Jorginho headlines our Rumour Mill as Man City close in on Napoli midfielder

David Cooper 19/06/2018
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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.

JORGINHO

The highly-rated Napoli midfielder is set to deal a blow to Liverpool and Manchester United by signing for Manchester City, Sky Sports News claims.

Pep Guardiola is keen to strengthen his midfield this summer with the Italy international viewed as ideal competition for Fernandinho, who turned 33 in May.

It is understood that no deal has been agreed between the two clubs yet, but it is expected the 26-year-old will head to Manchester for a medical whenever a fee is agreed.

Jorginho made 37 appearances for Napoli last term, scoring three goals, including one against the Sky Blues in the Champions League in November.

DANIEL STURRIDGE

Liverpool will demand £15m (Dh73m) for their out-of-favour striker, reports The Telegraph.

Sevilla and Fenerbahce are both interested in signing the injury-prone 28-year-old, who spent the second half of the season on loan at West Brom.

At his best, Sturridge was one of the first names on the Liverpool and England team sheets – but since 2015 injuries have curtailed his development as a player.

If Fenerbahce take the bait on his wages, then this would be a welcome move for a player who still has the firepower to bolster any attack.

ALEKSANDR GOLOVIN

CSKA Moscow have rejected Juventus’ first offer for their highly-rated midfielder, reports Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Serie A champions offered €17 million (Dh72.5) plus bonuses, but CSKA are holding out for €25m (Dh106.7m) for the Russia international.

The 22-year-old has emerged as one of Europe’s hottest properties and his reputation will only be enhanced as he continues to impress at the World Cup.

Massimiliano Allegri is looking to bolster his squad ahead of the new season as the Old Lady attempt to challenge strongly on Serie A and Champions League fronts again in 2018-19.

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Atletico Madrid agree deal to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco

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Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal to sign versatile midfielder Thomas Lemar from Monaco after tying forward Antoine Griezmann and defender Lucas Hernandez to new long-term contracts.

The club announced the deal to sign Lemar and the extended contracts for Griezmann and Hernandez after visiting the France training base at the World Cup.

Atletico were given special permission to visit France’s training base by manager Didier Deschamps just two days after his team opened their World Cup campaign with a winning start against Australia.

Griezmann has signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until 2023 and Hernandez will stay at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2024.

Griezmann, who scored in that 2-1 victory, said recently that he intended to remain at Atletico – having been heavily linked with a 100million euros (£88million) move to Barcelona in recent months.

The 27-year-old revealed he would be staying put during a Spanish television documentary called ‘The Decision’ aired on Thursday evening and he has now signed a new contract, along with Hernandez.

The good news kept coming for Atletico boss Diego Simeone as an agreement to sign Lemar was also announced via the club’s Twitter account on Monday night.

Lemar was tipped to head to the Premier League this summer, with Liverpool and Arsenal having shown an interest in the winger during previous transfer windows.

However, the 22-year-old looks set to join the Europa League winners in a deal reportedly worth £62.2million, pending a medical and finalising a formal agreement with Monaco.

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Transfer Predictor: Ilkay Gundogan to Barcelona is unlikely, but N'Golo Kante could move on

David Cooper 18/06/2018
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German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could move on to the Camp Nou.

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.

ALEX TELLES – PORTO TO LIVERPOOL

Alex Telles netted four times for Porto last season.

Alex Telles netted four times for Porto last season.

Why it will happen: After selling both Diogo Dalot to Manchester United and Ricardo Pereira to Leicester City, the Portuguese champions seem to be moving on their best assets and Telles looks likely to be next.

Why it won’t happen: The full-back has not publicly stated he wishes to switch clubs and Liverpool are well-stocked on the left-side with Andrew Robertson.

Prediction: The former Inter Milan star is a talented player and future international. A deal for him would certainly represent good business.

Rating – 7/10

ILKAY GUNDOGAN – MANCHESTER CITY TO BARCELONA

Gundogan had a terrific comeback season for City.

Why it will happen: The German has revealed no desire to leave Manchester City but a move to Blaugrana would prove very difficult for him to turn down.

Why it won’t happen: Gundogan is a favourite of Pep Guardiola and he will want to keep his Premier League-title winning team together.

Prediction: Expect the £50 million-rated (Dh 243m) 27-year-old to stay put.

Rating – 5/10


N’GOLO KANTE – CHELSEA TO PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

A player with an immense work-rate: N'Golo Kante

N’Golo Kante is known as the Premier League’s marathon man.

Why it will happen: The Frenchman, like many others at Stamford Bridge, seems uncertain about what is going on at the Blues and could pursue a new challenge.

Why it won’t happen: He is still a key man for Antonio Conte’s men and they really can’t afford to lose him.

Prediction: PSG’s interest in him has been quiet but if they rev-up that up, Kante will consider his options.

Rating – 7/10

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