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周六 6月 24, 2023 2:46 pm
#有趣帖文While the English Premier League started on June 14 (read our preview here), the transfer window opens on July 1 across the rest of Europe and clubs have been planning their business after a long season interrupted by the 2022 World Cup in November and December.

ESPN writers have everything you need to know about the top teams' hopes and delve into deals that might be in the cards. Who will come in? Who will depart?

Budget? Barca start with a budget of zero and will only be able to spend 40% of any savings they make through reducing the wage bill or raising in transfer fees. LaLiga's updated financial fair play regulations mean there can be no palancas -- selling off more club assets to generate spending room -- pulled this summer.

What does the team need? Xavi Hernandez's team are coming off the back of a first league title since 2019 but the coach has been clear improvements are needed if they are to compete in the Champions League. A replacement for midfielder Sergio Busquets has been deemed essential by Xavi, who also wants to add creativity in midfield. A right-back, an understudy to Robert Lewandowski up front and, depending on outgoings, a left winger are all on Barca's wishlist, too.

Who are the major targets? Both Xavi's preferred options to replace Busquets -- Real Sociedad's Martin Zubimendi and Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich -- appear unattainable within Barca's budget. Other alternatives do not convince everyone at the club, with president Joan Laporta and sporting directors Mateu Alemany and Deco also involved in the recruitment process.

Ilkay Gundogan will join once his Manchester City contract expires this month and should add goals from midfield, with Villarreal's Alex Baena also being tracked, among others.

At €40m, Brazilian youngster Vitor Roque is the player lined up to play backup -- and eventually replace -- Lewandowski, while Barca also have an option of between €15m-€20m to sign Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco.

There are countless other players being considered, but it all depends on how much money Barca can generate. At right-back, Man City's Joao Cancelo, Real Valladolid's Ivan Fresneda and Villarreal's Juan Foyth are all liked. Athletic Club centre-back Inigo Martinez will also sign as a free agent.

Who could be leaving? Veterans Busquets and Jordi Alba will both leave the club at the end of the month. Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, Sergino Dest, Abde Ezzalzouli and Nico Gonzalez, all players returning from loan, will also be allowed to leave if offers arrive. From there, it gets more complicated, but Barca are encouraging offers for Franck Kessie, Ferran Torres and even Ansu Fati, although none of them want to leave. Eric Garcia is in a similar position.

Any new contracts? Left-back Alejandro Balde, 19, who was the revelation of the past season, will be handed a new deal once Barca can guarantee the terms can be registered with LaLiga. Winger Ousmane Dembele is also in talks over a new contract. His deal expires in 2024. Beyond the first-team, Barca are desperate to get 15-year-old forward Lamine Yamal, who made his senior debut in April, to sign his first professional contract.

Budget? Atletico's spending will be limited, and they will first focus on moving on several high-earning senior players before looking at making any further signings.

What does the team need? A central defender, especially given that coach Diego Simeone often favours playing three at the back. There would also be room for an extra central midfielder and a full-back, depending on those departures.

Who are the major targets? A deal has already been agreed with Leicester City centre-back Caglar Soyuncu, who arrives on a free transfer, as well as young Uruguayan defender Santiago Mourino, who will be assessed in preseason to determine if he's ready for the first team. As for that midfielder, names linked in recent days include Spurs' Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Fiorentina's Sofyan Amrabat.

Who could be leaving? A new home must be found for wantaway Joao Felix, after his inconsistent loan spell at Chelsea. Winger Yannick Carrasco is waiting to see if Barcelona choose to exercise their option of between €15m-€20m to sign him, agreed as part of the Memphis Depay deal. Atletico would like to move on midfield trio Saul Niguez, Thomas Lemar and Geoffrey Kondogbia -- although the first two may be difficult to shift, given their high salaries and slump in value -- while full-back Renan Lodi could leave after his loan at Nottingham Forest. Forward Alvaro Morata is another player who has reportedly turned down an approach from Saudi Arabia to sign a new deal.

