Transfer Buzz: Barca interested in Pogba; Dortmund keen on Morata

With the start of the summer transfer window, let FOX Sports Asia’s Transfer Buzz keep you abreast with all the latest rumours and developments in the coming weeks.

22 June

Barca interested in Pogba

Don Balon wrote that Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde wants Manchester United’s Paul Pogba as the replacement for departed legend Andres Iniesta.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who is expected to cost €120 million, moved from Juventus to Old Trafford two years ago.

Besides the Frenchman, Valverde is also considering Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic or Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen as alternatives.

Dortmund keen on Morata

According to Talksport, Borussia Dortmund are keen to sign Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata to spearhead their attack.

The Spanish international striker, who cost £58 million, scored just 15 goals in total last season.

25-year-old Morata, who is the Blues’ club record signing, is expected to cost £45 million.

Juve lead Golovin chase

Tuttosport reported that Juventus are in the lead to sign CSKA Moscow’s Aleksandr Golovin.

The Russian international, who has been in fine form at the World Cup, is the subject of a €20-million bid from the Serie A champions.

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Besides Juve, Chelsea, Arsenal and Barcelona are all also interested in the 22-year-old midfielder.

Banega wants assurances before Arsenal move

According to the Mirror, Sevilla’s Ever Banega is almost ready to agree terms with Arsenal but for one thing.

The 29-year-old midfielder, who has worked with new Gunners’ boss Unai Emery at Valencia and Sevilla, wants clarification over his squad role and position before signing.

The Argentine international, who is expected to cost €12 million, is a two-time Europa League champion with the La Liga side.

PSG hope to land Lobotka

El Desmarque stated that Paris Saint-Germain want to sign Celta Vigo’s Stanislav Lobotka.

It is reported that Napoli and Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in the 23-year-old midfielder with the Serie A side tabling a €40-million bid.

The Slovak international, who can play in various positions in midfield, made 38 appearances for Celta last season.

21 June

Blues & Barca in Pjanic chase

Corriere dello Sport reported that Chelsea and Barcelona are both interested in Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic.

The 28-year-old midfielder, who won the Serie A title last season, is seen as Cesc Fabregas’ replacement by the London club.

The Bosnian international, who is contracted till 2021, is expected to cost £70 million.

Inter close in on Nainggolan

According to Sky Sports Italia, AS Roma’s Radja Nainggolan is almost set to join Inter Milan in a cash-plus-player deal.

Inter will fork out €24 million and include full-back Davide Santon and youth player Nicolo Zaniolo for the 30-year-old midfielder.

The Belgian international, who is contracted till 2021, cost €9 million in 2015.

Malcom to be loaned to Inter?

Talksport wrote that Inter Milan are finalising a loan deal for Bordeaux winger Malcom.

The Serie A club looks set to fend off competition from Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur for the Brazilian.

Malcom, who was forced to stay put at the Ligue 1 club in January, bagged 12 goals last season.

Loftus-Cheek to leave the Blues?

According to the Daily Star, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has expressed his desire to leave Chelsea in order to further his career.

The England international, who has been used sparingly by manager Antonio Conte, is frustrated by his lack of playing time at the London club.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who is currently playing at the World Cup, spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace.

Gerrard closes in on Flanagan signing

Rangers are nearing a deal to sign former Liverpool player Jon Flanagan stated the Daily Mail.

The 25-year-old full-back, who played together with new Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard, left the Anfield club after the expiration of his contract.

Flanagan, who is currently undergoing a medical at the Scottish Premiership side, is expected to link up with his new team mates at their Spanish preseason camp.

20 June

Ramos wants Courtois for Real

Diario Gol claims that Sergio Ramos has urged his club Real Madrid to sign Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgium international goalkeeper, who has made no secret of his desire to return to Spain, has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu for a while now.

The 26-year-old, who was previously on loan at Atletico Madrid, has won the EPL title twice with the London club.

Sarri set to be Blues boss?

According to Sky Sports, ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri’s agent is in London to finalise talks with Chelsea.

The 59-year-old Italian manager, who is still contracted to the Serie A club, has been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti.

It is reported that the Blues are set to play Sarri £4.4 million to release him from Napoli.

Mertens targeted by Chelsea

Chelsea look set to kick off Maurizio Sarri’s managerial reign by signing Napoli’s Dries Mertens wrote the Mirror.

