The season is over, and while action on the pitch will be sparse till the World Cup commences next month, the talk behind the scenes couldn’t have been more hectic. Will deals be brokered soon, or are we in it until deadline day?
Here are the top news stories of the day that involve transfers:
Neymar To Replace Ronaldo And Bale?
Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale hinted at departures after Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph on Saturday. Now, Guillem Balague believes that Madrid could afford to offload the duo, provided Neymar arrives as a replacement.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Spanish journalist stated: “It is all linked because of course the dream of (Real Madrid President) Florentino Perez is to get Neymar and I think he would not be completely sad if he gets enough money from the sale of both of them (Ronaldo and Bale) to get Neymar.”
Manchester United Lead Race To Sign Bale
As per Express, Manchester United are the side most likely to sign Bale from Real Madrid.
However, the Red Devils allegedly face stiff competition from the likes of Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and PSG for the signature of the Welshman, who was the two-goal hero for Madrid in Kiev.
The source adds that Madrid now have an asking price upwards of £80 million for the 28-year-old.
You wouldn’t want to be Liverpool’s goalkeeper Loris Karius for quite a while after his follies in the Champions League finals.
However, things may get worse for the German, as the Telegraph reports that Liverpool have launched a fresh interest in signing Roma’s talented keeper Alisson Becker.
The 25-year-old Brazilian has been on their radar for a while now, and after their debacles in Kiev, the need for an apt shot-stopper is more important than ever before.
However, it remains to be seen whether or not Liverpool will be given the same price tag of £60 million, which they initially thought to be too high.
Stephan Lichtsteiner to Arsenal?
Arsenal are yet to get things rolling under Unai Emery, but could soon have a deal in the bag. As per Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the Gunners have a deal in place for Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner.
The Swiss international, whose contract will expire in the summer, is thought of as one of Emery’s targets, and while a final agreement is yet to be reached, it is believed that the experience of the 34-year-old full-back might drive the deal forward.
Dortmund To Make Michy Batshuayi A Permanent Signing
Michy Batshuayi’s loan move to the Bundesliga in January turned out to be a splendid choice for the Chelsea player, as he went on to net 9 goals in 14 appearances for Dortmund.
Now, the Daily Mail believes that Dortmund are keen on making the move permanent, and Chelsea are said to be hovering over the asking price of £50 million for the 24-year-old Belgian.
The report adds that the London Blues could use Batshuayi as a potential bargaining tool to sign Dortmund wonderkid Christian Pulisic as well.