Monday’s Transfer Rumour Roundup: Sanches, Aguero, Viera, Dembele & Many More

?Here is today’s roundup of the biggest transfer rumours that are flying around the world of football…

1. Renato Sanches

Bayern Muenchen v FC Augsburg - Bundesliga

Transfer: Bayern Munich to AC Milan

Bayern Munich’s CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has ?confirmed that AC Milan are in talks with the Bavarian club over a deal for 19-year-old Portuguese international Renato Sanches, which will see the midfielder move on loan initally with an option to sign permanently for €40m.

2. Sheyi Ojo

Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

Transfer: Liverpool to Newcastle United

Despite initially been expected to leave Anfield on loan this summer, recently promoted Newcastle United are planning to sign Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo on a permanent basis, with reports ?talking of a £10m bid being prepared.

3. Keita Balde Diao

AS Roma v SS Lazio - Serie A

Transfer: Lazio to Internazionale

Lazio star Keita Balde Diao has ?left his side’s pre-season training camp, in a bid to force through a move to Serie A rivals Inter. The 22-year-old winger was one of the outstanding players of the Italian top flight last season and is expected to fetch at least €20m.

4. Jairo Riedewald

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Transfer: Ajax to Crystal Palace

Frank de Boer is set to ?complete is first permanent signing as Crystal Palace manager, as a deal for one of his former players, Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald, is set to be finished before the end of the week.

5. Sergio Aguero 

Watford v Manchester City - Premier League

Transfer: Manchester City to Chelsea

With Chelsea in desperate need of a new leading front man and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero being rumoured to be unsure over his future at the Etihad Stadium, a move to West London for the Argentine is the latest ?entry to the rumour mill.

6. Jonathan Viera

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Transfer: Las Palmas to Swansea City

Having already signed Roque Mesa from the Canary Islanders already this transfer window, Swansea City are now ?chasing his former teammate Jonathan Viera. However, the Swans will need to dig deeper into their pockets after a £21m bid was reportedly rejected.

7. Geoffrey Kondogbia

FC Internazionale v AC ChievoVerona - Serie A

Transfer: Internazionale to Valencia

La Liga outfit Valencia are ?hoping to lure Inter Milan flop Geoffrey Kondogbia to the Mestalla on a year-long loan deal, in order to replace Enzo Perez, who swapped Spain for his homeland, after a move to River Plate was confirmed.

8. Moussa Dembele

St Johnstone v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Transfer: Celtic to Arsenal

Arsenal have turned their ?attention towards Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, but with the recent acquisition of Alexandre Lacazette, the Scottish champions’ top goalscorer may be seen as a possible replacement for Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez.

9. Ivan Strinic

Juventus FC v SSC Napoli - TIM Cup

Transfer: Napoli to Galatasaray

Turkish side Galatasaray are ?hoping to strike a deal for Napoli full-back Ivan Strinic, after Gala boss Igor Tudor reportedly told the board that he wishes to sign an upgrade on current left-back Lionel Carole.

10. Aymen Abdennour

FC Barcelona v Valencia CF - La Liga

Transfer: Valencia to Leicester City

Despite already shelling out for former Hull City centre-back Harry Maguire, Leicester City are set to ?enter a bidding war with fellow Premier League side Southampton for the signature of Valencia’s Tunisian international defender Aymen Abdennour.


Leicester and Southampton Chase £15m Rated Valencia Defender

French media outlet ?FootMercato are reporting that Southampton and Leicester City are keeping tabs on Valencia’s Aymen Abdennour.

Both clubs are reportedly preparing for moves for the centre-back, who has been previously linked with moves to Manchester City, Everton and Arsenal in recent windows.


?Southampton have already signed a centre-back in the form of Jan Berdnark from Lech Poznan for £5m.

However, it seems as though new boss Mauricio Pellegrino is looking to Abdennour as a possible replacement for Virgil van Dijk if he decides to move on this summer. Reports have claimed though that there are a long list of clubs vying for the 27-year-old’s signature.


Olympique de Marseille and Newcastle had been previously linked, although it now seems that Leicester City and Inter Milan have joined Southampton as the front runners for the Tunisian’s signature.

Leicester have also signed a centre-back this summer in the form of Hull City’s Harry Maguire, although Craig Shakespeare could be looking to replace both his current ageing centre-backs, Wes Morgan and Robert Huth.

Despite being linked with a move to the Premier League last summer, the Tunisian international stayed an extra season at Valencia but only made 14 appearances over the last campaign.

Now an exit from the Spanish club, who finished 12th in La Liga last season, seems inevitable and the chance to play in England is thought to be an attractive proposition for Abdennour.