The pair worked together last season in which the 31-year-old forward scored 22 goals as Napoli finished runners-up in the Serie A.

The Belgian international, who cost €9.5 million, moved to the Serie A club in 2013.

West Ham chase Anderson

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham hope to push through a £35-milion deal for Lazio’s Felipe Anderson.

Lazio have asked for extra sell-on clauses for the Brazilian winger with talks still ongoing.

25-year-old Anderson, who moved to the Serie A club in 2013, scored eight goals last season.

Marseille in for Schneiderlin

Tribal Football stated that Marseille are in the race to sign Everton’s Morgan Schneiderlin.

The 28-year-old midfielder, who was in poor form last season, has been told by the Toffees to find a new club.

The French international, who cost £20 million, moved to Goodison Park in 2017 from Manchester United.

19 June

City close to £46.5m Jorginho deal

Sky Sports News reported that Manchester City are close to completing a £46.5-million deal for Napoli’s Jorginho.

There are still a number of outstanding issues such as payment schedules and no deal has been agreed for the Italian international.

The 26-year-old midfielder, who scored against City in the Champions League last season, has won the Coppa Italia with the Serie A side.

Hazard reveals Real desire

Eden Hazard has sent a warning to his current club Chelsea by revealing his desire to play for Real Madrid wrote the Sun.

The 27-year-old forward was quoted saying, “As everybody knows, Real Madrid could interest me… If they want to buy me they know what they have to do.”

The Belgian international, who is currently playing at the World Cup, has won two EPL league titles since joining the Blues in 2012.

Reds want £15m for Sturridge

The Telegraph stated that Liverpool have slapped a £15-million price tag on Daniel Sturridge.

The 28-year-old striker, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, is likely to leave this summer after falling out of favour with manager Jurgen Klopp.

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The England international, whose career has been hampered by injury, is a target for Sevilla and Fenerbahce.

Barca monitor Lozano

According to ESPN FC, Barcelona are keeping tabs on PSV’s Hirving Lozano.

The Mexican international winger, who scored the winning goal against Germany in the World Cup, has seen his stock rise throughout Europe.

The 22-year-old won the league title with the Eredivisie club and scored 19 goals last season.

Everton interested in De Ligt & Martins

According to the Telegraph, Everton have their eye on Sporting Lisbon’s Gelson Martins and Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt.

18-year-old defender De Ligt, who is regarded as one of the top defensive prospects in Europe, is also a target for Barcelona and Manchester City.

While the Toffees face a real fight for winger Martins with Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur all chasing the 23-year-old.

18 June

United prepare £60m Willian bid

The Daily Mail reported that Manchester United are readying a £60 million bid for Chelsea’s Willian.

United manager Jose Mourinho has previously worked with the 29-year-old winger at Chelsea and is a fan of the player.

The Brazilian international, who is currently playing at the World Cup, is contracted till 2020.

City to make Kroos move

According to Don Balon, Manchester City look to reinforce their midfield with a €70 million move for Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos.

The 28-year-old midfielder, who has won both the La Liga and Champions League titles, might be lured by a new challenge in England and working under City boss Pep Guardiola.

The German international, who played in their World Cup defeat to Mexico, is tied to Real till 2022.

Napoli target Cech loan

The Sun stated that Napoli are targeting Arsenal’s Petr Cech for a loan move.

The Czech international goalkeeper, who has been Arsenal’s number one since 2015, is said to be a target for the Serie A side’s new manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The experienced 36-year-old, who has won four EPL league titles, is in the final year of his contract.

Balotelli favours Marseille move

RMC Sport wrote that agent Mino Raiola stated that his client striker Mario Balotelli would favour a move to Marseille.

Raiola was quoted saying, “Mario is an emotional player, he always gives 100 per cent. He can marry very well with the Marseillais mentality, that’s for sure.”

The 27-year-old, who spent two years with Nice, scored 33 Ligue 1 goals.

Arsenal interested in Nzonzi

According to AS, Arsenal could be set to secure their longstanding target Steven Nzonzi from Sevilla.

The La Liga side are aware of the Gunners’ interest in the 29-year-old defensive midfielder and are looking to replace him with Real Madrid’s Macros Llorente.

The French international, who is currently playing at the World Cup, made 44 appearances for Sevilla last season.

