Edinson Cavani headlines our Rumour Mill as PSG hitman seeks summer move

David Cooper 12/03/2018
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Tipped to end PSG stay: Edinson Cavani.

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 potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

EDINSON CAVANI

Wanted man: PSG star Cavani.

Man United and Chelsea are set to battle it out to sign the £53m-rated (Dh270m) Paris-Saint-Germain striker, according Le Parisien.

The Uruguayan is said to feel unsettled in the French capital following the arrival of Neymar in August.

The 31-year-old, who has spent nearly five seasons at the Parc des Princes, is ready for a new challenge with those at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge keen on securing his services.

Cavani has been in stunning from this season, scoring 33 goals in 38 in all competitions for Unai Emery’s side.

N’GOLO KANTE

Marathon man in the middle: Kante.

Paris-Saint-Germain have made the Blues star one of their primary summer targets, Canal+ report.

The Ligue 1 leaders, who were knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage to Real Madrid last week, want Kante to bolster their midfield as they attempt an assault on Europe’s premier competition next season.

The 26-year-old Frenchman has developed into one of the best defensive midfielders in the world and would be available for a fee in the region of £35m (Dh178m), though the Stamford Bridge club would take some convincing to sell him.

MAX MEYER

Arsenal have made the Schalke midfielder a top target, according to Daily Star.

The 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to leave Arena AufSchalke, with Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona also expressing an interest in the German international.

Dubbed the new Toni Kroos, Meyer is a versatile midfielder who can play anywhere through the centre of the park – as well as perform with equal measure on the flank.

Meyer is set to end his nine-season stay with Schalke by turning down their second offer of a lucrative new long-term deal.

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Bryan Cristante headlines our Rumour Mill as Arsenal track Benfica star

David Cooper 11/03/2018
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Bryan Cristante has impressed in Serie A this term.

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 potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.

Send us your thoughts, too – get in touch via Twitter and Facebook.

ARSENAL STEP UP CHASE FOR ATALANTA ACE BRYAN CRISTANTE

Cristante has starred in the Europa League this term.

The Gunners are ready to launch a summer move for the Italy international, who has also been heavily linked with Napoli, Juventus, Liverpool and Lazio.

The 23-year-old AC Milan academy product, who is on loan at Atalanta from Benfica, is enjoying a stellar Serie A campaign and has netted 10 goals this term.

Remarkably, Atalanta have an option in the loan agreement to buy the midfielder for just €4m (Dh18m) in the summer – though the Portuguese giants will try and wave that clause to spark a bidding war in the region of €30m (Dh135m).

According to Football Italia, Arsene Wenger’s men have scouted the talent and are favourites to sign him – though a deal isn’t likely to be made until after the World Cup in Russia.

CHELSEA KEEPER MATEJ DELAC TO MOVE ON

Delac has been a long servant without any game time.

The long-serving Blues goalkeeper is set to end his Stamford Bridge exile this summer.

Delac, who signed for the west London side in 2009 but has never played for the first-team, has been sent out on ten loan spells during that period.

The 25-year-old is currently plying his trade with Belgian outfit Mouscron but is out of contract at the end of the season and will leave the club on a free.

Remarkably, the Croatian is the Chelsea’s longest-serving player but has been surplus to requirements for most of his stay with the Premier League side.

GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA

Highly-rated: Donnarumma.

Paris Saint-Germain are ready to launch a big-money summer bid for the AC Milan goalkeeper, according to the Corriere dello Sport.

The Italian international’s San Siro future is unclear, despite the fact he only penned a new deal with the Rossoneri last summer while Milan have been linked with the free transfer acquisition of Napoli’s Pepe Reina.

PSG are no strangers to splashing big cash and could afford Donnarumma’s £65m (Dh330m) release clause, with the 19-year-old making it clear he wants to play Champions League football.

Liverpool, Juventus and Real Madrid are all in the mix for the giant shot-stopper but Milan won’t be rushed into selling Donnarumma for anything but a huge fee.

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Griezmann headlines our Rumour Mill as Atletico star spotted house hunting in Barcelona

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Linked again: Griezmann and Barcelona.

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 potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.

Send us your thoughts, too – get in touch via Twitter and Facebook.

GRIEZMANN ‘HOUSE HUNTING’ IN CATALONIA

Griezmann has been in a rich vein of form this year.

The Atletico Madrid forward is apparently looking for a new house in Barcelona, fuelling intense speculation he will sign for the Camp Nou club this summer.

According to Catalunya Radio, the Frenchman has set the wheels in motion to buying a property in Catalonia as Blaugrana weigh up a €100m (Dh452m) summer bid to trigger the 26-year-old’s release clause.

Back in January, Atleti lodged a complaint to FIFA against Barca – suggesting that they were tapping up the player – but, now, it seems as though Ernesto Valverde’s men are looking to bolster their attacking options again.

Given Griezmann will have a key role to play in France’s World Cup campaign, it’s unlikely any movement will take place on this deal before this summer’s tournament in Russia but early indications are that Diego Simeone’s side will face a fight to keep hold of the striker, who has been in scintillating form in 2018, netting 10 La Liga goals.

MAN UNITED SET TO OFFER BAIT FOR ALEX SANDRO

Is Sandro heading to the Premier League?

The Red Devils are set to tempt Juventus to sell their key left-back this summer, by offering big-money and out-of-favour Matteo Darmian as part of the deal.

Jose Mourinho’s men have been searching for defensive reinforcements and could meet the Old Lady’s £70 million (Dh356m) asking price – and double the Brazilian’s wages.

The 27-year-old World Cup-bound star is said to be happy at the Turin giants but a deal could be brokered if the large sums of cash involved are true.

According to the Mirror, United will rev up their attempts to land the former Porto star in the close season.

It comes as Luke Shaw has emerged as a target for Tottenham following a difficult campaign for him at Old Trafford, in which he has largely featured on the bench.

LIVERPOOL READY TO SPLASH BIG ON KEEPER

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: Jack Butland of Stoke City shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Highly-rated: England star Jack Butland.

Liverpool could make the Stoke City and England shot-stopper the world’s most expensive goalkeeper this summer in a groundbreaking deal.

The Merseysiders want reinforcements between the sticks despite Loris Karius’s improvement while Simon Mignolet is all but set to leave Anfield at the end of the season.

The Potters are fighting to stay in the Premier League, and regardless of whether they survive in the top-flight, the Reds are confident they can land the 24-year-old for a fee in the region of £40m (Dh203m).

If that figure materialised, Butland would become the priciest keeper of all time – eclipsing Ederson’s £34.7m price tag when the Brazilian joined the Etihad Stadium club at the beginning of last season.

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