The financial impact brought on by the coronavirus outbreak has made one thing very clear. The summer transfer window won’t be the same. Big-money deals will be scarce, clubs shouldn’t be able to spend big as usual and some might even forego any transfer whatsoever.
Not only the small clubs, but a number of top clubs have also been affected by the suspended season. FC Barcelona & Juventus – for instance – have experienced a big hit to their income which could potentially derail their plans of a busy summer window.
As a result, not just these two clubs, but a number of clubs are planning swap deals which will cost no money but just players changing sides. This is an efficient way for structuring high-profile deals without hampering one’s finances & unlike other transfer windows, this current window will be packed with such deals. Here are 3 high-profile swap deals that could happen in the summer.
1. Antoine Griezmann for Lautaro Martinez
Now the deal with Barcelona is that even though they generated the most revenue among any European club last season, they’re in a bad spot financially. Club President Josep Bartomeu’s reputation is at an all-time low with fans, as he was planning on making blockbuster deals this summer to improve that.
However, now the Blaugrana have been resorted to putting nearly every player on the transfer market and looking for swap deals only, having little money to spend. Their priority is to get a top-quality striker & Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez tops their wishlist. The Argentine’s stolen the show in the Serie A this season with 11 goals, and has all the traits to excel alongside Leo Messi at Barca.
Someone who hasn’t been able to make an impact, however, is Antoine Griezmann. Isolated & dejected at Barca, he’s looked a shell of his former self at Atletico Madrid. Barcelona won’t be hesitant at swapping him if they can get a top future star like Martinez. This deal could be prolific for both as Griezmann still has enough quality left to impress in Italy. Messi gets a lethal partner alongside Luis Suarez. Inter get some French magic & commercial revenue for both soars in the near future. Win-win for everyone involved!
2. Arthur Melo for Miralem Pjanic
Barcelona gets full points for planning the Martinez swap, but they’re seemingly on course of undoing their good work with another planned swap. As a plan to “boost” their midfield, they also plan on swapping rising youngster Arthur Melo for Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic.
This one, in my opinion, makes absolutely no sense. With all due respect to Pjanic – who is still a very good midfielder with a wide passing range, set-piece ability – he is 30 & definitely on the downwards curve. Arthur could become a superstar alongside Frenkie de Jong at Barcelona. The Brazilian has shown enough creativity and willpower to reform an elite midfield core at the club.
Perhaps Barca want some experience instead of long-term benefits. But considering they already have the solid Sergio Busquets for that, this one makes very little sense. Juve would be getting a real coup, adding more finesse to their already stacked midfield. As both clubs prefer to do swap deals, don’t be surprised if this gets done in the coming months.
3. Paul Pogba for Aaron Ramsey & Douglas Costa
After the emergence of the influential Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United, Paul Pogba is no longer the centre of attention. Considering that the Portuguese midfielder is doing everything he can equally well (if not better), United are more willing to accept a departure for Pogba.
Knowing his quality, a number of clubs are in line for the Frenchman. However, Juventus have emerged as the first one to discuss a possible offer for him. Knowing their financial crunches, they’re ready to offer The Red Devils a number of players in a swap deal. Out of this, Aaron Ramsey & Douglas Costa will perhaps fit in best at Old Trafford.
Ramsey has already excelled in the Premier League & brings the experience, goal-scoring quality & hunger United need in midfield. Costa is the stylish, impactful winger to bring that ‘wow factor’ through the right-wing. Pogba seems determined for a “big move” in the summer, so getting two quality, experienced attackers for the Frenchman can boost United’s squad strength while giving Juve that added-quality they crave for European dominance.