Fifty of the biggest transfer stories of the summer | Football News


As we approach what promises to be a busy transfer window, Sky Sports takes a look at 50 players who could be on the move this summer, including those who have already completed deals.

Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane celebrates after equalising for Liverpool against Wolves
Sadio Mane plans to make announcement on his Liverpool future after Champions League final

Sadio Mane says he will make an announcement on his Liverpool future after this weekend’s Champions League final.

Mane has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich this summer and is in contract negotiations with the Merseyside club, but nothing has yet been finalised.

Speaking to Sky Sports News from Liverpool’s training ground, Mane said: “I will answer the question [about my future] after the Champions League. I’m not saying yes or no, I will answer after the Champions League.”

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Sadio Mane reveals that he will explain all regarding his future after the Champions League final against Real Madrid


Raphinha celebrates after scoring from the spot to give Leeds the lead at Brentford
Raphinha is close to a summer move to Barcelona

Raphinha has two years left on his contract at Leeds and is not expected to sign a new deal, with Sky Sports News sources claiming he would like to join Barcelona.

The Brazil international was pivotal in the Yorkshiremen sealing Premier League survival on the final day of the season, netting a penalty against Brentford, with Barca expected to formalise their interest in the coming days.

West Ham United were one of a number of clubs who tried to sign Raphinha in the last transfer window.

Paul Pogba

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Paul Pogba has held “positive talks” with Juventus over summer move

Paul Pogba has played his final game for Manchester United, with his contract set to expire in June. The midfielder’s representatives recently held ‘positive talks’ with Juventus over a free transfer this summer.

Pogba’s camp also reportedly remain in dialogue with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, having not received any contract offer from United since last summer.

Kylian Mbappe

The France international had been widely expected to leave the Ligue 1 champions for Real Madrid

Kylian Mbappe became the world’s highest-paid footballer after signing a three-year Paris Saint Germain deal worth almost £1m a week in May, having reportedly been close to joining Real Madrid on a free transfer. LaLiga have since filed a complaint over the deal it describes as ‘scandalous’.

Real had a £145m bid for Mbappe rejected last summer – after he requested to leave PSG – but the 23-year-old has since u-turned on that stance claiming he can “continue to grow” in France, the country where he “made his name”.

Erling Haaland

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Erling Haaland has landed in Manchester to put finishing touches on £51m Man City move

Manchester City activated Erling Haaland’s release clause in mid-May, with the striker set to join on July 1 for a total of £85.5m including agents fees and other add-ons.

The move looks set to end Pep Guardiola’s pursuit of Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who previously looked destined to leave north London, while Dortmund have signed Red Bull Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi as Haaland’s replacement.

Vivianne Miedema

Vivianne Miedema is out of contract at Arsenal this summer
The Netherlands international joined Arsenal from Bayern Munich in 2017 and has since scored 117 goals

Vivianne Miedema, whose initial contract was due to expire this summer, was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona but has now committed her immediate future to Arsenal after narrowly missing out on the Women’s Super League title.

Sky Sports understands the new deal is longer than a one-year extension.

The 25-year-old was part of the Arsenal side that won the WSL in 2018/19 and scored 23 goals in 39 appearances this campaign as the Gunners finished runners-up to Chelsea.

Antonio Rudiger

Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger warming up prior to kick-off during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. Picture date: Saturday October 2, 2021.
Antonio Rudiger will depart Stamford Bridge this summer with Chelsea unable to persuade him to stay

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has reached an agreement with Real Madrid to join the Spanish champions on a free transfer in the summer. Rudiger will officially join Real on July 1 on a four-year deal understood to be worth €400,000 (£342,000) per week.

The Germany international had decided to reject a new deal at Stamford Bridge in April, manager Thomas Tuchel revealed, in favour of moving to LaLiga.

