Transfer Gossip: Deulofeu, Plattenhardt, Germain

Sport360 staff 10:08 22/05/2017
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Future in the balance: Deulofeu.

With the European leagues over for yet another season, the attention turns firmly to the summer of transfer speculation.

Here, we look at three key transfers that could happen as clubs and players alike look for new moves and opportunities.

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GERARD DEULOFEU

Speculation is mounting over the future of the talented winger, who helped AC Milan clinch Europa League football on Sunday with a goal in the 3-0 victory over Bologna.

Deulofeu has spent the second half of this season on loan at the San Siro giants from Everton and is due to return to Goodison Park this summer.

The Toffees have an agreement in place with the 23-year-old’s former side, Barcelona, that the Catalan club can activate a €9m buy-back clause which is still intact for the next few months.

However, with first-team football looking unlikely at the Nou Camp – AC Milan are thought to be lining up a permanent bid for Deulofeu after an impressive few months in Italy.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: The attacker seems surplus to requirements under Ronald Koeman at Everton so the Blues will more than likely listen to offers for his signature and cash in.

MARVIN PLATTENHARDT

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have launched a bid to sign the Hertha Berlin left-back.

According to German news outlet Welt, Carlo Ancelotti wants to boost his defensive ranks with the acquisition of the defender – who is set to play for Germany in the 2017 Confederations Cup.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Bayern rarely miss out on their top targets so expect Plattenhardt to switch to the Allianz Arena side.

BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 22: Marvin Plattenhardt of Hertha BSC is challenged by Mario Gomez of VfL Wolfsburg during the Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and VfL Wolfsburg at Olympiastadion on April 22, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Hertha’s Plattenhardt.

VALERE GERMAIN

Marseille have moved to sign Monaco hitman Valere Germain.

According to L’Equipe, Olympians sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is in talks with the 27-year-old’s representatives.

Germain, who has hit 10 goals in 36 appearances for the Ligue 1 champions this term, is viewed as the perfect man by boss Rudi Garcia to help Marseille break into the Champions League.

RATING: 8-10

SPORT360 VERDICT: With uncertainty over the future of Kylian Mbappe, Monaco will be keen to retain Germain as another striking option but a big-money bid from Marseille could force the French Riviera side’s hands.

Nancy's French defender Tobias Badila (R) vies for the ball with Monaco's French forward Valère Germain during the French Ligue 1 football match between Nancy (ASNL) and Monaco (ASM) on May 6, 2017 at Marcel Picot stadium in Tomblaine, eastern France. / AFP PHOTO / Jean Christophe VERHAEGEN (Photo credit should read JEAN CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Germain has been an important player in Monaco’s title-winning success.

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?

As widely reported on Sunday, Flamengo star Vinicius JR is set to join La Liga champions Real Madrid this summer – but Los Blancos will pay part of the €45M fee in two installments based on the player’s appearances – according to AS.

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