The 5 Biggest Transfers That Could Still Happen This Summer
Several big names have already swapped clubs this summer, but August is the month when the transfer market traditionally sees the most activity.
There are still 26 days remaining until the transfer window closes, and most of Europe's leading clubs have not yet finished remodelling their squads.
These are the five biggest deals that could still happen this month.
Angel Di Maria
It is hard not to feel some sympathy for Argentinian midfielder Angel Di Maria.
He was Real Madrid’s most influential performer against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final last May, helping the club to become champions of Europe for a record 10th time.
However, he has returned from an impressive World Cup to find he might no longer have a starting position in the Madrid side this season.
The signings of Toni Kroos and particularly James Rodriguez could drastically limit Di Maria’s playing time.
As Nicholas Rigg in The Independent reports, Paris Saint-Germain could now offer an escape route to Di Maria this month.
The deal would make sense as Madrid seek to recoup some of the estimated £85 million they have spent on Rodriguez and Kroos, while the French champions are keen to add more attacking options for their renewed assault on the Champions League.
The Chilean’s potential move to Old Trafford has become this summer’s longest running and most tiresome transfer saga.
The speculation refuses to go away for the simple fact that Vidal would be such a perfect signing for United, and there does appear to be some interest in the move happening from both parties.
On Wednesday, Chilean national coach Jorge Sampaoli was quoted in El Mercurio (via the Daily Telegraph): "I know that the main problem in Vidal's $80m (£47m) transfer from Juventus to Manchester United is Louis van Gaal's doubt over the improvement of Arturo's knee."
Manchester United are desperate for a commanding central midfielder, and it appears Vidal is their priority.
Real Madrid have never worried about stockpiling Galacticos, and they could be about to add another one in Radamel Falcao.
As Luke Augustus in the Daily Mail reports, the European champions are still keen on signing the Colombian striker this summer.
It is still strange seeing one of the world’s best strikers playing in front of such small crowds at Monaco, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he wanted to make a quick return to La Liga.
Real Madrid would be getting a player who guarantees goals and scored 52 in 68 games in two years with rivals Atletico.
Is there a more coveted central defender in European football than Mats Hummels at the moment?
The Borussia Dortmund man is still only 25 and has already won the Bundesliga twice. This summer, he also became a World Cup winner after a succession of brilliant displays for Germany.
Manchester United are in dire need of a defender after the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, and according to Alan Nixon in the Daily Mirror, they are close to making a bid.
They could face competition from Arsenal, who would be interested in taking him to the Emirates, according to Dave Kidd in the Daily Mirror.
Manchester United’s need is greater, and they could test Dortmund’s resolve to keep him before the end of the transfer window.
Ever since his debut season, the Mexican striker has failed to establish himself as a first-choice player at Manchester United.
Over the past three years, Hernandez has had to bide his time on the bench, as Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie have been selected in front of him.
It can’t be easy for a player of his talents, who has still scored 59 goals in 152 games at Old Trafford, and this could be the summer he decides he has had enough.
As Steve Brenner in The Guardian reports, after losing Diego Costa to Chelsea this summer, Atletico Madrid could be about to offer him a new home in La Liga.