Transfer Gossip: Morata, Lucas, Sakho

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Alvaro Morata.

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.

ALVARO MORATA

Chelsea have reportedly reached an agreement with Alvaro Morata.

Diario Gol claim the Spaniard’s agent has been in negotiations with several European clubs – but that the 24-year-old has now decided to join Chelsea, with both parties closing on an agreement.

Morata’s girlfriend has also reportedly been preparing for life in London by house-hunting for the pair.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Should Diego Costa leave Stamford Bridge this summer, expect Antonio Conte to secure the services of Morata. The 24-year-old has grown frustrated with a lack of game under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid this season. Despite just 14 La Liga starts, the Spaniard has still netted 15 goals.

 

Alvaro Morata.

Alvaro Morata.

LUCAS

Celtic face a battle with Brighton if they pursue a summer move for Liverpool’s Lucas, report the Daily Record.

The Hoops’ former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been alerted to the fact that the Brazilian will be allowed to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Rodgers worked with Lucas at Anfield and is aware of his current position – but the Premier League new boys are also keen on the 30-year-old.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: With Brendan Rodgers looking to strengthen his squad ahead of next season, the prospect of signing the experienced Lucas remains high on his list. After ten full seasons at Liverpool, the 30-year-old is said to be considering a move away from Anfield. The prospect of playing Champions League football – and playing under former boss Rodgers again – could persuade the Brazilian to join the Hoops.

Lucas Leiva.

Lucas Leiva.

MAMADOU SAKHO

Liverpool want £30million for Mamadou Sakho, according to the Guardian.

The French defender is on loan at Crystal Palace and has been told he has no future at Anfield.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Sakho has been instrumental since joining Palace on loan in February, most notably in their wins over Chelsea and Arsenal. With no future at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp, Palace will attempt to make the loan move permanent this summer.

Mamadou Sakho.

Mamadou Sakho.

What else is going on…

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte expects departing captain John Terry to play beyond the end of the season, despite the former England centre-back hinting he may retire.

Speaking after scoring in Chelsea’s 4-3 victory over Watford on Monday, their first outing since winning the Premier League, Terry said: “I still haven’t ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring.”

Chelsea finish the season at home to Sunderland on Sunday, before tackling Arsenal in the FA Cup final, and while Conte has come to terms with Terry’s decision to leave, he believes he will not hang up his boots.

“No, absolutely not. No, no, John wants to continue to play,” said Conte.

“I wish for him and his family the best. Chelsea will always be his home because John, first of all, is a great man and a great legend and player for Chelsea — and in future for the team he decides to play for.”

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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?

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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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