From Pogba to Bale, Hazard to Mbappe: The top 50 summer transfer targets of 2018

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With the summer transfer window now open, Goal takes a look at some of the big names who could be making a move

  1. Toby Alderweireld | Tottenham | Defender

    Toby Alderweireld's time at Tottenham looks set to end this summer and there are a number of clubs said to be keen on his signature. Manchester United are eager to strengthen their backline and Alderweireld is one of a number of candidates for the role, but the 29-year-old is also on the radar of Chelsea. Despite his advancing years, the Belgium international is expected to command a significant fee - in the region of £55m (€62m/$73) - and Spurs will be desperate to get the best price as they come to terms with the cost of their new stadium.
  2. Alisson | Roma | Goalkeeper

    Brazil's No.1 Alisson has attracted intense interest from across Europe following his displays for Roma, particularly in the Champions League. Among those clubs said to be weighing up a move for the goalkeeper are Liverpool and Real Madrid. The 25-year-old still has his best years ahead of him and the Giallorossi are unwilling to let one of their prized assets leave without a fight, so a big offer will have to be made to secure his services.
  3. Leon Bailey | Bayer Leverkusen | Forward

    Leon Bailey has been a key member of the Bayer Leverkusen squad since joining from Genk in 2016 and, despite being just 20, has carved out a reputation as one of the brightest prospects in the Bundesliga. The Jamaican forward’s displays have unsurprisingly attracted attention from some of Europe’s bigger clubs and, as reported by Goal, Manchester City have now joined the race as Pep Guardiola looks to make a push for Champions League glory next season. However, City will not have a straight run at Bailey, with Bayern Munich also reported to be admirers, even if the Bavarian club's top brass have ruled out a spending spree.
  4. Gareth Bale | Real Madrid | Forward

    Gareth Bale has won a Liga title and three Champions Leagues during his time at Real Madrid, scoring plenty of important goals for the Blancos over the course of four seasons. However, due to injuries and poor form, he has been in and out of the team in 2017-18, leading to suggestions that he may be nearing an exit. Bale is valued by the club president Florentino Perez, but did not appear to figure prominently in Zinedine Zidane’s plans. However, the Frenchman's exit may change that. Bayern Munich are reportedly weighing up an offer for the 28-year-old, while some quarters have even suggested that a return to Tottenham is possible.
  5. Michy Batshuayi | Chelsea | Forward

    Having joined Borussia Dortmund on loan from Chelsea for the second half of the season, Michy Batshuayi has reinvigorated his career and the Bundesliga club are keen to make the move permanent. The Belgium international scored nine goals in 14 games in all competitions for BVB, including seven in 10 Bundesliga appearances before an ankle injury brought an end to his season. Goal understands that Chelsea may ask for £50m ($68m) for the 24-year-old, which could be a deterrent.
  6. Hector Bellerin | Arsenal | Defender

    Hector Bellerin came through the ranks at Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy before signing for Arsenal in 2011 and he has established himself as one of the most talented right-backs in the Premier League in the years since. However, like his compatriot Cesc Fabregas before him, Bellerin looks set to make a return home to Barca, who have been monitoring his performances in recent seasons. At just 23, he has a long career ahead, but he could potentially have his head turned by Chelsea or Manchester United, who are reportedly interested as well. The arrival of Unai Emery as the club's new manager, however, may go some way towards persuading him to stay, though the club have recruited Stephan Lichtsteiner, which does not bode well.
  7. Andrea Belotti | Torino | Forward

    After hitting 26 goals in Serie A for Torino in 2016-17, Andrea Belotti saw his name linked with a host of European giants, including Chelsea and Juventus. However, the striker opted to remain at the club, signing a new contract. Belotti has not hit the heights he did last season, but his stock is still well considered and he has firm admirers at AC Milan, with Gennaro Gattuso desperate to improve his attacking options ahead of the next campaign. The Rossoneri are not alone though and Ligue 1 side Monaco could rival the Italians for Belotti’s signature as they chase a replacement for Radamel Falcao, while Manchester United has also been mooted as a possible destination.
  8. Daley Blind | Manchester United | Defender

