With the whale in a sea of tiny, insignificant fishes now landed — Zlatan Ibrahimovic, of course — the dominoes may now fall and the rest of the world’s players find a new home during this here summer transfer window.
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Gonzalo Higuain, who scored 36 goals in 35 Serie A games last season, will not sign a new contract with his current club, Napoli, giving life to rumors that the Argentine could make a move abroad this summer with just two years left on his current contract. Higuain’s agent, via Radio Marca in Spain:
“Gonzalo will not renew but he will respect the contract because he is a professional. There are at least four or five teams that can afford Higuain both in Spain and England and there is also PSG and Bayern Munich.”
The Premier League clubs most regularly linked to Higuain? Chelsea and Arsenal. Expect a fee in the neighborhood of 60 or $70 million to land the 28-year-old.
Manchester United’s new away jersey is for sale on the club’s official website, and would you look at that, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is one of many Man United players whose names you can order on the back. Just one problem: Mkhitaryan hasn’t yet been announced as a United player, though plenty of speculation and reports have linked them to the 27-year-old Borussia Dortmund star this summer.
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Scooped by their own website? We’ll see, as the Armenian playmaker could follow in the footsteps of Zlatan as signing for Jose Mourinho’s United in the summer of 2016.
Just as Manchester City fans should probably expect an influx of players with La Liga and/or Bundesliga ties this summer, Anfield should also see its fair share of rising stars from Germany’s top division as Jurgen Klopp operates in his first summer window at Liverpool boss. Up next from the Bundesliga, following Joel Matip and Loris Karius, is reportedly Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud.
20 years young, Dahoud made 32 league appearances for Gladbach last season, which means the Syrian-born German youth international is the apple of many a club’s eye this summer. According to the Guardian, Klopp is prepared to pay $33 million to land Dahoud, which could be entirely too much for Gladbach to turn down, or any other club to match.