Christian Eriksen headlines our Rumour Mill as Barcelona eye move for Tottenham midfielder

David Cooper 30/05/2018
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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.

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN

Barcelona have identified the Tottenham star as a possible replacement for Andres Iniesta, Sport reports.

The Danish international has emerged as the club’s preferred candidate to fill that void but the La Liga champions are unsure if they can afford the £87m (Dh424m)-rated playmaker.

The 25-year-old has become an integral player for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season and with the London side unwilling to let their prized asset go, Barcelona face a real task of landing the midfielder.

ANGEL DI MARIA

The PSG winger wants to join Atletico Madrid this summer, according to AS.

The Argentina star has enjoyed two successful seasons at Parc des Princes, but wants to move back to the Spanish capital where he played some of the best football of his career with Real Madrid between 2010 and 2014.

The 30-year-old scored 20 goals and provided seven assists in 43 appearances this season, but started just one Champions League game as Unai Emery opted for a front three of Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar.

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Mauro Icardi headlines our Rumour Mill as Chelsea set to swoop for Inter 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.

MAURO ICARDI

Chelsea are set to pounce on the Inter forward as soon as Maurizio Sarri is unveiled to succeed Antonio Conte, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Inter captain is one of the most talented centre-forwards in the world and has been linked with Manchester United and Barcelona.

The 25-year-old, who is under contract until 2021, would be a stunning signing for the Blues having scored 110 goals in 190 appearances in Serie A.

JORDI ALBA

Manchester United and Chelsea have entered the race to sign the Barcelona star, Sport claims.

The 29-year-old, who still has 18 months remaining on his contract at the Camp Nou, has reportedly grown frustrated over a lack of movement over an extension to his current deal.

The left-back was a sterling presence for Ernesto Valverde’s side this season as they romped to yet another La Liga title.

And Alba will be hoping to carry his strong form for Spain at the World Cup next month as La Roja go in search of a second title.

DIOGO DALOT

Manchester United are close to signing Porto right-back Diogo Dalot, the Daily Mail reports.

The paper says the 19-year-old has a buy-out clause of £17.4million, with the club expected to offset the deal with Matteo Darmian’s £11.5million sale to Juventus.

United are said to be keen on landing a right-back to provide competition for Antonio Valencia who turns 33 in August.

The Portuguese U-21 international can also play on the left and would bolster Jose Mourinho’s defensive options.

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Man City close in on Leicester star Riyad Mahrez

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Manchester City are close to landing Riyad Mahrez for a knockdown fee which would still break their transfer record, the Sun reports.

The Premier League champions are set to sign the Leicester playmaker for £60million, the paper claims. City had hoped to secure a deal for Mahrez in January, but walked away when the costs topped £90million.

The lesser fee of £60million would still surpass the £57million City paid Athletic Bilbao for centre-back Aymeric Laporte earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Roma would demand £79million from Liverpool for goalkeeper Alisson, according to the Guardian.

The Italian club plan to resist Liverpool’s advances until at least after the World Cup and are looking at offering the 25-year-old a pay rise in order to tempt him to stay. Liverpool may be put off by the fee, the paper adds.

bale

As rumours over the future of Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale continue to intensify, the Independent suggests Tottenham could launch a bid to bring him back to the club this summer.

The paper says sources close to Bale believe he would be open to a return to Spurs, and could even be willing to make a financial compromise if a deal could be arranged.

Manchester City are reportedly preparing to tie down talented youngster Phil Foden to a new long-term contract.

The Telegraph says the Premier League champions have no intention of selling the midfielder, who turned 18 on Monday, and will be looking to start talks over a new deal.

Foden, who has also attracted the attention of several European clubs, has two years left to run on the first professional contract he signed at 17.

Players to watch

Alex McCarthy

Alex McCarthy: Tottenham are keeping track of the Southampton goalkeeper, the Mirror says. The club are said to be on the lookout as their current number two Michel Vorm’s contract expires in the summer.

Other Premier League clubs are also watching 28-year-old McCarthy, including Wolves, Arsenal and Liverpool, the paper adds.

Adama Traore: Newcastle are reportedly planning to bid for the Middlesbrough winger. The Yorkshire Post claims the Teesiders are bracing themselves for offers for the 22-year-old, who has also been linked with a move to West Ham.

He could also come cheaper than expected, the paper reports, with Boro valuing him at £15million.

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