The Red Devil army yells “siiiiiii” at the top of their lungs as the day they had longed for but never imagined would come this early and in such a spectacular way, finally arrives.
Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford after 12 years of conquering and dazzling the world of football, scoring goals in droves, and expanding Real Madrid and Juventus’ trophy cabinets.
Welcome 𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗲, @Cristiano 🔴#MUFC | #Ronaldo
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 27, 2021
The entire world was prepared after wrapping their heads around the fact that the Portuguese striker would be starring for city rivals Manchester City; however, Ronaldo proved that his heart has always belonged to the Red section of Manchester by signing a deal with the Red Devils.
In a transfer window that has already seen superstars such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Rafael Varane, Romelu Lukaku, Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho, and numerous more players switch clubs, the final days until the transfer deadline could see even more transfer lunacy.
With Ronaldo’s mega-return to Manchester United kicking off the final days of the summer transfer window, it promises to be a wild ride.
A POSSIBLE HOMECOMING FOR MOISE KEAN
With only a few days until the summer transfer window shuts, Juventus has a limited amount of time to try to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Turin.
There may be several names on Juventus’ watchlist, but it appears that Moise Kean, a former academy product, is the one they are most interested in. Since joining Everton in 2019, the former Bianconeri frontman has been linked with a homecoming to the Allianz Stadium, and the 21-year-old has resurfaced as a clear target for Juventus to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo.
After failing to make an impression in his debut season in the Premier League, the striker spent the previous season on loan at PSG, where he dazzled the French capital with his pace, trickery, and goal-scoring prowess.
Juventus are in contact with Everton for Moise Kean, he’s one of the names in the list. Mino Raiola is taking over the negotiations – Juve will soon decide new strikers plan after Ronaldo decision. 🔵🇮🇹 #EFC
PSG only made a loan bid for Kean in June – turned down by Everton.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 26, 2021
But his struggles haven’t fallen by the wayside since he returned to Goodison Park this season. He didn’t start in either of Toffees’ first two Premier League matches and was then sent off an hour into their Carabao Cup match against Huddersfield Town.
The Italian was incredibly raw when he left for Everton, but he will almost certainly return a completely different player. He would have grown into a mature player and acquired tremendous experience playing alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Mino Raiola met with Juventus on Thursday, and according to reports, Everton has given the go-ahead for Kean to make a return to Turin. The Toffees, however, are clear that although a loan is acceptable, it is likely to come with a loan fee and an obligation to buy next season, estimated at about €25 million.
MBAPPE TO REAL MADRID CLOSER THAN EVER BEFORE
It’s inevitable, a moment where the stars align and create sheer magic is rare in football nowadays, but you have to sit there and smile when those moments happen. All that’s missing is the official announcement, but football fans around the world know that it’s bound to happen sooner or later.
Kylian Mbappe leads the line as Real Madrid’s next Galactico and is a player destined for success. Honing the famous white of Madrid was always his dream, but soon enough, that dream shall become an imminent reality
It’s not a matter of weeks but days until the transfer window comes to a close, and Real Madrid has been full of surprises with its efforts to acquire Kylian Mbappe. The consensus was that Paris Saint-Germain would certainly accept any suitable bid that came in for the 22-year-old, but things have remained a little complicated.
PSG anticipated that the World Cup winner, whose contract expires in June 2022, would lengthen his stay at the club. However, it looks that this is no longer the case, and PSG will try to cash in on the player’s transfer rather than risk losing him as a free agent next season.
Real Madrid’s first bid was €160 million, less than what the Parisians acquired him for, and ‘unacceptable’ in the eyes of their sporting director Leonardo. PSG want to keep him and have him as the center of their project but would only be willing to sell him at a high cost; a lot more than the one they got him for.
The LaLiga side’s second bid, worth €170 million-plus €10 million in add-ons, was presented on Thursday, with confidence so high in Madrid that some insiders believe a deal will be achieved eventually.