Mohamed Salah

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Mo Salah says he’s staying at Liverpool “next season for sure”

Mohamed Salah remains in talks with Liverpool over a new contract, with just over a year left on his current deal, having recently confirmed he will be at Anfield next season.

Negotiations have dragged on, with his future the subject of considerable speculation in recent months, but in a pre-Champions League final press conference Salah extinguished any rumours linking him with a move away from Merseyside.

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Mohamed Salah reveals his plans for next season, as the Egyptian prepares for Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid

“I am staying next season for sure,” he said. “I don’t focus on my contract at the moment, I don’t want to be selfish at all. This is about the team now; this is a really important week for us, and I’m just focused on the team.

“I want to win the Champions League again; I want to see Hendo have it again in his hands and give it to me after. I don’t want to talk about the contract, we have a long time – I am stay next season, for sure.”

Philippe Coutinho

Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho
Steven Gerrard was the driving force behind Philippe Coutinho’s permanent move

Philippe Coutinho moved to Aston Villa in January on an initial six-month loan, but the Brazil international has now made his move permanent in a €20m (£17m) deal and agreed a four-year contract.

It is understood Steven Gerrard played a significant part in luring the forward to the Midlands, with the former Liverpool man also proving instrumental in persuading him to move to Villa Park permanently.

Georgia Stanway

Georgia Stanway in action for Man City
Georgia Stanway has confirmed a move to Bayern Munich

England international Georgia Stanway, whose contract with Man City was due to expire at the end of June, has agreed a three-year deal with Bundesliga runners-up Bayern Munich.

She will join up with her new side after the Women’s European Championship, where she will be an integral part of the Lionesses squad.

Fabio Carvalho

Fabio Carvalho has joined Liverpool from Championship side Fulham
Fabio Carvalho has joined Liverpool from Championship side Fulham

Liverpool will sign Fabio Carvalho this summer from Fulham after initially missing out on the winger on Deadline Day in January.

The 19-year-old was also wanted by Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal while at Balham FC, before signing at Craven Cottage. Last season, he scored 11 goals and provided eight assists in 38 appearances, helping secure Fulham promotion to the Premier League.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Manchester United's final game of the season against Crystal Palace
Cristiano Ronaldo will see out his Man Utd contract, which expires in 2023

Previous doubts over Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United future have been quashed by incoming manager Erik ten Hag, who was assertive on his position when discussing the No 7 in his first press conference.

When asked if the veteran forward has a role next season the Dutchman replied “of course”. Ronaldo’s current Old Trafford contract has another 12 months to run.

N’Golo Kante

N'Golo Kante
N’Golo Kante’s Chelsea future remains uncertain

It was recently reported that Erik ten Hag had put Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante on a shortlist of Man Utd targets, with one-year remaining on his current deal.

The Blues have the option of renewing his substantial contract, selling this summer, or allowing the Frenchman to leave on a free in 12 month’s time, should a fresh agreement not be reached.

Thomas Tuchel recently likened Kante to ‘Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Kevin De Bruyne’ in terms of his importance to the side, but his Stamford Bridge future remains undecided.

Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus celebrates his fourth goal against Watford
Gabriel Jesus could face being ousted at Man City after Erling Haaland’s arrival

Arsenal are said to be keeping tabs on Man City striker Gabriel Jesus, with the Brazilian likely to leave Manchester following Erling Haaland’s arrival.

The 25-year-old has one year left on his contract and has scored 95 goals in 236 games for Pep Guardiola’s side – the move could favour both parties, as the Gunners search for a consistent No 9 and Jesus hunts down regular playing time.

Declan Rice

Declan Rice scored West Ham's second goal of the evening
West Ham will not be tempted into selling Declan Rice this summer

Midfielder Declan Rice has become one of the most sought after players in the Premier League, having refused multiple offers to sign fresh terms at West Ham.

Rice is reportedly happy at the London Stadium, despite Manchester United and Chelsea circling, with two years remaining on his current deal and a club option to extend by a further 12 months.

