Man City's chase of Borussia Dortmund star Julian Weigl headlines our rumour mill

David Cooper 18/02/2018
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Midfield maestro: Dortmund's Julian Weigl.

Though the winter transfer window just passed and the summer window is still months down the road, that hasn’t stopped the chatter of players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at three potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.

SKY BLUES TO CHASE DORTMUND STAR JULIAN WEIGL THIS SUMMER

Manchester City are ready to table a bid in the region of £40m for the 22-year-old talent in the next transfer window, according to the Mirror.

Boss Pep Guardiola is keen on the promising midfielder and scouts have watched the former 1860 Munich prodigy, who is all set to star for Germany at the World Cup in Russia this summer.

Dortmund are keen to keep hold of the youngster but could be resigned to losing him if City put their full weight behind a transfer bid in the close season.

RATING: 8/10

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Weigl is a dynamic presence in the middle of the park and is a long-term replacement for the ageing Fernandinho, who still has a couple of years left at the top level.

City may be wise to move for the Dortmund man before the international football gets underway.

DORTMUND, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 15: Hans Hateboer of Atalanta is tackled by Julian Weigl of Borussia Dortmund during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Borussia Dortmund and Atalanta Bergamo at the Signal Iduna Park on February 15, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Key man: Julian Weigl has been consistent for Dortmund for the past three seasons.

DANI CEBALLOS SET TO END REAL MADRID STAY

The Spanish midfielder could leave the Bernabeu after just a season in the capital.

According to sources in Spain, the 21-year-old is attracting the attention of Liverpool while former club Real Betis could try and re-sign the talent they sold for €18m last summer.

Ceballos has failed to establish himself in the Los Blancos first-team, with competition being high in midfield to win a spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side.

RATING: 7/10

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The Spain under-21 man has started just twice in La Liga this season while the rest of his outings from the beginning have come in the Copa del Rey.

Although time is very much on his side and he could yet still get a chance to shine at Madrid, many observers were expecting him to make his mark quicker than he has done.

Despite scoring twice in the league, the Whites could move him on this summer especially if they pursue other big targets.

Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos (R) vies for the ball with Apoel's Spanish midfielder Jesus Rueda (C) during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Apoel FC and Real Madrid on November 21, 2017, in the Cypriot capital Nicosia's GSP Stadium. / AFP PHOTO / Jack GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Heading for exit door? Dani Ceballos could leave the Bernabeu.

ALEX SANDRO PLANS JUVENTUS STAY

The Juventus and Brazil left-back has committed his future to the Turin giants, insisting he will not be leaving the club.

Chelsea had been linked with the 27-year-old full-back, who is set to feature for the Yellows at the World Cup.

However, according to the Corriere dello Sport, the former Porto man doesn’t want to go anywhere.

He said: “I have never listened to the rumours about myself; I have always remained focused on my work and Juventus has always been my only thought. I still have two years left on my contract. I feel really good and I am satisfied with my condition at Juventus.”

RATING: 5/10

VERDICT

The Blues’ pursuit of Sandro is pretty much dead in the water so expect the Stamford Bridge club to chase other targets.

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 13: Alex Sandro of Juventus is challenged by Serge Aurier of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur at Allianz Stadium on February 13, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Alex Sandro is a key man for the Old Lady side.

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Nabil Fekir attracting interest from Arsenal to headline our rumour mill

David Cooper 17/02/2018
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Nabil Fekir has 16 goals and five assists in Ligue 1 this season.

Though the winter transfer window just passed and the summer window is still months down the road, that hasn’t stopped the chatter of players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at five potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.

Nabil Fekir

The Frenchman has caught the eye of compatriot Arsene Wenger as he’s set to be a priority for Arsenal this summer, according to Daily Mail. The Lyon attacker, who is expected to be a key player in France’s World Cup side in June, has scored 16 goals and dished out five assists in Ligue 1 this season. Wenger is willing to shell out £45 million for his top target, with the hopes of completing a deal for the 24-year-old before the World Cup gets under way.

