The summer transfer market in 2021 is expected to be highly competitive. Because the names Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo would create havoc in the transfer market with rumours of their departure.
With a pandemic wreaking havoc on the finances of the majority of the top clubs, there have been few big money transfers in the player transfer market. However, it appears that the situation will improve by next summer.
Many top players will be seen milling about, moving clubs with huge transfer fees. Check out this list of mega-transfer scenarios that are very likely to happen before the 2021-2021 season.
Memphis Depay to Barcelona
Memphis Depay has been a transfer target for Barcelona since last summer. However, a final settlement was not reached because the Blaugrana did not have enough money to bid.
With Barcelona enjoying a renaissance under Ronald Koeman, the Blaugrana are looking for a free agent who can also help them financially this season.
Koeman, who previously coached the Dutch national team, is eager to work with the Olympique Lyon striker again. A move for the player, however, would almost certainly necessitate the approval of new Barcelona president Juan Laporta.
Jadon Sancho to Manchester United
Manchester United are expected to pay a high price for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho this summer.
After an impressive season with BVB, the young Englishman was linked with a move to Old Trafford last summer. However, the transfer did not take place because Manchester United did not agree to the Bundesliga club's official transfer club ban.
With Sancho having a relatively unremarkable 2020-2021 season, in which he scored his first league goal of the season in January, Dortmund may be willing to accept a lower asking price for the wonderkid.
BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke recently conceded that the club could let Sancho leave for a reduced fee.
David Alaba to Real Madrid or Barcelona
Bayern Munich's David Alaba has been a standout performer this season. With his club, he won two continental trebles as well as a number of domestic and continental awards.
Despite being just 28 years old, the Austrian is regarded as one of the greatest defenders in the world. Alaba has recently switched from left-back to center-back.
Alaba refuses to sign a contract extension with Bayern Munich and is willing to leave the club on a free transfer. Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain are among the top European clubs said to be interested in Alaba's services.
Real Madrid appears to have an oral agreement with Alaba, but with PSG recently entering the competition with a more lucrative offer, it revokes that agreement.
Kylian Mbappe to Liverpool or Real Madrid
Kylian Mbappe is one of Real Madrid's targets for next season, following the club's failure to sign players in the summer.
Zinedine Zidane, manager of Real Madrid, has long admired his French national team's younger generation. However, given Mbappe's stellar status as one of the best attacking players in the world, who is still under a one-year contract with PSG, he will not be released cheaply.
Apart from Real Madrid, recent transfer rumours suggest that Liverpool is also interested in signing Mbappe for the 2021-2022 season.
Erling Haaland to Real Madrid or Chelsea
Erling Haaland's fame has skyrocketed since his Champions League debut in 2019.
The Borussia Dortmund striker is a goal-scoring machine, especially in the Champions League, where he recently became the youngest player to reach 20 goals.
Haaland has nearly 50 goals for BvB, averaging more than one goal per game. Unsurprisingly, many top clubs are interested in this 20-year-old player.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos mentioned Haaland, sparking speculation about the player's summer move to Los Blancos.
"It wouldn't be bad to strengthen Madrid with 9 players like Haaland, who have something we don't have: speed, hunger, height ... Mbappe too, of course, but it would be much easier to sign Haaland."
Interestingly, Chelsea is also eyeing the striker, the owner of the club Roman Abramovich who is very wealthy making him the number one target for the Blues.
Romelu Lukaku to Manchester City
Romelu Lukaku is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world today. Since joining Inter Milan in the summer of 2019, the Belgian has 59 goals in 85 appearances.
Lukaku's 19 goals this season have pushed Inter Milan to the top of the Serie A table. His tally of goals is second only to Cristiano Ronaldo's.
Lukaku is being pursued by a number of top clubs across Europe due to his excellent form for club and country.
However, Manchester City, where Pep Guardiola is looking for a replacement for Sergio Aguero, is likely to be the next destination.
Lionel Messi to PSG or Manchester City
Barcelona legend Lionel Messi was on the verge of leaving his beloved club last summer after the Blaugrana failed to win a trophy for the first time in more than a decade.
Messi has made an official transfer request, indicating that he is hesitant to stay at the Camp Nou this season.
Despite faring better this season, the Blaugrana can still survive another trophy-less season. Lionel Messi is in the final months of his contract with Barcelona and has yet to sign a contract extension, so he may leave for free next summer.
Given Messi's high salary, PSG and Manchester City have emerged as the two most likely destinations if he leaves Camp Nou.
Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo has 95 goals in 122 appearances for Juventus.
However, following his final Champions League disappointment with the Bianconeri, in which Juventus lost to Porto on away goals in the last 16, speculation was rife that the player could surprise him by returning to Real Madrid.
In the race for Serie A, Juventus is now teetering on the brink of catching Inter Milan. They trail their quiet rivals at the top of the standings by ten points. This season, Ronaldo may not win any major titles.
Juventus, in order to re-energize their team, are likely to release CR7. Real Madrid is delighted to have him back.
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