In the seemingly interminable summers after the domestic season has ended and the international tournaments have come to a conclusion, there is no greater cure for a football fan’s boredom than to watch the latest transfer stories roll in, and incoming stars stand proudly in empty stadiums with a brand new kit to hold in front of the watching media.
Unfortunately, not all transfer deals are wrapped up swiftly and many fans are left to ponder for months on end as to whether their club will sign Europe’s hottest talent or let their marquee player leave for pastures new.
From Luka Modric to Gareth Bale to the David De Gea saga that was a constant distraction to Manchester United last year, the Premier League has seen its fair share of transfer stories that have rumbled on from May to August… and now, we could be set for more.
Here are FOUR possible transfer sagas to watch this summer…
Just from the sheer complication of any transfer deal taking place for the Spanish forward, the Morata transfer saga could be one of the longest running of the summer.
Currently owned by Juventus, it is widely expected that Real Madrid will activate their £23m buyback clause and look to sell Morata on for profit.
The most likely buyers according to the rumour mill are Arsenal, who are looking to bolster their attaching options now that Danny Welbeck is out until 2017.
Unluckily pushed out of Real Madrid following Zinedine Zidane’s arrival and immediate change in formation, James Rodriguez looks set to leave the Bernabeu after just two seasons. Reports suggest that Manchester United are keen as they pursue a genuine marquee addition.
However, with a transfer fee north of £60m to recoup, expect Madrid to hold out until the final few days of the transfer window to ensure maximum profit.
While Gotze himself has suggested to the German press that he is happy to stay at Bayern Munich, don’t expect this protracted transfer story to disappear any time soon.
With a new era beginning at Bayern, now may be the perfect time for Gotze to head for pastures new, especially when that opportunity comes in the form of Liverpool and a reunion with former coach Jurgen Klopp.
While Leicester fans have every right to celebrate their incredible title win long into the summer, the number of transfer stories circulating about the future of star man N’Golo Kante is sure to cause concern among the Foxes faithful.
The Frenchman has been a revelation in his first season in the Premier League and is now attracting interest from the European elite, something which may interest the man who made the Premier League Team of the Year and his debut for France in the space of a couple of months.