The winter transfer window is closed, but now it’s time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.
TOP STORY: Arsenal set to move for Partey
Thomas Partey was outstanding in Atletico Madrid’s stunning Champions League win at Anfield on Wednesday night — and now Arsenal appear intent on bringing him to England on a permanent basis.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta is planning a summer swoop for the Ghana international and is willing to shell out the £45 million release clause needed to secure his signature. Arsenal are on the lookout for a defensive midfielder as Arteta prepares for his first full season on the Emirates’ bench following the dismissal of Unai Emery back in December.
The 26-year-old has been impressive for Diego Simone’s side in both La Liga and the Champions League this season and was instrumental in Atletico’s comeback against Jurgen Klopp’s men on Merseyside. Now in his fifth season in the Spanish top flight, Partey has proved he has what it takes to thrive at the very highest level.
Partey has been linked with a move to England before, with Manchester United among the teams reportedly interested. After watching him get one over on Liverpool, Arsenal fans will hope that Arteta’s transfer chase is a successful one.
22.15 GMT: Lazio have identified a pair of pending free agents to add to their ranks once the summer window opens, Gazzetta dello Sport reports, in Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud — who the Rome-based club tried to sign in January — and 30-year-old AC Milan midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura.
20.28 GMT: Fiorentina are preparing to offer attacker Federico Chiesa an additional year on his contract that expires in 2022, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, amid interest in the 22-year-old Italy international from Juventus and Inter.
18.41 GMT: The Times report that Manchester City have added a new face ahead of next season.
The Lawn Tennis Association performance director Simon Timson is set to join City this summer in the same position.
The 49-year-old is a very respected figure in the field of sports science and has also worked with UK Sport and the England and Wales Cricket board.
“I am incredibly excited about being able to join one of the world’s foremost sports teams and working with Pep and Txiki,” he said. “It is too early to talk specifics. I am going to be here [at the LTA] until the summer and my focus is on leaving the performance plan and the team in the strongest possible place.”
The 19-year-old midfielder’s contract at Old Trafford runs out this summer and the player’s representatives are unwilling to put pen to paper on a new deal.
Gomes has only made six appearances this season and the newspaper reports that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is keen to capitalise on the youngster’s uncertainty.
The Blues are reportedly willing to not only match United’s contract offer, but also offer Gomes more minutes with the first-team next season.
16.36 GMT: The Telegraph reports that England Women’s boss Phil Neville will remain in the job despite speculation surrounding his future.
There have been reports that Neville has considered resigning from his position after his side has suffered seven losses in their last 11 matches.
However, the Telegraph claims that the Football Association is confident the former Manchester United and Everton man will be at the helm for the foreseeable future.
The Argentina international was close to completing a move to the Premier League last summer with Manchester United and Tottenham interested.
Dybala decided to stay in Turin and his performances have encouraged Juve to open talks about a contact renewal.
ESPN’s Shaka Hislop discusses the potential of England captain Harry Kane becoming Dybala’s new teammate.
14.10 GMT: Everton defender Djibril Sidibe is keen to extend his stay at Goodison Park.
The France international is on a season-long loan from Ligue 1 club Monaco but wants to remain in the Premier League next season.
“I had a discussion with Monaco,” Sidibe told RMC Sport. “They know my position and I know theirs. My goal is to play high-intensity matches and that’s what I’ve got in the Premier League.
“Regarding Everton, I have my position and I know what the coach wants. The coach appreciates me, he trusts me, although there are parameters that will come into play between Monaco and Everton that I can’t control.”
The Frenchman will always be remembered for forgetting his left sock in the dressing room before coming on as a substitute.
Chelsea are reportedly interested in the 23-year-old but will face some stiff competition from London rivals Tottenham and La Liga champions Barcelona.
Ziyech is desperate for his former teammate to join him next season. There has been uncertainty in between the sticks at Chelsea given the inconsistency of Kepa Arrizabalaga.
11.30 GMT: West Brom continue to take action against Barcelona, who have yet to pay any training compensation for Louie Barry. The teenager moved to the Camp Nou in the summer when his contract expired, and WBA were due £235,000. Barca have yet to pay a penny, despite controversially selling Barry to Midlands rivals Aston Villa for £800,000 in January.
10.23 GMT: Everton are being linked with a move for Torino’s Andrea Belotti. The striker is also being linked with AC Milan, AS Roma, Inter Milan and Napoli.
09.15 GMT: A report in Tuttosport claims that Juventus will rival Tottenham and Arsenal for the signing of Chelsea star Willian. The Brazil international has yet to renew his contract at Stamford Bridge, though boss Frank Lampard wants him to stay.
Clubs eye Real Madrid outcast Jovic
Most of the speculation in football at the moment revolves around whether the season will actually be completed. But elsewhere on the continent, it appears that Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic is a man in demand — despite his underwhelming performances at the Bernabeu since his big money move from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer.
Los Blancos shelled out €60m for the 22-year-old but the Serbian star has failed to make an impression under Zinedine Zidane, playing just 770 minutes this season. Mind you, scoring just two goals since August has hardly had him banging down the door to the Madrid first team. According to AS, though, that dismal record hasn’t put off a host of suitors as Madrid look to offload him at the first available opportunity.
Jovic hasn’t even made it into the Madrid squad for the past three La Liga matches and has now fallen behind Mariano in the Madrid pecking order.
AS reports, though, that Napoli, as well as a number of Premier League clubs, are interested in his signature.
– Will Paul Pogba still be at Manchester United next season? The answer to that is yes, according to Ole Gunnar Solksjaer after his club’s mauling of LASK behind closed doors in Austria this evening. Speaking after the club’s 5-0 win, Solksjaer was unequivocal. He said: “Paul is our player, he’s got two years left on his contract — a year plus the option of another year.”
– Crystal Palace look set to snap up Samuel Oguntayo from non-league side Kingstonian — and are ahead of Manchester City in the race for his signature. That’s according to the Sun, which claims that the Eagles sent scouts to watch the 17-year-old winger in action in a 4-2 win against Cheshunt on Wednesday night.
– Inter Milan look set to make the signing of Stefano Sensi permanent, with Calciomercato claiming that the Nerazzurri will hand Sassuolo £25m to ensure that the midfielder stays at the San Siro. The report states that a contract is on the table and ready to be signed.