9 Huge European Moves Waiting To Happen

The transfer window   may have shut in the UK, but across the rest of Europe, teams are jostling to get their last-minute deals done.

With the majority of clubs having until September 2 to complete their business, there is still plenty of time for some big names to move on.

This summer has not been short of a saga or two either, and the likes of Neymar  and Mauro Icardi find themselves with precious little time left to force the move they want. 

On the other side of the coin, clubs too are being forced to trim the fat in their squads, with Maurizio Sarri making it abundantly clear this is the case at Juventus.

With business still to be done, then, here’s a look at 10 of the biggest deals that could yet happen before the window shuts.  


Interested teams: Barcelona, Real Madrid  

The never-ending story of the summer, Neymar has pushed and pushed for a Parc des Princes exit – and he may yet get it. 

A number of factors are in his favour. For one, he’s wound up Paris Saint-Germain fans enough with his antics that they appear happy to see the back of him, even if head coach Thomas Tuchel is not as thrilled by the prospect. 

The ability of Real Madrid’s board to listen to their manager’s requests before ignoring them entirely may also help him when it comes to securing a move back to Spain. 

The situation has become so desperate that the Brazilian would be happy to forego his first choice of a return to Barcelona – an avenue that looks blocked at least during this window from a financial standpoint – in order to escape the French capital.

Neymar could get his move away from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, but not to Barcelona

Mauro Icardi 

Interested teams: Juventus

Mauro Icardi and his wife/slash agent Wanda Nara have tried every trick in the book to force his move away this season following contract disputes.

There has been the open flirtation with any club linked, as well as the threat to run down his current deal and leave for nothing, albeit in two years time.   

With his successor up top Romelu Lukaku through the door, Inter are in a position to negotiate a deal to let him go, and Juventus appear the frontrunners. 

Mauro Icardi has long since fallen out with the powers that be at Inter and looks set to leave

Donny van de Beek 

Interested teams: Real Madrid

After their incredible Champions League run last season, Ajax have had their best players pinched by Europe’s top clubs this summer, and the damage might not be over yet.

Having seen Barcelona and Juventus benefit from the Dutch champion’s production line, Real Madrid are interested in taking advantage, too, and midfielder Donny van de Beek’s move to the Spanish capital appears to be a case of when and not if. 

Real Madrid have stepped up their interest in Ajax's Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek

Paulo Dybala

Interested teams: Paris Saint-Germain

After turning down Manchester United and a last-ditch move to Tottenham collapsing, Paulo Dybala is running out of viable options.

However, Paris Saint-Germain could be in a position to offer him an out. Juventus had pulled out of a deal with Spurs over fears they would not be able to land a replacement but, courtesy of Romelu Lukaku arriving at Inter, pieces may fall into place now allowing the Argentine to leave.

In any case, Maurizio Sarri has admitted he needs to trim his squad, and with the Ligue 1 champions reportedly ready to offer a salary of £11m-a-year, a move could be in the best interest of all concerned.  

Paulo Dybala failed to make the move to the Premier League, but he could yet leave Serie A

James Rodriguez 

Interested teams: Atletico Madrid

It looked for all the world as though James Rodriguez, fresh off a two-year loan deal with Bayern Munich, would be rejoining his former mentor Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli. 

However, that appears dead in the water, with the Serie A side switching targets (see below). 

That leaves Atletico Madrid as the only option remaining. The club have spoken openly this summer about their interest in the player, but strengthening a direct rival makes this is a move Real may not be able to stomach. 

Napoli have pulled out of the race to sign James Rodriguez, but Atletico are still in the market

Ivan Rakitic

Interested teams: Inter

After the high-profile signings of Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann this summer, this a little bit of shedding to be done to the Barcelona squad. 

Malcom has already exited, but there is certainly room for more to leave and Ivan Rakitic has long been a name linked with a move away.  

Consistently mentioned in the same breath as Manchester United this summer, that move is not going to happen now. Inter, however, could still give Barcelona a decision to make should they come in with an offer. 

Ivan Rakitic had been linked with Manchester United earlier in the window and could yet move

Philippe Coutinho

Interested teams: Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain 

He has to go, the only problem is where. 

It is fair to say that Philippe Coutinho’s time at the Nou Camp has not lived up to the expectation when he joined in January 2018. 

The 27-year-old has never established himself as a key component of the front three, and the arrival of Antoine Griezmann has told the player all he needs to know about Barcelona’s future plans for him. 

Links with a move to England came and went with the closing of the window in the Premier League, but there are still options available to both Coutinho and Barcelona, with Bayern Munich keen to do something in what has been a desperately poor transfer window for the Bundesliga champions.  

Philippe Coutinho has fallen down the pecking order at Barcelona and is wanted by Bayern

Christian Eriksen

Interested teams: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid

Spurs incomings may have been signed, sealed delivered last week, but they are still vulnerable to losing top players.

This summer has been a bit embarrassing for Eriksen, who – with one year left on his deal – publicly stated his intentions to leave, only to find their were no interested parties.

That has changed, however, with Real Madrid changing tact, and Atletico still in the market, too. 

If Tottenham can’t persuade him to sign a new deal, a move to La Liga may suit all involved.  

Christian Eriksen has already publicly stated his desire to leave Tottenham this summer

Hirving Lozano

Interested teams: Napoli

Linked with several big clubs last summer after a strong showing at the World Cup in Russia with Mexico, Hirving Lozano is in line for his big money move 12 months later.

Unwilling to play ball with Real Madrid over their asking price for James Rodriguez, the Serie A side have had one eye on the winger all summer, with Carlo Ancelotti admitting their interest back in May.

It looks as though a deal may now finally be close, with £39million fee reportedly agreed. 

Hirving Lozano is wanted by Napoli and looks set to make the move to the Serie A side

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