Transfer Buzz: Atletico after Giroud loan; Mourinho keen on £65m Maguire

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 July

Atletico after Giroud loan

Sky Sports reports that Atletico Madrid have approached Chelsea over a loan move for striker Olivier Giroud.

The French international, who failed to net in seven appearances for his country at the World Cup, scored three goals in 13 appearances last season.

However, the Blues will prefer to do a permanent deal for 31-year-old Giroud, who moved from Arsenal in January.

Mourinho keen on £65m Maguire

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is eager to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire with an audacious £65-million bid.

But, it is also stated that Mourinho may need to offload either Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly or Chris Smalling in order to sign the 25-year-old this summer.

The England international, who cost the Foxes £17 million from Hull City last year, has been offered a pay bump to £75,000 per week to stay at the King Power Stadium.

Roma consider Cech option

AS Roma are considering Arsenal’s Petr Cech as the replacement for departed goalkeeper Alisson writes the Sun.

The Serie A club hierarchy believes that the Czech international is a great option considering the wealth of experience and calming influence that he brings.

36-year-old Cech, who is being linked with a move to Chelsea, is contracted till next summer.

Everton near £50m Richarlison deal

Everton are expected to complete their record £50 million deal for Watford winger Richarlison in the next few days states the Mirror.

The Toffees are paying an inflated price for 21-year-old Brazilian after a rift emerged between the two sides over sacked Watford manager Marco Silva.

Richarlison, who scored five goals in 41 appearances, moved to Watford for £11.2 million last year.

Hammers’ £20m Vida bid rejected

Besiktas have rejected West Ham’s £20 million bid for defender Domagoj Vida according to Sport Witness.

The Croatian international, who is expected to cost £23 million, is also being tracked by Everton and Liverpool.

29-year-old Vida, who is contracted till 2022, scored a goal in 18 appearances for Besiktas last season.

21 July

Icardi on Real’s radar

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has emerged as a target for Real Madrid who are reinforcing their attacking options following the departure Cristiano Ronaldo according to the Daily Mail.

The Argentine international, who scored 53 goals in his last two seasons in the Serie A, was left out of his country’s World Cup squad.

25-year-old Icardi, whose release clause stands at £98 million, was reportedly negotiating with Los Blancos over a move last winter.

Bayern agree terms with Pavard

SWR reports that Bayern Munich have agreed personal terms with Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard.

The French international, who scored an equaliser for his country against Argentina at the World Cup, has a €35-million release clause in his contract.

22-year-old Pavard, who is contracted till 2021, has been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.

Real prepare £50m Trippier bid

Tottenham are bracing themselves for a £50-million bid for right-back Kieran Trippier from Real Madrid writes the Sun.

The England international’s stock has risen after a strong showing for his country at the World Cup and is a target for major European clubs.

Despite signing a new five-year deal last summer, 27-year-old Trippier is expected to move on from the London club.

Barca return with third Willian bid

Barcelona are not taking no for an answer as they return with a third bid of over £55 million for Chelsea winger Willian states Sky Sports.

This is the second bid in two weeks for the Brazilian international, who was virtually unplayable at times for his country at the World Cup.

29-year-old Willian, who found the net 13 times for the Blues last season, is contracted till 2020.

Chelsea consider Hart move

According to the Sun, Chelsea could be ready to offer Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart a lifeline with a surprise £5 million bid.

The England international, who did not make his country’s World Cup squad, failed to impress during loans with Torino and West Ham.

New Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is reportedly in favour of the move for 31-year-old Hart who is a two-time EPL title winner with City.

20 July

Man City open to Sterling sale

The Mirror writes that Manchester City are prepared to sell winger Raheem Sterling if he does not agree a new deal by the end of next season.

The England international, who failed to sparkle for his country at the World Cup, is contracted till 2020 and the Citizens would rather sell him than let the player run down his contract.

