As the World Cup draws to its conclusion, there’s another way to get your football fix – by keeping your ear to the ground for the latest transfer stories.
There’s a near competitive-football-free month for most of Europe’s clubs – and beyond – to get deals done, and it could spark a mad scramble with the Premier League’s transfer window slamming shut on August 9.
Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.
The Real Madrid forward has been linked with a move to Napoli, according to Tuttosport.
New Partenopei coach Carlo Ancelotti has asked club chairman Aurelio de Laurentiis to consider the French attacker as he wants to build further on the success of last season, which saw them finish second in the Serie A.
The 30-year-old was heavily criticised for below-par performances last season and a return of just 10 goals in all competitions.
Despite speculation Valencia’s Rodrigo Moreno could replace the former Lyon frontman this summer, Benzema is keen on staying in the Spanish capital after signing a fresh four-year contract last September.
The full-back is on the brink of signing for Inter Milan, the Mirror reports.
Juventus had been linked with a move for Darmian, and their offer of a one-year loan with an option to purchase has now been matched by Inter.
The 28-year-old defender endured a miserable campaign under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, and featured just 17 times in all competitions.
A fee in the region of £15m could be agreed between the two clubs while Darmian himself could pen a lengthy five-year contract in Milan.
Liverpool have completed the signing of Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke.
The winger, currently on holiday after appearing at the World Cup, has agreed a “long-term” contract at Anfield.
Press Association Sport understands it is a five-year deal, with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds paying £13million to the Potters following their Premier League relegation.
“I’m very happy to be here. It’s a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach. So I’m really glad and happy to be here,” Shaqiri told liverpoolfc.com.
“As a player you always want to be on the biggest stage in football. A few years ago I wanted to come too but it didn’t happen. I’m really happy that now I’m finally here.
“I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles. That’s what I’m here for.”
Shaqiri becomes the Champions League finalists’ third summer signing following the big-money arrivals of midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho.
He will provide competition for the established front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
Shaqiri, who has scored 21 goals in 74 games for his country, arrived in English football in the summer of 2015, joining Stoke from Inter Milan for a reported £12million.
The 26-year-old scored 15 goals in 92 appearances for the Potters, but was unable to help them retain their top-flight status last season.
Liverpool have increased their offer to sign Croatia centre-back Domagoj Vida, according to reports.
The Merseysiders had an initial bid of £16million knocked back for the World Cup defender, who plies his trade at club level with Besiktas.
But, now, Jurgen Klopp’s men hope to clinch his signature and have tabled a £20m proposal.
Turkish publication Fanatik carried the news but also suggested the Reds will have to match Besiktas’ valuation of the 29-year-old, which stands at close to £31m.
It remains to be seen whether or not Liverpool want to break the bank for the 29-year-old though the prospect of Vida linking up with fellow countryman Dejan Lovren at the heart of their defence next term is a welcome proposition.
Indeed, Lovren could convince his compatriot to move to England after their country’s run through to a World Cup meeting with France.