The transfer window is back underway and while some players have already made trips to pastures new in order to wet the appetite of some fans ahead of the 2017/18 season starting in August, youth tournaments and the Confederations Cup have caused a slight lull in the transfer negotiations. With this in mind, here are the five transfers, involving Premier League teams, that we at Fanalysis.co.uk desperately want to see happen.
Kylian Mbappé, Monaco to Arsenal
Despite only six months in the first team at Monaco, Mbappé has stunned the footballing world with his pace, tenacity, and eye for goal. The Frenchman hit 15 goals in just under 30 appearances in Ligue 1 to guide Monaco to their first French league title since the turn of the millennium, while also scored 6 goals in only 10 Champions League appearances in 2016/17 as his side reached the last four of the competition for the first time since 2004. Despite this rapid rise to stardom, there’s quite a lot of doubt as to whether Mbappé can take his side any further, especially when you consider that some of Monaco’s key players from last season, such as Bernardo Silva and Tiemoune Bakayoko, have already jumped ship. So where could he go? The best place for him to develop as a player would be under the management of Arsene Wenger, who has turned teenage prodigies very similar to the 18 year-old, into world superstars; just ask Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka. The similarities between the former and Mbappé are unrecognisable and this potentially could very well turn Arsenal into a real force next season. However, Europa League football for the Gunners this year could prove to be a thorn when it comes to convincing the French forward that the Emirates Stadium is the right destination for him, and with a world-record fee slapped on him as his price tag, could back-to-back Champions League winners Real Madrid and owner Florentino Perez really resist not getting involved in negotiations?
Alvaro Morata, Real Madrid to Manchester United
With the shock departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Old Trafford this transfer window, Manchester United need a big name to compete with Marcus Rashford at the fore-front of the Red Devils attack. Their best option would be to go for superstar Spaniard Morata, who after guiding Juventus to a Champions League final in 2015, helped come up with some crucial goals in 2016/17 to help current side Real Madrid to a first La Liga title in half a decade. However, game time has come few and far between for Morata over the past 12 months, with Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane preferring the ever-reliable Karim Benzema as the central striker. And while he has played the role of super-sub to perfection in recent years, he will surely be looking for a more prominent role in a top European side next year. If he signed for Jose Mourinho’s side, then rotation with Rashford in that position would benefit the Red Devils massively and that would really fit the void produced by Ibrahimovic’s recent departure.
Dani Alves, Juventus to Manchester City/Chelsea
Let’s be honest, Dani Alves has been in everyone’s pick for top three right backs in the world over the past 10 years, and with a trophy filled career to date at Barcelona and Juventus, a move to the Premier League is all the Brazilian defender is missing to complete a very successful footballing CV. Alves was a surprising success in the Old Lady’s season last year, which ended with a league and cup domestic Italian double, as well as a Champions League runners up medal. He won man of the match in both legs of the semi-final against Monaco, where he scored an absolute thunderbolt in the second leg to book their trip to Cardiff. The Turin side has already released the former Barcelona man, with a reported choice between Manchester City and Chelsea on the cards for Alves. Pep Guardiola is in desperate need a right back following the departures of Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta on free transfers, while Antonio Conte will be looking for an upgrade on Victor Moses in his right wing back role. Alves would suit the Premier League perfectly, especially considering his controversial temperament and his regular habit of feigning injury. Whichever club he chooses, we can’t wait to see Dani Alves finally hit English shores next season!
Nemanja Matic, Chelsea to Manchester United
Now this would be interesting. The Serbian international became a huge success at Stamford Bridge after Mourinho resigned him from Benfica in 2013, and the Portuguese manager is reportedly looking to reunite him with his trusted central midfielder at Old Trafford. Matic has been an ever-present in the Chelsea side but after being dislodged by Cesc Fabregas in the starting eleven towards the end of last season, compounded further by the imminent arrival of Bakayoko from Monaco, Conte has perhaps deemed him to be surplus to requirements for the Blues next season. A tough tackling, no-nonsense midfielder, it may be exactly what United need to partner Pogba in the centre of midfield, with Michael Carrick retiring soon and Wayne Rooney past his prime.
Ryan Bertrand, Southampton to Manchester City
With Bertrand looking to be England’s first choice left back for the World Cup in Russia next summer, it’s about time we saw him at a big club next season. He’s been a very strong part of a successful Southampton side in recent years, despite their many changes of manager, and has rarely put a foot wrong for his national side, so clearly has the capabilities of performing on the big stage if required. City are also in need of a left back after already disposing Gael Clichy this summer, so it could be a perfect fit.
What do you think? Who do you want YOUR club to sign? And do you think any of the above speculated transfers could happen? Let us know your views!