Willian headlines our Rumour Mill as Man United set to launch move for Chelsea star

David Cooper 16/05/2018
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The summer transfer window is now less than one month away and the rumours of players and coaches potentially being on the move is gathering pace.

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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WILLIAN

Manchester United are ready to launch a move for the elusive Chelsea attacker, as Anthony Martial continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

According to the Express, Jose Mourinho is a keen admirer of the Brazilian and wants to sign him this summer.

While the Blues refused to sell, Willian’s future hangs in the balance and he is said to be open to a move away from West London.

The 29-year-old has made over 200 appearances since moving to Stamford Bridge in 2013, scoring six goals and providing seven assists this season.

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CAGLAR SOYUNCU

Arsenal are pushing ahead with a move for the highly-rated Freiburg defender, according to the Telegraph.

The Gunners are currently without a manager after Arsene Wenger left the club, but are still determined to secure a deal for the 21-year-old.

Soyuncu was a regular for the Bundesliga side this term, making 32 appearances in all competitions.

A number of Premier League clubs are said to be interested in the Turkish international but the North London side are in pole position to acquire his services.

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Tottenham are lining up a £50m (Dh 248.5m) bid for the Ajax star, reports the Daily Mail.

The 18-year-old is considered one of the best defensive prospects in world football – and has attracted interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

But Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is expected to use the money raised by the expected sale of Toby Alderweireld to bring in the youngster.

Barcelona are believed to be hot favourites to land his signature, but Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City have been all been linked with the Dutchman.

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Manchester City target Harry Maguire to consider his future after the World Cup

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A bidding war could break out as a number of top clubs are eyeing Leicester defender Harry Maguire, reports the Daily Mirror.

The paper said the 25-year-old centre back is wanted by Manchester City, as well as a number of other top Premier League clubs, and will be subject of close attention when he plays for England at this summer’s World Cup.

Toby Alderweireld could be swapping Tottenham white for Manchester United red next season, according to the Evening Standard.

Spurs are ready to listen to offers for the Belgian international and Danny Rose, with the Old Trafford club willing to spend upwards of £40m to land the 29-year-old Alderweireld.

Marco Silva is wanted by Everton to replace Sam Allardyce, who is set to be dismissed from the Goodison Park hotseat, according to the Daily Mirror.

The paper reports Watford, Silva’s former club, will want compensation as a severance deal has not yet been agreed after he left Vicarage Road in January.

Ones to watch

Steve McClaren: The former England boss is due to be announced as the new manager of Championship side Queens Park Rangers to replace the sacked Ian Holloway, reports the Daily Mail.

Matthew Bondswell: The 16-year-old Nottingham Forest left-back is wanted by Manchester United, according to the Sun.

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Outgoing Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta to decide on destination 'next week'

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Iniesta is set for one last rousing reception from the Barcelona fans.

Departing Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta says he will make a decision on the next step of his career “next week”.

Club captain Iniesta announced last month that he would be leaving the club where he’s been since the age of 12, with a move to either China or Japan in the offing.

“There are two scenarios, China or Japan, and each has its advantages,” he told Spanish radio Onda Cero overnight Monday.

“There are some minor details to be sorted out, we’re weighing everything up and will pick which one we decide is the best option.

“Next week, when everything is over, we’ll decide. Then, there’s the World Cup, I want to get this resolved so that I can focus.

Iniesta hinted that he does have a preference between the two choices, although he didn’t reveal which one.

“One option is more advanced than the other,” the midfielder said.

China’s Chongqing Lifan and Japan’s Vissel Kobe – who are owned by Barcelona sponsors Rakuten – were both forced to deny speculation that they had made big-money approaches for the 34-year-old.

Iniesta’s latest comments indicate that a move to Australia, which had been suggested in Spanish media, is not an option being considered.

The Spaniard, who is a wine producer, added that the economics of any new deal are “relatively important”, as he is eager to take his wine label from his native Castilla-La-Mancha region to new markets.

However, Iniesta says that the most important factor is his family, as he seeks a comfortable quality of life for his wife and three children.

The final match of Iniesta’s glittering career at Barcelona will be on Saturday against Real Sociedad, with the home fans at his beloved Camp Nou stadium set to make it a memorable, and emotional, affair.

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