Timo Werner

Werner is already a hot target for several English clubs, including Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, but Arsenal are now tossing their hat in the ring for the 21-year-old striker, according to The Sun. The chances of Werner leaving Germany increased after he rejected a new deal with RB Leipzig and the top European prospect should be spoilt for choice, having scored 16 goals form 29 appearances this season. Pairing him with Mesut Ozil at the Emirates would be tantalising for Arsene Wenger.

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Victor Wanyama

Wanyama’s role at Tottenham has been reduced to primarily coming off the bench as a substitute after his return from a knee injury, but the midfielder is on the radar of Liverpool, who are keeping tabs on the 26-year-old, according to Daily Mail. While Mauricio Pochettino has used Wanyama sparingly, the idea of the Kenyan reinforcing the Reds’ midfield, especially if Emre Can leaves Anfield this summer when his contract expires, could appeal to Jurgen Klopp.

Jean Michael Seri

Manchester United haven’t been shy in splashing the cash and the Nice midfielder could be the next man to force their wallet open, according to Daily Mail. The 26-year-old’s release clause is considered to be around £33 million, but the price could be well worth it for Jose Mourinho to replenish his midfield this summer, especially with Michael Carrick set to retire. Seri also attracted the attention of Barcelona last year, but United appear to be keen as they’re monitoring ongoing developments.

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Felipe Anderson

Chelsea are expected to make a move for the Lazio man this summer, with the 24-year-old Brazilian fitting the Blues’ need for a creative midfielder, according to talkSPORT. This isn’t the first time Anderson has been linked with an English club after performing well in Serie A over the last few seasons, with Manchester United often mentioned. It appears Chelsea, however, have had their interests piqued and are preparing to swoop in to bolster their playmaking. After struggling to defend their title this season, Chelsea aren’t likely to stand pat.

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Real Madrid to swoop for Man United's Paul Pogba as relationship with Jose Mourinho sours

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Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United is the subject of speculation.

There’s no shortage of transfer gossip even with the January transfer window having shut two days ago, with clubs looking to get a leg up on summer deals.

Here’s a round-up of the latest speculation headlining the rumour mill.

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

Real Madrid are looking to bring Manchester United‘s Paul Pogba to La Liga this summer, according to The Sun. The Spanish giants have previously made an offer for the 24-year-old but lost out when he moved to Old Trafford for £89million two years ago. Rumours over the midfielder’s role at United have heightened but the paper says only offers in excess of £120million will make any deal possible.

Liverpool‘s interest in Roma goalkeeper Alisson appears to be wavering after a spike in performance from the Reds’ own keeper Loris Karius, the Telegraph says. With Simon Mignolet likely to look for first-team football away from Anfield, it had been thought Jurgen Klopp would be on the hunt for a back-up keeper. But with Karius impressing on the pitch, it is thought Liverpool may save the money for elsewhere.

Former Chelsea star John Terry appears eager to move back to the Premier League and his beloved club – but in a coaching role, the Mirror reports. The former captain has been playing in the Championship with Aston Villa but is reportedly considering a moving into coaching to one day climb the career ladder to become manager of Chelsea, the paper says.

There is a possibility Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane could leave the club at the end of the season – despite being on course to lift the Champions League trophy, the Daily Mail reports. Captain Sergio Ramos is quoted in the paper as saying that “everyone takes for granted that if he wins it he will stay but he might want to take a rest”. It comes after Real beat Paris St Germain 3-1 on Wednesday.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Joe Hart: The goalkeeper could be heading abroad this summer after struggling while on loan at West Ham, The Sun reports. After losing his place at Manchester City, the 30-year-old would likely have hoped for more playing time at the London Stadium in order to keep his place in the England team ahead of Russia 2018. With one year left on his contract at City by the end of this season, Hart may consider returning overseas to boost his career, the paper says.

Toby Alderweireld: Tottenham may be willing to lose Toby Alderweireld this summer, the London Evening Standard reports, as the club also looks to bat away interest from top European clubs for their star players. Doubts remain over Alderweireld, the paper says, after a lengthy injury spell and being left out of Spurs’ trip to Turin earlier this week. It would appear the 28-year-old’s complex contract could influence whether Spurs opt to extend his deal to 2020.

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