July 22, 2024

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WSL transfer window 2024-25: What are the deals to look out for?

WSL transfer window 2024-25: What are the deals to look out for?

The most recognisable WSL keeper out of contract this summer is England’s Mary Earps.

The Manchester United stopper was reported in May to be in talks to renew her Red Devils deal, which expires this summer.

No confirmation of an extension has come yet, which means speculation over Earps’ future persists. Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested.

Even after winning five WSL titles in a row, Chelsea are refusing to stand still.

They are expected to make PSG striker Sandy Baltimore their first signing of the Bompastor era, while reports in Spain have linked them with a move for Ballon D’Or and World Cup winning midfielder Aitana Bonmati.

The 26-year-old has another 12 months left on her Barcelona contract, and Chelsea could have to trigger her release clause – reported to be £2.5 million, which would smash the women’s world transfer record.

A player who could be heading the other way, from England to Catalonia, is Laia Aleixandri. The Manchester City full back is reportedly a target as Barcelona prepare for Lioness Lucy Bronze – who is out of contract – to potentially depart.

Another England international on the move is Katie Robinson. The forward has left Brighton, and is being tipped to move to the USA.

Grace Clinton is the subject of transfer speculation after a successful loan spell at Tottenham last season. Spurs are keen to bring her back, but parent club Manchester United are likely to want the creative midfielder to stay.

One of the most intriguing summer transfer sagas could involve Aston Villa midfielder Alisha Lehmann.

The Swiss international has been linked with Juventus – as her boyfriend, Douglas Luiz, is rumoured to be transferring between the respective men’s clubs.

Aside from player transfers, the WSL managerial merry-go-round is in full rotation.

Brighton, Leicester and Villa are all seeking new permanent managers.

Villa are in the advanced stages of their hunt to replace Carla Ward, with experienced Icelandic coach Elisabet Gunnarsdottir a leading candidate. Bristol City boss Lauren Smith is also in contention.

Brighton and Leicester ended the season under interim coaches, Mikey Harris and Jennifer Foster respectively, and are yet to make full-time appointments.