August 20, 2022 – The season has started, but there is still a lot of trade in the transfer market. The ticket offices will close in a week and a half. What can we expect in the near future? An overview of the most plausible, recurring rumors and stories of the past seven days from home and abroad.
Manchester United striker
With the imminent arrival of Casemiro, the midfield gets a further boost under Erik ten Hag, but it is highly questionable whether the coach is satisfied, since Frenkie de Jong was the dream midfielder. However, it should not stop there, because in the front a deep striker has to be added, after the imminent split with Cristiano Ronaldo. This week the necessary options passed in review: Alvaro Morata (ASH), Matthew Cunha (Fabrizio Romano), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Sky Sports), Marko Arnautovic (The Athletic) and Jamie Vardy (The Sun). But there is really no concrete deal with any of them and to think that there is also a diligent search for an winger…
Does Ten Hag play a role in Eredivisie title battle?
In the search for wing players, Erik ten Hag has already set his sights on the arrival of Antony for some time, but Ajax is still not prepared to cooperate in a transfer. Fabrizio Romano even reported that the team from Amsterdam has declined an offer of eighty million euros for the Brazilian. However, it is expected that United will report again for the star player of Ajax in the coming days. As a cheaper alternative, United are considering an offer for PSV winger Cody Gakpo. If one of the two Eredivisie top players is sold, the Netherlands will lose one of the best players on the fields. This will undoubtedly also affect the battle for the championship in the Eredivisie.
Renovation Feyenoord almost ready
With the imminent arrival of Dávid Hancko, the bringing in of Timon Wellenreuther and Igor Paixao and the rental of talents Lennard Hartjes and Thijs Jansen, Feyenoord is almost ready on the transfer market. Fredrik Aursnes will close the door behind him, where there may be no successor, although Sivert Mannsverk is always an option. In terms of attacking midfielder, Ezequiel Bullaude is a serious option, he is also close to a transfer to Rotterdam. It is possible that Feyenoord will still make an attempt at FC Twente: for Ramiz Zerrouki and Mees Hilgers they both wanted the top prize in Enschede, but will that change? In terms of sales, Alireza Jahanbakhsh may still move, provided the interest becomes serious from Utrecht.
Select through Chelsea
The Champions League winner for Real Marid has a big house in the A-selection this season. Partly forced, but partly also from dorselection. Timo Werner has been weighed and found to be underweight: he returned to RB Leipzig for about a third of the budget. Weighed and found too light are Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic, for whom the club is still looking for a solution. The marriage with Romelu Lukaku turned out to be especially unfortunate, while Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen closed the Blues chapter on a free transfer. This week Cesare Casadei was brought in, following Raheem Sterling, Marc Cucurella, Kalidou Koulibaly, Carney Chukwuemeka and perhaps also Frenkie de Jong? In any case, interesting to follow the developments in London, where FC Barcelona still hopes to snatch Marcos Alonso.
Memphis goes after Wijnaldum
Georginio Wijnaldum already opted for Serie A with a view to the World Cup and will most likely see Orange buddy Memphis Depay doing the same. The attacker is no longer in the plans at FC Barcelona and can therefore look for a new employer. The Spanish top club is according to Tuttosport willing to tear up Memphis’ contract, allowing Juventus to hire him on a free transfer and offer him a two-year deal. However, there is a need for some haste for Juventus. The Turin top club has issued an ultimatum. If Memphis is not a Juventus player before the expiry of that deadline, the club will report to Bologna for Marko Arnautovic.
Will we see Ziyech again after two years?
Antony can leave Ajax this summer for Manchester United and so the team from Amsterdam are already working on possible successors. Should the handy Brazilian actually make the step to the Premier League, then according to De Telegraaf, the Johan Cruijff ArenA will end up with an old acquaintance. Hakim Ziyech has been sidetracked at Chelsea and would see a return to Ajax. Money could play an important role in this. Chelsea bought Ziyech two years ago for no less than forty million euros from the team from Amsterdam and will want to limit the loss. A rental construction is also an option, but then Ajax must take over part of the generous salary. Ziyech is reportedly on the payroll at Stamford Bridge for ten million a year.