Leicester City playmaker Riyad Mahrez could sign for Roma before the end of the week, according to reports from Italy.
Mahrez handed in a transfer request at the end of last season as he wants to play Champions League football again. Roma have been chasing the Algerian international all summer and, having had £20 million and £32 million bids turned down, are coming back with a third bid.
Roma’s sporting director Monchi wants Mahrez as a replacement for Mohammad Salah, who has joined Liverpool.
However, while Leicester are apparently willing to sell, it will only be for the right price. The club has been holding out for £50 million – which most players seem to be worth this summer – but may now be willing to accept less. SportItalia have claimed an offer of euro35 million (£31.3 million) plus add-ons could be enough.
It seems as if a transfer is moving closer as Mahrez will have a medical with Roma on Thursday, according to a tweet by Mohamed Alkawaleny, the BeIN Sports journalist who broke the news of Salah’s transfer earlier in the summer.
There has been interest in Mahrez from other Premier League clubs – he has been linked with Arsenal for some time – but they are going to have to move quickly if they want to gazump Roma.
Rumours over Barcelona striker’s world record-breaking move to Paris St-Germain persist – with suggestions that the £196 million transfer could be completed in the next week.
If the deal goes through it almost double the current record of £89 million, which Manchester United spent to buy Paul Pogba from Juventus last year, but it is by no means certain to happen.
For instance, stories over the past week have claimed that Neymar will stay at the Bernabeau – although the player himself has yet to speak out on the subject.
Today, The Times claim that the deal will go through but negotiations have been delayed until August by Neymar’s father – and adviser – who stands to get a £23.3 million bonus from Barcelona on July 31 for his part in getting Neymar to sign a new contract last year.
Meanwhile, other reports suggest Barcelona will report PSG to UEFA over a breach of Financial Fair Play regulations – remember them? – if they meet Neymar’s £196 million release clause.
Finally, if the transfer does happen then it could start a domino effect with other transfers, such as Philippe Coutinho moving from Liverpool to Barcelona and/or Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona.
However, it is all ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ – the only people who really know what is going on is Neymar, his father, and representatives of PSG and Barcelona. And none of them are saying anything. This one is going to run for some time to come.
Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez will hand in a formal transfer request this week as he seeks to force through a move to Manchester City.
Sanchez will make the move if Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger refuses his request to leave the Emirates, according to a report in the Sunday Mirror.
It is thought that Sanchez wants to link up with his former boss Pep Guardiola, who he worked with at Barcelona.
However, Wenger is understood to want to keep 28-year-old Sanchez, even if City bid £50 million for the player who has just one year left on his contract. “He’s [Sanchez] staying. Of course,” he said after Arsenal’s 5-2 win over Benfica in the Emirates Cup on Saturday.
However, City could face competition from Paris St-Germain for Sanchez. Other reports say the Ligue Un side are lining up a bid for the Chilean as well – even if they wrap up a world record £196 million deal for Neymar.
At least 10 teams are interested in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches, according to the club’s chief executive, and two of those are Chelsea and Manchester United.
Bayern’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed this to Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport, adding that Chelsea – who lost to Bayern in a pre-season friendly this week – are one of those teams.
There are at least 10 teams after Sanches,” he said. “Conte asked for some information about him after Tuesday’s match because he knows he can make the difference on the pitch.”
Portugal international Sanches had not made the impact he had hoped for in his first season in Munich after his £31.3 million transfer – making only 17 appearances in the Bundesliga – and is known to be wanting more game time.
Along with Chelsea, Manchester United are also known to be admirers of the 19-year-old, but plenty of others would want to take Sanches on, who is regarded as one of the best young players in Europe.
However, interested clubs may have to make do with only taking Sanches on loan, as Rummenigge added: “Almost certainly we’ll let him leave just on loan, we still count on him.”
Manchester United are preparing to tempt Chelsea to sell Nemanja Matic with a bid of more than £40 million for the midfielder.
This bid will come as United admit defeat in their pursuit of Tottenham’s Eric Dier, with the club steadfastly refusing to sell, despite the player’s rumoured desire to make the move.
United manager Jose Mourinho has said that signing a defensive midfielder is one of his priorities this summer, and Matic fits the bill, the pair having worked together when they were both at Stamford Bridge.
While United may face competition for Matic’s signature from Italian giants Internazionale and Juventus, it is thought that the player himself favours a move to Manchester.
However, it will be up to United to offer a fee that will tempt Chelsea into selling, and it is thought that a figure north of £40 million would be enough.