    Having arrived at Manchester United ahead of the 2014-15 season, Daley Blind became a key member of the Red Devils squad, helping the team to FA Cup, Europa League and EFL Cup glory. However, he has struggled to nail down a regular place under the guidance of new manager Jose Mourinho - due to injury and form - and he could be on his way back to the Netherlands to join Ajax.
  9. Leonardo Bonucci | AC Milan | Defender

    Defender Leonardo Bonucci swapped Juventus for AC Milan last season and, while he helped the Rossoneri to a Europa League finish and a Coppa Italia final, off-field events mean that the club are in a difficult financial position. Manchester United are long-time admirers of Bonucci and, as Jose Mourinho attempts to steer the Red Devils to Premier League glory in 2018-19, the Italy international has become a preferred target.
  10. Julian Brandt | Bayer Leverkusen | Midfielder

    Germany international Julian Brandt has risen to prominence in recent seasons as one of the best young talents in the Bundesliga. A goalscoring winger, the Bayer Leverkusen man turned down a move to Liverpool last season, but remains on their radar and could possibly make the switch to Merseyside this summer. However, the 22-year-old penned a new deal in April and his value has soared since helping his country to Confederations Cup glory, so it will be a more expensive venture this time round.
  11. Marcelo Brozovic | Inter | Midfielder

    Marcelo Brozovic has been one of Inter's key players over the course of the past three seasons and was instrumental as they secured Champions League football for 2018-19. The 25-year-old Croatia international is a tireless performer, whose box-to-box style of play has earned plenty of admirers in Serie A and further afield. He has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United said to be among those interested.
  12. Thibaut Courtois | Chelsea | Goalkeeper

    The future of Thibaut Courtois has been a source of constant speculation in recent months as the Chelsea goalkeeper continues to see his name linked with Real Madrid. The Belgium international has made no secret of his desire to be closer to his family in Spain and the Blancos are on the look-out for a world-class goalkeeper. Courtois still has a year left on his contract with the Blues and, considering the fact that he could leave the club on a free transfer in 2019, they may feel it wise to cash in.
  13. Matteo Darmian | Manchester United | Defender

    When he first joined Manchester United in 2015-16 from Torino, Matteo Darmian flourished under the guidance of Louis van Gaal. However, the Italy international fell behind Antonio Valencia in the pecking order and has not managed to come out from behind the Ecuadorian's shadow. Darmian made just eight Premier League appearances for the Red Devils last term and his Old Trafford nightmare may be ended soon, with Inter and Juventus on the lookout for a right-back.
  14. David de Gea | Manchester United | Goalkeeper

    David de Gea has firmly established himself as the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, as four consecutive PFA Team of the Year places attest, but his time at Manchester United could be set to come to a conclusion this summer. The Spain No.1 was painfully close to joining Real Madrid in 2015 only to see the move scuppered by the technological deficiency of a fax machine, but the links persist. Indeed, Madrid are definitely in the market for a top-class shot-stopper and De Gea certainly fits the bill.
  15. Matthijs de Ligt | Ajax | Defender

    Centre-back Matthijs de Ligt is one of the most highly rated teenagers in football thanks to his impressive performances for Ajax. Just 18, De Ligt has already broken into the Netherlands senior squad and he is on Barcelona’s radar as they begin to look to a future without Gerard Pique. However, having signed a long-term deal with Ajax in the summer of 2017 he won’t be cheap and the Dutch outfit will be determined to get their money’s worth. As well as Barca, Tottenham are also reportedly keen on the defender.
  16. Gianluigi Donnarumma | AC Milan | Goalkeeper