23-year-old Sterling, who scored a personal best of 23 goals last season, is currently on a £170,000-a-week deal at the Etihad Stadium.

Wenger tipped as Japan coach

Arsene Wenger has emerged as the hot favourites to land the Japan national team coaching job reports the Daily Mail.

The former Arsenal manager, who previously managed Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, is apparently the top choice of the Japanese Football Association.

68-year-old Wenger, who is affectionately known as the Professor, won three EPL titles and seven FA Cups with the Gunners.

Everton make Digne offer

Barcelona have received a £14-million offer from Everton for full-back Lucas Digne states Mundo Deportivo.

The French international, who was on his country’s standby list for the World Cup, is one of the players earmarked to move on this season by the La Liga champions.

24-year-old Digne, who played previously for Paris Saint-Germain and AS Roma, is contracted till 2021 and cost €16.5 million.

Donnarumma an option for the Blues

According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea have added AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to their shortlist of replacements for Thibaut Courtois.

Courtois is expected to depart for Real Madrid and the London club missed out on their number one target Alisson.

Besides 19-year-old Donnarumma, the Blues are also considering Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel and former keeper Petr Cech.

Valencia after Fosu-Mensah

Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah is attracting interest from Valencia according to Super Deporte.

The Dutch international, who spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, has played for his country at every age level.

20-year-old Fosu-Mensah, who started his career at Ajax, is contracted to the Red Devils till 2020.

19 July

United make Lewandowski move

The Independent stated that Manchester United are ready to go on a summer transfer spree and plan to start by making a move to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

Besides the Polish international, United boss Jose Mourinho is also in the market for a new midfielder and is eyeing Lewandowski’s teammate Thiago Alcantara.

It was also reported that the Red Devils could revive their interest in Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld.

Alcantara wants Barca return

According to AS, Thiago Alcantara is longing for a return to Barcelona after his five-year stay in Germany.

The Spanish international midfielder, who has won five Bundesliga titles, was part of his country’s World Cup squad.

27-year-old Thiago, who previously spent eight years with the Catalan club, is contracted till 2019.

Roma agree terms with Areola

Paris Saint-Germain’s Alphonse Areola has agreed a €3-million-per-season contract with AS Roma reported Corriere dello Sport.

However, the Serie A club have yet to agree on a fee with the Ligue 1 champions over the 25-year-old goalkeeper.

The French international, who is a member of their World Cup-winning squad, has been slapped with a €30-million price tag.

Everton to bid for Januzaj

Real Sociedad midfielder Adnan Januzaj has been contacted by Everton over a summer move according to Het Nieuwsblad.

The former Manchester United winger, who scored for Belgium against England at the World Cup, also played previously for Sunderland.

23-year-old Januzaj, who moved to Spain last year, is contracted till 2022.

Tottenham in Grealish talks

Sky Sports wrote that Tottenham Hotspur are negotiating a deal to sign Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.

The English midfielder played a key role in getting the Championship club to the play-off final only to lose out to Fulham.

22-year-old Grealish, who is likely to cost between £30 million and £40 million, made 31 appearances and scored three goals last season.

18 July

Chelsea to hijack Alisson move

The Mirror reported that Liverpool are in talks with AS Roma over a £62-million deal for goalkeeper Alisson.

However, EPL rivals Chelsea are said to be looking to hijack a move for the Brazilian international with Thibaut Courtois expected to depart Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Blues are willing to fork out £70 million for 25-year-old Alisson, who was between the sticks for his country at the World Cup.

Gunners offer Cech to Blues

Arsenal’s Petr Cech could be in line for a summer move after it was revealed by the Daily Mail that Arsenal have offered the goalkeeper to Chelsea.

The sale of the Czech international, who spent 11 seasons at Stamford Bridge before moving to the Emirates, will provide additional funds for Gunners boss Unai Emery to further strengthen his squad.

Besides Cech, the Blues are also considering Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel and AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma as options.

