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 and potential deals here.
Chelsea come calling for Sanchez
If Arsenal are to sell Alexis Sanchez this summer, they do not want it to be to a Premier League rival. But newly crowned champions Chelsea intend to test their mettle, with Antonio Conte making the Chile international a prime target, the Independent reports.
Although the Gunners have struggled this season and are likely to miss out on Champions League football, Sanchez’s form has been exceptional: He has 23 goals and 10 assists in 35 Premier League appearances.
Conte is said to like Sanchez’s energy and that he can play both as a striker and off the main striker. A move to Stamford Bridge could suit the Arsenal man, due to him not having to uproot from London, a city he is reported to enjoy living in.
A move to Chelsea would not go down well with Arsenal fans, but with Sanchez entering the final year of his contract, it could represent a final opportunity for the Gunners to recoup a significant fee before losing him for nothing.
Matic to Man United?
There could be sales as well as new signings at Chelsea this summer, with Jose Mourinho keen to bring Nemanja Matic to Manchester United.
The Manchester Evening News claims Mourinho is keen to sign Matic to play alongside Paul Pogba and to replace Michael Carrick at Old Trafford. Eric Dier is another reported target, but it is said negotiating with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy could scupper the chances of that deal taking place.
Mourinho, who is reported have £200 million to spend on new arrivals this summer, signed Matic for Chelsea in January 2014, and the midfielder became a key member of his 2014-15 Premier League title-winning side.
Sigurdsson could return to Spurs
Tottenham will look to add to their squad this summer, but the Daily Star’s claim that Gylfi Sigurdsson could be set for a return to the club is unexpected.
Sigurdsson joined Spurs from Hoffenheim in 2012, but after two seasons at White Hart Lane, he was sold to Swansea, where he has become a key figure over the past three years.
The Star reckons that Sigurdsson is viewed as a preferred alternative to Ross Barkley, another Spurs target, and could move for a fee of £25m. Although it is reported that Levy will sanction a deal for the Iceland international, Spurs could face competition from Everton to complete the move.
Manchester clubs vie for Ederson
It is no secret that both Manchester United and Manchester City will be looking for a new goalkeeper this summer. United face the prospect of losing David De Gea to Real Madrid, while Pep Guardiola is reported to be looking for a new No. 1 after the signing of Claudio Bravo has failed to work out as he would have liked.
The Mirror claims that both United and City want 23-year-old Benfica goalkeeper Ederson, who is represented by Jorge Mendes, and they will go head-to-head for his services.
– Alexandre Lacazette has confirmed he will leave Lyon this summer, saying “it’s the right time” to head for a new club, while hinting he could move to Atletico Madrid.
– RB Leipzig are eyeing moves for a number of Premier League-based players after securing Champions League football. The Bundesliga side are keen on Manchester City’s Jadon Sancho and Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke, according to the Daily Mail, who report that the club’s model is based upon giving young players a chance.
– Orlando City manager Jason Kreis is determined to hang on to forward Cyle Larin, despite the attention of European clubs.
Speaking to ESPN FC in an exclusive interview, Kreis said: “[Larin] is our player. We’ll lose him when we want to lose him. He can’t go anywhere unless we sell him, so we’re very much a part of the decision.”
– Southampton have joined Everton, West Brom, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough in watching KAS Eupen striker Henry Onyekuru. The Mirror claims that 19-year-old Onyekuru, who has scored 22 goals so far this season, has a £6.8m release clause in his contract and will leave Belgium this summer.