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Not happening


Cesc could be on the move again



That escalated quickly

Stupid if true

Semedo to Paris



Still upset

Decisions decisions

Price quoted

Sevilla have been quoted at €30m by Levante following an enquiry for midfielder Jose Campana, according to a report in Marca. A few months ago, the midfielder penned a new contract at the Valencia-based club until the summer of 2023 and he now has a release clause of €60m in his deal.

-source: Football Espana

Milan instead of Juve

Goalkeeper Pepe Reina would prefer to stay at Milan ahead of a rumored move to fellow Italian giants Juventus, report Diario AS.

-source: Football Espana

RC to be paid

Atletico Madrid will pay the €40m release clause of Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso this week, according to Cadena Cope.

-source: Football Espana

Atletico Madrid may move for Ajax defender Daley Blind or Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi instead of signing Mario Hermoso, say Marca.

-source: Football Espana

Betis looking at Origi

Betis, as other many clubs LaLiga and the rest of Europe, has on the table the name of one of the ‘Pearl’ of the summer market, Divock Origi (24). Last front in the rotation for Jürgen Klopp, who just gave 673 minutes during the campaign 18/19 e, even sent him to the subsidiary for a few weeks, the Belgian contract ends June 30, 2020, so in January of the coming year could negotiate their future freely.

-source: Estadio Deportivo

Milan like Kovacic

According to reports from today’s Edition of Corriere dello Sport Rossoneri goals, even more so after meeting with Real Madrid, there is the Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic, which Zidane continues to consider a second choice after the good season played by the guy playing for Chelsea.

-source: Goal

Firpo to England?

Real Betis could be stripped of Junior Firpo this summer as Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool are interested. The current European champions aren’t put off by the 50 million euros release clause in his contract and they see the Spaniard as a good complement for Andy Robertson on the left, but boss Jurgen Klopp knows they will have competition. Manchester United are that competition as they continue to look for defensive reinforcements.

-source: MARCA

One for the first team

Tottenham are hopeful of making Leeds winger Jack Clarke their first signing since January 2018, with talks ongoing for the teenager.

-source: Evening Standard

Not prepared

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is not prepared to hand in a transfer request to force a move to Inter Milan, sources have told ESPN FC.

-source: ESPN FC


Paris Saint-Germain approached Manchester United about the possibility of directly swapping Neymar for Paul Pogba, although it is understood the Premier League club currently think the deal for the Brazilian would be far too expensive to justify.

-source: The Independent

Medical set

Aaron Wan-Bissaka will have a medical at Manchester United this week ahead of the completion of his £55 million ($70m) move from Crystal Palace. Goal can confirm the right-back is due to arrive at United’s Carrington training facility upon his return from international duty with England’s Under-21 side following their early exit from this summer’s European Championship tournament in Italy.

-source: Goal

Saliba close

Arsenal look set to wrap up the signing of William Saliba from Saint-Etienne, but Tottenham have emerged as rivals for his signature. L’Equipe says the Premier League side have reached an agreement with the 18-year-old centre-back and now must arrange a deal with Saint-Etienne. But the French side want around €30 million (£27m/$34m) and if Arsenal cannot match that fee, Tottenham may be prepared to snap him up.

-source: Goal

This & that

Roma are close to swapping Kostas Manolas for Napoli’s Amadou Diawara, while a Chinese club have offered Stephan El Shaarawy a €12m salary. According to Gianluca Di Marzio’s website, the exchange deal could be finalized by the end of this week.

-source: Football Italia

Dani to Inter?

Inter are reportedly interested in signing former Juventus right-back Dani Alves, who is available on a free transfer. According to France Football, new Inter boss Antonio Conte has asked for Alves as he would fit flawlessly into his favored 3-5-2 formation.

-source: Football Italia

Too late

Roma have reportedly made an official approach for Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj, but they may have come in too late. According to Sportitalia’s Alfredo Pedulla, the two clubs met today to discuss both the Kostas Manolas deal and the possibility of a move for the Albania international. However, Pedulla warns Atletico Madrid remain keen on the defender, amidst reports of a €20m fee being agreed with Napoli.

-source: Football Italia

GKs inbound

Roma are reportedly tracking several goalkeepers to replace Robin Olsen, including Schalke’s Alexander Nubel and Corinthians’ Cassio. According to Tele Radio Stereo, the Giallorossi have identified the two shot-stoppers as potential replacements for the much-maligned Swede.

-source: Football Italia


Inter have held talks with Nicolo Barella’s agent ahead of a potential big-money move for the Cagliari midfielder. According to FC Inter News and FC Inter 1908, Alessandro Beltrami met Nerazzurri CEO Beppe Marotta and sporting director Piero Ausilio on Monday afternoon.

-source: Football Italia


Ozan Kabak’s representatives have arrived at Milan’s offices for talks over a proposed €15m transfer. Gianluca Di Marzio, and Milan News all report the meeting is under way between Rossoneri officials and the Ozdemir brothers, who represent Ozan.

-source: Football Italia

Heating up

Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly preparing to come in with a bid of €75m for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. According to Corriere dello Sport, PSG sporting director Leonardo is hopeful of ‘exploiting’ his good relationship with Milinkovic-Savic’s agent Mateja Kezman.

