Douglas Costa headlines our Rumour Mill as Man United close in on Juventus loanee star

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The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs is open while international deals can be completed from early next month.

That has started a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

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.

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DOUGLAS COSTA

Manchester United are set to come up with an offer in the region of £79million (Dh387m) to bring the Brazilian to Old Trafford, according to The Sun.

The 27-year-old enjoyed a fruitful season on loan with Juventus, winning both Serie A and Coppa Italia titles, but is due to head back to his parent club, Bayern Munich, following the conclusion of the World Cup in Russia.

The Old Lady reportedly have a first option deal in place to land the winger, though Costa, nor Bayern, have yet to make a decision on his long-term future.

United meanwhile are desperate to strengthen this summer and view the Shakhtar Donetsk star as a man who could help them get closer to Manchester City in next season’s Premier League title race.

Uncertain future: Douglas Costa.

ANTHONY MARTIAL

Tottenham are set to offer the French forward the chance to reignite his Premier League career, the Daily Mail reports.

The 22-year-old endured an up and down season at Old Trafford and was subsequently left out of France’s World Cup squad by Didier Deschamps.

Although he netted 11 times in all competitions, displacing first-choice forward Romelu Lukaku or Marcus Rashford on the left proved to be problematic and he slipped down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho.

Spurs are thought to be keen to sign another striker and lessen the workload on Harry Kane next season as Mauricio Pochettino’s men strive to compete at the top of the league once more.

Anthony Martial

Tough season at Old Trafford: Anthony Martial.

XHERDAN SHAQIRI

Everton are set to step up their efforts to sign the Stoke playmaker, according to Calciomercato.

The Merseysiders, who have yet to name a new manager following Sam Allardyce’s sacking earlier this month, have begun their transfer plans in earnest ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

New Director of Football Marcel Brands is in charge of incomings and outgoings, with Potters midfielder Shaqiri near the top of his summer wishlist.

The former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan star, 26, is reportedly desperate to leave Stoke following their relegation to the Championship and could be available for a fee in the region of £20m (Dh98m).

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - MAY 05: Xherdan Shaqiri of Stoke City celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Crystal Palace at Bet365 Stadium on May 5, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Shaqiri is desperate to continue playing in the Premier League.

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Andres Iniesta welcomed by Vissel Kobe and Lukas Podolski on arrival from Barcelona

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Andres Iniesta has completed his move to Japanese side Vissel Kobe, after a terrific 22-year period at his boyhood club, Barcelona.

Iniesta was unveiled before an excited crowd at a Hotel in Tokyo in  a press conference, alongside billionaire owner, Hiroshi Mikitani.

Speaking at the event, the 34-year old said, “For me this is a very special day,” the Spaniard said. “This is an important challenge for me. My family is excited to come to Japan and we are very pleased. There were many offers. Other clubs showed interest. But I decided to sign with Vissel Kobe because the project presented to me was impressive.”

Iniesta received a memorable farewell at the Camp Nou after Barca secured the double – Copa del Rey and La Liga titles.

Meanwhile, the Spanish midfielder will be teaming up with German striker Lukas Podolski at his new club.

And Podolski was quick to welcome the maestro to his new destination. This was his message:

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Transfer Predictor: Fred to Man United gets an 8 but Karim Benzema to Napoli is a 5

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Fred to United: done deal?

The transfer window is now open in the Premier League, with the rest of Europe set to follow soon.

With the window comes the usual speculation, with the airwaves full of transfer rumours, it can be difficult to figure out which ones are legitimate and which are just 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.

FRED – From Shakhtar Donetsk to Man United

Manchester United are closing in on a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian midfielder Fred, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Why it will happen: With Michael Carrick retiring and Marouane Fellaini seemingly on his way out, United need to bolster their midfield. Manager Jose Mourinho is looking to add a young box-to-box midfielder and Fred fits the bill. The €60million release clause in his contract is not thought to be an issue for United.

Why it won’t happen: Fred may still have ambitions to play for United’s city rivals, having openly flirted with Pep Guardiola and Manchester City during the league season. City’s interest seems to have cooled, but the Brazilian made no secret of his first preference.

Prediction: United will make Fred their first signing of the window. He’s in England next week as Brazil play Croatia in a friendly in Liverpool, so the formalities could be completed then.

Rating – 8/10

Fred is Manchester-bound.

Fred is Manchester-bound.

KARIM BENZEMA – Real Madrid to Napoli

Former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, who has just taken up the Napoli job, is trying to lure Madrid striker Karim Benzema to Italy, The Sun reports.

Why it will happen: Ancelotti is a known admirer of Benzema’s, having managed the French striker during a few excellent seasons at Madrid. Benzema may be tiring of the criticism he receives at Madrid, not least from the fans, and a change of scenery could be just what he needs.

Why it won’t happen: Benzema has the support of his teammates, his manager, and the club’s hierarchy. It has been a below-par season by his standards, no doubt, but he’s more likely to stay at Madrid and try to set things right than run at the first sign of trouble.

Prediction: Part of Ancelotti’s appeal to Napoli was no doubt that he could help the club seal some blockbuster signings, given his reputation, and Benzema would certainly be a coup. But the Frenchman has expressed no desire to leave Madrid and the club have no intention of selling him, so he’s likely to stay in the Spanish capital.

Rating – 5/10

Time for a change for Benzema?

Time for a change for Benzema?

GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA – From AC Milan to Liverpool

Corriere dello Sport claims Liverpool are looking to sign wantaway AC Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Why it will happen: Donnarumma has had a fractured relationship with the Milan hierarchy and the fans, who turned on him this season as details of his contract dispute leaked. Milan’s failure to qualify for the Champions League is another reason he could leave the San Siro. Liverpool, meanwhile, have had a need for a goalkeeper for the last few seasons, even if Loris Karius is finally looking more assured in the role.

Why it won’t happen: It’s more likely that he leaves Milan than that he stays, but would he go to Liverpool? He knows his admirers include Real Madrid, where the style of play will suit him more – not to mention, where he’ll get a better pay package.

Prediction: If Milan do put their star keeper on the trading block, expect Madrid to pounce. Otherwise it’s more likely he stays in Italy than go to Liverpool.

Rating – 3/10

Donnarumma could be looking for an escape route from Milan.

Donnarumma could be looking for an escape route from Milan.

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