10 African stars rumoured for transfers

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Eric Bailly (Manchester United & Ivory Coast) - li
Eric Bailly (Manchester United & Ivory Coast) - linked with Olympique Lyon
Amad Diallo (Manchester United & Ivory Coast) - li
Amad Diallo (Manchester United & Ivory Coast) - linked with Sheffield United on loan
Andre Onana (Ajax Amsterdam & Cameroon) - linked w
Andre Onana (Ajax Amsterdam & Cameroon) - linked with Inter Milan
Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli & Senegal) - linked with
Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli & Senegal) - linked with Chelsea
Yves Bissouma (Brighton & Hove Albion, & Mali) - l
Yves Bissouma (Brighton & Hove Albion, & Mali) - linked with Arsenal and Liverpool
Franck Kessie (AC Milan & Ivory Coast) - linked wi
Franck Kessie (AC Milan & Ivory Coast) - linked with Manchester United, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, and Barcelona
Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea & Morocco) - linked with AC
Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea & Morocco) - linked with AC Milan
Ismaila Sarr (Watford & Senegal) - linked with Liv
Ismaila Sarr (Watford & Senegal) - linked with Liverpool
Omar Colley (Sampdoria & Gambia) - linked with AC
Omar Colley (Sampdoria & Gambia) - linked with AC Milan
Mbaye Niang (Rennes & Senegal) - linked with Borde
Mbaye Niang (Rennes & Senegal) - linked with Bordeaux

While the transfer window closed last month, the rumour mill is already in overdrive, with various African stars, including Franck Kessie among many others, having already being linked with moves in 2022. 

Ivory Coast international Kessie is reportedly being considered by Manchester United as a replacement for the undecided Paul Pogba, with the Red Devils seemingly already preparing for a possible future without the Frenchman as he is down to the last few months of his contract, per the Daily Mail. 

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The 24-year-old AC Milan midfielder has reportedly also been attracting interest from various other clubs, including Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, and FC Barcelona. 

The highly-rated deep-lying playmaker is not the only Ivorian who could soon be on the move, though, with Foot Mercato recently reporting that Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyon made an attempt to sign Manchester United defender Eric Bailly on loan before the latest transfer window slammed shut. 

Raphael Varane's arrival at Old Trafford has reportedly pushed the African centre-back further down the English club's defensive pecking order, with the likes of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof being preferred ahead of him.

Reports this week have suggested that Bailly is among seven players the Red Devils are willing to sell over the next few months, and it is believed that Lyon retain an interest in securing his signature.

Read: 7 Man Utd stars to leave from January? 

Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper Andre Onana has long been tipped to leave the Dutch giants, but following his ban from football last year, the Cameroonian has not featured since January. 

That long spell on the sidelines has seemingly not deterred potential suitors, however, with Inter Milan believed to be in an "advanced position" to sign the Barca youth product, per Corriere dello Sport – scroll through the gallery above to see some more African stars who are rumoured to be on the move soon! 

Here the 10 highest-ranked African nations today, according to FIFA's latest world rankings

61. Mali – 1396.52 points
61. Mali – 1396.52 points
58. Cameroon – 1404.46 points
58. Cameroon – 1404.46 points
54. Ivory Coast – 1410.56 points
54. Ivory Coast – 1410.56 points
53. Ghana – 1411.30 points
53. Ghana – 1411.30 points
48. Egypt – 1434.62 points
48. Egypt – 1434.62 points
34. Nigeria – 1492.37 points
34. Nigeria – 1492.37 points
33. Morocco – 1493.23 points
33. Morocco – 1493.23 points
30. Algeria – 1498.62 points
30. Algeria – 1498.62 points
25. Tunisia – 1526.87 points
25. Tunisia – 1526.87 points
20. Senegal – 1555.37 points
20. Senegal – 1555.37 points
Scroll through the gallery to see the highest-rank
Scroll through the gallery to see the highest-ranked African nations in the latest FIFA World Rankings