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Summer Transfer Sagas Involving Jack Grealish Harry Kane And Raphael Varane Have Yet To Be Resolved

The 2021-22 European club season is less than a month away, with the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, and Ligue 1 all set to begin before the middle of August, while Serie A will begin on August 22.
Despite the fact that all of the major leagues are gearing up for the new season, the transfer market has yet to kick off.
The lack of major moves has been noticeable.
Liverpool got the ball rolling with a PS36 million deal for RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate, while Manchester United completed a two-year pursuit of Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho by agreeing to a PS72.9 million fee, with only the final paperwork standing in the way.
Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, and Georginio Wijnaldum joined Paris Saint-Germain on free transfers, as well as Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan, while AC Milan reinforced their numbers by acquiring Olivier Giroud and Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea.
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But where are the box-office deals that were supposed to be on the table this summer?
Harry Kane, Erling Haaland, Raphael Varane, and Jack Grealish are all remain at their previous clubs, while Lionel Messi has ruled out a move away from Barcelona by signing a new contract at the Nou Camp.
Despite last season’s transfer rumors, Paul Pogba and David De Gea have not left Manchester United, and Mohamed Salah has remained a Liverpool player.
With the start of the new club season approaching, ESPN has reviewed the current situation of the transfer sagas that have yet to be resolved.
Harry Kane It has been two months since England captain Kane informed Tottenham Hotspur of his desire to leave the club this summer, but new Spurs coach Nuno Espirito Santo expects the 27-year-old to be a part of his plans for the coming season.
Manchester City is Kane’s most likely destination, since the Premier League winners are in need of a striker to replace Sergio Aguero, who has moved to Barcelona.
Nevertheless, with three years left on his Spurs deal, City will have to pay at least PS150 million to persuade the London club to trade him.
Despite their wealth, courtesy of owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, City have continually refused to pay Southampton’s PS75 million valuation for Virgil van Dijk, and sources have told ESPN they will not pay PS150 million for Kane.
Kane’s contract is the most important element here, as Spurs are unlikely to lose their best player to free agency anytime soon.
City are willing to sell a number of players to make a trade happen, including Riyad Mahrez, Aymeric Laporte, Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, and possibly Raheem Sterling, but Kane may have to press Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to make a transfer happen this summer.
Raphael Varane 1:28 Is Varane on the verge of joining Manchester United?
Man United’s pursuit of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is discussed by Mark Ogden and Nedum Onuoha.
Manchester United’s next goal after completing a deal with Dortmund for Sancho is to sign Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane.
United are confident that the France centre-back will be at Old Trafford in time for the Premier League opener against Leeds on August 1, according to ESPN sources.
Varane wants to move to United after ten years at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to sources.
Real’s desire to increase the transfer cost for the 28-year-old is the current stumbling block, with the Spanish club initially demanding PS70 million for a player whose contract expires at the end of next season.
According to sources, a sum of PS50 million is more realistic for the defender, although United believe that amount can be reduced even more.
Real’s desire to raise finances and reduce their pay bill in order to rebuild Carlo Ancelotti’s team is why they are likely to agree to a trade, although dealing with Real has never been easy, as United has discovered multiple times in the past.
United are also interested in signing Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier, who wants to return to his origins in the north-west of England, according to sources.
Before agreeing to a deal for the 30-year-old, United wants Atletico to lower their expectation of a PS35 million transfer price.
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Lionel Messi’s decision to extend his contract with Barcelona has ramifications for coach Ronald Koeman’s aspirations to renovate the Camp Nou.
While keeping Messi was always the first goal this summer, despite reportedly taking a 50% salary cut to stay, the Argentina captain remains a big drain on the club’s finances.
Joan Laporta, the club’s president, has stated that the club’s finances are worse than he anticipated when he was elected in March, with a gross debt of little over EUR1.2 billion.
