Transfer gossip: Moura, Ranocchia, Nani

Our extensive round-up of what rumours are dominating the headlines in Europe's media.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
7th May 2017

article:7th May 2017

Could the winger leave the French giants?
Could the winger leave the French giants?

With only a few weeks to go until the end of the season, transfer gossip is beginning to gather pace!

Here, we look at three key transfers that could happen this summer as clubs and players alike look for new moves and opportunities.


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LUCAS MOURA

Liverpool have made Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura one of their big targets this summer, according to L’Equipe.

Kop boss Jurgen Klopp is an admirer of the Brazilian star and is ready to battle it out with Atletico Madrid for his signature – with reports suggesting Moura is ready for a new challenge after five seasons in the French capital.

A bid in the region of £30m (AED 143m) from the Reds could tempt PSG to cash in on the attacking talent.

The 24-year-old, who has less than two years left on his contract at the Parc des Princes, has been in stunning form this term – scoring 17 goals in all competitions – as well as helping the club win the Coupe de la Ligue trophy.

For now, Moura’s focus will be on ensuring PSG continue to fight for the Ligue 1 title before deciding upon his own future.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Several reports in France have suggested that Moura is on the lookout for a pastures new and a move to the Premier League would likely suit him down to the ground. Expect Liverpool to up their interest in the coming months with a firm bid for the wing man.

ANDREA RANOCCHIA

Chelsea and Arsenal could move for Hull City’s on loan centre-back Andrea Ranocchia, according to sources in Italy.

The 29-year-old Inter Milan star, who is currently on a season-long loan deal at the KCOM Stadium, is not expected to join Hull on a permanent basis in the summer – especially if the Tigers fail to avoid relegation.

According to Football Italia, it is thought that Ranocchia is keen to stay in England and feels his first-team opportunities would be limited if he returned to the San Siro.

Inter value the defender at around £12m (AED 57m), a figure both Chelsea and Arsenal could match in the close season as they look to add defensive cover.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: It is highly likely Inter will allow Ranocchia to leave the club if their asking price is matched, and while Hull appear to be out of the race to seal the defender’s services on a full-time contract, the Italian would surely jump at the chance to join would-be Premier League champions Chelsea.

NANI

Portuguese star Nani could be set to leave Valencia at the end of the season.

The former Manchester United winger, who sparkled at last summer’s Euro 2016 tournament, has failed to shine at the Mestalla and Spanish newspaper Marca has drawn attention to the fact he has managed just 23 appearances (in all competitions) this term.

It has been another tough season for Los Che and the 30-year-old has not been a regular under manager Voro.

At this stage, it remains to be seen whether Nani will look for a new move – but a return to the Premier League doesn’t seem on the cards.

However, with around two years left on his current deal – Valencia may be tempted to keep hold of the attacker as they look to rebuild in the close season.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Nani clearly hasn’t enjoyed a stellar first campaign with Valencia but he is too good of a player not to prosper in La Liga. The Portugal international will be after more game time next season and wherever that is guaranteed could be the main factor as to his next destination.

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON?

There’s yet more rumours in the English press that Kylian Mbappe is set to move to the Premier League this summer. Expect this long-running transfer saga to drag on and on.


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