As the summer 2022 transfer window heats up, June’s headline deal saw Erling Braut Haaland end months of speculation by making the switch to Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund, with the Norwegian set to pull on the same colours as his father donned.
The most expensive move so far however, has been Liverpool’s £64.3m move for Benfica’s Uruguayan hotshot Darwin Nunez, but could that fee be broken before the window shuts?
In terms of Premier League movement, perhaps the only transfer that could usurp Haaland this window would be if Neymar should arrive on English shores and in the past week, speculation has built that Chelsea are ramping up their interest in the Brazilian forward.
With new ownership keen to win over Blues fans, Kylian Mbappe’s decision to remain with PSG, coupled with chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s comments about players needing to do ‘more’ has reportedly left Neymar considering his options, as per FourFourTwo.
Despite being a World Cup year, Neymar may now opt to jump ship and Chelsea are pondering a move at a decent 9/2 price with 10Bet. Raheem Sterling may be top of their list currently but Neymar could yet make a blockbuster move and at a similar price.
Liverpool have continued their recruitment as documented after the departure of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich, and further names are set to roll out of Melwood this summer, the most likely of which looks to be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Having fallen down the pecking order behind Fabinho, Thiago and now Curtis Jones, the attacking midfielder could be set to swap Merseyside for Leicester. With the Foxes braced also for the departure of Youri Tielemans – potentially to the midfielder’s former side Arsenal – the addition of Oxlade-Chamberlain to their creative ranks could suit both parties and a move is currently toted at 2/1 with SkyBet. Both Betfair and PaddyPower, however, have the switch at a longer 11/2.
Newcastle are beginning to make moves also as Eddie Howe oversees his first pre-season on Tyneside. Sven Botman is set to arrive from Lille after Nick Pope’s jump from relegated Burnley and despite missing out on the services of Reims striker Hugo Ekitike, Howe is now earmarking the perfect midfield partner for Bruno Guimaraes in the possible shape of Southampton’s James Ward Prowse.
With 10 goals and five assists last term, the Magpies would thrive on the Englishman’s services from set-pieces and his composure from the penalty spot also. West Ham were thought to be interested in the player’s services but now look at the head of the queue. After Matt Targett completed his switch from St. Mary’s in January, Ward Prowse could be next to follow from the South Coast club and at intriguing 5/1 with SkyBet.
The now Saudi-owned outfit may not be done there however and could turn to Ivan Toney as their new number nine. With Callum Wilson continuing to hit injury problems and after Chris Wood proved to be a less than huge success, the Brentford striker could be the man for Newcastle.
Having netted 12 times in the league last term, Toney was one of the Premier League’s form strikers and given Howe’s man managerial skills could become a big performer in the North East. A 4/1 shot with PariMatch and BetVictor, Toney is available for shorter at 3s with other bookies.