So far, the club’s cash constraint has resulted in three free-transfer additions — Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, and Memphis Depay — but more players are almost set to depart in order to facilitate more deals.
In a swap deal involving midfielder Saul Niguez, Antoine Griezmann, a EUR120 million signing from Atletico Madrid in 2019, is anticipated to return to his former team.
Griezmann’s EUR300,000-per-week earnings would be removed off Barca’s payroll as part of the transaction.
Miralem Pjanic, Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Martin Braithwaite, and Samuel Umtiti are all available, but their Barcelona wages are likely to be a stumbling block for any club interested in signing them.
Despite establishing as Borussia Dortmund’s No. 1 striker, Erling Haaland has given no indication that he wants to leave Signal Iduna Park this summer.
Every big European club has one target.
Chelsea, in need of a proven goal scorer, tried to test Dortmund’s resolve this summer due to the Norwegian’s PS68 million release clause coming into effect in 2022, but neither Dortmund nor the Haaland camp took the bait.
Dortmund are unlikely to let another of their star strikers to leave this summer after sanctioning the departure of Jadon Sancho to Manchester United, but Haaland is expected to leave in a year.
On July 21, Haaland will turn 21 years old, and sources tell ESPN that the former FC Salzburg forward is not in a hurry to leave Dortmund, feeling that another year in the Bundesliga will benefit his growth.
But, with probably the most sought-after player in the world being available for just PS68 million next year, expect a mad rush to sign Haaland in 2022.
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Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United has been a constant topic of discussion since he joined the club in a then-world-record PS89.1 million purchase from Juventus in 2016.
The lingering financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the game has lowered the noise on the Pogba saga this summer, yet it is possibly the most vital stage of his United career.
With Pogba’s contract set to expire in June 2022, it’s make-or-break time for United and the France midfielder.
He must either sign a new contract this summer or risk losing him for free in a year’s time.
Pogba may sign a free agency contract with a club outside of the Premier League as soon as January.
Pogba has given no hint that he wants to sign a new deal with United that would bind him to the club for the rest of his career, but there is also no indication that a move is on the cards due to a dearth of clubs ready to match his PS300,000-a-week pay.
According to ESPN, Pogba is expected to finish his contract and decide his next move next summer, although a new agreement with United in a year remains an option because few other clubs can afford his salaries.
Jack Grealish is expected to join Premier League champions Manchester City for a nine-figure deal this summer.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has identified Aston Villa midfielder Neville Williams as a top target, but signing him might cost the champions as much as PS100 million.
City must acquire finances by selling some of the players Guardiola considers surplus to requirements, especially since he is also interested in Harry Kane.
Grealish signed a five-year contract with Villa last summer, tying him to the club until 2025, although it’s unclear whether the England international negotiated a release clause.
Nevertheless, Villa’s PS33 million signing of Norwich midfielder Emiliano Buendia last month revealed that the club is already planning for life without Grealish, who is not anticipated back until the end of the month due to a post-Euro 2020 break.
Because of Guardiola’s desire to capture Grealish, a deal is expected to be completed before the start of the season.
Arsenal have made a busy start to rebuilding Mikel Arteta’s squad after missing out on European qualification last season.
Nuno Tavares has already joined Arsenal from Benfica for PS6.8 million, while England defender Ben White has agreed to join Brighton for PS50 million — a deal that could be completed before the Gunners travel to Florida for a preseason competition.
But, Arsenal will face competition from Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli.
Locatelli is in talks with Juventus for a PS34.3 million loan signing from Sassuolo, which would be followed by a permanent deal in a year.
Sassuolo will only agree to a permanent deal in summer, according to sources, thus boosting Arsenal’s prospects of signing the Euro 2020 star.
Spurs have emerged as Arsenal’s major opponents in the hunt to recruit Aouar, who has been a year-long target for the Gunners.
Spurs are willing to trade Tanguy Ndombele as part of any deal to sign Aouar, according to ESPN, although Arsenal are still interested in the French international.

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