Ahead of the summer transfer window which officially opens on July 1, some clubs are not hesitating in signing up their targets. Liverpool have added Southampton’s Sadio Mane to their ranks and Barcelona completed a move for Lyon’s Samuel Utiti, with a 5-year deal set to be signed after the Euros. So which other clubs and players are getting busy in the market? Here are 5 deals that are due to be wrapped up sooner or later.
MICHY BATSHUAYI TO CHELSEA
It was certain that the young Belgium international was going to leave Marseille this summer, with a couple of EPL sides in pursuit of his signing. Crystal Palace were close to winning the race just earlier this week, but Chelsea piped them to it. Currently with the national team at France, the 22-year-old is set to undergo his medicals in Bordeaux as a 5-year deal has been agreed on. The Blues signed him for £33million and the completion is just round the corner. Belgium will face Wales in the quarterfinals of the Euros, and Batshuayi will hope to be involved after making an immediate impact by scoring upon his introduction against Hungary with his first touch.
HENRIKH MKHITARYAN TO MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United are desperate to land the Armenia international and have made another improved offer for him. A £34.7million deal has been sealed for the transfer of the 27-year-old midfielder according to Bild. And it is expected that an official announcement will be made by the club next week. Dortmund have hoped to hold on to the assist machine who still has 1 year left on his deal, but Mkhitaryan already set his eyes on an Old Trafford switch, and he is expected to be part of pre-season preparations that begin in earnest.
NOLITO TO MANCHESTER CITY
The Spain international striker is very close to making a Manchester City switch as he flew to England after La Roja’s exit from the Euros. A €18 million deal is said to have been agreed for the 29-year-old Celta Vigo forward, and he should be undergoing medicals soon. Barcelona were interested in bringing back Nolito to the Camp Nou but nothing eventually came out of their interest. He is set to become Guardiola’s 2nd signing after the Etihad outfit landed Gundogan last week.
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC TO MANCHESTER UNITED
The long-awaited move is set to be finalized before the week ends. The 34-year-old should also undergo medicals soon and get unveiled. Zlatan will be handed a 1-year and it could be extended given how things turn out at the end of the season. This move is fail-proof. Mourinho will hope to rely on the expertise and experience of the ex-Sweden international in order to hit the ground running in his mission to restore United’s glory.
MARTIN SKRTEL TO FENERBAHCE
The Slovakia international is set to complete his move away from Liverpool in order to join Turkish giants, Fernerbahce after almost a decade at Anfield. His involvement with his country at the Euros has slowed down the process, but the side’s president Aziz Yildirim confirmed,
“The (Gregory) van der Wiel and Skrtel transfers are almost done.”