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Rumor Mill: Inter scouting Gundogan; Bayern still in for Pepe; No Jovic for Barça; Costa’s future uncertain

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Scouting

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio is rumored to be in London for tonight’s Champions League match between Tottenham and Manchester City, with eyes on Ilkay Gundogan. According to FcInterNews.it, the Germany international midfielder has been in their sights for some time.

-source: Football Italia


Chain reaction

Spanish newspaper AS claim PSG are leading the €50m race to sign Alex Sandro, so Juventus will ask Real Madrid for Marcelo. Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro is on the market this summer, as his performances have dropped over the last year and the Bianconeri have Leonardo Spinazzola now back from injury.

-source: Football Italia


Andy to leave

Andy Carroll’s career at West Ham United is over after the forward had ankle surgery that will rule him out for the rest of the season. The east London club have already indicated that they will not trigger a two-year extension on his contract, worth £80,000 a week, and the England forward can leave as a free agent this summer.

-source: The Times


The waiting game


No Felipe Anderson sale

West Ham have no intention of allowing Felipe Anderson to leave the club this summer, Sky Sports News understands. The Hammers broke their transfer record last summer to sign Anderson from Serie A side Lazio, spending an initial £35m.

-source: Sky Sports News


Swap deal in the works

Maximilian Philipp of a candidate that has Yugoslav sporting Director Max Eberl for hazard heritage in mind is speculated as the Rheinische Post. Philipp, who is versatile in terms of offensive, joined 2017 for 20 million euros from SC Freiburg at Borussia Dortmund, but so far not permanently prevailed there despite strong performance in its first months. It would be so well possible that Dortmund officials at an adequate offer for the 25-year-old would be ready.

-source: Sport Germany


Official Resignation

Fiorentina have announced that Stefano Pioli has resigned as the club’s Coach. “My professional and human qualities have been questioned.” A statement on the club’s official website confirmed Pioli had stepped down, while his assistant Giacomo Murelli took training ‘normally’ on Tuesday morning.

-source: Football Italia

Vincenzo Montella has reportedly been in contact with Fiorentina to take over from Stefano Pioli rather than wait for Eusebio Di Francesco in June. Pioli resigned this afternoon when he felt the club no longer had faith in him and wrote an open letter to fans. Primavera youth team Coach Emiliano Bigica is taking charge of training for the moment and could well be on the bench for the rest of the season. However, Alfredo Pedullà of Sportitalia insists the Viola are in talks with Montella for a second stint at the club, having already been their Coach from 2012 to 2015.

-source: Football Italia


Conte being greedy

Antonio Conte is reportedly demanding a €10m salary after tax to become Inter’s next Coach. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter President Steven Zhang has instructed general manager Beppe Marotta to bring Conte to the club.

-source: Football Italia


LB target acquired

Barcelona are extensively scouting Wolves full-back Ruben Vinagre with a view to a summer transfer. O Jogo claim the Catalan giants have been sending a team of scouts to monitor the 20-year-old’s progress and are monitoring the potential of a deal. The Blaugrana are hopeful of signing a left-back to provide competition for first-choice Jordi Alba, with youngster Juan Miranda likely to be loaned out this summer.

-source: Football Espana


Inevitable

Real Madrid are prioritizing finding a buying club for out-of-favor forward Gareth Bale but are concerned they may not be able to offload him, say Diario AS. The report claims the Welshman is currently ‘totally disconnected’ with Madrid and football in general due to accepting the situation that his future at the club is close to untenable.

-source: Football Espana


Pepe to Bayern rumors still going strong


Diego Costa’s future uncertain

Sources close to the club in Madrid have speculated since Saturday’s defeat that patience has run out and the offers for the 30-year-old will be listened to at the end of the season. Atletico coach Diego Simeone has long defended Costa but he could be seen shaking his head as Costa went off down the tunnel on Saturday.

-source: Daily Mail


Inter enter the race for Bergwijn

The external Department of offensive is meant to be revolutionized in the coming season. Ivan Perisic and Antonio Candreva are outgoing and redemption of Keita Baldé appears complicated (too many 34 million set by Monaco). At least two if not three summer grafts will attack lanes. A name marked in red on the list of the technical area ID is to Steven Bergwijn. The Kobold PSV Eindhoven was viewed live several times in recent months by the Scouts Nerazzurro and always promoted with flying colors.

-source: FC Inter News

Steven Bergwijn’s agent reveals he has already held talks with Inter, who are ‘certainly’ a good fit for the PSV winger. Inter are one of the clubs who have been linked with Bergwijn in recent months, and Fulco van Kooperen can see the 21-year-old taking ’the next step’ with the Nerazzurri.

