Thibaut Courtois headlines our Rumour Mill as Chelsea goalkeeper ‘agrees’ Real Madrid deal

David Cooper 18/07/2018
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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.

THIBAUT COURTOIS

Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois has agreed to join Real Madrid in a deal worth €35m, RMC claims.

The Belgian World Cup star, whose Blues contract was due to expire next summer, has reportedly penned a four-year deal with Los Blancos to become their new No.1.

The former Atletico Madrid man has long since been linked with a return to the Spanish capital and has made it known he wished to return to the Spanish capital given he has family living in the city.

MALCOM

Everton are in advanced talks to sign the Bordeaux striker, Sky Sports News reports.

The Merseysiders are reported to have offered £30m to secure the Brazilian’s services. However, Bordeaux are believed to be looking for £40m for the 21-year-old wonderkid – a fee the Toffees may be unwilling to pay.

The former Corinthians man was one of the mainstays for Bordeaux in Ligue 1 last season, scoring 12 goals and providing seven assists in all competitions.

As Everton boss Marco Silva looks to strengthen his squad, the ace marksman could inject more class in an already star-studded attack.

JACK GREALISH

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to sign the Aston Villa star before the club’s tour of the US later this month, The Mirror reports.

The Midlanders failed to secure promotion back to the Premier League under manager Steve Bruce, losing in the Championship Play-Off final to Fulham.

The 22-year-old apparently wants to take the next step in his career and ply his trade in the top division.

The former England Under-21s star scored three goals and ­provided six assists in 31 matches last season.

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Gonzalo Higuain headlines our Rumour Mill as Chelsea plot move for Juventus star

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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.

GONZALO HIGUAIN 

Chelsea are plotting a £53million swoop for the Juventus striker, according to the Evening Standard.

New boss Maurizio Sarri is keeping tabs on Serie A, with sources in Italy suggesting officials will be meeting with Higuain’s representatives this week.

The Blues have previously been linked with the Bianconeri forward, who has enjoyed two prolific seasons at Turin Stadium following his switch from Napoli in the summer of 2016.

The paper adds that the West London club are closing in on another Juventus player, defender Daniele Rugani.

MATEO KOVACIC

Man City have pulled out of the race to sign the Real Madrid midfielder, reports Sky Sports News.

The Sky Blues are on the hunt for a central midfielder after their expected move for Jorginho fell through, with the Italy international signing fro Chelsea instead.

Kovacic – a key player for Croatia during their run to the World Cup final – is one player City have monitored but Los Blancos’ asking price of £80m (Dh385m) is considered too high.

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Liverpool and Real Madrid keen to get their hands on goalkeepers Alisson and Thibaut Courtois

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Courtois won the Golden Glove at the World Cup.

Liverpool and Real Madrid are set on shaking up the goalkeeping ranks of Europe after launching respective bids for Alisson and Thibaut Courtois.

Several British newspapers reported on Tuesday that the Reds had made a £62 million offer for Roma and Brazil No1 Alisson, but that the Serie A outfit wanted £66.5m.

Either figure would be a world record transfer fee for a keeper.

And Real, who have long sought a new stopper to replace Keylor Navas and were a broken fax machine away from signing Manchester United’s David De Gea in 2015, are reportedly close to wrapping up a £31m deal for contract rebel Courtois.

The Belgium international, who won the World Cup’s Golden Glove award for his inspired displays in Russia, has not signed an extension at Chelsea with his contract due to expire in 2019.

Courtois’ children live in Madrid, where he used to play for Atletico.

“The only thing I’ve always said is that after the World Cup I look at everything,” he said earlier this month. “The only thing is that my children are the most important and I’ll make the decision that best suits me for everything.”

Alisson kep three clean sheets for Brazil in Russia.

Alisson kept three clean sheets for Brazil in Russia.

And according to French radio station RMC, the Blues are willing to accept Los Blancos’ offer and cash in on the 26-year-old before he is free to leave next summer.

The London club will now almost certainly be in the hunt for a new keeper themselves and the development could spark a transfer battle with Liverpool for the right to sign Alisson.

The 25-year-old has been with Roma since joining from Brazilian side Internacional in 2016 and made 37 Serie A appearances last season.

He played in all five of Brazil’s games at this summer’s World Cup, keeping three clean sheets.

Liverpool keeper Loris Karius was back in the spotlight last week after a 3-2 friendly win against Tranmere at Prenton Park saw him spill a free-kick which allowed the hosts to score.

Karius was at fault for two of Real Madrid’s three goals when they beat Liverpool 3-1 in May’s Champions League final, after which it was revealed the 25-year-old German was suffering from concussion.

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