Transfer gossip: Keylor Navas, Rami, Rafinha

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Keen: Navas wants to stay at the Bernabeu.

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.

KEYLOR NAVAS

The under-fire Real Madrid goalkeeper has reiterated his desire to stay at the Bernabeu and remain No.1.

Navas, who produced a string of fine saves to help Los Blancos reach the Champions League final for a second successive season on Wednesday night, has otherwise been heavily criticized for his indifferent form this term.

This has fuelled speculation Real will replace the Costa Rican this summer or at least make him back-up shot-stopper, with rumours persisting that David De Gea will return to the Spanish capital.

However, Navas, 30, is determined to continue his Real dream and was defiant speaking to the media following the Whites’ aggregate victory over Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.

As reported by Marca, he said: “It hasn’t been an easy year for me.

“Having a reduced pre-season was a major burden for me but now I’m feeling great. I’m grateful for being able to play these sort of matches.”

Navas, who probably should have saved Antoine Griezmann’s first-half penalty but made up for it with crucial stops in the second period, added: “I want to stay at Real Madrid for many years to come.

“I don’t care what people say, I just do my job. I notice the fans’ support, it makes me feel well-liked.”

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Real seem set on signing a new goalkeeper and while that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll let Navas leave the club, it’s clear the former Levante stopper won’t be Los Blancos’ No.1 for much longer.

ADIL RAMI

The Sevilla centre-back is closing in on a summer switch to Marseille, according to reports in the French press.

The France international has revealed his desire to link-up with Rudi Garcia again – a coach he worked with for three years at Lille.

Despite having only moved to the Andalusian club just 18 months ago after a spell at AC Milan, the 31-year-old has struggled to settle in Seville and wants to return to Ligue 1.

French outlet L’Equipe have stated that a deal could happen as soon as the transfer window opens, with Rami declaring his ambition to be part of Marseille’s new project (and he even mentioned the Olympians in a recent Instagram post – below).

Despite being fourth in La Liga, a host of Sevilla stars are unsure whether coach Jorge Sampaoli will stay beyond this season and the defender seems to be keen to make a swift exit – suggesting all is not well behind the scenes.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Rami played a starring role in Sevilla’s Europa League triumph last term but now, it seems, he is ready for a new challenge after a topsy-turvy campaign at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. A move to Marseille could help both parties given the player’s advancing years and the fact he has made no secret of his desire to leave.

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RAFINHA

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha is set to leave the Nou Camp club at the end of the season.

The Brazilian has been a bit-part player for the last three campaigns at Barca and feels he needs to play regularly if he harbours hopes of playing for Brazil in the 2018 World Cup.

Despite having three years left on his contract with the Catalan giants, the 24-year-old has reportedly revealed that Luis Enrique’s imminent departure will also reduce his chances of more playing time on the pitch.

However, according to Esports Cope, Barca will be unwilling to let Rafinha leave for anything less than €30m (AED 119m).

A host of Premier League clubs have already declared an interest in the Brazil star, including Liverpool and Manchester United.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Rafinha’s Barcelona career seems to be on borrowed time. The midfielder’s been unfortunate with injuries in recent seasons but it doesn’t look like he will go on to become a first-team regular for Blaugrana.

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON?

That man Mino Raiola, the famed football agent, is in the headlines again. He claims Paul Pogba’s world-record move to Manchester United didn’t breach third party ownership rules despite reports it did.

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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?

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

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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