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Premier League clubs have spent £513 million on transfers so far this summer.

Thanks to the influx of television deal, the English top-flight clubs have been able to attract big names.

Even more high-profile transfers will be completed in the coming weeks as the managers look to strengthen their squads ahead of what will likely be a season more topsy-turvy than the previous one.

Here are three mind-boggling transfers that will happen before the transfer window slams shut only on August 31.

 

Paul Pogba

Manchester United have been the busiest club in the transfer market this summer having already signed three world-beaters in Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Despite adding such quality players to the roster, Jose Mourinho and co. now seem fixated on Paul Pogba, who has attracted strong interests from bigger clubs, including Real Madrid.

The English club, who narrowly missed out on Champions League football last season, however, appear as though they have beaten the European Cup holders to his services.

Only the official announcement is pending at the time of writing (Sky Sports have reported a pending medical) as every sign points to the player already having penned down the signature that would take him back to Old Trafford in a record-breaking £112 million deal.

 

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Whilst a big name is pencilled into join United’s ranks in the coming days, another is set to depart the club.

When Bastian Schweinsteiger became Louis van Gaal’s third summer signing last season, the Old Trafford faithful expected him to replicate his success with Bayern Munich in a different red shirt.

Injuries restricted him to only 13 league starts, and he was only being a shadow of his former self in England.

With the Red Devils bringing in another central midfielder from Juventus, he will likely find himself on the bench more often than not as the manager has a Herculean task of keeping four other midfielders – Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, and Morgan Schneiderlin – happy.

At least two will be on their way out, and offloading a has-been makes more sense than flogging talents in their mid-twenties.

Even BBC have hinted about a partial departure, and the 31-year-old former Germany international may as well play in a different country next season.

 

Mario Balotelli

As things stand, Mario Balotelli is a Liverpool striker, but many club insiders suggest that he is not a part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans for the coming season.

The arrival of Sadio Mane only makes Balotelli’s departure more likely.

Despite his talent, he has not attracted a lot of interest thanks to the player not living up to his early potential.

However, Ajax have been reported to be willing to give the Italian striker another chance to prove himself on the pitch.

Liverpool are ready to accept a loss in order to recoup a portion of the £16 million they paid for him, and the player has shown a willingness to take a pay cut; he currently makes £90,000-a-week at Anfield.

Despite the circumstances, Ajax may pull out of a deal, as their wage cap does not allow them to pay upwards of £40,000 for players who are not exceptional talents.

Whether Ajax are willing to breach their wage cap to land him is unknown, but their interest is concrete.

 

Written by Praveen Paramasivam

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