From Ronaldo to De Jong: The big transfers that could still happen before the summer window closes

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The likes of Manchester United and Barcelona are expected to make more personnel changes before the market slams shut

We've already seen several high-profile transfers this summer, including Erling Haaland moving to Manchester City and Robert Lewandowski joining Barcelona. However, there are still massive names on the market, with several clubs scrambling for their signatures to jolt their struggling on-field products.

Top European clubs such as Manchester United and Barcelona are still reportedly working on a selection of major deals with the 2022-23 campaign now underway.

Poor early season form often leads to a sharp increase in transfer market activity, with this year likely to be no different, and there are more than a few stars pushing for a change of scenery.

Numerous top players could yet make big-money moves before the window closes on September 1, but which are the biggest deals still on the cards?

GOAL is on hand to provide a rundown of the most exciting transfers that could still be completed before the deadline.

  1. Frenkie de Jong
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    Frenkie de Jong

    One of the summer's longest-running transfer sagas, Frenkie de Jong's proposed move to Manchester United might not be finalised for some time yet – if at all. As previously reported by GOAL, Barcelona agreed to a deal worth an initial £63m ($74.5m), with a further £8m ($9.6m) in add-ons.

    However, De Jong remains locked in a dispute with the Catalan club over deferred wages. He'd also rather stay at Camp Nou and Barca president Joan Laporta has insisted that they are not under financial pressure to sell.

    Still, given De Jong is one of their most valuable assets but not a certain starter, it seems likely that he will eventually leave Barca.

    United are willing to wait until the close of the window, with Erik ten Hag desperate to be reunited with his former Ajax charge at Old Trafford, but there is a growing fear at United that if De Jong does move, it will be for Chelsea, as the Londoners can offer Champions League football this season.

  2. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
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    Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

    Not a summer goes by without Sergej Milinkovic-Savic being linked at least once with either United or Juventus. This year, it's both.

    Juve would appear to have less need for the Lazio midfielder, given they've just brought Paul Pogba back to Turin, but the Frenchman has now been ruled out for a couple of months through injury.

    It's not as if Massimiliano Allegri couldn't do without another powerful presence in midfield anyway. Juve need to clear some dead wood – terminating Aaron Ramsey's contract was a fine start – but they might be able to put themselves in a position to at least make a move.

    As for United, everything hinges on De Jong. If the Dutchman stays at Barca – or worse, from United's perspective, joins Chelsea instead – they could finally launch a bid for Milinkovic-Savic.

  3. Adrien Rabiot
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    Adrien Rabiot

    United seem set to land at least one midfielder before the end of the month, with a deal having already been struck with Juventus for Adrien Rabiot. However, the club have yet to agree terms with the player's agent and mother Veronique, and that's proving a cause for concern at Old Trafford.

    Indeed, fears are growing that this deal might collapse.

    The fans may not have been exactly enthused by the prospect of Rabiot arriving at Old Trafford, given his average performances in Turin, but his reputation as a troublemaker is unfair and he would at least be an upgrade on nearly every other midfielder currently at United.

  4. Leandro Paredes

    Leandro Paredes

    Rabiot should be promptly replaced in Turin by Leandro Paredes, one of Juve's long-term transfer targets.

    New PSG coach Christophe Galtier certainly won't stand in the Argentine's way, having already strengthened his midfield with the likes of Vitinha and Renato Sanches this summer.

    The one question is whether another club will beat Juve to Paredes' signature.

    "Leandro has many offers and I don’t know what will happen between now and the end of the transfer market," Galtier told reporters at the weekend.

  5. Fabian Ruiz

    Fabian Ruiz

    PSG have even less need for Paredes right now because Fabian Ruiz could soon join from Napoli.

    The Spain international has long been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid but this summer United emerged as a serious option to sign him.

    However, PSG are now reportedly on the verge of agreeing a deal with Napoli for Ruiz, who will leave a gaping hole in Napoli's midfield that might well be filled by Tottenham's Tanguy Ndombele.

  6. Nicolo Zaniolo

    Nicolo Zaniolo

    If Spurs receive a decent bid for Ndombele to reload their treasure chest, manager Antonio Conte could solidify his interest in Roma's Nicolo Zaniolo. The Italy international is something of a divisive figure and his injury record is a cause for concern (two torn ACLs by the age of 23). But there is no denying his talent, or potential.

    Encouragingly, he appears to have lost none of his agility or pace, as recent performances have underlined, and although he is considered a key part of an exciting forward line at the Stadio Olimpico, Roma would no doubt entertain a big bid for the attacking midfielder.

  7. Cristiano Ronaldo
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    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the Manchester United starting line-up for last weekend's debacle at Brentford but it was obvious from his performance and his body language that he still wants out.

    The Portuguese has no intention of missing out on a year of Champions League football at this stage of his career. He's also made it clear to his bosses that he does not believe that United are capable of challenging for the Premier League title this season either. And who could possibly disagree?

