Juventus enter race to sign Lazio hitman Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

David Cooper 23/05/2018
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The summer transfer window for international deals is now less than one month away and rumours of players and coaches potentially being on the move are coming at a frenzied pace.

Across the world of football, there is plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

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

SERGEJ MILINKOVIC-SAVIC

Juventus have entered the race to sign the £80m-rated (Dh 397.5m) Lazio hitman, Tuttosport claims.

The Serbian international has drawn interest from all over Europe with his sparkling displays, as Manchester United have been strongly linked to securing his secures on a long-term deal.

Should the 23-year-old put pen to paper on a deal at the Juventus Stadium, he will add another exciting dimension to a creative Juve midfield after netting 14 goals for the Biancocelesti this term.

22-year-old Milinkovic-Savic is a hot property in Serie A.

22-year-old Milinkovic-Savic is a hot property in Serie A.

ALEX SANDRO

Manchester United will make a big push to sign the elusive Juventus left-back this summer, reports the Daily Mail.

With Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian set to leave this summer, United are hopeful of securing the 28-year-old’s services for €50million (Dh216m).

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.

Man United bound? Alex Sandro

Man United bound? Alex Sandro

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Man City consider making move for Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt

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The summer transfer window for international deals is now less than one month away and rumours of players and coaches potentially being on the move are coming at a frenzied pace.

Across the world of football, there is plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

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

MATTHIJS DE LIGT

Manchester City are lining up a £50m (Dh 248.5m) bid for the Ajax star, according to the Guardian.

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.

With Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Vincent Kompany as frontline centre-backs, the youngster may opt against a move due to a lack of minutes at the Etihad Stadium.

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

ANDRE GOMES

The Portuguese will reportedly leave Barcelona this summer after a disappointing two-year spell, Mundo Deportivo claims.

The 25-year-old has failed to impress at Camp Nou since moving from Valencia in the summer of 2016.

Gomes is in search of regular game time after making only six La Liga starts this season and a move to the Premier League looks like the best option.

West Ham have shown an interest in his ability and are ready to launch a bid to acquire his services.

SLAVISA JOKANOVIC

The Fulham boss has been linked with the Chelsea manager’s job should Antonio Conte depart this summer, the Evening Standard says.

Jokanovic, who appeared 39 times for the Stamford Bridge club between 2000 and 2002, has revived the Whites’ fortunes at Craven Cottage as they continue their push for Premier League promotion.

Their impressive form, which sees them take on Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final at Wembley this weekend, has only served to increase speculation that the 49-year-old Serb could make the short trip across the English capital to the Kings’ Road Side.

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What the papers say: Antonio Conte to spark manager merry-go-round, Chelsea eyeing Robert Lewandowski

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Signs of a managerial shuffle in the Serie A could herald the departure of Antonio Conte from Chelsea, The Sun reports.

According to the paper Carlo Ancelotti met with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis in Rome on Tuesday night, which could hold significance for Stamford Bridge’s current head honcho. Should Ancelotti replace Maurizio Sarri it will free up the Neapolitan, who has been tipped as Conte’s successor, to pursue other ventures.

As a free agent Chelsea will not have to pay compensation to sign up Sarri, who guided second-placed Napoli to within four points of champions Juventus.

But while Sarri may come without contractual baggage, Chelsea may have to pay out millions if Conte chooses to take a break from football, the Daily Telegraph reports. Having stated his intention to see out the final year on his contract, Chelsea would have to sack him to bring in Sarri, which could mean a £9million hit for the Blues.

LEWANDOWSKI IN, MORATA OUT?

Meanwhile Chelsea’s £58million striker Alvaro Morata could leave Stamford Bridge after one season, with AC Milan and former club Juventus keeping tabs, the Daily Mirror reports.

The 25-year-old is said to want to return to Italy after a difficult season and Milan are reported to have approached the Blues over a possible loan with a permanent option. After a strained season Chelsea are said to be looking for a star finisher, with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski said to be top of their list.

Blue target: Robert Lewandowski

Blue target: Robert Lewandowski


ARTETA’S CITY STAY WHILE EMERY TARGETS SERI

Mikel Arteta looks set to stay at Manchester City for the time being after Unai Emery emerged as Arsene Wenger’s successor, the Daily Mail reports. The former Arsenal player was tipped as a possible replacement for the outgoing Gunners boss, although any hopes were dashed by reports that Emery is swapping Paris for north London. The Spaniard, 36, is expected to be offered a two-year contract to remain part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching team.

Arsenal are plotting a summer swoop for Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, the Daily Mail says. With new broom Emery set to arrive with a few ideas of his own, one move could be for the one-time Paris St Germain target. Emery tried to sign the Ivory Coast midfielder in January, the paper says. Nice would reportedly charge £35million to release the 26-year-old, who is also said to be of interest to Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund.

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Gunning for new players: Unai Emery

PELLEGRINI GETS BIG BUDGET

Manuel Pellegrini’s summer transfer plans are set to get a £75million cash injection from West Ham’s top brass, the Daily Mirror reports. The new Irons boss said he is targeting “four of five” to beef up the squad ahead of his first season in charge at the Olympic Stadium. The former Manchester City manager has signed a three-year deal as West Ham boss, succeeding David Moyes at the Hammers’ helm.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Joel Lopez: Arsenal are close to signing Barcelona’s 15-year-old defender, according to goal.com.

Moussa Sissako: Brighton have agreed a contract for PSG’s 17-year-old centre-back, according to French outlet RMC.

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