Lucas Torreira headlines our Rumour Mill as Arsenal close in on Sampdoria star

David Cooper 11/06/2018
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Sampdoria star Lucas Torreira is a wanted man.

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.

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LUCAS TORREIRA

Arsenal are on the verge of completing a deal to sign Sampdoria ace Lucas Torreira, according to Italian news outlet ANSA.

The 22-year-old, who is set to star in the World Cup for Uruguay this summer, is apparently keen on a switch to the Gunners while new boss Unai Emery is prepared to meet his £22 million (Dh108m) release clause.

Torreira operates in defensive midfield and would significantly boost Arsenal’s options in the middle of the park, with Jack Wilshere set to leave on a free transfer and there also being doubts over Aaron Ramsey’s long-term future.

Serie A side Sampdoria have reportedly lined-up Lokomotiv Zagreb man Lovro Majer as Torreira’s replacement.

GENOA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: Lucas Torreira of Sampdoria in action during the Serie A match between UC of Sampdoria and AC of Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 24, 2017 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)

Lucas Torreira is set to be a Gunner.

N’GOLO KANTE

Paris Saint-Germain are tracking the Chelsea midfield stalwart and could launch a bid after the World Cup, The Sun reports.

With uncertainty at Stamford Bridge over whether Antonio Conte will be at the club next season and owner Roman Abramovich’s future, it could be a summer of wholesale change in west London.

Marathon man Kante is high on new coach Thomas Tuchel’s wishlist while the 27-year-old’s agent Karim Douis apparently met with representatives from the Parc des Princes club recently.

Kante could be keen on a return to his homeland, where he previously played with Boulogne and Caen.

France's midfielder N'Golo Kante (R) reacts during a training session in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines on June 4, 2018, as part of the team's preparation for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

N’Golo Kante is set to be a key man for France in the World Cup.

WILLIAN JOSE

Everton have lined-up the Real Sociedad striker as the man to bolster the attacking ranks at Goodison Park, Mundo Deportivo reports.

New boss Marco Silva and Director of Football Marcel Brands are set to shake-up the Toffees squad this summer and believe the Spaniard could bring welcome firepower.

Jose, 26, is also a target of Borussia Dortmund but it is thought Everton are better-placed to meet Sociedad’s £50m (Dh246m) price-tag for the player.

With Oumar Niasse’s future uncertain, it has left the Blues with just Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the only two recognised first-team forward players.

Real Sociedad's Brazilian forward Willian Jose celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Spanish league football between Real Sociedad and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian on April 19, 2018. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

Willian Jose hit 20 goals this past season.

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Joel Lopez rejects Barcelona contract as highly-rated defender is set to join Arsenal

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Joel Lopez appears set for a move to Arsenal.

Arsenal are poised to sign highly rated Barcelona teenager Joel Lopez, according to reports.

The 16-year-old left-back has informed Barca he will not be signing a professional contract with them and has instead opted to move to London – echoing the path taken by Cesc Fabregas in 2003.

The 15-year-old Cadete A left-back has been at the Catalan giants since the age of seven and is described by reports in Spain as a ‘mature, attacking full-back who can be used as an offensive weapon’.

Following Lopez’s rejection of a contract with the Spanish giants, Arsenal will now have to pay a compensation fee for the player.

Arsenal’s head of recruitment Raul Sanllehi is believed to have played a key role in the deal.

Sanllehi moved to the Emirates from Barca at the beginning of the year, and appears to have been keeping an eye on Catalonia in order to bring talent to the Premier League.

Arsenal have also agreed terms with Paris Saint-Germain’s 17-year-old midfielder Yacine Adli.

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Chris Coleman appointed manager of Hebei China Fortune

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Former Wales boss Chris Coleman has been appointed the new manager of Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune.

The Chinese outfit confirmed Coleman’s appointment on social media on Sunday, with the ex-Sunderland boss succeeding Manuel Pellegrini at the helm.

Pellegrini left China for West Ham, while Coleman was released from his Sunderland contract at the end of the season after the Black Cats dropped into League One.

“The board has decided that the club will employ Chris Coleman as head coach of Hebei China Fortune,” the Chinese club posted on micro blogging site Weibo.

Coleman won 32 caps for Wales in a 16-year career comprising stints at Swansea, Crystal Palace, Blackburn and Fulham, before moving into management at Craven Cottage.

The 48-year-old guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, before moving on to take charge at Sunderland in November 2017.

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