This week’s biggest transfer headlines with Europe’s biggest leagues getting back underway a number of the continents top players will be right back in the shop window.
we kick off at Arsenal whose hopes of signing French center-back sensation Dayot Upamecano have been given another boost this week, after reports emerged reinforcing the view that RB Leipzig are keen to sell the 21 year old this summer Upamecano contract with the German club runs out in 2021, meaning that if they can’t persuade him to pen a new deal he will be able to leave for free next year.
meanwhile, his current release Clause stands at 60 million euros although that will apparently run out at the end of June and reports last month suggested he was going to sign a one-year extension at the Red Bull Arena.
But according to German outlet Bild who spoke with Red Bull’s head of soccer Oliver Mintzlaff the club’s priority is in making sure they don’t lose one of their prized assets for free this is not the news Leipzig fans were hoping for following a week where news broke that talismanic striker Timo Werner is on the cusp of a move to Chelsea and the disappointing draw with bottom placed Paderborn which ended their already slim title hopes.
with Upamecano getting himself sent off before half-time while we have no doubts the club will reinvest the funds they receive wisely losing two of your very best players in one summer is not ideal, RB supporters will have their fingers crossed Upamecano can be persuaded to sign that new deal.
Following an excellent spell with Borussia Dortmund Achraf Hakimi’s two-year loan deal is soon coming to an end at the Iduna Park and according to reports a number of English clubs have contacted parent club Real Madrid about his availability Chelsea, Manchester City, and Tottenham are all rumored to be keeping tabs on the 21 year old who has scored five goals and provided 10 assists in the league this term playing it right back and on the wing.
is no wonder then that the youngster is attracting such big interest and while Hakimi agent has previously stated he is keen to return to the Bernabeu there has been no official word from the club to suggest he will definitely be a Madrid player come to the start of next season
with Dani Carvajal still Zinedine’s Zidane preferred choice right back PSG Inter Milan and Juventus are also said to be keeping an eye on the Moroccan international, while Dortmund are unsurprisingly very keen to keep hold of him on a more permanent basis following his excellent development under Lucien Favre, either way, Hakimi has got a big decision on his hands once the bounty campaign finishes at the end of the month.
Let’s move on to the future of Jade and Sancho has been one of the biggest discussions in the transfer market in recent months with Man United and Chelsea the two clubs links with his signature the most and while fans of the Blues have always held out hope the English forward would choose the club he grew up supporting reports this week suggest the West London club may be cooling their interest in Sancho,
Chelsea fear they won’t be able to compete financially with Man United. through a rumor to be lining up a deal which could be worth as much as 120 million pounds and so are instead turning their attention to Bayer Leverkusen kid Kai Havertz the German international who turns 21 today has enjoyed another stellar campaign in the Bundesliga racking up 11 goals in five assists in 26 league outings so far.
Heading over to Aston Villa now who are apparently plotting to re-enter the market for Brentford star Said Benrahma should they stay up this season, the villains targeted the Algerian winger last summer but were unable to meet Bea’s 20 million pound valuation and according to the athletic that has now risen to 25 million following another impressive campaign at Griffin Park.
Said Benrahma was originally signed by Aston Villa manager Dean Smith when he was Brentford boss back in 2018 for just 1.5 million pounds and has been a key man for them ever since scoring 10 goals in providing seven assists so far this season to help propel the London club to fourth in the championship a versatile forward he has been touted as a potential replacement for Jack Grealish should the Englishman leave the Midlands this summer.