24 Mar 19
It was only a couple of months ago that the January transfer window shut and soon it will be time for the summer window to open.
As usual, there will be players linked with moves for vastly inflated prices and someone is bound to be considered as the ‘biggest transfer of the summer.’
The return of Zidane could spark a huge spending spree at Real Madrid
It is understood there are a number of mammoth deals involving several high profile players being planned.
A number of top superstars are all likely to be subjects of interest, with each of them commanding fees of at least £50million.
And they could also be long-running sagas as the summer goes on, keeping us intrigued with twists and turns until the final deadline
But who are the men set to switch clubs for enormous fees? Find out below.
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Eden Hazard (Chelsea to Real Madrid)
The reappointment of Zinedine Zidane will only strengthen Real Madrid’s case in their quest to finally land the Belgium captain.
France legend Zidane is Hazard’s idol and he only has 12 months remaining at the end of the campaign on his contract at Stamford Bridge.
The 28-year-old has given no indication he is willing to extend his spell with Chelsea and with the club struggling in the Premier League and almost certain of missing out on another season in the Champions League, Hazard could realise his dream move.
Eden Hazard is a huge admirer of Zidane
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham to Real Madrid)
It is no secret that Real Madrid want to rebuild their squad this summer after a disastrous campaign, which sees them currently third, 12 points behind leaders Barcelona, while they were also dumped out of the Champions League by Ajax.
It is believed Spurs’ playmaker Eriksen is unlikely to sign a new deal with Spurs and the possibility of him joining Real is a ‘very strong possibility’.
The Dane is a classy operator, similar to Luka Modric, who himself was brought to Spain from White Hart Lane.
Eriksen is seen as a ideal replacement for Luka Modric
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid to Manchester United)
The Red Devils have long been linked with the France international and he almost made the move to Old Trafford in 2017, but the Spanish club were handed a transfer ban and Griezmann remained.
It is believed Griezmann is unhappy with how Atletico surrendered a two-goal advantage and were dumped out of the Champions League by Juventus.
The 28-year-old is wanted by several European clubs, including Barcelona and PSG, but United are the favourites at the moment.
The Frenchman is wanted by several European clubs
Paulo Dybala (Juventus to Liverpool)
Uncertainty surrounds the Argentine’s future after a difficult season in Turin and it understood Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants another forward.
Dybala, still rated among the most talented players in Italy, has often found himself on the bench this season following Juventus’ marquee signing of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018.
According to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato, the Reds are pushing hard to get a deal for the 25-year-old agreed before the summer transfer window.
Paulo Dybala has played second best to Ronaldo
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Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona to PSG)
Just 18 months after his move from Liverpool, Barcelona are set to cut their losses on the Brazilian who signed for £142million.
Coutinho has struggled to make an impact since arriving at the Camp Nou and the 26-year-old is apparently not keen on a move back to the Premier League as his family failed to settle in England, with PSG a more likely destination.
Coutinho has struggled at Barcelona
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid to PSG)
The French giants are another side keen to enhance their already impressive squad after the Champions League they so desperately want, eluded them for yet another season.
German midfielder Kroos, who has struggled for form this season, has been linked with a £68m move to join Neymar and co. in Paris and he could very well decide it is time for a new challenge after five trophy-laden years at the Bernabeu.
Kroos like most of his Real Madrid team-mates has struggled for form this season
Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli to Manchester United)
The Napoli defender has been heavily linked with a move to a top European club in recent months and Manchester United are reportedly considering smashing their transfer record to sign the Senegal international, who was also a target for Chelsea last summer.
An imposing 6ft 5ins, Kalidou Koulibaly has made quite the impression since moving to Italy from Belgian side Genk in 2014 and his presence would be a massive statement of intent from United.
Koulibaly is wanted by Man United
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid to Tottenham/Manchester United/Chelsea)
It is not the first time Bale has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu, but it actually seems a real possibility he could come back to the Premier League for the first time since 2013.
Despite his success in Spain, the four Champions League titles, scoring in two of the finals, and the 102 goals, he has never been appreciated by the demanding Real Madrid supporters, who are notoriously fickle, while there has also been criticism from his own team-mates.
Despite the fact he will be 30 this summer, the Welshman still has much to offer and would be a huge signing should he return to England.
Gareth Bale could return to the Premier League