Manchester United’s pursuit of a new left-back has seen them make contact with the agents of long-term target Alex Sandro of Juventus, according to reports.
Sandro, 27, has emerged as a €50 million+ (Dh214.1m) option for Jose Mourinho’s Premier League runners-up. This follows the continued struggles of Luke Shaw at Old Trafford, plus the desire to add serious competition for ageing England international Ashley Young.
Gazzetta dello Sport stated that the Red Devils this week registered interest with the representatives of the player, who was not selected for Brazil’s World Cup 2018 squad.
But big-spending Paris Saint-Germain remain in the background, plus Juve hope to initiate talks about extending a deal that runs out in 2020 and is worth €2.8m (Dh12m) per season.
The transfer window is now open in the Premier League, with the rest of Europe set to follow soon.
The window is followed by the usual speculation, and 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 our Rumour Mill broken down and analysed for your benefit along with our calculated predictions.
Why it will happen: The Italian great’s agent has hinted that initial talks with the Parisians have already started and a move to Ligue 1 would give Buffon the opportunity to continue his illustrious career at the top level.
Why it won’t happen: The prospect of playing for another European club seems unlikely – could you imagine PSG being drawn against Juventus in the Champions League? He is too loyal for that.
Prediction: A move to the States or China beckons surely, but the 4o-year-old could be tempted by a big club given he still feels he can play at the highest level.
Rating – 7/10
Why it will happen: Pep Guardiola is a big admirer of the Los Blancos playmaker and is apparently very keen to add the 26-year-old to his squad. The Spaniard may like to test himself in the Premier League.
Why it won’t happen: Isco has finished the campaign strongly and is certain to star in the Champions League final. He will believe he has a massive future at the Whites, given no other player in Real’s team possesses his kind of ability with the ball.
Prediction: Isco will stay put at the Bernabeu for sure, and may even be rewarded with a new contract at the end of the season.
Rating – 3/10
Why it will happen: The Bayern Munich man is thought to want to settle in Spain, and prove himself fully in La Liga. One thing is for sure, he has hinted that his future lies elsewhere.
Why it won’t happen: Incoming boss Niko Kovac is likely to want to retain his services and will surely hold talks with the player before he can move on.
Prediction: It’s difficult to make a judgement call on his future just yet, but we should know more after the World Cup.
Rating – 6/10
The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs is open while international deals can be completed from early next month.
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.
The Bayern Munich star could leave the Bundesliga giants at the end of the season, according to reports.
The 27-year-old midfield man, who is set to be a key part of Spain’s World Cup side in Russia, admitted to Mundo Deportivo that he is not sure whether his long-term future will be in Germany.
Despite only signing a new four-year contract last April, the 27-year-old has been linked with a move back to Barcelona – the club where he spent four years between 2009 and 2013, but failed to establish himself.
Whatever happens, Thiago is set to ignore the speculation until La Roja’s summer campaign is completed.
At 40, the Italian hero brought the curtain down on his magnificent career with the Old Lady at the end of the club’s double-winning season and hinted he had plenty of offers on the table given his desire to play on.
Buffon’s agent is apparently keeping the door open to any possibilities and confirmed that there is some substance to rumours linking the Ligue 1 giants to his services.
For now, the goalkeeping great is enjoying some well-earned time off and is not set to make an immediate decision on his future.