Daniele Rugani headlines our Rumour Mill as Chelsea close in on deal for Juventus defender

David Cooper 24/06/2018
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At 6 ft 3 in, Rugani is a towering defender.

The summer transfer window is open and across the globe there is a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

Already 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.

DANIELE RUGANI

Chelsea are very close to completing a deal for the Juventus centre-back, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Italian defender, 23, is on the verge of a £31m (Dh151m) switch to Stamford Bridge while David Luiz is soon set to depart.

The west Londoners also view Rugani as a long-term replacement for Gary Cahill.

Juve are happy to let the centre-back leave the club, with reports suggesting Old Lady boss Massimiliano Allegri wants to bring in either Atletico Madrid cult hero Diego Godin or Ajax young gun Matthijs de Ligt.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27: Daniele Rugani of Italy in action during the friendly match between England and Italy at Wembley Stadium on March 27, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Set for the Premier League: Rugani.

EVER BANEGA

Arsenal have summoned talks with the Sevilla star’s agent, Marcelo Simonian, in the hope of bringing him to the Emirates.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Gunners are interested in the Argentine international, who of course played under Unai Emery at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

Banega, 29, is reportedly happy with life in Andalusia but may see the opportunity to play in the Premier League as potentially the last big move of his career.

It does though remain to be seen whether Sevilla will allow the midfielder to leave the club.

Argentina's midfielder Ever Banega arrives for a training session at the team's base camp in Bronnitsy, on June 23, 2018, during Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA / AFP) (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

Ever Banega has been part of Argentina’s disappointment in Russia.

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Jose Gaya headlines our Rumour Mill as Man United try to sign Valencia left-back

David Cooper 24/06/2018
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Jose Gaya is a highly-rated defender.

The summer transfer window is open and across the globe there is a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

Already 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.

JOSE GAYA

Manchester United have ditched their pursuit of Juventus star Alex Sandro and are instead tracking the Valencia full-back, The Mirror reports.

Jose Mourinho is desperate to strengthen his defence, particularly on the left-side, with Luke Shaw set to depart.

Gaya, 23, who rose through the ranks at the Mestalla, could be available for around £30 million (Dh146m) but would no doubt leave Los Che with a heavy heart.

Having already clinched the signing of Porto right-back Diego Dalot, the Red Devils’ defence is likely to have a fresh look to it next season.

Valencia's Spanish defender Jose Luis Gaya Pena prepares to kick the ball during the Spanish League football match between Leganes and Valencia at the Butarque stadium on April 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / BENJAMIN CREMEL (Photo credit should read BENJAMIN CREMEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Gaya has a contract with Valencia until 2020.

RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK

Everton are tracking the Chelsea and England midfielder, according to a report in The Mirror.

The dynamic midfielder, 22, is currently on World Cup duty with the Three Lions but has struggled to hold down a first-team spot with Chelsea – the team he grew up with.

Loftus-Cheek spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace and it remains to be seen where he will be playing his football next term, given there is uncertainty over Antonio Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, the Toffees have also been linked with free agent Jack Wilshere as new Blues boss Marco Silva gets to work on rejuvenating his Goodison Park squad.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 21: Ruben Loftus-Cheek in action during the England training session on June 21, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek made an impact against Tunisia from the bench.

WILLIAM CARVALHO

Inter Milan have moved into pole position to acquire the defensive midfielder’s signature, Calciomercato reports.

The 26-year-old is a free agent having cancelled his contract with Sporting Lisbon, one of several players to do just that after a group of fans attacked club staff at the training ground.

Although the Portuguese side are threatening legal action against the player’s decision, that hasn’t stopped the Serie A giants’ pursuit of the World Cup star.

Arsenal, West Ham and Everton have all been linked with his services but the Nerazzurri have apparently already opened talks with his representatives.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 20: William Carvalho of Portugal in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Morocco at Luzhniki Stadium on June 20, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

William Carvalho has featured for Portugal at the World Cup.

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Ever Banega headlines our Rumour Mill as Unai Emery looks to bring him to Arsenal

David Cooper 23/06/2018
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Ever Banega could be joining Arsenal

The summer transfer window is open and across the globe there is a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

Already 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.

EVER BANEGA

Arsenal are interested in signing Sevilla central midfielder Ever Banega, according to The Metro and the Argentine’s agent is rumoured to have flown to London for negotiations.

Banega, who is currently at the World Cup with the under-performing Argentina, and new Arsenal boss Unai Emery have worked together before at Valencia and Sevilla.

The 29-year-old reportedly has a 20million euro (£17.5m) release clause in his contract, which expires in two years.

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MOUSA DEMBELE

A regular name in our Rumour Mill the latest club to be interested in the Tottenham midfielder are Inter Milan according to the Daily Mirror.

Entering the final 12 months of his contract, the Belgium international is expected to leave White Hart Lane this summer but he says loyalty to Spurs means he will not join another Premier League club.

Tottenham are said to be willing to entertain offers for the £30million-rated playmaker, who turns 31 in July.

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