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Manchester United have identified Frankfurt’s Sebastien Haller as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku. Inter Milan are interested in Lukaku and it will become clear over the coming weeks whether Antonio Conte is afforded the finance to land the Belgian striker.

-source: Daily Mail

Delph good as gone

Manchester City will sell Fabian Delph if they get the right price for the England international, sources have told ESPN FC. City would expect to receive about £15 million for the former Leeds United and Aston Villa midfielder and won’t stand in his way if he decides to leave. Delph, 29, will be in the final year of his contract next season and has fallen behind Oleksandr Zinchenko in the pecking order with the Ukrainian set to be offered a new deal.

-source: ESPN FC

Lo Celso wants Pochettino

Giovani Lo Celso wants to move to Tottenham this summer and join up with Mauricio Pochettino, Sky Sports News has been told. The Argentine is keen to move to the Premier League and is hoping current club Real Betis will allow him to leave. Spurs remain in talks with Betis and are hopeful of concluding a deal for the attacking midfielder, Sky Sports News understands.

-source: Sky Sports News

Ever closer

Manchester United are nearing a breakthrough over Daniel James after being alerted by interest from AS Monaco in the Swansea winger. James is expected to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing of the summer – but a deal has been delayed over an inability to agree a fee for the Wales international.

-source: Evening Standard

Jay R, anyone?

Jay Rodriguez could leave West Bromwich Albion this summer for just £5 million due to a release clause inserted last year. Rodriguez is available for the cut-price fee, which will rise to £10m after 12 months, after striking an agreement with the Championship club last summer. Burnley, Bournemouth and Leicester are now considering triggering the clause in Rodriguez’s contract and offering him a route back into the Premier League.

-source: The Telegraph

Fight fight fight

Napoli are set to battle Inter for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, claim La Gazzetta dello Sport, offering €10m per year. Serie A increasingly seems to be the destination for the Belgium international centre-forward, but precisely where remains to be seen.

-source: Football Italia

Atletico are winning atleast somewhere

Juventus could lose Merih Demiral to Atletico Madrid as the Spanish club have reportedly outbid them for the Sassuolo defender. Juve were thought to have exercised a €15m option to buy Demiral, but Gazzetta dello Sport’s Carlo Laudisa warns Atleti have offered €20m.

-source: Football Italia

Grain(s) of salt

Manchester City have triggered the €120m release clause of in-demand Benfica star Joao Felix, according to reports. Diario AS cite a report in Desporto that the teenager would join the English champions on a five-year deal on a contract worth €5m per season.

-source: Football Espana

Reguilon to Sevilla

Sevilla have made contact with Real Madrid over a possible transfer of full-back Sergio Reguilon this summer, say reports in Spain. The defender has risen to prominence this season for Los Blancos having become a regular for the club’s Castilla side over the past few campaigns. Diario AS cite a report in Cadena Ser that the Andalusian club believe the 22-year-old could be available should Madrid sign Ferland Mendy, with Marcelo already at the club.

-source: Football Espana

Don’t do it, Atletico

Atletico Madrid have joined Juventus and Inter in the race for Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez, according to reports. El Mundo Deportivo cite a report in Chilean outlet Redgol which claims that sources close to the player confirm contact from Los Rojiblancos.

-source: Football Espana

Juventus rumors

Federico Chiesa, Fiorentina’s talented youngster, has given his ‘ok’ to Juventus. An agreement between the parties has already been reached: a five year contract worth 10 million euros gross per season, five million net. Agreement between the player and club already reached, now the next step is an agreement between the clubs.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio

The Bianconeri and Bentancur have in fact reached an agreement on a 5-year contract extension. The former Boca Juniors player, born in 1997, will pen a new deal with increasing wages every season and will earn, on average, 2.5 million per season after taxes.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio


Parma have ambitious plans for their second season in a row in Serie A. The gialloblu’ are determined to improve their midfield and have targeted Sasa Lukic who is coming off a strong second half of the season at Torino.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio

From Russia with love

After confirming manager Igor Tudor, Udinese are getting to work on their squad for next season. The Friulani have reached an agreement for CSKA Moscow defender Rodrigo Becao. The Brazilian player born in ‘96 appeared in all six Champions League matches for the Russian club last season.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio


The Bergamo based club could knock on Sassuolo’s door for Consigli - which would be his third stint at the club after being in the youth sector and spending six years from 2008 to 2014 with the club - and Duncan. Gasperini really likes the midfielder and was already following him throughout last season.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio

Atalanta are said to be preparing a €15m move for Charleroi striker and Nigeria international Victor Osimhen, according to Belgian reports. The 20-year-old spent this season on loan from Wolfsburg and the club activated their clause to buy outright for €3.5m. According to Belgian site DH, negotiations are at an advanced stage with Atalanta.