    Touted as the natural heir to Gianluigi Buffon, AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma has been linked with some of the biggest clubs in the world for a while. The 19-year-old appeared to dispel the notion that he would leave San Siro any time soon by penning a long-term contract last summer, but rumours persist. Manchester United could be in need of a replacement for David de Gea if the Spaniard leaves this summer and Donnarumma fits the profile, while Real Madrid and, more recently, Liverpool are also said to be interested.
  17. Christian Eriksen | Tottenham | Midfielder

    While Harry Kane may get the headlines for his goals, one of the chief architects of Tottenham’s success in recent years has undoubtedly been Christian Eriksen. The Denmark international has a proclivity to find the net from set-pieces, either directly or by setting up his team-mates and he has been linked with a range of Europe’s top clubs. Eriksen’s compatriot Yussuf Poulsen has suggested that the midfielder could feasibly replace the outgoing Andres Iniesta at Barcelona, while reports in Spain have also touted Real Madrid as a destination. PSG have recently joined the list, so it seems that Spurs’ resolve in the transfer market will be tested this summer.
  18. Nabil Fekir | Lyon | Forward

    France international Nabil Fekir has attracted interest from across Europe following his displays for Lyon in the past season and he was widely tipped to make the move to the Premier League, with Liverpool leading the race for his signature with a £60 million (€68m/$80m) bid. However, that appears to have hit a snag, with Lyon revealing that negotiations have broken down. However, the Reds were not the only club interested, with OL confirmed that there were a number of other "ambitious" suitors.
  19. Olivier Giroud | Chelsea | Forward

    A January signing from Arsenal, Olivier Giroud enjoyed a decent half season at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea, usurping Alvaro Morata as the club's first-choice striker. However, with a new boss in the form of Maurizio Sarri at the helm, that will countr for little. Giroud signed a short-term deal with the Blues and the 31-year-old looks likely to leave sooner rather than later, with options in France. However, he could also be used as a makeweight in a deal for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain.
  20. Andre Gomes | Barcelona | Midfielder

    After enjoying a successful debut season with Barcelona in 2016-17, Andre Gomes' fortunes declined and he was limited to just six Liga starts as the Blaugrana swept to glory. The former Benfica and Valencia midfielder's stock has fallen considerably over the past year, but he could be offered an avenue out of Camp Nou by Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, who are reported to be on hunt for the midfielder's signature.
  21. Eden Hazard | Chelsea | Midfielder

    Chelsea’s fortunes in recent years have relied heavily on the form of Eden Hazard, but the Belgium international could be set to leave the club this summer, especially as they will not be competing in the Champions League next season. The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and Manchester City, but he would command a hefty fee in the region of £100m ($135m) and any potential deal could involve a swap element. In truth, Hazard has been frustrated at Stamford Bridge in the past few seasons and a move to the Santiago Bernabeu could be just the tonic to satisfy his ambition.
  22. Gonzalo Higuain | Juventus | Forward

    The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus has cast doubts on the position of Gonzalo Higuain at the club and the Argentina international could well be on his way out. New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who worked with Higuain during his time at Napoli, is said to be a fan of the striker, but he has also emerged as a target for AC Milan, whose new owners, Elliott, are pondering ways in which to improve the club's prospects. It is thought that the 30-year-old will cost a fraction of the €90 million paid by Juventus two seasons ago.
  23. Mauro Icardi | Inter | Forward

    Mauro Icardi has been one of the most prolific strikers in Serie A over the course of the past number of seasons and his performances for Inter have earned him the captain’s armband. Icardi has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, while Manchester United and Chelsea are also reportedly interested in the Argentine, who is expected to cost in the region of €75m (£66m/$89m). Inter have conceded that they would not be in a position to stand in Icardi's way should a mega offer come in.
  24. N'Golo Kante | Chelsea | Midfielder

    The engine room of the Chelsea team, N’Golo Kante has been lauded for his tireless style of play and his reading of the game, attributes that helped both the Blues and previously Leicester City win the Premier League. Now a key member of the France team, Kante has established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world and he has been spoken of as a potential recruit for Paris Saint-Germain as they attempt to build a team worthy of winning the Champions League. The Ligue 1 giants are not averse to making big money signings and they would have to part with a figure that could be anywhere in the region of €60-80m (£50-70m/$70-90m).
  25. Kalidou Koulibaly | Napoli | Defender

