Transfer Gossip: Alves, Sissoko, Tolisso, Bernardo Silva

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With the season coming to a close, the transfer window is about to open.

Rumours are gathering apace and we take a look at the latest stories doing the rounds in the media.

DANI ALVES

With Kyle Walker looking likely to leave Tottenham in the summer Yahoo are reporting that the club will turn to Juventus full-back Dani Alves to replace the England international.

The 34-year-old has one year left on his lucrative deal with the Serie A giants and the report says there is an option for a third campaign.

However, the right back is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League and Spurs have apparently offered a two-year deal with the option for a third.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: The former Barcelona defender has previously talked about a move to England and given his age, this probably represents his last opportunity to fulfill that ambition.

It would be a move away from Spurs’ usual transfer policy given his age but undoubtedly he’s been one of the best right backs in the world this season having been a central figure in Juve’s charge for a trophy treble.

Should Walker depart it’s a move which makes sense.

MOUSSA SISSOKO

Sticking with Spurs and France midfielder Sissoko has been surprisingly linked with a move to Barcelona with AC Milan and Real Madrid also reportedly interested in the 27-year-old.

The £30million (Dh142m) buy from Newcastle has been nothing short of a flop this season having only turned out 13 times for the North Londoners this season.

However, Don Balon are saying the La Liga giants could be ready to help resurrect his career.

RATING: 2/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Just don’t see it. It sounds an awful lot like Sissoko’s agent is trying to alert potential suitors and if that’s the case, they’re looking in the wrong direction.

The transfer window is upon laides and gentleman, prepare yourselves for rumours even more farcical than this one.

CORENTIN TOLISSO

Arsene Wenger is plotting a major overhaul of his Arsenal squad – providing as expected he signs a new deal at the Emirates Stadium – and the Lyon star is thought to be chief among his targets.

The midfielder is valued at £30million (Dh142m) according to the Mirror but they will have to compete with Serie A clubs Napoli and Juventus for his signature.

Tolisso’s desire to break into France’s squad for the 2018 World Cup is said to be a fundamental factor in his desire to leave after Lyon failed to qualify for the Champions League.

RATING: 5/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: When dissecting this rumour the first reason for doubt is the fact Arsenal are unlikely to secure Champions League football for next season as well.

However, the size and stature of the club could be enough to tempt the 22-year-old into a switch. Keep an eye on this one.

 

BERNARDO SILVA

He’s a target of Manchester United and the talented Portugal midfielder has said he dreams of leaving Monaco for one of the “best teams”.

“I am finishing my third season in Monaco, who gave me the opportunity to play at a higher level,” he said in an interview with SIC.

“But of course, every player dreams of playing for the best teams and in the best divisions one day. I’m no exception.”

The 22-year-old is said to be valued at around £70m (Dh333m) while United are also looking at Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Monaco have just beaten Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title and reached the Champions League semi-final this season. It’s fair to surmise that they are one of the best teams in Europe right now and if they can keep the squad together will remain a force.

Silva is their chief creator and forms part of the young nucleus which makes this side tick. It’s hard to comprehend them allowing him to leave but then United have deep pockets and a vacuum to fill in midfield.

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Transfer Gossip: Donnarumma, Aubameyang, Griezmann, Walker

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With the season coming to a close, the transfer window is about to open.

Rumours are gathering apace and we take a look at the latest stories doing the rounds in the media.

GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA

Manchester City are set to step up their interest in the AC Milan goalkeeper and according to the Daily Mail are the favourites to sign the teenager this summer.

The Premier League giants will apparently table a £30million (Dh142m) offer to prize the 18-year-old away from the San Siro.

The report says Donnarumma only has one year left on his current deal and has so far failed to agree new terms with the Serie A club.

RATING: 4/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: It’s no surprise to see Man City linked with signing a new goalkeeper considering the issues Pep Guardiola has had at No1 this season with Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero both failing to impress.

But Italy international Donnarumma, widely seen as the heir to Gigi Buffon’s throne, is the brightest goalkeeping talent on the planet and it’s incredibly difficult to see why AC Milan would be willing to let him leave – at any price given world class stoppers are at a premium.

His agent is Mino Raiola so there is every chance this rumour is a negotiation tactic as they try to tie up a new deal with Milan.

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG

The Borussia Dortmund forward could be ready cash in on a move to China having reportedly been offered an £800,000-per-week (Dh3.7m) deal, so say France Football.

Tianjin Quanjian’s proposal would make him the highest earner in world football, surpassing the eyewatering £798,000 (Dh3.6m)  Ezequiel Lavezzi makes at Hebei China Fortune.

The Chinese Super League club would apparently be prepared to pay Dortmund £68m (Dh322m) to prize him away from the Bundesliga.

RATING: 3/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Another day, another rumour linking a big name player from Europe with a lucrative move to China.

While the figures talked about will no doubt turn his head, the 27-year-old is coming into the peak of his powers and a move to China is undoubtedly a step down.

He’s always talked up a move to Real Madrid so you can’t help but feel that would be the switch he’d make if he did leave Dortmund.

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN

Real Madrid are exploring the possibility of signing the Atletico Madrid frontman.

It would need Gareth Bale to depart to Manchester United this summer to finance the move according to Spanish outlet Don Balon.

Bale’s injury concerns means Real are apparently looking at targets elsewhere and they’re not looking too far away to find their man.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: One day it’s Manchester United, the next it’s Real Madrid.

It seems a lot of things need to fall into place for this deal to happen but Griezmann will be hot property on the market this year.

If Real are serious, they almost always get their man and there is a distinct possibility they’ll be looking to build on a squad which will could be defending the Champions League and La Liga trophies next season.

