Transfer Gossip: Robben, De Vrij, Davinson Sanchez

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Still at top of his game: Robben.

With many of European football’s big leagues wrapping up, the attention will soon turn firmly to the summer of transfer speculation.

Here, we look at three key transfers that could happen as clubs and players alike look for new moves and opportunities.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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

ARJEN ROBBEN

Groningen want Arjen Robben to end his career in a fairy-tale fashion and finish at the club where it all started.

The winger first rose to prominence in the early 2000s at the Dutch minnows, before switching to PSV and then joining the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid.

But Robben’s best years have been at Bayern Munich – and the 33-year-old celebrated his sixth Bundesliga title with the club on Saturday.

After another stellar season at the Allianz Arena, Robben has also courted interest from the Chinese Super League but Groningen want the star to return to his home town club this summer – according to Tuttomercatoweb.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Robben, himself, feels he can still play at the top for many more years and is a key player for Bayern, so it seems unlikely Carlo Ancelotti will allow him to leave.

STEFAN DE VRIJ

Barcelona have launched a move to sign Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij, according to a report in Spain-based news outlet Sport.

The Catalan club see the Dutch international as a replacement for Javier Mascherano but face a fight with Manchester City to land the 25-year-old.

The former Feyenoord star has endured an injury-hit season with the Serie A club but is still very much on Barca’s radar and a bid of around €15m (AED61m) could be accepted.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: The powerful centre-back would be a welcome addition to Barcelona’s squad and his presence in defence offers something completely different to what Blaugrana have at the moment. A decision is likely to be made once Barca appoint their new manager.

DAVINSON SANCHEZ

Ajax will face a fight to keep hold of centre-back Davinson Sanchez this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Colombian has been a rock at the heart of an impressive season for the Dutch giants – and as a result – is attracting interest from both Barcelona and Chelsea.

Sanchez is highly-rated and won’t come cheap to potential suitors across Europe.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: At just 20-years-old, the defender is fast becoming one of the hottest talents in European football – so expect an intense pursuit for his signature over the coming weeks and months.

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Transfer Gossip: Lacazette, Walker, Vitolo

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In the headlines...again...Lacazette.

With only a day 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 your thoughts with us, get in touch on Twitter and via Facebook.

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE

The Lyon striker has confirmed in an interview with L’EQUIPE that he will leave the club this summer.

The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Atletico Madrid while the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool have also expressed an interest – giving the Frenchman plenty of options away from Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

Lacazette has been instrumental this season, scoring 35 goals in 44 games.

RATING: 9/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: A move away from Lyon would see Lacazette play and compete in one of the bigger leagues. With Antoine Griezmann seemingly on his way out of Atletico this summer, the 25-year-old would help fill the void left by his compatriot should he put pen to paper with the Red and Whites.

Alexandre Lacazette.

Linked again: Lacazette.

KYLE WALKER

Manchester City, meanwhile, are also confident they can persuade Tottenham to sell full-back Kyle Walker, the Daily Telegraph say.

However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would reportedly push the England man to move overseas if manager Mauricio Pochettino sanctions a sale.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT:
The right back is said to have fallen out with Pochettino over fitness and selection issues and wants to leave the club. The 26-year-old only signed a new contract in September, but a big money offer from Pep Guardiola’s could tempt Levy to sell.

Kyle Walker.

In demand: Kyle Walker.

VITOLO

Atletico Madrid have made Sevilla star Vitolo their number one summer target, according to Madrid-based newspaper Marca.

Boss Diego Simeone is intent on landing the 27-year-old, but will face competition from both Manchester City and Barcelona.

However, given uncertainty over how a potential transfer ban could affect Atleti, it may influence the winger’s final say-so on his next move.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT:
It could well be a difficult close season for Sevilla as the Andalusian side struggle to keep hold of their top stars. Atleti will push hard to sign the former Las Palmas hitman, even if it means he is not eligible until the start of 2018.

Sevilla's midfielder Vitolo celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match Sevilla FC vs Malaga CF at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on December 17, 2016. / AFP / CRISTINA QUICLER (Photo credit should read CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images)

On the move?

What else is going on…

Discussion over Gylfi Sigurdsson’s future is again making the headlines in the UK as Tottenham line up a shock £25million bid to bring the Swansea star back to north London.

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Which club is the best fit for Lacazette?

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Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has confirmed in an interview with L’EQUIPE that he will leave the club in the summer.

The 25-year-old has been heavily linked to a move to Atletico Madrid but the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool have also reportedly lodged an interest.

The France international has scored 35 goals in 44 games for the Ligue 1 outfit this season and is primed for a move to bigger club.

Here, we weigh up the options he has to consider.

ARSENAL

It’s no secret that Arsene Wenger is an admirer of the striker and the Arsenal boss definitely enjoys a French flavour in his side. Lacazette’s pace, movement and finishing coupled with his strength and ability to hold the ball up makes him a prime candidate to lead the Gunners’ forward line.

Olivier Giroud has been in good form but can never quiet justify a regular starting berth while Alexis Sanchez is explosive regardless of whether he’s played through the middle or from the left flank. With the Chilean wreaking havoc in the final third and Mesut Ozil’s eye for a killer pass, Lacazette is sure to enjoy plenty of chances and together, the trio could become a force to reckon with.

If Sanchez moves this summer though, Arsenal will be all the more desperate to reel in a proven goal scorer like Lacazette to fill the void. Much will depend on whether or not they will have Champions League football to offer next season as that would appear to be a deal-breaker for the Frenchman.

Likelihood – 6/10

LIVERPOOL

Jurgen Klopp’s teams generally thrive on quick counter-attacks and while Sadio Mane in particular has been the focus of such breakaways this season, Liverpool would certainly benefit from another forward with scintillating pace in behind.

Roberto Firmino has done a fine job up front as has Divock Origi but Lacazette would take the team to the next level in terms of goal-scoring. Daniel Sturridge’s injury concerns seem to have no end and the Frenchman would operate in his stead to devastating affect.

However, if the English international does enjoy one of his more prominent seasons in terms of playing time, the prospect of the two working in tandem, much like Sturridge did with Luis Suarez, is enticing.

Similar to the situation with Arsenal though, Champions League football will prove pivotal.

Likeliood – 5/10

ATLETICO MADRID

Lacazette has already voiced his admiration for Atletico Madrid who are undoubtedly the front-runners in the race for his signature.

The Vincente Calderon has proved to be a haven for strikers in recent years with the likes of Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero, Mario Mandzukic, Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann all thriving at the club. Lacazette will hope that he can continue the trend as they move into the new Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Diego Simeone has always ensured that his strikers enjoy plenty of service and it will be no different with Lacazette. The prolific scorer will have to shoulder much of the responsibility in attack and has to be willing to put a shift in as well but Atletico’s system with a centre forward in behind would keep him from being isolated.

If United manage to lure Griezmann to Old Trafford as is reported, then Lacazette would have the chance to be the main man at Atletico as well.

The Madrid outfit have already secured Champions League football and boast an added advantage over Arsenal and Liverpool as they can also claim to be serious contenders for the league title. However, the Premier League clubs could well be willing to write him a bigger pay cheque.

Likelihood – 8/10

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