    Ronaldo has, of course, previously managed to force his way out of a club just before the close of the summer window, at Juventus last year, but the issue this time is a lack of interest in his services. Most of Europe's elite have already strengthened their forward lines or would struggle to integrate Ronaldo into their tactical game plans.

    It has been claimed in the Spanish press that he would be willing to join Atletico Madrid but club president Enrique Cerezo says a transfer is "practically impossible" and the fans have made their feelings on Real's all-time leading goalscorer very clear.

    Ronaldo, then, is fast running out of time. United are willing to let him leave, given the negative effect he is having on the dressing room, but they they need to find a replacement ASAP, with Atletico Madrid's Matheus Cunha the latest player to come under consideration.

  8. Antony
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    Whether Ronaldo stays at Old Trafford or not, Ten Hag is clearly desperately hoping to be joined at United by his former charge at Ajax, Antony.

    GOAL understands that United have already had one bid of £51m ($61m) rejected by the Dutch side, who are holding out for £68m ($82m). That would be a massive fee for the 22-year-old but he is a Brazil international and one imagines that United would at least be willing to increase their offer if Ronaldo belatedly finds a new home.

    Antony, for his part, is not giving anything away. "Will Ten Hag call me? No idea," Antony told NOS at the weekend. "He has to discuss this with my agents, I’m focused on here. What will come will come, we will see."

  9. Lucas Paqueta

    Lucas Paqueta

    Lucas Paqueta's much-hyped move from San Paolo to AC Milan did not go according to plan, with the Brazilian failing to live up to his nickname 'The new Kaka'. However, he has rebuilt his reputation as one of the Selecao's most talented midfielders at Lyon and is now being linked with another big-money move, this time to Arsenal.

    We know that Gunners technical director Edu is a huge admirer of Paqueta and that Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is open to doing a deal – but only at the right price. Indeed, Aulas will likely demand top dollar for a player who still has two years left on his contract and is being courted by other clubs.

  10. Youri Tielemans

    Youri Tielemans

    We also know that Arsenal have a long-standing interest in Youri Tielemans, who now has less than a year left on his contract at Leicester. The problem is the Foxes' asking price, which is believed to be above £30m ($36m).

    After splashing plenty of cash already this summer, Arsenal might well need to sell a player if they are to make the transfer happen. Indeed, there is now talk that Leicester are willing to run the risk of losing Tielemans for nothing next summer, and that Arsenal are willing to wait until then to bring him to the Emirates.

    However, this situation could change very quickly, with Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers frustrated by a lack of summer signings. He could well push his employers to raise some funds to strengthen his squad.

    It will also be worth keeping an eye on cash-rich Newcastle, who have also been credited with an interest in Tielemans.

  11. Bernardo Silva

    Bernardo Silva

    Bernardo Silva wanted to leave Manchester City last summer, and the club were willing to let him go. The Portugal international had his heart set on a move to Spain, with both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid interested.

    The problem was that City weren't going to let him leave for anything less than his market value, thus making him too expensive for either Liga side. That was just as well for City, of course, given Silva played a pivotal role in last season's Premier League title triumph.

    However, Barca still view Bernardo as a dream signing and the feeling is that if De Jong is shipped to United, they'll have sufficient cash to belatedly bring the attacking midfielder to Camp Nou.

  12. Neymar


    It might seem strange, given we're talking about two of the most talented players on the planet, one that has made a fine start to the new season, but Neymar is in a very similar situation to Ronaldo, in that he is feeling a little unwanted right now.

    Having committed a huge amount of money to keeping Kylian Mbappe, the undisputed leader of the new project at the Parc des Princes, PSG have made it known that they will listen to offers for fellow forward Neymar.

    However, few clubs, if any, are presently in a position to accommodate the Brazilian, either financially or tactically. The only difference to Ronaldo's situation at United is that Neymar actually wants to stay put, as the Selecao star would like as few distractions as possible ahead of the winter World Cup in Qatar.

    Still, it's suggested that he no longer gets on well with Mbappe, so it will be fascinating to see what would happen if one of Europe's nouveau riche – Newcastle perhaps – tabled a borderline-acceptable bid for Neymar before the close of the transfer window.

  13. Mauro Icardi

    Mauro Icardi

    Of course, a committed Neymar staying at the Parc des Prince is hardly a major problem for PSG, given his impressive start to the new season, but there's no doubt that the club would love to get rid of Mauro Icardi.

    After a decent couple of campaigns in France, the striker contributed just five goals in all competitions last season and the hope was that he would move on this summer.

    However, Icardi – who was sensationally stripped of the Inter captaincy in 2019 and sent to France because of dressing-room unrest caused by public comments made by his agent and wife Wanda – reportedly turned down a return to Serie A with newly promoted Monza.

    Intriguingly, there is now talk of interest from Manchester United, who are obviously frantically looking for a No.9 right now.

    The arrival of the Icardashians at a club already in crisis would make for compelling viewing.

  14. Cody Gakpo

    Cody Gakpo

    Cody Gakpo seems like a more likely United signing right now than Icardi. Ten Hag is looking to the Eredivisie to bolster his attacking options and the PSV winger is one of the best players in the league right now.

