Transfer Gossip: James Rodriguez, Ben Arfa, Belotti

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Is Rodriguez's three-year Bernabeu spell about to come to an end?

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…

Which move do you think will happen out of these three key transfer rumours?

Share your thoughts with us, get in touch on Twitter or via Facebook.

JAMES RODRIGUEZ

The mercurial talent is expected to play his last match for Los Blancos on Sunday evening against Sevilla, according to Madrid-based daily newspaper Marca.

Rodriguez, when called upon, has largely delivered for Zinedine Zidane’s side this season – scoring 11 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions as well as creating a batch of key assists.

However, his days with the Whites appear to be numbered.

“I understand why James Rodriguez is annoyed, I have nothing against him,” were the words of Zidane when asked why the Colombian hasn’t featured regularly.

With both the La Liga and Champions League trophies still left to fight for, Rodriguez could yet have a part to play at the business end of the season but it looks certain he will be leaving the Spanish capital in the coming months.

It has been widely reported Manchester United have reached a verbal agreement to sign him.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: There’s plenty of gossip flying around as to the 25-year-old’s next destination and the Red Devils are at the front of the queue to land the playmaker. Expect Real to cash in on the 2014 World Cup star soon.

HATEM BEN ARFA

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is set to leave the French giants at the end of the season, according to L’Equipe.

The former Newcastle star has struggled to settle in his first season at the Parc de Princes and found first-team opportunities inconsistent under Unai Emery, making only five league starts.

PSG are set to shake-up their squad this summer, especially if they lose out on the Ligue 1 title to Monaco, and it seems Ben Arfa will be one of the players who departs.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has declared his club are interested in signing the player and could launch a summer bid for his signature.

Nice, the talent’s former club, could also be interested in re-signing Ben Arfa while a return to the Premier League shouldn’t be ruled out.

RATING: 9/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Ben Arfa’s PSG days are numbered and a move would suit all parties – expect the 30-year-old to be wearing a different jersey next term.

ANDREA BELOTTI

Chelsea and Manchester United are tracking Torino hotshot Andrea Belotti, according to reports in Italy.

The 23-year-old striker has been one of the stars of the season in Serie A, smashing in 25 goals in 29 outings, as well as becoming a key man for Italy.

Both Premier League clubs are tracking the former Palermo forward and could activate his €100million release (AED 401m) clause this summer, which can only be breached by teams outside of Italy.

With uncertainly over Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract situation and the likely departure of Wayne Rooney, Jose Mourinho will be keen to bolster his attacking ranks while champions Chelsea are unsure whether Diego Costa will stay in west London.

Calciomercatoweb have also stated San Siro giants Inter Milan and AC Milan are hot on the heels of Belotti and he is likely to move on this summer given Torino won’t be playing European football next term.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Belotti is without doubt one of the hottest properties right now but goalscorers come at a premium cost. The Torino man’s release clause is steep but expect him to try and force a move – meaning the clubs chasing him need to be ready to pounce.

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON…

It is understood Jose Mourinho is keen to bring Porto winger Yacine Brahimi to Old Trafford, according to reports in the English press.

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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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