The summer window will be opening before you know it, and rumours around the world are picking up steam. As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest gossip. See the latest deals here.
TOP STORY: Lukaku has unfinished business at Chelsea
Romelu Lukaku is eager to return to Chelsea from Everton this summer as he feels he has unfinished business with the Blues, according to the Mirror. The Belgian international, who has struck 18 times in the Premier League this season for the Toffees, left the West London for Merseyside for £28 million in 2014.
Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte now wants Lukaku to return to Stamford Bridge to spearhead his attack, and the outgoing Premier League champions may be willing to fork out as much as twice the fee they received from Everton two summers ago for the 22-year-old.
Arsenal to make Mahrez No. 1 target
Arsenal will make Leicester superstar Riyad Mahrez their top target this summer, with Arsene Wenger prepared to let Theo Walcott leave the Emirates, according to the Sun.
The Gunners will attempt to prize away the Foxes’ star man with a £25m bid after a string of stunning performances for the league leaders. Walcott’s time at Arsenal looks to be over, though, with Wenger prepared to let the England international depart after yet another lacklustre season for the 27-year-old.
Gunners step up pursuit of Brozovic
Arsenal’s list of summer targets isn’t limited to Mahrez, though, as the North London side hope to beat Internazionale to the signature of £16m-rated Marcelo Brozovic after the Croatian’s impressive loan spell with the Nerazzurri this season, according to Corriere dello Sport (via the Express).
The Gunners have liked what they have seen from the 23-year-old midfielder in Serie A and hope to jump in front of Inter to capture the Dinamo Zagreb player on a permanent deal. Wenger wants to see Brozovic finish the season strongly before attempting to bring him to the Emirates this summer.
Man United set to beat Serie A giants to Biglia
Manchester United are leading the chase for Lazio’s Lucas Biglia, though Inter and Juventus are also in the running, according to Corriere dello Sport (via the Express).
The Albiceleste‘s failure to tie down the Argentine international to a new long-term deal means that with only two years left on his current deal, they are prepared to cash in on the 30-year-old. A fee of £20m has been floated for the player Lazio brought to Serie A from Anderlecht for approximately £7m three summers ago.
– Chelsea will look to tie up a deal for one of Ajax’s most highly rated prospects, Juan Familia Castillo, in the next few weeks, according to the Mail. The Netherlands under-16 captain, who plays either centrally or on the left of midfield, is now set to join the Blues over Manchester United, who previously expressed an interest in the 16-year-old.
– As the Blues continue to rebuild this summer, they face a battle with West Ham for Bologna’s super-talented midfielder Amadou Diawara, according to Italian newspaper Corriere di Bologna. The Felsinei will demand as much as £24m for the 18-year-old Guinea international, who has been extremely impressive for Roberto Donadoni’s side in Serie A this season.
– Manchester United will face competition from Juventus for Ajax starlet Kenny Tete, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The 20-year-old’s contract is up in a year and the Bianconeri have now joined the Red Devils in the hunt for the full-back.
– Crystal Palace remain in the hunt for Fiorentina’s star striker Khouma Babacar and will launch a bid of around £8m this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. Alan Pardew’s side were interested in the Senegalese star in the winter transfer window but a move failed to materialise.