Everton in advanced Malcom talks

According to Sky Sports, Bordeaux’s Malcom looks set to move to Goodison Park after it was reported that Everton are in advanced talk to land the winger.

The 21-year-old Brazilian, who will cost £30 million, was said to be favouring a move to the Serie A with Inter Milan.

Malcom, who started his career at Corinthians, found the back of the net 12 times last season.

Tottenham enquire about Pavard

Stuttgart’s Benjamin Pavard has been the subject of an enquiry from EPL side Tottenham Hotspur stated TEAMtalk.

The French international centre-back, who is also capable of playing as a right-back, turned in a number of impressive displays as France won the World Cup.

22-year-old Pavard, who is touted as defender Toby Alderweireld’s replacement, made 36 appearances for the Bundesliga club last season.

Cahill considering Blues exit

The Evening Standard wrote that Chelsea captain Gary Cahill is considering leaving the club.

The 32-year-old defender, who is set for talks with new boss Maurizio Sarri, fell out of favour last season and could see his playing time lessen with the impending arrival of Juventus’ Daniele Rugani.

The England international, who was playing for his country at the World Cup, is a two-time EPL title winner with the Blues.

17 July

Man City reject Kovacic price

Sky Sports stated that Manchester City have rejected Real Madrid’s asking price for midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

It is reported that Los Blancos are demanding £80 million for the Croatian international who made 36 appearances last season.

City turned their attention to 24-year-old Kovacic after their move for Jorginho fell through with the player joining Chelsea instead.

Rose monitored by PSG

Paris Saint-Germain are keeping tabs on Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose according to Le10 Sport.

Following the departure of Yuri Berchiche and the poor form of Layvin Kurzawa, the Parisians are looking for left-back reinforcements and have rekindled their longstanding interest in the England international.

28-year-old Rose, who is contracted till 2021, made his return from a long-term injury near the start of last season.

Monaco make Golovin offer

CSKA Moscow’s Aleksandr Golovin might be on the move this summer after Monaco submitted a bid for the player wrote Sport Express.

The Russian international midfielder, who was one of the stars for his country at the World Cup, is expected to cost £22 million.

22-year-old Golovin, who is contracted till 2021, is also being linked with a move to Chelsea.

Gunners to let Welbeck & Ospina go

Arsenal are willing to listen to offers for striker Danny Welbeck and goalkeeper David Ospina claims the Telegraph.

It is said that new manager Unai Emery is looking to trim his squad with the England and Colombia international expected to make way.

The Gunners have brought in five new players so far this summer, spending a total of £70 million.

Fonte becomes a free agent

Former Southampton centre-back Jose Fonte is now a free agent after terminating his contract with Dalian Yifang according to the Daily Echo.

The Portuguese international, who was part of his country’s World Cup squad, is a European Championship winner.

34-year-old Fonte made nine appearances in China and never won a Chinese Super League game.

16 July

Dortmund keen on Mandzukic

Bild reported that Borussia Dortmund are interested in securing the services of Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic.

The Croatian international, who scored an own goal and his country’s second in their 4-2 World Cup final defeat to France, is contracted to the Serie A champions till 2020.

32-year-old Mandzukic, who might be available following the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Turin, struck 10 goals last season.

Blues linked with Milinkovic-Savic

Chelsea are the latest club to join in the chase for Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic according to Corriere dello Sport.

New Blues coach Maurizio Sarri is a big fan of the 23-year-old midfielder whom he coached against during his time with Napoli.

The Serbian international was also previously a target for Juventus who have cooled their interest after splashing the cash on Portuguese international superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Reds make Cillessen offer

Liverpool is hunting for a new goalkeeper after Mundo Deportivo stated that the English club have made an enquiry about Barcelona’s Jasper Cillessen.

The 29-year-old goalkeeper, who made just 11 appearances for Blaugrana last season, is reportedly keeping his options open with Marc-Andre ter Stegen establishing himself as first choice.

