Transfer Rumours: Man City Enter Griezmann Race, Liverpool Scout Lyon Trio, Barça Eye Gomes & More

?Unfortunately, we’re not in the thick of transfer season just yet, but excitingly the Premier League window is now officially open.

Links have been flying in left, right and centre throughout the season and with clubs in England now capable of signing players, the rumour mill has gone off the rails.

So with a pinch of salt at the ready, here are seven bitesize ones which you might have missed.


Barcelona Considering Move for Man Utd Starlet

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One player that Manchester United fans aren’t expecting to see leave as part of their rebuild this summer is teenage midfielder Angel Gomes.

But the Manchester Evening News claim that United’s England Under-19 international has emerged as a transfer target for La Liga champions Barcelona.

Gomes will be entering the final year of his contract next season, but the Catalan giants will look to pull a fast one by signing him on the cheap this summer amidst the chaos behind the scenes at Old Trafford.


Asmir Begovi? Tipped to Join Fenerbahçe

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Bournemouth’s now third-choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovi? looks set to be offered an escape route from the south coast by Turkish giants Fenerbahçe.

The Bosnia & Herzegovina international was once one of the highest rated goalkeepers outside of the Premier League’s top six, but he’s now behind Mark Travers and 39-year-old Artur Boruc in Eddie Howe’s pecking order.

The Mirror report that ?Fenerbahçe could sign Begovi? for just £7m this summer as they prepare to rejig their squad after finishing in the bottom half of the table in Turkey.  

Elsewhere with the south coast club, The Daily Mail claims that striker Lys Mousset is a £10m target for Celtic.


Leicester City & Arsenal Battle for Ligue 1 Winger

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Even with a new manager at the helm at Arsenal, the north London club look desperate to raid French leagues once again. This time the Gunners are eyeing up Stade Rennais winger Ismaïla Sarr.

But Sarr is also catching the eye at Leicester City, with an insider telling Senegalese outlet wiwsport: “Leicester, Roma and AC Milan are the three clubs that have shown genuine interest in signing Ismaila.

“He has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Liverpool. But I have not heard any news from either of these two clubs.”


Ferland Mendy Agrees to Real Madrid Switch

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In-demand Olympique Lyonnais defender Ferland Mendy has agreed to personal terms with Real Madrid.

French outlet Euro United insist that a fee still hasn’t been agreed between Los Blancos and Lyon, but the defender’s agreement to their offer has ticked a box for Madrid’s re-appointed manager Zinedine Zidane.

The 23-year-old’s arrival could leave Marcelo’s future up for debate, although Real Madrid are already looking to offload left-backs Sergio Reguilón and Theo Hernández.


Man Utd & Liverpool Shortlist Lyon Quartet

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Manchester United are considering the prospect of Romelu Lukaku leaving the club this summer, and The Sun report that Lyon’s Moussa Dembélé has emerged as a potential £40m replacement for the club.

The former Celtic and Fulham striker won’t be the household name that fans are hoping for at Old Trafford, but he’s coming off the back of a 22-goal haul across all competitions and is close to breaking into the senior French national team.

Liverpool are also claimed to be looking at players from the Groupama Stadium for summer targets.

Mercato365 claim midfielders Tanguy Ndombele and Houssem Aouar are being targeted by Jürgen Klopp, as well as Netherlands international Memphis Depay.


Man City ‘Willing to Pay’ for Antoine Griezmann

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Antoine Griezmann has announced that he will be leaving Atlético Madrid this summer, with many expecting that the France international will complete a move to Barcelona at the second time of asking – a move to Camp Nou fell through last year.

The 28-year-old will pocket €17m, €18m and €19m in his first three years at the club respectively, according to Euro United.

If Sport are to be believed, however, then Barcelona could face competition for his signature, with Manchester CityBayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain claimed to be willing to pay the forward’s release clause.

Cadena COPE’s Antonio Ruiz added that Bayern Munich were interested in Griezmann, but Sport Bild reporter Christian Falk quickly dismissed the suggestion by claiming the forward already had an agreement with Barcelona.


