As we move into the summer, while the footballing calendar has been affected, transfer news and rumours are still plentiful, with a number of high profile moves already in the pipeline this summer.
FIFA 21's Ones To Watch will be a hot topic of debate over the summer as the world’s top footballers get linked with a number of moves to different clubs, opening up a tonne of new squad building possibilities next year in FUT 21.
Here is our roundup of everything Ones To Watch related, as well as all the transfer news, rumours, confirmed transfers and potential promotion release dates.
What Is Ones To Watch?
The Ones To Watch Promotion in FIFA Ultimate Team has been a staple for a number of years now, revolving around the biggest transfers in world football.
At the start of the FUT calendar, a squad of OTW cards are released into packs, featuring a curated list of top cards that have moved clubs over the summer.
As ‘Ones To Watch’ in FIFA Ultimate team, these cards are dynamic, meaning they upgrade if a player receives a performance-based in-form, such as a TOTW, MOTM or TOTGS card.
This not only adds a whole new dimension to a regular weekend of football, through watching specific players’ performances, hoping for key contributions but also allows for a number of investment opportunities on the FUT transfer market.
When Can We Expect Ones To Watch?
Naturally, as FIFA 21 is a while away, with an October release date, it’s difficult to confirm an exact release date, however, we should expect Ones To Watch very shortly after the Standard Edition release, with the promo arriving around October 9th-16th.
FIFA 21 Ones To Watch Predictions & Transfer Rumours
As we move through the summer, we’ll be updating our Ones To Watch Predictions and rumours throughout, to provide you all with a solid insight as to who may make it into the final FIFA 21 Ones To Watch squad at the start of the game.
- Jude Bellingham: Birmingham City>Borussia Dortmund (£20.70 million)
- Leroy Sane: Manchester City>Bayern Munich (£44.7 million)
- Achraf Hakimi: Real Madrid>Inter Milan (£36.3 million)
- Arthur: Barcelona>Juventus (£75 million)
- Miralem Pjanic: Juventus>Barcelona (£59.4 million)
- Thomas Meunier: PSG> Borussia Dortmund (Free)
- Morgan Schneiderlin: Everton>OGC Nice (£2 million)
- Timo Werner: RB Leipzig>Chelsea (£47.7 million)
- Hakim Ziyech: Ajax>Chelsea (£36 million)
Thiago Alcantara - CONFIRMED - September 26
From: Bayern Munich
Liverpool are reportedly very close to landing the world-class Spaniard Thiago Alcantara from Bayern, with personal terms already agreed according to a number of outlets.
Thiago is out of contract at the end of next season with the Bundesliga champions and has said he wants to play in the Premier League before the end of his career.
Kai Havertz - RUMOURED - July 21
From: Bayer Leverkusen
Chelsea is appearing to be front runners to land Kai Havertz this summer for a hefty £70m fee.
While the Blues are apparently close to reaching an agreement with the German superstar, transfer budgets still need to be decided after already signing Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech this summer.
There’s no doubt that Kai Havertz would be an insane acquisition, would be a welcome talent in the Premier League, and would be an awesome OTW card in FUT 21.
Jude Bellingham - CONFIRMED - July 20
From: Birmingham City
Jude Bellingham’s future is confirmed after Dortmund announced the signing on July 20th, signing the 17-year-old for just over £20m from Birmingham City.
With FUT 21 being Jude Bellingham’s first appearance in FUT, we’re excited to see what rating he’ll be given and whether he’ll receive his first OTW item!
Nathan Ake - RUMOURED - July 19
To: Manchester City
With Bournemouth looking very likely candidates for relegation this season, there’s a very good chance that they’ll be losing some of their best players, including Nathan Ake.
Ake’s been frequently linked with a number of top clubs, including Manchester United and Chelsea, however, Manchester City are close to agreeing on a deal to bring the Dutchman to the Etihad.
It’s no secret that Man City have been in need of some defensive acquisitions for multiple seasons now, and Ake would certainly fit the bill, making him a top potential FUT 21 OTW card.