Sky Sports reported on May 12 the 23-year-old had turned down an eight-year deal worth £83m, but the Hammers remain steadfast in their position to keep their captain this summer.

Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen will have multiple offers tabled this summer

Christian Eriksen is a free agent this summer after signing a six-month contract with Brentford when he arrived in January, providing flexibility over his future.

There has been talk of a potential return to Tottenham, with the club supposedly registering an interest in resigning the playmaker following his Premier League resurgence. An extension with Brentford is also a possibility, although less likely.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane
Harry Kane was close to a Tottenham exit last summer but appears more settled under Antonio Conte

Harry Kane asked to leave Tottenham last summer but ended up staying in north London after the club resisted multiple offers from Man City, with the England captain looking much more settled under Antonio Conte.

Spurs are in no rush to sell Kane, who has a contract until 2024, but there have been reports Manchester United are set to reignite their interest in the 28-year-old striker this summer.

Kalvin Phillips

Leeds United's Raphinha (left) and Kalvin Phillips embrace after the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. Picture date: Monday April 25, 2022.
Kalvin Phillips has been made a primary target for Man City

With Brazilian Fernandinho departing Man City this summer Pep Guardiola will be looking at central midfield as an area that needs strengthening and will supposedly target Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips.

The 26-year-old is contracted until 2024, but could be prized away from Yorkshire for the right price, although negotiations are likely to be less straightforward now Leeds are guaranteed to be playing Premier League football next term.

Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard spent a successful spell on loan at West Ham in 2021
Jesse Lingard spent a successful spell on loan at West Ham in 2021

Jesse Lingard is out of contract at Manchester United in the summer and will finally move on from Old Trafford after falling out of favour over the past couple of seasons.

The 29-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham, was unhappy when United refused to let him leave on loan in January despite interim boss Ralf Rangnick giving his blessing.

The Hammers have made “initial enquiries” about Lingard’s availability, with David Moyes said to be keen on reuniting with the forward.

Marc Cucurella

Marc Cucurella
Marc Cucurella is subject to interest from Premier League champions Man City

Man City have targeted Brighton’s Marc Cucurella to fill their left-back void and are poised to make a move this summer, according to media reports.

With 35 league appearances during his debut season, the 23-year-old played more minutes than any other outfield player at Amex Stadium. Cucurella is contracted at the Seagulls until 2026.

Emmanuel Dennis

Watford will not allow Emmanuel Dennis to play in the African Cup of Nations
Watford are resigned to losing Emmanuel Dennis this summer

Emmanuel Dennis enjoyed a productive first campaign in the Premier League following his arrival from Club Brugge last summer and could be on the move after just 12 months at Vicarage Road, following Watford’s relegation to the Championship.

The 24-year-old struck 10 goals and registered six assists for the Hornets in 33 outings under three different managers, and could be a target for West Ham during the summer window.


Jorginho reacts after missing a penalty
Jorginho has been linked with a return to Serie A

The former Ballon d’Or nominee is entering the final year of his current Chelsea deal, and is subject to interest from Juventus.

Jorginho has enjoyed less playing time this season and could be headed for a return to Italy’s Serie A, should an offer meet Chelsea’s valuation.

Any potential contract or transfer talks are currently being held up by the sanctions in place at Stamford Bridge.

Alexandre Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette hammers home a penalty to give Arsenal a 2-0 lead against Leicester
Alexandre Lacazette looks increasingly likely to leave Arsenal this summer

Big decisions must be made by Arsenal this summer and one of them surrounds the future of striker Alexander Lacazette, with his contract set to expire.

Lacazette, 30, signed for Arsenal in a £47m deal from Lyon back in 2017 and could be on his way back to Ligue 1, as it looks increasingly likely his five-year stay at Emirates Stadium is over.

Raheem Sterling

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2022.
Raheem Sterling might favour a summer move away from Manchester

Real Madrid are reportedly in the running for Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling, after being snubbed by Mbappe.

