The pending accounts of the Big-5

With the market closing on the horizon (October 5) there is still a lot to cut in the five major European leagues in terms of transfers.


On October 5, the blind is drawn down in the major leagues when it comes to the transfer market and, with less than two weeks of action ahead, there are many leading teams in Europe with outstanding accounts. The pandemic has created an exceptional scenario in which several teams have chosen to postpone large investments, see Real Madrid and its 2021 plan. Chelsea has been the great summer entertainer, taking advantage of their particular situation and the economic muscle that supports them. spent more than 220 million euros (Ziyech, Werner, Chillwel, Havertz, Mendy). But there are other giants who, due to having slept until now or due to unsuccessful negotiations, continue with various tasks to cross off their particular list, highlighting the teams of a Premier League to which the economic crisis is not taking so much toll. Barça, Juventus, Bayern Munich, PSG, both teams from Manchester ... 444 444Barcelona

The Blaugrana team, once the marches of Luis Suárez and Nelson Semedo, to Atleti and Wolves, respectively, have been solved, work both to finalize the exit operation and to replace what was lost. Koeman arrived in Barcelona with a petition, Memphis Depay. The Frenchman, although he is getting complicated as the days go by, is still the closest option, with Lautaro turning into a difficult dream to achieve, for now. While Sergiño Dest, from Ajax, on the shopping list of Barça and Bayern, one day it seems that he will arrive at Allianz and the other at Camp Nou. The young American right-back would take the place left by Semedo. Another open front is the one in the center of the defense, where the signing of Eric García was expected, but which has been complicated in recent times.

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have seen Donny van de Beek become their new teammate, but the Dutchman does not fill the gaps that the board wants to fill. The first is the one that would occupy the protagonist of one of the summer soap operas, Jadon Sancho. The English winger of Borussia Dortmund is a priority target, but his price (more than 115 million euros) complicates the operation. The second is the left-back position. Luke Shaw does not convince and after failing in the fight for Reguilón, Alex Telles is the chosen one. The Brazilian from Porto ends his contract in 2021, so they hope to reduce the 40 million that appear in his clause.

Manchester City

In the blue part of Manchester, Ferran Torres and Nathan Aké have also moved, but the center of the defense continues to be a headache for Guardiola. Aké is a left-handed center-back, like Laporte, hence they continue to hunt for a partner for the former Athletic player to complement him. Kalidou Koulibaly and Jules Koundé are the winning duo of the casting. The problem? Neither Naples nor Seville are willing to lower the price they ask for their stars. In fact, for the sevillista Monchi himself acknowledged that they have rejected an offer "2.5 greater than what it cost." De Laurentiis does not give his arm to twist easily either.


Mikel Arteta has achieved three great signings this summer, Gabriel, a central defender from Lille and the permanence of two old acquaintances: Aubameyang, a millionaire renewal through, and Ceballos, a new loan. However, the engine room needs muscle. Thomas Partey has been seeing his name linked to the 'gunner' team all summer (they have come to offer Guendouzi to make the operation cheaper), but Atleti sticks to the 50 million that appear in its clause. Jorginho has appeared as an alternative in recent days, according to Sky Sports, while Houssen Aouar, the Basque coach's wish, would be an excessive expense (€ 60 million) for a position that is less pressing than that of pivot. Nonetheless, Lyon listens to offers, if they are good enough.

Bayern Munich

The European super champion has proven to have a fearsome and deep squad, despite having lost Thiago (Liverpool's new player), but the absence of a substitute right-back for Pavard forces Kimmich to move from midfield, come the moment. For this reason, they fight with Barça for hiring Sergiño Dest. It seemed that the agreement was close, but the young side is attracted by the Blaugrana option, knowing that at the Camp Nou he will have more minutes. The departure of Javi Martínez, the hero of the final against Sevilla, is another open front.


La Vecchia Signora has managed to satisfy Pirlo, his new coach, with the arrival of Álvaro Morata, since the position of '9' was lame after the departure of Higuaín, who did not have 'il Maestro'. However, efforts remain focused on the forward, as Juventus is looking for a player who can give the former rojiblanco a break. Moise Kean is the favorite, but Everton does not want to accept the transfer with an option to buy that the Bianconeri want, so the Fernando Llorente option gains strength in the last hours. The Spanish does not count in Naples, where he arrived free from Tottenham last year, and his signing would be much easier. They both know the house.

Inter de Milan

The great rival of Juventus has managed to keep Barça away, for the moment, from Lautaro Martínez and has confirmed the permanence of Antonio Conte at the head of the team. They have already satisfied one of the requests of the Italian coach, Arturo Vidal, and to leave the record unsullied they insist on N'Golo Kanté, although it is a very complicated undertaking given the economic power of Chelsea. In order to bear the cost of the operation, the exits of Eriksen and Perisic, expendable for Conte, are key.

Paris Saint Germain

In the French capital they are not used to markets as austere as the present and the only reinforcements have come in the form of cession (Florenzi) or executing purchase options of last year's cessions (Icardi and Sergio Rico). The main thing is to clean up the accounts and, for this, they have put several players in the sales window: Gueye, Draxler and Kehrer. Once the economic belt is loosened, they will be able to face the signing of a pivot to complete the roster of a Thomas Tuchel who would also like to incorporate a central defender. Bakayoko, Naiggolan, Brozovic and Soumaré, the most feasible options for the engine room; Antonio Rudiger, on loan from Chelsea, for the rear.

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