Crystal Palace to Speed Up Permanent Deal for Goalkeeper 


??Crystal Palace loanee Lucas Perri is expected to complete a permanent move to Selhurst Park within the next month.

UOL claims that the Brazilian, who’s on loan with the club from Sao Paulo, will cost Roy Hodgson’s side €4.5m this summer.

The 21-year-old has impressed since arriving at the club and after being selected for Brazil’s squad for upcoming Toulon Tournament, which will be near identical to the team which plays in next year’s Olympics.

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Barcelona Set Prices for Umtiti, Rakitic & Coutinho as They Look to Raise €265m in Summer Overhaul

?Barcelona are spending big this summer with €75m Frenkie de Jong already confirmed and Matthijs de Ligt and Antoine Griezmann likely on the way for even bigger fees. 

However, the Spanish champions are looking to offset their outgoings with a number of sales this summer, which could total a massive €265m and see some very high-profile names put on the market.

?Marca claim that Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Ivan Rakitic, Malcom, Nelson Semedo, Rafinha and Jasper Cillessen will all be put up for sale by ?Barcelona as part of the shake-up, following another traumatic season in Europe. 


In addition, Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez, who were both loaned out in 2018/19 also, are (less surprisingly) expected to leave, while Marc Cucurella will be re-signed from Eibar before being sold for profit.

Most intriguingly, Marca puts specific price tags against many of the players named as available for market.

Philippe Coutinho

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As previously speculated ?by other reports, Coutinho’s tag is apparently set at €100m.

Marca name-check Chelsea as keen in the misfit Brazilian should Eden Hazard leave as anticipated. However, their ability to do business very much depends on the outcome of the CAS verdict on their two-window transfer ban.

Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have also been linked with Coutinho, while ?Calciomercato claims the Red Devils are ‘interested’ but have yet to make a bid.

Spanish football expert ?Guillem Balague, meanwhile, slightly contradicts those reports by saying that Cotuinho is not ‘on the market’, but the Barça will listen to offers. Again, Balague mentions the figure of €100m.

Coutinho himself is apparently defiant over his Barça future, with the star’s agent Andrea Bartolucci insisting that ?the expected arrival of Griezmann won’t be as a replacement.

Samuel Umtiti

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The other most enticing name on the list for Premier League fans is 25-year-old World Cup winner Samuel Umtiti, for whom Marca assign the eyebrow-raisingly low price tag of just €40m.

The likes of Arsenal have been linked in the past. However, regardless of how reasonable Umtiti’s valuation is in the current market, ?it may be too much for the Gunners who could be in for a lean summer if they don’t win the Europa League.

Umtiti has suffered with a difficult knee injury this season and has seen his first-team berth usurped by fellow Frenchman Clement Lenglet. Marca also add in their report that Umtiti ‘has no intention to leave’, making a transfer difficult.

Meanwhile, Rakitic is listed at €50m. A report from Catalan daily ?Sport suggests Inter will make an offer of that value if the Nerazzurri qualifies for the Champions League. With two games to play in Serie A, Inter are currently third and four points ahead of fifth, making that a probable outcome.

In addition, Semedo is tipped to sell for €35m, Cillessen €30m and Gomes between €20m and €25m.

A bidding war between Tottenham and Everton is expected for the latter after he impressed in the Premier League with the Toffees in 2018/19.

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Barcelona President Insists Ernesto Valverde Is ‘the Coach We Want’ Ahead of Cup Final

?Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has insisted the club have no intentions of removing Ernesto Valverde from his post as Barcelona manager, despite another embarrassing exit from the UEFA Champions League this year.

Having led 3-0 from the first leg of their semi final against Liverpool, Valverde’s men crumbled to a 4-0 second leg defeat; just one season after relinquishing a 4-1 lead in last season’s quarter finals against Roma.

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As a result, Valverde faced huge criticisms and calls for his head, despite leading the club to the La Liga title and into a domestic final later this month. Nevertheless, Bartomeu has backed the 55-year-old to continue in charge of ?La Blaugrana, claiming he is the right man in charge and is yet to finish the ‘project’ at hand in Catalonia.

