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Hottest Transfer Targets in 2021

Thu 08 July 2021 | 16:30

In today’s article, we shortlisted the hottest transfer targets in 2021 summer transfer window. From superstars who are looking for a new challenge to young and high potential talents who are ready for a big move in summer transfers 2021.

Every year when summer arrives, football fans all over the world start to follow the latest football transfer news from reliable sources. There is a hot three months full of transfer rumors, clubs trying to convince their top players to renew their contract, hijacking players at the last day and so on. In every transfer window, there are some top players that are ready for a big change and also some young prospects that are ready to take the next step.

On the other hand top clubs are craving to add quality to their squads. The clubs scouting teams and sporting directors have a huge part in the transfer window activities. They monitor exciting talents all over the world and start inquiring about them to find the best financial solution in order to sign them. If you are interested to know who are the hottest transfer targets in 2021 then you have come to the right place.

Most Wanted Targets of Summer Transfers 2021

Before we get to the details and review the profiles of our

hottest transfer targets in 2021

, let’s have a quick look and see who are on the most wanted shortlist for the summer transfers 2021:

  • Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur

  • Manuel Locatelli, Sassuolo 

  • Dušan Vlahović, Fiorentina

  • Sasa Kalajdzic, VfB Stuttgart

  • Raphaël Varane, Real Madrid

  • Jules Kounde, Sevilla

  • Houssem Aouar, Lyon

  • Andrea Belotti, Torino

  • Eduardo Camavinga, Rennes 

  • Paul Pogba, Manchester United

  • Mikkel Damsgaard, Sampdoria

Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur

Despite Tottenham’s failure in finishing top 4 in the premier league table, the 2020-21 season was one of Harry Kane’s best seasons on individual basis. Kane topped both scoring and assisting charts which made him one of the best strikers in the world in terms of goal contribution. But that wasn’t enough for

Tottenham

to win a trophy or at least secure a place in the next season’s UEFA Champions League. After spending 11 years as a Spurs player, Harry Kane decided to announce that he is ready to leave the club and asked the management to accept the potential offers for him.

Somehow everybody was expecting that to happen since players at the caliber of Harry Kane want to play at the highest level and win trophies. Something that Tottenham can’t offer him at the moment. Currently it is estimated that Harry Kane’s price tag is at least €100m and there are giant clubs that are ready to pay that. Since Sergio Aguero left the Manchester City as a free agent, the Citizens are desperately looking for a starting number 9 and Harry Kane is on the top of their list. We have to wait and see if they are able to convince Spurs with their offer or maybe Kane will change his mind on leaving given to recent managerial changes at Tottenham.

Manuel Locatelli, Sassuolo

Since his early days at AC Milan,

Manuel Locatelli

showed that he had that special gift of Italian defensive midfielders. The 23 years old Italian was the leader of Sassuolo’s midfield in one of their best season at Serie A under the coach Roberto De Zerbi. He managed to produce 4 assists and scored 3 goals in the league which is astonishing for a midfielder that tends to play deep inside his own half of the pitch. With his great performance at EURO 2020 and scoring a brace against Switzerland, Manuel Locatelli price tag rose to around €40m and Sassuolo won’t let him go for less than that.

You could say that Manuel Locatelli is the exact definition of complete players that have a little bit of everything. He has a great vision to find the spaces behind the opposition defense and creating chances with long balls, he is able to lead the defensive line and stop oppositions attack and he is also a good finisher and can deliver goals when needed. That’s why there are many clubs interested in him and not just in Italy but also from abroad. There are rumors that Arsenal is one of the clubs that is looking to sign him. But since many Italian players prefer to stay at their home country, Juventus are more likely to land Manuel at Turin.

Dušan Vlahović, Fiorentina

Young prolific strikers are always a hot target in every transfer window. The 21 years old Serbian seems to be the next big thing given to his talents and skills. He scored 21 goals in the 2020-21 season of

Serie A

for Fiorentina and showed that he is a big threat for every defender playing against him.  With 1.90 cm height Dusan Vlahovic has the perfect body build for a lethal number 9 both on air and on the ground.

