The World Cup is without a doubt amongst the most exciting events for the football worlds’ most faithful as well as those that just want their nations to triumph. But to managers of most clubs, it poses the singular problem of laying the midst of a transfer window.
With the Premier League having shortened their period as well, most deals are likely to have major developments to them in the weeks leading up to the finals in Russia. Here are the top transfer stories of the day:
Lewandowski to Chelsea
Telegraph exclusively reported that Chelsea will go all in for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski in the summer.
The Pole is the no.1 target of the London club, and is the first in what is expected to be a large summer spending with an eye to returning to great heights in the Premier League after a miserable season. The source adds that Morata could be sold to make way for the striker.
This is despite the crisis surrounding their owner Roman Abramovich and the uncertainty regarding the future of Antonio Conte.
Juventus to Target Premier League Duo
Juventus are eager to lap up those players that are not required at their present club. As per a recent claim by Tuttosport, both Martial and Morata will be sought heavily by the Italian giants this summer.
Re-signing Morata, who formerly functioned under them, will make way for an attacking lineup that is clearly targeting European glory. Meanwhile, the signing of Martial is one that has been on the cards for months now.
Man City To Revisit Mahrez Hopes
Man City have been given hope in renewing their pursuit for Riyad Mahrez after Leicester City have decided to let the unhappy player leave this summer, and for a lower fee than what they waited for last campaign. (MEN)
The Sky Blues walked away from the deal last time when the Foxes’ asking price stood at a whopping £95 million. Not wishing for a repeat of discontent from the Algerian, the current fee is said to be a more realistic one, and City could make him their first summer signing.
Liverpool Makes Bid For Goalkeeper
As per SportMediaSet, Liverpool have launched an ‘audacious swoop’ for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. The Merseyside team is said to be on the lookout for a world-class goalkeeper, and the 19-year-old Italian is as good as they come.
The source adds that Liverpool attempted a £35 million bid last time around, but the Italian side will have none of that, as they are said to be holding out for at least double that amount in order to come to the negotiating table.
Toby Alderweireld to Manchester United
Jose Mourinho is eager to spend and reinforce United’s backline ahead of next season. According to MEN, an Old Trafford source has confirmed United’s interest, and will be set to break their defensive transfer record with what is believed to be a £55 million bid in the making.
This will be immense compared to the £30.9 million paid for flopped defender Victor Lindelof last summer, and the £30 million fee for Eric Bailly in 2016. A defense settled?