Mauro Icardi headlines our rumour mill as Man United will have to pay £135 million to land Inter star

David Cooper 14/02/2018
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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.

MAURO ICARDI

Manchester United will need to table a bid in excess of £135 million if they are to sign Mauro Icardi.

The Inter star has scored 18 goals in 24 games this term – and is edging closer to agreeing a new contract at the San Siro.

The Argentine, for all his brilliance, has yet to play in the Champions League and giant clubs are queuing up to land his signature.

The 24-year-old is under contract until 2021, but the Serie A side are hoping to extend his stay in Milan.

Icardi knows that there is a ceiling for him in Italy, with opportunities to win major trophies limited, and a move to England or Spain will offer him a perfect platform to achieve the success a player of his level deserves.

ARTHUR

Barcelona have reached an agreement with Gremio star Arthur and hope to sign the midfielder next January.

The Spanish giants’ hierarchy had watched the dynamic attacking midfielder in action in Gremio’s run to Copa Libertadores glory in November.

The 21-year-old talent, who is comfortable in either the No.8 or No.10 midfield roles, is in high demand and is expected to star at this year’s World Cup in Russia.

That all means it will be tough for Gremio to keep hold of their star.

ALLISON

Roma want to include a €90 million release clause in Alisson’s contract as Liverpool and Real Madrid hunt his signature.

The Brazilian is currently keeping Manchester City’s Ederson out of a place in the national team and has been heavily linked to the Reds this summer.

The 25-year-old has impressed at Stadio Olimpico over the last 18 months and would be a welcome addition to the Reds.

With Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet rotating between the sticks, Jurgen Klopp needs to find a new keeper if they are to seriously compete for honours.

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ISSA DIOP

Arsenal, Liverpool and Barcelona have joined the list of clubs interested in signing Toulouse centre-back Issa Diop at the end of the season.

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a promising season with the Ligue 1 side, and despite his young age, is captain at Stadium de Toulouse.

European clubs have been raving about the Frenchman since he marshalled Neymar well against PSG last weekend.

Diop looks like he has an immense amount of potential, and to have leadership qualities at such a young age is extremely difficult for clubs to find.

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Man United boss Jose Mourinho keen on signing Real Madrid star Raphael Varane

David Cooper 13/02/2018
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Raphael Varane

The transfer window is heating up and we have our daily transfer gossip column to keep you in the loop.

Here, we look at the top headlines doing the rounds in Europe’s media on Tuesday.

RED DEVILS TRACK RAPHAEL VARANE

Manchester United could swoop for the Real Madrid centre-back in the summer, according to reports. Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho had made it clear he wants to strengthen his defence this summer and has identified the French star as a man who fits the bill. The Special One brought Varane to the Bernabeu back in June 2011 and is a big admirer of his talents. Given the 24-year-old has endured an indifferent season at Los Blancos, the Red Devils are confident they can end the former Lens star’s seven-season stay in the Spanish capital in a few months’ time.

RATING: 8/10

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According to sources in Spain, Los Blancos are ready to cash in on Varane and the France international may benefit from a fresh start and a move to the Premier League. With doubts over the long-term futures of Chris Smalling and Daley Blind, Mourinho is said to be confident Varane could strike a partnership with either Phil Jones or Eric Bailly.

Varane’s positional play has been criticised this term.

PSG CHASE SERGEJ MILINKOVIC-SAVIC

French giants Paris Saint-Germain have made initial enquiries about the possibility of signing the Lazio star at the end of campaign. Le10Sport have reported that PSG want the Serbian international to form part of a new-look midfield next term and are prepared to pay big-money to land the 22-year-old. The former Genk prodigy has been in outstanding form of late, having struck 10 goals in all competitions.

RATING: 6/10

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Milinkovic-Savic would cost a small fortune to put it mildly, with Lazio set to command at least €60m for his services. That said, money is typically no object for the Parisian side so expect their hot pursuit for his signature to gather pace once the season is over. However, the Ligue 1 table-toppers will face competition from Juventus.

22-year-old Milinkovic-Savic is a hot property in Serie A.

The 22-year-old Milinkovic-Savic is a hot property in Serie A.

