Transfer gossip: Salah, Pepe, Digne

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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.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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MOHAMED SALAH

Egyptian ace Mohamed Salah is being targeted by Liverpool this summer, according to reports in Italy.

The Roma winger is thought to be one of Jurgen Klopp’s top targets with the German being keen to sign Salah as the Reds look to strengthen – especially with the potential prospect of Champions League football next term.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Kop club will launch a bid for the 24-year-old’s signature during the close season after missing out on Bayer Leverkusen’s young gun Julian Brandt.

Salah, himself, is no stranger to the Premier League having spent an unsuccessful 18-month spell at Chelsea between 2014-16 – before rekindling his form during a loan stint at Fiorentina and then earning a permanent transfer to Roma.

Roma boss Luciano Spalletti sees Salah, who has hit 17 goals in all competitions this season, as a key man for the Giallorossi moving forward if they are to bridge the gap between themselves and Juventus in Serie A.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Having only joined Roma on a permanent basis at the beginning of last season for €15m (AED60m), Liverpool would need to at least double that fee to land Salah. As stated above, the attacker’s previous spell in England wasn’t a success but he is now a more complete player who could easily fit the bill for the Reds.

PEPE

Paris Saint-Germain are expected to step up their interest in Real Madrid centre-back Pepe.

The experienced defender’s Bernabeu deal expires at the end of the season and he has yet to receive any indication from Los Blancos hierarchy that he will be offered new terms.

Pepe, 34, has been in and out of the Real first-team in recent months and according to Spanish-based radio station Cadena Ser, PSG boss Unai Emery wants to bring the Portuguese star to the French capital.

A switch to the Far East could also be on the cards given Pepe has received several lucrative offers from China.

RATING: 9/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Pepe’s 10-season spell at Real looks to be coming to an end, and although he is still held in high regard at the club, the veteran will more than likely be moving onto pastures new.

LUCAS DIGNE

The Barcelona left-back has put an end to speculation over his future after revealing he wants to stay at the club until at least the end of his contract in 2021.

Digne, who joined the Nou Camp giants from Paris Saint-Germain last summer, has endured a difficult first season in Spain and often played second fiddle to Jordi Alba in the pecking order.

But the 23-year-old remains committed to Barcelona following reports that he could return to Ligue 1 next term.

He told beIN Sports:”I am happy at Barcelona, and I will be even happier if we win the league.

“My situation doesn’t worry me, what matters is the team.”

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Having played only 25 times across all competitions this term, Digne’s debut campaign in Spain hasn’t been truly memorable but Barcelona are well aware of his talent and will be hoping he can step up to the plate in 2017-18.

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON?

Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is again being linked with a move to Liverpool in the English press. The Ox looks likely to leave the Emirates this summer.

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Transfer Gossip: Lukaku, Rudiger, Pickford

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Romelu Lukaku.

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.

Will any of the following deals happen?

Share with us your thoughts – get in touch via Twitter and Facebook.

ROMELU LUKAKU

Chelsea could miss out on re-signing Romelu Lukaku in the summer.

The Everton striker, who is refusing to sign a new deal at Goodison Park, is wanted by his former club, but the Sun claim he is put off by Antonio Conte’s style of play and could consider a move to Manchester United.

RATING: 5/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: With a high work-rate demanded under Conte’s style – requiring pressing and defensive work from his strikers – the Belgian could struggle if he re-signs at Stamford Bridge. However, if Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves Manchester United this summer, except Lukaku to seriously consider a move to Old Trafford.

Romelu Lukaku.

Romelu Lukaku.

ANTONIO RUDIGER

Staying at Stamford Bridge and the Sun also report Conte could be ready to splash the cash on Belgium midfielder Radja Nainggolan and Germany defender Antonio Rudiger for a total of £70million.

However, if the Express are to be believed Conte will not be at Stamford Bridge next season.

