Today’s transfer news involves three high profile players and the game of catch-me-if-you-can they’re playing with three high profile clubs.
Also, Manchester United have found a player who they think could potentially be the next Nemanja Vidic, and Liverpool are looking at a Bundesliga defender to replace Alberto Moreno.
Liverpool look to Bundesliga for Alberto Moreno replacement
Ever since Jurgen Klopp took over at Liverpool, Bundesliga players are being linked to the club by the dozen. Although Klopp was mostly inactive in the January transfer window, the summer transfer window of 2016 presents him with the opportunity to rehaul his present squad.
Alberto Moreno is believed to be one of the players facing the axe in the summer. According to German publication Sports Bild, the Reds have already honed in on a potential replacement — German international and current FC Koln left-back Jonas Hector.
It remains to be seen whether the 25-year-old is being recruited as a squad player or as a direct replacement for Moreno, with the former being more of a possibility. Hector is rated at 8 million euros by transfermarkt.com
Manchester United have found the new Nemanja Vidic
The Red Devils have had a gaping hole in their central defence ever since Nemanja Vidic left the club in 2014. Manchester United have never managed to replace Vidic’s die hard attitude and powerful presence in the centre of defence.
However, there is now another Serbian who has caught Manchester United’s eye. According to the Sun, United are looking to raid Italian Serie A club Torino again — this time for right-back Matteo Darmian’s former team mate Nikola Maksimovic. The centre-back has been impressive this season, and has been often compared to the great Vidic back home in Serbia.
There are a number of uncanny similarities between the two Serbs. They both plied their trade at Red Star Belgrade in the Serbian league before moving on to the big leagues. At 6 feet four, Makismovic is a huge presence in the centre of defense, and his tenacity for marking opponents and winning aerial duels marks him out for future success.
The 24-year-old is valued at 7 million euros by transfermarkt.com.
Ibrahimovic, Hazard and Ronaldo in a complicated transfer triangle — also starring PSG, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea
Three of the biggest clubs in football have been looking to each other to fulfill their transfer needs. While Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future has been on every football fan’s mind, even Eden Hazard and Cristiano Ronaldo could be involved in the deal too.
According to the Telegraph, Zlatan is keen to stay on in Paris because his family is comfortably settled there, and could sign a one year contract extension at the club. But this would only happen if PSG do not manage to attract a marquee player to Paris this summer. PSG are looking at Eden Hazard or Cristiano Ronaldo to fill that role.
Hazard is reportedly not keen on returning to the French League, where he played for Lille, and the only club he wants to go to is Real Madrid. Los Blancos are also interested in Hazard, and could be looking at him to fill the boots of Cristiano Ronaldo should he leave in the summer. His biggest fans are none other than PSG.
However, if Ronaldo moves to PSG and Hazard moves to Real Madrid, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Zlatan would move to Chelsea. The 34-year-old striker is apparently more keen on playing for the club where he once refused to audition for the manager — this manager being Arsene Wenger and the club being Arsenal FC. The same report in the Telegraph states that Zlatan would prefer to make a move to the London club if he decides to join the Premier League, and that despite his appearance suggesting otherwise, he doesn’t believe that he can dominate in a physically rigorous league at this age. Zlatan would much rather see out another year or two at present club PSG and then either join the MLS or retire.
It remains to be seen whether these three big players are indeed involved in transfer activities over the summer. Regardless of the many considerations, any one of them leaving would be a huge loss to their current club, and in the case of the departure of Ronaldo or Zlatan, it would be the end of an era of sorts.