-source: Football Italia

Zidane vs Perez rumbles on

Madrid are also in the market for either Paul Pogba or Christian Eriksen, two big-name players that are difficult to prise away from their respective clubs - less so in the case of the Danish playmaker, whose contract with Tottenham ends in 2020. However, the problem in the upper echelons of Real Madrid is that a decision is yet to be made over exactly which one. Pogba is Zidane’s player of choice; Eriksen Real Madrid’s.

-source: Diario AS

Alba & Junior

Please not to Manchester United

Communique official

On loan

U.S. men’s national team goalkeeper Zack Steffen is set to go on loan to Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf from Manchester City, multiple sources with knowledge of the deal told The Athletic. Steffen, 24, was sold to Premier League champion Manchester City last January in a deal worth up to $10 million. The deal will become official during the upcoming summer window, with Steffen having played his last game for the Crew last week.

-source: The Athletic

Highly rated

After three and a half seasons with Genk in the Belgian Championship, Ruslan Malinovskyi said he is ready to make the leap to a more competitive Championship. The Ukrainian international midfielder of 26 years is, like the paper reported, the priority of Sporting to bridge the output of Bruno Fernandes and has prepared a 10 million euro offer for the player.

-source: A Bola


Marco Giampaolo is looking at Patrik Schick for his Milan attack, claim La Repubblica, with Andre Silva going to Roma in exchange. Schick was a sensation at Sampdoria under Giampaolo’s guidance, but lost his way following the €14m plus bonuses transfer to Roma in the summer of 2017.

-source: Football Italia


Napoli are said to be on the verge of signing Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout for €20m on a five-year contract. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, a deal is imminent and should be completed next week.

-source: Football Italia

Xhaka gone?

Inter are said to be very close to signing Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, according to reports in Switzerland. The 26-year-old Swiss international is believed to be a target specifically named by new Coach Antonio Conte for his team, although the rumours had started in April. RSI Sport in Switzerland claim that Inter are in negotiations with Xhaka and that the player himself did not deny the story.

-source: Football Italia

Working hard

Lecce are working hard to reinforce their squad for next year after they got promoted to Serie A. Besides the leads bringing to Silvestre and Napoli’s Tutino and Palmieri, the Giallorossi have started to follow Dragowski and Pinamonti, two profiles that got sporting director Meluso interested.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio

Sinisa to stay

Sinisa Mihajlovic and Bologna should pursue their adventure together, after today’s latest meeting confirming it. The Serbian coach has received confirmation from the board about the technical project regarding the team for next year, but also a three-year contract extension offer.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio

Fonseca coming to the Italian capital

Roma took an important step today towards finding their next manager. The Giallorossi directors met in Madrid with Paulo Fonseca, current manager of Shakhtar Donetsk. It was a positive face to face meeting, which resulted in an agreement for a three year contract. Now the deal depends on the agents of the manager as they need to have him freed from his contract with the Ukrainian club without having to pay the release clause set at five million.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio

Gone after a year

Torino’s interest in Simone Verdi is becoming the center of their summer transfer dealings. Ancelotti’s team will likely not include the Italian next season, so he could leave to pursue an opportunity elsewhere.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio

Barella happy to move to Inter

Inter’s top target for their midfield is Cagliari’s Nicolò Barella. The Nerazzurri directors met with Alessandro Beltrami, Barella’s agent, on Tuesday evening. Inter learned in the meeting that the midfielder would agree to a transfer to Inter.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio

The Sardinian club have set the price for the young midfielder at 50 million, however the sum could be lowered with the involvement of some Nerazzurri’s players in the deal. Cagliari don’t seem willing to accept young prospect, as they would prefer to bring in already established players that could help the team right away. The names on the table are those of Eder, currently at Jiangsu Suning; Alessandro Bastoni, with Cagliari pushing to involve the 1999-born defender in the deal; and French winger Yann Karamoh, who spent last season on loan at Bordeaux.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio

Might or might not be available

Isco has no intention of leaving Real Madrid, however the club are willing to listen to offers for the Spain international. As is the case with other members in the squad, those upstairs at the Santiago Bernabeu are not ruling out his departure and, for the right place, he is available.

-source: MARCA




The transfer saga involving Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Nelson Semedo has taken another turn, with the full-back pleading with Barca to consider the Rojiblancos’ offer of €25 million (£22m/$28m) for his services. Goal published recently that the Blaugrana had no interest in selling Semedo, but the player himself has asked the Spanish champions to reconsider as Diego Simeone’s side have offered the 25-year-old a spot in their starting XI – something Barca cannot guarantee.

-source: Goal

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