Any new contracts? An agreement to extend Morata's deal until 2026 -- on a reduced wage -- is close to being made official. Otherwise, senior players Koke, Stefan Savic and Mario Hermoso all have contracts which expire in 2024, and extensions will need to be sorted. There will be no issues with captain Koke or Savic, while Hermoso went from being transferable to essential as his form improved in the second half of last season.


Budget? Madrid have already spent big this summer, splashing out €103m plus €30m in variables to sign England midfielder Jude Bellingham, but there's more money available for the right player. Last year's accounts showed a cash balance of €425m.

What does the team need? A world-class centre-forward. Karim Benzema has gone, and while Spain international Joselu -- who has arrived on loan from Espanyol -- is an excellent plan B, he's not a Benzema-level replacement. Madrid's No. 9 shirt has been left vacant for a reason.

Who are the major targets? Kylian Mbappe, if Paris Saint-Germain are willing to let him go for €150m this summer and the 24-year-old is happy to leave a year early. Otherwise, a number of forward options have been looked at -- notably Tottenham's Harry Kane -- but all of them have drawbacks, Kane's being his age (29) and €100m-plus transfer fee. The signings of Bellingham, Joselu, winger Brahim Diaz and left-back Fran Garcia have already been confirmed.

Who could be leaving? Benzema, Marco Asensio, Eden Hazard and Mariano Diaz have left already. Alvaro Odriozola, Jesus Vallejo and Andriy Lunin would be allowed to leave if the right destination can be found.

Any new contracts? Defender -- and now club captain -- Nacho Fernandez and veteran midfielder Toni Kroos have already signed one-year contract extensions until June 2024, while midfielder Dani Ceballos has agreed a four-year extension. Luka Modric has said that he wants to stay, but there's been no official confirmation of a deal yet, and he's also received interest from Saudi Arabia.

Budget? The group of decision-makers around new chief executive Jan-Christian Dreesen are willing to spend €150m, plus any income from player exits.

What does the team need? Bayern need reinforcements at the back, a holding midfielder and at least one striker. But it is likely that the club address almost every area of the squad. Two centre-backs and a right-back are needed, as Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez are expected to depart and Cancelo's loan spell from Man City will not lead to a €70m permanent transfer.

Manager Thomas Tuchel has also made clear that he wants a defensive midfielder who can play the No. 6 role instead of Joshua Kimmich. The interest in West Ham's Declan Rice has underlined Tuchel's intention, as the manager personally spoke to the England international before Bayern decided against engaging in a €100m-plus bidding war with Arsenal.

The Bundesliga champions are also adamant about signing a No. 9 striker, as Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is the only current squad member who can serve that role effectively.

Who are the major targets? Bayern have targeted Villarreal's Pau Torres and Napoli's Kim Min-Jae as potential additions to the back four, while the club have already started talks with Man City right-back Kyle Walker, as his contract runs out in 2024.

Brighton's Moises Caicedo and Fiorentina's Amrabat have been the major targets for the holding midfield role, though both may end up at other clubs. Bayern have already signed midfielder Konrad Laimer from RB Leipzig and are also close to signing left-back Raphaël Guerreiro whose contract with Borussia Dortmund expires this summer.

The major targets for the striker department are Eintracht Frankfurt's Randal Kolo Muani and Juventus' Dusan Vlahovic. Bayern might even try to sign both if enough income is generated through exits.

Who could be leaving? Pavard and Hernandez are both expected to go; the latter is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain, while the former has been linked to a host of top clubs.

Forward Sadio Mane might leave after only one year at the club, as Tuchel has not put his trust in the former Liverpool star. Also, 21-year-old midfielder Ryan Gravenberch is likely to depart after a disappointing year in which he voiced his disappointment about his limited playing time. Liverpool's scouting department have watched him closely.

Any new contracts? Other than two veterans, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and forward Thomas Muller, all key players possess contracts that run beyond the summer of 2024.

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