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The Transfer Window 50: Silva available, could Modric make Prem return?

The Transfer Window 50: Silva available, could Modric make Prem return?
By Eurosport

25/03/2020 at 23:55Updated 26/03/2020 at 00:16

Coronavirus may have brought live football to a standstill but clubs are already plotting their summer transfer business. Eurosport list 50 of the most sought-after players this summer.

The list will contain each transfer target’s current situation, potential suitors and expected cost.

Schedule:

30. Ferran Torres (Valencia)

WHY COULD HE MOVE

He's the future of Spanish football. The best player at the Euro U19 tournament last summer, Torres has developed into one of Valencia’s most important players. Speed, dribbling and a taste for the spectacular, the supersonic winger has everything to attract crowds and delight big clubs. Above all, his contract expires in 2021 – meaning Valencia must hit the jackpot this summer.

Ferrán Torres (Valencia)

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WHO IS INTERESTED?

There’s already been contact with Real Madrid, who are sticking true to their dossier of attracting the best Spanish talent. But Barcelona are planning to revitalise their right flank so could we see a Clasico war over Torres?

ESTIMATED COST: £75m

29. Morgan Sanson (Marseille)

WHY COULD HE MOVE

Constrained by financial fair play, Marseille will have no choice but to let him go. His box-to-box prowess should suit a number of top clubs, especially after another solid season, and reports in France suggest Sanson will be spoiled for choice.

WHO IS INTERESTED?

Sanson has plenty of admirers in the Premier League with Leicester City, West Ham and Aston Villa all linked with the French midfielder. Elsewhere, Zenit St Petersburg have also shown interest.

ESTIMATED COST: £25m

Morgan Sanson célèbre un but avec l'OM, le 22 février 2020.

Morgan Sanson célèbre un but avec l'OM, le 22 février 2020.Getty Images

28. Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)

WHY COULD HE MOVE

Who sees Dembele in a Barcelona shirt next season? Anyone? Maybe the player and his agent. But for the rest… he’s too injury prone and has repeatedly had his work ethic and discipline challenged. But despite that, his market value should be high. He still has lots to offer, he just needs his spectacular skillset to be harnessed at a new club.

WHO IS INTERESTED?

Any club who can afford him. In reality, he may be used as a bargaining chip by Barcelona to lure either Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez or PSG's Neymar. Which is more likely? Well, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is supposedly a key admirer having worked with Dembele at Borussia Dortmund. Expect a blockbuster swap deal.

ESTIMATED COST: £65m or swap deal

27. Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)

WHY COULD HE MOVE

Because Chelsea no longer want him and he no longer wants Chelsea. Disregarded by Frank Lampard, the most expensive goalkeeper in history will be on the market this summer. Given no one will put £71m on the table, Chelsea may loan him out to see if he prospers elsewhere. At 25, he still remains a solid bet and a number of clubs should be interested but...

WHO IS INTERESTED?

...not many clubs are interested. Instead, his future destination will likely depend on who Chelsea seek to replace him with, thus sparking the football equivalent of musical chairs.

ESTIMATED COST: £30m or loan

Kepa Arrizabalaga

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26. Dayot Upamecano (Leipzig)

WHY COULD HE MOVE

There aren’t many 21-year-old defenders around who have solid European pedigree (25 matches), have experience of challenging for a title in a top league, who continue to progress each year, and yet whose price remains affordable. Step forward, Dayot Upamecano. He is the golden prize of this transfer window – especially as Leipzig will be forced to listen to offers given his contract expires in 2021.

WHO IS INTERESTED?

Bayern Munich won’t be satisfied until they’ve signed every single talent in the Bundesliga. But Arsenal are keen too and are supposedly considering a potential partnership with the inbound William Saliba. Given his profile, expect other English teams to join the race.

ESTIMATED COST: £40m

Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig)

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25. Moussa Dembele (Lyon)

WHY COULD HE MOVE

Because he has the quality that drives the transfer market most crazy: he scores goals. Dembele has backed up his performances at Celtic will a stunning season for Lyon (22 goals). Young, powerful, physical and already acclimatised to English football having spent his formative years at Fulham, he seems destined for a move to the Premier League.

WHO IS INTERESTED?

The giants of the Premier League - Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are all coming for the 23-year-old this summer.

ESTIMATED COST: £60m

Moussa Dembele (Olympique Lyonnais)

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24. Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina)

WHY COULD HE MOVE

Chiesa is one of the great young talents of Italian football so why would he stay at a club that is stranded in midtable? The time has come for him to leave Fiorentina and given he hasn’t extended his contract beyond 2022, his Serie A employers will have to start preparing an exit strategy.

WHO IS INTERESTED?

Who isn’t? Juventus and Inter are already battling it out for his signature, Manchester United have reportedly made him one of their top priorities, and in France, PSG are said to be following the situation very closely.

ESTIMATED COST: £55m

Federico Chiesa

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23. Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)

WHY COULD HE MOVE

The biggest clubs are always looking for new guardian angels. And the brightest of them all resides at AC Milan, Gianluigi Donnarumma. He has everything he needs for a move: a contract expiring in 2021, the wily Mino Raiola as his agent, nearly 200 professional matches and an enticing age (21). In other words, the Italian goalkeeper will be the most fashionable stopper in this transfer window.

WHO IS INTERESTED?

PSG. They will quite happily risk upsetting club harmony, despite Keylor Navas’ excellent season, should Europe’s most sought-after goalkeeper become an option. And they have an advantage: Leonardo. AC Milan’s former sporting director now holds office at the French champions. And that may give them the edge over another interested party, Chelsea...

ESTIMATED COST: £45m

Gigio Donnarumma in Milan-Torino - 2020

Gigio Donnarumma in Milan-Torino - 2020Getty Images

22. Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

WHY COULD HE MOVE

Everything indicates the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner will leave Real Madrid this summer after eight seasons of good and loyal service. At 34, and with just one year left on his contract, Real may view this as the final opportunity to recoup some money from the Croatian. From a sporting context, the emergence of Federico Valverde makes his departure much less problematic than in the past.

WHO IS INTERESTED?

There is always Inter Milan. They tried to sign him last summer to no avail and will likely return now he’s definitely available. Modric still has a good reputation in England, with Manchester United unsurprisingly linked with him and could act should Paul Pogba leave. Finally, do not exclude a destination like the MLS.

ESTIMATED COST: £15m

Luka Modric

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21. Thiago Silva (PSG)

WHY COULD HE MOVE

His contract expires in under three months but Silva is yet to indicate where he sees his future. PSG are clearly in no hurry to extend his contract – and with good reason. Despite some good performances, the Brazilian defender is 35 and it seems his best days are behind him. Letting him go also frees up his huge salary, estimated at 17m euros a year. Marquinhos is ready to succeed him and PSG are reportedly hard at work trying to find him a new defensive partner.

WHO IS INTERESTED?

A return to AC Milan has long been mooted with Silva never hiding his affection for the Italian club. Other rumours linking him to Barcelona seem less credible, while he could yet return to Brazil. Despite his age, Silva remains a competitive player and still has a lot to offer.

ESTIMATED COST: Free as of June 30

Thiago Silva

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