The football transfer window will open on July 1 and the crazy season will come tumbling in. Already a number of high profile football players are being linked with moves away from their current clubs. A great World Cup could influence a team to part with a large transfer fee for one of the following players.
Neymar continues to be linked with the move away from Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazilian only arrived at the club last summer. PSG paid €222 million for the forward's services. What they got was a lot of goals and assists, but the club didn't win any trophy they weren't already expected to obtain.
There have long been reports Neymar isn't happy with life in Paris. Manchester United have been linked and English newspaper the Daily Star continues to report on talks between the player and club. It is difficult to believe Neymar would fit into Jose Mourinho's tactics, but then again, a transfer is just speculative.
Real Madrid are also strongly linked. It looks likely that Neymar will be in the middle of another transfer saga this offseason.
Kylian Mbappe was Neymar's PSG teammate last season, and the “teenager” had a permanent deal with the club triggered for €180m. Sky Sports has reported that Real Madrid will once again attempt to sign Mbappe. One media outlet suggests Madrid will use Neymar as a "smokescreen" while going after their real target.
The French wunderkind would cost Madrid around €200m if the deal was to come off. Mbappe would satisfy Madrid's need to replace ageing stars. PSG could be forced to sell Mbappe due to Financial Fair Play. The club continues to be accused of breaking FFP rules. Last summer, numerous players were loaned out or sold to get PSG's books in order to meet guidelines.
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak has a release clause of more than £87m. The shot stopper is that good and a deal to Liverpool could be in the works. Oblak recorded the cleanest sheets in La Liga this season (22) and he marshalled the league's best defence. Atletico gave up a league low 20 goals.
Liverpool is in the Champions League final, but the club desperately need a decisive goalkeeper. Loris Karius has proven himself mistake prone, although he is a far better option than former Liverpool No. 1 Simon Mignolet.
PSG and Juventus are also linked with the Slovenian's signature. PSG are rumoured mostly due to the club's penchant to splurge money on players. Juventus are in need of a new No. 1 after Gianluigi Buffon announced he will leave the club after the season. Juventus do have Wojciech Szczesny as Buffon's backup, but Oblak would be a step above the former Arsenal man.
Nabil Fekir could sign with Liverpool this summer. However, his signing won't be seen as big business until he proves himself in the Liverpool shirt. Much like Mohamed Salah, if Liverpool land the Lyon player, it won't truly be big news until he starts scoring goals for fun.
Fekir is a perfect fit for Jurgen Klopp's team. The midfielder can play as an advanced attacker or sit back in the centre of the pitch. Fekir scored 23 goals in 39 matches for Lyon this term, the most of his career. At just 24, Fekir is coming into his prime as a player.
Manchester City are already loaded with star attacking players. Yet, reports from English media indicate Pep Guardiola's side will pay Chelsea £100m for the Belgian. Hazard could still end up at Real Madrid. The Spanish giants have been admirers of Hazard for some time.
Wherever he goes, Hazard will make his new club better. Hazard can operate down either flank or through the middle. Despite Chelsea having a poor season, Hazard has been one of the club's bright spots. Hazard scored 16 goals in 50 matches. Thanks to his last goal in the FA Cup final, Hazard has equaled his mark of 17 from a year ago.
According to Belgian specialized website excelsior.be, Hazard’s odds to leave Chelsea are slashing. Real Madrid is the favorite destination for the Belgian player with and odds evaluated at 2.50.
Antony Martial arrived at Manchester United in 2015. His transfer fee reached £54m and Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal said the player would be the future of club. Under the management of Jose Mourinho that hasn't happened, and despite scoring goals and creating them, Martial has continually been left on the bench.
The Frenchman has just one year left on his current contract and Manchester United have already offered him to other clubs. Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Juventus have been linked with Martial.
Chelsea looks most likely to land the Frenchman. The club could sell Hazard and Martial could be a worthy replacement. The players do have different styles but adding Martial would be a coup for the Blues.
It seems incredibly unlikely that Liverpool would sell Mohamed Salah after just one season. However, crazier things have happened in football. Salah has scored 44 goals in 50 Liverpool matches in all competitions. His never give up attitude and ability to put the ball in the back of the net has finally opened the eyes of the rest of Europe.
Bayern Munich are the latest club interested in the Egyptian. Bayern need to replace Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, and Salah is a perfect choice. German websites are pretty excited about Salah to replace Robben, as proven by gutscheincode, a German specialized website. Chelsea have been linked with re-signing Salah just three years after Mourinho sold him for peanuts. Real Madrid have also been rumoured as potential parties of interest.
Salah's transfer will depend on three things: is Liverpool willing to sell, does Salah want to go and how much will a club pay?