-source: Football Italia

Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has reportedly agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain in an €80m deal. According to Serbian newspaper Blic, Milinkovic-Savic has said ‘yes’ to PSG and the €80m transfer is in its final stages, despite an earlier claim that they had offered €75m.

-source: Football Italia


Milan met with Theo Hernandez today and it’s reported Real Madrid are prepared to loan him out for just the €2m salary. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid are open to a dry loan – so without an option or obligation to buy – with Milan only having to cover his €2m salary.

-source: Football Italia

With his exit from Real Madrid looming, Theo Hernandez will choose where he wants to play next season between three different clubs. Bayer Leverkusen, AC Milan and Napoli have all made offers for the left-back this summer, with the German club being the ones who have made the most effort to sign him.

-source: MARCA

In demand

Inter, Milan, Atalanta, Roma and Napoli are battling Sevilla for €20m-rated Stade Rennais midfielder Benjamin Bourigeaud. According to the Spanish daily sports paper Estadio Deportivo, Inter, Milan, Atalanta, Roma, and Napoli are all interested in the former France U20 international.

-source: Football Italia

Turin to Rome

Mario Mandzukic could remain in Serie A, as it’s reported Lazio are leading the hunt for the Juventus centre-forward. Bosnian site Klix claims Lazio represent his potential destination, where he’d meet up with fellow Croatian Milan Badelj.

-source: Football Italia

SES could leave

Stephan El Shaarawy could leave Roma this summer, as it’s reported he is asking for a €3m net salary plus bonuses. His contract is due to expire in June 2020, so a sale is likely rather than to let it run down so he can leave as a free agent next year. According to the Corriere dello Sport, the Little Pharaoh is demanding a four-year deal worth €3m per season net, plus performance-related bonuses, which would bring it up to almost €4m.

-source: Football Italia

Rui to Benfica

After Milan and Roma links, it looks as if Napoli full-back Mario Rui is heading back to Portugal for Benfica, possibly in an exchange with Alejandro Grimaldo. The 28-year-old was informed by Coach Carlo Ancelotti that he is not part of the plan going forward at the Stadio San Paolo. Il Roma paper claims Mario Rui is on the verge of a transfer to Benfica, where he already played in 2009-10.

-source: Football Italia

Insigne to Atletico?

Napoli would be prepared to sell Lorenzo Insigne for €70m, it’s reported, with Atletico Madrid and Inter ready to start talks. The captain has a fractious rapport with some sections of the fanbase and has struggled in recent months since Carlo Ancelotti’s change of tactical system. According to both the Corriere dello Sport and Il Mattino newspapers today, Insigne would be on the market if someone met the €70m valuation.

-source: Football Italia


There is still a massive €25m gap between the €60m Inter offer and Manchester United’s demands for Romelu Lukaku and Mauro Icardi won’t accept a swap. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Nerazzurri are planning the first formal proposal and it’ll be worth €60m.

-source: Football Italia

Staying in Italy

Roma have joined Milan, Tottenham, Arsenal and Lyon in the race for Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen, seen as the replacement for Kostas Manolas. The 23-year-old Denmark international is on the market, but a bidding war has erupted and is pushing the price up from €30m to €35m.

-source: Football Italia

Remember the name

Sevilla are a leading candidate to land talented Romanian playmaker Ianis Hagi this summer, according to a fresh report in Marca. The 20-year-old is starring for his nation’s Under-21 side in the current European Championships - inspiring his side to a 4-2 victory over England on Friday.

-source: Football Espana

Benitez to China?

Newcastle announced that Rafa Benitez will leave their club once his contract expires on June 30th. The former Inter and Napoli manager could be heading to China next, in fact he received a significant offer from Dalian Yifang, the club that acquired Marek Hamsik last January.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio

Veretout to Roma progressing well

Roma remain ahead of everyone else for Jordan Veretout. A meeting between the Giallorossi and the player’s agent, Mario Giuffredi, has just finished. It was a positive one and the player’s agent has received an important offer.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio

Too much

Indicative of the conundrum the Frenchman finds himself in is Dani Ceballos: AC Milan have reportedly made a perfectly sensible offer for the Spain under-21 star of a two-year loan deal while picking up his entire salary and adding a purchase option, but the Bernabéu board are holding out for a straight permanent transfer of 50 million euros.

-source: Diario AS


Eibar know that signings are needed this summer and the club have identified Real Madrid’s Alvaro Tejero as a player of interest. The 22-year-old is their first-choice option to arrive at right-back.

-source: MARCA

Alternate plans

CB permutations

Coming to Paris

Upping the offer


No decision yet

Still ongoing

Juve being smart

Juventus are holding out for at least €55m in cash for Joao Cancelo, whereas Manchester City keep trying to add Danilo to the deal. According to Tuttosport and Sky Sport Italia, Manchester City are persisting in their attempts to lower the price-tag by including Danilo.

-source: Football Italia

DDR’s new adventures

Daniele De Rossi has decided that he will continue his footballing career. He won’t play in a foreign country (Boca or Los Angeles), but rather in Italy and Serie A. He made this decision after a long period of reflection and he believes that he won’t offend Roma fans, as they will understand his choice after he left against his own will.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio

No pressure


Not an option

Pepe rumors

Bid rejected

Failed approach

Officially official

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