They say the Italian is being lined up to become Barcelona’s new manager, with the LaLiga club still yet to announce a replacement for Luis Enrique.

RATING: 5/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: The Roma pair are clearly in high demand after a stunning season in Serie A, but Nainggolan’s asking price of £34 million could prove too much for the Chelsea coach. On the other hand, Rudiger has emerged as one of the best centre-backs in Italy and could be the ideal replacement for John Terry.

Antonio Rudiger.

Antonio Rudiger.

JORDAN PICKFORD

The Telegraph are reporting that five clubs are monitoring Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Arsenal, Everton, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and West Ham are all keeping tabs on Pickford, who could be allowed to leave for £25million following Sunderland’s relegation.

RATING: 9/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: The Englishman is emerging as one of the stand-out goalkeepers in the Premier League. Despite Sunderland battling relegation again, the 23-year-old has been sensational at the Stadium of Light and is being tipped as future England No1. With significant leadership qualities, Pickford could be exactly what be a long-term star at one of the top clubs next season.

Jordan Pickford.

Jordan Pickford.

What else is going on…

Chelsea are just one win away from lifting the Premier League title

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Transfer gossip: Ramirez, Hernandez, Verratti

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Could Ramirez be moving to Goodison Park?

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.

Will any of the following deals happen?

Share with us your thoughts – get in touch via Twitter and Facebook.

SANDRO RAMIREZ

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is lining up a summer move for Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez.

The Dutchman watched the former Barcelona prodigy score in Malaga’s 3-0 victory over Celta Vigo last night and was, according to social media, pictured with the 21-year-old’s agent (see below).

Ramirez has been in fine form this term, smashing in 14 La Liga goals in 29 appearances – sparking plenty of interest in his signature.

But it looks like the Toffees are at the front of the queue to sign the striker as Koeman begins in earnest to plan for next season.

It is thought Everton want to land the ex-Barca star regardless of whether they manage to keep hold of Romelu Lukaku or not.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: The Blues are desperate for more firepower up top and goals from an alternative source other than Lukaku is a necessity. With the Belgian likely to leave Goodison Park this summer, Ramirez could fit the bill as his replacement.

THEO HERNANDEZ

Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are locked in battle to sign Atletico Madrid defender Theo Hernandez.

The 19-year-old left-back, who has spent this season on loan at Alaves, has been courting plenty of interest after a set of solid performances for the La Liga club.

Hernandez is due to return to Atleti at the end of the campaign but it remains to be seen whether the French star will be guaranteed regular first-team football next term with Diego Simeone’s men.

Both Barca and Atleti’s city rivals Real have shown an interest in the defender, with the former having already spoken to the player’s representatives according to Footmercato.

While Liverpool and Manchester City have also been linked with his services, it is likely Hernandez will decide to stay at Atletico – especially given he has been part of the Vicente Calderon club since the age of 10.

Indeed, his father, Jean-Francois Hernandez, played for the red and whites in the early 2000s.

For now, Atleti management are expected to sit down with the player and discuss his long-term future once he returns from his spell with Alaves.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: You would think Atleti would be unwilling to part with a player they have invested lots of time into. Expect to see Hernandez on loan at the Mendizorrotza Stadium next season too.

MARCO VERRATTI

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti will not be leaving the club at the end of the season, according to the Italian’s agent.

The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona but PSG are not prepared to allow the Italy international to end his five seasons in the French capital.

Indeed, Verratti’s representative, Donato Di Campli, told TMW Radio: “He is in a club that loves him and in a city that loves him. I have not spoken to Barcelona, at the moment (nothing is happening).”

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Verratti is a key man for Unai Emery’s side but if there was one team that might tempt him to leave the Parc des Princes, it could well be Barcelona.

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON?

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has yet again been linked with Bayern Munich in the English press.

It’s set to be an interesting summer at the Emirates Stadium and the Chilean will have a decision to make over his future.

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