Transfer rumors: Julian Draxler, Paul Pogba, Alvaro Morata, more
Euro 2016 still hasn’t crowned a champion, but club transfer rumors don’t stop for international play. With major European domestic seasons set to begin in around a month, the gossip is heating up as teams prepare for the upcoming campaign.
The summer has already seen a few big moves, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic heading to Manchester United, Granit Xhaka off to Arsenal and Jamie Vardy staying at Leicester City. What does July and August have in store? Keep up with all the latest buzz and biggest transfer news here.
Friday, July 8
Arsenal vying for Julian Draxler?: Gunners midfielder Mesut Ozil is set to depart his German teammates after their loss to France in the Euro 2016 semifinal, but he reportedly could be reuniting with one of them in Islington. The Sun reports that Arsenal is set to make a £43 million bid for the 22-year-old Wolfsburg star. But even if the reports are accurate, it will surely be difficult to lure the promising Draxler, who signed a five-year contract with Wolfsburg last summer and remains one of the most exciting young players in Europe.
Martin Skrtel possibly on his way to Turkey: The Liverpool defender might be joining Fenerbahce, according to the BBC. The Reds have started discussing a possible transfer with the Turkish side.
Leicester City makes a record signing: The Foxes are set to defend their Premier League title and debut in the Champions League, and the Foxes are remaining active this summer. On Friday, Leicester sealed the signing of forward Ahmed Musa for a club–record £16 million from CSKA Moscow. Musa, whose new contract is for four years, scored 54 goals in 168 matches for CSKA.
Chelsea closing in on Kalidou Koulibaly: Antonio Conte is looking to sign the defender, bidding £34 million to acquire the 25-year-old, The Telegraph reports.
Thursday, July 7
Pogba suitors include Manchester United, Real Madrid: Only 23, Paul Pogba is one of the world’s most valuable players—but that apparently isn’t stopping clubs from preparing massive bids to lure away the Juventus midfielder. Manchester United has opened negotiations with Juventus for Pogba, Sky Sports reports, which would make for Jose Mourinho’s third high–profile signing at the club after he secured Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. But Sky also reports that Pogba favors Real Madrid over Manchester United.
Alvaro Morata on his way out of Real Madrid?: Morata played for Juventus last season on loan, but he’s back in Spain now—at least temporarily. According to Sky Sports, Real Madrid may sell Morata to help fund an acquisition of Pogba. The asking price? €75 million, Sky reports. The market for top–class strikers isn’t particularly well–stocked, but that’s still a huge ask. Arsenal and Chelsea are rumored to be among Morata’s suitors, though probably for a better price.
Manchester City considering buying Leonardo Bonucci: Juventus reportedly isn’t interested in selling the Italian defender, but what about for £51 million? That’s what The Guardian is reporting Pep Guardiola is considering paying Juventus for Bonucci’s services.
Christian Benteke’s list of suitors grows: Crystal Palace is reportedly set to make a £30 million bid for the Liverpool striker, but now another Premier League club could be getting in the mix: West Ham. The Sun reports that the Hammers are considering an offer for the striker, though the club doesn’t rate the Belgian at the top of its wish list.
West Ham talking with Carlos Bacca: The Colombian international is reportedly garnering interest from the Hammers, The Daily Mail reports. Bacca scored 18 goals for Milan last season.
Liverpool accepts Bournemouth bid for Jordon Ibe: The 20-year-old winger could be set to join Bournemouth after Liverpool accepted a £15 million bid from the fellow Premier League side, according to The Guardian. Ibe has made 58 appearances for the Reds, but his playing time dropped after Jurgen Klopp took over at the club.
John Stones a possibility for Man City: Everton defender John Stones almost departed the club last year, but Everton rejected Chelsea’s bid for the English international. But now Stones might be headed to Manchester City to play for new City boss Pep Guardiola, ESPN FC reports. Manchester City is reportedly considering bidding for the 22-year-old.
Arsenal eyeing Djibril Sidibe: Arsene Wenger is considering signing the 23-year-old Lille star, L’Equipe reports.
Sandro joins Malaga: The released Barcelona forward will join Malaga on a three–year contract, the club announced.