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.
Chelsea to hand Coutinho Premier League return
AS reports that the Blues have made contact with Coutinho’s parent club Barcelona and have even held discussions about bringing the Brazilian back to the Premier League.
Coutinho is on a season-long loan at Bayern Munich but hasn’t impressed, and the Germans are unlikely to take up the option of a permanent deal once the season finally comes to a close. Meanwhile, his future at Barca also remains unclear. Earlier, as reported here, Diario SPORT suggested that Barca’s preference is to sell him and AS agree, with Lampard attempting to persuade Coutinho to move to London.
Chelsea have already landed Hakim Ziyech and now they’re targeting attacking players to help them mount an assault on the top of the of the table.
Barca meanwhile are planning their own spending spree, and any money raised by the sale of Coutinho could help them land one or more of their striker targets Neymar, Lautaro Martinez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal, Bayern battle to sign Swedish phenom Roback
Arsenal are keen to sign Hammarby’s 16-year-old striker Emil Roback, but they face pressure from German giants Bayern Munich, according to the Sun.
The Swedish youngster is quick, strong, and is scoring goals aplenty at the youth level, and Arsenal have attempted to steal a march on their German counterparts by inviting him to train at the academy at their London Colney training ground. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is said to have been impressed by the youngster.
Roback turns 17 in May and while Arsenal will hope their hospitality will help persuade the youngster to swap Stockholm for north London, they know they face stiff competition from Bayern.
United rekindle interest in Niguez
The Spanish paper suggests that United lead the chase for a player who is yet to commit his future to Atletico, and whose original buy-out clause of £138 million could be reduced.
United have been linked with Niguez in the past, and they even turned down the opportunity to sign him under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal.
However, United’s interest is very much back on and they see Niguez as the perfect partner for new midfield star Bruno Fernandes.
Niguez is currently contracted to Atletico until 2026, but United feel they could tempt him away following the news that he is reluctant to commit to the club any further.
– Crystal Palace are keen on signing Queens Park Rangers starlet Eberechi Eze, according to the Sun. The 21-year-old has enjoyed some admiring glances from the Premier League thanks to his scintillating form in the Championship, and while Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be keen, QPR sporting director Les Ferdinand had admitted Palace are the only club to make a tangible enquiry.
– Jude Bellingham grows more popular by the day. Manchester United have been courting the youngster for some time and the Daily Mirror reports the Reds are prepared to break the bank for their long-term target. However, German title Bild reports that the Birmingham City star is about to reject United and any other would-be Premier League suitors and will instead opt to join Borussia Dortmund, where he could team up with stars including Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland.