Though the winter transfer window just passed and the summer window is still months down the road, that hasn’t stopped the chatter of players potentially being on the move.
Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.
Here, we look at potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.
GRIEZMANN ‘HOUSE HUNTING’ IN CATALONIA
According to Catalunya Radio, the Frenchman has set the wheels in motion to buying a property in Catalonia as Blaugrana weigh up a €100m (Dh452m) summer bid to trigger the 26-year-old’s release clause.
Back in January, Atleti lodged a complaint to FIFA against Barca – suggesting that they were tapping up the player – but, now, it seems as though Ernesto Valverde’s men are looking to bolster their attacking options again.
Given Griezmann will have a key role to play in France’s World Cup campaign, it’s unlikely any movement will take place on this deal before this summer’s tournament in Russia but early indications are that Diego Simeone’s side will face a fight to keep hold of the striker, who has been in scintillating form in 2018, netting 10 La Liga goals.
MAN UNITED SET TO OFFER BAIT FOR ALEX SANDRO
The Red Devils are set to tempt Juventus to sell their key left-back this summer, by offering big-money and out-of-favour Matteo Darmian as part of the deal.
Jose Mourinho’s men have been searching for defensive reinforcements and could meet the Old Lady’s £70 million (Dh356m) asking price – and double the Brazilian’s wages.
The 27-year-old World Cup-bound star is said to be happy at the Turin giants but a deal could be brokered if the large sums of cash involved are true.
According to the Mirror, United will rev up their attempts to land the former Porto star in the close season.
It comes as Luke Shaw has emerged as a target for Tottenham following a difficult campaign for him at Old Trafford, in which he has largely featured on the bench.
LIVERPOOL READY TO SPLASH BIG ON KEEPER
Liverpool could make the Stoke City and England shot-stopper the world’s most expensive goalkeeper this summer in a groundbreaking deal.
The Merseysiders want reinforcements between the sticks despite Loris Karius’s improvement while Simon Mignolet is all but set to leave Anfield at the end of the season.
The Potters are fighting to stay in the Premier League, and regardless of whether they survive in the top-flight, the Reds are confident they can land the 24-year-old for a fee in the region of £40m (Dh203m).
If that figure materialised, Butland would become the priciest keeper of all time – eclipsing Ederson’s £34.7m price tag when the Brazilian joined the Etihad Stadium club at the beginning of last season.
The Brazilian midfielder has been linked with the Catalan giants since November having impressed in Gremio’s Copa Libertadores triumph.
If the move happens, Arthur will join a high-quality Barcelona midfield that already includes fellow Brazilians Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho.
Here, we take a look at three ways the 21-year-old could fit into the starting XI.
Behind the lethal attacking duo – Paulinho, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta make up the midfield.
Arthur could come in on the left and replace Iniesta, or on the right and replace an in-form Paulinho.
In either position, the young Brazilian will have the flexibility to keep the ball rolling and always race into space to make himself available.
His composure on the ball from the left would be a significant boost to the Catalan giants’ attacking exploits.
If Dembele returns to the starting XI then Arthur – along with Coutinho – can play two possible positions.
The Gremio star could start on the left side of midfield – with Messi, Suarez and Dembele playing higher up the pitch.
This will allow Arthur to create chances from deep in a bid to unlock the elusive trio into attacking positions.
In addition, he could also start on the right wing and compete with the Frenchman for the position.
If Valverde was to opt for this new formation it would allow a devastating front four of Arthur on the left, Dembele on the right and Messi playing behind Suarez.
This would leave Busquets, Rakitic, Paulinho, Iniesta and Coutinho to fight for two central midfield roles in front of the defence.
An formation like this could terrorise any defence and give Arthur the freedom on the left to exploit space and provide open space for the likes of Messi and Dembele to run into and win possession.
“I’m not in contact with Messi, so I don’t know if it’s true,” the 18-year-old said in an interview with FourFourTwo, responding to reports that the Barcelona talisman has instructed the club board to sign the youngster.
“Only he knows what happened, but it’s good to hear that.”
Kluivert is said to prefer a move to Barcelona, where his father had an illustrious spell, although he said he wouldn’t say no to Barca’s bitter rivals Real Madrid.
The Dutchman also revealed that the infamous chat between him and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after last season’s Europa League final had nothing to do with a potential transfer to the Premier League club, who are said to be in pursuit of his signature.
“He [Mourinho] told me it was nice to see me again after so long, because he had known me since I was a baby,” Kluivert explained. Mourinho was a coach at Barcelona during Kluivert senior’s time at the club.
“He said it was great to see me and that I am doing well. “