The summer transfer window is just weeks away from opening, which will give some of the biggest clubs from around Europe an opportunity to strengthen their squads. WeLoveBrum.co.uk have already assessed Aston Villa’s move for Boubacar Kamara, but who are some of the big names that could be moved to some of the huge sides around Europe during the pre-season?
One huge name that almost certainly looks set to move this summer is Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. The Polish international announced last year that he was looking for a new challenge, and that could come in the form of getting Barcelona back to the top of La Liga. Lewandowski is rightly regarded as one of the best strikers in world football, and has won virtually everything that there is to win during his time with Bayern Munich.
His stay in Bavaria has seen him pick up eight Bundesliga titles, as well as the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. He will leave the Allianz Arena as a club legend after scoring 344 goals in 375 appearances across eight seasons with the club.
Frenkie de Jong
It would appear that Erik ten Hag is keen on getting the Ajax band back together at Old Trafford during the summer. The Dutchman has already made it clear that one of his main targets this summer comes in the form of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong. The 25-year-old enjoyed an excellent spell under ten Hag prior to his move to the Nou Camp, and would certainly solve an awful lot of issues in a weak area for the Red Devils.
De Jong made an average of 1.1 tackles per game in the league for Barcelona last season, and averaged 0.6 interceptions and 0.5 clearances. However, United are set to face competition to secure his signature, as PSG may also make a move for the Dutchman if they aren’t successful in attracting Paul Pogba to Paris.
A busy summer for Barcelona could also see them make a move for Leeds United star Raphinha. It is expected that they won’t attempt to make their move for Adama Traore a permanent one, as the Wolves winger disappointed during his half season back at the Nou Camp.
However, Raphinha could potentially be the missing piece to their jigsaw, as he will undoubtedly add something new to their forward line. The 25-year-old scored eleven goals and made three assists in a testing campaign for the Whites, which saw them narrowly avoided relegation on the final day of the season.
The Brazilian has become a cult hero at Elland Road since arriving from Rennes in 2020, but he will clearly be looking for a new challenge this summer, as he will demand to play European football. Barcelona appear to be the only team in the chase for the winger, but whether they can meet the figure expected by Leeds remains to be seen given their financial issues.