Napoli target £40m swoop for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema

David Cooper 18/07/2018
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Karim Benzema

Napoli have identified Karim Benzema as a key target this summer.

Last season’s Serie A runners-up are keen to make some investments of their own as Juventus made a statement by signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti has worked with Benzema at the Santiago Bernabeu when they won the club’s 10th Champions League title.

The Italian was a fan of the striker and is known to have admired his work from afar since.

According to the Daily Mail, Napoli are aiming to reach an agreement with the La Liga outfit in the coming days with the transfer fee expected to be in the region of £40 million.

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Chelsea determined to beat Liverpool to the signing of Roma goalkeeper Alisson

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Alisson is a man in demand, with Chelsea determined to beat Liverpool to the signing of the Roma goalkeeper, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Reds have tabled a £62million offer, but the Stamford Bridge side are looking to offer closer to £70m, the paper reported.

Another club looking to splash the cash are Bournemouth, who will spend a club record £32million to bring in Colombia midfielder Jefferson Lerma and £25m to bring in Uruguay defender Diego Laxalt, according to the Sun.

Crystal Palace are on the brink of bringing Sassuolo striker Khouma Babacar to Selhurst Park, reports the Daily Mirror.

West Brom are determined to keep hold of Salomon Rondon, and have rejected a loan offer from Newcastle for the Venezuelan striker who has a £16.5m release clause in his contract, according to the Express and Star.

Jack Grealish could be on the move, with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino determined to sign the Aston Villa man before a pre-season tour, the Daily Mirror says.

Players to watch

Thibaut Courtois: The winner of the Golden Glove for best goalkeeper at the World Cup is expected to join Real Madrid for £31m, according to Marca.

Kasper Schmeichel: Should Courtois leave Chelsea, the Blues could look to sign the Denmark international, Sky Sports says.

Chancel Mbemba: Porto are looking to buy the Newcastle defender, but are unwilling to meet the £8m asking price, says A Bola.

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Transfer predictor: Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid scores a 9, Gonzalo Higuain's switch to Chelsea gets a 7

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The transfer window 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 white 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.

THIBAUT COURTOIS – CHELSEA TO REAL MADRID

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

Why it will happen: The Belgian netminder has reportedly signed a four-year deal at the Bernabeu. Julen Lopetegui needs a new No.1 and the 26-year-old fits the bill.

Why it won’t happen: Only if something drastic happens. A late swoop from another team or if negotiations over personal terms collapse.

Prediction: 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.

Rating – 9/10

GONZALO HIGUAIN – JUVENTUS TO CHELSEA

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

Why it will happen: The Blues struggled in front of goal last season and the prospect of signing a proven attacker in Higuain, who has scored 55 goals in 105 appearances over the last two seasons at Juventus, is a solid option.

Why it won’t happen: The 30-year-old may be past his best and hasn’t looked physically fit over the past 12 months. And with Olivier Giroud already in their squad, Chelsea may opt for a younger, quicker option up front.

Prediction: The Argentine may be aging but should still deliver in the short term for Maurizio Sarri.

Rating – 7/10

MALCOM – FROM BORDEAUX TO EVERTON

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

Why it will happen: The former Corinthians man was one of the mainstays for Bordeaux in Ligue 1 last season and would be a great addition to Marco Silva’s side.

Why it won’t happen: The Premier League side 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.

Prediction: It may rumble on for a bit, but Everton seem like a good fit for Malcom to further his development.

Rating – 7/10

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