Every major transfer that happens between clubs will have a knock-on effect and this is exactly the case with the biggest ever deal involving Neymar. The Brazilian, with the help of his father, have pushed through a move to leave Barcelona for pastures new in Paris and subsequently become the highest paid player in the world. Who will replace the Brazilian at Camp Nou? And consequently, who will replace that player at his current club? From a Premier League perspective, all signs point at Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.
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Barcelona were reluctant to let the superstar go but money talks and now the Catalan giants have over €200m to spend on finding a replacement. Names already mentioned have been Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund, Kylian Mbappe of Monaco, Paula Dybala of Juventus, Eden Hazard from Chelsea and 2 bids have already been rejected by Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said on more than one occasion that the little magician wouldn’t be going anywhere but with Barcelona not looking to take No for an answer, and a rumoured €100m bid in the offing, the Merseyside club would be silly to not accept. The Brazilian isn’t the most consistent player in the world and Barcelona would be taking a very expensive gamble should he sign but for Liverpool, they could do very well out of the massive fee they would receive.
Two options for Klopp IF Coutinho becomes Barce-bound
Thomas Lemar is one of Monaco’s key players and a player Arsenal reportedly covet. The Frenchman has a lot of suitors throughout Europe and would be interested in moving on should the right offer become available. He combines pace, skill and energy with an eye for finding the back of the net. Add that to the attacking players already at Klopp’s disposal and Liverpool could really do some damage.
Another move that could interest Klopp would be Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson, who technically, is outstanding. The Icelandic international is rumoured to be close to completing a move to Everton for £50m and what better way for the Merseyside derby to take more heat than if Liverpool stole him Ronald Koeman’s clutches.
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Around the rest of the clubs…
There are big questions over Virgil van Dijk’s future as he continues to train on his own and away from the first team squad. The colossal centre back is favourite to join Liverpool before the end of the transfer window but he would fit into any of the top 4 sides. The centre half is one of the most under rated defenders in the league and its quite surprising that none of Man City, Man United or Arsenal have made an enquiry for the Dutchman, giving their defensive frailties.
Both Manchester clubs look finished in the transfer market, with Serge Aurier’s move to Man United looking dead in the water. Chelsea are still paying the wages of forward Diego Costa who they have told can leave. The Spanish international is thinking over a deal to money bags AC Milan but still holds out hope he can move back to Atletico Madrid in January. Diego Simeone men are currently banned from transfer activity and have already lost out on Alexandre Lacazette who went to Arsenal.
The Gunners have a real goal machine in Lacazette but will need him to hit the ground running. Manager Arsene Wenger has been otherwise quiet in this transfer window with just Sead Kolasinac coming in on a free from Schalke, a move that could be a real bargain. The full back is strong, quick and should suit the Premier League’s hectic tempo. Arsenal have still got the big issue of Alexis Sanchez to contend with, as he is out of contract at the end of the season.
The Chilean has attracted interest from Man City, PSG and Bayern Munich and with Arsenal failing to make Champions League this season, Sanchez is rumoured to want out. This will be a transfer that will go on until the last few hours unless someone from the Sanchez camp acts fast. With 4 weeks, still to go in the transfer window there are plenty of moves still to be done but none will come close to the record breaking Neymar deal.