    Indeed, Gakpo scored 21 goals and contributed 15 assists in all competitions last season and would likely be available for smaller fee than the aforementioned Antony.

    However, PSV boss and former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy says the Dutch club have yet to receive an offer for the Netherlands international.

    "We will only talk about [a transfer] when there is something concrete," he said.

  15. Memphis Depay
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    Memphis Depay

    It's clear that Memphis Depay is surplus to requirements at Barcelona. Robert Lewandowski will be spearheading Xavi's attack this season and he's likely to be flanked by another new arrival in Raphinha, and either January signing Ferran Torres or Ousmane Dembele, who has just signed a contract extension.

    At 28 years of age, and with the World Cup coming up, Memphis will clearly want to be playing regularly rather than warming the bench at Camp Nou. Barca, meanwhile, would obviously like to make some money on a player they don't need.

    A return to the Premier League appeared a real possibility for the former United man at one point but he now seems set for Serie A, with Juventus hoping to imminently finalise a deal.

  16. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Memphis might not be the only high-profile attacker to leave Barca just before the window shuts. Indeed, Aubameyang could also be heading for the exit door at Camp Nou – even though he only arrived in January.

    The Gabon international, who has also reportedly caught United's eye, wants to stay put, but Chelsea are in dire need of a goalscorer and Barca would obviously be grateful for any money that could be put towards signing Bernardo.

  17. Armando Broja
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    Armando Broja

    If Aubameyang does arrive at Stamford Bridge (and it would be fascinating to see how Arsenal fans reacted to such an outcome), Chelsea might well offload Armando Broja.

    The Albania international has plenty of suitors thanks to his hugely impressive loan spell at Southampton last season, with Everton said to be particularly keen, which is hardly surprising given the Toffees' struggles in front of goal.

    Chelsea are reportedly reluctant to sell the 20-year-old, given his enormous potential, but they could be tempted to use him as a makeweight in a deal for one of their transfer targets...

  18. Anthony Gordon

    Anthony Gordon

    Chelsea have already had two offers for Anthony Gordon rejected by Everton but Chelsea might just be willing to return with a bid of close to £50m ($60m).

    Or, alternatively, they could make Broja part of the deal, given Everton are desperately short on numbers up front, with Richarlison having been sold to Spurs, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin still out injured.

    The bottom line is that manager Thomas Tuchel believes that the versatile Gordon, who has been deployed up front by Frank Lampard at the start of the new season, could play out wide in his preferred front three or as an attacking wing-back.

  19. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    It's not so long ago that Chelsea were having to fight tooth and nail to hold on to Callum Hudson-Odoi, whom Bayern Munich were determined to bring to the Allianz Arena.

    Now, though, the winger is effectively surplus to requirements in west London and Tuchel has effectively admitted that the England international would be allowed to leave if an acceptable offer arrives.

    Both Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle have been mentioned as possible destinations.

  20. Wesley Fofana

    Wesley Fofana

    Chelsea could certainly do with an injection of cash if they're to have any hope of landing Wesley Fofana, with Leicester reportedly demanding a world-record fee for a defender.

    Indeed, the Frenchman is said to be seriously upset with his employers for allegedly pricing him out of a move to Stamford Bridge.

    Latest reports suggest that Fofana has already agreed personal terms with Chelsea but whether they're really ready, willing and able to meet Leicester's asking price remains to be seen.

  21. Victor Osimhen

    Victor Osimhen

    Napoli insist that Victor Osimhen is not for sale, and the Nigeria international says that he is happy in a city that has embraced him like a son.

    However, club legends Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Kalidou Koulibaly have already left during a summer of real discontent at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

    It would be perfectly understandable if Osimhen, who is widely regarded as one of the most electrifying attackers in European football, fears that a team that fought for the Scudetto last season will be reduced to Serie A also-rans in 2022-23.

    A serious offer from one of Europe's elite would clearly test the 23-year-old's commitment to the cause, and no doubt be seriously entertained by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, who has never been afraid to make unpopular decisions, as he's once again demonstrated during the off-season.

  22. Milan Skriniar

    Milan Skriniar

    Beppe Marotta was again being hailed as the master of the transfer market after managing to re-sign Romelu Lukaku on loan a year after selling him to Chelsea for £97.5m ($119m). However, the fact is that the Inter CEO is having to work miracles because the club's financial situation remains perilous.

    They had a deal agreed with Torino for Bremer but as soon as Juventus entered the fray, Inter were unable to compete financially. They also lost free agent Paulo Dybala to Roma because of their ongoing attempts to make room in their budget for the Argentine, who was keen to make what would have been a controversial switch from Juventus.

    The big worry now is that despite missing out on two transfer targets, Inter will still have to sell one of their most prized assets in order to strengthen elsewhere, and Milan Skriniar has been continually linked with a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

    The already-irate fans are desperate for the Slovakia centre-back to stay at San Siro but, right now, it's impossible to know what will happen next at Inter, given their Chinese owners' pandemic-related economic problems.

    Speculation is mounting that PSG are preparing to make their move.