The 27-year-old has also been linked with Arsenal having entered the final 12 months of his deal at the Etihad.

Andreas Christensen

File photo dated 08-01-2022 of Chelsea's Andreas Christensen. Chelsea will be without Andreas Christensen for Saturday's Premier League trip to Manchester City due to Covid-19 isolation. Issue date: Friday January 14, 2022.
Andreas Christensen ruled himself out of Chelsea’s final few games of the season

It is expected that Danish defender Andreas Christensen will join Barcelona on a free transfer after his Chelsea contract expires in June.

The Blues failed to tie Christensen down to a new deal, despite repeated efforts, and are now resigned to losing both him and Rudiger for free in the same summer.

Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford’s form has declined at Man Utd this season

Erik ten Hag reportedly ‘needs convincing’ on Marcus Rashford‘s role at Man United, amid interest from Arsenal and a host of other European clubs.

The 24-year-old’s current deal, which includes a one-year option extension clause, is due to expire in 2023 with the forward struggling for form during an unsettled season at Old Trafford. According to reports, United would demand a minimum of £60m in order to part ways with the Carrington youth product.

Nick Pope

Bukayo Saka sees his shot saved by Nick Pope
Nick Pope has been a mainstay in the Burnley side since displacing Tom Heaton

A fire sale at Burnley may well be inevitable this summer as some of the club’s Premier League level talent look at options elsewhere after relegation to the Championship was confirmed on the final day of the season.

The England international will undoubtedly have admirers in the top flight, with Fulham said to be among them, although Burnley have a club option to extend Pope’s contract by a further 12 months.

Should the Clarets exercise that option, the stopper would be tied down until 2024.

Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial enjoyed an underwhelming loan at Sevilla

It is unclear what the future holds for Manchester United striker Anthony Martial with the France international struggling to rediscover top form on loan at Sevilla.

Martial, who is contracted at United until 2024, demanded a move away because he needed a “new atmosphere” but will return to Old Trafford this summer. The future of the Red Devils’ other attacking players may also have an impact on whether Martial stays or goes.


Richarlison levelled for Everton
Richarlison will have options this summer, should he depart Everton

Arsenal are reportedly sounding out a move for Richarlison, with a specific need to strength in forward areas after the loss of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January. The Gunners are scouring the market for at least one new striker this summer, but perhaps more.

The 25-year-old scored 10 goals and registered five assists in 30 Premier League appearances as Everton staved off relegation, and is contracted at Goodison Park until 2024.

Djed Spence

Nottingham Forest's Djed Spence and Steve Cooper
Djed Spence has caught the eye of top Premier League and European clubs

It is understood that Tottenham have held preliminary talks to sign Middlesbrough full-back Djed Spence this summer, amid further interest from German champions Bayern Munich.

Spence has impressed during a productive loan spell at Nottingham Forest this season and is rated as one of the Championship’s best young full-backs. Should Forest clinch promotion to the Premier League this weekend, they may well hold out hope of retaining the services of Spence beyond this season.

Marcos Alonso

Marcos Alonso fired in Chelsea's winner in extra time
Marcos Alonso is headed for the Stamford Bridge exit door

Marcos Alonso will be allowed to leave Chelsea this summer, with personal terms close to being agreed with Barcelona, although dispute over the proposed fee may make an agreement more difficult.

Alonso’s deal expires in 2023 and he is said to want a return to Spain, with Barca the destination of choice.

Caroline Weir

Man City have already confirmed Caroline Weir’s reluctant departure

Scotland midfielder Caroline Weir is edging closer to a move to Real Madrid from Manchester City this summer, with the club confirming her exit this week.

The Spanish giants are increasingly confident of securing Weir’s signature on a free transfer, ending a four-year spell at City, although a final agreement is yet to be announced.

