The long-term future of Manchester City and Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan still remains up in the air.
Gundogan, 28, has only one year remaining on the deal that brought him from Borussia Dortmund in 2016. This has led to conjecture about an impending exit from Etihad Stadium.
This talk was not dampened by the player himself when speaking to media in March.
“There is no decision yet, otherwise I would have signed or I would have rejected a contract,” he said. “I would say we are still in talks but I don’t feel that there is much pressure.
“We are still competing in all competitions and want to win every competition we are competing for.
“Obviously one day there has to be a decision but I am very happy at the moment here, especially about the way we play and playing under Pep.
“That is the main thing now. One day there will be a decision.”
Watch a transfer profile above to see a rundown of the complex situation:
Valencia are set to welcome a new goalkeeper for 2019/20 after they tied up a deal for Barcelona No2 Jasper Cillessen.
Their own Brazil international Neto is set to head the other way, with both players valued at €30 million.
Cillessen, 30, made 32 appearances in his three seasons at Camp Nou as back-up to Germany’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen and his last game was the Copa del Rey final defeat to Valencia at the end of May.
A medical was passed by him in Valencia on Tuesday and he will officially join in early July. This will allow his move to go through in a different financial year, 2019/20, and help Los Che in regards to meeting Financial Fair Play requirements.
What can the Mestalla faithful expect from the Netherlands internationals? Watch the above transfer profile to find out:
Struggling to pick out the facts from the figures? Reality from the rubbish? Sense from the silly season? We’ve got you sorted in our daily dose of the Transfer Predictor, where we round up the latest rumours with an analytical spin.
We sort through the most eye-catching transfer reports of the past 24 hours and give a balanced judgment on whether the move really will happen – and why.
DONNY VAN DE BEEK
Ajax -> €60m -> Real Madrid
The Netherlands centre midfielder has emerged as ‘Plan B’ if a complex – and expensive – deal for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba cannot be arranged, according to Marca.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: Van de Beek impressed during Ajax’s sensational 2018/19 campaign, with his energy and direct approach appealing to Los Blancos head coach Zinedine Zidane. He will also cost, approximately, €100m less to procure from Ajax and his wages will be substantially lower. A deal can also be done immediately, while United are determined to hold onto their star man.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: The allure of Pogba may mean Los Blancos are prepared to be patient. He is also the player that Zidane reportedly desires above all others for his new-look team. All avenues are likely to be exhausted before they admit defeat and push for a secondary target, such as Van de Beek.
Transfer predictor: 5/10
Lyon -> €40m -> AC Milan
The France playmaker is ready for a new challenge and AC Milan are hot on his trail, according to France Football.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: With only one year left on his contract at boyhood club Lyon and interest from previous suitors Liverpool, reportedly, now extinguished, the Rossoneri have emerged as an attractive proposition. His fee has almost halved in a year since the Reds pulled out because of doubts about a serious knee injury. This problem has also shrunk the pool of admirers. Milan’s history ensures they still hold some attraction to leading names in search of a change of scenery.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Milan cannot offer Champions League football to Fekir. Plus, lingering issues with Financial Fair Play regulations may ensure that a deal to acquire him is complex. Lyon are also desperate to see their long-term servant ink fresh terms to extend his stay. Milan may also find that richer sides make plays for Fekir once Lyon show they are prepared to sell, at the right price.
Transfer predictor: 6/10
STEPHAN EL SHAARAWY
Roma -> €18m -> Shanghai Shenhua
A lucrative offer to player and club has moved the Italy attacker close to Chinese Super League strugglers Shenhua, according to Il Tempo.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: A contract worth almost €40m, net, across three years is tough to reject. For Roma, the €18m fee for a player with only one year left on his deal is an attractive proposition. Shenhua have reportedly made several attempts in recent weeks to land an elite winger from Serie A and have now settled on El Shaarawy. Shenhua are only one point outside the CSL’s relegation zone, but head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has apparently been able to convince El Shaarawy about the project. A transaction is close, it now needs to be pushed over the line.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: El Shaarawy has fought hard to work his way back into the Italy set-up and would, surely, drop out of the reckoning ahead of Euro 2020 if he made this switch. There is also the lingering issue of the CSL’s ‘transfer tax’, which would mean the operation could cost Shenhua approximately €30m. Owners, the Greenland Group, have been circumspect since Argentina forward Carlos Tevez’s exorbitant failure. No matter the riches available, does El Shaarawy truly have the stomach for a relegation dogfight in the Far East?
Transfer predictor: 7/10