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The return

Napoli are reportedly interested in signing Watford winger Gerard Deulofeu, a player they offered €18m plus €2m in bonuses to sign in January 2018. According to Calcionapoli24.it, the Azzurri are ready to return to the negotiation table for the Spain international after his impressive season in the Premier League.

-source: Football Italia


First choice

Sampdoria Coach Marco Giampaolo is reportedly Milan’s ‘first choice’ to replace Gennaro Gattuso, but President Massimo Ferrero is reluctant to release him. According to reporter Matteo Pedrosi, the 51-year-old is the Rossoneri’s favourite to take control of the dugout at San Siro and contact has already been made between the club and the tactician.

-source: Football Italia


Valencia unlikely to buy Cillessen

The whole ‘che’ will not address the signing of a goalkeeper that cost at least 30 million euros. Nor will pose it. It is the price which, as they filter at the Camp Nou, expects to receive by the Dutch. In fact, the same Cillessen has come to demonstrate that they are asking for by clause of termination, which is 60 ‘kilos’.

-source: Mundo Deportivo


Close

Aston Villa are pressing ahead with a move to sign Jota from rivals Birmingham in a deal that would see Gary Gardner go in the opposite direction. Dean Smith worked with the 27-year-old at Brentford and is keen for a reunion at Villa, with medicals for the two players in the diary.

-source: Daily Mail


Confirmed


City to keep Gundogan, Maguire is too expensive

Manchester City want to keep Ilkay Gundogan at the club this summer, even if it means letting him leave on a free transfer at the end of next season, Goal understands. City are confident they will be able to extend the midfielder’s contract, which expires in 2020, and more talks are planned in the coming weeks. As reported by Goal on Friday, Atletico Madrid’s deep-lying midfielder Rodri and Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire are top targets. City still believe Rodri will sign, but he has not yet fully committed to the transfer. The Premier League club are ready to pay his €70 million (£62m/$78m) buy-out clause, but Atleti are fighting to keep him in Madrid. Goal understands Leicester are holding out for a huge fee for Maguire - reports suggest it could be as high as £90m ($114m) - and that has made City consider their options.

-source: Sam Lee


By next week

Bologna’s Sinisa Mihajlovic, FC Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca, or Sassuolo’s Roberto De Zerbi. Roma are currently deciding which of these three managers will be the one to lead Roma forward; a decision should be made by Tuesday of next week, confirming who will sit on the Giallorossi bench for next season.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio


New manager


Lyon incomings


That price though


In principle


Now it’s interesting


TBA

Manchester United have been told to expect a decision from Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt in the coming days with the Premier League club still hoping to beat Barcelona in the race to sign the centre back. Although United sources have been privately briefing that they believe Barcelona agreed a deal with the 19-year-old and his representatives months ago, tellingly that has not stopped them trying to scupper the move.

-source: The Telegraph


Werder want Grujic

Bremen-maintainer must plan without the master six, and to look for alternatives. A man is referred to in “Weser-Kurier” despite consultant denial in its sights: Hertha’s Marko Grujic (23). A purchase of the Serbs (contract in Liverpool until 2023) is utopian for Werder. Its market value is prized to EUR 18 million.

-source: BILD


Pull out

Tottenham have ended their interest in Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, Sky Sports News understands. The Portugal international impressed last season on loan at Everton, where he made 29 appearances.

-source: Sky Sports News


Couple of done deals


Reliable source

Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca is reportedly close to becoming the next Roma Coach. According to Leggo, incoming sporting director Gianluca Petrachi met Bologna’s Sinisa Mihajlovic and Francesco Totti is pushing for Milan old boy Gennaro Gattuso.

-source: Football Italia


Maxi replacement

Celta Vigo will complete the signing of Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez on a free transfer this summer, report Diario AS. The news claims that the 28-year-old has already agreed to join the Galician club and all that is missing is the official announcement from the club.

-source: Football Espana


Friendship goals

Paris Saint-Germain plan to sign Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho this summer to compliment his ‘friend’ Neymar, report Diario AS. The former Liverpool playmaker has cut a frustrated figure for the Catalan club this season, finding starting opportunities limited at the club and struggling to find consistent form.

-source: Football Espana


Valencia aiming big

Valencia aim to sign Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen this summer, according to a report on their local Cadena Cope channel. Cillessen, a Dutch international, has a contract at the Camp Nou running through until June 2021 and containing a €60m release clause, while it is believed he wants more first-team football.

