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.
Mourinho wants potent strike trio next season
Jose Mourinho is eyeing up two blockbuster strikers this summer to form his own potent front three to rival the famous “BBC” and “MSN” at Real Madrid and Barcelona, according to the Sun.
Romelu Lukaku and Antoine Griezmann are on the Manchester United manager’s wish list, claims the report, and the Portuguese tactician wants to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic to act as a leader of his new-look attack.
It is reported that the pair could cost as much £160 million, with Mourinho intent on reducing the scoring burden Ibrahimovic currently carries. The 35-year-old would then extend his stay at Old Trafford for a further 12 months on a massive salary of £10m.
— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) April 14, 2017
Arsenal ‘win’ Kolasinac race
Arsenal are in turmoil, but they appear to be making moves despite not knowing whether Arsene Wenger will stay at the Emirates.
With transfer fees out of control, free agents are becoming more valuable than ever, and the Gunners have clinched the signing of Sead Kolasinac from Schalke on a free, reports the Mirror.
Earlier reports this month had suggested AC Milan, under new ownership, had struck a deal, but the North London side are reportedly close to announcing a deal. The Bosnian international has impressed at Schalke in the Bundesliga but has opted against renewing his deal in search of a fresh challenge.
Roma agree deal for Chelsea target Kessie
Roma have agreed a deal to sign Chelsea target Franck Kessie, claims Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport.
The Ivorian midfielder, who has been compared with compatriot Yaya Toure, has shone for Atalanta this season in Serie A with a series of dominant displays.
The Giallorossi will reportedly pay €28m for the 20-year-old, as well as paying the player a yearly salary of €1.4m.
Kessie has been the subject of intense interest from the Blues, with Antonio Conte keen to pair N’Golo Kante with a more explosive partner than Nemanja Matic, but the player has opted to remain in Italy.
Hart wants Italy stay
Joe Hart wants to stay at Torino permanently after enjoying his loan from Manchester City, reports the Mirror, but the England international’s wage demands could prevent it from materialising.
City would demand £15m from the Granata to convert his loan into a long-term deal, while Hart’s £120,000-per-week wages are another obstacle.
Tornino manager Sinisa Mihajlovic bemoaned the financial restrictions imposed on the club but maintained hope of a second loan agreement.
“Hart would like to stay at Torino,” Mihajlovic is quoted as saying. “We’re aware, both the club and him, that we can’t buy him. At most we can loan him for another year but that depends on Manchester City and on what he wants.”
– Everton are on the brink of agreeing to terms for Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose, reports the Mail, pointing to an exit for Lukaku. The Brazilian forward would cost around £28m and surely see the Toffees star Lukaku head to the Goodison Park exit having refused to sign a new contract.
– Craig Shakespeare has denied his Leicester City are interested in signing England and Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson, according to the Leicester Mercury. Some reports had suggested the Foxes would be in the running to sign the £30m-rated defender but the interim boss has played down talk.