Transfer Gossip: Hazard, Barkley, Casillas, Herrera

Sport360 staff 11:32 25/05/2017
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With the season coming to a close, the transfer window is about to open.

Rumours are gathering apace and we take a look at the latest stories doing the rounds in the media.

THORGAN HAZARD

Arsenal are plotting a move for the younger brother of Chelsea star Eden, according to Jeunes Footeux.

The Borussia Monchengladbach winger is forging his own name having left Chelsea in 2015 and has been in impressive form for the Bundesliga side this season, scoring six goals and assisting a further four.

Everton are also said to monitoring his availability withe the 24-year-old valued at around €18 million (Dh74m).

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: A clickbaiter’s dream this one “Hazard to Arsenal” but the Belgium international has previously talked about the lure of Premier League football having failed to make a senior appearance in a Chelsea shirt.

The newly-crowned Premier League champions reportedly have a buy-back clause inserted into his contract but if they passed on the opportunity to reunite the Hazard brothers, Arsenal could well swoop.

This might not be the last we’ve heard of this rumour.

ROSS BARKLEY

Everton are prepared to listen to offers for the 23-year-old with Tottenham and Manchester United both said to be interested in the England international.

However, the Daily Mirror say the Goodison Park club want £50m (Dh238m) for one of their prized assets.

The England international has been given an ultimatum by boss Ronald Koeman to sign a reported £100,000-a-week (Dh476,000) new deal or leave the club.

RATING: 8/1O

SPORT360 VERDICT: The longer his contract impasse rumbles on, the more likely it seems Barkley will indeed leave Everton.

You suspect, though, they will have to climb down from that projected price tag to attract potential suitors. After all, if Barkley wasn’t an England international would he fetch that transfer fee?

Tottenham remain the club in pole position but we’ll see how this develops.

IKER CASILLAS

The former Real Madrid captain has been linked with an unlikely summer switch to Liverpool.

According to Spanish outlet AS the 36-year-old has a pre-contract agreement with the Premier League side.

The Porto stopper is also said to be the subject of interest from clubs in Turkey, Qatar and China.

RATING: 2/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: This is one of the more perplexing transfer rumours and one if asked about will probably draw a chuckle from Jurgen Klopp.

Casillas’ best days are well behind him and he will find himself behind both Simon Mignolet, who enjoyed an impressive second half to the campaign, and his young understudy Loris Korius who has shown plenty of promise, too.

ANDER HERRERA

Ernesto Valverde is expected to be announced as the new Barcelona boss next week and he is said to have put the Manchester United midfielder high on his list of targets.

According to Sport, Valverde, who worked with Herrera at Athletic Bilbao, wants some midfield reinforcement and with just a year left on his current deal at Old Trafford the club are hopeful of getting their man.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: A rumour which is sure to be making United fans nervous after the season he has had.

A master of the dark arts, Herrera has been one of Jose Mourinho’s chief enforcers this season and no doubt he will be keen to tie him down to a new deal.

But whenever a club like Barcelona are lurking, there’s always a sense of trepidation.

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