Top Transfer Rumours Of The Day: Marco Verratti, Lucas Perez, Kevin Strootman, And More

1. Keita Balde To Inter Milan

Lazio's Balde Diao Keita reacts.

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What’s the story?

As per reports from Gazzetta dello Sport (via talkSPORT), the Serie A side is ready to contend for Lazio’s Keita Balde and beat Man United and Chelsea in the race while doing so.

Should the deal take place?

The young forward has been on fire for the Italian club with an impressive 16-goal tally in all competitions across the season, which has led to him attracting interest from big name clubs from all over Europe. With Lazio finishing above Inter in the Serie A this season, and other gigantic clubs offering Champions League football, waiting for the right team is a decision the lad should ideally be making.

Possibility of it happening

The odds of this deal being carried forward depend on the price tag that Lazio put up for the 22-year-old, and with other names involved, Inter stand a 5/10 chance of getting hold of their target man in the summer.

2. Lucas Perez To Sevilla

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What’s the story?

The Sun recently claimed through its reports that Arsenal striker Lucas Perez could be on the way back to La Liga, as Sevilla eye a £17.5 million move for the out of favour Gunners striker.

Should the deal take place?

Perez has managed to start only 2 League games under Arsene Wenger this campaign, and play a total of 21 matches in all competitions, which impressively saw him bag a hat-trick in the Champions League. The striker has had prior La Liga experience with Deportivo La Coruna, and heading back to a country where he is loved for his game and respected for his abilities might be the wise step to take.

Possibility of it happening

However, his former side are involved in the race to sign him too, and with his agent confirming that it might be a destination for the player to head back to, it leaves Sevilla with a weak 4/10 chance of getting his signature in the summer.

3. Kevin Strootman Extends Roma Contract

AS Roma's Kevin Strootman celebrates after scoring.

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What’s the story?

After being influential in A.S. Roma finishing second in the Serie A and guaranteeing Champions League football for next season, their midfield maestro secured his future with the club as he extended his contract to stay in Rome until 2022, which was confirmed and made official on the Roma Twitter account.

Should the deal have taken place?

The player has had injury-prone seasons since arriving from PSV in 2013 and after finally bringing his best in the campaign that just ended, the footballer is desperate to provide for the club that kept faith in him, and he proved it while saying: “I want to win something here and I will do all I can to make that happen.”

4. Marco Verratti To Stay At PSG

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What’s the story?

According to reports from ESPN, PSG midfielder Marco Verratti is happy at his current club, and despite being linked to numerous clubs across Europe, especially Barcelona, he is ready to stay.

Should the deal take place?

The player seemed very happy with the season gone by, and despite not winning the Ligue 1, he believed he saw progress in himself and the team under new manager Unai Emery, which was made clear when he said: “We have a very demanding coach, who always wants a good game and attack. I think I also improved thanks to him.

“Mentally this season was hard, but I am very happy to finish with a trophy and happy for Max that he can finish with a trophy, he already has many. I am very happy.”

Loyalty is a rare sight in the modern day and age, and if the player is willing to adapt it, the club should pounce on it without further ado.

Possibility of it happening

If there were any doubts among the fans related to their main man in midfield, they were dismissed when he said: “I am very happy to be a part of this project and I have always said that winning with PSG is different from winning with all the other teams because I have been here for five years and I would really like to win something very important here at Paris.”

Hence, the chances of him staying in the French capital seem to be a very high 9/10.


Written by Vikram Gupta  

An attacker with his words, and defends each of them with pride. A love for the game which goes hand in hand with his will to forever write. A graduate in the course of advertising and a hopeful to be author. Herrera for the win.


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