This week’s Football transfer updates and rumors
As the transfer season continues in the world of football, here are the latest rumors and squad updates that are taking over the headlines:
Leonardo Bonucci to play for Chelsea next season
The Italian defender who recently played for Juventus in the UEFA Champions League Final is rumored to be moving to Chelsea next season. According to reports from The London Evening Standard, the English team is considering a Bid for the famous center back after negotiations for Virgil Van Dyk fell apart.
A new English club on the race for James Rodriguez
After reports from England and Spain said that Manchester United had James Rodriguez as a top signing priority, a new report states that another club is looking to snatch the Colombian. The club is none other than Manchester rival, Liverpool. The reds would be willing to meet the 60 million Euro asking price Real Madrid have set on the midfielder according to reports from Spanish magazine “Don Balon.”
Griezmann staying in Madrid
Antoine Griezmann has officially stated that he will stay with Atletico de Madrid for the next season, which means Manchester United will have to look elsewhere to sign a “big-name” striker for their squad. In an interview for Telefoot, the French international said that, due to the ban imposed by FIFA to Atletico, which doesn’t allow them to sign players this year, he has decided not to leave the club. “It’s a tough moment for the club, for my team-mates, and it would be a low blow to leave now.”, said Antoine who will play yet another season in the Spanish Capital.
Manchester City and Bayern Munich after Alexis Sanchez
According to a recent interview by Publimetro.cl Alexis Sanchez has said that his future with Arsenal is uncertain and that “it is in the hands of his agent”. This statement comes after the recent rumors that indicating that the Chilean superstar will be signing with Manchester City in the coming days, as well as reports from Germany confirming that Bayern Munich are also in the race to sign him. Reports from the Spanish press state that Pep Guardiola would be looking to have Sanchez once more in his team, and would bid for the Arsenal striker in the upcoming days. However, in Germany there’s talk that Bayern Munich have been working on this deal for months and also would be close to adding the former Barcelona player to their ranks. Sources close to the player have said that Alexis would in fact be more than willing to leave Arsenal, but that his destination would be England, where his wish of playing once more under Guardiola’s orders would come true.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his way to the MLS or China
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has officially released by Manchester United. Although the team from Old Trafford has the possibility of signing him for one more year, this was not the case. After the recent injury, the Swedish star suffered that would keep him away from the pitch at least until the middle of the next season. Apparently, Zlatan, who is at the end of his career with now 35 years of age, would be looking at offers he has received from China, and mainly the MLS where he has said before he would like to play.
Gareth Bale leaving Madrid to make room for Mbappe
Sources from the Spanish media say that Zinedine Zidane would be willing to sell Gareth Bale in order to make room for the arrival of Monaco star Kylian Mbappe. Reports from Spanish magazine Don Balon also confirm this, and describe more details about the possible move. Apparently, president Florentino Perez has told Zidane that the only way they are signing the Mbappe is if they sell one of their big-name players. According to the report, Zidane sees Gareth Bale leaving the club, where as Florentino Perez would rather make room by releasing Karim Benzema. However, the report also states that the move of Gareth Bale would be more likely, as the Spanish club would already have an offer from Manchester United on the table, and the Welsh star would also be willing to move back to England and play for the Red Devils.
Pepe confirmed to leave Real Madrid
The Portuguese defender has confirmed he is leaving Real Madrid after 334 games with the Blancos and having been with the club since 2007. Pepe is leaving after Real Madrid offered him to stay under a one year contract which he refused, after wanting a two-year contract instead. The Portuguese center back has said in recent interviews he has offers from PSG and Inter Milan, with PSG apparently with the upper hand. According to reports from French media, like the diary L’equipe, Pepe’s arrival to the French capital is almost imminent and the club would be ready to announce his arrival in the following days.
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