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6 Big Things Happening In The Transfer Market

The long wait for the transfer market to reopen is finally over. It’s time to know how true the transfer rumours making the rounds are. It’s still early days though, but we already have a few talking points from the European transfer window.

Regardless of the fact that being the biggest spenders in the transfer market doesn’t guarantee trophies, getting the right reinforcement is the difference between a side that’s thirsty for silverware and one that aims to keep its head just above water.

Even before the June 1st resumption of the transfer market, a few clubs had already made marquee signings as transfer rumours continue to emanate. We’ve been talking about these and a few others.

#1. Bernardo Silva to Manchester City

Bernardo Silva superb form has seen him move to Manchester City in the ongoing transfer market

Following his stellar performances for Monaco; helping the Principality reach the Champions League semifinal and winning the Ligue 1, it was common knowledge that Monaco will fight in futility to keep Silva when Europe elites come calling.

Rumours had it that Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City were interested in the Portuguese midfield maestro. In the end, the man whose team he had helped dump out of the Champions League first knockout round, became the one who won the race for his signature.

Silva didn’t come cheap, a staggering £43 million exchanged hands. Overtures for the former Benfica man now buried, it’s now left to see how Bernardo Silva fits in at the Etihad.

With signings like Bernardo Silva, Pep Guardiola is rapidly rallying his generals for the battle of next season.

#2. Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool/Manchester City

The stock of the Dutch defender has grown exponentially over the course of the last 18 months. It was no longer a debate if Van Dijk would leave Southampton; it was a matter of when and to where.

Sources revealed Guardiola and City has put in an irresistible £60 million bid for the defender, with the former Celtic man set to trouser £200,000 weekly. That should’ve been enough to turn his head, but no.

With Liverpool suspending betting on Van Dijk’s transfer Jürgen Klopp might’ve sweet-talked the Saints skipper into falling in love with the project at Liverpool. The fact that the Reds will be playing Champions League football next season will also count as an enticing factor.

#3. Kylian Mbappe Lottin to Real Madrid

Kylian Mbappe is the most highly sought after teenager in the European transfer market

It’s not every day you get to see an 18-year-old bridge the 20-goal barrier in a season. Kylian Mbappe Lottin announced his incredible talent to the world last season. The French teenager was the most prolific under-21 player in Europe’s top five leagues; Mbappe Lottin found the net 26 times in all competitions for Monaco. He also provided eight assists.

Buoyed by his goals and assists, Monaco claimed the Ligue 1 and went for the Champions League’s jugular, only to be halted in the semifinal by Juventus.

Kylian Mbappe’s future has sparked debate across Europe. However, his current over-the-roof valuation by Monaco means, only impulsive spenders like Real Madrid and Manchester City can afford him.

Regardless, a move to join Los Blancos seem the most realistic, subject to another world record bid being slapped on the table by this year's Champions League winners.

#4. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to PSG

Aubameyang has been Dortmund's goal machine in the past couple of years.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has proved beyond meaningful doubt that he is a goal poacher to be revered in European football. The Gabonese was once again prolific for Dortmund in the 2016-17 season, helping Die Schwarzgelben win the German Cup and qualify for the Champions League.

Hitting the net forty times for Dortmund in the just concluded season, Europe’s elite clubs were put on red alert – another gem of a striker was available to be recruited.

The Sun is reporting that the one-time AC Milan prodigy has already agreed to a deal in principle to join Paris Saint-Germain for £61 million, but this remains unconfirmed.

#5. Riyad Mahrez to Arsenal

News of a possible move to Arsenal has been rife in this summer's transfer market

The talk about a potential move to Arsenal for Riyad Mahrez is one that is growing rife by the day. The fact that Arsene Wenger is a huge fan of Mahrez also keeps the rumour mill buzzing.

Wenger said on Mahrez:

"We have not made a bid, but personally, I like the player, yes; "I think he made a huge impact when they won the championship.”

"Like at everybody else at Leicester, this season has been more challenging, but it doesn't take away from his qualities.”

For his part, Mahrez has already handed in a transfer request albeit verbally. We’ll wait to see if the Algerian winger dumps a blue jersey for red one.

#6. Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea

Romelu Lukaku's transfer to Chelsea is almost a done deal. The Belgian attacker and his agent had previously held talks with Manchester United over a possible transfer. Although there wasn't a definite 'NO' from Lukaku and his people, it was no secret that Chelsea was Lukaku's favored destination.

In the following days Chelsea could cough out as much as £80 million to bring back their former protege who they were impatient with.

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