    Kalidou Koulibaly has emerged as one of the best defenders in Serie A with Napoli and his consistency has drawn interest from Chelsea in particular. The 26-year-old has been a target for the Blues for quite some time already and they are hoping to lure him to Stamford Bridge this summer. However, the chances of that happening are now seriously impacted after Chelsea failed to secure Champions League football, meaning the likes of Manchester United could benefit. He has been touted as a €100m player, but whether a club will meet that valuation remains to be seen.
  26. Mateo Kovacic | Real Madrid | Midfielder

    Juventus and Manchester United were linked with Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic last summer, but no move materialised and he remained at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, he has not managed to nail down a place in the team, with Casemiro blocking his path. This summer, Kovacic has been linked with a move to the other side of Manchester, with City turning their attention towards other targets after losing out to Chelsea on Jorginho.
  27. Toni Kroos | Real Madrid | Midfielder

    Real Madrid’s World Cup-winning midfielder Toni Kroos has been a key player for Los Blancos since joining from Bayern Munich in 2014 and he played a central role in their back-to-backto-back Champions League triumphs. As Zinedine Zidane’s side lifted a third continental title in succession it seems strange to suggest that Kroos could leave, but it remains a possibility, with Manchester United thought to be the Germany international’s chief suitors. Jose Mourinho needs to improve his midfield in order to match rivals Man City and the 28-year-old would bring much-needed guile into the squad.
  28. Thomas Lemar | Monaco | Forward

    Monaco forward Thomas Lemar was set to join Arsenal during the 2018 winter transfer window but the move - reported to be worth around £90m ($122m) - fell through at the last minute. However, the club are still understood to retain some interest in the 22-year-old and could make a move this summer. Barcelona are also thought to be in the hunt for Lemar, whose performances for Monaco and France have impressed observers, while Liverpool were also linked with him back in January, but appear to have moved on to other targets.
  29. Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich | Forward

    One of the best strikers in the world, Robert Lewandowski has excelled for both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, but he could be set to leave the Allianz Arena this summer. Real Madrid are said to be keen on the Poland international as they look to sharpen up their attack and move on from Karim Benzema, while Chelsea have also been linked, though Stamford Bridge appears to be a less likely destination. Lewandowski will be 30 at the start of next season but due to his proven goalscoring record he is still expected to cost €60-90m.
  30. Malcom | Bordeaux | Forward

    Bordeaux forward Malcom was heavily linked with a Premier League move during the January transfer window, with Tottenham and Arsenal believed to be among the clubs in pursuit of the Brazilian’s services. The Ligue 1 side managed to hold on to the 21-year-old then, but they may not be able to resist if a big-money offer comes in this summer. As well as the Gunners and Spurs, Manchester United have also been reported as suitors for the €40m-rated youngster.
  31. Kostas Manolas | Roma | Defender

    Roma defender Kostas Manolas has long been on the radar of Arsenal and the Gunners are ready to step up their interest in the Greece international this summer as they look to lay the foundations for life after Arsene Wenger. The 26-year-old would help to shore up what has been a leaky defence in recent years, but he will cost at least €35m (£31m/$42m), a figure that could become inflated following his displays in the Champions League. However, after missing out in January they will be even more determined to get their man this summer.
  32. Anthony Martial | Manchester United | Forward

    The arrival of Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford has had a detrimental impact on Anthony Martial’s Manchester United career and Goal understands that the 22-year-old has given his agent the green light to seek out offers elsewhere. Having joined the Red Devils in a deal worth around £43m ($58m) in 2015, Martial has frequently been reduced to a role on the bench in recent seasons, so it is not too surprising to learn that he is eager for more action. Potential destinations for the France international include Bayern Munich and Juventus.
  33. Kylian Mbappe | PSG | Forward

