Now that many soccer leagues are entering the final weeks of the season, players are added to shortlists or thrown onto the transfer block, and managers look to the summer to bolster their teams. Here are two rumored moves that would make headlines this summer, and as a bonus, one amazing statline by a magical Argentine forward, although his name is not Leo Messi.
Strikers Reminiscent Of You
Liverpool paid £32.5m for Belgian striker Christian Benteke last summer, and it would be fair to say the club is feeling buyer’s remorse. Benteke had an impressive run at Aston Villa for a few seasons before he caught the eye of Liverpool, but since joining the club, he’s been largely unmemorable, scoring just seven times this season.
Coach Jurgen Klopp is rumored to be on the hunt for a replacement, currently focusing on another Belgian, Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi. A young striker with great pace and a knack for scoring, Batshuayi will require a hefty fee of £30m to leave, but should this club pay two enormous fees for two different strikers two years in a row?
With a handful of young players like Divock Origi, Jordan Ibe and Roberto Firmino performing and the team finally getting into solid form, Klopp may be overlooking what’s right in front of him. Why bring in a young striker, one completely new to Premier League football, when you have youngsters capable of scoring Premier League goals in the first team? Let them play, develop, and build their confidence, rather than wait for another striker to settle his roots in a brand new league, one with much stronger competition than he’s come up against before.
Wherefore Art Thou Romelu?
With Chelsea set to introduce new boss Antonio Conte after the Euros end this summer, the club has asked Conte about what acquisitions he has in mind. Former striker Romelu Lukaku is one of the names on his shortlist, and the London club would be wise to bring back the major talent, even if they have to take a big loss on getting him back to Stamford Bridge. Everton paid a very reasonable fee of £28m for his services two years ago, and it looks like Chelsea will have to pay at least £50m to reunite with the Belgian goal machine.
Lukaku has said he would like to leave Merseyside and join a “top club”, and with his desire to return to Chelsea being no secret, it’s likely that the formidable front man will make a return to his old club.
Aguero Keeps It 100
Sergio Aguero has been a revelation since he joined Manchester City five years ago, and he’s scored goals at a very impressive rate over a long period of time, something that most forwards at top leagues can’t say for themselves.
Heck, he’s scoring goals quicker and more frequently than some of the greatest Premier League legends, Thierry Henry being one of them. Having scored his 100th Premier League goal in just 129 games today, the Argentine continues to make waves since he put pen to paper to play at the Etihad.
Aguero has bagged a goal every 107.5 minutes on average, while French great Henry scored every 121.8 minutes during his time at Arsenal; if Sergio stays at City another 125 games, he could very easily surpass Henry’s goal total (174 in 254 matches).