Mario Mandzukic headlines our Rumour Mill as Juventus offer Croat to Premier League giant

David Cooper 25/05/2018
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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.

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

MARIO MANDZUKIC

The powerful Croatian is available for a move this summer after Juventus told the forward he can leave, according to the Daily Mail.

At 32, the frontman – who netted just five Serie A goals for the Old Lady in their title-winning season – could potentially have one last big move in him and has yet to ply his trade in the Premier League.

That has alerted Manchester United to his signature, given the World Cup-bound forward is capable of having a positive effect on the squad akin to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Red Devils are also in the running to sign West Ham star Marko Arnautovic, but could value the experience of the former Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid man more highly.

Juventus' Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic (L) vies for the ball with Sampdoria's Italian defender Jacopo Sala during the Italian Serie A football match between Juventus and Sampdoria on April 15, 2018 at Allianz Stadium in Turin. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO BERTORELLO (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Experienced: Mandzukic has won three consecutive Serie A titles with Juventus.

BADOU NDIAYE

The Gunners are the latest Premier League club who are ready to raid relegated Stoke in the close season.

According to Senegalese news outlet Galsenfoot, the African star is attracting interest from Arsenal, Besiktas and West Ham.

With Championship football on the horizon, the Potters are resigned to losing many of their big-name performers and 27-year-old Ndiaye was one of the brightest lights in a gloomy campaign.

Unai Emery is likely to ring the changes in midfield, with Jack Wilshere set to depart and Granit Xhaka’s future looking uncertain.

Ndiaye will be a fixture in his national team’s line-up in Russia.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Badou Ndiaye of Stoke City and during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Burnley at Bet365 Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Central midfield star: Badou Ndiaye.

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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.

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

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.

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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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