The football world’s gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals here.
Alexis giving Gunners one last shot
Alexis Sanchez is going to give Arsenal one more chance to prove their ambition by sticking around for the final year of his contract, despite interest from Premier League champions-elect Chelsea.
The Daily Mirror reports that Sanchez is happy in London — a possible hint that a transfer across the capital to Stamford Bridge could be his favoured move ahead of joining Juventus or Paris Saint-Germain — but he is also aware Arsenal are unlikely to sell him to a direct rival, which is another reason that running his contract down is a viable option.
It is claimed that Arsenal have offered the Chile international £250,000-a-week to stay with them, but he wants to see if they make the necessary changes to the squad that will enable the Gunners to challenge for the Prem title before he commits.
Bayern teeing up big raise for Thiago
Bayern Munich hope to put an end to any Barcelona or Manchester City interest in Thiago Alcantara by offering the midfielder a new contract until 2021 that will make him one of the best-paid players in the club’s history.
According to Sport, talks have already begun and the defending German champions hope that the faith Carlo Ancelotti has put in the 25-year-old will convince him to sign. The Spain international, brought to Bayern by Pep Guardiola in 2013, is on course to set a personal best for appearances in a season.
Bayern will lose the influence and experience of Xabi Alonso when he retires in the summer, meaning keeping Thiago in the team will become even more crucial.
Mourinho making Perisic plea
Jose Mourinho wants Manchester United to beat Chelsea to the signing of Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic and is willing to spend €60 million to seal the deal.
Gazzetta Dello Sport reports that although Inter’s new owners are ready to invest heavily this summer, they must do so within UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations and are willing to sell one big name to land Domenico Berardi and Federico Bernardeschi.
United have drawn 12 times in the Premier League this season, the most of anyone in the division, but Croatia international Perisic, who has nine goals and three assists in Serie A, would go some way to providing them with the cutting edge they have lacked in front of goal.
– The Sun reckons scouts from Manchester United, Arsenal and West Brom took in Benfica’s game against Estoril on Wednesday as the Premier League sides weigh up moves for central defender Victor Lindelof, right-back Nelson Semedo and goalkeeper Ederson.
– Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton will all be disappointed to see the Leicester Mercury report that Kasper Schmeichel does not have a release clause in his contract. The 30-year-old, whose current deal with Leicester runs until 2021, has been a key figure on and off the pitch for the club in recent seasons.
– Stoke are ready to sell £18.3m club-record signing Giannelli Imbula at a loss, the Daily Telegraph reports, and could offload the 24-year-old former Porto midfielder for as little as £10m. It is claimed Juventus, Roma and Marseille showed interest last summer but Imbula will not be allowed to leave on loan.