Emil Forsberg headlines our Rumour Mill as Arsenal and Atletico Madrid battle for Sweden star

David Cooper 28/05/2018
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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.

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EMIL FORSBERG

Arsenal are hoping to seal a deal for the in-demand RB Leipzig winger, but will have to first fend off interest from Atletico Madrid.

According to Calciomercato, new boss Unai Emery wants the £50 million-rated (Dh244m) star to provide competition for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

The Gunners’ pursuit of the 26-year-old, who is set to star in this summer’s World Cup for Sweden, will not be straight forward though.

Diego Simeone’s Atletico are also keen admirers of the attacker and can offer him Champions League football next term, as can Juventus, the other club who have been linked with his services.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - APRIL 21: Emil Forsberg of Leipzig looks on during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Red Bull Arena on April 21, 2018 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Bundesliga star: Forsberg.

MARIO BALOTELLI

The Nice forward, who is out of contract next month, is apparently close to moving to Parma.

According to Corriere della Sera, the former Inter Milan, Manchester City, AC Milan and Liverpool star is set to return to Serie A following two successful seasons with the French Riviera outfit.

Balotelli and Nice have failed to agree new contractual terms, meaning the 27-year-old is available on a free this summer.

Parma are back in the Italian top flight next season, just three years after the Crusaders were declared bankrupt.

Balotelli netted 26 goals this past season.

YAYA YOURE

New West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini could make the Manchester City legend his first summer signing, according to The Daily Star.

The Ivory Coast midfielder, who will leave the Etihad Stadium next month and is available on a free transfer, was a key part of the Chilean’s 2013/14 Premier League title-winning Sky Blues side.

Toure has made no secret of his desire to continue plying his trade in the top-flight of English football, and is reportedly willing to lower his wage demands in order to make that happen.

Pellegrini faces a huge rebuilding job at the east London club over the coming months following an underwhelming campaign where fan unrest dominated the headlines.

Yaya Toure

Toure on the pitch following title success this past season.

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Lyon star Nabil Fekir no closer to possible Liverpool switch

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Nabil Fekir insists a move to Liverpool is “not close” as speculation mounts over the Lyon playmaker’s future.

Jurgen Klopp’s side, beaten by Real Madrid in Saturday night’s Champions League final, have been persistently linked with a move worth in the region of £60million for the 24-year-old France international, who captained the Ligue 1 side this season.

But Fekir told French television programme Telefoot on Sunday morning: “I’m not close to the Reds.

“There are talks with clubs. I will take time to reflect on things.”

Fekir’s comments follow those of Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas earlier this week which suggested the player could stay with the club despite appearing to bid farewell to their fans following the final game of the season.

“We simply know that teams are interested. His agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, has told us so,” Aulas told L’Equipe.

“There have been no discussions either with Nabil or with other clubs, so it’s very premature. He’s also hesitating about whether he wants to play in the Champions League with Lyon.”

Lyon finished third in Ligue 1 to secure a return to Europe’s top table next season.

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Transfer Predictor: Matteo Darmian to Juventus is a 9 but Joe Hart switch across Manchester less likely

David Cooper 27/05/2018
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Out of favour at United: Darmian.

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.

JOE HART – FROM MANCHESTER CITY TO MANCHESTER UNITED

Why it will happen: The Red Devills will likely need a new back-up goalkeeper for next season, with Sergio Romero likely to leave Old Trafford. Hart’s experience and availability is a viable option.

Why it won’t happen: A move to Sky Blues’ arch-rivals would risk his Sky Blues legacy, given he was part of two title-winning teams at the Etihad Stadium.

Prediction: With his loan stint at West Ham at an end, expect the 31-year-old to find a new club for next season but it certainly won’t be United.

Rating – 3/10

Hart spent last season on loan at West Ham.

SOKRATIS PAPASTATHOPOULOS – BORUSSIA DORTMUND TO ARSENAL

Why it will happen: Unai Emery is desperate to make early signings in the transfer window and the Greek star fits the bill, bringing much-needed steel and calmness to the Gunners’ central defence.

Why it won’t happen: The north London side aren’t the only Premier League club in the mix for his signature as Manchester United are also keen on signing him.

Prediction: The Dortmund star apparently has already entered talks with Arsenal representatives and it looks as though this deal is almost done.

Rating – 8/10

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)

Arsenal-bound: Sokratis.

MATTEO DARMIAN – MANCHESTER UNITED TO JUVENTUS

Why it will happen: The Italian is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and a move back to Serie A suits all parties this summer.

Why it won’t happen: Extremely unlikely that Darmian will stay at the Red Devils – it would take a big glitch in the deal to scupper this one.

Prediction: A move to the Old Lady is an excellent chance for the 28-year-old to reignite his career, and it also gives Jose Mourinho more funds to replenish his squad.

Rating – 9/10

Heading to Serie A: Darmian.

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