Good Morning and welcome to jerseynumbertwelve latest transfer news and rumors roundup. With the world’s attention being fixated on the ongoing World Cup, top clubs are working behind the scenes on the transfer front.
And as always, there are stories which will have huge repercussions on the transfer market. After scorching through papers and sources from all over Europe, we have managed to find transfer stories that made headlines on July 11, 2018.
Liverpool open Xherdan Shaqiri talks
Xherdan Shaqiri will soon be seen donning the red of Liverpool. According to Liverpool Echo, Jurgen Klopp’s side has opened negotiations with Stoke City for the transfer of the Swiss forward. It is reported that Shaqiri has a release clause in his contract for around £13.5 million.
Following Stoke’s relegation, Shaqiri has decided to leave the Potters and has admitted his intentions to stay in the Premier League. The 26-year-old prefers a move to Liverpool. He is currently on a holiday and a move is expected to be finalized this week.
Stoke also have an ulterior motive behind Shaqiri’s move. It is believed that the Potters are one of the many clubs interested in taking Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo – the talented Liverpool youngsters on loan and are trying to get in the club’s good books with the business done for Xherdan Shaqiri.
Arsenal complete the signing of Matteo Guendouzi
The Gunners have unveiled their fifth summer signing in the form of talented young midfielder Matteo Guendouzi. Arsenal have signed the teenager for around £8 million from French second division side FC Lorient. Guendouzi is a PSG academy product and has also represented the French youth sides.
After his unveiling, Emery was quoted on his new signing saying, “We are delighted Matteo is joining us. He is a talented young player and a lot of clubs were interested in him. He has big potential and gained good first-team experience last season with Lorient.”
Napoli president reveals Maurizio Sarri is off to Chelsea
Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that Maurizio Sarri is off to Chelsea. Speaking at Carlo Ancelotti’s unveiling, the Napoli supremo revealed that an agreement will be reached with the Blues in the next few hours.
He was quoted by Sky Sports as saying, “Sarri is close to being the new Chelsea manager. My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalize everything”.
De Laurentiis also revealed that Jorginho will be on his way to Chelsea, rejecting Manchester City along the way.
Chelsea closing in on Daniele Rugani
According to Mediaset Premium, Juventus and Chelsea have reached a consensus for the transfer of Daniele Rugani. With Cristiano Ronaldo now in Turin, Juventus are expected to offload a couple of players to balance the chequebooks.
It is reported that Rugani was on Maurizio Sarri’s radar who is all set to take over at Stamford Bridge. The duo worked together at Empoli in the 2013-14 season. A €40 million fee is reportedly agreed upon between both the clubs.
West Ham sign Andriy Yarmolenko
The Hammers have completed the signing of Borussia Dortmund attacker Andriy Yarmolenko. A £17.5 million fee was agreed last week with Yarmolenko undertaking a medical in West Ham’s pre-season training camp in Switzerland. The Ukrainian has signed a four year deal with the club and is Pellegrini’s fifth signing of the summer.
After signing on the dotted line, Yarmolenko said; “West Ham is a big club with good fans and I am happy to come to play in the Premier League. The Premier League is the best league in the world and I know that an interesting project is being built here at West Ham.”
Jann Fiete-Arp ready for a move to Bayern Munich
Bild has reported that Bayern Munich have agreed upon personal terms with Jann Fiete-Arp for a move this summer. The teenage forward is considered one of the most highly rated talents in German football.
The Bavarians will now need to get Hamburg on board and finalize a transfer fee for the forward. Bayern Munich may let Fiete-Arp stay with Hamburg on loan for the next season.
Real Madrid to sign two Premier League superstars for €400 million
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are regularly been linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer. But the Real Madrid hierarchy have reportedly set their sights on some realistic targets. According to Don Balon, Florentino Perez has decided to raid the Premier League for two of it’s biggest superstars.
Real Madrid are preparing offers for none other than Eden Hazard and Harry Kane. The former is keen to join Real Madrid and the club believes a bid of €150 million will be enough to sign the Belgian. The rest of the funds will be used to lure the Spurs talisman and potential World Cup Golden Boot winner – Harry Kane to the Bernabeu.
Goal reports that Everton have tabled a €24 million move for FC Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. It has been revealed that Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands met with Barcelona officials on Monday to submit their bid. Mina joined the Catalans in January but has failed to impress the management and does not feature in Ernesto Valverde’s future plans.
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FC Barcelona in talks with PSG over Adrien Rabiot
Mundo Deportivo has revealed that Barcelona’s top officials – Pep Segura and Eric Abidal were yesterday in Paris to initiate talks with PSG for the transfer of Adrien Rabiot. The French midfielder has emerged as Barcelona’s prime target with Paulinho now back to the Far East.
Barcelona are confident of landing Rabiot this summer. It is believed that the 23-year-old is yearning for a fresh start in his career. His PSG contract expires next summer and he has no intentions of renewing his deal.
Valencia interested in Mario Fernandes
Russian fullback Mario Fernandes impressed at the World Cup and is attracting interest from all corners. According to UOL Esporte, Valencia are keen on taking the Brazil-born right back on board. CSKA Moscow are expected to demand over €20 million for the 26-year-old. Fernandes has a deal with the capital side until 2022.
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