“Valverde said the other day that he has the support of the president and the board,” he told ?Marca.

“He’s the coach we want. We’re halfway through a large project. He has a contract and we’re very happy with him. Now it’s about how the players recover from the enormous setback.”


Support for Valverde comes ahead of the Copa del Rey showpiece against Valencia, with some rumours suggesting the Spaniard’s job depended on the outcome of the match. That has been dispelled by Bartomeu, who stated that the ‘main objective’ was always ?La Liga success.

“[The final] isn’t the deciding factor [on whether Valverde stays],” Bartomeu added. “The main objective is the league and then we want the Copa or the Champions League. It’s been a magnificent season, we’ve won [the league] with games to spare. We all want more. Now we’ve got the Copa final and we’re coming off the back of a damaging defeat.”

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Denis Suarez Emerges as Surprise Chelsea Target Despite Dismal Loan Spell at Arsenal

?Denis Suarez has emerged as a surprise target for Chelsea, with a permanent departure from Barcelona looking more and more likely this summer.

Having originally moved to Catalonia back in 2013, Suarez was loaned out to Sevilla and subsequently sold to Villarreal, before making a return to Camp Nou in 2016. However, he once again failed to fully establish himself for La Blaugrana, and was eventually loaned to Arsenal in January of this year. 

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Upon his arrival at the Emirates, Arsenal fans were hoping that the reuniting of Suarez with manager Unai Emery would result in him replicating the sort of form that saw the midfielder help Emery’s Sevilla side to Europa League glory in arguably the Spaniard’s best season to date.

Unfortunately, injury restricted Suarez to just four appearances for the Gunners before returning to Barcelona – but according to Sport, that hasn’t deterred London rivals Chelsea from taking an interest in his services.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is thought to be a long-term admirer of Suarez, having been keen to sign him for Napoli whilst he was at the helm. With Eden Hazard looking likely to become Real Madrid’s latest ‘Galactico’, Sarri could be in the market to strengthen his midfield options, with Suarez able to operate out wide and in the middle. 

Maurizio Sarri

Any potential talks between the Blues and Suarez will be dependent on the outcome of Chelsea’s potential transfer ban. Having failed in their original appeal against FIFA’s decision, their next course of action could be to lodge an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which could result in an uplifting of the transfer ban or buy them enough time to make signings before the ban is imposed.

If Chelsea’s transfer ban makes a move to west London impossible, Suarez would not be short of other suitors. Top of the list would be a move to Valencia, which would see the Spaniard reuniting with manager Marcelino, who he played under during his time at Villarreal.    

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Transfer Rumours: Cancelo to Leave Juventus, James to Leeds, Neres to Atletico & More

?The summer transfer window is right around the corner and, with each passing day, it seems like another blockbuster deal emerges out of nowhere.

Now, a lot of this #goss disappears just as quickly as it pops up but, as they say, there’s usually no smoke without fire.

Here are eight stories for you to sink your teeth into.


Agent Confirms Liverpool Interest in Young Turkish Goalkeeper

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Gone are the days when ?Liverpool fans were fretting which one of Simon Mignolet or ?Loris Karius would ruin their day. Alisson is the star of the show now, but there are still a few doubts about his backup.

Mignolet could still leave the club, and the Reds look to be preparing for that by tracking Trabzonspor starlet Ugurcan Cakir. The 23-year-old’s agent told ?Ajansspor? that Jurgen Klopp’s side have made contact ahead of a summer deal, although they are yet to receive any bids.

Cakir has enjoyed an impressive year, but he could hardly be much of a downgrade to Mignolet anyway.


Porto Star ‘Passes Atletico Medical’ Ahead of €20m Summer Move

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With Diego Godin leaving the club this summer, ?Atletico Madrid find themselves on the lookout for a new centre-back. Fortunately, it looks like they’ve found one.

The man in question is Porto’s Felipe who, according to ?Maisfutebol, ?has already completed a medical with Diego Simeone’s side, and it is simply a matter of time before his €20m switch to Atletico is confirmed.

