Gonzalo Higuain headlines our Rumour Mill as Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival could force his exit

David Cooper 12/07/2018
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Gonzalo Higuain could leave Juventus.

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.

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GONZALO HIGUAIN

Juventus could offload the Argentine striker after clinching a club-record €99m deal for Real Madrid icon Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to CalcioMercato.com, the Old Lady will allow the 30-year-old to leave Turin this summer to balance their books.

Chelsea have previously been linked with the Los Blancos forward, who has enjoyed two prolific seasons with the Bianconeri following his switch from Napoli in the summer of 2016.

Higuain is contracted to Juventus Stadium until 2021 but could be forced out as Juve look to clear the path for Ronaldo up top.

Gonzalo Higuain has been prolific for Juventus.

CRISTIANO PICCINI

Manchester United face competition from West Ham in the race to sign the Sporting Lisbon defender, Turkish Football reports.

The 25-year-old, who plies his trade at right-back but can operate in other positions, has also been the subject of a loan offer from Besiktas.

Piccini is said to favour a move to the Premier League but will also be swayed by the prospect of regular first-team football elsewhere.

The Italian started his career at Fiorentina and enjoyed a two-season stint with Real Betis between 2015 and 2017.

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 05: Cristiano Piccini of Sporting CP reacts during the UEFA Europa League quarter final leg one match between Club Atletico Madrid and Sporting CP at Wanda Metropolitano stadium on April 5, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Cristiano Piccini

Sporting star Cristiano Piccini.

RHIAN BREWSTER

Liverpool‘s teenage striker is the subject of interest from European giants Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, according to The Sun.

The 18-year-old, who was part of the England side that won FIFA U-17 World Cup last year, is reportedly seeking assurances over his long-term future at Anfield, as well as fresh contractual terms

Brewster began his career in Chelsea’s youth system before earning a move to Merseyside in 2014, although he has yet to make a first-team appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Rhian Brewster(L) of England kicks the ball during the semifinal football match in the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium in Kolkata on October 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Hot prospect: Rhian Brewster.

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Borussia Dortmund sign Real Madrid right-back Achraf Hakimi on year-long loan

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Achraf Hakimi impressed in his first season at Madrid.

Borussia Dortmund have signed Morocco international Achraf Hakimi on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

The 19-year-old defender featured in all three of his country’s games at the World Cup.

He made nine La Liga appearances last season and also played twice in the Champions League, which Real won for the third successive year.

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told his club’s website: “Achraf Hakimi is a young, very dynamic full-back who has played at the highest level at Real Madrid and in the Moroccan national team.”

Madrid-born Hakimi will link up with his new team-mates later this month during the Bundesliga club’s pre-season tour of America.

His arrival at Dortmund follows the sale of Ukraine winger Andriy Yarmolenko to West Ham.

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Chelsea edge closer to naming Maurizio Sarri as new manager

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Chelsea are close to appointing Maurizio Sarri as their new head coach and signing midfielder Jorginho, according to Napoli‘s president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

The Blues have reportedly lined up Sarri to replace current boss Antonio Conte following their poor Premier League title defence and failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Sarri remains under contract with the Serie A club, despite their decision to replace him with Carlo Ancelotti.

De Laurentiis, speaking at a press conference on Wednesday to unveil new coach Ancelotti, said: “The Sarri affair is nearly at its conclusion, it all depends on him. My lawyers have submitted papers to his lawyers.”

Referring to Italy international Jorginho, he added: “My agreement with (Roman) Abramovich is irrespective of whether or not Sarri ends up taking charge of the Blues.”

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