The 2021 summer transfer window turned out to be huge for many reasons, not least because two of the greatest players of all time decided to move clubs.
Lionel Messi left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain, while Cristiano Ronaldo departed Juventus, finding the lure of a return to Manchester United too good to resist. Amidst all the hype surrounding those transfers, some fans had read between the lines of the gossip columns, backing those moves all along.
Many of the leading online bookmakers now offer odds for potential transfers, following the popularity of discussion surrounding big moves via social media. The ultimate football betting guide at https://www.sbo.net/football/ covers all the key markets, including transfers and ‘specials’ that are increasingly capturing our attention, along with ratings and reviews for the most trustworthy betting sites.
As we head into the summer 2022 transfer window, there are numerous possible transfers grabbing attention, and fuelling a wide variety of reports and claims. Famous and obscure journalists alike are battling to be first with the latest news, while odds at the bookies fluctuate when the latest gossip hits the headlines.
Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City to Arsenal?
Manchester City has already clinched one of the biggest summer 2022 moves, having reached an agreement to sign towering Norwegian striker Erling Haaland, reportedly activating his €60 million clause at Borussia Dortmund. This will inevitably impact attacking options at the English club, arguably contributing to why Gabriel Jesus wants away.
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Despite being a key figure in the Manchester City squad, 25-year-old Jesus craves more minutes on the pitch, rather than constant rotation under the leadership of Pep Guardiola.
Nevertheless, even with the arrival of Haaland, reports in the Mirror claim the City boss wants the Brazilian forward to stay
Jesus has registered 13 goals and 9 assists from 40 appearances in all competitions, 23 of which have been in the starting eleven, with 13 appearances from the bench. In the Premier League, he has played 1,790 minutes on the pitch, which is actually quite low compared to many of his teammates.
Jesus wants to be the protagonist and this fuels talk that he will seek this elsewhere, with Arsenal having already been quoted around €60 million, although the Gunners apparently want to haggle that price down.
Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich to Barcelona?
Having spent eight remarkable and record-breaking seasons at Bayern Munich, which followed on from four impressive campaigns at Borussia Dortmund, iconic Polish striker Robert Lewandowski now seek a change in lifestyle. Still contracted to the Bavarian giants until June 2023, he has refused contract extension options, underlining a desire to move.
Robert Lewandowski has not changed his mind, as of today. He wants Barcelona and he’s not even in talks with any other club – just waiting for Bayern to make final decision and find potential replacement. 🇵🇱 #FCB
Barça are always in direct contact with his agent Pini Zahavi. pic.twitter.com/25Uuw1BlSV
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 21, 2022
Given that Lewandowski will celebrate his 34th birthday in August, the 2022 summer transfer window could provide the last big move of his career, and it seems he has just one destination in mind.
Ever since FC Barcelona lost Lionel Messi to PSG amidst financial difficulties last summer, they have sought a big-name signing to appease their demanding fans. It seems that Lewandowski is their priority target, according to reports in Spanish outlet Marca
Signing a proven goalscorer would be a huge boost for Barcelona, after having registered their worst goal tally since the 2004-05 season, during the recently concluded 2021-22 campaign.
Twitter transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has followed the situation of Lewandowski carefully, stating that Barcelona have maintained contact with his agent, awaiting the final decision from Bayern Munich, regarding any transfer agreement between the two clubs.
Victor Osimhen – Napoli to Manchester United?
Ahead of Erik ten Haag arriving as the new manager of Manchester United, plenty of changes to the squad are expected. Numerous players are set to leave Old Trafford and inevitably, there’s a very busy summer transfer window ahead for the Red Devils, filled with plenty of intrigue and speculation.
❇️ Goals, goals, goals. A young striker with the experience of a veteran: @victorosimhen9
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Given the incoming United boss is expected to ring in the changes, undertaking what portents a complete rebuild of the team, one of the areas to strengthen appears to be the attacking unit, despite already boasting an abundance of talent.
This is where reports claiming Ten Hag is readying a huge move for a superstar striker, placing a firm bid of £93 million on the table for Napoli talent Victor Osimhen.
The 23-year-old Nigeria international has quickly earned plenty of suitors, thanks to demonstrating his qualities over two excellent seasons at Napoli, since joining the Italian club from French side Lille in 2020.
But any interest by Manchester United won’t be without competition, given that Arsenal are also said to be keen, should their move for Gabriel Jesus fall through.