The 29-year-old has been one of Porto’s standout performers in recent years, but he has got some big shoes to fill in the heart of Atletico’s defence.


West Ham ‘Agree €40m Deal’ to Sign Porto Striker Moussa Marega

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Porto are on fire, selling players left, right and centre. They must be doing their best Oprah Winfrey impression – ‘YOU GET A PLAYER! YOU GET A PLAYER! EVERYONE GETS PLAYERS!’.

According to ?A Bola, the next man out the door is striker Moussa Marega, who will soon seal a €40m switch to ?West Ham United.

?The Hammers failed in their bid to sign the Mali international last summer, but you’ve got to respect their persistence. Porto know how to get the most for their assets, and it looks like they’ve done it again.


Atletico to Rival PSG in Race for Ajax Sensation David Neres

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Ajax’s performances in the ?Champions League this season have turned several unknown players into household names, and David Neres is a perfect example. The 22-year-old winger has looked like an exciting prospect, and he may soon earn himself a blockbuster move overseas.

?UOL Esporte state that the Paris Saint-Germain are keen to flex their financial muscle to sign him, but Atletico are ready to step up and challenge them. Diego Simeone sees him as the perfect candidate to fill the void on the wing, and will do all he can to win Neres over.

Atletico better get a move on here, as PSG don’t have a habit of hanging around once they identify their targets. ?AC Milan are also keen, so this one is far from over.


Leeds Refuse to Give Up Pursuit of Man Utd Target Daniel James

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?Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ve probably heard that ?Manchester United are ?nearing a £15m deal for ?Swansea City wonderkid Daniel James.? The Welshman had previously been close to ?Leeds United, only for the deal to spectacularly collapse on the last day of the January transfer window.

Leeds still want him and, according to ?Football Insider, they still believe they can get him. The club want him to hold off on completing a move to Old Trafford until Leeds discover whether they will reach the ?Premier League next year, hoping that James may opt to make the move to Yorkshire instead.

For James, this looks like a no-brainer. Every youngster wants to move to a team who can compete for trophies at the highest level, and he will know he can get that with United… Actually, on second thought, maybe wait.


Nelson Semedo Considering Barcelona Future as Premier League Sides Circle

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Poor ?Nelson Semedo. He moved to ?Barcelona in 2017 with all the expectation in the world, but things have not gone to plan, and he still finds himself behind ?Sergi Roberto, who isn’t even a right-back by trade.

?Marca claim that Semedo is sick of life on the bench at Camp Nou, adding that he knows he could get a game with plenty of sides around the world. There has been interest from various sides in the Premier League, who would be willing to pay €35m for his services.

It doesn’t seem like he is ever going to cut it at Barcelona, especially with young Moussa Wague knocking on the door. Time for a change of scenery?


Keylor Navas’ Future Rests on the Shoulders of Man Utd Star David de Gea

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We all love a good transfer merry-go-round, and we could have a really special one on our hands here.

According to ?Onda Cero’s El Transistor radio show, Keylor Navas’ future is up in the air. He seems certain to leave ?Real Madrid, but there are two possible destinations. He could move to PSG, but only if they don’t sign ?David de Gea. However, if PSG do manage to sign the Spaniard, then United will look to replace him with Navas.

It looks like ?Thibaut Courtois has won the battle at the Santiago Bernabeu, and poor Navas now has to look for a new home, despite being the better of the two shot stoppers (am I right, ?Chelsea fans?).


Juventus Ready to Sell Joao Cancelo to Man City or Man Utd ‘on 2 Conditions’

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?Joao Cancelo is firmly on the naughty step at ?Juventus after falling out with manager Massimiliano Allegri. Whatever he did, it looks to have cost him is future at the club.

Both ?Manchester City and Manchester United want to sign the right-back, but ?Calciomercato claim that Juventus will not be forced into agreeing to a deal they don’t want. Instead, they will demand at least €60m, but will only sell if Cancelo himself asks to leave.

Basically, the headline is ‘Juventus will sell Cancelo if they receive a lot of money’. Bet you’ve never heard anything like that before.

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