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.
Griezmann remains United’s top priority
Jose Mourinho likes the look of Kylian Mbappe and has his eye on Romelu Lukaku, but Antoine Griezmann is the manager’s top target for Manchester United this summer — and Mourinho has enlisted United star Paul Pogba to help complete the signing.
The Daily Telegraph claims Pogba has been trying to allay his France international teammate’s fears about the English weather in an attempt to convince him to leave Atletico Madrid for the Premier League and take United’s attacking threat up a notch.
United have long been linked with Griezmann, who has 22 goals in all competitions for Atletico this season, and it is reported they have no problem upping the ante in their pursuit by meeting his £85 million release clause.
City queuing up in case Alexis leaves London
Alexis Sanchez has said he’d like to stay in London, but just in case he changes his mind, the Manchester Evening News reports that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola could be interested in signing the Arsenal forward.
The path from Emirates Stadium to the Etihad is a well-travelled one, and Arsenal fans probably don’t need to be reminded that Samir Nasri, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Emmanuel Adebayor have all made the move north in recent years.
The MEN reckons City are ready to spend £200 million overhauling their playing squad this summer, and despite having some of the best attacking players in the Premier League already at his disposal, Guardiola may put aside £50m of his budget for Sanchez.
Conte’s future at Chelsea hinges on keeping Hazard
Amid speculation about Antonio Conte‘s future at Chelsea, the Premier League leaders have decided they cannot sell Eden Hazard in case it further unsettles their manager, the London Evening Standard claims.
ESPN FC reported Thursday that Conte is wanted by Inter Milan, and it is said that any hope of keeping him happy at Stamford Bridge hinges on Chelsea keeping their best players, Hazard among them.
For his part, the Belgium international reportedly has reservations about moving to Real Madrid and fears he may not play regularly due to the competition for places in Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI.
Ancelotti, Bayern keen on Atletico’s Carrasco
According to AS, Bayern Munich want to sign Atletico Madrid forward Yannick Carrasco to replace Douglas Costa, but Carrasco’s €100m release clause could present a problem.
A Belgium international, Carrasco caught the eye of Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti when he was in charge at Real Madrid and subsequently came to the attention of Bayern’s board during Atletico’s Champions League win against the Germans earlier this season, during which Carrasco scored the only goal of the game.
It is reported that Atletico manager Diego Simeone is fond of Carrasco, whose contract runs until 2022 — but, as has proven the case in recent years, Atletico will sell if the price is right.
— Reports on Wednesday suggested Manchester United were preparing to sell keeper David De Gea. However, according to the Sun, United have decided to fight Real Madrid’s interest by offering the goalkeeper a fresh contract that will make him among the club’s top earners in a bid to keep him at Old Trafford.
— James Rodriguez is not in manager Zinedine Zidane’s plans for Real Madrid next season, AS reports, and the Frenchman wants to promote Marco Asensio to the first-team squad in the Colombian international’s place. If Los Blancos sell James, they hope to recoup the €80m they paid for him in 2014.
— The Daily Mirror claims Marseille will make another attempt to sign Yohan Cabaye from Crystal Palace at the end of the season after failing with a bid for the midfielder in January. Palace asked for £16m then, but come the summer, when Cabaye will enter the final year of his contract, Marseille are hopeful of striking a deal.