Robert Lewandowski headlines our Rumour Mill as update is given over his future

David Cooper 10/07/2018
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Robert Lewandowski has long been linked with Real Madrid.

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.

ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI

The Bayern Munich striker is set to stay with the Bundesliga giants, Bild reports.

Real Madrid have long been linked with the 29-year-old hitman, who endured a difficult World Cup campaign with Poland.

It has been reported that Lewandowski was chasing a new challenge and possibly one final major move in his career, but it now appears he will see out his deal with the Bavarians, which runs until 2021.

New Bayern boss Niko Kovac is thought to be keen to keep hold of the experienced striker while Madrid are looking at younger options.

Robert Lewandowski

Will Lewandowski stay at the Allianz Arena?

MALCOM

Tottenham have re-entered the race to sign the in-demand Bordeaux star, Le10Sport reports.

The north London side were close to landing the 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder last January and want to try and push through a deal this summer.

Malcom, who has yet to break into the full Brazil side, enjoyed a stellar season in Ligue 1 last term – netting 12 goals in 35 appearances.

He is apparently at the top of Mauricio Pochettino’s summer transfer wishlist.

Malcom.

Malcom could be in line for a switch to the Premier League.

MATEO KOVACIC

Manchester City have made tentative enquiries over the Real Madrid midfielder, The Mirror reports.

The Croatia international is likely to leave the Bernabeu this summer after failing to establish himself at the Whites and has emerged as a target for the Sky Blues, who have reserved him as a back-up should a deal for Napoli’s Jorginho fail to materialize.

Kovacic, 24, has been part of the Blazers’ World Cup semi-final side and could be looking for a fresh challenge at club level having spent three seasons at the Bernabeu.

In recent times, he has also been linked with a return to former side Inter Milan.

Wanted man: Mateo Kovacic

Wanted man: Mateo Kovacic.

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Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

The summer transfer window for all international deals 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 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.

EDEN HAZARD – FROM CHELSEA TO REAL MADRID

Eden Hazard is on Real Madrid's radar.

Eden Hazard is on Real Madrid’s radar.

Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on Eden Hazard and are ready to splurge on the Chelsea star should they fail to lure Neymar to the Santiago Bernabeu, according to Marca.

Why it will happen: The Belgian has shown his quality at this World Cup, staking a claim again to achieve the levels the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi regularly do. That will have piqued Madrid’s interest and Hazard has already expressed his desire for another move as well.

Why it won’t happen: Chelsea know exactly what they’ve got in Hazard and won’t let him go easily. Meanwhile, the situation at Madrid is a little uncertain with a new coach and personnel changes to come.

Prediction: Ronaldo’s future is in doubt as he may be on his way to Juventus while Paris Saint-Germain will demand an enormous fee for Neymar. Hazard would make a lot of sense for Madrid.

Rating: 6/10

ADRIEN RABIOT – FROM PSG TO BARCELONA

Adrien Rabiot is on Barca's shopping list.

Adrien Rabiot is on Barca’s shopping list.

Barcelona have been in pursuit of Chelsea winger Willian this summer as they look to bolster their ranks and the latest player to pop up on their radar is Adrien Rabiot.

The PSG midfielder is among their chief candidates for a role in midfield, claims Mundo Deportivo.

Why it will happen: With the departures of Andres Iniesta and Paulinho, Barcelona are short in midfield. Rabiot has been integral to PSG in the past season, pointing to his maturity. He seems primed for a move.

Why it won’t happen: Simply put, Barcelona are linked with some players of higher profile, Christian Eriksen for one.

Prediction: He doesn’t seem like a priority for Barcelona, maybe one of their alternatives. However, Paulinho’s move came out of the blue last summer. It could go either way.

Rating: 5/10

RIYAD MAHREZ – LEICESTER CITY TO MANCHESTER CITY

Riyad Mahrez.

Riyad Mahrez.

After a failed move for Riyad Mahrez in the January transfer window, Manchester City have now agreed a £60 million deal with Leicester City for the highly-rated Algerian, according to the Daily Mail.

Why it will happen: Well, it almost did, not too long ago. Pep Guardiola is a big fan of the playmaker and looks likely to get his man this time around.

Why it won’t happen: The only way it doesn’t go through is if Leicester up the price and City are unwilling to meet it… or Messi suddenly decides he wants to play at City, rendering Mahrez surplus to requirements.

Prediction: This should be done and dusted sooner rather than later.

Rating: 9/10

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Antonio Conte may not be leaving Chelsea after all.

Joe Hart’s time at Manchester City looks to be coming to a permanent end.

The Mail reports the goalkeeper, who spent last season on loan at West Ham, is looking for a move away from the Etihad Stadium.

The 31-year-old has spent 12 years with the club, but has not started a Premier League game under boss Pep Guardiola.

Chelsea winger Kenedy appears ready join Newcastle on a season-long loan, according to the Mail.

The paper reports that the Magpies have won the battle for the 22-year-old’s signature after he impressed Rafael Benitez – and fans – during the last four months of the season at St James’ Park.

Riyad Mahrez

Antonio Conte’s long-speculated departure from Chelsea may not be happening after all.

The Daily Mirror reports on a picture posted on the Italian’s brother’s Instagram which shows the boss at Cobham with the Blues’ coaching staff.

It had been rumoured Maurizio Sarri could take over at Stamford Bridge during the summer.

Riyad Mahrez looks to be just 48 hours away from pulling on a Manchester City shirt, the Mail says.

According to the paper, City have agreed a £60million deal for the Leicester winger – with a medical set to take place in the next couple of days.

Players to watch

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Reece Burke: Hull could be left disappointed as their £1.5million move for the West Ham defender looks to have been trumped by new Derby manager Frank Lampard.

According to the Sun, Derby have pounced on the 21-year-old in the 11th hour as Lampard looks to build his squad for the new season.

Matteo Guendouzi: The France Under-20 midfielder is in talks about a move to Arsenal from Lorient, the Mail reports.

The 19-year-old is expected to agree to a five-year deal worth £7million.

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