-source: Football Italia


Weigl to leave

Julian Weigl wants to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to Bild. The 23-year-old Germany international joined Dortmund in 2016 after coming through the ranks at 1860 Munich. But Weigl is one of several stars frustrated with Lucien Favre in the aftermath of Dortmund’s loss to Bayern Munich, having made only 17 total appearances this season.

-source: Goal


Papa Flo wants Benz to stay

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has decided not to sign a new striker this summer due to the recent form of Karim Benzema, according to Diario AS. The report points out how Benzema has scored more goals than every other elite European forward this season other than Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Robert Lewandowski, Krzysztof Piatek, Wissam Ben Yedder and Sergio Aguero.

-source: Football Espana


YESSSS


Not first choice


No future for James at Real or Bayern


Only moolah

Fiorentina are only willing to part with Juventus target Federico Chiesa for money and not player exchanges, writes Gazzetta dello Sport. Juve have long been admirers of the 22-year-old attacker but would prefer to offer winger Riccardo Orsolini in any potential deal. However, the newspaper warns the Viola are not willing to negotiate on those terms and will only consider a cash sale.

-source: Football Italia


The end of Biglia

Milan have reportedly put contract talks with midfielder Lucas Biglia on hold, amidst renewed interest from China. Biglia’s contract has only a year left to run, but Gazzetta dello Sport’s Nicolo Schira claims Milan director Leonardo does not see his renewal as a priority. Schira explains Leonardo’s stance is based on the Argentine’s 33 years of age and his €3.5m salary.

-source: Football Italia


Icardi if Antoine or Diego leave

Atletico Madrid will look to sign Inter striker Mauro Icardi this summer should either Antoine Griezmann or Diego Costa leave, say Diario AS. The 25-year-old is one of Europe’s elite goal scorers and has 16 goals for the campaign despite falling out of favour with the club’s hierarchy amid uncertainty surrounding his future.

-source: Football Espana


Roma want Sarabia as well

Roma are prepared to pay the €18m release clause of Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia this summer, according to reports. The 26-year-old has netted 20 goals and provided 13 assists this season for the Andalusian club and has been a model of consistency since joining from Getafe in a €1m deal back in 2016.

-source: Estadio Deportivo


Overtly optimistic

Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo is hopeful of remaining at Real Madrid despite a lack of game-time, report ESPN FC. The 22-year-old has played just twice this season and not at all in La Liga, with youth graduate Javi Sanchez preferred even with the club’s injury crisis.

-source: Football Espana


New contract for Oblak, but with a twist

But it won’t be easy to pull him away from the Wanda Metropolitano and Atletico Madrid hope to officially announce a renewal for the Slovenian this week, which will see him sign on beyond 2021. The agreement was outlined months ago but was delayed until the title race had come to a conclusion, which it now effectively has. However, the long-awaited announcement won’t quieten the rumours as his release clause will remain at just 100 million euros, a price that doesn’t seem all that steep in today’s market.

-source: Marca


Gladbach forcing Thorgan

The problem of... Liverpool. The English made an offer higher than Dortmund. A flattering for the little brother of Eden but not really attractive offer sportily: he wants to have a lot of playing time in his future club and he is aware that it will be harder for the Reds. Mönchengladbach pushes Hazard to Liverpool but the player refuses to let. The end of season promises to be tense...

-source: DH


Everton looking at the Championship

Everton are lining up a move for Birmingham City hot-shot Che Adams ahead of the summer window, Football Insider understands. Adams is regarded as one of the best young players outside the Premier League after earning rave reviews for Birmingham this season.

-source: Football Insider


HG in demand

MANCHESTER UNITED are ready to break the bank to sign West Ham youngster Declan Rice this summer. It is understood that Rice’s advisers are fully aware of United’s eagerness to sign the 20-year-old midfielder, who switched his international allegiances from the Republic of Ireland to England last month.

-source: Irish Independent


New deal for Origi

Liverpool are ready to offer a new contract to revitalized striker Divock Origi, Football Insider understands. The Belgium international was a near-certainty for the exit door last summer after plummeting down the pecking order in Jurgen Klopp’s side but snubbed a move to Wolves last summer after a £22million fee had been agreed.

-source: Football Insider


United also scouting Acosta

The Athletic has learned that a Manchester United scout was also in the building on Saturday, there to see United midfielder Luciano Acosta. The famed English side joins an ever-growing list of potential suitors for the Argentine, which also includes clubs from France’s Ligue 1, the Turkish Superliga and the Middle East.

-source: The Athletic


Till the very end

Juventus will not be giving up on their efforts to lure Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt to Turin, Goal understands. The Netherlands international has emerged as one of the most sought-after talents in European football.

-source: Romeo Agresti


Competition for Clyne

West Ham are ready to battle Bournemouth for the signing of Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne this summer, Goal can reveal. The Reds will allow the England international to leave at the end of this season, and hope to secure a fee of around £15 million ($19.6m).

-source: Goal


Surprising


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