Transfer Buzz: PSG to sign Buffon; Blues make Lewandowski a priority

Before the start of the summer transfer window, let FOX Sports Asia’s Transfer Buzz keep you up to date with the latest developments. 

22 May

PSG to sign Buffon

According to the Daily Mail, PSG are close to a deal that will bring ex-Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon to the Parc des Princes.

The 40-year-old goalkeeper, who played his last game for the Serie A champions on Saturday, spent 17 years in Turin.

The Italian was a target for former club Parma and several EPL sides, but have settled on a two-year contract in Paris.

Blues make Lewandowski a priority

Chelsea have identified Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski as their top transfer target this summer wrote the Telegraph.

The Blues, who have had an underwhelming season despite winning the FA Cup, missed out on Champions League qualification for next season.

Bayern are demanding £100 million for Lewandowski; with Chelsea expecting to fund the move with the sale of underperforming striker Alvaro Morata.

Bailey an option for Real

Don Balon reported that Real Madrid could turn to Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey to replace winger Gareth Bale.

Los Blancos have been unsuccessful in their attempts to sign Neymar, Eden Hazard and Mohamed Salah so far.

20-year-old Bailey, who had a superb season with Leverkusen, has bagged 12 goals in total this season.

Willian’s United lifeline

Manchester United are interested in bringing Chelsea’s Willian to Old Trafford according to Sky Sports.

There has been reports of a rift between the 29-year-old winger, who was out of the starting line-up for Saturday’s FA Cup final, and Blues manager Antonio Conte.

The Brazilian international, who has two years left on his contract, bagged 13 goals this season.

Spurs join Martial chase

According to the Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur have entered the race to sign Manchester United’s Anthony Martial.

The 22-year-old French international, who was left out of France’s World Cup squad, has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Old Trafford.

Forward Martial, who cost £36 million, moved to United from AS Monaco in 2015.

21 May

Courtois to leave Blues?

In-demand goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has warned Chelsea that he could quit the club unless they spend big like “like Manchester United and City” in the summer wrote the Sun.

The 26-year-old, who won the FA Cup with the Blues on Saturday, believes that the Blues will need fresh investment in the squad if they are to mount a title challenge next season.

The Belgian international, who is out of contract next summer, is a longstanding target for La Liga giants Real Madrid.

United prioritise Alderweireld

According to the Mirror, Manchester United have made Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld their top priority signing as manager Jose Mourinho plans an overhaul of his squad.

The Portuguese manager is expected to be handed a transfer budget of £250 million as Mourinho’s second season ended without a single trophy after being defeated in the FA Cup final on Saturday by Chelsea.

Besides defender Alderweireld, United are also looking at Napoli’s Jorginho, Nice’s Jean Michael Seri and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred.

Pogba willing to play for PSG

Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba has indicated a willingness to play for Paris Saint-Germain in the future wrote Goal.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who was in Paris recently for a photoshoot, however did pledge his immediate future to the Red Devils.

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The French international, who was benched in the second part of the season, missed a free header for United in the FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea.

Real offer Bale & Kroos for Neymar

Don Balon reported that Real Madrid are ready to tempt PSG by offering Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos in exchange for Neymar.

It is said that the Ligue 1 champions are holding out for a €400-million deal for the Brazilian football star.

However, Los Blancos president Florentino Perez hopes to drive the price down to €200 million by offering the two players.

Bayern likely to sign Rodrigo

Valencia could face a difficult task to hang on to striker Rodrigo Moreno with Bayern Munich leading the race to sign the player reported Marca.

The 27-year-old, who has scored 19 goals this season, is attracting interest around Europe.

Bayern have made an initial enquiry about the Spanish international who is expected to cost €60 million.

 

 

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