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Sorare Shot Stoppers: Goalkeepers looking to make a move this summer

As the blazing sun ushers in warmer days, or the rain forms floods depending on where you live, a different kind of heat begins to simmer in the world of European soccer. The summer transfer window, a time of furious activity is upon us once again. For avid football enthusiasts, this period marks a crucial juncture, where teams from across the continent embark on a quest to strengthen their squads, cash in, secure new talents, and reshape their teams. This is also a very interesting time for you as a Sorare player. In this new article, we'll be discussing some possible transfer carousels and what that could mean for Sorare card holders. As always we'll be focussing on Sorare goalkeepers. We've been keeping a close eye on the transfer market and we keep up with every transfer rumor we can find. So be sure to check out our goalkeeper transfer rumor page, which is updated every day and every rumor is linked to a news outlet.

Bart Verbruggen (Anderlecht)

SorareData Goalkeeper Verbruggen

Bart Verbruggen only recently took the first goalkeeper position from Hendrik Van Crombrugge. He did it with verve and Anderlecht is looking to cash in the talent. Mainly because they have financial problems and could use the 20 million very well. Making Verbruggen the highest transfer fee paid for a goalkeeper in Belgium, ever. Burnley, coached by Vincent Kompany, had the best cards in reeling Verbruggen in. They know each other from Anderlecht and the goalkeeper trainer, ten Rouwelaar, is close with Verbruggen. However, Brighton joined the mix and is very close to signing the goalkeeper from Anderlecht. Both clubs have yet to confirm the transfer, but that seems a matter of time. To play De Zerbi-ball you'll need a goalkeeper who is very strong with his feet and the very highly regarded scouting system of Brighton, landed on Verbuggen. Now the question is: will Verbruggen be the starting goalkeeper for Brighton next season? Verbruggen will have to compete for a spot under the crossbar in southern England with Spanish international Robert Sánchez and Jason Steele. Sanchez was the starting goalkeeper but lost his place to Steele. This resulted in Sanchez refusing to sit on the bench. Clashing with a strong-headed De Zerbi is never a good idea, ask Trossard, Steele is a different story. Steele’s passing out from the back and performances have played a major role in Brighton finishing sixth in the Premier League to qualify for the Europa League next season. Time will tell who will be the first goalkeeper, there are a lot of games to be played next season for Brighton. This is what De Zerbi had to say about Steele:

“I study football 24 hours a day. It’s very hard to find another ‘keeper with this quality to play.”

Jean Butez (Antwerp)

SorareData Goalkeeper Butez

Antwerp experienced the most awe-inspiring season in its club history as it grabbed the double for the first time. It beat KV Mechelen in the cup final and then, after a real thriller, took its first league title in 66 years. But the Great Old also had to pay for that success with the departure of some superior players. It also seems the perfect moment to leave and make a big transfer for the 28-year-old Butez. The Frenchman was a defining force in Royal Antwerp FC's champion season. With 20 clean sheets in the league, he kept the zero in one out of two games.

It is downright impressive. Butez is by far the best goalkeeper in the Belgian league. - Hein Vanhaezebroeck (coach AA Gent)

Butez initially expressed his desire to stay with Antwerp but has since become open to a transfer. A few teams came knocking on the door of Marc Overmars and showed interest in Butez. We've found articles about Monaco, their coach was recently fired so it might be less concrete and Villareal, but after missing out on Verbruggen, Kompany and Burnley's sights seem to be set on Butez. With 8 million also a lot cheaper than Verbruggen.

Antwerp has already found a possible replacement. Youth international and acclaimed talent Senne Lammens joined from Club Brugge as he expressed the need for playing time. The second goalkeeper is Ortwin De Wolf, who also expressed his desire to be a starting goalkeeper, he was linked with Zulte Waregem (Second division) last winter and KV Mechelen. If he leaves, Antwerp needs another goalkeeper.

Hendrik Van Crombrugge (Anderlecht)

SorareData Goalkeeper Van Crombrugge

I can imagine there are a lot of Sorare Card holders out there wondering what will happen with HVC. Hendrik Van Crombrugge was demoted from first goalkeeper to benchwarmer last season. Anderlecht seems to be clearly preparing for a possible transfer of Hendrik Van Crombrugge. Back in January, there was interest from Celtic FC and Nottingham Forest, but for various reasons, no deal could be reached. A solution will have to be found in the upcoming summer transfer window.

The 30-year-old has been linked with a transfer to KRC Genk, but the current big earner would have to give up financially as well as accept a backup role behind Maarten Vandevoordt. So financially and sportingly, that is not immediately attractive for Van Crombrugge either... Genk is looking for some competition for Vandevoort. Genk is famed for its impressive goalkeeper talent factory and is not scared to give youngsters a starting position. We did a write-up on the goalkeeper talent factory some time ago. Tobe Leysen is also knocking on the door and does not want to be the third goalkeeper. Rumors suggest if HVC joins, Leysen will be loaned out. I could not find any rumors about possible clubs. However, I also hope this isn't a lack of trust in the qualities of Tobe Leysen by Genk.

Van Crombrugge's prospects of becoming Genk's first goalkeeper could only become a reality in the 2024-2025 season. This means he would have to wait patiently for a year for his chance to return to the starting line-up. However, it is unclear whether this scenario matches the 30-year-old goalkeeper's future plans and ambitions.

Gaetan Coucke (KV Mechelen)

SorareData Goalkeeper Coucke

In the search for a new double for Simon Mignolet, Club Brugge has their eye on Gaëtan Coucke of KV Mechelen. Brugge is considering the 24-year-old player to fill the departure of Senne Lammens to Antwerp at Brugge.

Coucke is entering his final contract year at Mechelen. KV would like to keep him, but negotiations on a new contract are proving difficult. After three seasons at Malinwa, the goalkeeper wants to keep his options open. Although it remains to be seen whether he will make peace with a role as second goalkeeper. At Mechelen, they are aware of Bruges' interest, but an official offer has not yet been made.

At Antwerp, they are also keeping an eye on the Mechelen goalkeeper's situation, although the Great Old did already acquire Lammens.



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