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Rumor Mill: Carlo wants Icardi; Everton want Costa; Zaniolo-Higuain swap?

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The special one to stay in Europe

Jose Mourinho has turned down a bumper £88m (€100m) contract to manage a club in China, according to Sky sources. It is claimed Guangzhou Evergrande were willing to pay the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss £28m a season, with bonuses, in what is believed to be the biggest managerial offer in world football.

-source: Sky Sports News


Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has ordered the club to look into the feasibility of signing Diego Costa as he attempts to make a ‘statement signing’ in this window. Despite Everton having overspent their budget over the last three years, leaving director of football Marcel Brands the task of reducing a bloated squad, Moshiri has indicated he is willing to pay for a marquee signing up front.

-source: Daily Mail

Bournemouth rejected & accepted

Bournemouth have seen an opening bid of £12million for England goalkeeper Jack Butland flatly rejected by Stoke City. Stoke have agreed with 26-year-old Butland that he can leave this summer for £20m plus add-ons should he do well in the Premier League and on the international stage. However, the Championship club insist he will remain in the Potteries to try and win promotion if the asking price is not met.

-source: Daily Mail

Bournemouth have agreed a deal to sign Luton’s Jack Stacey for £4m, with the defender set for a medical on Monday. Luton previously rejected three bids for the versatile 23-year-old - voted Luton’s Young Player of the Year last season - after helping the Hatters clinch the Sky Bet League One title, scoring four goals in 45 games.

-source: Sky Sports News


Gianluigi Donnarumma told Milan he wants to stay, which means reducing his salary with a new contract. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the goalkeeper has made it clear to the new owners Elliott Management that he is committed to rebuilding the Rossoneri.

-source: Football Italia

Higuaín to Roma?

Gonzalo Higuain is starting to consider a Roma move, according to the Corriere dello Sport, on loan with option to buy at €26m and a reduced Juventus salary.

-source: Football Italia

PSG want Malcom

Paris Saint-Germain could be open to a Malcom plus cash swap deal, with Neymar heading back to FC Barcelona. According to French newspaper La Parisien, PSG would considering a player plus cash move, with former Bordeaux winger Malcom moving to the Parc de Princes.

-source: Football Espana

Next on Mauricio’s list

Tottenham are considering a move for Spanish U21 international Dani Olmo, according to reports in Muchodeporte.

-source: Football Espana

Holding out

Real Madrid are holding out for €42m in their negotiations with Napoli over the sale of James Rodriguez. However, as it stands, Napoli are only willing to offer €35m, with Los Blancos determined to get more for a player they spent €73m on five years ago according to Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport.

-source: Football Espana

Pau for Paulo

Reports in Spain suggest Roma have agreed terms with Real Betis for goalkeeper Pau Lopez at a total cost of over €30m. The Giallorossi identified him as the ideal replacement for Robin Olsen, who was bitterly disappointing last season. Negotiations had stalled over the last couple of days and he was seen in pre-season training with the Spaniards. According to the Diario de Sevilla newspaper, the two clubs have now worked out a deal that will end up being worth over €30m rather than the original €28m.

-source: Football Italia

Vasquez to the Gunners

Arsenal are preparing a bid for Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Vazquez, according to reports in Diario AS. The Spanish international has been widely rumored to be one of the names on Zinedine Zidane’s list of players that can be sold to raise funds for further transfers, and the Premier League side are keen.

-source: Football Espana

Conte wants King Arturo

Inter Milan are considering a move for FC Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal, according to reports in Italy. Italian daily newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport have confirmed that new Inter manager Antonio Conte wants to bring the combative Chile international to Serie A, ahead of the 2019-20 season.

-source: Football Espana


Napoli are prepared to pay Inter’s €60m asking price and could even include Lorenzo Insigne in a swap deal for Mauro Icardi, as he’s tempted to turn on Juventus. Now multiple sources are confident Napoli will pay up the €60m asking price for the Argentina international, with a salary that even surpasses the one proposed by Juve. There is even the possibility, according to the Corriere dello Sport, that Insigne could be used as part of an exchange deal for Inter.

-source: Football Italia


Fiorentina want an experienced striker, so are eyeing up Chicharito Hernandez of West Ham or Boca Juniors forward Dario Benedetto. According to the Corriere dello Sport, Vincenzo Montella believes Giovanni Simeone would benefit from a more mature strike partner.

-source: Football Italia


Fabian Ruiz wants to see his Napoli salary doubled in order to turn down a move to Real Madrid, claim reports. According to Il Mattino, the midfielder is more than happy to remain at the Stadio San Paolo, but expects to be rewarded for this loyalty.

