1. Neymar back in Barcelona: "The diva, I want you if you want me"
Neymar Junior, the very definition of the football paradox. Side stack, an incredible talent, a virtually unique ability to eliminate any direct opponent of a saving hook or to be decisive. Front side, a diva character (on and off the field) and injuries in recent seasons. An unflattering reputation for Dr. Jekyyll and Mister Hyde who takes the gallon over the months and who begins to tire of the Parisian side.
Result, for the first time since its arrival with great fanfare in 2017, Neymar is announced on departure. Exit the French capital, certainly, but to go where? While Real Madrid seemed to hold the rope, the Spanish media evoke an agreement … with FC Barcelona, his former club. The last offer issued by the Blaugranas (130 million + the definitive transfer ofIvan Rakitic and the loan with no option to buyOusmane Dembélé) would have almost convinced Paris management. Remains likely to extend this offer of a few million additional to (finally) find a way out in this endless soap opera of the summer.
2. Jan Vertonghen: end of the idyll with Tottenham?
Among the many red Devils that were announced on the departure, we certainly did not expect to quote the name of Jan Vertonghen. Inmovable Tottenham defender since 2012, impassable in the Champions League last season, he had to logically continue his adventure in London one more season. Yes, but now, his trainer, Mauricio Pochettino felt that the Red Devil had returned out of form of his vacation and did not hesitate to oust him from the group. It's quite simple, since the beginning of the season, Vertonghen did not play a single second of play. So simple fire or real split between the club and the player? Still, his absence raises questions and is enough to raise rumors of a possible departure. Among potential buyers, we will point Bayer Leverkusen. According to the German media, the player would not be unfavorable to a trip in the Bundesliga. To be continued.
3. Navas – Areola: chased cross between porters?
While it was only a rumor like any other a few days ago, she took the lead in the space of a few hours. PSG would be on the verge of poaching Keylor Navas, the excellent Costa Rican goalkeeper of Real Madrid, lining of Thibaut Courtois to the White House. Only here, the arrival of Navas would push Alphonse Areola, the guardian of the PSG, on the bench of substitutes. Not inclined to mope on the Parisian bench, areola so would be willing to go the other way, to become the number two at Real. According to the French press, this exchange between the last ramparts could be finalized very quickly. Win-win … except for Areola?
4. Mauro Icardi: will leave or will not leave?
"I love you, me neither." The relation between Mauro Icardi and Inter Milan is not a long, quiet river. The fourth-leading scorer in the history of the Nerazzurri, the Argentinian was however excluded from the professional group at the beginning of the year, a few days after being removed from the captain's armband. There followed an unlikely imbroglio between a player who wanted to leave before retracting and a club that did not really know which foot to dance to. Finally, Icardi should indeed leave the Milanese city this summer. Monaco, which has already strengthened offensively with the arrivals of Wissam Ben Yedder and D'Islam Slimaniwould have a good look at the transfer of the Argentine. Attention, there are only two days left to complete the transfer. On the other hand, Icardi will have to stay one more season at Inter. The latest news is what he would ask. He allegedly attacked Inter in court to … reinstate the nucleus. A ubiquitous story from start to finish.
5. And Belgium in all this?
Will we still be attending the Pro League move? Probably, since the direction of Bruges announced to aim again a "big name". Victor Wanyama, pillar of Tottenham last season, is quoted with more and more insistence in Venice of the North. Surely a huge extra blow for the Blauw & Zwart if this came to fruition. And while on the side of Standard we had, it seems, closed the transfer window, the serious injury of Noé Dussenne came to thwart the plans of the Liege. Add to that, the long absence of Zinho Vanheusden and you end up with a heavily depopulated central hinge. And even if Michel Preud'homme announced he wanted to find a solution internally, he said "attentive to the market". On the Anderlecht side, the questions are obviously going well. Despite a prolific mercato, the purple core still seems quite (too) light. Can we still expect reinforcements? In attack? In defense? The bets are open.