The '9' market is boiling

Robert Lewandowski, Barça's priority objective. / ef

Haaland, Gabriel Jesús, Mané, Darwin Núñez and Lukaku have already changed their minds and have started the forward dance that should end Lewandowski at Barça

The goal. That is the main obsession of this summer market in the great clubs of European football. That is the number one objective and it is demonstrated by the fact that top players such as Erling Haaland, Sadio Mané, Gabriel Jesús, Romelu Lukaku or Darwin Núñez have already changed teams when July is still beginning. They are the initial pieces of the puzzle in a position that promises strong emotions due to the domino effect until the summer window closes definitively on September 2.

The season was not over. It was May 10, the decisive moment of the course, and Manchester City decided to announce in style what was a blow on the table. The 'skyblues' reached an agreement with Erling Haaland and Borussia Dortmund for 60 million euros before anyone else for the Norwegian to play in the Premier League until June 2027. It was a master move, the signing of a crack for a reasonable cost , and the incorporation of the most demanded position at present, that of the goal. Gone is Pep Guardiola's desperation to find that differential factor that would end the entire offensive current of his team.

That transfer was nothing more than the starting signal in European football and the beginning of Tetris. Borussia Dortmund itself went on the market and was made for 30 million euros with Karim Adeyemi, just 20 years old, from RB Salzburg, a footballer who last year scored no less than 23 goals and 7 assists in 43 games. The signing of the Nigerian traces the operation that the Rhine-Ruhr club signed with Haaland. Same club of origin, similar price and great projection to get a slice of the market again in the medium or long term.

These two operations have had continuity in the Bundesliga with a Bayern Munich that has covered its back in case Robert Lewandowski finally decides to leave the Bavarians and fulfill his public desire to join Barça. The one chosen by the club chaired by Herbert Hainer has been Sadio Mané, who has put an end to his stage in Liverpool thanks to a signing of 32 million euros that promises to bring joy to Julian Naggelsmann. Also in Germany, Eintracht Frankfurt have signed Lucas Alario, from Bayer Leverkusen, for eight million.

Christian on stage

The bomb in this '9' market is in the Premier League. The first to detonate it was City with Haaland, but Liverpool did not want to be left behind in that rivalry they have maintained in recent years and signed Darwin Núñez. The 23-year-old Uruguayan footballer is the second most expensive signing in history for the 'reds' after paying 75 million euros to Benfica's coffers. The striker from Artigas lands at Anfield after scoring 34 goals in 41 games and arrives with the mission of making Sadio Mané forget and bringing the colors of Uruguay back into fashion, as Luis Suárez already did, in the streets of Liverpool.

They are not the only movements of the Premier. 'London calling', as The Clash would say, and that call has to do with the goal. Tottenham have rounded off their attack with the signing of Richarlison, a footballer who already knows English football and who now hopes to find the perfect club to exploit definitively. The team led by the Italian Antonio Conte has paid 60 million euros to Everton and will have to find a place for the Brazilian at the point of attack along with two figures of the size of Harry Kane and Heung Min Son. Also in the capital, Arsenal have signed Gabriel Jesus for 52 'kilos' and Chelsea have opened the door to Romelu Lukaku on loan to Inter Milan, just a year after signing him. Tuchel's men are now looking for a guarantee player in the market to occupy the space of the Belgian.

The summer market is long, there are almost two months to go, but there are already several forwards who have taken steps to be the next to change scenery. Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski stand out, two players who have already communicated to Manchester United and Bayern Munich respectively their desire to change clubs. Barcelona awaits the Pole while the Portuguese has already aroused the interest of Chelsea, Naples, Bayern and even Sporting de Portugal, the club in which the Madeiran began to forge his legend almost two decades ago. The '9' market has come to a boil.

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