17 June

United demand £70m for Martial

Manchester United have slapped a £70-million price tag on Anthony Martial in an effort to keep the player according to the Star.

The 22-year-old forward, who is drawing interest from Tottenham Hotspur, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, wants to leave the English club as he is not considered a regular starter.

The French international, who has been left out of their World Cup squad, joined United in 2015 for £36 million.

Hammers reopen Pastore talks

According to Sky Sports, West Ham have restarted talks with PSG’s Javier Pastore.

It is reported that earlier talks with the 28-year-old attacking midfielder were halted after the player demanded a £190,000-per-week wage.

But the Hammers have returned with a £17.5-million deal, with PSG keen to sell the Argentine in order to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.

Real bid £50m for Alisson

The Daily Mail wrote that Real Madrid have made an opening bid of €57 million for AS Roma’s Alisson.

Roma want to retain the Brazilian goalkeeper, who is also a target for Liverpool, and have valued him at €85 million.

In addition, Real Madrid also have their eye on Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois as an alternative.

Boca Juniors hope for Barrios’ stay

According to the Independent, Boca Juniors are making a last effort to keep Wilmar Barrios until January despite interest from Tottenham Hotspur.

Boca have offered the 24-year-old midfielder a new deal with improved wages to keep him for their Copa Libertadores campaign.

But the Colombian international, who is currently playing at the World Cup, has a £14.5 million release clause.

Newcastle still keen on Kenedy

The Newcastle Chronicle wrote that Newcastle United are trying sign Chelsea’s Kenedy for a club record £20 million.

The 22-year-old winger, who can also play as a left-back, spent last season on loan at St James’ Park with manager Rafael Benitez a fan of the player.

The Brazilian footballer’s future remains in doubt at Chelsea with uncertainty over manager Antonio Conte’s future.

16 June

PSG ready £90m Kante deal

The Mirror stated that Paris Saint-Germain are ready to offer £90 million to Chelsea for N’Golo Kante.

The Ligue 1 champions see the 27-year-old midfielder as the perfect fit for their side and are prepared to pay for the Frenchman.

Kante, who moved to the Blues in 2016, is contracted till 2021.

Barca offered Neymar

Barcelona have been offered an opportunity to bring back Brazilian forward Neymar to the Camp Nou from PSG claimed Marca.

It is reportedly that PSG made contact to see if the Catalan club were keen on a deal after missing out on Antoine Griezmann.

However, it is thought that Barca will struggle to raise the funds needed to complete the deal.

Rooney’s MLS debut in July?

Wayne Rooney could make his MLS bow with DC United as early as July 14 according to the Mirror.

The MLS transfer window opens on July 10, but the English striker has already applied for a work visa as his move is almost completed.

The 32-year-old, who only returned to Everton last season, scored 11 goals in total.

Spurs interested in Gotze

Tottenham Hotspur have joined the race to Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze wrote Football London.

The 26-year-old midfielder, who has failed to recapture his playing form, could be available for as little as £18 million.

The German international, who is out of their World Cup squad, scored just two goals last season.

Barca eye Eriksen & De Jong

According to Goal, Barcelona are turning their attention to Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong after missing out on Antoine Griezmann.

With Philippe Coutinho moving to attack, the Catalan club have a need to bolster their midfield.

Barca will make De Jong an immediate priority signing this summer and are also keeping tabs on Spurs’ Christian Eriksen.

15 June

Gunners keen on Gotze

According to the Mirror, Arsenal are thought to be keen on Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze.

The German international midfielder, who was left of their World Cup squad, is looking to revive his career with a move to England.

Gotze, who is expected to cost £18 million, with Everton, West Ham, Leicester and Newcastle all in the 26-year-old.

Blues turn down Luiz bid

Chelsea have turned down a £17-million bid from Arsenal for defender David Luiz stated Le10Sport.

The 31-year-old, who has since fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge, rejoined the London club in 2016 for £34 million.

The Gunners could yet return with improved terms for the Brazilian international, who can also play as a defensive midfielder.

Chelsea make €30m Rugani bid

Calciomercato reported that Chelsea have made a €30-million move for Juventus’ Daniele Rugani.

The Italian international defender, though highly rated, has struggled for playing time with the Serie A giants.

The 23-year-old, who managed only 26 appearances last season, is contracted till 2021.