-source: Football Italia


Nicolò Zaniolo could leave Roma and join Juventus in exchange for Gonzalo Higuain plus cash, although Tottenham Hotspur offered €23m plus Toby Alderweireld. Talks have hit problems for a new contract and new director of sport Fabio Paratici warned Roma would not go overboard with his salary. Sportitalia and the Corriere dello Sport believe this means Zaniolo is leaning towards the exit and his favoured destination would be Juventus.

-source: Football Italia


Milan have put Fabio Borini on the market and Crystal Palace are preparing an offer, claim reports, with Aston Villa also interested. According to and La Gazzetta dello Sport, Crystal Palace are the club ready to make a genuine proposal for Borini.

-source: Football Italia

Inter’s Nainggolan problem

While Napoli and Juve are duelling for Icardi’s signature at a cost of €60m, Nainggolan is seemingly more of a problem, having just arrived from Roma a year ago. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter had tried to offer the Belgian to Jiangsu Suning, a Chinese club owned by the same corporation as the Nerazzurri, but he rejected the move. It’s suggested Nainggolan could even be allowed to go out on loan, but his €4.5m per year salary limits the clubs open to that idea.

-source: Football Italia

Gervinho in demand once again

Gervinho had a career revival at Parma and is reportedly fielding offers from Fenerbahce, Galatasaray, Lille, Monaco, even potentially Fiorentina and Inter. The Ivory Coast international only recently turned 32 and proved his pace is still deadly with 11 goals and three assists in 30 Serie A games last season. According to Sportitalia, that proved enough to convince several other clubs that Gervinho still has a lot to give at the top level.

-source: Football Italia

Barca, not Inter

Reports in Brazil claim Inter made an offer to free agent Dani Alves, but he would prefer a return to Barcelona. According to UOL Esporte, Inter have sent a proposal for a two-year contract and the personal terms are considered satisfactory. However, Dani Alves has his heart set on a return to Barcelona, where he spent eight years up to 2016.

-source: Football Italia

Veretout offer increased

According to Sportitalia, Milan are now offering €13m cash plus Biglia, but the problem remains that Fiorentina only want money and no player exchanges. This has also proved an issue with Roma, who have not raised their most recent bid.

-source: Football Italia

Officially official

Cuadrado to join SES

Juan Cuadrado is negotiating a €15m move to Shanghai Shenhua, which could mean Juventus take Joao Cancelo off the market. The Colombia international is very close to the transfer towards China, claim La Stampa, Tuttosport and more.

-source: Football Italia


After the acceleration on the deal a couple of days ago, Roma’s Stephan El Shaarawy is indeed one step away from moving to China - precisely to Shanghai Shenhua. For the past few weeks, the club have come forward to offer the player a very generous 3-year contract, amounting to around €40 million. Today, an agreement was found between the clubs, with the Giallorossi accepting their €18 million euro offer (bonuses included) for the former Genoa and Milan attacker. Tomorrow, Sunday 7 July, the player will fly to Shanghai, where he will support his medicals and sign his contract.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio

Gedson Fernandes

After reaching an agreeement with Empoli for Krunic and Bennacer, Milan are looking to add another midfielder to their ranks. The Rossoneri have especially targeted 1999-born midfielder Gedson Fernandes and on Friday they have held contacts with the players agent to inquire about the price set by Benfica. According to the player’s entourage, Benfica value Gedson Fernandes at €30 million plus bonuses.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio

Manolas replacement

The Giallorossi are interested in Nkoulou of Torino. Their new director of sport Petrarchi knows him well because he brought him to Italy while at Torino. The asking price from the granata is 35 million euros. Roma have Mancini of Atalanta still in the balance but they are trying for Nkoulou anyway.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio

West Ham to Sassuolo

Sassuolo are very active on the transfer market. On top of pursuing Borussia Dortmund’s Toljan as a potential replacement for Lirola, the neroverdi are also interested in Pedro Obiang. The West Ham midfielder previously played for Sampdoria, he has been rumored to return to Italy in the past after being linked to Fiorentina.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio



Totti at Real?

In search of game-time


Gosens to Schalke


Moved ahead


The Sunday Times claims that Juventus are ready to offer €134m to bring Paul Pogba back from Manchester United, with Real Madrid also in line. According to today’s newspaper in England, the Bianconeri are ready for anything to reunite with Pogba after he was sold to the Old Trafford club for €105m plus bonuses in 2016.

-source: Football Italia

Manchester United have changed their position on Paul Pogba, and are now ready to negotiate his departure. According to reports in Marca, the Premier League side are willing to listen to offers for the French international, who has been heavily linked with a switch to Real Madrid before the start of the 2019-20 campaign.

-source: Football Espana

El Tigre

Arsenal still after Saliba

ASSE business

To be rejected

The Dembele conundrum

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