Transfer Gossip: Ederson, Bakayoko, Sanchez

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Benfica star Ederson.

With the season coming to a close, the transfer window is about to open.

Rumours are gathering apace and we take a look at the latest stories doing the rounds in the media.

EDERSON

The goalkeeping situation at Manchester United continues to dominate the column inches, with Ederson the latest name to be touted as David De Gea’s replacement.

De Gea has been linked with an Old Trafford exit this summer and the Manchester Evening News is reporting United are looking at the Benfica stopper.

To add further interest to the saga, Goal is reporting Real Madrid – the likeliest destination for De Gea – are keen to take Atletico keeper Jan Oblak across the city.

VERDICT: 7/10

SPORT360 RATING: Ederson is considered top of Manchester United’s radar should De Gea opt to sign for Real Madrid. At 23, he’s considered a long term replacement for the Spaniard at Old Trafford. The Brazilian was instrumental in Benfica’s title winning success this season, conceding just 16 goals all campaign.

Ederson.

Ederson.

TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO

Chelsea will arm Antonio Conte with a £200million transfer kitty this summer and the Italian will spend over £40million of it on Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to the Telegraph.

The 22-year-old Frenchman has been a key part of Monaco’s Ligue 1 title-winning side, making 31 appearances this season.

With widespread reports that Chelsea could ship Michy Batshuayi to Monaco, this would help to get the deal over the line.

VERDICT: 7/10

SPORT360 RATING: The Frenchman has emerged as a key target to strengthen Chelsea’s midfield options and the club are expected to step up their efforts to sign the player as early as next week.

Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Tiemoue Bakayoko.

ALEXIS SANCHEZ

Arsenal’s hopes of keeping hold of Alexis Sanchez depend on whether they make the top four, the Daily Express writes.

The Chilean has been the standout performer for the Gunners this season but, having stalled on a new contract, he could leave in the summer if there is no Champions League football at the Emirates next season.

VERDICT: 8/10

SPORT360 RATING: Arsenal are expected to offer a new contract in excess of £300,000 per week. Couple that with an FA Cup win and there’s every chance the Chilean could stay at the Emirates Stadium. However, Chelsea have lodged an interest and should they win the Premier League, the lure of playing for the champions may prove to be too much.

Sanchez.

Sanchez.

What else is going on…

Harry Kane’s first ever four-goal haul propelled him to the top of the Premier League scoring charts with the Tottenham striker in the “driving seat” to finish top scorer.

The 23-year-old, whose goals along with a double from Korean star Son Heung-min saw this season’s runners-up hammer last year’s champions Leicester 6-1, added he hoped Hugo Lloris could also win the Golden Glove for the least goals conceded when they round off their league season at relegated Hull.

Kane tops the Golden Boot charts with 26 goals, two ahead of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku with Arsenal’s Chilean marksman Alexis Sanchez third, a further goal adrift.

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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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