Taking a look at the biggest transfer stories from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond ahead of the opening of the summer window
MADRID SET JAMES PRICE
James Rodriguez Real Madrid La Liga
James Rodriguez is set to be announced as a Manchester United player imminently, according to Colombian radio station Radio Caracol.
Marca reports that Real Madrid are willing to accept bids of upwards of €75 million for the Colombia international, who has struggled to nail down a starting place in Zinedine Zidane’s team and he could well have found a destination in Old Trafford.
BALE TO UTD, GRIEZY TO REAL?
Gareth Bale Real Madrid
Spanish publication Don Balon reports that Real Madrid could move to sign Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann if Gareth Bale forces his way out of the club.
The report suggests Bale has been assessing his options and is willing to make a move to Old Trafford should all parties come to an agreement on who should go where in what looks to be a busy summer ahead at the Bernabeu.
EVERTON WANT LANZINI
Everton are ready to make a summer transfer bid for West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini, according to the Mirror.
With Ross Barkley looking likely to refuse a new deal at Goodison, Ronald Koeman is looking for creative options to fill the void and sees Lanzini as a sound replacement.
ARSENAL EYE MAHREZ & GIBSON
Ben Gibson Middlesbrough
Arsenal are set to spend £55 million on Riyad Mahrez and Ben Gibson this summer, according to the Daily Express .
Arsene Wenger is set to remain at the Emirates Stadium and wants the Leicester City winger and Middlesbrough defender to lead his summer spending spree.
EVERTON REGISTER INTEREST IN RAHMAN
Abdul Rahman Baba – Schalke
Everton have expressed an interest in signing Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman, though the 22-year-old is poised to return to Schalke on loan, The Daily Mail reports.
Rahman spent this campaign on a season-long loan to the Bundesliga side but suffered a torn knee ligament in January while playing for Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations.
ARSENAL & CHELSEA IN MODRIC CHASE
Luka Modric Real Madrid Sevilla Copa del Rey
Real Madrid’s Luka Modric could be on the move in the summer, according to Diario Gol .
Chelsea, Arsenal, PSG and Bayern Munich are all interested in the Croatia international midfielder, and with Zinedine Zidane focused on making his side more youthful, he could be allowed to leave.
IBRA WAGES COULD SCUPPER GRIEZMANN DEAL
HD Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid
Reports from Football Leaks that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is earning £368,000 per week could prevent Manchester United from signing Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, the Star states.
The France international wants to be the club’s highest-paid player and had wanted a wage of in the region of £300,000 per week before these revelations. Now there are fears he could ask for more and break the club’s wage structure.
IHEANACHO SET FOR DORTMUND?
HD Kelechi Iheanacho Manchester City
Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho could be on his way from the club this summer, with reports from the Daily Mail that Dortmund are interested in the Nigeria striker.
The forward has fallen behind Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero in the pecking order, and so his opportunities could be limited.
LIVERPOOL MAKE ROBERTSON SWOOP
Andrew Robertson Hull City
Hull City defender Andy Robertson has agreed to join Liverpool, according to the Mirror .
The Scotland international will be announced by the Anfield side when the transfer window opens, while centre-back Harry Maguire may follow him west.
BRUNO ALVES IN RANGERS MOVE?
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha will make Portugal centre-back Bruno Alves his showpiece signing of the summer, according to the Daily Record .
The Gers will finish the second third in the Scottish Premiership behind Celtic and Aberdeen, and the boss believes he needs as many as 12 new faces to compete to the standard he wishes.
LIVERPOOL EYE NEW RONALDINHO
Luan Guilherme de Jesus Vieira Gremio
Jurgen Klopp is closing in on a deal to land £26 million Brazilian star Luan, who is dubbed the ‘new Ronaldinho’, according to the Mirror.
Liverpool are said to be long-term admirers of the 24-year-old Gremio forward and held talks with the player’s representatives in London last month.
Luan, who has recently rejected a new deal at his current club, was at the forefront of the Brazilian national team’s success in the Olympics alongside Barcelona star Neymar.
ATLETICO MADRID MOVE FOR VARDY
Jamie Vardy Leicester City Champions League
Atletico Madrid are pondering a summer move for Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, Sky Sports reports.
For the deal to come off, however, Diego Simeone reportedly will have to remain in charge at Vicente Calderon, while the Spanish side’s appeal to CAS against a transfer ban must be successful.
CHELSEA EYE GERMANY STARLET
Jann-Fiete Arp Germany
Chelsea are among a host of to European clubs chasing the signature of Hamburg youngster Jann-Fiete Arp, according to Bild .
The Germany Under-17 captain has been turning heads with his performances at international level, bagging two hat-tricks for his country at the UEFA U-17 Championship in Croatia.
The Blues face stiff competition for the teenager’s signature, though, with Borussia Dortmund and Champions League finalists Juventus also keen.
ARSENAL TO LAUNCH £50M MORATA BID
Alvaro Morata Real Madrid La Liga
Arsenal are ready to bid for Chelsea and Manchester United target Alvaro Morata this summer, according to a report in The Sun .
The Real Madrid striker has grown frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities in Spain and is looking to leave, with Antonio Conte’s Blues leading the chase.
However, Arsene Wenger is willing to sanction a £50m bid as he prepares for the possibility of having to replace Alexis Sanchez, who looks increasingly likely to leave the club.
SPURS & CHELSEA BATTLE FOR SMITH
Team of the Weekend: Adam Smith Bournemouth
Chelsea and Tottenham are set to go head-to-head to sign Bournemouth defender Adam Smith, according to The Sun .
Smith began his career at Spurs and the club are considering a bid to re-sign him as a possible replacement for Kyle Walker, who has been heavily linked with Manchester City.
The Blues, meanwhile, are understood to have scouted the 26-year-old in the 2-2 draw with Stoke, and will watch him again when the Cherries face Burnley.
BARCA EYE ROMEU RETURN
Oriol Romeu Southampton Premier League
Barcelona are considering a move to bring Oriol Romeu back to the club from Southampton this summer, according to Marca .
The midfielder graduated through Barca’s academy but is only now starting to realise his potential at St Mary’s, and would cost at least €15 million to acquire after being named the Saints’ Player of the Year.
BARCA JOIN MAHREZ RACE
Riyad Mahrez Leicester City
Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have entered the race to sign wantaway Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, says the Daily Star .
The Algeria international has had a mixed campaign at the King Power this season and is looking to push for a move away once the season draws to an end.
As well as Barca and PSG, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are all now thought to be interested in securing the attacker, who is valued at around £35 million.
GALA WANT WELBECK
Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is the centre of a £16 million transfer bid from Turkish side Galatasaray, according to reports from the Daily Mail .
The former Manchester United forward has made just seven Premier League starts for the Gunners this season and will make a decision regarding his long-term future once the season ends.
Galatasaray have made contact with the north London side and are willing to pay the £16 million Arsene Wenger and Co paid for him in 2014.
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