The European Transfer Window – Part 1: Rumours and Pre-Contracts


Now the season has ended and we are between that and the World Cup, teams are working around the clock to try and get deals done prior to the big event in Brazil. If a player goes and performs very well on the world stage – his price will go up. If they play badly, teams may be put off – so more often than not both teams and players both want it sorted earlier rather than later.

The window officially opens on the 9th June – but you can sign pre-contract agreements at any time (as long as you are a free agent, or a bid has been accepted by the players owner). Firstly, we take a look at transfers that are sorted:

  • Robert Lewandowski – He has sealed a move from Dortmund to Bayern long ago, in excess of £30m. A good move for both parties, and Dortmund get a great cash sum too.
  • Marc Andre-Ter Stegen – With Barcelona losing Valdes and Pinto this summer, they have struck early to sort a replacement. The deal is fairly cheap (although undisclosed) Monchengladbach’s board have revealed the deal is heavily incentivized, with a hefty sell on clause involved.
  • Nemanja Vidic – The Man Utd legend is joining Inter on a free transfer. He stated he did not want to play for another Premier League team. Good move for the Serbian.
  • Mauro Zarate – The ex-Birmingham star rebuilt his career in Argentina, ending the season as top scorer. He moves back to England a more complete player, lets hope he has some strong neck muscles – he has joined West Ham…
  • Angel Correa – the rising star has joined fellow Argentine Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid. He is a very young Attacking midfielder, but under Simeone he will blossom.
  • Vanja Milinkovic – another young prodigy, he has joined from Serbian club Vojvodina for an undisclosed fee. Another for the youth team
  • Lukas Fabianski – The Arsenal keeper has not been able to get regular first team football. He has decided to move on to Swansea, which probably means Michel Vorm could be leaving.

Now we move on to transfer rumours, bids that have gone in etc:

  • Bacary Sagna – With rumours that Man City want the Right Back, it has come out today that Barcelona have approached the Frenchman. Could he end up at the Nou Camp?
  • Rickie Lambert – Heavy rumours in the last 24 hours that Liverpool have offered £9m for the England striker. He is approaching 30, and probably going to be at least 3rd choice. He would be a fool to make the move when Andy Carroll, a very similar player, did not fit the bill there.
  • Ciro Immobile – The Italian hitman has taken everyone by surprise and ended the season as the top scorer in Italy, and earned a place in the 30 man squad for the World Cup. Dortmund are losing Lewy for £30m, and have been linked with a £14m bid Immobile. Could happen, and if reports are to be believed, the deal is close.
  • Remy Cabella – When Yohan Cabaye left Newcastle in january, Cabella was the selected replacement. However, the Montpellier president Lou Nicollin is impossible to deal with. Now they are safe, he is allowing Cabella to leave, but for a smudge over £10m. The Magpies have entered with a £5m bid. Typical Newcastle! However, this morning it appears the clubs are nearing an agreement at £7m – a good deal!
  • Alberto Moreno – Liverpool’s achilles heel has always been left back – Jose Enrique has been injury prone, Aly Cissokho has been awful. Alberto Moreno has been brilliant for Sevilla this season, and is attracting interest from all over Europe. £15m the quoted price.
  • Memphis Depay – The PSV left winger has been in good form for club and country – he is even in the 30 man World Cup squad. £15m is what PSV want – and with Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal taking over at Man Utd, he could be tempted to go!
  • Adam Lallana – With Pochettino leaving, he may want out to go somewhere bigger. Liverpool and Tottenham are interest, £25m seemingly the price
  • Luke Shaw – another Southampton player – Man Utd have already opened the bidding with a £27m bid. Southampton want more, he is a good player no doubt but it is another case of over inflated pricing of a good English talent.
  • Lazar Markovic – a strange one. Last summer it seemed Chelsea had purchased him for near £10m, but it appears that Chelsea and Benfica own 50% of the player each. I was sure co-ownership in England is banned. Liverpool are interested, Chelsea have an option to buy for £6m from Benfica but don’t seem to want to buy him. For all the money they waste on youth players, this would be a good deal!

In managerial news – AC Milan look set to dump Clarence Seedorf after just a few months in charge, with Filippo Inzaghi his replacement.

Well – plenty going on! We will do another update before the World Cup. Hope you have all enjoyed this little piece!