Marco Asensio headlines our rumour mill as Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool battle it out for Real Madrid star

David Cooper 21/02/2018
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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.

MARCO ASENSIO

Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are keen to sign Real Madrid star Marco Asensio, according to the Sun. The 22-year-old is playing second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo this campaign and has started  only 11 La Liga matches. The Spaniard excelled as a substitute in the Champions League win over PSG and scored twice in the 5-3 win over Real Betis on Sunday. With game time mattering most for the ace attacker, Antonio Conte may succeed in bringing him to West London this summer.

CHRISTIAN PULISIC

Bayern Munich are ready to make a big money move for Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Christian Pulisic, the Daily Mail reports. Bayern are long-term admirers of the 19-year-old and would be willing to spend around €100 million to acquire his signature. The American winger has drawn interest from LiverpoolManchester United and Arsenal, and could be set to depart the Westfalenstadion this summer. If a move to the Allianz Arena was to materialise, Pulisic would be have the best platform to help him develop as a player on the European stage and win trophies.

AMADOU DIAWARA

Tottenham Hotspur are set to step up their interest in Napoli star Amadou Diawara, Tuttomercatoweb suggests. The 20-year-old Guinea international is rated as one of the most promising players in Serie A and has been linked with several top European sides. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has made Diawara a key target and is set to offer in the region of £33 million to secure his services this summer. The midfielder is viewed as a long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele, who has been curtailed with injuries over the last number of seasons.

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Toni Kroos headlines our rumour mill as Manchester United target Real Madrid star

David Cooper 20/02/2018
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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.

TONI KROOS

Real Madrid star Kroos is Jose Mourinho’s prime summer target as he seeks to bolster his midfield options for next season, according to the Independent. The 28-year-old was tipped for a move to the Red Devils prior to joining Los Blancos in 2013. The German international has the same game management skills that Mourinho wants to succeed the retiring Michael Carrick and sit in between Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba in the heart of the midfield to allow the trio to flourish.

Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League 

MALCOM

Arsenal and Tottenham have emerged as favourites to sign Bordeaux wonderkid Malcom, according to the Daily Mail. The Brazilian has been one of the mainstays in an improving Bordeaux side this season, scoring eight goals and providing six assists in 25 games. The 21-year-old has been taking the league by storm with his glittering footwork and passing ability. Although £55m is an expensive asking price, both clubs believe a fee of £33m could be enough to get the deal over the line.

ARTHUR

Barcelona are on the cusp of reaching a €30m agreement with Gremio star Arthur, according to Mundo Deportivo. It is believed Barcelona will pay €30m up front, plus another €10m in add-ons related to appearances and his first contract renewal. 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.

Gremio v Fluminense - Brasileirao Series A 2017 

WILFRIED ZAHA

Tottenham are preparing to launch a fresh bid for Crystal Palace star Zaha, according to the Mirror. The North Londoners remain interest in the Ivory Coast forward and are confident of landing the 25-year-old at a third attempt. Despite the arrival of former PSG winger Lucas Moura to the Wembley Stadium last month, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is lining up this latest push to strengthen his attacking options. Zaha will cost in excess of £50m and although his contract runs until 2022, Palace are determined to hold on to him.

STEFAN DE VRIJ 

Manchester United and Liverpool will battle it out to sign Lazio defender de Vrij next summer, according to Sky Sports. The Dutchman is set to leave the Stadio Olimpico at the end of the season with his contract renewal having been withdrawn. The 26-year-old is still very much on Jose Mourinho’s radar and a bid of around €15m should be accepted by the Roma club. The powerful centre-back would offer a solution to United’s inconsistencies in defence, with the futures of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in doubt.

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Neymar to resist Real Madrid to stay at PSG, Juventus keen on Man United defender

David Cooper 19/02/2018
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Neymar.

There are a few months yet until the summer transfer window comes along but there’s still plenty to talk about as clubs lay the ground work for potential deals once the current campaign is concluded.

There are more than enough stories for football fans to sink their teeth into.

Here’s a look at some potential transfer deals that could go through when the market reopens for business in June.

MATTEO DARMIAN

Matteo Darmian may be struggling with life at Manchester United but that hasn’t deterred Juventus from targeting the full-back. The Italian could be set for a return to Serie A according to Calcio Mercato.

Juventus have contacted Matteo’s representatives ahead of a possible summer move to Italy.

The former Torino right-back is behind the likes of Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young for his spot at Old Trafford and must welcome interest from last year’s Champions League finalists.

NEYMAR

Neymar has decided to remain at Paris Saint-Germain next season even if they are eliminated from the Champions League, according to Telefoot.

Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a swoop for the Brazilian who is seen as Cristiano Ronaldo’s natural successor at the Bernabeu.

However, the former Barcelona star is determined to make it work at PSG and help the team achieve European success.

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