Two weeks on from the closure of the January transfer window and all eyes have turned to the summer window, as clubs start putting the initial touches of transfers they’ll hope to conclude before September.
Here, we round up the transfer tales that have set the rumour mill abuzz.
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
Real Madrid appear confident of landing Neymar from Paris St Germain in the summer, the Independent reports. It comes with Real said to be looking to overhaul their squad at the end of the season with young, big-name players. The club appear ready to lose some of their star players – possibly to the Premier League – and ignore some of its other rumoured targets, such as Harry Kane, in order for the deal to happen. But it remains to be seen whether PSG will be willing to accept an offer for the player who joined them in a record deal just last summer.
Crystal Palace’s goalkeeper woes could be answered by free agent Diego Cavalieri, according to the Sun. The 35-year-old has flown to England, the paper says, as Roy Hodgson looks to strengthen his options after getting by with only one fit senior goalkeeper. The Brazilian has previously worked with Eagles boss Hodgson at Liverpool and after ending his contract with Brazilian side Fluminense, a return to the Premier League could be the perfect fit for Cavalieri.
Martin Dubravka appears to have has impressed his bosses at Newcastle after joining the club on loan from Sparta Prague last month. According to the Daily Mirror, the Magpies are now hoping to hold on to the 29-year-old on a permanent basis, with the club willing to pay up to £5.2million in the summer for the keeper. Manchester United failed to score past the Czech on an impressive debut as the Magpies secured a 1-0 win.
Ander Herrera is on the radar of AC Milan, the Daily Star reports. Citing Italian sport newspaper Tuttosport, it says the Serie A club are preparing to make a move for the 28-year-old, who has made United’s starting XI just eight times in the Premier League this season. According to reports, Old Trafford bosses would be open to a deal if Milan offer more than £30million for the Spaniard.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Justin Kluivert: The 18-year-old Ajax star looks open to a move to the Premier League, the Daily Mirror says. The Dutch striker is contracted in Holland until 2019 but reportedly has not ruled out a move to either Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea or Manchester United in the future.
Speculation linking the teenager to United heated up after he was spotted chatting to boss Jose Mourinho at the end of the UEFA Europa League final last season.
Toby Alderweireld: The 28-year-old has become a target for Manchester United after his Tottenham future became unclear, the Manchester Evening News reports. The Belgian has just 18 months left on his contract and rumours have started to circulate after he missed Spurs’ Champions League trip to Turin this week.
Mourinho is thought to be looking to bolster United’s defence and could be prepared to trigger Alderweireld’s £25million release clause this summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?’”
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.