The Premier League season concludes this weekend and special treatment have already switched to preparing for the next season.
In boardrooms up and down the country, the transfer window is on everyone’s minds. It promises to be as fun and uptight as ever with teams looking to secure big-name signings and offload players that don’t fit the bill.
Manchester United will let Eric Bailly join Premier League rivals Arsenal this summer – but only if the Gunners baffle up the £30million United paid for him.
Centre-back Bailly joined United from Villarreal in 2016 but looks to be on his way out as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revamps his team ready for next season.
Manchester United have settled in principle to pay £86m for Juventus star Paulo Dybala. That is according to football consultant Ian McGarry.
Juventus look set to cash in on Dybala, who has slipped down the pecking order since Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at the Old Lady.
McGarry told the Transfer Window podcast: “There have been some reports In Italy that Manchester United have declared an interest in Dybala, however, our sources are telling us and the information we have is that in fact, United have agreed in principle to pay the 100m euros (£86m) buyout clause that it would take to get Dybala out of Juventus.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United may have established a buyer for Alexis Sanchez in the form of Inter Milan.
The Red Devils are ready to offload the £500,000-a-week flop before the start of the 2019/20 season.
According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Sanchez’s agent has already met with representatives of Inter.
The Milan club are keen to lure Sanchez to the San Siro this summer, but Inter would not offer him a similar deal to his current extortionate salary.
Matthijs De Ligt might have a decade at the top if he joined Liverpool, says former Reds defender Jamie Carragher.
Carragher has urged Jurgen Klopp’s side to sign the centre-back, who captained Ajax’s giant-killing run to the Champions League semi-finals aged just 19.
“I have never seen such a good defender at 19 years old,” said Carragher, in quotes reported by the Liverpool Echo . “He plays as if he’s 29 and at his peak already.
“You can only imagine how good he will be when he actually is 29.”
Liverpool has been urged to sign Leicester’s James Maddison – by former Reds defender Steve Nicol.
Jurgen Klopp will be looking to reinforce his midfield this summer, and Maddision has impressed with the Foxes this season.
Speaking to ESPN, Nicol said: “Klopp’s recent three in the middle of the park for Liverpool, over the last couple of years particularly, has been about gaining possession back, about closing the opposition back, about working really hard and then getting the ball to the front three.
“I would love to see a little change in that with somebody like Maddison, who no question has already shown in the Premier League, from the middle of the park, he can open defenses up, he can create chances.
“I think he will eventually score more goals than he is doing right now.
“I would love to see this. It would be a little change in the way that Klopp operated. But I think this would be a great signing.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is rumour has it that searching for two new midfielders this summer, with Paul Pogba expected to join Real Madrid.
The Evening Standard have named Bruno Fernandes, Idrissa Gueye, Declan Rice and Youri Tielemans as possible options to arrive at Old Trafford.
United face a hard battle for Fernanades from rivals Manchester City but the other three names could feasible move.
Danny Rose said he requirements to ‘go out with a bang’ if next month’s Champions League final proves to be his last for Tottenham.
The Spurs left-back has been linked with numerous clubs including Paris-Saint Germain.
Rose said: “I keep seeing I’m being sold. If it’s going to be my last game for Tottenham against Liverpool I’m hoping to go out with a bang and lift the trophy and see what happens.”
Solskjaer’s £330m extravaganza
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been promised a club-record summer signing.
The Premier League giants are likely to fix their squad in the upcoming transfer window after a sub-par campaign.
The potential departures of Paul Pogba and David De Gea could spark a £330m extravaganza.
But Manchester United bosses have before now made a couple of promises to Solskjaer.
The most eye-catching of which is a guarantee to sign a £100m marquee player, according to
The Sun . The other promise is that Solskjaer will have at slightest £50m to spend on other targets.
Reports in France claim that Lille’s star winger Nicolas Pepe is set to be too expensive for Arsenal, who are looking to fortify their attacking midfielders.
Pepe is in high claim with Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona all reported to be taking an interest in the Ivorian, who Lille are supposedly asking around £65m for.
The 23-year-old has 20 goals and 11 assists in Ligue 1 this season and is leading Lille hooked on the 2019/20 Champions League.
Ander Herrera has underway the Manchester United exodus after agreeing on a £25m deal to join Paris Saint Germain.
The Spanish international, 29, has agreed on a three-year contract worth £160,000-a-week and will linkage with the Fresh champions in July.
He is expected to be the first of numerous big names to leave United this summer following a woeful campaign at Old Trafford.
Herrera is out of contract next month and has been at loggerheads with United bosses over a new one.
Real Madrid have allegedly entered the race for Liverpool youngster Rafael Camacho.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have also been concurrent with a move for the 18-year-old in recent weeks.
Portuguese news outlets have even optional that both Wolves and Borussia Dortmund have had bids turned down for the Liverpool man.
Record (translated by Sport Witness) have now reported that Spanish giants Real Madrid are set to ‘attack’ the signing of Camacho.
The Portuguese youth international has been utilised in a variety of roles all through the season, something which has irked him.
Posting on Instagram earlier this year, he said: “I’m not a right defender; I’m an attacker who scores goals. This is my DNA. Happy to score three goals and help the team in today’s win vs Leicester.”
He currently has one year left on his deal and the Merseysider’s are keen to expand that for another five years.
The main sticking point is believed to be the fact that Camacho wishes first team football and a loan spell for one season.
Real will unite a long line of admirers for the player, including Benfica and Sporting from his homeland.
Eden Hazard has not lined out handing in a transfer request at Chelsea to help ensure they let him leave for Real Madrid.
The Belgian has long been correlated with a move to Madrid and he is desperate to team up with boyhood idol Zinedine Zidane following his reappointment as manager in March.
A fee at a standstill needs to be agreed between the two clubs, though, which will likely be the only factor to damage the forward’s deal.
Hazard hopes he does not have to take extreme action to force Chelsea into selling, given his strong rapport with the club and supporters, even as he looks to leave for Real.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, if significant progress is not made in the hunt for an agreement between the two clubs, Hazard could ultimately make an official transfer request.
Chelsea are still mulling over the future of Callum Hudson-Odoi and may be strained to cash in on the 18-year-old winger this summer.
The Blues are facing rather of a transfer crisis, with a potential ban looming over the club that would prevent them from registering new players in the next two windows.
The lack of incoming players means Hudson-Odoi’s odds of regular first-team football would likely improve, but he faces an uncertain future in west London.
His present contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of next season and Chelsea are yet to hold fresh talks over an extension of that deal.
Real Madrid is reportedly considering discarding Gareth Bale in their Under-23s side if he doesn’t find a new club.
Bale faces an unsure future at the Spanish giants following the return of Zinedine Zidane as manager, and was recently left out of match day squad as Madrid overcame Villarreal last weekend.
Manchester United are long-term admirers of the Welsh superstar, and are believed to be bearing in mind a swoop as part of a mass squad overhaul this summer.
But Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett beam out on Wednesday, saying Bale wants to stay at Madrid and will even see out his contract which expires in 2022.