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Rumor Mill: Utd start Rabiot talks; PSG want Koulibaly, Allan, Gueye; Sane future unclear

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Getting closer

Tottenham are interested in a move for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, according to Football London. Mauricio Pochettino is reported to be willing to sanction a €60m bid to bring the Argentina international to North London, as his side look to bounce back from defeat in the Champions League final.

-source: Football Espana


Fiorentina-owned goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski is at the centre of a bidding war between Bournemouth and Southampton. The Poland international impressed with a record-breaking six months on loan at Empoli, including 17 saves in a single game against Atalanta. Sportitalia had reported Southampton were in advanced negotiations for a deal worth €10m plus bonuses. However, the same source today claims Bournemouth have dived in with an improved proposal at €11m plus €4m in performance-related bonuses.

-source: Football Italia


Milan are set for a summer selling spree to cut costs, including Diego Laxalt, Samu Castillejo, Hakan Calhanoglu, Andrea Bertolacci and more. According to the Corriere dello Sport, Calhanoglu is on the market along with Laxalt and Castillejo.

-source: Football Italia

Juve-Lazio battle

Juventus and Lazio are reportedly looking to sign RB Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, facing competition from Bayern Munich and Arsenal. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolò Schira, the two club’s sporting directors Fabio Paratici and Igli Tare are big fans of the Hungarian starlet.

-source: Football Italia

Some Torino news

Torino have reportedly reignited their interest in Inter midfielder Roberto Gagliardini, but the Nerazzurri will want €15m-€18m to part with him. According to Tuttosport, the Granata have long been admirers of the former Atalanta youth team product and are considering splashing the cash in their bid to reinforce the squad ahead of next season.

-source: Football Italia

Torino are reportedly preparing a €13m bid for Napoli left-back Mario Rui and are ready to exercise their €10m option on Chelsea’s Ola Aina. According to Tuttosport, Toro Coach Mazzarri has asked President Urbano Cairo to bring in the Portugal international this summer.

-source: Football Italia

Some Inter news

Inter are reportedly back in for €40m rated PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn, as their interest in the forward hasn’t waned with the arrival of new Coach Antonio Conte. According to, agent Fulco van Kooperen met with representatives of the Nerazzurri a few weeks ago, but to date, there hasn’t been any agreement between the clubs or the player.

-source: Football Italia

Inter are yet again negotiating for full-back Matteo Darmian, as Manchester United continue to demand €12m for the Italy international. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolò Schira, the Nerazzurri have contacted the player’s agent Tullio Tinti to discuss the possibility of him joining in the summer.

-source: Football Italia


The Baggies are hoping to capitalize on unrest behind the scenes at Bramall Lane, where joint-owners Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah are embroiled in a bitter feud. Despite that, taking Wilder away from United, the club he has supported since a boy, would represent a remarkable coup for the Baggies. Middlesbrough, who recently parted ways with Tony Pulis, are also believed to be keen.

-source: Express and Star

Back to Argentina

Argentinian side Boca Juniors are interested in bringing Ever Banega back to the club, according to reports in Marca this weekend. Banega has a contract with Sevilla until 2020, and he is rumored to be unsatisfied with their end to the season, and Boca are monitoring the situation with interest.

-source: Football Espana


Zinedine Zidane has set his set his sights on Paul Pogba with the Manchester United player one of the key requests from the Madrid coach as he complies his squad for the 2019-20 campaign. According to The Times (UK), Real Madrid are set to use Gareth Bale, Keylor Navas and James Rodriguez as part of the deal.

-source: Diario AS

Enquiry from Naples

Real Madrid are planning on losing 14 footballers this summer and Napoli are attentive to those on the way out. The Serie A side have called the offices in Chamartín and asked about James Rodriguez most recently but have their eye on the exit door at the Bernabéu. They have also enquired over the availability of Marcos Llorente, Dani Ceballos and Theo Hernández.

-source: Diario AS

Money money money

Paris Saint-Germain are not just targeting Napoli midfielder Allan, but also defender Kalidou Koulibaly, claim reports in France. Their interest in Brazil international Allan is nothing new, as they saw a bid worth over €50m rejected in January and are expected to try again this summer. However, Telefoot now suggest PSG are also going for his teammate Koulibaly.

-source: Football Italia

Done deal

Rabiot coming to a city near you

Taking advantage

A wish to extend

The Fernandinho heir

The MEN understands that the Atletico Madrid midfielder, Rodri, remains Pep Guardiola’s primary target but City are not thought to be pinning all of their hopes on landing the 22-year-old. Rodri, a Spain international, has a release clause of €70million at Atletico but City are hopeful of signing him for a lower fee. Should a move not materialize, it is understood that Tanguy Ndombele, of Lyon, and Marco Llorente, of Real Madrid, both feature in City’s plans.

-source: Manchester Evening News


Celtic have reportedly entered the race to sign Republic of Ireland midfielder Luca Connell. The 18-year-old, who is currently with Bolton, has been linked with a string of English Premier League sides, with Wolves and promoted pair Norwich and Sheffield United all keeping tabs on the teenager.

-source: The Scotsman

Serie A managerial news

Marco Giampaolo is on the verge of taking the Milan job and could try to bring in Joachim Andersen and Dennis Praet from Sampdoria. Paolo Maldini, who is set to become technical director in place of Leonardo, is believed to be a particular backer of Giampaolo. According to Sport Mediaset and Sportitalia, Giampaolo is negotiating the termination of his Sampdoria contract and could sign with the Rossoneri next week.

-source: Football Italia

Marco Giampaolo is increasingly likely to be the new Milan Coach, with Gennaro Gattuso possibly replacing him at Sampdoria. Simone Inzaghi had been the other main contender for the Rossoneri job, but there are multiple reports from Sky Sport Italia, La Gazzetta dello Sport, La Repubblica and others that he has decided to extend his contract with Lazio.

-source: Football Italia

Roma are expected to meet Shakhtar Donetsk Coach Paulo Fonseca over the next few days, having offered a three-year contract. The Portuguese tactician has become the absolute favorite to replace Claudio Ranieri at the Stadio Olimpico. According to the Corriere dello Sport, a three-year deal worth €2.5m per season plus bonuses has been lined up.

-source: Football Italia

Sinisa Mihajlovic is leaning towards an extended Bologna stay and has doubts over the Roma job, so Paulo Fonseca of Shakhtar Donetsk is the new favorite. Antonio Conte, Gian Piero Gasperini and Maurizio Sarri all turned Roma down, but it looks as if Mihajlovic will also reject the job. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Francesco Totti and Gianluca Petrachi are pushing for Mihajlovic, but both President Jim Pallotta and the tactician himself have doubts.

-source: Football Italia

And on & on we go

Sane talks

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