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Cagliari and the Barella heir

Cagliari sold Nicolò Barella to Inter, so are now in talks for Boca Juniors midfielder Nahitan Nandez and Napoli’s Marko Rog. Sky Sport Italia claim they are in negotiations with Boca Juniors for Nandez. Meanwhile, Sportitalia suggest Cagliari are on the verge of signing Croatia international Rog from Napoli. There is some confusion here, as Sky Sport Italia insist Rog will join Eintracht Frankfurt.

-source: Football Italia


Atleast Arsenal are in control of something

Milan must wait for Arsenal to give the all-clear before they can purchase Algeria international Ismael Bennacer from Empoli. Sky Sport Italia maintain the final word is down to Arsenal, as the Gunners have a clause in the contract when they sold him to Empoli for €1m in 2017. That gives them the right of first refusal once Bennacer is sold, so if they match the Milan offer, then the Premier League side will have the priority.

-source: Football Italia


Officially official


Free will


Expensive backup


No offers for Coutinho

With Griezmann in the baptismal font of the named, Barca still does not have a firm offer for Coutinho . His agent, logically defending the contract effective until 2023, knows what it is but is as ambiguous as the play of his represented. The problem here is that Coutinho, who has played in Espanyol and Barcelona, would prefer not to go to Old Trafford having been an Anfield idol.

-source: Mundo Deportivo


Badiashile

Manchester United have identified Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile as a potential alternative to Harry Maguire, according to L’Equipe. The Leicester City centre-back is their top defensive target, but if the Foxes’ demands prove excessive, they could turn their attention elsewhere.

-source: Goal


Speed up

Napoli and Atletico Madrid are in advanced negotiations for Elseid Hysaj, claim Spanish and Italian sources, with a deal worth €15m plus bonuses. According to both AS and La Gazzetta dello Sport, the original €25m asking price has dropped to €20m, including add-ons.

-source: Football Italia


Sed reaxx for Kean

Gonzalo Higuain is continuing to reject all offers to leave Juventus, the latest coming from Roma and West Ham United, so Moise Kean could go instead. According to Sky Sport Italia, the striker has no intention of moving away from the Turin giants again following dismal loan spells with Milan and Chelsea. This could be a problem for Juve, and the Corriere di Torino newspaper maintains Kean will be released instead.

-source: Football Italia


Inter push for Rebic

They are starting to look elsewhere, with Ante Rebic of Eintracht Frankfurt reportedly given a price-tag of €40m. According to Sky Sports Germany, the offer from the Nerazzurri so far is €30m, but it’s still less than half the cost of Lukaku.

-source: Football Italia


Atalanta doing deals

Ruslan Malinovskyi will be a new player for Atalanta. In the coming hours the player is expected to arrive in Italy where he will undergo medical visits and the retreat with the Bergamo club. His former club Genk will receive around 13.7 million euros for the deal.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio

After reaching an agreement with Genk for Malinovskyi, Atalanta can focus on finding a replacement for departing Mancini. La Dea, that are also monitoring Sevilla’s defender Sergi Gomez, have made an enquiry with Fortuna Düsseldorf for the Turkish defender Kaan Ayhan.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio


Suso to Roma?

Roma is looking in Casa Milan as they have set their sights on Suso as a possible reinforcement for their attack. At the moment it’s just an idea as they have not reached an agreement on the figures or any counterparts of a deal, according to Sky Sport’s Peppe Di Stefano.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio


Nacho to stay

Nacho won’t be leaving Real Madrid this summer as the defender has considered his options and believes remaining at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to be the best of the bunch. The Spaniard knows his standing at the club but feels that, despite being offered prominent roles elsewhere, he’s happy to remain and hope for opportunities at Los Blancos.

-source: Marca


Rafinha to Valencia


Some confidence


Sad day

West Ham could make a last minute move for Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias ahead of Real Betis. The Premier League side would be willing to pay the release clause in full, and potentially more, after being frustrated in their €50m pursuit of Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, according to reports in Marca.

-source: Football Espana


Race


Acceptable


Gazumped all the way


Get this over with already


Snag

Newcastle’s move for Steve Bruce has hit a snag, with Sheffield Wednesday holding out for a fee far greater than originally expected, Sky sources understand. The St James’ Park club have been in talks with Bruce for 24 hours as they look to replace Rafael Benitez with the 58-year-old.

