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’s Ter Stegen chase to force Kepa to Real Madrid
Chelsea are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper after growing increasingly frustrated with the performances of Kepa Arrizabalaga, and the Express claims Frank Lampard’s side could be set to make a shock move for Barcelona stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Reports claim the 27-year-old German keeper has fallen out with Barca superstar Lionel Messi, and the relationship is so strained that the ex-Borussia Monchengladbach man could be forced to leave the Nou Camp.
Kepa, meanwhile, has been sounded out over the possibility of joining Real Madrid, with the Los Blancos hierarchy unsure over whether current keeper Thibaut Courtois is the right choice between the sticks at the Bernabeu.
Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, but may face competition for the Cameroonian’s signature from Barca.
Hendo set for Sheffield return?
Reports in the Daily Mail claim goalkeeper Dean Henderson has promised his Sheffield United teammates he will return to the club next season if he is not guaranteed a starting berth at parent club Manchester United next year.
The 22-year-old has had a fantastic season between the sticks for the Blades, leading them to within five points of a Champions League spot with nine games of the campaign to go.
His form has caught the attention of Chelsea, but with news emerging in recent days that David de Gea could be subject of renewed interest from Real Madrid, United could well be tempted to cash in on their current number one and install Henderson as his long-term replacement.
Should that not happen, however, Henderson has told colleagues that a return to Bramall Lane would be his number one choice.
Italian giants set for Tonali tug-of-war
The 19-year-old has been a standout figure for Brescia on their return to the top flight this season, with his performances drawing comparisons to Italian legend Andrea Pirlo.
The Italy international has been tracked by Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus since January of last season, but Inter’s interest has gathered momentum since the beginning of the current campaign, while Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are also believed to be keeping tabs on the youngster.
The move by Brescia owner Massimo Cellino to reveal an asking price is said to have been made in order to accelerate negotiations and get a deal done early in the summer transfer window.
– Reports in the Italian press claim Napoli are on the lookout for a new forward, with boss Gennaro Gattuso keeping tabs on Luka Jovic‘s progress at Real Madrid, along with Andrea Belotti of Torino and Sassuolo winger Jeremie Boga.
– The Sun claims Burnley and Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem are to go head-to-head for the loan signing of Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher for next season. The 20-year-old has shone in loan spells at Championship duo Charlton Athletic and Swansea City this year, netting six goals across the campaign.
– Rangers defender Borna Barisic is attracting attention from Serie A side Napoli, according to Corriere dello Sport, and will launch a bid for the Croatian at the end of the season. The 27-year-old has impressed at left-back since signing from Osijek in 2018, and Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso was reportedly keen to make a move for the player in January, before deciding to hold off until the summer.