-source: Football Espana

Valencia are prepared to wait until the end of the summer transfer window to sign Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz, report Diario AS. The 25-year-old netted twice in Madrid’s 3-2 win over Villarreal earlier this month in what was only his third league start of the campaign.

-source: Football Espana


Pogba delaying Eriksen

Signing Eriksen is more feasible. The Dane will be a key player for Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday in the Champions League final but with just one year remaining on his contract, Daniel Levy will be forced to negotiate this summer unless he wants the player to leave for free next year. But Zidane is leaning towards Pogba, rather than Eriksen, which is delaying Madrid from opening discussions, as he’s still not entirely convinced by the Spurs star.

-source: MARCA


First option

Real Madrid do not intend to sit idly by as Atletico Madrid look to sign Espanyol centre-back Mario Hermoso. Los Blancos will have the final say on any deal regarding the 23-year-old as they have the option to buy him back for 7.5 million euros.

-source: MARCA


Anew


Activated


Secretive

Martin Ødegaard (20), on Wednesday was spotted in the presence of his Norwegian agency Nordic Sky, paying a ‘secret‘ visit to Ajax and was by a passerby in the Johan Cruyff Arena. The surprise visit has now been confirmed.

-source: De Telegraaf


Roma also monitoring Benitez

Among the foreign slopes the two names that were offered to Rome in days gone by are those of Rafa Benitez (Newcastle) and Laurent Blanc, free now for three years. The choice, however, will not be immediate, it will take about ten days. More or less the same that will be used to know the future of Pandey. And Totti, who will be named Chief Technical Officer with the formalization of the new Director of Sports.

-source: La Gazzetta dello Sport


New deals

Liverpool will reward James Milner and Joel Matip with contract extensions following the Champions League final. Milner has become integral to Liverpool’s revival under Jurgen Klopp and although he has turned 33, and still has a year remaining on his current deal, he will be retained until at least 2021.

-source: The Telegraph


Spurs going big

Tottenham have made Real Betis playmaker Giovani Lo Celso and Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele summer transfer targets. Argentina international Lo Celso has an £88million release clause and the Spanish club are understood to be unwilling to sell him for below that amount.

-source: Evening Standard


PL new boys want new players

Norwich City could turn to Dwight Gayle in their pursuit of a striker this summer according to a report in the Daily Mail. After baulking at being told to pay the £7m fee agreed last summer in the loan deal to sign Jordan Rhodes from Sheffield Wednesday, City could target the Newcastle forward.

-source: The Pink Un


Permanent


Setien could already be back

Espanyol are set to replace outgoing Coach Rubi with Quique Setien in an effective swap deal with Real Betis, claim El Mundo Deportivo. It is claimed that the former Las Palmas boss, who left Betis this month, is now the favourite at the Catalan club to replace Rubi - who insists he wants to replace Setien at Los Verdiblancos.

-source: Football Espana


Cheryshev

Valencia are likely to complete the signing of Denis Cheryshev from Villarreal permanently this summer, report Diario AS. The Russian international was on a season-long loan deal at the Mestalla and it was thought they had included a purchase option of €7m at the end of the season.

-source: Football Espana


The return of Honda

Serie A new boys Brescia have reportedly set their sights on bringing former Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda back to Italy. According to Brescia Oggi, Brescia are considering a free transfer for Honda, whose contract with Australian side Melbourne Victory expires next month.

-source: Football Italia


Intensified

Napoli have reignited their interest in Fiorentina’s midfielder Jordan Veretout. The Partenopei have made of the Frenchman a concrete target, and positive contacts have been held in the last few hours. Should De Laurentiis’s club decide to pursue a more experienced player rather than youngsters like Almendra and Bennacer, the former Saint Etienne midfielder would be the ideal profile for Napoli to invest part of their budget on.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio


Please not at Chelsea

Napoli is ready to revolutionize their flanks and change a lot this summer transfer window to prepare for the 2019/20 season. With Giovanni Di Lorenzo very close to being confirmed, Elseid Hysaj is likely to be on his way out. Speaking to Albanian media, digital satellite, and terrestrial TV platform DigitAlb, the 25-year old has confirmed that he will leave the Partenopei this transfer window.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio


Untouchable

Karim Benzema will be one of the few untouchable players as Real Madrid look to overhaul their squad this summer. The striker has enjoyed an excellent season, despite the team’s performances being much lower than expected.

-source: MARCA


Huh


Hypothetical


Always interested in Boateng


Update


Fee agreed