Decisive stage of the transfer window: Six big moves and two mysteries

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19/08/2021

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There are just 13 days remaining of what has been an exciting transfer window, and it promises to be a thrilling climax with a number of deals still on the table.

While Lionel Messi‘s shock departure from Barcelona, and eventual move to Paris Saint-Germain will be the highlight of the 2021 summer transfer window, we could yet have more surprises.

Here, we look at the six major deals to be completed before the transfer window slams shut.

Dusan Vlahovic to Atletico Madrid

Dusan Vlahovic has enjoyed a remarkable rise in recent seasons, and his stunning debut season for Fiorentina in 2020/21 confirmed his status as one of the most exciting young strikers in European football.

His 21 strikes in 37 Serie A appearances caught the eye of Atletico Madrid, who are prepared to pay up to 70 million euros for the 21-year-old’s services.

Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid

As each day passes, Kylian Mbappe’s potential move to Real Madrid grows increasingly more likely.

PSG‘s desire for the Frenchman to stay at the club is not shared by the player, and he is looking to complete a move to the Spanish capital that would send shockwaves around European football.

Harry Kane to Manchester City

Manchester City are in desperate need of a world-class striker, and Pep Guardiola has made no secret of his desire to bring Harry Kane to the Etihad Stadium.

The clock is ticking, but City are preparing to make Tottenham an eye-watering offer to secure the England captain’s services.

Jules Kounde to Chelsea

Jules Kounde‘s future has dominated headlines throughout much of the summer transfer window so far, and this looks set to resume in the days remaining.

Chelsea would be gaining an extraordinary young defender in the 22-year-old, and Sevilla would secure their record fee, as we await to see whether both parties get the deal over the line.

Lautaro Martinez to Tottenham

Should Kane move on this summer, Tottenham have identified Inter forward Lautaro Martinez as his replacement.

Although he has a different profile to the England striker, he is just as deadly in the box, and the pieces could fall into place over the coming days for him to move to north London this summer.

Duvan Zapata and Marcus Thuram to Inter

Inter have seen their Serie A winning squad of last campaign decimated this summer, following the departures of Antonio Conte, Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku.

Should Lautaro follow the trio out the door, Inter will be looking to bring in Duvan Zapata to lead the line at the Stadio Meazza, with the Colombian having proven himself as one of the best strikers in Serie A with his displays for Atalanta.

Should he make the move to Inter, he could be joined by Marcus Thuram, and the pair would form a fearsome strike partnership.

The two mysteries: Erling Haaland and Cristiano Ronaldo

Two players whose departures look less likely this summer are Erling Haaland and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Whilst Ronaldo has offered his services to Real Madrid this summer, this has been rejected by Carlo Ancelotti, whilst a move to PSG looks off the table.

Haaland‘s contract at Borussia Dortmund is up next year, with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid set to battle it out for his signature.

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