The summer transfer 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: City target North London trio
As Pep Guardiola begins to wring out the last of the Bavarian beer from his suit, after raucous celebrations as Bayern Munich lifted the Bundesliga title, details begin to emerge of his transfer targets for Manchester City.
The Mirror are reporting that City will raid Arsenal for Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez in a sensational double deal. The Citizens, who have previously shown interest in Wilshere, will tempt the Gunners with a £40 million offer and hand the England international a sizeable raise on his wages.
Sanchez, who appears unsettled in North London and keen to challenge for major honours, would seemingly jump at the chance to move north to the Etihad and the Gunners might be inclined to accept City’s advances if they offer a £5m profit on the £35m they invested in the Chilean two years ago.
City will remain in North London, say the Mirror, to approach Spurs for left-back Danny Rose in order to solve a long-term issue after growing frustrated with Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov.
Man United to launch mega deal for James
With the prospects of finishing in the Champions League seemingly remote entering the final day of the Premier League season and Louis van Gaal’s future in doubt, Manchester United look set to spend lavishly this summer to haul themselves out of mediocrity.
The Red Devils will sanction a stunning £60 million move for Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez, according to the Star; essentially offering Los Merengues a refund on a similar figure they paid Monaco two summers ago after his dazzling displays for Colombia at the World Cup.
The 24-year-old has grown disillusioned with life under Zinedine Zidane — who has preferred to use Gareth Bale’s athleticism and the change of pace offered by Isco since replacing Rafael Benitez.
– Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) May 14, 2016
Foxes look to Murillo to bolster defence
Leicester’s summer business appears to be centred around strengthening a strength and Claudio Ranieri is running the rule over Inter Milan’s Jeison Murillo in order to add depth and quality to an already outstanding back line.
The Colombian international is thought to be a perfect fit for the Foxes, with the People explaining that Ranieri believes the 24-year-old would adjust quickly to life at the King Power Stadium.
Murillo, whom Inter signed from Granada last summer, has been previously linked to Liverpool and Manchester United in a deal that would exceed £20 million, but it seems the Premier League champions’ ability to guarantee Champions League football — something that Roberto Mancini’s Nerazzurri cannot do — could open the possibility to a move.
Spurs star on Ranieri’s radar too
While Ranieri’s side are keen to improve their defence yet further — if that is even possible — The Sun claims that the Foxes will look to Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson in a bid to add goals from midfield.
Leicester would have to stump up around £15 million for the Iceland international, as the former Spurs midfielder has proven himself to be a reliable source of goals since arriving in England with Reading.
The 26-year-old is attracting plenty of suitors though, which means Leicester will have to beat out competition from Crystal Palace, Borussia Dortmund, Hertha Berlin and Fiorentina.
Francesco Guidolin, who has now been confirmed as the Swans’ boss on a long-term deal, admits the player will be in demand and with just two years remaining on his current deal, this summer might be the best opportunity to extract a profit on the player.
– As appears to be all the rage this summer, Europe’s biggest clubs are looking to get deals done quickly ahead of Euro 2016 and Napoli appear to have followed Bayern and Dortmund in this regard by capturing highly regarded Empoli defender Lorenzo Tonelli.
Maverick owner Aurelio De Laurentiis took the the microphone after Napoli’s 4-0 victory over Frosinone secured automatic entry to the Champions League as runners-up in Serie A and revealed the Partenopei already have a deal in place for the £9m-rated defender.
De Laurentiis said: “[Manager Maurizio] Sarri doesn’t know this yet, but Napoli have formalised the first signing and it is Tonelli. We’ll sign the paperwork on Monday.”
– Meanwhile Spurs continue their search to find support for Harry Kane and after comparisons with Didier Drogba, it is not hard to see why Basel’s Breel Embolo has appeared on Mauricio Pochettino’s radar.
The 19-year-old has backed up his debut season in Switzerland with another fine campaign, which The Sun reports is enough to push Spurs into shelling out £20 million for his services.