Chelsea ponder Barcelona's £65 million bid for Willian

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Willian is a Camp Nou transfer target.

Chelsea are weighing up a £65million offer from Barcelona for forward Willian, the Daily Mail says.

The Blues are said to prefer the prospect of selling the Manchester United target abroad, rather than to a Premier League rival.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and owner Roman Abramovich are said to be meeting to discuss possible departures and signings by new manager Maurizio Sarri this week.

Barcelona are reported to have made two previous attempts at grabbing Brazilian Willian, 29.

The Blues may have to fight off Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich if they want to turn their interest in Anthony Martial into a successful bid, Sky Sports News reports.

All three clubs are said to fancy their chances of landing Manchester United‘s France forward, 22, who has a year left on his contract.

The broadcaster says it understands Martial has told Jose Mourinho he wants to leave Old Trafford, although the club’s top brass think otherwise.

Martial’s contract is said to have an option to keep him at the club until 2020 and Chelsea are yet to make a formal offer.

On the move? Anthony Martial.

England and Leicester star Harry Maguire, Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Milan’s Leonardo Bonucci have been earmarked as potential defending targets by United, the Daily Mail reports.

Landing Maguire, 25, could cost United up to £65million and would likely see Mourinho have to sell one of his centre-backs, the paper says.

United reportedly enquired about Alderweireld in May, while Bonucci is said to be on a watch list.
Meanwhile, United right-back Matteo Darmian could be snapped up by Napoli, The Sun says.

With only a year left on his contract, the Reds could be keen to shift the 28-year-old before he becomes a free agent.

Darmian played against San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday, but was used by Mourinho just 17 times in all competitions last season.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has voiced admiration for the Italian who began his career in the Serie A.

Jack Grealish will make it clear to Aston Villa’s owners that he wants to pursue his dreams of Champions League football and join Tottenham, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Spurs are said to be ready to make an offer for the 22-year-old attacking midfielder as soon as this week. After a reported £55million takeover by Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens eased Villa’s financial concerns the club will be less inclined to sell their talisman.

However ambitious Grealish is said to want out and Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly determined to sign him this summer.

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Manchester City content with current midfielders, rule out moves for Thiago Alcantara, Miralem Pjanic, and Mateo Kovacic

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Pep Guardiola has reportedly decided against signing a midfielder.

Manchester City are in no rush to bolster their midfield ranks despite missing out on signing Jorginho from Napoli.

The Brazilian-born Italian midfielder had seemingly agreed to a move to the Premier League champions, only for Chelsea to swoop in at the last minute and secure his signature along with that of erstwhile Napoli manager, Maurizio Sarri.

Reports in Italy have linked Pep Guardiola’s outfit with a mooted £72million move for Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic.

However, City have apparently decided that they don’t need to overpay for an established midfielder, with Pjanic and other reported targets, Bayern Munich‘s Thiago Alcantara and Real Madrid‘s Mateo Kovacic.

The club also lost out in the chase for Fred, who chose to join Manchester United from Shakhtar Donetsk despite a move to City having long been mooted.

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Transfer predictor: Eden Hazard to Real Madrid rated 7 but Man United set to keep Anthony Martial

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Eden Hazard

The summer transfer window for all international deals is well and truly open.

With the transfer 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 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.

EDEN HAZARD – FROM CHELSEA TO REAL MADRID

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard

Chelsea are determined to be properly compensated should they allow Eden Hazard to join Real Madrid. The Stamford Bridge club have told Los Blancos to pay up if they are keen on the Belgian star, the Mirror reports.

Why it will happen: Real Madrid have the money to spend and are desperate for a couple of big names to fill the void created by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus.

Why it won’t happen: Chelsea are at a risk of losing Willian to Barcelona as well and can’t afford to sell both players. Hazard is their most prized asset.

Prediction: The proposed move seems to have an air of inevitability to it. He fits the ‘Galactico’ mould and his stock has never been higher after an impressive World Cup.

Rating – 7/10

NEYMAR – FROM PSG TO REAL MADRID

Neymar.

Neymar.

Neymar has once again denied reports suggesting he could move to Real Madrid this summer.

When questioned about stories in Spanish media linking the Paris Saint-Germain forward to a Santiago Bernabeu switch, he dismissed them as mere “speculation from the press.”

Why it will happen: Again, it’s the Ronaldo factor. How far is Madrid willing to go to land the Brazilian?

Why it won’t happen: We’ve heard it from the horse’s mouth repeatedly. Neymar insists he will be with PSG this season. The timing of the move doesn’t seem right and Madrid will have to spend an exorbitant fee for his services.

Prediction: Chances of the move going through dwindle every day. Madrid may well be in Neymar’s future but not this season.

Rating – 3/10

ANTHONY MARTIAL – FROM MAN UNITED TO TOTTENHAM

Anthony Martial.

Anthony Martial.

Manchester United are set to exercise a one-year option on Anthony Martial’s contract, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Why it will happen: Martial appears unwilling to endure another season at Old Trafford of sporadic playing time. His agent has made the player’s feelings clear with Tottenham in the hunt.

Why it won’t happen: If United trigger the one-year option in the Frenchman’s contract, it buys them another season before they need to make a decision. Jose Mourinho has made it clear that the 22-year-old will be key early in the campaign with several attacking stars returning late from the summer break after the World Cup.

Prediction: Failing a ridiculous bid from someone that could force United’s hand, it looks like Martial will be made to stay put.

Rating – 4/10

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