By News Team
Last Updated: 8th July 2021
After what has been a thrilling European Championship, players will be looking forward to a well-earned rest before resuming their club duties, but for some big names that could be with a new club entirely.
We have rounded up the biggest talking points in the transfer window this summer so when the deals start happening, you will know who to look out for.
Lukaku returning to the PL?
Belgian goal-scoring machine Romelu Lukaku could decide that his future would be better spent in the UK rather than Italy, and there is one club from the Premier League that has been the most vocal. Chelsea have not been shy in expressing their interest in the Inter Milan forward and if manager Thomas Tuchel has his way there could be a host of new players on the London clubs roster come the start of the season.
Chelsea are the odds-on 4/5 favourites to convince Lukaku that a move back to the Blues is the right thing to do. The second favourite in the market is Manchester City at 8/1 which looks as though it’s all or nothing for Chelsea in bringing him back to the Premier League in their hopes of becoming genuine title contenders.
Messi to go?
Another transfer window another Lionel Messi contract issue. As the six-time Ballon d’Or winner enters his twilight years his contractual issues with Barcelona haven’t subsided and the issues remain. However, with his contract now coming to an end a handful of clubs will be licking their lips at the prospect of the Argentine wearing their shirt for a season or two. Only a select few would be capable of putting him on their payroll and unsurprisingly it’s Manchester City that head the market here. They are 3/1 to convince Messi that Manchester is where he should see out his playing days.
Equally unsurprisingly, it’s PSG who are the second favourites to pay Messi’s mammoth wages at 6/1. They weren’t shy in splashing the cash back in 2017 when acquiring Neymar for a world record fee, and they will be hopeful that if the pair were to reunite then that elusive first Champions League trophy could be heading towards Paris.
Ciao or bonjour for Pogba?
After a disappointing campaign in the Euros for France, which saw them exit at the quarter-final stage, Paul Pogba will have had plenty of time to consider his future. After a mixed season for Manchester United he has still not been able to take his game to the level that was forecast for him, and reports are ever present that the Frenchman has a desire to move on.
If he does, the midfield maestro could be heading back to Italy where Juventus awaits him. The Italian side are 5/1 joint favourites to procure his talents and alongside them at the top of the market are French side PSG. They would certainly need to get out their big chequebook if that were to happen alongside some of the other names they are currently linked with, but if any club is capable of that it’s them.