However, there is little chance of Abdennour arriving for a bargain price despite his lack of appearances for the Spanish club.

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Abdennour still has three years left on his contract and Valencia paid over £18m for him just two summers ago, so a fee of around £15m is thought to be wanted by Valencia.

No firm offers have been put on the table as of yet, however, if Virgil van Dijk makes a move away from Southampton, it wouldn’t be too outrageous to suggest a bid from the Saints for Abdennour could be quick to follow.




Madrid Midfielder’s Future in Doubt as Clubs From Premier League & Serie A Monitor His Situation

?Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic is the subject of interest from Tottenham, Milan, Inter and Napoli, according to a report from ?AS (in Spanish).

The Croatian has been used a primarily a squad player, with most of his 39 appearances last season for Los Blancos coming from the bench.


Spurs have reportedly already tabled a 25m bid for the player, but it was rejected out of hand and it will take a serious offer for Madrid to consider selling a player they would rather keep.

Inter – Kovacic’s former club – are interested in bringing him back to the San Siro, but could face competition in doing this from their neighbours and fierce rivals, AC Milan. Napoli also regard him as a player who could strengthen their midfield.

Despite the prospect of a bidding war commencing to secure 23-year-old’s signature, the man himself is believed to prefer staying put with the La Liga giants and forcing his way into the starting lineup. 

Zidane highly regards Kovacic and considers him an important part of his plans – but it is unclear if he sees him as the key player the Croatian aspires to be. 

Inter were forced into selling Kovacic against their wishes to Madrid in 2015 in order to adhere to Financial Fair Play regulations, with the fee agreed between the to clubs believed to be in the region of €29m.



Nice’s Dalbert Henrique Reveals ‘Irresistible’ Offer Behind Move to Italy Over Liverpool

Outbound OGC Nice defender Dalbert Henrique has revealed an ‘irresistible’ offer from Internazionale was the reason why he turned down a move to Liverpool and a host of other clubs, in a public statement released on Friday evening.

The left back made 38 appearances in all competitions for the Ligue 1 outfit last season, as Nice fought their way to an unexpected third-placed finish,

Dalbert’s performances have attracted a lot of attention from around Europe, including from both Inter and Liverpool. In a statement released by the player begging for Nice to let him leave, the 23-year-old has explained that Inter’s offer was the most attractive.


“My agent was contacted by over 10 European clubs, including Liverpool and Inter, who progressed in their desire to have me in the squad.” Henrique wrote on the Fair Play Assessoria Facebook page.

“Inter made a proposal that I find to be irresistible and I think over the next few days we can have a happy outcome for everyone.”

Dalbert went on to explain his desire to leave France, claiming that he yearns for a new challenge.

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“I have been very happy in France and will be eternally grateful to Nice and its fans, who gave me the possibility of emerging in an even bigger project.

“However, I am counting on the understanding of the directors to accept my desire to seek new heights and challenge for a chance at playing for my country, which is the dream of every player.

“It was difficult to decide, but I am certain when I say that my desire is to seek new projects.”

While Dalbert seems to be heading off to Serie A, Liverpool appear to have already found a new left back target and ?are closing in on an £8m move for Hull City’s Andrew Robertson.




Inter Milan Ambitiously Ask Man Utd to Include Promising Youngster in Their Deal for Ivan Perisic

?Inter Milan have reportedly asked Manchester United to include Anthony Martial in a deal that would take Ivan Perisic to Old Trafford.

After a stellar debut campaign with the Red Devils, Martial fell out of favour under Jose Mourinho last season, and with the Old Trafford outfit looking to bring in Perisic, it may well seem that Martial doesn’t fit too well in Mourinho’s plans for next season.

FC Torino v FC Internazionale - Serie A

However, while United have made a significant dent in this summer’s transfer market in signing Everton’s Romelu Lukaku (£75m) and Benfica’s Victor Lindelof (£35m), the club have been locked in talks with Inter over Perisic’s transfer fee – the Serie A outfit looking for £50m from United.

Now, according to Sky’s Kaveh Solhekol, Inter are asking for United to include the out of favour Martial in any deal the Red Devils make for the Croatian winger (likely to be Martial plus cash), which may work for the Manchester club.

With Perisic set to arrive, United would likely be looking to offload a winger in order for the wide man to fit into the squad. Martial has seemingly been dis-preferred by Mourinho, so removing the Frenchman might make sense.

It would mean that the club don’t have to find a buyer for Martial and it would also (presumably quite drastically) drive down the fee involved for Perisic.

However, one big elephant in the room remains. Why would United want to get rid of a 21-year-old full of potential in exchange for a 28-year-old who has only just made a name for himself in the past year? Baffling.