It seems Liverpool may lead the way with their Ibrahima Konate deal. Few Premier League clubs are going to match it this summer.
The Athletic put out an article on Saturday that explained several potential Premier League transfers. There’s one great takeaway – not much is going smoothly.
Take Manchester City, for instance. They want both Harry Kane and Jack Grealish but those £100m deals are incredibly complicated.
City can’t afford Kane ‘at any cost’ and are looking into swap deals. But Tottenham Hotspur can’t easily afford the wages of said swaps, nor do the players necessarily want to head to Spurs.
Whereas Aston Villa just don’t want to sell Grealish. They’ve got a contract offer ready for him and at the very least, no one is yet sure if the player wants to leave Villa.
Then there’s Chelsea. They’d like Erling Haaland or Romelu Lukaku. Neither appears available.
Borussia Dortmund have no intention of letting their prized asset leave. Internazionale would want £100m for a 28-year-old Lukaku. Good luck Chelsea.
Manchester United would like Raphael Varane from Real Madrid. The Athletic’s report says there’s ‘an element of optimism’ that it could happen but little beyond that.
Varane only has one year left on his contract but Real would want a large fee. It remains to be seen if United would pay it.
Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate deal
Those are the big deals Liverpool’s rivals seek but it doesn’t sound like any of them are remotely close. Maybe Varane to United? That one only seems to be starting to move.
We will mention United almost certainly signing Jadon Sancho. That’s a fantastic deal and one we’re jealous of – but it’s the only transfer that really matches up with Konate.
The Frenchman is a player with massive potential and one who could become a superstar at Liverpool. But he’s also exactly what the Reds needed.
After the injury crisis of last season, bringing in an extra player capable of playing centre-back was imperative. On top of that, he’s young enough (22) to hit his prime in the post-Virgil van Dijk years.
Liverpool got their ideal signing for just £36m – a fraction of some fees mentioned. And looking at the rest of the league, it seems their Premier League rivals will struggle to match that.