Chelsea are also monitoring the Dutch international whom they have identified as Thibaut Courtois’ replacement.

Trio after Barrios

According to TyC Sports, the race for Boca Juniors’ Wilmar Barrios is heating up with Everton joining the queue to land the midfielder.

The Colombian international, who has a €18-million release clause, has impressed for his country at the World Cup in Russia.

24-year-old Barrios is also on the radar of EPL duo Chelsea and Tottenham, both of whom have previously expressed an intention in signing the Boca player.

Liverpool & Atletico chase Vida

Besiktas look set to lose defender Domagoj Vida this summer with Liverpool and Atletico Madrid pursuing the player wrote Fanatik.

The Croatian international, who has been a bedrock in his country’s backline at the World Cup, has been valued at €35 million.

29-year-old Vida is also said to be a target for clubs Sevilla, Everton and Leicester.

15 July

Pogba offered to Barca

The Daily Mail wrote that La Liga champs Barcelona have been offered the chance to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

The French international, who has impressed in helping his country to their first World Cup final in 12 years, is reportedly unhappy at Old Trafford under boss Jose Mourinho.

25-year-old Pogba, who was a target for the Catalan side in 2015, moved to United for £89million back in 2016.

Courtois in advanced Real talks

According to the Sunday Express, Real Madrid are currently in advanced talks with Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois over a move to the Bernabeu.

The Belgian international, who played a part in his country’s World Cup third-place win against England, has made no secret of his desire to return to La Liga.

26-year-old Courtois, who is contracted till next summer, will not be allowed to move until the Blues have secured a replacement.

Napoli demanding £80m for Koulibaly

Napoli have slapped a £80-million price tag on defender Kalidou Koulibaly so as to discourage interest from Chelsea wrote the Mirror.

The Senegal international could still be reunited with former teammate Jorginho and manager Maurizio Sarri – both of whom have already made the move from Naples to London.

27-year-old Koulibaly, who is contracted till next year, made 45 appearances last season scoring five goals for the Serie A side.

Shaw rejects Goodison Park move

Manchester United’s left-back Luke Shaw has declined a move to Everton to rebuild his stalled career reported The Sunday Times.

The English international, who was heavily criticised by Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho last season, played in just a total of 19 games.

23-year-old Shaw, who moved to Old Trafford in 2014, cost in the region of £30 million from Southampton.

Gunners chase Bentancur

Arsenal’s new manager Unai Emery wants to bring Juventus’ midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur to the Emirates stated Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Uruguayan international, who impressed for his country at the World Cup, is also said to be a target for Barcelona.

21-year-old Bentancur, who moved from Boca Juniors just a year back, has made 27 appearances for the Serie A champions.

14 July

United in talks for Perisic

The Sun wrote that Manchester United are currently in advanced talks with Serie A side Inter Milan over winger Ivan Perisic.

The Croatian international, who has been linked with United for some time, scored and set up another in his country’s 2-1 World Cup semis win over England.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is a big fan of 29-year-old Perisic, who is expected to cost £50 million.

Ancelotti after Benzema

According to La Sexta, Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti is working to bring Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema to Italy.

The pair, who have previously worked together at the Bernabeu, won the Champions League and Club World Cup.

However, Los Blancos have no interest in selling French international Benzema, who managed just 12 goals last season.

Barca offer cash & Gomes deal for Kante

Sky Sports reported that Barcelona have offered a cash-plus-player deal to Chelsea for midfielder N’Golo Kante.

The La Liga champions, who have included Andre Gomes as part of the deal, are looking to reinforce their midfield after the departure of Andres Iniesta and Paulinho.

French international Kante, who is preparing for his country’s World Cup grand final against Croatia, joined the Blues for £32 million in 2016.

Darmian set for Inter loan?

Inter Milan have lodged a loan move for Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian reported the Mirror.

The Italian international, who has been linked with Juventus, has seen limited playing time last season making just 17 appearances.

