Medhi Benatia headlines our Rumour Mill as Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund fight for Juventus star

David Cooper 25/06/2018
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Medhi Benatia is currently in Russia with national side Morocco.

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.

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.

MEDHI BENATIA

Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund are locked in a two-way battle to sign the Juventus centre-back, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Gunners are still planning to strengthen their defence significantly ahead of the new campaign and want the Moroccan to follow Stephan Lichtsteiner to the Emirates.

However, Bundesliga giants Dortmund have also declared their interest in the 31-year-old and could offer the former Udinese and Roma star Champions League football next term.

Benatia could also be keen on a switch back to Germany, having played in the country with Bayern Munich between 2014 and 2017.

Benatia

Benatia in action for Juve against Real Madrid last season.

ALISSON

Chelsea have made the Roma goalkeeper one of their top summer transfer targets, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports again.

The Blues are concerned over Thibaut Courtois’s long-term future at the club amid speculation the Belgian shot-stopper could move to Real Madrid.

As such, plans have been put in place to try and sign Alisson – who is currently occupying the sticks for Brazil at the World Cup in Russia.

Liverpool have also been linked with the 25-year-old for some time, with it being suggested Chelsea will go head-to-head with rivals clubs in a straight shootout for his signature.

Allison enjoyed a fine season with the Stadio Olimpico side.

TANGUY NDOMBELE

The emerging France star is wanted by Manchester United, according to Le10 Sport.

Jose Mourinho is reportedly an admirer of the 21-year-old midfield talent, who enjoyed a terrific season on loan at Lyon from his parent club Amiens.

The French giants penned an agreement with Amiens last summer to secure the player’s services temporarily for 12 months and also have first-option to sign Ndombele.

However, discussions have slowed and Lyon are apparently no nearer to completing a €8 million (Dh34.2m) deal for the player.

That has opened the door for United to splash the cash and try to pinch the midfield man from under the noses of Les Gones.

Lyon's French midfielder Tanguy NDombele (L) vies with Troyes' French midfielder Remi Walter (behind) during the French L1 football match Olympique Lyonnais (OL) vs ESTAC Troyes on May 6, 2018, at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Decines-Charpieu, central-eastern France. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

Tanguy Ndombele rose to prominence last term.

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Transfer Predictor: Jose Gaya to Man United is an 8, future of Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek unclear

David Cooper 24/06/2018
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Gaya could make a switch to the Premier League.

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.

RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK – CHELSEA TO EVERTON

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 impressed after coming on against Tunisia.

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

Why it will happen: The 22-year-old England star is not guaranteed first-team football at Stamford Bridge, but would get plenty of game time at Marco Silva’s Toffees.

Why it won’t happen: Loftus-Cheek may want to stay and fight for his place next term or indeed secure a move to a side playing European football.

Prediction: It is a tough call at the moment given he is immersed in the World Cup, but expect him to make a big call on his future when he returns to the UK.

Rating – 7/10

JOSE GAYA – VALENCIA TO MANCHESTER UNITED

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)

New option: Jose Gaya has emerged as a key United target.

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

Why it will happen: The Red Devils will be making plenty of defensive reinforcements this summer and the Los Che full-back fits the bill as he brings pace and energy down the left.

Why it won’t happen: With the prospect of Champions League football next season at his boyhood club, he could well agree to stay at the Mestalla for at least another campaign.

Prediction: This move will almost certainly boil down to the player’s decision, with Valencia apparently willing to accept a bid in the region of £30 million (Dh146m) for his services.

Rating – 8/10

DANIELE RUGANI – JUVENTUS TO CHELSEA

At 6 ft 3 in, Rugani is a towering defender.

At 6 ft 3 in, Rugani is a towering defender.

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

Why it will happen: The Blues are set for a summer of change at Stamford Bridge and are desperate to strengthen their defence. Italian Rugani would be a great addition given he is still only 23.

Why it won’t happen: It has been suggested that the two clubs are still haggling over a fee, reportedly in the region of £31m (Dh151m).

Prediction: The Old Lady are keen to sell and this deal should be pushed through imminently.

Rating – 8/10

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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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