathing a huge sigh of relief today as the clause allowing Lionel Messi to leave the club on a free transfer expired.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner had a clause in his current deal allowing him to depart from the Catalan club for free, as long as he had informed the club before the end of May this year.
That means Messi, who has spent his entire career at Barca, will spend at least one more season at the Nou Camp before his current deal expires at the end of June 2020.
If a new deal is not agreed by January next year, however, he will be free to negotiate with other clubs over a possible transfer.