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez, Atletico Madrid
Luis Suarez is considering options following Atleti farewell

It has been confirmed Luis Suarez will leave Atletico Madrid as a free agent after two years in the Spanish capital, but is determined to remain playing in Europe at the age of 35.

The striker has reportedly received numerous offers from South America, but is yet to plot his next move, citing his desire to play in Uruguay’s 2022 World Cup squad as reason for remaining in Europe.

Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring the second penalty in the penalty shoot-out during the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday 27th February, 2022.
Romelu Lukaku has not enjoyed a fairytale reunion with Chelsea

The future of Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea, just one year into the striker’s five-year deal, has been called into question following a lacklustre return to the Premier League.

Lukaku, 28, is under contract until 2026 and cost the Blues a club record £97.5m fee – just shy of the British transfer record held by Jack Grealish – meaning a summer move for the Belgian remains unlikely, but not unfathomable.

Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani has said his goodbyes to Man United supporters

The location of Edinson Cavani, 35, will not be Old Trafford beyond the summer, as his Manchester United deal runs out in June and he waved goodbye to fans at United’s final game of the season against Crystal Palace.

The Uruguay forward has struggled with injury problems this season and will once again become a free agent in the summer. It is understood Cavani will explore options in Spain as well as approaches from multiple South American clubs.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has opened up on his mental health problems
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has struggled through injuries this season

Everton are reportedly willing to listen to offers for Dominic Calvert-Lewin this summer, with Arsenal emerging as potential suitors – Newcastle are also in the mix.

The Toffees frontman endured an injury hit season, but did strike the winner in Everton’s comeback victory over Crystal Palace at Goodison park in May, to secure his side’s Premier League status.

Eddie Nketiah

Eddie Nketiah celebrates in muted fashion after giving Arsenal the lead against Leeds
Eddie Nketiah’s Arsenal contract expires this summer

Eddie Nketiah’s age and late-season surge may yet see an extension materialise at Arsenal, despite little talk of any potential negotiations taking place. It’s well-documented that the Gunners are in need of more firepower.

Bayer Leverkusen and Crystal Palace were interested in the 22-year-old in January but an agreement was never reached, while the latter are said to be ready to revisit a deal, should he leave north London this summer.

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale will cut ties with Real Madrid after nine-year stint

Atletico Madrid have turned down the chance to sign Gareth Bale on a free transfer this summer, according to reports in Spain.

The 32-year-old Welshman is set to leave city rivals Real Madrid after a nine-year stint, with interest from former employers Cardiff City and Southampton – although neither club’s wage structure is likely to be able to withstand Bale’s inclusion.

Should Wales qualify for this year’s World Cup finals in Qatar, the forward will need to carefully consider his options in order to stay fit for the tournament.

Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski celebrates after giving Bayern Munich a two-goal lead against Borussia Dortmund
Robert Lewandowski is wanted by Barcelona

Robert Lewandowski, 33, has 12 months left on his Bayern Munich deal but is rumoured to want an exit this summer, despite Bayern’s wishes for him to stay.

Barcelona lead the race for his signature, if he were to leave, although club representative Oliver Khan suggested the forward will see out the remainder of his contract in Munich. More recently, it has been reported that Lewandowski has reached a “verbal agreement” with Barca, but no formal deal has been struck.

Dean Henderson

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson reacts in the penalty shoot-out during the Emirates FA Cup fourth round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture date: Friday February 4, 2022.
Dean Henderson expected to leave Old Trafford in search of regular game time

Manchester United reserve goalkeeper Dean Henderson is expected to leave at the end of the season after failing to oust David de Gea as the No 1 at Old Trafford.

The latest reports suggest Newcastle are interested in signing the 25-year-old, who has three years left on his United deal, although there is dispute over whether that agreement would be a temporary or permanent one.

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa Arrizabalaga
Kepa Arrizabalaga is second in line to Edouard Mendy at Chelsea

Chelsea’s deputy goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is set to be the subject of transfer interest this summer as he looks for first-team football away from Stamford Bridge.

