Maurizio Sarri headlines our Rumour Mill as Chelsea close in on Napoli manager

David Cooper 16/06/2018
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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.

Let us know your thoughts via Twitter and Facebook.

MAURIZIO SARRI

Maurizio Sarri is set to be appointed as Chelsea’s new manager on a three-year contract, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Italian publication reports that Sarri, still under contract at Napoli, has already been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti at Stadio San Paolo.

Although there has been a stand-off for a number of weeks over the Blues unwilling to pay a £8m (Dh39m) clause in his contract, it is believed the deal is back on and the 59-year-old will put pen to paper at Stamford Bridge as early as next week.

FRENKIE DE JONG

Barcelona have contacted Ajax over their highly-rated defender in the wake of Antoine Griezmann’s decision to stay at Atletico Madrid, according to AS.

The 21-year-old started 25 times for the Eredivisie side last term, scoring one goal and providing one assist in the process. Ernesto Valverde is reportedly keen to sign De Jong as he looks to bolster his midfield ahead of next season.

The Dutch U21 star, who still has four years remaining on his contract, has also been monitored by Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea.

MARIO GOTZE

Tottenham are eyeing a move for the out-of-form Borussia Dortmund attacker, according to Football London.

The North London side are monitoring the German’s availability, with the prospect of the 26-year-old being offloaded for £16m (Dh78m).

The former Bayern Munich player has failed to build on his progress since the 2014 World Cup and was left out of Joachim Low’s squad for this year’s tournament in Russia.

Gotze made just 19 Bundesliga starts last term for a Dortmund side who have plummeted down the table since the departure of Thomas Tuchel.

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David de Gea headlines our Rumour Mill as Man United star signs new long-term deal

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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.

Let us know your thoughts via Twitter and Facebook.

DAVID DE GEA

The Spaniard has agreed a new five-year deal with Manchester United, according to Manchester Evening News.

The 26-year-old endured a rough night in Le Roja’s 3-3 draw against Portugal in the World Cup opener, but has reportedly committed to the Premier League side, ending Real Madrid’s ambitions of signing him this summer.

The Champions League winners were hoping to bring De Gea back to Spain, with president Florentino Perez set to pay a fee in excess of £100m (Dh487m) to take him to the Bernabeu.

Widely considered as the best goalkeeper in the world, De Gea kept 18 clean sheets for the Red Devils last term, culminating in being awarded the Golden Glove Award.

His new deal is expected to keep him in Manchester until 2023.

N’GOLO KANTE

Paris Saint-Germain are ready to table a mammoth £90 million (Dh439m) bid for the Chelsea star, according to the Mirror.

The French publication are reporting that the Ligue 1 leaders are keen to find a long-term successor to Thiago Motta who retired last month.

Kante is believed to be Thomas Tuchel’s key candidate for the role – with the French international attracted to the option of being back in his homeland.

The 27-year-old, who is currently on World Cup duty, provided just one assist in 48 appearances last term for the West London side.

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Transfer Predictor: Daniele Rugani to Chelsea is a 7, Aleksandr Golovin switch to Man United less likely

David Cooper 15/06/2018
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Star act: Aleksandr Golovin.

The transfer window is well and truly open.

With the rumours growing in pace and volume during this ‘silly season’, it can be difficult and painstaking to separate the stories of some legitimacy from the rest of the white 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 the rumour mill broken down and analysed for your benefit along with our calculated predictions.

Let us know your thoughts via Twitter and Facebook.

ALEKSANDR GOLOVIN – CSKA MOSCOW TO MANCHESTER UNITED

Two assists and a goal for Aleksandr Golovin on Thursday night.

Why it will happen: The prodigious Russian talent, who is just 22, was on fire during his country’s Group A victory over Saudi Arabia and is tipped for a big move this summer.

Why it won’t happen: There is no suggestion that the Russian Premier League side will even be tempted to cash in on their star asset this summer, nor has there been a firm bid yet from Manchester United.

Prediction: It will be interesting to see whether the playmaker feels he needs to take that next step in European football but expect him to stay put for at least one more season.

Rating – 5/10

MARVIN PLATTENHARDT – HERTHA BERLIN TO EVERTON

Germany's defender Marvin Plattenhardt speaks with journalists during a so-called media day in the team hotel on June 5, 2018 in Girlan, near Bolzano, northern Italy, ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany’s defender Marvin Plattenhardt is linked with a Merseyside move.

Why it will happen: The Toffees are seeking a long-term replacement for the ageing Leighton Baines and the Germany left-back fits the bill exactly.

Why it won’t happen: Hertha Berlin may slap an extensive asking price on his head, putting off Everton, who are set to be more cautious with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri’s cash this summer.

Prediction: Plattenhardt would be an astute addition to Marco Silva’s squad and looks set to move after the World Cup.

Rating – 8/10

DANIELE RUGANI – JUVENTUS TO CHELSEA 

Daniele Rugani could move to Stamford Bridge.

Daniele Rugani could move to Stamford Bridge.

Why it will happen: The Blues’ defence leaked way too many goals last season and the 23-year-old would bring some much-needed youth to the backline.

Why it won’t happen: Rugani has not revealed his desire to leave the Old Lady just yet, with the Serie A champions unlikely to allow him to leave without a suitable replacement.

Prediction: A big-money bid should be enough to secure his signature, though talks are set to be protracted.

Rating – 7/10

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