West Ham consider Smalling move

According to Metro, West Ham are monitoring Manchester United’s Chris Smalling.

The England international defender, who missed out on their World Cup squad, could be deemed surplus to requirements with his club looking to sign Toby Alderweireld.

The 28-year-old Smalling, who made 46 appearances last season, has won the EPL league title twice with United.

Juventus monitor Van Aanholt

Juventus are monitoring Crystal Palace’s Patrick van Aanholt as Alex Sandro’s replacement reported The Sun.

With United keen on Alex Sandro, the Serie A champions are drawing a list of replacements with the 27-year-old fitting the bill.

The Dutch international left-back, who moved to Palace in 2017 for £9 million, is expected to cost £25 million.

14 June

United target Boateng to leave

Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng is available for the right price according to the club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wrote the Manchester Evening News.

The 29-year-old defender, who has two years left on his contract, admitted that he was considering his future after he had “experienced everything” with the Bundesliga giants.

Manchester United are thought to be monitoring the German international who has won 14 trophies during his seven-year with Bayern.

Ter Stegan wants Thiago at Barca

Barcelona’s goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegan has said that he would like to see Bayern’s Thiago Alcantara at the Camp Nou according to Bild.

The 27-year-old midfielder, who was a product of Barca’s youth academy, moved to Germany in 2013 for €25 million.

The Spanish international, whose contract is up next summer, scored seven goals this season.

Real to fork out €60m for Alisson

La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that AS Roma are demanding that Real Madrid pay €60 million for Alisson.

The 25-year-old goalkeeper, who is also a target for Liverpool, made 49 appearances this season for the Serie A club.

The Brazilian international, who moved to Italy in 2016, cost €7.5 million from Internacional.

Spurs make £15m Grealish bid

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made a £15-million bid for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish according to Sky Sports News.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who can double up as a winger, is also drawing interest from the likes of Chelsea, Fulham and Leicester.

The England U-21 star, who has shone for Villa in the Championship, bagged three goals in total this season.

Nice to move for Hart

The Daily Mail stated that Nice are ready to make a move for Manchester City’s Joe Hart.

The Ligue 1 club, which recently appointed former City coach Patrick Vieira as manager, are ready to hand 31-year-old Hart a lifeline following two unsuccessful loan spells with Torino and West Ham.

The English goalkeeper, who could be available for a reduced fee, is also being tracked by clubs in Italy and Spain.

13 June

Atletico reach Lemar agreement with Monaco

Atletico Madrid have come to an agreement with Monaco over player Thomas Lemar wrote Goal.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who can also play on the wings, is also a target for Liverpool and Arsenal.

The French international, who looks set to move to La Liga, made 38 appearances for the Ligue 1 club this season.

Milan propose Donnarumma-Morata swap

According to Corriere dello Sport, AC Milan have offered Gianluigi Donnarumma as part of the deal to land Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata.

The 19-year-old goalkeeper, who has been slapped with a €70-million price tag, is expected to leave the Serie A club in the summer.

It is said that the Blues could be set to lose Thibaut Courtois and Milan hope to capitalise and move for their underperforming striker Morata.

Arsenal to land £26m-Torreira

The Guardian reported that Arsenal are finalising a £26.4-million deal for Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira.

The Gunners turned to the 22-year-old defensive midfielder after being rebuffed by Paris Saint-Germain’s Yacine Adli.

Uruguayan Torreira, who scored four goals this season, was also drawing interest from Napoli.

Real set to sign Rodrygo

According to AS, Real Madrid are set to land Santos’ Rodrygo for €45 million.

The 17-year-old forward will spend another year in Brazil with his current club before making the move to Spain.

The teenage star, who bagged nine goals this season, is a product of Santos’ academy.

Burnley aim for Baggies duo

The Mirror stated that Burnley have made a £25-million bid for West Brom’s Craig Dawson and Jay Rodriguez.

The Baggies, who were relegated this season, is expected to let a number of their high profile players go.

Burnley are looking to reinforce their squad after finishing seventh in EPL.

12 June

PSG in for Chelsea enforce N’Golo Kante

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have gotten one step close to signing Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.

Kante is currently with France preparing for the World Cup after making 89 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea over two seasons.

Paris United claim that Kante’s official representative Karim Douis and his management team are pushing for the player to join a new club.

