I have never done this before, mainly because I’ve only had one window to deal with previously, plus, I detest transfer speculation because it’s not entirely factual, but with certain players and potential deals, I thought I’d write a brief piece regarding some players at certain clubs and what may lay ahead.
To go through every player in the Pro League, it’d take days. Well…It may take just one entire day, but even I’m not that desperate for a blog post that much. Luckily, most top players I looked up have actually signed extensions to their current deals. Of course this literally means nothing now except to bolster the transfer fee if another team is interested in their player, but nonetheless, until that happens, they’re staying put in Belgium!
Going alphabetically in terms of club names, and profile in this case, you have to look at Youri Tielemans at Anderlecht. I looked up potential suitors a couple of weeks ago before writing this and Roma were keen at that time, along with a Premier League club whos name has still stuck around, and that’s Arsenal. It’s no surprise he is linked with The Gunners. Young, midfielder, bags of quality and potential, it’s the perfect storm, but whether it’ll go ahead is another matter.
I did find 3 players linked with a move away from Standard Liege. Ishak Belfodil and Alexander Scholz have both been targeted by Everton, apparently. With Liege’s other top striker and their club captain linked away, Everton are in a building stage for next summer, maybe making their moves early in case Lukaku moves on, and if Ronald Koeman isn’t too keen on Jagielka and Funes Mori.
The other player linked with England is Ibrahima Cisse. Fulham are said to want the midfielder and it would be a good move if the Cottagers continue their Championship form and get promoted.
Speaking of Fulham, major rumours that they were so close to signing Yohan Boli from St Truiden in the January window, maybe as the long term replacement for Moussa Sissoko? Or at the time, to send a Chris Martin back to Derby County?
Earlier in this piece when I spoke about new signings already made in Belgium, or signing extensions, they can sometimes mean nothing IF Lovre Kalinic leaves Gent this summer for pastures new, like England. West Ham, Southampton and again, Everton, have all been linked with the tall Croation shot stopper and in the case of 2 of those teams, they are in need of a new first choice in my opinion.
Lastly in this segment, the Bundesliga looks most likely for 2 Genk stars. Alejandro Pozuelo is a target for Bayern Munich supposedly whilst teammate Leandro Trossard is being looked at by Bayern’s rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund and Red Bull Leipzig.
If any of these deals were to happen, it’d be a loss to the Pro League as these are all real quality players, and there is no surprise all their names are touted with bigger money and bigger leagues, but after all this is all speculation and the usual tittle tattle that comes from the internet or papers. Most of you who read this probably knew of the speculation anyway, but hopefully, these will stay simply as rumours.