Mario Gotze headlines our Rumour Mill as striker reveals desire to work with Jurgen Klopp again

David Cooper 10/06/2018
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World Cup hero: Mario Goetze.

The summer transfer window for all international deals is open.

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 GOTZE

The Borussia Dortmund ace has revealed he would love the chance to work under Jurgen Klopp again, hinting that the door is open for a switch to Liverpool.

The pair of course worked together previously at the Westfalenstadion and the 26-year-old, who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina, is keen to reignite his career after missing on Joachim Low’s squad this time around.

In a documentary and recent interview with DAZN, the striker confirmed that Klopp tried to bring him to Anfield in the summer of 2016, though on that occasion, Gotze decided to return home to Dortmund after a below-par three-season stint with Bayern Munich.

It is thought the Merseysiders could open talks with the Bundesliga giants sooner rather than later, though the recent Champions League finalists are well-stocked in attacking areas.

DORTMUND, GERMANY - MAY 05: Mario Goetze of Dortmund is seen 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)

Mario Gotze netted just two goals this past season.

CAGLAR SOYUNCU

Arsenal are reportedly in advanced talks to land the Freiburg and Turkey defender, the player’s agent has revealed.

Gunners boss Unai Emery strengthened the north London club’s backline with the acquisition of experienced Swiss star Stephan Lichtsteiner earlier this month but the business will not stop there.

Soyuncu, 22, is seen as a rising star with his representative Mustafa Dogru apparently confirming Arsenal are at the front of the queue to sign him.

It is expected a deal could be brokered imminently for the centre-back, who has also been linked with Roma and Manchester City in the past.

Turkey's defender Caglar Soyuncu (R) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the friendly football match between Tunisia and Turkey at the Stade de Geneve stadium in Geneva on June 1, 2018. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Top prospect: Caglar Soyuncu.

VICTOR LINDELOF

Everton have lined up a shock move for the Manchester United defender, The Mirror reports.

The Swede endured a tough first season at Old Trafford and failed to establish himself following a £31.5 million (Dh155m) transfer from Benfica last summer.

Jose Mourinho is thought to be happy to keep the 23-year-old for another season but the Toffees have declared their interest as they hunt for significant defensive reinforcements.

Club captain Phil Jagielka, at 35, is coming towards the end of his Goodison Park career while Welshman Ashley Williams and injury-hit Ramiro Funes Mori could both leave for new challenges as Marco Silva shakes up his squad.

Baptism of fire: Not the easiest first season for Lindelof in England.

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Nick Pope headlines our Rumour Mill as Liverpool plan raid for Burnley goalkeeper

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The summer transfer window for all international deals is open.

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.

NICK POPE

Liverpool are set to solve their goalkeeping woes by clinching a deal for the talented Burnley and England shot-stopper, according to The Sun.

The Reds were rumoured to be closing in on Roma’s Alisson but that move has hit a snag, opening the door for Jurgen Klopp’s men to land the 26-year-old.

Pope, whose dramatic rise to footballing stardom saw him win a place in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad for the World Cup, could be available for as little as £15 million (Dh73.8m).

With Tom Heaton set to return from injury next term, the Clarets could be tempted to cash in on Pope now while his stock is high.

Current men between the sticks; Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet, are both set to leave Anfield this summer.

Revelation: Nick Pope.

JACK GREALISH

Tottenham are preparing to raid Aston Villa for the 22-year-old midfielder, Sky Sports are reporting.

The Midlanders failed to secure promotion to the Premier League, falling in the Play-Off final against Fulham at Wembley last month, and are embroiled in a financial crisis.

It is therefore likely star asset Grealish will need to be sold to plug a huge financial black hole, giving Spurs license to conjure up a bid thought to be in the region of £30m (Dh147m).

Leicester City are also thought to be in the running for the Englishman but the lure of Champions League football would give Mauricio Pochettino’s men the edge in any potential one-to-one duel.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa is tackled by Adam Clayton of Middlesbrough during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:Second Leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on May 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Grealish missed out on Premier League promotion with Villa.

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Lyon call off negotiations with Liverpool over Nabil Fekir deal

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Lyon have called off negotiations with Liverpool over Nabil Fekir.

Lyon have called off negotiations for the sale of forward Nabil Fekir to Liverpool, the French club announced on Saturday.

The France international was expected to join Jurgen Klopp’s side before Les Bleus left for the World Cup, but OL have now ended talks and called off the deal.

“Transfer negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the captain of OL have not succeeded and Olympique Lyonnais have decided to put an end to this negotiation tonight at 8pm,” OL said in a statement on their official website.

The 24-year-old was being courted by Liverpool as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona in January.

There were doubts as to whether the playmaker would pass a medical with the Premier League side due to a knee injury.

However, that is now irrelevant, with Lyon calling the deal off.

France football Association president Noel Le Graet had suggested the move was almost completed – according to reports in France – before Lyon’s announcement.

The club’s statement continued: “Although Liverpool have been the priority of a possible transfer for Nabil…Olympique Lyonnais is delighted to be able to count on the presence of our captain, who is a leading player for the 2018/19 season when the club will play in the Champions League.”

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