Most Likely Transfers XI: Who Goes Where?

Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko celebrates with Kylian Mbappe-Lottin.

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The summer transfer window in the world of football is one of the most exciting times for the fans and gossipers involved, as not only does it include countless numbers of players being linked to other teams constantly, it also keeps everyone guessing and predicting throughout.

The months of madness see players make shock moves, join hands with rival clubs, leave behind sides that did not show faith in them, and sometimes, very rarely, stay loyal to the clubs that loved them.

Despite the crazy amounts of insanity that goes down during the window, the most active lot are the ones that keep track of all the possible links that exist, and bring about rumours to the people of where their favourite player might be heading to next season, and what their favourite club is up to.

The 2017 transfer window is shaping up to become one of the best ever in recent times, with not only the greatest upcoming talent being linked to the big boys of Europe, but also with the groundbreaking totality of money that is being readied to spend upon them. The values of the talent in the sport have reached unmatchable sky high limits, and with all major clubs involved in tight races, the transfer battles are sure to be feisty, competitively intriguing, and present in plenty.

With countless reporters working around the clock to bring in all the gossip from around the world of football, it is of no surprise that almost every brilliantly performing player over the past 12 months has been linked with a move to a different side, with more than one possible destination. The window is all set to open on the 1st of July and provide us with nonstop off-the-pitch action for a period of 2 months.

There is a huge list of players that seem most likely to make a move away from their current sides, and this is a team of eleven of them:


Gianluigi Donnarumma

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There is no denying that the 18-year-old sensation from Italy is without second choice, the best young goalkeeper in football right now, and is hence on the wanted list of many big names in the sport. The player has become first choice at his boyhood club AC Milan, but recently shocked the world when he mentioned that he will not be renewing a new contract with the side.

This sent the fans into angry mode, and matters have only gotten worse. The player is being handled by super agent Mino Raiola, and hence, a big money move is always a high possibility. Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester United are those interested in his services, thus indicating that a move away from the San Siro is inevitable.


Kyle Walker

Tottenham's Kyle Walker.

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The right-back has been a valuable player for Tottenham in the seasons gone by, but a fallout with manager Mauricio Pochettino has left the defender looking for an exit out of White Hart Lane. Pep Guardiola is apparently interested in the player, and hence, the English international could be seen at Manchester City during the next season.

Michael Keane 

Burnley's Michael Keane.

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The lad that once left Old Trafford as a player surplus to requirements, has since gone to Burnley and turned himself into a defender everyone is after.

The centre-back had a stellar last season with Sean Dyches’ side, as his performances helped them survive in the Premier League. That has led to him becoming one of the most sought after players in the transfer window, and with Manchester United, Everton, and Liverpool all taking keen interest with a good fee on offer, a transfer to a big club is a certainty.


Marquinhos after the game.

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The PSG centre-back is currently eyeing a transfer to one of many clubs stretching their bids out for his signature, and with Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester United all part of the race, the player’s bags are likely to have been packed by now.

Alex Sandro

Juventus’ Alex Sandro celebrates scoring their third goal with Leonardo Bonucci.

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The Brazilian left back, currently at Juventus, has been a prime target for Antonio Conte and Chelsea for a while now, and as per reports that have been shaping up over the past month, a move to London is all but agreed upon. However, the English side will have to wave off some competition from PSG, who have also submitted a £60 million bid for the left-back. What the star chooses is still a decision that can go in directions more than one.


Tiemoue Bakayoko

Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko celebrates after scoring.

REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The holding midfielder from Monaco has been on the wish list of a few good sides in the past few months, but Chelsea have come up as the number one club for the player’s arrival in the summer. The Blues have been consistent in their chase of the French midfielder, and after he was reported to be in London since the past few days, a £36 million deal is almost around the corner.

Nemanja Matic

Chelsea's Nemanja Matic celebrates scoring their fourth goal.

Reuters / Peter Nicholls

As mentioned above, Stamford Bridge is preparing itself to welcome a couple of new faces during the summer transfer window, as Antonio Conte looks to fight for European glory and defend the Premier League crown.

With reinforcements coming in, it will mean that some of the old ones will have to give way, and one name that is almost surely in that list is that of Nemanja Matic. The player has been constantly linked with a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, and it turns into a growing possibility with each passing day.


Monaco's Fabinho celebrates scoring their second goal.

Reuters / Eric Gaillard

Another name in Monaco’s list of players going away, and yet another Premier League club as the desired destination. Fabinho seems all ready to say goodbye to Ligue 1 and move to Old Trafford this summer, with Jose Mourinho being a huge admirer of the player’s abilities.


Kylian Mbappe

Monaco's Kylian Mbappe reacts after missing a goal.

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Without any doubt, the player that has had the most attention this year and will be one of the hottest properties of the transfer window, is teen sensation and wonderkid, Kylian Mbappe. The young forward helped his side win the Ligue 1 last season and also reach the semi-final stages of the UEFA Champions League. The lad has become the most wanted player in Europe at the moment, with teams like Real Madrid and PSG offering money that could turn him into the most expensive signing of all time.

Alvaro Morata

Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring their third goal.

Reuters / Tony Gentile

Yet another name linked to Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils, the Spanish striker seems to be on the cusp of securing a big switch to England. With the aim of playing more games and securing a spot in the Spanish side for the 2018 World Cup, the deal seems to be one that will take place soon in all its probability.

Alexandre Lacazette

Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette.

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With a list dominated by players who will be leaving the Ligue 1, the last name is also unsurprisingly from the same category. The French striker from Lyon has been tipped to secure a move to either Arsenal or Real Madrid in the weeks to come, and given his abilities, talent, and hunger for greatness, a step towards higher levels will surely be taken by the professional.



A two month transfer ride has begun and if you want to keep up with it, fasten your seat belts!

Written by Vikram Gupta  

An attacker with his words, and defends each of them with pride. A love for the game which goes hand in hand with his will to forever write. A graduate in the course of advertising and a hopeful to be author. Herrera for the win.


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