Toby Alderweireld headlines our Rumour Mill as Chelsea determined to sign Tottenham star

David Cooper 31/03/2018
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Though the summer transfer window is still a few months away, that hasn’t stopped the rumours 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 the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in June.

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

TOBY ALDERWEIRELD

Chelsea are ready to gain an advantage on Manchester United and Barcelona in their pursuit of the highly-rated centre-back, The Mirror reports.

The Belgian has been holding out for a pay rise at Spurs but that has seen his relationship with manager Mauricio Pochettino sour with the Argentine dropping the centre-back in recent games.

The Blues are hoping to pay closer to £40m (Dh206m) to secure the 29-year-old’s signature.

Chelsea are prepared to move for Alderweireld regardless of whether or not Antonio Conte remains at Stamford Bridge next season.

BERND LENO

Arsenal are set to challenge Atletico Madid and Napoli to sign the in-form Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper, Kicker reports.

The 26-year-old has been tipped to move to North London and is seen as the ideal successor to Petr Cech, who turns 36 in May.

Atletico and Napoli have reportedly made an approach for the German international, but the Gunners remain in pole position to acquire his services for the 2018-19 season.

THOMAS TUCHEL

Paris Saint-Germain have identified Thomas Tuchel as their primary target to replace Unai Emery this summer, according to L’Equipe.

The French giants are set to part ways with the Spanish boss at the end of the season after his failure to guide the club beyond the last-16 of the Champions League.

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Tuchel is believed to be the front runner to take the reins at Parc-des-Princes.

However, Joachim Low and Luis Enrique also remain options for the Ligue 1 leaders.

SAMUEL UMTITI

Jose Mourinho is weighing up a raid this summer with the towering Barcelona defender top of his shopping list, The Star reports.

The Manchester United manager wants to revamp his defence and could target the French international at the end of the season.

Umtiti has reached an impasse with the Catalan giants over a new deal – with the centre-back wanting his current £50,000 (Dh 257.4m) per week wage to be trebled.

The Red Devils would still have to pay in excess of £40 million (Dh181.1m) for the former Lyon player, who is contracted at the Camp Nou until 2021.

CALLUM WILSON

Bournemouth are demanding Everton and West Ham pay £25m (Dh128.7m) to sign the star striker in the summer transfer window, The Sun claims.

The Cherries boss Eddie Howe wants to keep hold of his prized asset, who has netted eight goals in all competitions this term, but the 26-year-old is believed to be keen on a new opportunity.

Despite being plagued with injuries during his time on the south coast, Wilson remains a key figure for any side with his serious pace, neat touch and lethal finishing ability.

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Miralem Pjanic headlines our Rumour Mill as Juventus set for fight to keep midfielder

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Though the summer transfer window is still a few months away, that hasn’t stopped the rumours 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 the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in June.

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MIRALEM PJANIC

The talented Juventus midfielder is being monitored closely by Paris Saint-Germain, Italian outlet Corriere della Sera reports.

Bosnian Pjanic, who started his career in Ligue 1 with Metz before moving to Lyon, is no stranger to France’s top flight and PSG are ready to offer the 27-year-old a double-your-money deal.

Although the Old Lady have no intention of allowing the €50m-rated (Dh438m) former Roma man to leave Turin, PSG will reportedly flex their financial muscles once this season is out.

Pjanic could earn up to €8 million-per-year (Dh70m) if he forces a transfer to the Parc des Princes side, with the Parisians set to undergo big change this summer following their last 16 exit in the Champions League.

Pjanic is a key man for the Italian giants.

JACK WILSHERE

Everton have emerged as the frontrunners to sign the Arsenal midfielder this summer, according to The Sun.

The Gunners star is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to agree terms on a new deal, with talks seemingly stalled between the north London side and the player’s representatives.

Wilshere, who has forced his way back into Gareth Southgate’s England squad and is set to head to Russia for the World Cup finals, is believed to want to stay at his boyhood club but may be left with no choice but to move on.

The Toffees are looking to strengthen again and while there is doubt over the long-term future of boss Sam Allardyce, 26-year-old Wilshere could link-up with former team-mate Theo Walcott at Goodison Park.

AC Milan are also said to be interested in the talent.

Gunners star Jack Wilshere is out of contract at the end of the season.

Gunners star Jack Wilshere is out of contract at the end of the season.

JONAS HECTOR

Liverpool will go head-to-head with Juventus to sign the Germany international left-back after this summer’s World Cup.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Kop club are leading the chase to sign the versatile 27-year-old, who can also operate in central defence and across a flat midfield four.

Relegation-threatened FC Koln, who are second from bottom in the Bundesliga table, are all but resigned to losing Hector – especially if the Cologne-based outfit go down.

A clause in the German’s contract states that he is allowed to leave the RheinEnergieStadion for less than €10 million (Dh 45.2m) if Alexander Wehrle’s men fail to escape the dreaded drop.

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - MARCH 23: Jonas Hector of Germany controls the ball during the international friendly match between Germany and Spain at Esprit-Arena on March 23, 2018 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Hector is set to star in the World Cup in Russia.

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Elseid Hysaj headlines our Rumour Mill as Man United and Arsenal track Napoli defender

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Though the summer transfer window is still a few months away, that hasn’t stopped the rumours 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 the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in June.

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ELSEID HYSAJ

Manchester United and Arsenal have not given up hope of signing the Napoli right-back this summer, despite reports that the 24-year-old is close to signing a new deal with the Partenopei.

According to Calciomercato.com, the Albanian international – who is widely regarded as one of the hottest properties in his position across Europe – is ready to pen new lucrative terms with the Serie A title-chasing club.

However, both United and the Gunners rate Hysaj highly and will test the Italian club’s resolve to keep their man in the close season.

The former Empoli man has a release clause in the region of €80 million (Dh701m) which could prove to be a sticking point over a future move.

Napoli's Albanian defender Elseid Hysaj (R) vies with Lazio's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva (C) during the Italian Serie A football match Napoli versus Lazio on February 10, 2018 at San Paolo stadium in Naples. / AFP PHOTO / CARLO HERMANN (Photo credit should read CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

Hysaj is courting plenty of attention from the Premier League.

MOUSA DEMBELE

The Tottenham midfield enforcer has revealed he is in no rush to sign new terms with the north London side, fuelling speculation he could move to Juventus at the end of the season.

The 30-year-old, who will spend this summer on international duty with Belgium, will be a free agent in June 2019.

According to La Derniere Heure, a discussion concerning a renewal has yet to begin – leaving the Old Lady in a strong position to move for the former Fulham star.

Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate to keep his squad together for next season and it is thought the Argentine still sees the central midfielder as a big part of his plans.

Key man: Dembele.

Key man: Dembele.

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