With the sporting calendar put on hold due to the horrific coronavirus outbreak, footballers have been left in limbo somewhat. Will the season be finished? Will their futures be resolved before the close of the campaign, whenever that may be? And so on.
There will be plenty of players who are desperate to depart their respective clubs. They’ll be hoping the postponement of the season doesn’t hinder any potential plans to head to pastures new abroad. Right now, until it becomes clear, players will be twiddling their thumbs, keeping fit, playing the likes of PUBG Mobile and magical Wish Upon a Jackpot casino slot, doing their “Stay at Home challenges” and hoping – like us – that the situation improves soon. Many players’ contracts expire in June also, meaning that if the season is forced to continue beyond June, things could potentially get messy, with players demanding to be released from their contracts and the like.
With many star players’ Premier League futures up in the air, we thought we’d go through a few players who could depart English football’s top flight in the summer. Obviously a lot can happen between now and the end of the season, though.
Paul Pogba’s future has been up in the air for what feels like an age now, with his departure on the cards every transfer window in the last year or two. Reports are emerging suggesting that Manchester United are confident of keeping the World Cup winner, with his huge transfer fee and wage demands putting any potential suitors off. This surely wouldn’t apply to big-spenders Real Madrid, though, who love a marquee signing. As has been the case for far too long, this is one that will continue to rumble on. Pogba could easily leave Old Trafford, though.
Tottenham’s talisman will surely leave the club one day, but whether that will come at the end of this particular seasonremains to be seen. Manchester United have been linked with a move for the Spurs captain on numerous occasions, but it is unknown as to whether Kane wants to leave Jose Mourinho’s side for a move to the Red Devils. Should one of Europe’s big guns come calling though, then surely Spurs will do well to keep hold of him. Real Madrid are reportedly looking for a replacement for Karim Benzema and Manchester City could lose club legend, Sergio Aguero. Harry Kane would fit the bill, wouldn’t he?
Yet another player linked with Real Madrid, Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks a certainty to leave the Emirates after another season of underachievement for the Gunners. The Gabon goal machine will surely be desperate to play in the Champions League again, and with the opportunity to join a prestigious club such as Real Madrid on the cards, who could blame him for wanting to go.
Kevin de Bruyne
Manchester City’s European football ban has led to numerous reports surrounding some of their star players, with many suggesting Kevin de Bruyne could leave the Citizens for a move to one of Spain’s giants, with Barcelona long-term admirers. One saving grace for City fans, though, is that the Belgian has said he’s staying. One to watch, still.
After establishing himself as one of the best players in the world at Liverpool, Sadio Mane’s name is reportedly on Real Madrid’s lips. Bayern Munich have also been mooted in the past, but Liverpool will surely be reluctant to lose arguably their best player this season. The player himself might fancy a fresh challenge, though.