With the World Cup over many of Europe’s big clubs have already spent big and will continue to do so. Luis Suarez’ £75 million pound move to Barcelona is likely to be the most expensive signing of this year’s transfer window but expect many of Europe’s top clubs to invest in more high quality players.
Barcelona’s Spanish rivals Real Madrid are yet to spend big but expect the Champions League winners to add more quality to their already impressive squad. In addition, the Louis Van Gaal era is likely to see at least one more high profile player arrive at Manchester United. Here are five possible transfers that are looking increasingly likely to happen in the next few weeks.
1. James Rodriguez to Real Madrid
The Monaco playmaker really lit up this year’s World Cup, with the highlight being that cracking left foot volley he scored against Uruguay. The 23-year-old is being strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid and a player with his guile and technical ability would perfectly compliment the power and pace of Ronaldo and Bale.
Rodriguez spoke to Spanish newspaper Marca, indicating his willingness to move the Spanish capital:
“Playing for Real Madrid is my life’s dream: it’d be a privilege to play alongside so many stars. If it happened, I’d enjoy it to the max.
‘It’s really flattering to know that a club of Real Madrid’s stature is interested in me. It’d be a dream to join the club of my dreams.
‘Would I jump at the chance to go to Real? No doubt about it, my answer is a resounding yes.”
The Monaco playmaker could be Real Madrid’s next high profile signing and should cost in the region of £50-£60 million.
2. Angel Di Maria to PSG
The speedy Argentine midfielder is now likely to join French giants PSG who have already paid a questionable £50 million for Brazil defender David Luiz. With James Rodriguez identified as the new “galactico” by Real Madrid President Florentino Perez it seems that Di Maria will be surplus to requirements at the Spanish giants.
Manchester United had with been linked the 26-year-old but with PSG offering Champions League football a move to Paris is now looking more likely. A transfer is likely to cost between £40 million to £50 million.
3. Toni Kroos to Real Madrid
This deal is all but done and the World Cup winner is set to join the Spanish giants in a deal worth £20 million. The 24- year-old has only one year remaining on his contract which is why Madrid are acquiring the German international for a relatively small fee. Kroos is considered one of the fas inest midfielders in European football and is just 24 years old.
Kroos spoke to Brazilian website UOL after the World Cup final:
“We’ve finished the World Cup in the best way possible. Now I’m going to Madrid, so that’s two dreams achieved.”
4. Arturo Vidal to Manchester United
There is growing speculation that Arturo Vidal could be the next high profile signing at Manchester United and he would certainly add a lot of quality to a United midfield that looked out of sorts last year. Vidal is a three-time Serie A winner with Juventus and with Patrice Evra linked with a move to Turin it may give Louis Van Gaal’s side more pulling power in their negotiations for the 27-year-old Chile international.
Vidal spoke to Chilean newspaper La Tercera, stating:
“I’ve heard about the rumours, but I haven’t spoken more about this subject.
I’m enjoying my holidays, and when I return to Italy I’ll see what happens.
I’m very calm, but anyone would love to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
With Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba winning the Young Player of the World Cup award they may be willing to let Vidal go for a fee of around £50 million.
5. Mats Hummels to Manchester United
Hummels enjoyed a fantastic World Cup with Germany where he was arguably the finest defender on show. The German defence looked much stronger with the Dortmund defender at the back. With Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic departing Old Trafford Hummels would be a major signing of intent by Louis Van Gaal.
With Chris Smalling and Phil Jones failing to convince at the heart of United’s defence last year, Hummels would add much more quality and experience despite still only being 25-years-old. The World Cup winner is likely to cost £30 million and has been linked with a move to Manchester all summer.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.