More deals are on the cusp of being agreed to than has been the case for weeks now. It seems likely that managers across powerhouses are lying along a similar mentality of wrapping up business before the World Cup.
Here are the top deals that made the news during the day:
Lewandowski Exit Bound
Robert Lewandowski’s days at Bayern Munich are drawing to a close. The prolific striker’s agent Pini Zahavi, speaking to Sports Bild magazine, stated as much: “Robert feels he needs a change and a new challenge in his career. The managers of Bayern know about it.”
This is interesting, as the Pole still has three years left on his contract, and while the higher-ups at Munich were initially confident of keeping the player, the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and PSG are bound to be excited now.
Ronaldo to PSG
Unsure about his future at Real Madrid, it was initially thought that Manchester United would be the unanimous destination for the Portuguese star.
However, AS believe that PSG are the ones to take the first initiative, and have offered Ronaldo a bumper contract worth €45 million per year.
While Madrid are believed to be demanding a huge transfer fee in line with Ronaldo’s release clause, the fact that PSG have Neymar could spice things up a bit.
Mahrez to Manchester City
Manchester City can have a player they have desired for a long time now. The Sun believes that City are closing in on a £60 million transfer of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City.
The talented Algerian is said to be on the cusp of leaving the Foxes, and becoming City’s record signing will certainly be a good run for the 27-year-old.
Interestingly, the Mail pegs the fee to be in the range of £75 million, and other sources believe that the only thing pending is an agreement on how the fee will be structured and delivered.
Real Madrid to sign Gimenez
Marca seems all but certain that Real Madrid have taken the initiative to sign Jose Gimenez. The Atletico Madrid defender has a release clause of £52 million, which Madrid are said to have activated.
The 23-year-old Uruguayan was pursued by Los Blancos in the past as well, but a strong rivalry between the two clubs has been cited as the reason for the deal falling through earlier. Now, the club is confident that the youngster is an apt defensive signing.
Jordi Alba to England
Sport reports that both Manchester United and Chelsea are set to battle it out for the signature of Barcelona’s ace left-back Jordi Alba.
The 29-year-old Spaniard is believed to be having major contract disputes with Barca over an extension, and as of such, the English sides heavily fancy their chances.
Having more or less secured the signature of Diogo Dalot for their right flank, United and Jose Mourinho will be eager to sign Alba and secure both the flanks right away, and solve what has been a lasting dilemma at Old Trafford.