Mario Mandzukic headlines our Rumour Mill as German giants move to sign Juventus star

David Cooper 16/07/2018
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Mario Mandzukic scored in the World Cup final against France.

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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MARIO MANDZUKIC

Borussia Dortmund have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign the Juventus forward, according to Bild.

After helping Croatia to the World Cup final, the 32-year-old is set for a summer of change and could switch to the Bundesliga side.

Cristiano Ronaldo‘s arrival in Turin has meant that the Old Lady are happy for Mandzukic to leave the club this summer, despite the fact he has a contract until 2020.

The veteran striker, who scored two goals in the tournament in Russia, has in the past been linked with the Red Devils but has yet to go on the record over his future.

Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic (R) vies with France's defender Raphael Varane during the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Croatia star Mario Mandzukic was on the scoresheet at both ends in the World Cup final.

WILMAR BARRIOS

Everton are hopeful they can fend off competition from Chelsea and Tottenham to clinch the signing of the Colombia international this week, Bueno Aires-based TV channel TyC Sports reports.

The Toffees have emerged as the favourites to secure the Boca Juniors midfielder’s signature following his strong World Cup showing with the South American giants.

New Blues boss Marco Silva has yet to make a new acquisition this summer but could see Barrios as a replacement for Morgan Schneiderlin, who has been tipped to leave Goodison Park.

The Premier League side will have to splash out at least £16m (Dh77m) to land Barrios, which is his release clause fee with the Argentine giants.

TOPSHOT - Colombia's midfielder Wilmar Barrios (L) vies with England's forward Harry Kane during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Colombia and England at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on July 3, 2018. (Photo by Juan Mabromata / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

Combative midfielder Barrios in action against England’s Harry Kane during the World Cup.

JASPER CILLESSEN

Liverpool are tracking Barcelona‘s second-choice goalkeeper, Mundo Deportivo reports.

The Reds are on the hunt for a new shot-stopper to vie for the No.1 jersey, given Loris Karius’ error-strewn displays.

Simon Mignolet is also set to depart the club soon, meaning it is an area of the pitch in which Jurgen Klopp needs to replenish with significant reinforcements.

Dutch international Cillessen, who is back-up to Marc-Andre ter Stegen, is thought to be happy in Catalonia but the opportunity to play for the Merseysiders could prove to be difficult to turn down.

On the move? Jasper Cillessen could get regular first-team football at Anfield.

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Richie Porte out of Tour de France after crash on stage nine

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Australian Richie Porte was forced to abandon the Tour de France just seven kilometres in to Sunday’s stage nine after falling in a crash.

Porte, seen as one of the men most likely to challenge Chris Froome for overall victory, was caught in an incident involving several riders and stayed down on the ground holding his collarbone.

The general classification contenders knew Sunday’s 156.5km stage from Arras to Roubaix was one full of dangers given the 22km of cobbles involved, but Porte’s crash happened more than 35km before the first sector.

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West Ham sign Felipe Anderson from Lazio for club record fee

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West Ham have completed the club-record signing of midfielder Felipe Anderson from Lazio.

The Premier League club have announced the Brazilian has signed a four-year deal at the London Stadium.

The actual fee has not been disclosed but reports suggest it could be around £35million, potentially rising to £42million.

Anderson, 25, has spent the past five seasons in Serie A and becomes the Hammers’ seventh signing since the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as manager this summer.

Anderson told the club’s official website: “I feel really happy and fulfilled to join West Ham United. West Ham is a club with a lot of tradition, lots of great players have played here, like Bobby Moore, Carlos Tevez and (Paolo) Di Canio.

“They were great players and idols here, and I’m aiming big, who knows, maybe I could hit their heights and be a legend here too. I’m really happy to be here. It’s a dream come true.”

Brazil international Anderson joined Lazio in 2013 after making his name with Sao Paolo side Santos as a teenager. The attacking midfielder scored 34 goals in 177 appearances for the Rome club.

His arrival follows those of Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and Fabian Balbuena this summer.

Joint-chairman David Sullivan said: “Felipe was a main target of the manager so we are delighted we’ve been able to bring him to the club.

“We’re very pleased with the business we’ve done so far and I hope the supporters are just as excited as we are about the squad we are building here at West Ham.

“The deal sees us significantly break our transfer record and we feel it’s a real statement of intent.”

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