Despite Fiorentina’s poor result in the last couple of seasons, Dusan Vlahovic won’t mind spending another season in the Florence. But with his progression rate thorough past years, his price tag will be much higher than the €40m it is today. For that reason there are clubs that are keen to sign him in

summer transfers 2021

. Roma is one of them in Italy and of course there are interests from abroad. For instance Tottenham are considering Dusan Vlahovic as a potential replacement for Harry Kane.

Sasa Kalajdzic, VfB Stuttgart

Bundesliga

has always been a perfect league for raw talents that are experiencing their first seasons at senior-level football. The Austrian attacker, Sasa Kalajdzic enjoyed his first season at VfB Stuttgart and scored 16 goals in addition to 6 assists in 33 games. He is a left footed striker who can also play as an attacking midfield. With 2.0m height, Sasa is a beast on the air and can offer different attacking options to his team. His current transfer market value is estimated to be about €22.00m.

It is obvious why he is considered as one of

hottest transfer targets in 2021

: he is young, talented, have both goal scoring and playmaking abilities and most importantly, he is relatively cheap. Everton, Roma, and Milan are just some of the big names that are linked to him. Of course just like Dusan Vlahovic, staying at his current club and gathering experience where he is already feeling comfortable at is an option for him. We should wait and see if any club can convince him in leaving VFB Stuttgart.

Raphaël Varane, Real Madrid

After Real Madrid refused to renew Sergio Ramos’s contract, it seems that there is also no place for the other Centre Back at Carlo Ancelotti’s next season plans. The 28 years old Frenchman is getting closer to leave the Royal Club and with the amount of achievements and experience he has at this age, he is easily one of

 hottest transfer targets in 2021

. Raphaël Varane joined Real Madrid in 2011 and now after a decade, it is time for him to look for a new club.

Raphaël Varane’s transfer market value is about €70m, but since he has only one year left on his contract, Real Madrid will accept transfer offers way lower than that. There are talks that

 Manchester United

 is most likely to bring the French World Cup winner defender to Old Trafford. But the Red Devils are not the only English club interested in signing him. There is also Chelsea evaluating the situation to add Varane to their squad.

Jules Kounde, Sevilla

Sevilla is well known for their ability to find young prospects and develop them to world-class players and Jules Kounde is yet another proof of that. The 22 years old French defender continued to perform as one of the best defenders in the league. Although he is only 1.78 cm, he is an excellent defender when it comes to aerial battles. Kounde is fast and really composed when he has the ball on his feet. That’s why he can also play at right back position and help his team in the attacking phase.

Jules Kounde arrived from Bordeaux for only €25m and now he is worth at least €60m and Sevilla won’t hesitate selling him if a convincing offer arrives. Almost every big club in the Europe is linked to Jules Kounde. Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal are just some of those. But since the summer of 2020, there were rumors that

Barcelona

is ready to buy him as a new blood in their back line. Now the

latest football transfer news from

Spain says that there is also Real Madrid eying Kounde as a replacement for Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.

Houssem Aouar, Lyon

The homegrown talent of Lyon spent his entire career at the Les Gones but now a transfer to another league doesn’t seem far away. Houssem Aouar is currently 22 years old and he has been a key part of Lyon squad in the past few seasons. He is a versatile midfielder who can play various positions on the pitch. His main position is central midfield but he can also perform well on left midfield or even as an attacking midfielder behind the striker. Houssem took part in 30 Ligue 1 games last season and poached 7 goals and assisted 3 goals.

In the 2020 summer transfer window, Aouar was heavily linked with a move to Juventus but at the end it turns out that The Old Lady couldn’t afford buying him from Lyon. Aouar has two years left on his contract with

Lyon

and that means the French club won’t consider cheap offers for the young starlet. His current transfer value is about €45m and considering his abilities and young age, that is totally fair. Latest football transfer news from France says that Atletico Madrid and Tottenham are two of the closest club in signing Houssem. There are also signs of interest from Arsenal but recently Houssem Aouar reacted to that and labeled it as fake news in a statement.

Andrea Belotti, Torino

It’s not the first summer transfer window that Andrea Belotti is considered as one of the hot targets in it. Belotti is the second Italian player in our hottest transfer targets in 2021 shortlist. The Italian striker started carrying Torino since 2015 and he has scored 105 goals and submitted 26 assists in 228 games for the club. The right footed goal poacher now only has one year left on his contract. That means if Torino is going to make some money by selling him, the summer transfers 2021 is their last chance. Otherwise he could leave as a free agent since he is already 27 years old and signing a new contract with Torino isn’t an exciting option for him.