-source: Sky Sports News


Price to be met

Everton have told RB Leipzig they must meet their asking price if they want to sign Ademola Lookman. The Bundesliga side have reignited their interest in the Blues winger after failing with bids last summer. The Blues are now prepared to sell the 21-year-old but only if the valuation of the youngster - thought to be in the region of £25m - is met.

-source: Liverpool Echo


Interest in Ruben Dias revived

Arsenal have reignited their interest in Benfica defender Ruben Dias. Arsenal’s need for a new central defender has intensified after captain Laurent Koscielny went on strike and refused to board the plane for the club’s tour of America. Dias was among the defenders the Gunners considered a move for at the start of the window and they compiled a dossier on the 22 year old Portugal international.

-source: Daily Mail


Haller to Hammers soon

West Ham expect to finalize the whirlwind £36million signing of Frankfurt’s Sebastien Haller in the coming days. Sportsmail understands the Hammers only registered interest in Haller on Wednesday but talks rapidly progressed and the striker is ready to pen a four-year contract.

-source: Daily Mail


Offered

West Ham have been offered the chance to sign Porto forward Moussa Marega. Marega has a €30m (£26.9m) release clause and wants to move to the Premier League. West Ham were in talks to sign Marega last summer.

-source Sky Sports News


Sad expectations

Romelu Lukaku is increasingly resigned to staying at Manchester United after Inter Milan failed to come up with a suitable offer during talks this week. The Belgium international has growing doubts about the Italian club’s financial ability to prise him away from Old Trafford.

-source: Evening Standard

Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku looks increasingly likely to be staying at Manchester United. It had been expected Inter Milan would try and sign Lukaku, 26, following the appointment of long-time admirer Antonio Conte as manager. However, there has been no bid tabled so far. Even if one were to be, United would want in excess of the £75m they paid Everton for him two years ago.

-source: BBC Sport


Delph close to Everton

Everton are closing in on the £8 million signing of Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph. Manager Marco Silva is ready to make Delph a key addition in a bargain deal, the 29-year-old entering the final year of his current contract at the Etihad.

-source: The Telegraph


Only & if

According to a source at the Bundesliga runners-up, Diallo will only be sold if he really pushes for an exit, in tandem with a club willing to pay the right price. Timing is also a key concern. BVB have only just started their pre-season and are reluctant to make the call on Diallo’s future before Favre has had time to assess his choices in more depth.

-source: Raphael Honigstein


Should have gone to Napoli last season

Mattia Perin could find his future in Portugal. The Juventus goalie is looking for more playing time as he tries to win Mancini’s confidence ahead of the 2020 Euros and after the initial doubts, the Italian is evaluating the Portuguese options: Benfica is strongly interested in him and are ahead of Porto in that regard.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio


Replacement

Atalanta are thinking about the future: Gianluca Mancini is in fact getting closer and closer to Roma, so the Nerazzurri are working on bringing a substitute for the born in 96’ defender. Sergi Gomez, 27-year-old defender from Sevilla, who’s played 48 games last season, could take that job.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio


Offer made

Bayer Leverkusen have asked Roma for Patrik Schick plus €10m in order to part with winger Leon Bailey, claim Sportitalia. The Italian television channel maintains talks are progressing, but remain very difficult for the player who turns 22 next month.

-source: Football Italia


Far off

Fiorentina are continuing to reject Milan and Roma offers for Jordan Veretout, reported to be €17m and €18m respectively, so both turn to Jean Michael Seri. According to Sky Sport Italia, the negotiations are continuing with both clubs and the French midfielder remains out of pre-season training with his teammates, particularly as he was pelted with insults by the Viola fans.

-source: Football Italia


EE to Naples

Eljif Elmas will complete his move from Fenerbahce to Napoli over the weekend for €16m plus bonuses, claim Sky Sport Italia. The Macedonia international turns 20 in September and already has 11 senior caps to his name, with two goals.

-source: Football Italia


Turkey beckons

Fenerbahce are the favorites to sign Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen, as the Giallorossi want at least €6m for the Swede. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, there are precious few genuine offers on the table for Olsen.

-source: Football Italia


James still waiting

On his 28th birthday, James Rodriguez’s future is still not mapped out. The Colombian midfielder is very close to leaving Real Madrid for Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli, but Los Blancos aren’t backing down on their asking price. Napoli sporting director Cristian Giuntoli has been in Madrid for the past few days to try to agree a deal for James.

-source: Marca


UCL club


Difficult to offload


Dembele doesn’t want to leave


Looks like Wolves want him as well