Manchester United may have been handed the break they’ve been looking for in their pursuit of Ivan Perisic.
According to Football Italia, Lazio’s promising winger Keita Balde has left their pre-season training camp to complete his move to Inter Milan.
The 22-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest talents in Serie A, scoring 16 goals and providing three assists in the league lasts season in 21 appearances, 10 of which were off the bench.
Keita rose to prominence in May when he scored five goals in a remarkable performance which saw Lazio beat Sampordia 7-3.
With the Senegalese player moving to the San Siro, it opens the door for Perisic to sign for United.
Jose Mourinho is known to be a fan of the Croatian and sees him as a vital signing ahead of the new season.
Perisic left Inter’s training camp on Saturday as United step up talks to sign the 28-year-old.
The Serie A outfit have demanded a fee of £48 million for the former Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg man.
Former West Ham forward Paolo Di Canio believes West Ham will be an improved side in the upcoming Premier League season.
West Ham finished 11th in the 2016-17 Premier League season, under Croatian manager Slaven Bilić.
And the former Italian international believes now that West Ham have settled in at the Olympic Stadium, they can challenge the bigger teams.
In an interview, Di Canio also said that, while Joe Hart who has been a transfer target for the club this summer, is a top goalkeeper, they need more good players in the middle of the pitch and up front.
With the transfer window now officially open from July 1, the frenetic nature of speculation is only going to increase.
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 BBC report that England goalkeeper Joe Hart will have a medical on Monday before completing a season-long loan deal with West Ham.
Hart has been told he can find another club by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola after spending last season at Torino.
It is anticipated City will fund part of Hart’s wages and the agreement will include an option for West Ham to buy the 30-year-old.
Hart’s fall from grace has been as spectacular as it has been sudden. The former England No1 appears destined to take his place between the sticks for West Ham next season.
While Hart will feel he should be playing in the Champions League, a loan move to West Ham at least keeps him relevant and in the public eye during a World Cup year.
A few good performances and he could work his way back to being England’s first choice.
Real are facing serious competition from Manchester City and Paris St-Germain to sign Monaco’s 18 year old striking sensation.
And the only hope they have got of matching Monaco’s £120 million asking price, according to the Express, is by offloading one of their star names before the transfer closes on August 31st.
But they have run into problems selling striker Alvaro Morata with Manchester United refusing to match their £80 million valuation.
While Chelsea are also reluctant to offer what they want and hope to get him for around £70 million despite being desperate to replace Diego Costa.
The whole deal seems unlikely but if Bale is going to move this summer, Manchester United is probably the best destination for him and one of the few clubs who could accommodate him.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has said he wants two more signings in this window and while Ivan Perisic and either Nemanja Matic or Eric Dier look set to fill those slots, there is a sense that United are quietly in the hunt for a marquee name.
In that regard, Bale would be perfect. However, there is his recent injury woes to consider along with the fact that relations with Madrid have been strained after the two clubs failed to reach an agreement for Alvaro Morata.
Real Madrid have angered Manchester United by reigniting their interest in David De Gea, just weeks after they had stated publicly that they no longer wanted to sign the Reds’ goalkeeper.
According to the Mirror, United have retaliated by demanding that German midfielder Toni Kroos should be included in any proposed deal to take De Gea to Madrid.
Mourinho is a big fan of the stylish German, believing the 27-year-old would dovetail neatly with £89million record buy Paul Pogba.
Madrid would be reluctant to part with Kroos, just as United are in no rush to release De Gea.
Another Madrid-United transfer saga brewing? Or perhaps just another chapter to the long drawn out De Gea storyline. Kroos to United in a deal that would take the Spanish No1 to Madrid seems increasingly unlikely.
United may well be willing to part with De Gea at this stage given that their defence is far more solid than in previous years.
However, it Madrid will not want to lose Kroos and despite the wealth of midfield talent at their disposal, they clearly don’t like making any deals with United unless they emerge from it as clear winners.