Transfer window movers to watch

Transfer window movers to watch

Kylian Mbappe remains at Paris Saint-Germain and Erling Haaland is on his way to Manchester City, but many other big-name stars are in the market as the summer transfer window opens in Europe.

AFP Sport highlights five names to follow in the coming weeks:

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

After eight prolific seasons at Bayern, the Polish striker decided it was time for a move. Lewandowski, who turns 34 in August, has a year left on his contract at the Allianz Arena but said last month his time in Bavaria “was over”.

Bayern insist Lewandowski – who scored 50 goals for his club in the just-ended season and was the Bundesliga’s top scorer in each of the last five campaigns – is going nowhere, the chairman Herbert Hainer declaring “a contract is a contract”.

Still, if they don’t want to lose it for nothing, they’ll have to sell now. Barcelona are reportedly ready to offer him a three-year deal and it’s understood the ex-Borussia Dortmund striker wants to move to Spain.

Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

The Senegalese star’s highly successful six-season spell at Liverpool appears to be coming to an end and Bayern are keen to sign the striker, who has one year left on his contract at Anfield.

“Isn’t it between 60 and 70 per cent of Senegalese who want me to leave Liverpool? I’ll do what they say,” Mane, 30, said this week as he returned to his home country. origin in international mission.

Yet, according to reports in England, Liverpool have rejected a £30m ($37.6m) bid from Bayern for Mane, who has scored 120 goals since moving to Merseyside from Southampton in 2016.

Darwin Nunez (Benfica)

In the game of transfer musical chairs, the moves of Lewandowski and Mane could lead to this rising Uruguayan star heading to Liverpool. Nunez, who turns 23 this month, was the top scorer this season in the Portuguese top flight with 26 goals for Benfica. He also scored six times in the Champions League, including in both legs of the quarter-final defeat to Liverpool.

Uruguay international Nunez, who joined Benfica from Spanish side Almeria in 2020, has a contract at Lisbon until 2025 and won’t come cheap, although England’s biggest clubs won’t be put off by the asking price. Benfica want 100 million euros ($107m) according to Portuguese media. Manchester United are also linked with an approach.

Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Pogba leaves United when his contract expires, ending a disappointing second stint at Old Trafford where he returned in 2016 from Juventus for a record £89m ($116m at the time) .

The 29-year-old World Cup winner from France, who had a particularly disappointing final season in the Premier League, has been linked with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the past – he was born and raised in Paris suburbs.

However, the most likely outcome appears to be a return to Juventus, where he played from 2012 to 2016. Pogba, who was a client of Mino Raiola before the super-agent’s death in April, is set to sign a three-year deal in Torino. worth eight million euros ($8.6 million) per season.

“I just want the best for me. I think things through, I put everything in place, I take my time and I expect the best. I just want to play football, be myself and enjoy what I’m doing,” he said. said Pogba in an interview with the American site. this week. “We can lose games or lose trophies, but you have to be happy where you are.”

Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)

The 25-year-old French winger is out of contract at Barcelona, ​​where his five-year spell was marred by injuries. The Catalans had been keen to keep a player who looked revitalized following Xavi Hernandez’s appointment as Camp Nou manager this season, but the talks appear to have fallen through. Sports daily Marca this week called the negotiations a “dialogue between the deaf”. PSG have been heavily linked with a move to bring the former Rennes winger back to France, but a move to the Premier League could also be on the cards.