Romelu Lukaku’s future should become clearer in the coming days after the Everton striker revealed both he and his agent know his next move.
The Belgium international striker, who scored 25 Premier League goals last season, rejected a new contract offer from the Toffees in March and speculation has been rife as to his next destination.
A return to Chelsea has been mooted, while his former boss Jose Mourinho is also thought to want the striker at Manchester United.
Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are the latest club linked to the 24-year-old, who admits a decision has been made.
Speaking after Belgium’s 2-1 win against the Czech Republic on Monday, Lukaku told Sky Sports News : “My agent knows what is going to happen, I know what I want to do. Whatever happens, you guys (the media) will know.”
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With the transfer window set to open next month, the frenetic nature of speculation has already begun.
Rumours are starting to gather pace and we take a look at the latest stories doing the rounds in the media.
Will any of the following deals happen?
The Whites full-back is set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer and is closing in on a switch to Sporting Lisbon.
Coentrao, 29, who wasn’t part of Real Madrid’s winning Champions League squad in Cardiff, managed just six appearances last season and is widely expected to move back to Portugal’s top flight this summer.
Despite having two years left on his contract, Lisbon will step up their interest in the defender in the coming weeks.
A loan deal is the most likely at this stage with a view to a permanent switch at the end of next season, according to Marca.
SPORT360 VERDICT: It’s remarkable that Coentrao has been at Los Blancos since the summer of 2011 but the Portuguese has never really been first-choice at the club. With competition being fierce in Real’s defence, Zinedine Zidane will seek to move for the former Benfica man during the close season.
Bayern Munich are preparing a last-minute bid to hijack Manchester United’s hopes of signing Ivan Perisic.
The Croatian is widely tipped to leave Inter Milan this summer and La Gazzetta dello Sport had reported that the Red Devils were at the front of the queue to sign the attacker.
But Carlo Ancelotti’s men have not given up hope of signing the 28-year-old and will reportedly table a bid in the region of £40 million in the coming weeks.
The former Borussia Dortmund man enjoyed a strong season at the San Siro, scoring 11 goals in all competitions, but is keen to play Champions League football next term.
SPORT360 VERDICT: The versatile Inter star is a man very much in the mold Jose Mourinho admires and this transfer saga is likely to be won by the highest bidder. Expect it to be a long, drawn-out process this summer…
The Schalke defender is likely to be unveiled as Arsenal’s first summer signing, according to Sport Bild.
The Gunners are keen to waste little time in strengthening their squad and view the Bosnian left-back as a star of the future.
Arsene Wenger is expected to complete a deal for the player within the next 24 hours.
SPORT360 VERDICT: Arsenal want to do their transfer business early and are likely to make the 23-year-old an early signing.
The season has nearly drawn to a close and the transfer window, with all it’s chaos and mayhem, is going to open soon.
Rumours are gathering apace and we take a look at the latest stories doing the rounds in the media.
Will any of the following deals happen?
Real Madrid are set to break the world record transfer record by signing the Belgian this summer, according to The Sun.
The 26-year-old is said to be one of Los Blancos’ prime summer transfer targets, along with De Gea, who is now likely to stay at Manchester United after nearly two years of transfer speculation.
Hazard is believed to have been promised a role as Real’s advanced playmaker, operating between Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.
While Hazard is happy under Antonio Conte at Chelsea, it is believed he is ready for a change after five seasons at Stamford Bridge.
SPORT360 VERDICT: With Madrid set to ramp up their attempts to sign a number of key players during the summer transfer window, it looks unlikely they will fork out in excess of £100 million on Hazard. Although he would add even more pace and class to a star-studded attack at the Bernabeu, Chelsea and Conte will do what they can to keep hold of their prized asset for next season.
Manchester United have turned down a £60million Real Madrid offer for David De Gea, according to Sky sources.
Real’s offer is more than three times the £18million United paid Atletico Madrid for the Spain number one in 2011 – and almost double the current record fee for a goalkeeper.
SPORT360 VERDICT: If United had lost to Ajax in last week’s Europa League final it is believed De Gea would have considered his future at the club, especially given the interest from Real Madrid. However, with Champions League football confirmed for next season, he is reportedly happy to stay at Old Trafford.
Chelsea will arm Antonio Conte with a £200million transfer kitty this summer and the Italian will spend over £42million of it on Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to the Independent.
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.
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.