TRANSFER ROUNDUP: Zidane Wants Hazard, Juventus To Make A Shock Swoop For Arsenal Star, And More
Manchester United To Snatch Gomes Away From Juventus
Manchester United may snatch Valencia midfielder André Gomes away from Italian giants Juventus.
According to Tuttosport, both Juventus and Manchester United have been keeping an eye out for André Gomes, and Valencia, who won’t be playing any European football next season, may get ready to part ways with their midfielder for a fee of around €35m. And as per numerous Italian and Spanish sources, Juventus have already made an offer worth €35m + €10m in bonuses for the Portuguese midfielder.
However, contradictory rumours suggest Gomes’ agent Jorge Mendes will not be allowing his client to move to Juventus, as the ‘Super Agent’ wants his 22-year-old starlet to play under Jose Mourinho – the man dubbed to take over at Manchester United this summer. The Red Devils snatching André Gomes from right under Juventus’ nose could be considered as a partial ‘remedy’ to heal the wounds created by Paul Pogba’s move from Manchester to Turin.
Real Madrid Set To Sign Eden Hazard
Real Madrid have agreed a deal in principle to sign Chelsea star Eden Hazard, according to AS.
As per the reports, Real Madrid are set to fend off interest from Paris-Saint Germain and meet Chelsea’s asking price of £78m for Hazard – despite the poor season the Belgian has had. Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been a huge fan of the winger, and has heaped big praises on Hazard by stating: “After Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, Hazard is my favourite player. It is spectacular to watch him play. If I see him playing for Real Madrid? I can only say I love the player.”
Hazard too, worships Zidane, and when asked if he’d like to play under the management of the French legend one day, he replied: “Yes of course. When I was little, I watched him on television and the internet for hours. I talked Zidane and I ate Zidane.”
Numerous rumours around are also hinting at a swap deal involving Hazard and the Colombian sensation James Rodriguez, who has struggled to play at his full potential for Real Madrid this season.
Juventus Planning A Shock Swoop For Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez
Juventus are plotting a sensational move for Arsenal talisman Alexis Sanchez, according to Italian website Football Italia.
The report suggests that the 27-year-old is growing increasingly frustrated at the Emirates, not only due to the Gunners’ failed title bid, which has now extended their Premier League title drought to 12 years, but also because of the possibility of missing out on Champions League football next season.
Italian giants Juventus are ready to capitalise on the situation and put a stop to Sanchez’s frustration and offer him a way out in the upcoming summer transfer window. Juve would offer Sanchez a much more realistic shot at the Champions League title, along with the chance to win major domestic trophies on a regular basis, having only recently won the Serie A title for a 32nd time.
However, Sanchez’s £7m-a-year wages could prove to be a hindrance in getting the deal done. And the fact that Bayern Munich and Manchester City are also keeping tabs on the Chilean means nothing concrete can be said just yet.
Arsenal and Paris-Saint Germain To Go Head-To-Head For Dutch Striker
Arsenal and Paris-Saint Germain are set to battle it out for AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen.
Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be keen on Janssen for a while, but new reports from Dutch source De Telegraaf have revealed that Arsenal have now joined the race for the Dutchman after Wenger expressed his interest in the striker’s talents.
The 21-year-old forward has netted 26 goals in 33 games this season, helping AZ Alkmaar secure a fourth spot in the Eredivisie with just one game left to play.
Manchester United Want West Ham United Defender
Manchester United are preparing a summer move for West Ham United starlet Reece Oxford, according to The Sun.
United scouts have been watching Hammers’ youth games to keep tabs on Oxford, who initially caught United’s eye in his impressive senior football debut on the opening day of the 2015-16 season, when Slaven Bilic’s men managed to beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
West Ham’s 17-year-old starlet is a versatile player who can play in both defence and midfield, and they will surely do everything in their power to keep Oxford at the club. However, a move to the Theatre of Dreams could prove to be too tempting for the youngster, despite the Red Devils enduring a poor season compared to their usual title-winning standards.