- The futures of several top players are up in the air as the transfer window opens
- Some, such as Antoine Griezmann, have made their intentions to move clear
- Others, such as Gareth Bale, are fighting against being edged towards the exit
Eden Hazard is clawing for a move away from Chelsea and Antoine Griezman has released another video clip. It can only mean one thing; the transfer window is open for business once more.
This summer, the futures of a host of world class stars are up in the air, with some fighting for moves, and others being edged towards the exit.
Here, we run you through the 9 biggest names likely to move over the next few months, including their most likely destinations and the astronomical fees they could go for.
Estimated fee: £150m Interested clubs: Barcelona, Madrid
The Frenchman came into this season on the back of helping his country lift the World Cup, but questions over his attitude and ability to affect the biggest games have continued to blight his second spell at Manchester United.
It is understood the club don’t want to sell him, but those close to the player, such as his brother, suggest he wants a move. His wages may prove a stumbling point in any negotiations however — even for the likes of Real Madrid.
Estimated fee: £100m Interested clubs: Real Madrid
For a while, it has felt as though Hazard’s move away from Chelsea has been a case of when and not if. The Belgian said on final day of the Premier League season that ‘I have made my decision’ and reports suggest Real Madrid are already in a position to announce his signing after the Europa League final.
However, Chelsea’s transfer ban could yet see the Blues pull the plug on a deal if they are unable to use the fee to strengthen.
Estimated fee: £100m Interested clubs: Chelsea, Manchester United
Barcelona spent £145m on the Brazilian when signing him from Liverpool just 18 months ago, but things have just not worked out for him in Spain.
Chelsea are interested in bringing the 26-year-old back to the Premier League should they need a replacement for Hazard, but the Spanish club will look to recoup at least £100m of the fee they forked out in 2018.
Estimated fee: £80m Interested clubs: Manchester United, Tottenham
Bale and his representatives have insisted time and time again that the Wales captain has no intention of leaving Real Madrid, but at this rate, he may not have a choice.
Dropped from the squad for their La Liga clash with Real Sociedad, Zinedine Zidane made the point of admitting it was a clear message to the winger that he was no longer in his plans.
A loan deal may even be in the offing, so desperate is the Frenchman to have Bale leave Spain. Both Manchester United and his former club Tottenham could be interested in that.
Matthijs de Ligt
Estimated fee: £60m Interested clubs: Barcelona, Manchester United, Liverpool
One of the revelations of the season as he led Ajax into the semi-finals of the Champions League, Matthijs de Ligt looks destined for bigger things.
The Dutch side are resigned to the fact their young side are set to be picked apart by the vultures at Europe’s top table, and Manchester United and Liverpool have both been credited with an interest in the 19-year-old centre back.
However, it appears he is set to join team-mate
Estimated fee: £105m Interested clubs: Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain
Twelve months after dedicating an entire documentary to the news that he had decided to stay at Atletico Madrid, Griezmann released a somewhat less glamorous clip to announce he will leave the club this summer.
The most obvious destination is Barcelona, the club he turned down last summer, however, reports in France claim PSG with the World Cup winner’s representatives.
Estimated fee: £45m Interested clubs: Manchester United
Wilfried Zaha hasn’t been the only player to impress in a Crystal Palace shirt this season, with Wan-Bissaka turning heads with his performances at right back.
The 21-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United, who are desperate to sort out their problems on that flank, with Antonio Valencia moving on and Ashley Young filling the void there.
Despite the attention, the defender has stated his desire to stick around at Selhurst Park and progress there. However, the right offer may prove too good for Palace to turn down.
Estimated fee: £60m Interested clubs: Manchester City
With Griezmann already stating he is leaving Atletico Madrid, and key squad members such as Juanfran and Diego Godin also off, Diego Simeone would be loathed to lose any more of his key players.
They will reject every offer they can for Rodri, but with a release clause of just £60.6m, there are plenty across Europe who can afford it.
One such club is Manchester City, who are looking for a replacement for the aging Fernandinho. That price is well within the champions’ budget.
Estimated fee: £60m Interested clubs: Manchester United, Real Madrid, Liverpool
A relative unknown at the beginning of this season, Nicolas Pepe has turned plenty of heads in Europe by firing Lille back into the Champions League.
The French striker has netted 20 times in Ligue 1 to steer them into second place, but whether he is around to lead their European challenge next season remains to be seen.
Manchester United and Liverpool have both been admiring his exploits from across the channel, while Real Madrid are also reported to be watching developments over the summer.