This could all fall into place should the Blues manage to bring Jean Michael Seri from Nice. PSG must fork out a fee of around €80 million to get their man.

Inter to make player plus cash deal for Nainggolan

Corriere Dello Sport reported that Inter Milan are putting together a bid for Roma’s Belgium midfield enforcer Radja Nainggolan.

The midfielder announced his retirement from international football after being left out of Belgium’s World Cup squad but is still regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in Serie A.

Nainggolan is keen to link up with his former boss, Luciano Spalleti, but Roma are not keen to sell their star player to a rival club.

Inter’s way of sealing the deal is to offer a player on top of the estimated £35m cash offer and the trio of Matias Vecino, Antonio Candreva and Joao Mario are the players suggested.

Man City could turn to Seri if Jorginho says no

Manchester City will turn to Nice midfielder Seri if Napoli continue to reject their advances for Jorginho.

Patrick Vieira has just been installed as manager of Nice and his strong ties with the blue half of Manchester will be put to good use.

Sky Sports News understand Pep Guardiola’s team are monitoring Seri’s situation with Chelsea and Arsenal also keen to sign the midfielder.

The 26-year-old has 11 goals from 101 appearances for Nice and is also a member of the Ivory Coast national team where he amassed 16 international caps.

Black Cats want £7m for Paddy McNair

Sunderland are holding out for at least £7 million for midfielder Paddy McNair, according The Mirror.

The former Manchester United defender returned from injury in October last year after 11 months away from the game.

Newly-promoted Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers are said to be keen on the 23-year-old who can play in midfield and defence.

Sky Sports also claimed that Brighton have gone in with two bids that have been rejected by the Black Cats.

Villas-Boas linked with Real Madrid

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is the latest manager to be linked with the Real Madrid hot seat, according to RMC.

The 40-year-old has been without a club since leaving Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG last November and has spent his time racing in the Dakar Rally.

With almost the entire football fraternity’s top coaches all mentioned at some point as a possible replacement for Zinedine Zidane, it remains to be seen if Villas-Boas name is just another one on the list.

11 June

Liverpool to make £15 million bid for Nick Pope

England goalkeeper Nick Pope is the latest goalkeeper to be linked with Liverpool as the Reds continue their search for a new stopper.

The Sun reported that Jurgen Klopp singled out Pope as the man to solve their goalkeeping crisis and Liverpool are prepared to back their manager with a £15m bid in the coming days.

Pope is currently with Gareth Southgate’s side preparing for the World Cup and is seen as one of the brightest talents in between the sticks in the English game.

Should Pope move to Anfield, Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius may be headed for the exit door.

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Bonucci denies Manchester United rumours

AC Milan captain Leonardo Bonucci has come out to put a stop to all rumours linking him with a move away from the San Siro.

After another dismal season where they failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, Bonucci was said to have been eyeing a move to a bigger club.

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United were rumoured to be one such club interested in the defender’s services but the Italian centre-back has refuted it.

“There is no problem whatsoever [at Milan],’ Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia. ‘I hope these rumours will be put to bed so we can build something important.”

Juventus offer Wilshere four-year deal

Jack Wilshere is set for a showdown with Arsenal manager Unai Emery before deciding on his immediate future.

The Englishman is set to become a free agent at the end of the month and is holding out for an improved deal despite the Gunners already offering him a new deal.

Things have become even more complicated as Tuttomercatoweb claim that Serie A giants Juventus have put a four-year deal on the table to sign the playmaker.

Juventus’ offer is worth £4m a year but it remains to be seen if the Turin club will go through with the deal with Liverpool’s Emre Can believed to be on his way to the club.

Marek Hamsik headed for the Chinese Super League

It is an open secret that Marek Hamsik is seeking a new challenge after spending most of his career at Napoli.

The latest from the rumour mill is that Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande have already met with Napoli to discuss the matter.

Guangzhou are coached by Fabio Cannavaro and according to Corriere dello Sport, the former Italian captain has earmarked the Slovakian as his main transfer target.

Valencia agree €50m fee for PSG’s Guedes

Reports in Radio Montecarlo suggests Valencia have agreed a €50m deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain winger Goncalo Guedes.

Guedes spent last season on loan at the Mestalla and became an instant hit with the supporters with his style of play.

The deal will include a sell-on clause and Guedes’ La Liga adventure is set to continue.



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