It is another week for our transfer projections and must we say, it feels good to have football sightings back. But if you think the transfer rumour mills is slowing down, you might have to think again as paperwork is still being done amidst the social distancing as clubs look to capture players again for bargain prices.
Last week, we had the first of our transfer projection series and this week- it is more of the same as we look to place the hottest and sought after players on the continent in top European clubs again.
Well, with no further ado, a continuation of our transfer projections for our top Africans for this week.
Ever since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from the Bernabeu, Real Madrid’s need for another goal machine is well documented. The Spanish Giants signed Luka Jovic this season to be an addition to the goal scoring department but there has been little return from the striker this season coupled with the lack of trust from Zidane considering his few minutes on the pitch.
Also French striker Karim Benzema has had a mixed season. Entering into the season he had bit of fine form with Hazard but before the break had a bad patch, scoring just three goals in 12 appearances for the club. That has been a common feature for the ex- France international with dry patches common in the seasons gone past and at 32, it might just be the time for a proper change.
So Wakanda player can Real Madrid be looking at?
Born in Laval, France, Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick Aubemayang should be the ideal buy for Real Madrid and the striker’s disillusion at the Emirates is a perfect situation for the Spanish Club. Aubemayang’s contract expires next year and has showed little interest in renewing his contract.
The club captain has not come out to say he is interested in leaving but as history proves it, there is never a case of a smoke without fire when it comes to the transfer window. The Gabonese striker would be a bargain purchase for Los Blancos would a certainty of goals for the club. In the past five seasons, the Gabonese is currently averaging 0.75 goals per game while Benzema currently averages 0.5 goals per game even with the latter having more creative players around him than former.
If Aubameyang makes the switch he would be the 10th African player to turn out for the club, and might just have a chance to win a coveted league title.
The transfer window would be a good opportunity for Manchester United with the team still very much in its transition period under Ole. The Red Devils signed Bruno Fernandes from Portugal in January and added Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo to the mix as well. Both players have had an instant impact at the club but the rebuild would be far from over for the Old Trafford faithful.
The Red Devils are looking to shore up places identified to be lacking for them and there is little surprise as to why Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is a top priority for the club.
The 23 year old midfielder has remained professional amidst the speculation stating his happiness to remain at the club but there is a real possibility that he would not be appearing at the King Power Stadium next season for the Foxes with PSG, Arsenal, and Man Utd in the mix. A £70m price tag has been slapped on the player and would be a worthy investment considering how young the player is.
The Leicester midfielder since joining the club from Gent has been outstanding for the club and has been one of the key players for Brendan Rodgers, with the Foxes having the third-best defensive record in the league.
Across the top leagues in Europe, the Nigerian ranks third in tackling duties with an average of 4 tackles per game- an average, both averages of Fred and Scott Mctominay combined fall short of. The defender could be the long overdue protection the Manchester club need for their back four with his 2.7 per game interceptions and 2 clearances per game.
The player who is aerially dominant would be a huge upgrade on Fred and a trio of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, and Wilfred Ndidi is worth making any Man Utd fan have a daydream about. Man Utd fans would be hoping Ighalo can pull the player closer to Manchester to have the player become the eight African to play for the club.
The fact Mourinho is in the midst of his first ever season having come in midway through a campaign might explain his team’s defensive woes. He has spoken of the importance of pre-season preparation in the past, and Tottenham clearly require time they don’t have to work on their organisation at the back.
A larger problem, however, may be the current defensive personnel. For all the justified talk that Spurs need another striker in their ranks, they actually need a defender badly and with Daniel Levy tight on the purse, who would be a bargain buy?
Ghanaian defender- Mohammed Salisu.
The 21 year old defender has had a good season with the Spanish club Real Valladolid and is currently on the tabs for Man Utd but we feel the need to push the young defender towards North London.
The young player has contributed immensely to his club having just missed one game all season and has helped his side keep an impressive eight clean sheets for a club at the bottom half of the table. Also, the player has come in handy for the club with him having a block average of 0.87 shots per 90 (the tenth-best record in Spain’s top flight) and his 5.17 completed clearances per 90 are only bettered by six players.
The player is already touted for great things with some saying he is likely to be the best defender on the continent in the coming years and early interests from Man Utd and Valencia are justifying these for someone who has made just 30 senior appearances.
Jose Mourinho is known for his big signings but with Daniel Levy behind him, a 12million bargain for the left-footer would be a no-brainer for a club whose defensive issues are well documented. Salisu joining the club would be come the 19th African player to feature for the club since the 1992 season.
The Tyneside club have been hot on the news with the growing news that the club is soon to be taken over by the Saudi royal family’s Public Investment Fund. The Toons have seen it all in the past 20 years in the Premier League, and if the takeover is successful, it is certainly a case for good things come to those wait for the Magpies.
The club would be expected to have money to spend in the transfer market this coming window and while big names have been touted for a move to St. James Park, the club’s reputation is not that great to attract the world class players like Mbappe that have been mentioned. It would be best if the club was to do things a bit organically and having to fix areas of concern gradually.
A good place of concern would be the left side for Newcastle. The club were able to sign Danny Rose from Tottenham Spurs on loan this season and evidently saw Toons revert to a back four but a 3-4-3 formation could still do wonders with the right personnel.
Gambian defender cum midfielder Hassane Kamara would be a good fit.
With his impressive performances for Reim, a move to the Premier League seems closer for the player. Kamara currently averages 2.6 tackles and interception per game for the club and his performances helped the club secure a Europa league spot for next season.
The player who can play all positions along the left flank is a good dribbler of the ball and is able to deliver crosses something Newcastle would be looking to add to their arsenal as they seat in the bottom three of teams with most crosses in the League.
How many Africans have played for Newcastle? If Kamara joins, yeah you guessed it, 21!
With so many African talents expected to find new homes this summer, stay close for the third series of our transfer projections for our top talents on the continent.