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Rumor Mill: PSG monitor Boateng, Werner, Icardi; Meunier to United; Bayern bid for Chiesa?

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Unai Emery will sanction an Arsenal clear-out this summer — with defender Shkodran Mustafi among the players for sale. Emery will head into the transfer window with a budget of as little as £45million. But the manager, who has impressed the Gunners hierarchy during his first season, has been told he can reinvest a significant amount of any money raised from player sales.

-source: Daily Mail





PSG updates


David De Gea wants reassurances about the club’s future transfer policy before committing to a new long-term contract at Manchester United. The Spanish goalkeeper’s contract is set to expire in summer 2020 and the keeper remains minded to stay at Old Trafford despite the club’s refusal so far to meet his wage demands and the agent fees of Jorge Mendes. The club and player are expected to reach a compromise over a wage package worth £350,000-per-week.

-source: Daily Mail

How nice

The Championship club realizes Jack Butland needs top-flight football to follow his England dream, and will let him go, but not for less than £30m ($39m), say The Telegraph. Suitors for Butland include Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, and the ‘keeper has been told by Gareth Southgate he needs to play in an elite league to feature for England.

-source: Goal

Right.... back

Manchester United are considering Thomas Meunier as an option for the troublesome right-back position this summer. The Paris Saint-Germain defender would represent an experienced choice to fill Antonio Valencia’s boots when the Ecuadorean veteran leaves the club at the end of the season. United’s hierarchy likes Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Kieran Trippier as longer-term signings but Meunier, a big United fan, would be both affordable and far easier to negotiate than trying to pry Wan-Bissaka or Trippier away from reluctant selling clubs. The same applies for Reece James at Chelsea.

-source: The Independent

Void filler

Crystal Palace have identified Jack Grealish as one player capable of helping fill the attacking void if they lose Wilfried Zaha. Palace are open to letting Zaha leave this summer and value the influential forward at £80m. Any money received from a sale would be reinvested in their squad with Aston Villa skipper Grealish, who also remains on Tottenham’s long list of targets, in Palace’s sights.

-source: Daily Mail

Big business

Manchester City are prepared to break their transfer record to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri in a €70m deal, according to reports. The Telegraph claim City’s interest is strong but do qualify that the club may be banned from making transfers due to a UEFA investigation into signing young players.

-source: Football Espana


Atletico Madrid want to sign midfielder Marko Grujic on loan from Liverpool on a permanent deal but must pay €45m, according to ESPN FC. The 23-year-old has impressed on loan for Hertha BSC in Germany this season, making 20 appearances for the capital club.

-source: Football Espana

Cool name

Atletico Madrid and Valencia both want to sign Getafe defender Djene Dakonam this summer, according to Diario AS. The report claims both clubs have already opened talks for the in-demand defender, who has excelled in the Spanish top flight across the past two seasons.

-source: Football Espana

Permanent or temporary

Dani Ceballos could lead the exits from Real Madrid this summer with Marcos Llorente and Sergio Reguilon also tipped to depart, say Marca. Ceballos joined Madrid from Real Betis for €16m in 2017 but started just four times in La Liga and not at all in the Champions League under Zinedine Zidane last season.

-source: Football Espana

Real Madrid plan to loan out Jesus Vallejo and Brahim Diaz (pictured) this summer in the hope they will gain first-team experience, say Diario AS. Diaz, 19, joined Los Blancos in January in a €15m move from Manchester City but last month’s league victory over Huesca was his first start for the club. Earlier this month, Marca had claimed the Malaga-native would be allowed to leave Madrid on loan this summer in order to get first-team experience elsewhere.

-source: Football Espana

PSG also looking at Icardi

Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly ready to sign Inter striker Mauro Icardi, who has a €70m asking price. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Icardi is PSG’s top transfer target this summer as they look to replace Edinson Cavani. While no talks have taken place yet, they are ‘ahead’ of the competition. Inter would be demanding €70m for the Argentine, whose stock has fallen since his six-week exile from the first team.

-source: Football Italia

Moroccan at Internazionale

France Football report that Inter have joined the race to sign Ajax right-winger Hakim Ziyech, as the Moroccan has caught their eye in this season’s Champions League campaign. The Nerazzurri have targeted the 26-year-old for next season and are interested in making an offer to sign the former Heerenveen forward in the summer.

-source: Football Italia


Distance has reportedly emerged in contract talks between Roma and midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo. Zaniolo’s family have always maintained that the 19-year-old will sign a new contract with Roma, but Il Messaggero believes a potential stumbling block has cropped up. That would be as the Giallorossi want to pay him a salary of €1.7m plus bonuses until 2024, while the Italy starlet is requesting only an improvement on his current deal, worth more than €2m a season.

-source: Football Italia

WC winner on the market

Olympique Marseille are reportedly vying with Monaco and Arsenal for Roma midfielder Steven Nzonzi. According to BeIN Sports and Gazzetta dello Sport, Roma are prepared to sell Nzonzi this summer and Marseille are the latest club to show an interest.

-source: Football Italia

No interest

New contract talks for Dani Alves


Manager incoming


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