Arrizabalaga, who is reportedly a target for Newcastle, has struggled for opportunities since the arrival of Edouard Mendy – despite being signed for a world record £71.6m fee for a goalkeeper in 2018.

Youri Tielemans

Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans
Youri Tielemans is under consideration by Arsenal

Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans is approaching the final year of his current deal at the King Power, and the club could be forced to cash in on the Belgium international this summer.

The 24-year-old has been strongly linked with Arsenal, despite clear intention from the Foxes to retain the services of their prized midfielder. The Gunners are reportedly preparing an opening offer of £25m to secure Tielemans.

Yves Bissouma

Star man: Yves Bissouma
Yves Bissouma is in high demand this summer

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly rivalling Aston Villa for the signature of Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma this summer.

Bissouma looks set to leave Amex Stadium with only 12 months left on his current deal, with the Seagulls asking in excess of £30m. Previous reports have also claimed that Newcastle have registered an interest.

Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele
Ousmane Dembele’s Barca future is unclear following difficult negotiations

The future looked bleak for Ousmane Dembele at Barcelona after he was told to find a new club in January as he entered the final six months of his contract.

Head coach Xavi had successfully lobbied to have him return to the first-team fold, but there remains no agreement to keep him at the Catalonian club beyond the summer, potentially paving the way for Chelsea to tempt the forward to London.

James Tarkowski

James Tarkowski
James Tarkowski suffered relegation with Burnley this season

Burnley defender James Tarkowski has long been linked with a move away from Turf Moor, but it appears with his contract expiring this summer and Burnley relegated to the Championship it could finally be about to happen.

Newcastle were interested in the 29-year-old in January but nothing ever materialised, while West Ham and Leicester have also previously targeted the centre-back.


Jota celebrates after scoring to make it 4-0 to Celtic vs Motherwell
Jota will return to Celtic on a permanent deal

Celtic are closing in on a permanent transfer to sign Portuguese winger Jota – with a deal expected to be completed this week.

The 23-year-old has told Benfica he wishes to remain at the Scottish Premiership champions after initially joining on loan in the summer.

Jota played a key part in Celtic’s double-winning side – contributing to 27 goals (13G,14A) across all competitions as Ange Postecoglou’s side won the league and League Cup.

Joe Aribo

Joe Aribo slotted home to give Rangers the lead
Rangers’ Joe Aribo has caught the attention of various Premier League clubs

Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in signing Rangers’ Nigerian midfielder Joe Aribo.

The Eagles have identified the 25-year-old as a potential replacement for the outgoing Conor Gallagher, who will return to parent club Chelsea after an excellent breakout season at Selhurst Park.

Takumi Minamino

Takumi Minamino celebrates after scoring against Norwich
Takumi Minamino has only played 28 times for Liverpool this season, mainly from the bench

Leeds United will step up efforts to sign Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino this summer following their Premier League survival, according to reports.

“I have Japan matches too (in June) and there will be no time to rest up, but I’ll think about my future after the Champions League final,” Minamino was quoted by Kyodo News.

Sam Johnstone

West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone
Sam Johnstone has been released by West Brom following the completion of his contract

England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has been released by West Bromwich Albion following the expiry of his contract, but his next destination is still unknown.

Johnstone, 29, made 167 appearances after arriving from Manchester United for £6.5m in 2018. The England stopper was the subject of an offer from West Ham last summer which the Baggies turned down.

Ben Brereton Diaz

Blackburn Rovers triggered a one-year extension on Ben Brereton Diaz’ contract in May

Blackburn Rovers activated the one-year option to extend Ben Brereton Diaz’s contract until June 2023 in May, having enjoyed his career best season at Ewood Park.

The striker scored 22 Championship goals this term, becoming the first Rovers player in 57 years to achieve such a feat. His name has been linked with West Ham and Sevilla.


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