The transfer window is on the verge of going striker crazy as the race to land Erling Haaland heats up.
Borussia Dortmund’s star man is on the wish list of every top club across Europe following his lethal displays in the Bundesliga.
And with his £65million release clause not due to come into play next year, potential suitors are already preparing to jump the gun and splash out to land his signature this summer.
With the future of Kylian Mbappe also up in the air, there is a sense of desperation from Europe’s elite in the battle to sign either of world football’s biggest talents.
But they’re not the only No.9’s on the market attracting interest with clubs bracing themselves to miss out on the game’s leading duo.
Here are 8 strikers who could be on the move in the coming months.
He may be into his twilight years, but Serie A’s leading goalscorer still knows where the net is and has plenty still to offer at the top level.
Juventus are restricted by Ronaldo’s extortionate wages and would rather offload him this summer for a fee than lose him for nothing.
Meanwhile Real Madrid are keen on sealing the forward’s return in the summer if the figures work out.
Zinedine Zidane admitted it “may be true” that Ronaldo could be heading back to the Bernabeu in the future.
Crucially Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola has frequently talked up a move to Juventus, and Ronaldo’s departure could help speed up that move if a space opens up in their squad.
Madrid will no doubt want to keep themselves in mind for both Haaland and Mbappe in 2022, but Ronaldo could be a short-term solution.
Man City’s record goalscorer looks to be in his final days at the Etihad as his contract winds down.
The Argentine turns 33 in June and is struggling to hold down a regular berth at City, with his departure in the summer now expected.
But Aguero will have no shortage of offers considering he will be available on a free, with speculation linking him with a switch to Barcelona.
Given some of the astronimical fees being touted elsewhere, he could be the bargain of the window.
In pre-Covid times Tottenham’s talisman would have been hot property this summer with his side struggling to ensure qualification to the Champions League next season.
Kane first teased a move away last March when he suggested he would not stay at Spurs “for the sake of it” if they could not match his ambition.
At 28 and still in search of his first major trophy, time is running out for the England captain to land some silverware.
However, he seems tied to Tottenham for the foreseeable future on a contract which doesn’t expire until 2024.
Only a huge bid will entice Daniel Levy to the negotiating table, but there aren’t many clubs who could justify that sort of expenditure on a player whose peak years are numbered.
That said, Kane has plenty of admirers – one of whom is now in charge at cash-rich PSG – and he could well force Tottenham’s hand if he is willing to push his way out of the club. continue reading