League football doesn’t start for another three weeks and I feel like I’m losing it. The speculation around the transfers this season has caused severe hypertension. With the World Cup having taken over the football world for 5 weeks, it’s safe to say the transfer window just became interesting.
Let’s talk about Hazard for a second. World cup, he absolutely smashed it. Despite missing out on the golden ball to Luca Modric it is safe to say he was a standout player throughout the entire tournament. His display against both Brazil and France muted his critics and opened the door for opportunity. He claims he wanted to do his country proud, I say he was auditioning to be Real Madrid’s new eye candy. It is no secret that the Chelsea player has been pursuing a move to the Bernabau for quite some time, and with Ronaldo off to Juventus, now is the best time to make the move. Will Real bid for Hazard? No doubt. But how much is he truly worth? He is a creative player, beautiful to watch but stats do not lie. With only 39 assists and 69 goals in 6 years playing at a premier league club is he really worth the £150 million that the Chelsea fans are declaring? Surely Lopetegui would rather spend that amount on Neymar or 19 year old Kylian Mbappe. Should be interesting to watch how this all unfolds.
Whilst the world remained focused on the talks of Hazard, Bale and Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo surprised us by announcing his departure from Real Madrid to take on a new challenge with the Italian giants, Juventus. Critics may prematurely decree that it’s a money move for Ronaldo however the €100 million price tag does not tell the full story. Ronaldo will be joining Juve acknowledging the fact that he will receive a significant wage cut. Why he would agree to this, only those involved know. There are several rumours surrounding this including the distasteful relationship Ronaldo has with Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez. This could be the case, or maybe Lopetegui didn’t see Madrid’s 33-year-old veteran in his future plans. I highly doubt that but I for one wish Ronaldo the best in Italy, I know my G.O.A.T (Messi) would never leave his club because of a dispute or taxes as he has shown in the past. #Loyal
With Ronaldo gone, Madrid’s record-breaking signing may be out of the door with him. Gareth Bale is tipped to be headed to Manchester United in the upcoming weeks of the transfer window. If there is truth in these rumours that Bale is indeed interested in a move, SPURS WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? The lack of deals that Tottenham have made so far is the reason why they have been trophyless for decades. Go for the prize that is Gareth Bale. After all, they do have first option with him. If Madrid eventually accept any bid from any Premier League club they have 72 hours to match that bid. What a privilege. This only lasts until the 30th of June 2019 so what are they waiting for? The second a bid is made, Pochettino should make a move. Hopefully they may contend for a trophy this forth coming season; although one player may not make a significant change in the club’s status, he will give Tottenham the edge that they have been missing in the recent years.
As talks with Madrid over Bale are ongoing, Martial’s agent insists that he is ready to leave. Once compared to Mbappe by the united fans (insert eye roll here) Anthony Martial has been significantly underused by reds boss Jose Mourinho especially since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez. With additional talks with Ivan Perisic being held after his promising display at the World Cup, it seems more than likely that Marital is heading out after Daley Blind. Jose Mourinho is keen on buying at least two more additional players to complete his squad, but he has not mentioned who will suffer the consequences once he hits his target.
The Market and what we know so far…
Mahrez has sold his soul to the City bench, whilst Blind found his worth and made the move back to his former club, Ajax. Arsenal’s injury merchants Wilshere (West Ham United) and Carzola (Villareal) both left on free transfers as Emery begins his clear out. Keita, Fabinho and Shaqiri join Klopp’s plan to hopelessly replace Coutinho whilst Emre Can leaves to solve their defensive issues. Tottenham doing what they do best and securing nobody, whilst Arsenal makes moves on Kingsley Coman and Andre Gomes. Chelsea are close to handing over Golden Glove winner to Real Madrid as their supposed replacement signs for Liverpool for a ridiculous amount of £65 million. Jorginho joins the blues as Sarri prepares to work his magic. Barcelona send out offers of up to £55 million for Willian and prepare to make a bid and exchange with Andres Gomes for Kante’s left arm.
That’s all for now, I’ll be back to keep you updated in a couple of weeks.