Paulo Dybala headlines rumour mill as Manchester City target Juventus star

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Is Paulo Dybala off to Manchester?

The January transfer window may be shut but there’s still plenty of news from the rumour mill with several moves being put off until the summer.

Here, we round-up the transfer tales that have got everyone talking.

PAULO DYBALA

Manchester City are reported to have made contact with Juventus over the possibility of signing Paulo Dybala.

Reports suggest that City have been in touch with the Italian giants over a potential summer transfer, but Juve would only consider letting him go if he expressed a wish to leave.

The Argentine is keen to work under Pep Guardiola and feels a move to England’s North West would boost his chances of winning the Champions League.

CHRISTIAN PULISIC

Borussia Dortmund have set their asking price for Pulisic at €100 million.

The 19-year-old winger has drawn interest from Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal, and could be set to depart the Signal Iduna Park this summer.

If a move to the Emirates Stadium was to materialise, Pulisic would be guaranteed regular game time and have the best platform to help him develop as a player.

A move to Old Trafford could mean spending a lot of the season sitting on the bench.

Christian Pulisic could be playing in the Premier League next season.

JACK WILSHERE

Wilshere has been told he can leave Arsenal this summer on a free transfer.

The midfielder’s contract is currently worth £100,000 per week, but the Gunners hope to sign him on a deal worth £80,000 per week.

If the Englishman is to leave he will have plenty of options to consider, with Newcastle, West Ham and Crystal Palace all interested in securing his services.

Although he has been curtailed by injuries, Wilshere would benefit from a move away from North London with the hope of getting more game time.

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Real Madrid star Isco emerges as latest Man City target

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The January transfer window may be shut but there’s still plenty of news from the rumour mill with several moves being put off until the summer.

Here, we round-up the transfer tales that have got everyone talking on Friday.

ISCO

Man City are showing an interest in unsettled Real Madrid midfielder Isco, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The 25-year-old has been frustrated at playing a lack of minutes this season – and Pep Guardiola could turn on the Spaniard instead of Riyad Mahrez this summer.

The star attacker was in impressive form last season, netting 10 goals in 30 La Liga matches, and keeping Gareth Bale on the bench.

But a drop in form has meant Zinedine Zidane is open to selling Isco – especially with an eye to signing Eden Hazard this summer.

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Isco has enjoyed a stellar career at Madrid, winning three Champions League titles, three Club World Cups, La Liga and the Copa del Rey – but has been increasingly unhappy with a lack of game time.

The fact that he has failed to nail down a starting place – with Bale, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric and Toni Kroos filling the attacking spots – has added to his dip in form.

His ability to fit into the front three would be a significant addition to Guardiola’s already star-studded squad.

THOMAS LEMAR

Liverpool have ended their interest in Monaco star Thomas Lemar, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Reds made a major push to sign the 22-year-old in the summer, but fell short in their bid.

Despite reports that Lemar has turned down another new contract at Monaco, Liverpool are believed to be moving on to sign other targets.

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Monaco have already rejected overtures from Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Arsenal and would likely remain steadfast if Jurgen Klopp’s side were to increase their bid as well.

The German boss is desperate to sign an out-and-out winger, and the left-sided France international would represent an upgrade on his current options but would cost around €60million.

But the transfer has dragged on for months now, and it looks like the Anfield hierarchy has lost patience.

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Neymar will be the best and Real Madrid need the best, says Ronaldo

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Brazil legend and former Real Madrid star Ronaldo says the club should pull out all the stops to sign compatriot Neymar this summer.

Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona in a world record €222million transfer at the start of this season, and his PSG contract runs until 2022, but there has been constant speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid in the summer.

Ronaldo spent four seasons at Real Madrid, and says his former club’s tendency to sign the best players in the world means they should be looking at his fellow Brazilian.

“Neymar is a superb player, maybe he will be the best in the world in a few years, and Real Madrid need the best,” Ronaldo said.

That being said, Ronaldo is unsure how much he should read into the speculation, noting that he has no idea how close Madrid are in any attempt to sign Neymar.

“I haven’t heard any official representative of Real Madrid say anything about Neymar,” Ronaldo said.

Ronaldo has urged Real Madrid to sign fellow Brazilian Neymar.

Ronaldo has urged Real Madrid to sign fellow Brazilian Neymar.

Madrid will face Neymar and PSG in the Champions League Round of 16, with the first leg of the tie in Madrid next week. The Spaniards have had a poor start to the season, but Ronaldo feels the European tie should serve as a way for Madrid to end the season well.

“They should think about what they have and this year it’s difficult for Madrid, they have to keep going and end well.

“The Champions League is a competition that they do well in and we will see how it ends, because everything changes very quickly in football.”

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