With the curtain now closed on 2015-16’s league campaign, save for those lucky enough to remain in the play-offs, attention now turns to Euro 2016 and the light relief that comes with a major tournament.
The action on the pitch will also spawn a host of rumours linking players with a move as their exploits inflate their transfer fees. Here are just five players who could be switching to a new club after the final on July 10.
Former Seasider Hart is England’s number one keeper and the first name on the Manchester City team sheet so why would he be looking for a new challenge ahead of the 2016-17 campaign? The simple answer is the arrival of Pep Guardiola as manager and the host of transfer rumours that are trailing alongside.
Those rumours include talk of a bid for Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Barcelona’s first choice stopper in terms of Champions League Football but a man who has only featured in seven La Liga matches for the Catalan giants. At 24, the former Borussia Monchengladbach keeper needs regular football if he is to be seen as the natural successor to Manuel Neuer and the links with City won’t go away.
If Hart is surplus to requirements, there will be no shortage of interested parties with Liverpool seemingly in most need of a world class stopper to advance their aspirations.
Liverpool feature again in the second story as the leading scorer in Euro 2016 qualification continues to be touted around Europe. The link with Anfield is an obvious one when you consider that Lewandowski spent many years under Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund but would he really move unless the Merseysiders win the Europa League and get into the Champions League via the back door?
Present club Bayern can offer all the money and trophies that he desires but if Robert Lewandowski is seeking that new challenge, a stint with Manchester City or possibly Chelsea is more likely.
After the most incredible Premier League season ever, it will be fascinating to watch Leicester City’s transfer dealings this summer. Claudio Ranieri’s first job is to keep hold of their most vital players – Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez included – but surely the Foxes will look for a new draft to consolidate for 2016-17?
One man being widely touted for a possible move is Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson who will be looking to cause an upset with Iceland this summer. Midfielder Sigurdsson is a threat from set pieces and has a good goal scoring record at both club and international level as Swans Chairman Huw Jenkins is said to be preparing himself for a number of bids.
One man who seems certain to leave this summer is Real Madrid’s Isco who, despite being an important member of Spain’s qualifying programme, finds himself some way down the pecking order at the Bernabeu.
The club most likely to move are Chelsea who will doubtless back new manager Antonio Conte with a hefty war chest and at 24, Isco is heading to the point in his career when regular game time becomes paramount.
Another former Tangerine to watch at the Euros is Seamus Coleman who was widely linked with a move away from Everton after seven years at the Merseyside club. It’s been a frustrating season due to injury but the 27 year old, who was tipped to be approached by PSG and Chelsea in January, could be a confirmed target for an EPL side after Everton’s poor campaign resulted in the removal of manager Roberto Martinez.