Football stars who could switch clubs this summer

Football stars who could switch clubs this summer

This summer could see some of the biggest stars in football change clubs in a massive transfer window.

Among them are Jude Bellingham, Lionel Messi, Victor Osimhen and Harry Kane, who are all attracting interest from the top teams in Europe and beyond.

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The transfer window for the Premier League clubs next season starts on Wednesday, 14 June and ends on Friday, 1 September.

Here are some of the rumours and gossip about the players who could be on the move.

Jude Bellingham is one of the most talented young players in the world. He became Borussia Dortmund’s youngest captain at 19 and was voted Bundesliga player of the season by his peers.

The England midfielder has impressed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who called him “exceptional”. But Klopp also said that signing Bellingham was like a “child wanting a Ferrari for Christmas”.

Real Madrid are reportedly in advanced talks to sign Bellingham and are ready to pay around £89m. However, Dortmund want £130m for their star player.

Manchester City are also keen on Bellingham, who scored 14 goals and provided seven assists in 42 games for Dortmund this season.

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Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world. He has scored 280 goals in 435 games for Tottenham and is only 47 goals away from breaking Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of 260.

But Kane has not won any major trophies with Spurs and has only one year left on his contract. He could leave for free at the end of next season if he does not sign a new deal.

Kane tried to force a move to Manchester City two years ago, but Spurs refused to sell him. Now, he is linked with Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain.

Spurs failed to qualify for the Champions League next season and Kane may want to join a club that can offer him more success.

Declan Rice is a key player for West Ham and England. He came through the academy at West Ham and has made 41 appearances for England, playing in all five games at the World Cup last winter.

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Rice has rejected several attempts by West Ham to extend his contract, which expires in 2024. He is wanted by almost every top club in England.

Rice could become the first West Ham captain to win a European trophy since Bobby Moore lifted the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1965. But he may also be tempted by a move to Arsenal, who finished second in the Premier League this season.

West Ham manager David Moyes said Rice would not be sold for less than £150m and that he was worth more than that.

Lionel Messi is a legend of the game. He won six Ballon d’Or awards and scored 672 goals in 778 games for Barcelona, where he spent his entire career until last year.

He left Barcelona because of their financial problems and joined Paris St-Germain on a free transfer. But his relationship with PSG has deteriorated. He was suspended by the club for two weeks after travelling to Saudi Arabia without their permission. He was also booed by PSG fans in his first game back.

Messi’s contract with PSG expires this summer and he may not renew it. A return to Barcelona may not be possible either, as they have to reduce their wage bill by at least £177m.

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Messi has also received offers from Inter Miami in MLS and Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia, who are willing to pay him about £350m for one year.

Victor Osimhen is a prolific goalscorer for Napoli. He is the top scorer in Serie A this season with 23 goals in 30 games, helping Napoli win their first league title since 1988.

Osimhen is admired by many clubs across Europe, including Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, PSG and Real Madrid.

He grew up idolising Chelsea legend Didier Drogba and rejected Arsenal when he signed his first professional contract with Wolfsburg in 2016.

Osimhen would cost more than £90m, according to Italian football expert James Horncastle. He said Osimhen was worth “probably closer to” £130m.

Osimhen made headlines in March when he said: “I’m working so hard to make sure that I achieve my dream of playing in the Premier League some day.”

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