The Premier League rather than a Barcelona return may appeal to Bayern Munich star Thiago

Tom Biggs 25/07/2018
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With the World Cup finished, the summer transfer window is now starting to heat up, as managers look to bring in additions to their squads ahead of the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

Plenty of big names have been linked with switches, and with that in mind, we’re taking a closer look at some of Europe’s most in-demand stars.

Our next player analysis is Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara

Linked to: Manchester United, Liverpool and Barcelona

Price tag: £60 million

New Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac appears happy to let some of the club’s big stars leave this summer, and with Jerome Boateng reportedly on the verge of joining PSG, midfielder Thiago could also be on his way out of the Allianz Arena.

While Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salhamidzic has said they will try to keep hold of the former Barcelona man, “Of course we are planning with him. It will be an interesting battle for places with nine midfielders,” he said recently, Thiago himself may not want to take the rotation risk.

Thiago is being linked with a return to former club Barcelona

Thiago is being linked with a return to former club Barcelona.

At 27-years-old, the midfielder is at an important stage in his career, and having played in both La Liga and the Bundesliga, a move to the Premier League could prove tempting for the Spaniard.

While he has been linked with a possible return to Barcelona, the £60 million fee may prove the main stumbling block, considering they sold the midfielder for just £20 million five seasons ago.

That could pave the way for either Manchester United or Chelsea to swoop in. Jose Mourinho has said he’s hoping to bring at least two players in before the window shuts, and midfield options including Nemanja Matic, Fred and Paul Pogba alongside Thiago would be an exciting proposition for the Red Devils.

Thiago has won five Bundesliga titles during his time at Bayern Munich

Thiago has won five Bundesliga titles during his time at Bayern Munich.

United looked set to sign the midfielder five years ago, before his switch to Bayern, and reports suggests they have renewed their interest with an enquiry.

For Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri is currently overseeing an overhaul of his squad, but with a plethora of midfield options already, Thiago may not want to take the risk of moving to a club where is once again facing a real fight for a regular starting spot.

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Mateo Kovacic may want to leave but Real Madrid would be wise to keep hold of midfielder

Tom Biggs 25/07/2018
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MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 01: Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Bayern Muenchen at the Bernabeu on May 1, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

With the World Cup finished, the summer transfer window is now starting to heat up, as managers look to bring in additions to their squads ahead of the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

Plenty of big names have been linked with switches, and with that in mind, we’re taking a closer look at some of Europe’s most in-demand stars.

Next up, we’re taking a look at Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic


Linked to: Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus and Roma

Price tag: £45 million

Kovacic has reportedly told Julen Lopetegui that he would like to leave Real Madrid in search of regular first-team football.

The 24-year-old will once again be behind Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in Los Blancos’ pecking order, and with a host of Premier League clubs interested, the Croatian could be on the move at the right time to reignite his career.

With plenty of competition in midfield, Mateo Kovacic has had to settle for a spot on the bench regularly

With plenty of competition in midfield, Mateo Kovacic has had to settle for a spot on the bench regularly

At least three of England’s top clubs are reportedly keen, with Arsenal and Tottenham seemingly the most likely destinations, as both Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino look for midfield reinforcements.

Arsenal have been strongly linked with Steven Nzonzi, but his age and asking price may mean they switch their attentions to Kovacic, while Pochettino could look to the former Dinamo Zagreb man should Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele depart this summer.

Kovacic is well known in Italy from his time at Internazionale, and with Miralem Pjanic rumoured to be on the way out at Juventus, and Radja Nainggolan already departing Roma for Inter, both Serie A clubs could make a move for Kovacic.

Mateo Kovacic (l) has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot at Real Madrid

Mateo Kovacic (l) has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot at Real Madrid

The three-time Champions League winner has made 109 appearances for Real Madrid in his three seasons at the Bernabeu, but has regularly missed out on the bigger games under previous boss Zinedine Zidane.

However, with Modric turning 33 later this year, Lopetegui may well fight to keep hold of Kovacic, who has long been touted as the ideal replacement for his fellow countryman at the heart of Madrid’s midfield.

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PSG winger Goncalo Guedes turns down Premier League move as he eyes Valencia return

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Guedes enjoyed a fruitful season at Valencia.

Paris Saint-Germain winger Goncalo Guedes, who spent last season on loan at Valencia, wants a return to the La Liga outfit and has turned down a move to the Premier League.

That’s despite the Ligue 1 champions reportedly having agreed to a transfer with an unnamed English club, according to Cadena Ser. Arsenal had been heavily linked with the Portugal star.

Guedes enjoyed a fruitful season with Valencia, becoming an instant hit as the club finished fourth in the league to secure a Champions League qualifying spot.

The 21-year-old is not in new PSG manager Thomas Tuchel’s plans for the upcoming season, and the club were looking to offload him. He’s been left behind to train in Paris while the team travelled to Singapore for preseason fixtures against Arsenal and Atletico Madrid.

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