Transfer Gossip: Isco, Fabinho, Pepe

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With the European leagues over for yet another season, the attention turns 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.

Could any of these deals happen?

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

ISCO

The Real Madrid superstar has reassured the club’s faithful he will be staying at the club.

Isco, who has been instrumental this season and played a key role in Los Blancos’ domestic and European success, is set to extend his current deal at the Bernabeu – which is due to expire at the end of next season.

“I spoke with the club about speaking at the end of the season and that’s close now. The fans should be calm, I’m staying,” he is reported as saying by Sport following Real’s La Liga-clinching triumph at Malaga.

Whites boss Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of his admiration for the midfielder, who at the start of the campaign, had actually been linked with a move away from the Spanish capital.

RATING: 3/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: No midfielder has been involved in more goals than Isco in La Liga this term (10 goals, eight assists) and the 25-year-old is a key man for Real moving forward.

Isco’s having a Disco.

FABINHO

Atletico Madrid want to hijack Manchester City’s bid to sign defender Fabinho.

Pep Guardiola’s men were thought to be the front-runners to land the versatile Monaco star but Atleti have now declared their interest in signing the 23-year-old, says Marca.

Fabinho, who previously played for Real Madrid, helped Monaco to Ligue 1 title success this term and has no shortage of admirers.

One sticking point for Atleti is that they are still awaiting news of their transfer ban appeal, and if it is rejected, it means the Red and Whites will be unable to sign players over the next two transfer windows.

For Brazilian Fabinho, he is reportedly happy at the French champions.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: After a fine season, Fabinho is certainly a wanted man and it remains to be seen whether Monaco can keep their team of stars together.

On the move?

PEPE

Real Madrid centre-back Pepe is in no rush to make a decision over his long-term future.

The experienced star is out of contract at the end of the season, and with no new offer on the table, it is expected the 34-year-old will end his decade-long affiliation with the Santiago Bernabeu club.

However, Pepe is prepared to wait and see whether Real propose new terms to him before his existing deal finishes at the end of June.

“I am happy and I am 100 per cent able to play [in Cardiff against Juventus],” he told Marca.

“The [Champions League] final is on June 3, and I have a contract until June 30. As I have always said, I am going to wait for Real Madrid until the very end.”

The Portuguese has been widely tipped to join Inter Milan in the close season.

RATING: 9/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Pepe has been a tremendous servant to Real Madrid but this will certainly be his final campaign in the Spanish capital.

Great servant: Pepe.

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING

Once again, Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez’s future is discussed throughout the UK media with numerous outlets suggesting he is on the brink of joining Bayern Munich. It’s a case of watch this space.

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Transfer Gossip: Deulofeu, Plattenhardt, Germain

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Future in the balance: Deulofeu.

With the European leagues over for yet another season, the attention turns 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.

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

GERARD DEULOFEU

Speculation is mounting over the future of the talented winger, who helped AC Milan clinch Europa League football on Sunday with a goal in the 3-0 victory over Bologna.

Deulofeu has spent the second half of this season on loan at the San Siro giants from Everton and is due to return to Goodison Park this summer.

The Toffees have an agreement in place with the 23-year-old’s former side, Barcelona, that the Catalan club can activate a €9m buy-back clause which is still intact for the next few months.

However, with first-team football looking unlikely at the Nou Camp – AC Milan are thought to be lining up a permanent bid for Deulofeu after an impressive few months in Italy.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: The attacker seems surplus to requirements under Ronald Koeman at Everton so the Blues will more than likely listen to offers for his signature and cash in.

MARVIN PLATTENHARDT

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have launched a bid to sign the Hertha Berlin left-back.

According to German news outlet Welt, Carlo Ancelotti wants to boost his defensive ranks with the acquisition of the defender – who is set to play for Germany in the 2017 Confederations Cup.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Bayern rarely miss out on their top targets so expect Plattenhardt to switch to the Allianz Arena side.

BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 22: Marvin Plattenhardt of Hertha BSC is challenged by Mario Gomez of VfL Wolfsburg during the Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and VfL Wolfsburg at Olympiastadion on April 22, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Hertha’s Plattenhardt.

VALERE GERMAIN

Marseille have moved to sign Monaco hitman Valere Germain.

According to L’Equipe, Olympians sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is in talks with the 27-year-old’s representatives.

Germain, who has hit 10 goals in 36 appearances for the Ligue 1 champions this term, is viewed as the perfect man by boss Rudi Garcia to help Marseille break into the Champions League.

RATING: 8-10

SPORT360 VERDICT: With uncertainty over the future of Kylian Mbappe, Monaco will be keen to retain Germain as another striking option but a big-money bid from Marseille could force the French Riviera side’s hands.

Nancy's French defender Tobias Badila (R) vies for the ball with Monaco's French forward Valère Germain during the French Ligue 1 football match between Nancy (ASNL) and Monaco (ASM) on May 6, 2017 at Marcel Picot stadium in Tomblaine, eastern France. / AFP PHOTO / Jean Christophe VERHAEGEN (Photo credit should read JEAN CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Germain has been an important player in Monaco’s title-winning success.

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?

As widely reported on Sunday, Flamengo star Vinicius JR is set to join La Liga champions Real Madrid this summer – but Los Blancos will pay part of the €45M fee in two installments based on the player’s appearances – according to AS.

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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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