Joe Hart headlines our Rumour Mill as Man United set to move for Man City outcast

David Cooper 27/05/2018
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Joe Hart has endured a miserable season.

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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JOE HART

Manchester United have lined up a shock move for the former Manchester City goalkeeper, according to the Sun.

The experienced shot-stopper spent this past season on loan at West Ham but did not do enough to convince Gareth Southgate to select him in his England squad for the World Cup finals in Russia.

The Red Devils are on the lookout for a new No.2 to provide cover for undisputed first choice star David de Gea.

With Sergio Romero likely to move on this summer, Hart, who has one year left on his City deal, is set to be available on the cheap and is surplus to requirements at the Etihad Stadium.

It does though remain to be seen whether he would want to risk his status at the Sky Blues and move to their eternal rivals.

Joe Hart has some work to do.

Joe Hart did help keep the Hammers, just, in the Premier League.

SOKRATIS PAPASTATHOPOULOS

Arsenal are closing in on a deal for the Borussia Dortmund defender, according to the Daily Mail.

New boss Unai Emery has identified the Greek centre-back as the man to strengthen the Gunners’ backline, though the north London club do face competition from Manchester United for the 29-year-old.

Papastathopoulos is set to be available for around £15 million (Dh73m) and the Bundesliga giants are happy to cash in on his services, given the former AC Milan star’s contract expires in the summer of 2019.

Emery is hoping the experienced stalwart can help cover for Laurent Koscielny, who is set to be sidelined until at least December with a knee ligament injury.

DORTMUND, GERMANY - MAY 05: Sokratis of Dortmund runs with the ball during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Signal Iduna Park on May 5, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Highly-rated: Sokratis.

SERGIO RICO

The Gunners are set to be busy during the summer transfer window and have lined up the Sevilla goalkeeper as the man to succeed Petr Cech.

Initially, Bayer Leverkusen star Bernd Leno was touted as the man to replace veteran Czech, however, talks have slowed – forcing Arsenal to turn to other options.

According to Spanish outlet Fichajes, 24-year-old Rico is set for talks with the Premier League side after an impressive campaign for the Andalusian outfit.

He kept 13 shut-outs in 40 appearances for the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan club in all competitions.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Sergio Rico of Sevilla celebrates victory after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Manchester United and Sevilla FC at Old Trafford on March 13, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Highly-rated: Sergio Rico.

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DC United remain hopeful that Wayne Rooney will soon join them from Everton.

Rooney was in the American capital Washington DC this week for talks about joining the Major League soccer side.

“There is interest in Wayne Rooney from our end and I think there is interest from his end too,” DC United head coach Ben Olsen said after his side’s 1-1 draw at LAFC in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

“I hope it can get over the line because he’s a very good player who can help us.

“He would be a great player for this league.”

The former England captain visited DC’s new Audi Field home on Thursday as his move from Eveton inched closer.

It is understood personal details are agreed on a deal which would see the 32-year-old sign for DC United until the 2020 MLS season.

But Olsen added: “Nothing is done, so I don’t want to get into talk of arrival until he actually arrives.

“Nothing is ever done in this world and when you’re looking at a deal of this scope and size.

“We’ll see, but hopefully we can get it done.”

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Man United reportedly make contact with Juventus and Brazil left-back Alex Sandro

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Alex Sandro with the Serie A trophy.

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.

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