Alex Sandro headlines our Rumour Mill as Juventus defender edges close to Man United move

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Flying down the left: Alex Sandro.

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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ALEX SANDRO


Manchester United are set to complete a €50million (Dh216m) deal for the highly-rated Juventus left-back, La Stampa reports.

With Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian set to leave this summer, United are hopeful of securing the 28-year-old’s services.

Sandro has won the league and cup double for three seasons on the trot with the Old Lady, following his move from Porto back in 2015.

According to sources close to the Brazilian, he is seeking a fresh challenge and a switch to Old Trafford very much fits the bill.

TURIN, ITALY - MAY 05: Alex Sandro (L) of Juventus FC is challenged by Andrea Poli of Bologna FC during the serie A match between Juventus and Bologna FC at Allianz Stadium on May 5, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Ace performer: Alex Sandro.

RICARDO PEREIRA

Leicester are inching closer to signing the £25m (Dh124m)-rated right-back, according to the Leicester Mercury.

The Foxes are keen to bolster their squad following a disappointing end to the season while there is also speculation concerning the future of boss Claude Puel.

Nevertheless, the club’s scouting network have identified the Porto defender as a top transfer target and are also said to be prepared to battle it out with West Ham for the signature of Manchester City star Patrick Roberts.

As for Pereira, he is expected to arrive from the Portuguese champions once the full international transfer window opens on June 1.

Porto's Portuguese defender Ricardo Pereira (L) controls the ball beside Monaco's French forward Adama Diakhaby during their UEFA Champions League group G football match FC Porto vs Monaco at the Dragao stadium in Porto, on December 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

Highly-rated: Ricardo Pereira.

CLEMENT LENGLET

The emerging Sevilla centre-back is on the verge of joining Barcelona next season, Mundo Deportivo reports.

At just 22, the French star is considered one of the most promising young defenders in Europe after his best campaign yet with the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium outfit.

Lenglet is expected to cost Barca up to £30m (Dh148m) but is viewed as a long-term replacement for Gerard Pique, and potentially, a more immediate one for Samuel Umtiti should he leave Camp Nou.

Andalusia-based star Lenglet is poised to sign a five-year deal with Blaugrana.

Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (L) fights for the ball with Sevilla's French defender Clement Lenglet during the Spanish League football match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on March 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Cristina Quicler (Photo credit should read CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images)

Clement Lenglet keeps track of Luis Suarez in La Liga.

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Goalkeeping legend: Iker Casillas.

The 36-year-old former Real Madrid player was linked with a move away from Portugal after helping the club win the Primeira Liga.
Casillas told Porto’s official website: “I’m very happy to be here for another year.
“It is fantastic to be linked to a club and a fantastic city, which from the very first day welcomed me very well.
“There were rumours that I could leave, but my intention was always to continue. Fortunately I was able to continue and I’m happy for that.”

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Transfer predictor: Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona gets an 8, Leonardo Bonucci to Man United a 3

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Antoine Griezman

The Premier League transfer window is now open and the market in the rest of Europe will spark into life soon.

With the transfer rumours growing in pace and volume during this ‘silly season’, it can be difficult and painstaking to separate the stories of some legitimacy from the rest of the noise.

Fortunately, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do it for you.

Below, you’ll find some of the latest transfer news churned out of the rumour mill broken down and analysed for your benefit along with our calculated predictions.

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN – From Atletico Madrid to Barcelona

Reports linking Antoine Griezmann to a Barcelona move in the summer continue to grow with the Catalans expected to trigger his £88 million release clause.

Why it will happen: Given his release clause, the fee is a bargain for one of the premier attacking talents in the world and Barca would be pleased to recruit a proven star not only to play alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez but to fill in for either of them when necessary.

Why it won’t happen: With the money invested in Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, surely there are other areas that need addressing at Barcelona. A central midfielder and centre-back for starters.

Prediction: Barca are seemingly running uncontested for the Frenchman’s signature. It would take something dramatic for the move to fall through. Expect to see him in Blaugrana colours next season.

Rating – 8/10

LEONARDO BONUCCI – From AC Milan to Manchester United

Leonardo Bonucci is looking for an escape route after AC Milan failed to qualify for next season’s Champions LeagueManchester United are among the front-runners for his signature, according to reports.

Why it will happen: Chris Smalling is inconsistent, Phil Jones is injury prone and Eric Bailly has struggled with injury as well. Jose Mourinho would love to have a reliable and accomplished centre-back of Bonucci’s experience and calibre. Milan may be persuaded to sell due to Financial Fair Play regulations.

Why it won’t happen: United invested heavily in Victor Lindelof last summer and after growing in confidence over the course of his first season in English football, he may have a more prominent role next term. Bonucci isn’t the type to jump ship after one season and following his exploits with Juventus, he isn’t exactly desperate to move to a ‘bigger club’ for the chance to win silverware.

Prediction: It doesn’t make sense for Mourinho to swoop for a 31-year-old defender who will not come cheaply as he still has four years on his contract at Milan. The Italian will most likely stay put.

Rating – 3/10

CHRISTIAN PULISIC – From Borussia Dortmund to Tottenham

Reports suggest Tottenham are ready to meet the asking price for Borussia Dortmund’s American teenage sensation Christian Pulisic.

Why it will happen: An attacking midfielder who can operate across the forward line, Pulisic would fit well into Tottenham’s system and style of play. At 19, he would be an investment for the future and can be expected to develop at Spurs like others have under Mauricio Pochettino.

Why it won’t happen: The American needs to play as often as he can and that’s not guaranteed at Spurs with Lucas Moura added to the attacking ranks in January. Spurs need more established stars to win silverware, not another budding talent.

Prediction: Pulisic is settled and steadily progressing. Taking the next step in his career at this juncture would be detrimental to his career.

Rating – 3/10

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