CBS Sports soccer insider Fabrizio Romano is here to bring you the latest news and notes from the world of soccer transfers, coach trains and more. Last week we checked out the latest information on Hansi Flick leaving Bayern Munich, the slow march towards Neymar’s contract extension and Liverpool’s Konate chase. This week the focus is on how the aftermath of the failed European Super League will affect the transfer market as the biggest clubs in the world and the biggest sports stars could all be affected. Here. We. Walk.
Neymar’s new contract was delayed again
The last week for European football has been really troubled. The Super League’s incredible turnaround has had a huge impact on all of the clubs involved, from those that have pulled back to those that have stayed in a project that is now suspended and doomed. This also applies to the transfer market, which is overwhelmed by a week of madness that slowed down some transfer processes: for example, Neymar’s new contract has not yet been signed, also because the Super League has seen PSG and its president Nasser Al Khelaifi very busy in the fight against this project. In any case, the verbal agreement with the Brazilian has been ready for weeks, it’s just a matter of when he’ll sign on the dotted line.
Couldn’t a Super League mean that Haaland will stay with BVB?
On the other hand, many clubs had planned meetings and negotiations over the past week that could not continue. But the real change is in sight next summer: “Without the Super League it will be impossible to make great transfers,” announced Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. With these top clubs already relying on rich Super League revenues to prepare for the next transfer window, and those dollars are now no longer coming, the situation will remain roughly the same unless the UEFA system changes in favor of the clubs.
The effects will be felt especially by those who have planned sensational proposals for Erling Haaland. Borussia Dortmund has never fallen from a value of 150 million euros and will maintain this position, especially since all the clubs involved in the Super League will not have enormous financial resources. The BVB board is convinced that they can keep Haaland, and now hopes are rising.
The focus is on Mbappe, Goretzka renewals and Konate contract signing
The priority of many clubs will be to renew some contracts that expire in 2022, like Leon Goretzka with Bayern Munich or Kylian Mbappé with PSG, although Florentino Perez doesn’t deny his appreciation for the French star in Real Madrid’s future. But without the Super League, things get a lot more complicated. It turns into the transfer market on occasion, including release clauses: Liverpool wasted no time and will sign Ibrahima Konaté, who is ready to pay Leipzig the € 35m release clause in the coming days after reaching an agreement with the French defender on a Clause has achieved 5-year contract.
Modric, Ibrahimovic extensions completed, Ramos decision expected soon
Another club in the Super League is AC Milan, which extended Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract until June 2022. This was confirmed just as it was for Luka Modric, who signed with Real Madrid for another year, waiting for Sergio Ramos’ final decision.
Difficult sales decisions are imminent for many clubs
But it is also a problem for the Italian clubs not to receive the expected proceeds. “We have to understand the club’s plans to understand what to do next year,” admitted Antonio Conte, Inter coach. And selling players is becoming important for everyone: Chelsea will soon make a decision on Tammy Abraham, Leicester is at the helm of interested clubs. A long race that is about to begin, a decidedly different market than the Super League clubs predicted.