In a few weeks a winter transfer window will open that could mark history. Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, Milan Skriniar, Rafael Leao or even Bernardo Silva could change the air for astronomical amounts. This winter transfer window might be one of the craziest we’ve ever seen.
Transfers of more than 100 million euros? Unusual for a winter transfer window, normally confined to an adjustment variable for the clubs. Why this winter market could break all records? Simply because several superstars do not have a contract or are about to do so.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s three options to (finally) leave Manchester United
The CR7 shell is undoubtedly the hottest this winter. With the World Cup in Qatar, where he will surely be selected, he will have the opportunity to show everyone his talent and once again attract the big European clubs. Even before the start of the competition, some big clubs are already interested in the Mancunian No. 7.
First it was Bayern Munich, who however rejected him throughout the summer. Indeed, with the departure of their prodigious striker Robert Lewandowski, 34, the Bavarian club notices a certain offensive lack. Although Sadio Mané, with 3 goals in 7 games, is not that disappointing, his statistics, but also his role, are incomparable to those of the Polish striker. Therefore, the Munich club is looking for a replacement. Harry Kane and Joao Félix are on the shortlist, but Ronaldo, at €15m, could be the signing of choice.
Another option: stay in England. It was one of the big rumors of the summer, the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Chelsea. Only one man objected at Stamford Bridge: Thomas Tuchel. It would even seem that there was a great disagreement between the German strategist and his management regarding the Portuguese legend. Between Todd Bohely and the new manager Graham Potter, the Portuguese’s theme is more consensual: CR7 can be the leader of the Blues and contribute a lot to the London club, which is struggling at the start of the season. Certainly a very good career choice for the Portuguese, although perhaps a more mixed choice for the Blues, who will have one of the biggest salaries in the world for a potentially out of shape player.
The last option for Ronaldo is the golden retirement. In fact, he could command one of the highest salaries in MLS history and quietly finish his career on the US side. This option seems more than unlikely for CR7, who has not finished breaking records and who, despite his low playing time, has the real ambition of continuing his career in Europe.
We must not get carried away too quickly because according to information from journalist Fabrizio Romano, Ronaldo is giving everything to continue helping the Red Devils. However, everything points to a more than likely exit. Sky Sports also announces that the top scorer in history has already told his fellow Mancunians.
Griezmann, the winter of the revolution?
The consequences of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Manchester United could be especially significant for this winter market. Indeed, the game of musical chairs would be activated and the Reds Devils would be looking for a relief. Between the mentioned names, is the one of Antoine Griezmann that seems one of the most credible.
Trapped in a conflict between FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid, the French could see the light at the end of the tunnel at Manchester United. Completely undesirable at FC Barcelona, the Catalan club tries at all costs to get rid of the striker and that is why he has been on loan since last year with the colchoneros. His presence at Madrid was supposed to become a definitive loan if he played at least 50% of the games… but it is precisely this clause that is at the origin of the conflict between clubs. Grizou is no longer loved by Barça, but not so much at Atlético. Going on a tangent seems like a good option. Heading to the Premier League? Manchester United are on the case and are interested in the 2018 world champion. It remains a question mark, and one of size: will Cristiano Ronaldo really leave the north of England?
Skriniar at PSG, it’s this winter or never
In Paris, if there is a signing that is expected, it is a great central defender, to offer more quality options to Christophe Galtier in this sector of the game. The arrival of the Slovakian Milan Skriniar (27 years old), who has not yet extended to Inter , could be clarified.
Inter are working hard to extend Skriniar, but according to the Gazetta dello Sport, an exit to PSG is still possible. Indeed, it was one of the biggest files in Paris this summer, but Inter Milan would not have accepted an offer below €80 million, a price that did not satisfy Luis Campos at all, who is looking for an agreement of around €60 million. €. PSG could therefore return to the fray this winter in the hope that the interistas have lowered their price. It is therefore this winter or never that Milan Skriniar will arrive in Paris. If he stays at Inter this winter, it will be to sign up for the long term. Given this hypothesis, Luis Campos, sports director of PSG, has proposed other options in defense. The latest news is that the club is particularly interested in the Portuguese nugget Manuel Ugarte, 21, from Sporting de Portugal. With a value of 15 million and a contract until 2026, the defensive midfielder could be an option of choice to reinforce the Parisian defense and compete with Sergio Ramos.
Leao, the third biggest signing in history after Neymar and Mbappé?
Rafael Leao (AC Milan) is in the sights of very big clubs. His start to the season is completely crazy, with 3 goals and 5 assists in 8 games in all competitions. The Portuguese player is one of the hottest in the transfer market.
With a contract until 2024, the player has not yet renewed and this winter seems like the perfect time to approach the Rossoneri. Chelsea, for example, had already tried this summer, but the Milanese club had instantly rejected all offers for their prodigious winger. However, his contract still includes a €150m release clause and the huge budgets of certain clubs could well be spent on Leao’s signing.
Race against time, therefore, for the big clubs capable of recruiting the 22-year-old winger, who must absolutely test offers before the player is renewed. Completely phenomenal, the player will undoubtedly be one of the biggest names in football for years to come and the €150m requested would make him only the third.me most expensive signing in history, behind Neymar (222 million euros) and Kylian Mbappé (180 million euros). Among the big names interested in the player are Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea or Manchester City, for which €150 million would be an almost feasible sum for Rafael Leao.
Barça will create movement in Manchester… and wants to play a trick on Real Madrid
The summer transfer market for FC Barcelona is, without a doubt, one of the most impressive. However, the club failed to sign Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) and also failed to reduce the contracts of Frenkie De Jong and Memphis Depay, who are now less important players than before.
Bernardo Silva was one of the last great objectives of the Catalans this summer. And the failure of this hiring seems to have left a bitter taste in the mouth of the Blaugrana. Indeed, according to information from SportThe club will return to the charge this winter to take over the services of the Portuguese. Sheet to follow from January, where Joan Laporta and Mateu Alemany will act to lower the €100 million price that Ciudadanos is asking for.
On the other hand, Barça will also create movement at Manchester United. In fact, with the budget of 120 million euros announced by the Daily Express, Undesirables Frenkie De Jong and Memphis Depay at Barca could be targets for the Red Devils. Announced for a long time this summer at Manchester United, the Dutch midfielder finally stayed in Catalonia, but this winter a deal could be found for around €80m.
This winter, Barça could also give themselves the pleasure of approaching Real Madrid player Marco Asensio. His contract ends in 2023, and the Blaugrana could sign him for… zero euros! ” Barça is keeping an eye on the Real Madrid player: he is a player they like because of his age (26), his quality and his versatility, and his contract expires in June. Ancelotti does not care too much, he is just a substitute at his club and his agent is Jorge Mendes, who has good connections with Laporta”, writes Mundo Deportivo. The last transfer between the two most historic rivals in the history of Spanish football dates back to the year 2000, with Luis Figo. Marco Asensio, 26, could therefore… make history.