MARCUS RASHFORD COULD LEAVE MAN UNITED IN THE SUMMER

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has hinted that the Red Devils striker could exit the Old Trafford club in the summer.

The England striker has fallen down the pecking order, starting just 13 Premier League fixtures this seasn and with the recent signing of Alexis Sanchez, his chances of regular first-team football look slim.

Speaking on Sky Sports‘ Monday Night Football, Henry said: “Leave is a strong word because I’m sure being from there he wants to play for United but he has to play,” Henry said. “It’s going to become even more difficult for him because Sanchez has arrived.”

“I think at the end of the season he’s going to be thinking ‘do I stay?’”

RATING: 5/10

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Despite not being a consistent starter, Rashford has still netted 10 goals in 37 appearances but the 20-year-old has not established himself as United’s main frontman. United won’t be keen to cash in on the homegrown prospect but the player himself may force a move.

Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford has found it frustrating this term.

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Liverpool leading race to sign Christian Pulisic but Real Madrid and Barcelona remain in the hunt

David Cooper 12/02/2018
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The transfer window is heating up and we have our daily transfer gossip column to keep you in the loop.

Here, we look at the top headlines doing the rounds in Europe’s media on Monday.

MERSEYSIDERS IN FOR CHRISTIAN PULISIC

Liverpool will have to fork out at least €100 million if they are to land the Borussia Dortmund attacker this summer. Given the 19-year-old won’t be playing for USA in the World Cup, the Merseysiders are hoping to conclude a deal at the earliest opportunity and have reportedly already held preliminary talks with the player’s representatives.

RATING: 7/10

VERDICT

There is no doubt the American is one of the next big names in the game and an investment in the teen would be a wise move for Jurgen Klopp’s men. Liverpool will have to be prepared to battle with Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid for his signature though.

Pulisic is expected to leave Dortmund.

REAL STILL HARBOUR HOPES OVER THIBAUT COURTOIS

Real Madrid will move for the Chelsea star in the summer, with long-term target David de Gea seemingly staying put at Manchester United. Los Blancos are seeking a replacement for Costa Rican stopper Keylor Navas and Blues goalkeeper Courtois has made it known he wants to move back to the Spanish capital, where he previously plied his trade with city rivals Atletico. Some of the Belgian’s family are still based in the Spanish capital.

RATING: 8/10

VERDICT

The Whites have made no secret of the fact they’ll keen to sign a new goalkeeper and Courtois obviously fits the bill, with Chelsea’s indifferent form this season adding further fuel to the fire. There should be some movement on this transfer in the coming months.

Key man for Chelsea: Courtois.

MARIO LEMINA COULD LEAD SOUTHAMPTON EXODUS

The Gabon star could be one of first out of the door at Southampton, if the south coast are relegated from the Premier League. The 24-year-old penned a £16m deal at the Saints back in August from Juventus but hasn’t quite had the desired impact. A return to Serie A could well be on the cards while Arsenal could potentially rekindle their interest in the midfielder.

RATING: 8/10

VERDICT

The Red and Whites are in real trouble and sit in the bottom three, with rumours Mauricio Pellegrino could face the axe this month. While there’s still time to turn the season around, Lemina could be one of several first-teamers to leave come the end of the season if the club drop to the Championship.

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (L) jumps against Southampton's Gabonese midfielder Mario Lemina (R) during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on February 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Mario Lemina battles for the ball during Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool.

SPURS MONITORING BRAZILIAN PROSPECT DAVID NERES

Tottenham are monitoring the progress of the rising Ajax star, with the 20-year-old being one of Europe’s hottest prospects. The Brazilian ace was linked with Mauricio Pochettino’s men during the January transfer window but the Dutch giants were reluctant to part with the prolific forward. Spurs wish to add another striker to the ranks in the close season and provide support for main man Harry Kane.

RATING: 7/10

VERDICT

Neres is similar to Pulisic in terms of his age and that he is an emerging star, but it’s fair to say the striker is less known. That, though, is good news for the north London club as they are very much at the front of the queue to sign him.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JANUARY 21: David Neres of Ajax takes on Sven van Beek and Tonny Vilhena of Feyenoord during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord at Amsterdam ArenA on January 21, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

David Neres has impressed in the Eredivisie.

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