    Paris Saint-Germain have deal in place with Monaco to sign Kylian Mbappe on a permanent basis, but the 19-year-old could potentially still end up in England this summer instead. Mbappe has been a target for Manchester City for quite some time and, despite missing out on the striker in the last window, they remain keen on landing him. Pep Guardiola is on a mission to add quality to his ranks as he attempts to steer the club to Champions League glory and Mbappe would significantly sharpen the attack. It would require a monumental financial incentive to lure him from under the proverbial nose of PSG, but City have shown in the past that they can compete in that realm.
  34. Dries Mertens | Napoli | Forward

    Belgium international Dries Mertens has enjoyed some of the best football of his career at Napoli over the course of the last two seasons, scoring plenty of goals from the wing for the Italian club. His performances have seen him linked with a move away and, despite the fact that he will be 31 this summer, his stock is still valued highly. With a release clause of €28m (£25m/$33m), he is relatively affordable for Europe’s top teams and it is not surprising to see that Arsenal and Manchester United have been touted as potential destinations.
  35. Max Meyer | Schalke | Midfielder

    Max Meyer’s time at Schalke is certainly coming to an end this summer and the 22-year-old has been linked with a variety of clubs across Europe. Thomas Tuchel is in the frame to take over at PSG and Meyer is a player that is highly rated by the former Borussia Dortmund boss, so he would be high on his list of targets. Liverpool and Arsenal are also said to be circling, but he could end up staying in Germany, with Hoffenheim a potential destination.
  36. Alvaro Morata | Chelsea | Forward

    Chelsea signed Alvaro Morata in a record deal from Real Madrid last season, but, despite getting off to a positive start, his form waned and petered out at the midway point of the campaign. New Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is keen to bring in his own strike force, with Gonzalo Higuain becoming his prime target, and Morata has reportedly been offered in a swap deal. That being the case, the Spain international is not likely to want to stick around.
  37. Neymar | PSG | Forward

    He may have joined PSG in a world record €222m move from Barcelona just last summer but that has not prevented speculation from swirling around the head of Neymar, whose name has been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United. The Brazil international has, for the most part, enjoyed life in Paris, hitting 29 goals in all competitions before suffering an ankle injury in February. It would be quite extraordinary if he decided to pack his bags and move after just one season, not to mention expensive, but stranger things have happened.
  38. Jan Oblak | Atletico Madrid | Goalkeeper

    Atletico Madrid seem to have a habit of identifying world-class goalkeepers and Jan Oblak is the latest to come through the club after David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois. Unfortunately for the Rojiblancos, the Slovenian shot-stopper looks set to follow that pair out of club, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United reported to be in the hunt.
  39. Benjamin Pavard | Stuttgart | Defender

    World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard earned rave reviews as France clinched their second world title this summer and he has become a much-sought-after talent as a result. The Stuttgart defender has been impressive in the Bundesliga, but could be set for a move to the Premier League, with Tottenham said to be among his admirers. Pavard, 22, can play at centre-back or full-back and showed his technical quality with a well taken goal against Argentina in Russia.
  40. Ivan Perisic | Inter | Midfielder

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has not been shy about his interest in Inter midfielder Ivan Perisic, regularly attending games involving the Croatia international at both club and international level, an action which inevitably fuels speculation. The 29-year-old is valued at around £40 million ($53m) by the Nerazzurri, meaning the Red Devils will have to fork out plenty of money if they want to secure his services.
  41. Paul Pogba | Manchester United | Midfielder

    He made a return to Manchester United in a then record €105 million (£89m/$120m) deal from Juventus in 2016, but Paul Pogba's impact at Old Trafford has not been as effective as many would have hoped. The 25-year-old has won the Europa League and EFL Cup with United, but he appears to have struggled to convince Jose Mourinho of his best position. Speculation has persisted over Pogba's future, with the likes of Barcelona and Juventus being linked.
  42. Christian Pulisic | Borussia Dortmund | Forward

