With all sorts of rumours circulating during the summer months, we want to know who you’d like your club to sign or what your view is on different transfers happening in the market?
SAMUEL UMTITI – Lyon to Barcelona – €25m (Dh101.7m)
Barcelona have confirmed the signing of the 22-year-old defender who impressed with his performances for France in the semi-final and final of Euro 2016. Umtiti, who can play both centre and left back, has signed a five-year contract.
JOAQUIN CORREA – Sampdoria to Sevilla – €13m (Dh52.8m)
Spain’s shrewdest operators in the transfer market have snapped up the 21-year-old Argentine central midfielder from Samp as well as a season-long loan deal for Atletico’s Mattias Kranevitter, following the departure of Grzegorz Krychowiak to PSG.
RAMADAN SOBHI – Al Ahly to Stoke – £2.5m (Dh12.2m)
The teenage Egyptian winger is set to undergo a medical at the Britannia Stadium once his work permit is approved by the British Home Office. Sobhi, who made his debut for Al Ahly as a 16-year-old, has made it clear he wants to leave the club.
PIOTR ZIELINSKI – Udinese to AC Milan – £18m (Dh73.2m)
With Udinese’s reluctance to sell the Polish midfielder to Liverpool, the Rossoneri have now emerged as his most likely destination. Milan are in talks with the 22 year-old over personal terms and a deal could be concluded this week.
ANDERSON TALISCA – Benfica to Liverpool – £21m (Dh102m)
According to reports in Portugal, the Brazilian goalscorer midfielder has made it clear he wants Benfica to sanction a move to Liverpool, although the Reds may have to improve on their initial offer for the 22-year-old.
Sahin, 27, played on loan at Liverpool in 2012-13 but the arrival at Anfield of Jurgen Klopp, under whom the Turkey international played the best football of his career at Dortmund, has led to speculation that a reunion may be on the cards.
Fiorentina and Galatasaray have also been mentioned as potential suitors but Sahin, speaking after Turkey’s 2-0 victory over Czech Republic at Euro 2016, said he is not going anywhere.
“I am very happy at Dortmund,” Sahin told Sport360. “Yesterday it was Galatasaray, tomorrow it is Fiorentina – it’s normal of course in football to hear these things but I am very happy at Dortmund.
“I’m happy that I am healthy again. I will finish the Euros, and then my focus will be fully on Dortmund. I’m fit and I hope I can have a good pre-season.”
Asked if he admires the job his former boss has done at Liverpool so far, Sahin replied: “Am I impressed? Yes. But I am certainly not surprised.
Sahin will be linking up with Emre Mor at Dortmund next season following his transfer from FC Nordjaelland to BVB and he is excited by the potential of his new international and club teammate.
“He has some qualities in his game that we don’t have in our team at the moment,” Sahin said. “In the offensive positions, in one-on-one situations, he can dribble very fast and well. He is a very good player.”
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s words of welcome for incoming central defender Eric Bailly were notable for their cautious tone.
Rather than talking up his big-money new signing, the Portuguese boss appeared to be doing the opposite, peppering his brief statement with expectation-killing phrases such as “young”, “potential” and “raw talent”.
Reading between the lines, Mourinho seems to be telling his new fanbase: don’t expect too much, too soon. And that’s sensible, because Bailly is far from the finished product required to become an undisputed starter for a team which holds aspirations to restore their lost status as one of the best in the world.
He is good, there’s no doubt about that. The 22-year-old is capable of being very good, in fact. But it cannot be overlooked that his career so far only consists of only 40 league appearances which means that he is still, as noted by Mourinho, a diamond in need of considerable polishing.
Bailly’s lack of experience makes him prone to rash mistakes by poor decision-making or by losing his composure at key moments – also evidenced by a poor disciplinary record which saw him receive 10 yellow cards and one red in just 25 league games last season. There’s no surprise in that.
After making his league debut with Espanyol in autumn 2014, he has only played one full season of first team football, which is simply too little to become fully mature. That is especially the case in the ultra-responsible position of centre back where, unlike the more creative, elusive qualities needed by attacking players, consistency and reliability are fundamental.
Nevertheless, Bailly has done enough to show he could indeed become a genuinely world class performer if he is allowed to develop and not rushed into excessive service too soon.
There is a simple answer to the question of what he is good at: everything.
Physically and athletically, he is flawless, combining pace and determined tackling with great aerial ability and bravery.
Villarreal only conceded 35 league goals last season – just one more than Real Madrid – and Bailly was certainly one of the main reasons why. He also plays with a determination and intensity which will endear him to Premier League fans. He certainly won’t be accused of lacking passion, the cardinal sin for many English fans.
With the qualities he possesses, there’s no doubt Bailly could become a fabulous player. Just don’t expect it immediately.