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.
Liverpool are considering a summer swoop for the promising Red Bull Leipzig attacker, the Independent claims.
The move could potentially be part of a double swoop of the German side, with the 22-year-old attacker joining midfielder Naby Keita at Anfield.
Whether Werner would reject Liverpool in favour of holding out for his ‘dream move’ to Manchester United remains to be seen too.
The German has been a talismanic figure at the Red Bull Leipzig Arena, scoring 37 goals in 66 appearances in all competitions since joining from Stuttgart in 2016.
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Leicester, Newcastle and Southampton have sparked a three-way scrap to sign the outstanding Burnley forward reported to be worth £20m (Dh102m), The Sun reports.
The 27-year-old has played every game since October and has been an influential figure in helping Sean Dyche’s side into the Premier League top-seven.
Toon boss Rafa Benitez is believed to be a huge fan of the Iceland international, while Leicester are seeking a replacement for wantaway Riyad Mahrez.
The former Charlton star has one year left on his contract at Turf Moor with his value likely to increase at the World Cup.
“Fred will leave in June. If not to Manchester City, then to Manchester United,” the club’s chief executive, Sergei Palkin, told Corriere dello Sport.
“He is ready for the best championships. In addition to being very good, Fred is very professional.”
The 25-year-old has been linked to City multiple times in recent months, with the midfielder himself issuing a come and get me plea to Pep Guardiola earlier this year.
He is considered a long-term option as a holding midfielder for both City and United. City’s Fernandinho is 32 years old and Yaya Toure will likely be moved on this summer, while United’s Michael Carrick is retiring at the end of the season.
The two Premier League clubs battled it out for Alexis Sanchez in January, with the Chilean choosing to join Jose Mourinho and United after a long courtship by City proved fruitless. Now, they’re set to duel over a transfer yet again.
The star’s father, Neymar Santos Sr, posted pictures late Monday of the meeting on Instagram. “Visit of the day! Thanks PSG,” he wrote.
In one picture, Neymar gives the thumb’s up, flanked by Al-Khelaifi and his father. Another picture shows the club president with Antero Henrique, sports director at PSG, and Jean-Martial Ribes, the club spokesman.
On Tuesday they were expected to visit Neymar’s charity center, the Neymar Junior Institute, in Praia Grande, Sao Paulo state.
The world’s most expensive player broke a bone in his right foot on February 25 and faces weeks of recuperation following surgery in early March.
Unconfirmed media reports are swirling in Europe that Neymar has also grown disenchanted with PSG, who crashed out of the Champions League as the forward missed the second leg on March 6, and wants to return to Barcelona or even join rivals Real Madrid.
Brazil’s national team is hoping the striker will be back to full fitness in time to help lead the campaign at the World Cup starting in Russia on June 14.