Transfer Gossip: Bale, Batshuayi, Robertson

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Will Bale be wearing a Manchester United jersey next season?

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 by commenting below, using #360fans on Twitter or getting in touch via Facebook.

GARETH BALE

Gareth Bale is willing to move to Manchester United in the summer if Real Madrid finally decide to sell him, according to The Independent.

While the Old Trafford hierarchy have been keen on the Welsh star for some time, manager Jose Mourinho is still undecided, especially since his first preference for a marquee signing this summer is Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.

The long-mooted big-money transfer is still subject to a few issues but the paper claims to have been told by sources from both clubs that a deal is “much likelier” than at any point in Bale’s time at the Bernabeu.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT:
Florentino Perez may be open to negotiating a deal for Bale this summer as his sale would free up money to fund other signings. Although Griezmann is high on Jose Mourinho’s list of potential signings, his sale remains complicated due to the terms of his contract.

Gareth Bale.

Gareth Bale.

MICHY BATSHUAYI

Michy Batshuayi could be on his way out of Chelsea – despite scoring the goal which clinched the title.

West Ham, gazumped by their London rivals for Batshuayi last summer, remain keen on the 23-year-old, according to the Daily Mirror.

Marseille and Monaco are also both reportedly interested in taking Batshuayi back to French football.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT:
With Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez both on Chelsea’s wanted list, it looks like Batshuayi’s days are numbered at Stamford Bridge. Although the Belgian is rated highly at the club, there is no guarantee of a starting place and game time under Antonio Conte.

Michy Batshuayi.

Michy Batshuayi.

ANDREW ROBERTSON

The Sunday Mirror reports that Liverpool will announce the signing of Hull’s Andrew Robertson when the transfer window opens – with Tottenham and Newcastle also interested in the full-back.

After Alberto Moreno’s below-par performances at left-back this season, Jurgen Klopp has been eager to find a replacement, with a number of big names linked with a move to Anfield.

At 23, Robertson is clearly a better all-round player than Moreno and should jump ahead of the Spaniard in the pecking order if he signs.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT:
With little faith in Moreno, securing the services of Robertson would be an intriguing option for Liverpool.

Andy Robertson.

Andy Robertson.

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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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