In the 2016-17 season Andrea managed to score 26 goals and arguably he was the best Italian striker in the league. Torino demanded €70m to sell him which was too expensive and at the end he didn’t leave the Il Toro. But now given to that he doesn’t have much left on his contract, Torino will evaluate much cheaper offers that will guarantee them at least €25m transfer fee. There are many Italian sides that need a striker in Belotti’s caliber. Roma are the closest since they need a replacement for the veteran Edin Dzeko sooner or later and there are rumors that they sent a €20m offer which was turned down by Torino. Atalanta, Milan,

Arsenal

and Newcastle are the other clubs that are interested in signing the Il Gallo.

Eduardo Camavinga, Rennes

The 18 years old wonder kid of Rennes just spent his second season playing in Ligue 1. Eduardo Camavinga has a huge amount of talent and skill which is almost unbelievable for a footballer at his age. His main position is the central midfield and he can also play a deeper role as a defensive midfielder. Obviously Camavinga has a long road ahead of him but his composure on the ball and of course his tackling and ball wining abilities made him one of the 

hottest transfer targets in 2021

. He is often being compared to Patrick Viera, the legendary French midfielder, and we should wait and see if he manages to reach that level.

It is no surprise that Eduardo Camavinga’s current transfer market value is about €60m but considering he is on his last year of contract with Rennes, the buyers can negotiate through in order to get a decent amount of discount on him. Speaking of buyers, there are many giant clubs that are ready to purchase the Angola-born midfielder. In England there were talks about that Arsenal is close to send an offer for him and a few weeks later, Manchester United joined the race. Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, and

 Bayern Munchen

 are the other contenders for the youngster. Maybe he end up staying at Rennes for another season or two but one thing is for certain: Eduardo Camavinga has a bright exciting future in front of him.

Paul Pogba, Manchester United

When Paul Pogba joined Manchester United in 2016, he was considered as one of the best midfielders in the game who can become a Ballon d'Or winner in a few years. But thing didn’t go well for him in Manchester and he never reached his full potential since then. Although he had some good spells in the Red Devils shirt, he couldn’t manage to keep up his good form for a long period of time mainly due to the injuries. But we all know that Paul Pogba still has that special magic in his feet and that’s why he is still considered as one of the hottest transfer targets in 2021 at the age of 28.

The versatile French midfielder current contract will expire at June 2022 which means Manchester either have to renew his contract in the coming months or sell him in summer transfers 2021. Otherwise he will leave the club as a free agent which will be a huge loss for Manchester United since they bought him for nearly €100m. In the past recent years Pogba has always been linked with a reunion with Juventus. On the other hand Juventus has never managed to replace Pogba with a similar player since he left the club. So getting back to Italy seems like a perfect move for the World Cup winner. There are also some talks that suggest

 Real Madrid 

doesn’t mind spending about €60m to land Pogba in Madrid and inject some new blood to their midfield.

Mikkel Damsgaard, Sampdoria

In every major international tournament like the EURO, there are some unexpected players who perform beyond average and drew attention from big clubs. This time it seems that Mikkel Damsgaard the Danish attacking midfielder was that unexpected hero for his country and that's why we include him in our hottest transfer targets in 2021 shortlist. Mikkel is a right footed player who can play as a left winger or an attacking midfielder. He is currently 21 years old and just spent his very first season in Serie A after leaving his home country club FC Nordsjaelland. Damsgaard is the youngest Danish player to score at the EURO in a 4-1 win against Russia.

He kept his good form throughout the tournament and was one of the key parts of

Denmark’s

squad as they managed to reach to the semi-finals. Mikkel Damsgaard had a good season in Serie A too under the coach Claudio Ranieri. He made 35 appearances for Sampdoria and managed to score 2 goals and assist 4 goals in the 2020-21 season. Now there are many big clubs inquiring about him but Sampdoria announced that they are not letting him go for an offer less than €40m which is a reasonable price for a highly talented player in Mikkel’s age.

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