Karim Benzema headlines our Rumour Mill as striker gets boost from Real Madrid president

David Cooper 25/04/2018
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Karim Benzema could start against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Though the summer transfer window is still a couple of 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.

KARIM BENZEMA

The much-maligned French forward still has the backing of Real Madrid club president Florentino Perez, according to Marca.

This season, the 30-year-old has been heavily criticised for below-par performances and a goals return of just nine in all competitions.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been linked with Benzema in recent times but the club stalwart still has the support of supremo Perez, who handed the forward a new four-year contract last September.

Despite speculation Robert Lewandowski could replace the ex-Lyon hitman this summer, Benzema looks set to stay at the Bernabeu given his good relationship with the powers that be at Los Blancos.

Frustrating season: Benzema has struggled for form and fitness.

RAPHAEL GUERREIRO

Paris Saint-Germain will launch a summer raid for the Borussia Dortmund left-back, Le10Sport reports.

The French giants have made strengthening their defence a top priority in the close season and are likely to allow full-back duo Layvin Kurzawa and Yuri Berchiche to leave the club.

That has opened the door for the Parisians to secure a deal for Guerreiro – a firm favourite of former Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, the man all but set to take up the coaching reins at the Parc des Princes next term.

Juventus’ Alex Sandro and Faouzi Ghoulam of Napoli have been touted as other targets to plug the gap on the left-hand side but the versatile Portuguese international is PSG’s first-choice option.

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 02: Raphael Guerreiro of Dortmund (13) fights for the ball with Sven Bender of Bayer Leverkusen during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund at BayArena on December 2, 2017 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

24-year-old Guerreiro has not featured regularly this term.

ELIAQUIM MANGALA

Newly-promoted Wolves are hoping to announce their arrival into the Premier League next season with the signing of the Manchester City centre-back.

According to The Sun, Pep Guardiola’s men have deemed that the 27-year-old is surplus to requirements and can leave for next to nothing in the summer.

Mangala has spent the season-half of this season on loan at Everton but it has turned out to be a nightmare, with a knee injury ending his season after just two appearances for Sam Allardyce’s side.

The Frenchman cost City £32 million back in 2014 but has struggled to establish himself.

Mangala has endured a Goodison Park nightmare.

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Man City have no intention of selling John Stones

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Manchester City have no intention of selling John Stones this summer, after reports claimed the Premier League champions would consider selling the England defender.

The former Everton centre-back’s game time in the second half of the season has been limited by injury and increased competition for places.

But it is understood City remain happy with the progress the 23-year-old has made under manager Pep Guardiola and do not want to lose him.

Stones, a £47.5million signing from the Toffees two years ago, impressed in the first half of City’s title-winning campaign but has not featured regularly since suffering a hamstring injury in November.

He has since had knee and concussion problems and is currently sidelined with an abductor strain. The £57m signing of Aymeric Laporte in January has also reduced opportunities.

Guardiola consistently speaks highly of Stones and expressed hope at the weekend he would be fit again before the end of the season.

He said: “Hopefully he can play the last games and get to the World Cup. I think he will be fine.”

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Jorginho headlines our rumour mill as Man City line up move for Napoli midfielder

David Cooper 24/04/2018
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Though the summer transfer window is still a couple of 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.

JORGINHO

The highly-rated Napoli midfielder is set to deal a blow to Liverpool and Manchester United by signing for Manchester Citythe Guardian claims.

Pep Guardiola is keen to strengthen his midfield this summer with the Brazilian-born Italy international viewed as ideal competition for Fernandinho, who will turn 33 in May.

The 26-year-old, who has made 29 Serie A appearances this season, was tracked by many of Europe’s elite clubs but has opted to sign for the Etihad Stadium side.

ERNESTO VALVERDE

Fresh from their stunning Copa del Rey triumph on Saturday, the Barcelona head coach is considering his future at the Camp Nou despite virtually winning the double.

According to AS, the 54-year-old was reportedly blamed for their Champions League exit to Roma and feels he doesn’t have the support of the club’s various sporting directors.

Valverde – who has a year left on his  contract – can clinch the La Liga title this weekend if his side avoid defeat away to Deportivo La Coruna.

FERNANDO LLORENTE

Athletic Bilbao are keen to bring the Tottenham striker back to San Mamés Stadium this summer, the Daily Mirror reports.

The Spanish international has struggled for game-time since arriving from Swansea last August and would be open to making a return to Los Leones.

The 33-year-old has failed to provide adequate back-up to Harry Kane, who has scored an impressive 37 goals in 44 matches this term.

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