French Strikers Set to Dominate Summer Transfer Market
The summer transfer market is just around the corner, and it’s looking as though expensive young strikers will be in high demand. There’s no shortage of fledgling talent that has been making waves in the world of international football, and many of them just so happen to hail from France in one way or another. The window is set to open on July 1, and when it does you can bet it will be a free-for-all for the best French forwards.
One such player that’s sure to be high on the lists of many clubs is AS Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe. He is on an absolute tear right now and is a striker to watch out for during the transfer window. Mbappe has scored 23 goals in 37 games (in all competitions) this season, and has been one of the world’s most productive strikers. It’s been rumored that Manchester City has set its sights on the 19-year-old player, but have reportedly been put off by the high asking price for Mbappe. Monaco is said to be looking for more than €100 million for Mbappe, which is expensive even for the likes of wealthy clubs like City. We’ll have to wait and see if Monaco will budge on the price this summer, otherwise French fans could look forward to another year with Mbappe in the Red and Whites.
Another French-born forward to keep an eye on is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He has proven himself as one of the world’s top strikers ever since moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2013. Even though he plays for the Gabon national team, Aubameyang was born in Laval and began his international career with the French under-21 squad. He was a top target for several Premier League clubs last year, but ended up staying with the Bundesliga side. The striker has had an even better season this year, and it would be a surprise if Dortmund manages to keep him around once again. Word on the street is that Aubameyang could be returning to France’s Ligue 1 and might be in talks with Paris St-German for a club-record £85 million deal.
Then, of course, there’s Antoine Griezmann, who has turned into a star player for both Atletico Madrid and the French national team. He finished third in the voting for the 2016 Ballon d’Or, behind Messi and Ronaldo, and is playing the best football of his life. What’s more, he’s only 26, and is currently in the prime of his career. Atletico are going to do everything they can to hold onto their star scorer, and you can bet he’ll command a a hefty price should he end up moving. A new, particularly juicy rumor is saying that Atletico and Manchester United have agreed to terms on a transfer. We’ll believe it when we see it, but United have the money and definitely need a reliable, veteran striker following the recent knee injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovich that will keep him out for much of the next year.
Finding the right kind of striker can quickly change the fortunes of a team and with this level of talent in the marketplace, you can bet that it’s going to have a drastic impact on leagues around the world. The transfer rumor-mill can wreak havoc on the markets, and fans looking to learn how the latest shake-ups will affect their odds often look for expert opinion and strategical advice to see how their team will likely fair with its new acquisitions. Things definitely won’t be the same when these players ultimately make their respective moves, and they could be the difference when it comes to making a coveted Champions League spot or winning a league cup.
The money will be flying as soon as the summer starts, and French footballers are going to be in the middle of it all. It’s rare to see so much young talent flooding the market at once, but it definitely helps to keep teams on their toes. Expect to be hearing a lot more about the stars from France when the summer hits because they’re almost certainly going to break the transfer records.
Thanks to James Sherman for this. James is a freelance writer, blogger and editor based in Atlanta. His passions include football, American football, sports in general, and food. When he’s not writing you can probably find him walking is dog around the city, checking out a restaurant, or at a match. He’s thrilled that his city finally has its own professional team, and he’s out cheering for Atlanta United at most games.