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: Liverpool join Barca, Real in Ruiz race
Barcelona and Real Madrid have been leading the way in the battle to sign Ruiz, who is valued at around £74 million, for a good few months.
Jurgen Klopp is eager to strengthen his midfield in the summer and Ruiz is at the top of his wanted list.
11.49 GMT: Hellas Verona wing-back Marco Davide Faraoni is wanted by both Napoli and Roma, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. The 28-year-old has also played for Udinese, Watford, Perugia, Novara and Crotone.
11.01 GMT: Al Hilal striker Sebastian Giovinco may return to Serie A to win his place back in the Italy squad. Giovinco left Juventus for Toronto FC five years ago, and moved to Al Hilal last year. The 33-year-old is now eyeing a move home to Italy.
“The desire is there. I want to close the circle in Italy, but right now I’m happy here,” he said. “I’ve already won something in Saudi Arabia and I’m happy.
“The only way I have to get back into the national side is to return to Italy, and doing something really great there would allow me to get back into contention for the national side.”
10.17 GMT: The Sun reports that Manchester United have run out of patience with Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira. The duo have fallen out of favour with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and while they still have plenty of time left on their contracts they will be made available for sale for summer squad rebuilding.
PSG desperate to keep Mbappe
The young Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move away from the club over the last few months, with Liverpool being one of the few clubs linked with a bid. Now, however, PSG are said to be using the coronavirus outbreak as the extra time they need to persuade Mbappe to stay in the French capital.
Mbappe initially wanted to wait until the end of Euro 2020 to make a decision regarding his future, though that tournament has now been postponed for a year.
Neymar wants Barcelona return
Brazilian sensation Neymar is planning on leaving Paris Saint-Germain in favour of a long-awaited return to Barcelona, Sport reports.
The writing has seemingly been on the wall for Neymar for quite some time now, and the belief is that he’s putting pressure on PSG to try and force the move back to the Camp Nou. Given the uncertainty surrounding the future of domestic football in Europe, though, it’s not yet known when this deal may get done.
Real Madrid seemed like the frontrunners at one stage, but now Barca are said to be getting closer and closer to making this move a reality.
– According to a report from Sport, Barcelona are interested in making a move for Sassuolo star Jeremie Boga. The former Chelsea man has also grabbed the attention with his play this season, but while the Blues may be looking at bringing him back to Stamford Bridge, Barca are looking into improving their attacking options — with Boga being one of their primary targets.
– Liverpool are interested in trying to sign Schalke youngster Malick Thiaw, the Daily Mirror reports. The teenager has only made one appearance in the Bundesliga thus far, but has been highly tipped as one of the next great European defenders.
– The Daily Mirror is reporting that Arsenal will try and make a move for Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard. The 22-year-old, who has been at Celtic Park since back in 2017, is a source of interest from Gunners manager Mikel Arteta who wants to add to his attacking line-up regardless of whether or not Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains at the Emirates following the current campaign.