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The Champions League semi-final stars set for summer time strikes


We now have our 4 Champions League semi-finalists, and within the phrases of Alan Hansen, it is dangerous information for the English recreation.

Bayern Munich, Actual Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain are into the final 4 of this yr’s competitors, rising victorious from a pulsating set of quarter-finals.

This may very well be the final shot at European glory with their present membership for fairly a couple of star gamers. Listed here are these we anticipate to maneuver on for pastures new in the summertime switch window.

FC Barcelona v Paris Saint-Germain: Quarter-final Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24

Right here we go once more / Christian Liewig – Corbis/GettyImages

Kylian Mbappe’s contract expires in the summertime, as was the case at this stage in 2022. He’s broadly anticipated to affix Actual Madrid, as was the case at this stage in 2022.

So what’s completely different this time round? Effectively, it was silly to remain at PSG the primary time. To do it twice would warrant the Eiffel Tower to be renamed after him.

The enjoyable half if Mbappe’s final PSG recreation may come in opposition to Madrid within the ultimate. Everybody get your narratives prepared.

Luka Modric

Modric’s future stays unsure / James Baylis – AMA/GettyImages

As has been confirmed in latest months, Luka Modric nonetheless has a variety of high quality left in his boots. There’s simply a reasonably large query mark over how usually he can conjure such magic.

His contract with Madrid expires on the finish of the season, and whereas it would not shock anybody if he renewed once more on a rolling deal, it is beginning to look extra seemingly his future lies away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

Alphonso Davies

Davies is predicted to be bought by Bayern / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

Bayern Munich have a couple of star gamers whose contracts are up in 2025. They’re working laborious to increase most of these, however it appears as if Alphonso Davies is the one who will get away.

Like Mbappe, it appears inevitable he’ll find yourself carrying the well-known white of Los Blancos.

Borussia Dortmund v Atletico Madrid: Quarter-final Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24

Sancho went additional on this season’s Champions League than his mother or father membership / Rene Nijhuis/MB Media/GettyImages

Although it’s fairly humorous that Jadon Sancho is into the semi-finals of the Champions League whereas Manchester United have been dumped out within the group stage, it needs to be famous such success with Borussia Dortmund was the intention behind the Crimson Devils’ determination to mortgage him out.

Okay, noting’s over. You possibly can return to laughing in the event you like.

Borussia Dortmund v Atletico Madrid: Quarter-final Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24

Maatsen earned his redemption in opposition to Atletico / Rene Nijhuis/MB Media/GettyImages

Is Ian Maatsen an acceptable left-back within the Premier League? In all probability not, however he is thriving over in Dortmund.

Chelsea should be licking their lips on the prospect of getting £35m for him. Take that, pesky PSR!

Andriy Lunin

Lunin was Madrid’s quarter-final hero / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Primarily based on this season’s fairly first rate pattern measurement, Andriy Lunin is just too good merely to function Thibaut Courtois’ understudy.

The Ukrainian has earned his spurs and is deserving of a beginning spot elsewhere.

Nacho Fernandez

Captain, chief, legend (possibly) / Rafa Babot/GettyImages

Watch out what you want for, Nacho Fernandez. One minute you are the Sergio Ramos of the Bernabeu. The subsequent minute you are battling relegation and choosing fights in a not-cool approach.