KYLE WALKER

The Daily Mirror is reporting that Chelsea are ready to hijack Manchester City’s attempts to sign the Tottenham full-back.

The England international could be set for a summer exit, with City the favourites to sign him, but the Premier League champions are preparing a £40million (Dh189m) move.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: There are strong rumours that Kyle Walker has fallen out with Mauricio Pochettino and the club are looking to offload the right-back.

The 26-year-old is one of the best full-backs around and Pep Guardiola is known to be in the market for that position.

However, the newly-crowned Premier League champions will be a tantalisingly prospect so we could have a real tug of war on our hands.

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Transfer Gossip: Lukaku, Rooney, Morata

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Every day we will be keeping you updated with the latest transfer rumours as the season draws to a close and the window opens up…

LUAN

The latest Brazilian to be compared to an old star is on Liverpool’s radar, according to the Daily Mirror.

Gremio striker Luan, who has been branded the “next Ronaldinho”, is all set to join Brazilian colleagues Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, and Lucas at the Merseyside club.

The Daily Mirror reports that the two clubs are close to agreeing a 26 million move

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: The rumour has more or less come out of nowhere, but the first news on the move makes it sound almost like a done deal, with just the formalities left to complete.

Luan reportedly only committed to playing 11-a-side football at the age of 18, but six years later he’s set for a big-money move to the Premier League.

Liverpool and Gremio have history in completing transfers, with midfielder Lucas having moved to the Premier League from the Brazilian club back in 2007.

This will likely be wrapped up pretty quickly, given that it seems Liverpool have stolen a march on any other interested clubs, with rumours suggesting that the deal was more or less wrapped up when the player’s representatives met the club in April.

ROMELU LUKAKU AND WAYNE ROONEY

The Lukaku to United rumours have been growing stronger in recent days, but the Daily Mail have introduced a new wrinkle.

With Everton reportedly demanding 100 million for their striker, the Mail suggests Manchester United will offer club captain Wayne Rooney as a way of driving the fee down.

United value Rooney at 17 million, but player and club are likely to agree some sort of pay-off that will cover Rooney’s 250,000-a-week contract, with Everton unlikely to be able to match the striker’s wage demands otherwise.

Given that Rooney-to-Everton rumours have been rumbling since January, and Lukaku-to-United has been gathering steam ever since the Everton striker refused to sign a new contract, it’s not surprising to see the two transfers combined into one rumour.

RATING: 4/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: It’s quite likely that both Rooney and Lukaku will be central figures in transfer sagas that could last the entire summer.

Lukaku will be in demand, so United will have plenty of competition for his signature. Chelsea have also been rumoured to be a likely destination, with Antonio Conte a keen admirer of the Belgian, so a move to United will be far from straight-forward.

Similarly, Rooney’s future is uncertain, with there being mixed signals on whether or not the striker is even interested in a move away from Old Trafford. Given that he has been little more than a squad player for Manchester United this season, the club may take that particular decision out of his hands, but Rooney has also been linked with moves to the MLS and China, so while a return to his boyhood club is not out of the question the striker will have plenty of options to weigh.

This story seems to one of convenience – United want Lukaku, Everton have expressed interest in Rooney, so it’s not altogether surprising that the two have been combined into one rumoured deal.

Rooney’s wages will be a stumbling block for a move to most Premier League clubs, given that United likely wouldn’t sell him to the few that could afford his salary, so that is one big hurdle to cross in a return to Everton.

And United will also have to decide if Lukaku is worth a world-record fee. The striker is the front-runner for this year’s Golden Boot and this season has by far his best in the Premier League, but is that enough to justify a 100 million outlay?

These are both transfers that could go down to the end of the window before being resolved.

ALVARO MORATA

Spanish publication Diario Gol claim that Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has reached an agreement with Premier League champions Chelsea.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is a known admirer of the Spaniard, and Morata revealed recently that he spoke to Conte a few years ago when he was going through a rough patch in his career.

Morata has delivered whenever he’s been called upon at Madrid, but has been unable to force his way into Zinedine Zidane’s first-choice XI, and rumours of a move away have been doing the rounds throughout this season.

However, there are also suggestions that Conte is having to fight the Chelsea hierarchy to get this move done.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Yep, we can believe this rumour. Morata and Conte have established a good relationship despite having never worked together.

In the same interview where Morata revealed that Conte helped him through a low phase of his career, the Spaniard also said he expects to work under Conte sooner or later.

Morata also has a good relationship with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, but Chelsea have long seemed the frontrunners for the 24-year-old.

Arsenal and Manchester United have also been linked with Morata, but with Conte seemingly making the striker one of his top targets this summer, expect the Spaniard to be wearing Chelsea blue next season.

RYAN BERTRAND

Liverpool are rumoured to be sniffing around Southampton yet again – although this time, they’re not alone.

Both the Reds and Manchester City are in the market for a left-back, and Saints man Ryan Bertrand has developed into one of the Premier League’s best at that position.

ESPN sources say Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are both admirers of the 27-year-old, who would slot right in at either club.

Southampton will be loathe to let the Englishman go, but with the money both clubs can offer, it’s difficult to see how the Saints will be able to hold onto Bertrand.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Left-back has been a troublesome position for Liverpool for quite a while, with Spaniard Alberto Moreno never quite looking up to scratch. James Milner has done an excellent job, but he moved to Liverpool to play in midfield, not remain a utility man.

It’s quite easy to see Bertrand becoming the latest player to make the switch from Southampton to Liverpool.

However, if Manchester City are interested, and it becomes a question of money, they will win any bidding war. And City are just as much in need of a left-back as Liverpool are.

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