Man City's chase of Borussia Dortmund star Julian Weigl headlines our rumour mill

David Cooper - Writer 09:33 18/02/2018
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Though the winter transfer window just passed and the summer window is still months down the road, that hasn’t stopped the chatter of players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at three potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.


Manchester City are ready to table a bid in the region of £40m for the 22-year-old talent in the next transfer window, according to the Mirror.

Boss Pep Guardiola is keen on the promising midfielder and scouts have watched the former 1860 Munich prodigy, who is all set to star for Germany at the World Cup in Russia this summer.

Dortmund are keen to keep hold of the youngster but could be resigned to losing him if City put their full weight behind a transfer bid in the close season.

RATING: 8/10


Weigl is a dynamic presence in the middle of the park and is a long-term replacement for the ageing Fernandinho, who still has a couple of years left at the top level.

City may be wise to move for the Dortmund man before the international football gets underway.

DORTMUND, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 15: Hans Hateboer of Atalanta is tackled by Julian Weigl of Borussia Dortmund during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Borussia Dortmund and Atalanta Bergamo at the Signal Iduna Park on February 15, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Key man: Julian Weigl has been consistent for Dortmund for the past three seasons.


The Spanish midfielder could leave the Bernabeu after just a season in the capital.

According to sources in Spain, the 21-year-old is attracting the attention of Liverpool while former club Real Betis could try and re-sign the talent they sold for €18m last summer.

Ceballos has failed to establish himself in the Los Blancos first-team, with competition being high in midfield to win a spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side.

RATING: 7/10


The Spain under-21 man has started just twice in La Liga this season while the rest of his outings from the beginning have come in the Copa del Rey.

Although time is very much on his side and he could yet still get a chance to shine at Madrid, many observers were expecting him to make his mark quicker than he has done.

Despite scoring twice in the league, the Whites could move him on this summer especially if they pursue other big targets.

Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos (R) vies for the ball with Apoel's Spanish midfielder Jesus Rueda (C) during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Apoel FC and Real Madrid on November 21, 2017, in the Cypriot capital Nicosia's GSP Stadium. / AFP PHOTO / Jack GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Heading for exit door? Dani Ceballos could leave the Bernabeu.


The Juventus and Brazil left-back has committed his future to the Turin giants, insisting he will not be leaving the club.

Chelsea had been linked with the 27-year-old full-back, who is set to feature for the Yellows at the World Cup.

However, according to the Corriere dello Sport, the former Porto man doesn’t want to go anywhere.

He said: “I have never listened to the rumours about myself; I have always remained focused on my work and Juventus has always been my only thought. I still have two years left on my contract. I feel really good and I am satisfied with my condition at Juventus.”

RATING: 5/10


The Blues’ pursuit of Sandro is pretty much dead in the water so expect the Stamford Bridge club to chase other targets.

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 13: Alex Sandro of Juventus is challenged by Serge Aurier of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur at Allianz Stadium on February 13, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Alex Sandro is a key man for the Old Lady side.

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