Official bid from Real Madrid for Kylian Mbappé still on the table. €170m plus €10m and this will be the final one. Negotiations will take place today between PSG and Real. ⚪️🇫🇷 #RealMadrid #Mbappé
Real Madrid know that Mbappé is pushing. He only wants Real Madrid. Patience. pic.twitter.com/FOj231gw6J
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 26, 2021
No one knows what will happen in the next few days, however, it’s fair to say that Kylian Mbappe would certainly be a Real Madrid player, sooner or later. The Frenchman is a superstar built for a club of gigantic proportion. He fits the mould, and is everything that Real Madrid desires. A player that grabs the headlines, reels in the big bucks, and is a serial winner, Mbappe will be a dream come true for Madridistas worldwide.
JUVE EYE EDEN HAZARD AS RONALDO’S REPLACEMENT
Along with Moise Kean, Juventus is interested in several other players, one of them being Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard. After failing to supplant Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, the former Chelsea player may be on his way to Turin to try and replace the Portuguese powerhouse once more.
Juventus interested in Eden Hazard to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, according to MARCA’s @jfelixdiaz and Sky’s @RudyGaletti.
Makes a lot of sense to get rid of his contract even if it’s only for this season. https://t.co/QhscIG4TRA pic.twitter.com/Jz3keTFvPM
— Lucas Navarrete (@LucasNavarreteM) August 27, 2021
The Belgian winger is aware that, despite starting the first two matches of the season, his playing time may be hampered due to the impending arrival of Kylian Mbappe to the Spanish capital. Hazard would undoubtedly like to stay at Real Madrid, however, he would also like to get consistent game time and remain useful, which would be challenging to do with Mbappe at the club.
Having been acquired by Los Blancos from Chelsea in 2019, his time in Madrid has been marred by injuries. In addition, the 30-year-old has only played 45 matches in two seasons, scoring five goals and providing nine assists.
The ideal situation for Juventus would be for Hazard to be signed on loan, however, he will have the power to decide on his future. Hazard may strive to replace Cristiano Ronaldo once more, this time in an atmosphere where he will have more leeway to play his game like he did at Chelsea.
It will undoubtedly be tough for the player to stomach an exit from his dream club, but Hazard leaving Los Blancos is a move that would benefit all sides – regardless if it is only a loan deal initially.
PSG IN FOR RICHARLISON
After receiving transfer proposals from Real Madrid, PSG are believed to be gearing for life without Kylian Mbappe, and one name that has emerged following the Spanish club’s second bid for the Frenchman is Richarlison.
Despite the addition of Lionel Messi this summer, the departure of the Mbappe would leave a huge vacuum in Mauricio Pochettino’s inventory, and the club appears to have found their first-choice successor should they decide to sell the French striker.
The Toffees striker has been a crowd favorite since moving to Merseyside, receiving praise both domestically and overseas for his efforts. Richarlison lifted the Copa America with Brazil in 2019 and has netted 34 goals in 107 Premier League outings for Everton after arriving from Watford in 2018 for roughly £40 million.
ESPN Brazil are claiming that negotiations are on for PSG to sign Brazilian winger Richarlison from Everton.
WOW 😳 pic.twitter.com/rMvp1vmtN5
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) August 26, 2021
Richarlison’s agents are said to be in Paris, ready to negotiate if Mbappe’s deal is struck upon, but with the transfer deadline approaching on August 31, Goodison Park may be without their talismanic striker when the summer transfer window shuts. It might take a €100m offer, but Richarlison is interested in joining PSG and has a solid relationship with fellow countryman Neymar.
PSG EYEING HAALAND AS WELL
Richarlison is a sound target for PSG, however, if the French heavyweights would like to go big as they often do, a sensational move for Erling Haaland might also be on the cards. With several reports emerging, Paris Saint-Germain are trying an astonishing last-minute heist to replace Kylian Mbappe with Erling Haaland, which may culminate in one of the most dramatic transfer window endings in football’s history.
Leonardo PSG’s sports director, met with Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, on Friday, and he is in support of his client leaving Dortmund this summer.
Dortmund do not want to let Haaland depart, but the 21-year-old has a €75 million release clause (possibly worth €100 million) that would take full effect next year, and PSG feel that a price of approximately €200 million might persuade Dortmund to approve the transfer.
PSG believes they can attract the Norwegian in following an offseason of incredible business that has already seen them acquire Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Lionel Messi, Achraf Hakimi, and Georginio Wijnaldum.
A hindrance for PSG maybe his agent, Mino Raiola, and his high commissions on his clients’ moves, which can make any transaction complicated or delayed.