Victor Osimhen - RUMOURED - July 19
From: LOSC Lille
A massive transfer for the Nigerian superstar appears to be very close to completion, with Napoli having had a £74m bid accepted by Lille, with Osimhen apparently having already completed his medical.
A transfer of this size will certainly heap the pressure on Victor Osimhen’s shoulders, and make him a OTW card in FUT 21.
Leroy Sane - CONFIRMED - (June 30th)
From: Manchester City
To: Bayern Munich
Fee: £44.70m + Add ons
A big signing for the German Champions, as the 24-year-old international makes his way back to Germany for a near £45.00m fee.
Injuries have been a key factor in Sane’s development and opportunities at Manchester City, and with Bayern having kept Sane on their radar for a while now, they’ve finally snapped him up.
We’re excited to see what Sane can do back in Germany, and is a prime candidate for a Ones To Watch card in FUT 21.
Achraf Hakimi - CONFIRMED - (June 30th)
From: Real Madrid
Inter have confirmed the signing of Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid for a modest £36.30 million fee, which doesn’t seem like bad business for one of the hottest right back prospects in world football.
Signing a 5-year deal, the Moroccan will be officially unveiled as an Inter player later this week, and will definitely make it into FIFA 21’s Ones To Watch squad.
Arthur - CONFIRMED - (June 29th)
The Arthur/Pjanic saga has come to an end, with both clubs agreeing on transfers for very similar central midfield players.
Arthur heads to Juventus for £75m, while continuing to play for Barcelona until the 2020-21 season, meaning he is still eligible for the Champions League. Ones To Watch is certainly hotting up this year!
Miralem Pjanic - CONFIRMED - (June 29th)
Going the other way, Pjanic arrives from Juventus for a near £60m fee and will join up with his teammates at the Camp Nou at the start of the 2020-21 season on a four-year deal.
While Pjanic may be considerably older than Arthur, there’s still no doubt that he’s one of the best midfielders in the world currently, and should easily make it into the OTW squad in FIFA 21.
Thomas Meunier - CONFIRMED - (25th June)
Fee: Free Transfer
Signing as a free transfer until 2024, the Belgian full-back has joined Dortmund following his contract expiry with PSG at the end of next week.
Meunier will no doubt add cover to the full-back position with Hakimi returning to his parent club Real Madrid, and Lukasz Piszczek nearing the end of his career.
Morgan Schneiderlin - CONFIRMED (23rd June)
To: OGC Nice
The experienced French defensive midfielder has officially gone to Ligue 1 from the Premier League, with the transfer going through on July 1st when the international summer transfer window opens. With his defensive prowess, ability to spot a pass and hit precise reading of the game, Schneiderlin is still a solid player and could be worthy of an OTW card in FUT 21.
Timo Werner - CONFIRMED
From: RB Leipzig
One of the signings of the summer no doubt, Timo Werner is pretty much confirmed to be joining Chelsea this summer, following a medical at the end of the Bundesliga season. Being one of the top young prospects in European football, possessing great pace, movement and finishing ability, Werner is surely set to receive a top tier OTW card in FIFA 21, and could be set for some big upgrades!
Hakim Ziyech - CONFIRMED
The 2nd top transfer that we have to mention, and it’s another Chelsea man, in Hakim Ziyech! The Moroccan playmaker joins for a mere £36m fee, and with 26 goal contributions in 27 games in the Eredivisie and Champions League in the 19/20 season, his impact in the Premier League could be massive!
We’re very excited to see what his link up with new signing Timo Werner could be like, and with Chelsea seeming to be ready to make more moves this summer, we might be seeing a heavy Blues presence in FIFA 21’s OTW squad!
Jadon Sancho - RUMOUR
From: Borussia Dortmund
To: Manchester United
One of the biggest transfers that has been floating around for a number of windows now has been the arrival of Jadon Sancho to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund.
With concerns appearing to surface over the 19-year-old’s contract renewal at Dortmund, Manchester United are rumoured to be stepping up a near £100m offer for the wonderkid to bring him to Old Trafford. What an inclusion Jadon Sancho would be as a FIFA 21 One To Watch card!
Martin Ødegaard - CONFIRMED
Club: Real Madrid
EA has confirmed the young star is going to be one to watch this season!