The latest transfer speculations across Europe
World Cup years are always the hottest time for transfer rumors, but even when there are no major tournaments taking place, ‘who goes where’ is usually a hot topic for everyone interested in football, especially for newspaper editors, the players, and agents.
Several big names are likely to move between Europe's top clubs and there will also be lots of speculations.
The following list includes the latest football transfer news and breaking transfer rumors and speculations from Europe's top five leagues:
Football transfer rumor season is in full swing and top teams are eying rival players and new international recruits.
1. Ben Godfrey
Both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are interested in signing the 22-year-old Norwich defender Ben Godfrey. Norwich rate him at £50m and may be forced into selling him should they fail to escape the drop.
José Mourinho is also believed to be keen on Godfrey’s fellow Canary Max Aarons, which could lead to Spurs pulling off what in timeless transfer jargon is referred to as a “summer double-swoop”.
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2. Paul Pogba
Pogba’s agent says the midfielder is keen to return to Juventus but United hope strong showing at Euro 2020 will keep the value high. That is why the club have set an asking price of around €100m (£83m).
Juventus remain interested in re-signing the midfielder and Real Madrid have him on their radar but It seems that his transfer agent is likely to negotiate with United to ascertain their plans for a contract extension and may at that point notify the club of Pogba’s intention to leave if their offer does not meet the player’s expectations.
3. Jadon Sancho
As they prepare to sell Sancho, Dortmund are one of several big clubs understood to be keeping tabs on 16-year-old Birmingham City prodigy Jude Bellingham, who is also getting the glad eye from Chelsea and Manchester United.
4. Dean Henderson
It is speculated that Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson will be targeted by Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
The impressive form of on-loan goalkeeper Dean Henderson between the sticks for Sheffield United have got antennae twitching at PSG, although the French club would have to out-bid Chelsea, Tottenham, and the Blades if they want to lure him away from Manchester United.
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5. Kylian Mbappé
PSG are ready to tie Kylian Mbappé down with an unlimited supply of high denomination bank-notes in a bid to stop him from encouraging advances from Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants plan £100m Kylian Mbappe transfer raid as PSG look to tie down striker with £50m-a-year deal before Euros.
6. Max Allegri
Ole Gunnar Solskjær won’t be impressed with gossip doing the rounds in Italy suggesting Max Allegri has reached an agreement to replace him at Manchester United. Since leaving Juventus last summer, the 52-year-old has been on sabbatical and rejected approaches from several Italian clubs, but it was reported that he has a deal in place to take over an unspecified English one.
Despite them having a managerial vacancy since the departure of Colin Calderwood, we speculate that the players hazard a guess that Max won’t be taking over at Cambridge United any time soon.
7. Corentin Tolisso
It was reported that Manchester United had a January approach for Corentin Tolisso rejected by Bayern Munich, who had originally deemed the French midfielder surplus to requirements but decided not to let him go because they were a little short on numbers due to injuries.
By selling Tolisso, Bayern hope to raise funds to pay for Bayer Leverkusen’s 20-year-old midfielder Kai Havertz, who every football fan knows has long been a Liverpool target and features prominently on Jürgen Klopp’s summer shopping list.
8. Dayot Upamecano
Tottenham and Arsenal are also scouting RB Leipzig central defender Dayot Upamecano but will have to fend off interest from Barcelona and Bayern Munich if they are to get him.
In other news pertaining to Spurs, the club is reported to be growing impatient with the dithering of midfielder Eric Dier, who can’t decide whether or not to ink a new deal with the club.
9. Mauricio Pochettino
Pochettino is yet to return to management since being sacked at Spurs in November, the Argentine leaving the Tottenham Hotspur stadium less than six months after guiding the club to a maiden Champions League final. His dismissal brought an end to his five-and-a-half-year stay in north London.
The 47-year-old has since taken time away from the demands of football management as he plots his return to the dugout, though he says he is now ready to take up a new challenge with another opportunity in English football at the forefront of his ambitions.
“To be honest, I would love to work in the Premier League,” Pochettino told reporters, “It’s going to be difficult, I know, and for now it’s a moment to wait and we’ll see what happens.”
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10. Nathan Aké
Tottenham have joined the race to sign Nathan Aké from Bournemouth. The center-back has been a target for Chelsea ever since they flogged him to the Cherries for £20m in 2017 and they are expected to activate a £40m buyback clause in the summer transfer window. Therefore, Daniel Levy may want to splash more money to redirect the Dutch defender towards north London.
Another more likely option for Spurs is Dayot Upamecano, whose name is almost as strong as his defending. The Leipzig center-back was supreme in the 0-0 draw at Bayern Munich and José Mourinho was there in person to watch the Frenchman keep Robert Lewandowski safely tucked in his pocket all evening.
11. Hakim Ziyech
Arsenal are keeping tabs on the Ajax forward Hakim Ziyech. Chelsea had a bid turned down for the Morocco international in January but that isn’t putting the Gunners off. In a rumor that sounds suspiciously like something we would have published when Arsène Wenger was still Lord of Highbury, Arsenal are also keen to sign the French 21-year-old midfielder Pape Gueye, who plays for Ligue 2 side Le Havre.
Liverpool are looking to bolster their attacking options by signing RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner for around £45m. The German international will not be joined at Anfield by former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho who feels his future lies elsewhere.
Aaron Ramsey has endured a quiet season at Juventus since joining on a free from Arsenal in the summer. The Wales midfielder could leave Serie A with the Gunners, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool all keen on acquiring his services.
Frank Lampard is lining up a plethora of deals with £150m at this disposal. Chelsea are already closing on Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech and could bring back Jeremie Boga from Sassuolo where the Frenchman has impressed.
Having been given the keys to the Old Trafford transfer kitty by Ed Woodward, Solskjær appears to be desperate to empty it this summer. Depending on where you consume your transfer guff, the Manchester United manager is planning to pump £160m into the Midlands economy with a double swoop for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Leicester’s James Maddison.
Finally, Liverpool is interested in the 24-year-old Benfica striker, Carlos Vinicius, when the summer window opens, while Aston Villa may stuff £15m into the Crystal Palace coffers for their Norwegian top player, Alexander Sorloth. The 24-year-old is currently out on loan at Trabzonspor.