    Nicknamed ‘Wonderboy’ by American media, Christian Pulisic has become one of Borussia Dortmund’s best creative talents and his performances for the Bundesliga side have ensured that he has drawn admiring glances from around the continent. Liverpool are believed to be among Pulisic’s chief suitors, though Dortmund have denied that the Reds are interested in signing the 19-year-old. Under contract until 2020, the United States international could cost up to €60m (£53m/$71m).
  43. Juan Quintero | Porto | Midfielder

    Porto midfielder Juan Quintero has spent the past three seasons on loan at Rennes, Independiente and River Plate, but he could be set for a permanent switch away from the club after impressing for Colombia at the World Cup. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is said to be among Quintero's admirers and the Premier League club are reportedly weighing up a £22 million bid for the 25-year-old
  44. Richarlison | Watford | Forward

    Brazilian winger Richarlison has been a star performer for Watford since joining from Fluminense ahead of the 2017-18 season and his displays have certainly caught the attention of observers in the Premier League. However, the 20-year-old did not hide his displeasure when manager Marco Silva was relieved of his duties and his form has dipped somewhat since then. Chelsea and Manchester United are known admirers and could offer the attacker a way out of Vicarage Road. However, his performances, coupled with the fact that he is only one year into a five-year deal, means that they will have to at least double the £11m ($15m) paid by Watford last year if they are to land him.
  45. Danny Rose | Tottenham | Defender

    Manchester United have been searching for a long-term solution to their left-back problem the apparent rancour between Mourinho and Luke Shaw means that the search is currently ongoing. Tottenham full-back Danny Rose has been identified as a potential candidate to fill the role and the 27-year-old has not been shy about airing his desire to possibly play ‘up north’ again. Other options have emerged for United since last summer though and Rose will hope to have impressed at the World Cup.
  46. Ryan Sessegnon | Fulham | Defender / Midfielder

    Fulham secured promotion to the Premier League and a huge part of that effort has been Ryan Sessegnon. Remarkably, the flying left-back is just 18 and his performances have earned him recognition from his peers as he was voted into the PFA Championship Team of the Season and named Young Player of the Season. Despite his youth, Sessegnon is reportedly a target for Manchester United and Tottenham, who would be expected to fork out at least £25m ($34m) for his services.
  47. Cedric Soares | Southampton | Defender

    Portugal international Cedric Soares looks set to depart Southampton this summer and his exit could be accelerated by the fact that the Saints only just managed to avoid relegation from the Premier League. The former Sporting Lisbon man is on the radar of Manchester United, who are seeking a right-back to replace the ageing Antonio Valencia. Soares has also been linked with Barcelona in the past, but the Blaugrana have since signed his compatriot Nelson Semedo.
  48. Timo Werner | RB Leipzig | Forward

    RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has emerged as one of Germany’s brightest young prospects and he already boasts an abundance of experience despite being just 22. His performances in the Bundesliga, Champions League and Confederations Cup have helped to bolster his reputation and it will come as no surprise to learn that he is on Bayern Munich’s radar as the Bavarians prepare for life after Lewandowski. However, Bayern aren’t the only European behemoth said to be monitoring Werner, with Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool also linked.
  49. Willian | Chelsea | Forward

    Chelsea’s Brazilian winger Willian has found himself in and out of the team at Stamford Bridge in recent seasons, leading to speculation that he is set to depart the club this summer. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is a fan of the 29-year-old, having worked with him in the past, and Old Trafford has subsequently been touted as a preferable destination. However, with two years left on his contract and the fact that United are rivals, Chelsea will not be allowing him to leave for cheap.
  50. Wilfried Zaha | Crystal Palace | Forward

    Former Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha has seen his stock rise considerably in recent seasons and he was particularly impressive for Crystal Palace in 2017-18, scoring nine goals as the club secured an 11th-place finish. Everton have been heavily linked with the 25-year-old, who could cost up to £50 million ($66m), but reports suggest that Chelsea and Liverpool are also pondering a move.