28-year-old Darmian, who is contracted till 2019, has been slapped with a  £17-million price tag by United.

Anderson to complete Hammers move

Lazio’s Felipe Anderson is expected to complete a move to West Ham after having a medical on Friday according to the London Evening Standard.

The Brazilian international midfielder, who is regarded as one of the fastest players around, is an Olympic gold medallist.

25-year-old Anderson, who found the net eight times last season, will cost the Hammers a club record £47 million.

13 July

United in Bale talks

The Manchester Evening News reported that Manchester United are currently in advanced talks over a move for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.

The 28-year-old winger stated his unhappiness at a lack of playing time after the La Liga giants’ Champions League win which had prompted United boss Jose Mourinho to prioritise signing the player.

Bale, who is a Welsh international, is scheduled to hold discussions with new Los Blancos manager Julen Lopetegui over his role this season.

Blues to battle for Bonucci

According to Corriere dello Sport, Chelsea are ready to battle the competition in order to land AC Milan’s Leonardo Bonucci.

The Italian international, who only just moved to the San Siro last season, may be sold due to financial difficulties faced by the Serie A side.

The 31-year-old defender, who is also attracting interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, cost €42 million when he moved from Juventus.

Real prepare £150m Hazard bid

La Liga giants Real Madrid are preparing a £150-million bid to test Chelsea’s resolve for winger Eden Hazard writes the Daily Mail.

27-year-old Hazard, who has yet to sign a new Blues deal, is contracted till 2020.

The Belgium international captain, who will be leading his country in their third-place play-off game against England, scored 17 goals last season.

Spurs open to Alderweireld sale

Tottenham Hotspur are ready to listen to offers for defender Toby Alderweireld stated Yahoo Sport UK.

The Belgium international, who fell out of favour at the London club last season, has been a longstanding target for Manchester United.

29-year-old Alderweireld, who is contracted till 2020, made just 21 appearances for Spurs last season.

United to bid for £50m Maguire

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United are ready to move for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.

The England international, who netted against Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals, is expected to cost the Red Devils as much as £50 million.

25-year-old Maguire, who moved to the Foxes last summer for £17 million, played previously for Sheffield United and Hull City.

12 July

Juve chase Godin

Tuttosport reported that Juventus are set to raid Atletico Madrid for defender Diego Godin.

32-year-old Godin, who is out of contract next year, is set to bolster the Serie A champions’ defensive options with the expected departure of Daniel Rugani.

The Uruguayan international, who captained his national side at the World Cup, has won the La Liga title and two Europa Leagues with Atletico.

Barca to open Rabiot talks

According to Mundo Deportivo, La Liga winners Barcelona are ready to open talks with Paris Saint-Germain over Adrien Rabiot.

The 23-year-old French international, who missed out on his country’s World Cup squad, is a four-time Ligue 1 champion with the Parisians.

Midfielder Rabiot signed his first professional contract with PSG in 2012 and scored five goals for them last season.

Chelsea favourites to sign Jorginho

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has claimed that Chelsea are in the lead to land Jorginho.

The 26-year-old midfielder, who has been in talks with Manchester City, is said to favour a move to London rather than Manchester.

Jorginho, who is of Italian-Brazilian descent, has won the Coppa Italia and Suppercoppa Italiana with the Naples-based side.

Lenglet to complete Barca move

Barcelona look set to complete the signing of Clement Lenglet in a €35-million deal from Sevilla according to Goal.

The Catalan giants are forced to pay the French defender’s full release clause after failing to negotiate a lower fee.

23-year-old Lenglet, who joined the La Liga side for €5.4 million last year, made 54 appearances in total last season.

PSG & Juve after Brewster

The Sun claimed that PSG and Juventus have taken an interest in Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster.

The 18-year-old striker, who has yet to pen a new deal, wants assurances from the Reds over playing time.

The England U-17 international, who won the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, also clinched the tournament’s Golden Boot award.


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