The season may not be over yet, but already the big summer football transfer rumours are starting to dictate the sports news in England.
The official football transfer window in England doesn’t open until July 1. However, it is only the player’s registration that cannot be officially transferred until July 1, so expect lots of Premier League clubs to be announcing football transfer deals after the season ends on Saturday, May 24.
Loveaflutter is going to take a look at five top football transfer deals that could happen this summer and suggest how likely they are to come off.
Raheem Sterling to Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea
The Raheem Sterling football transfer story has been dominating the sports news ever since the 20-year-old forward turned down a new contract at Liverpool worth £100,000 per week. The England international, despite claims from Liverpool fans that he is after more money, says he is not money-grabbing and is after trophies rather than more cash. His agent has even said he would turn down a £900,000 a week contract at Anfield to move elsewhere.
If it is indeed trophies Raheem is after, then Manchester City or Chelsea would appear the most likely transfer destination for him this summer. However, with the wealth of talent those two clubs have at their disposal, would Raheem be guaranteed first team football at either of those clubs? Having seen the likes of Scott Sinclair, in August 2012, and Shaun Wright Phillips, in 2005, halt what, at the time, looked like promising careers by going to Manchester City and Chelsea, respectively, it could put Raheem Sterling off a switch to the top two.
Arsenal or Manchester United could be another option, but Sterling is contracted at Liverpool until 2017 and they will be digging their heels in to try and get the £50m valuation they have on their player. I expect this transfer saga to run and run and don’t be surprised if he is still at Anfield on September 2. The bookies currently have Manchester City as favourites to complete this football transfer though at 5/4.
David de Gea to Real Madrid
This football transfer is all but a done deal. The Manchester United keeper is keen on a return to Spain, having played for Atlético de Madrid between 2009 and 2011. He signed a new contract at Old Trafford earlier this season, to make him the world’s highest-paid keeper on £200,000-a-week, but insisted on a buy-out clause being put in to allow him to switch to Real Madrid this summer. Manchester United had to agree, or run the risk of losing the player for nothing when his old contract ran out. Manchester United value the keeper at around £50m, but it is unlikely they will get that price for him. De Gea is currently 1/8 on to transfer to Real Madrid.
Gareth Bale to Manchester United
This would be the football transfer of the summer if the Red Devils can pull it off. Former Tottenham winger Bale holds the record for the highest transfer fee paid for a player when he switched White Hart Lane for Real Madrid’s Bernabéua in a deal worth £85.3m in 2013.
His first season in Spain was a successful one; he scored the winning goal for Real in the Copa Del Ray final against Barcelona and the second goal against city rivals Atlético Madrid in the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final. He finished his debut season with 22 goals and 16 assists in all competitions. However, this season has not gone so well.
He has been made the scapegoat by supporters for the club’s failure to win La Liga and their exit from the Champions League at the semi-final stage to Juventus. The player is not happy in Spain, but his transfer will ultimately depend on if Real want to sell him and whether Manchester United are prepared to meet what is likely to be an extremely high asking price. Gareth Bale’s transfer to Manchester United is currently priced at 11/8 on.
James Milner to Liverpool
It is expected to be a busy summer of football transfer activity at Manchester City as the club look to revamp its squad having fallen woefully short of expectations in both the Champions League and the Premier League this season. As an influx of players come in, one of the reliable members of the squad to make way is likely to be James Milner.
He is, perhaps, the most underrated player in the City squad and, arguably, the Premier League. His work-rate is exceptional, especially when compared to other members of the City midfield, and he has popped up with goals in some big games down the years. All of that appears to have been recognised by Liverpool who currently top a list of five clubs competing for his transfer with the bookmakers at 1/2.
Angel Di Maria to PSG
Ángel Di María broke the British transfer record when he signed for Manchester United last August for a football transfer fee of 59.7m. He has not had a great season though and was even struggling to make the starting XI towards the end of the campaign. He is also thought to be unhappy with life in England and keen on a move.
However, Di Maria signed a five-year transfer deal at Old Trafford and it will be ultimately Manchester United’s decision on whether or not they want to sell the player and for what price. If Manchester United do get Bale, I would expect Di Maria to get his transfer. If they don’t, the Argentinian player is more than likely going to be a Red Devil next campaign. The transfer of Di Maria to PSG is currently priced at 6/4 on.