The winter window might have shut, but the rumour mill rolls on. As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest rumours and gossip. See the latest deals here.
Madrid back in for De Gea
The news that every Manchester United fan doesn’t want to hear: Yes, Real Madrid are still keen on goalkeeper David De Gea, reports the Daily Star.
The United star signed a new contract after almost moving to the Bernabeu in the summer, but Madrid don’t give up easily. Despite the fact that Keylor Navas has become one of the best goalkeepers in Europe this season, Real Madrid are still after Spain’s future No. 1.
Without Champions League football (and possibly not even Europa League either), United will struggle to ward off Madrid’s advances a second time. One can only hope the saga is not as dramatic as the last one …
Juve plot Alexis swoop
With just two years remaining on Alexis Sanchez‘s contract, Arsenal are working tirelessly to tie down the Chilean to a new four-year deal. Should the North London club be unable to come to terms with the former Barcelona man, however, there are suitors waiting to strike a deal, according to the Mirror.
Juventus are reportedly keen to bring Alexis to Turin following their Champions League round-of-16 exit at the hands of Bayern Munich, and they are willing to offer the same £35 million that the Gunners paid Barca two years ago for the attacker’s services. And if that doesn’t work out, Atletico Madrid are also reportedly interested in the electric Chilean.
Liverpool eye Sule move
Becoming a regular for your team in the centre of defence at just 20 years old is pretty impressive, and Liverpool have certainly taken note of the progress made by Niklas Sule at Hoffenheim. The centre-back has made 53 appearances for his side since making his debut in 2013, and he has caught the attention of Jurgen Klopp, according to Sport Bild.
The Germany under-21 international has a bright future ahead of him. With the Reds already having lined up Schalke’s Joel Matip on a free transfer this summer, Sule could be part of a new-look Liverpool back line next season.
– Juventus are keen on Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud if the Gunners decide to upgrade their striking services over the summer, according to Tuttosport.
– Manchester City are ready to go head-to-head with Barcelona and Bayern Munich for young Rennes winger Ousmane Dembele, according to the Mail. The 18-year-old has a host of suitors, and no doubt Tottenham will join the race to add another Dembele to their squad list, while also chasing Fulham striker Moussa.
– Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has completed a deal to join the Colorado Rapids this summer and will return to Major League Soccer after 13 years in England.
– Twenty games after a 1-0 loss to Swansea prompted Aston Villa to sack manager Tim Sherwood. Another 1-0 defeat to the Swans will push the Midlands club to oust current boss Remi Garde, report the Star.