With the World Cup now behind us, the focus will rightly shift towards the all-important summer transfer period.
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 25, 2018:
Real Madrid targeting Hugo Lloris
The Sun has claimed that Real Madrid have shifted their focus towards Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris. After David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois, Spurs no.1 is the latest goalkeeper that has attracted Madrid’s attention. The bosses at Real Madrid believe that they will be able to lure Lloris to the Spanish capital.
Spurs chief Daniel Levy is certainly one of the toughest negotiators in the game and it will surely take a bid higher than what Liverpool paid for Alisson Becker to get Hugo Lloris out of London. Real Madrid are ready to pay the price and have made Lloris their top candidate to replace Keylor Navas.
The 31-year-old custodian has four more years left on his Tottenham contract but it is believed that Lloris is tempted by a move to Spain. After six seasons in the Premier League, Hugo Lloris now wants to test himself play in La Liga.
Arsenal looking to make one more signing
Unai Emery has revealed that Arsenal are looking to rope in one more fresh face before the end of the transfer window. The Gunners have made five signings under their new boss with Lucas Torreira being the most prominent. It is believed that Arsenal are chasing a wide player and have been linked with the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Kingsley Coman.
Emery was quoted by Goal as saying, “I am very happy with how the club is working and we are working every day on how we can improve. I am very happy with the players and I said at the last press conference that if there is an opportunity to try to sign one player, then we are looking.”
Manchester City end Miralem Pjanic’s pursuit
According to RMC Sport, Pep Guardiola has admitted that Manchester City are no longer in the race to sign Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic. City were one of the clubs linked with the Bosnian after the Premier League champions missed out on Jorginho.
Pjanic is also on Barcelona’s radar and may now leave for a Spanish expedition. City, meanwhile, are believed to shift their focus towards Real Madrid’s Matteo Kovacic or Southampton’s Mario Lemina in their search of a creative midfielder.
Inter Milan eyeing Davide Zappacosta
A right-back is high on Inter Milan’s priority list this summer. After suffering a setback in the chase of Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko, Inter have now reportedly set their sights on Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta. Gazzetta Dello Sport reports that Inter are confident of wrapping up a deal for the former Torino defender and are looking to begin negotiations with Chelsea in the coming days.
Fulham closing in on Andre Schurrle
Talksport and a number of other trusted English outlets have reported that Andre Schurrle is set for a medical at Fulham tonight. The German winger is all set to be the Premier League newcomers’ latest acquisition.
Schurrle spent two seasons with Borussia Dortmund but saw himself fall down the pecking order last campaign. The World Cup winner with Germany is expected to sign for Fulham on a season-long loan spell with a clause to make the deal permanent next summer.
Werder Bremen monitoring Davy Klaassen
Sky Sports can reveal that Werder Bremen have approached Everton to sanction a loan deal for Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen. The former Ajax man failed to hit the ground running in the Premier League and made just seven starts for the Toffees last season.
Marco Silva is looking to offload the deadwood at the club and it is believed that Klaassen will be allowed to move this transfer window.
Inter Milan targeting Lionel Messi
After Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus, Serie A giants Inter Milan are looking to rope in Lionel Messi to restart the epic clash between the two. According to Don Balon, Inter Milan’s biggest sponsors Pirelli are urging the Nerazzurri owners to get in touch with Lionel Messi’s representatives.
Inter’s Chinese owners also want to invest heavily in the San Siro outfit. Inter Milan are looking to resolve their FFP issues soon and approach Barcelona for inarguably the biggest transfer of all time. It seems improbable at the moment but one can never say never in the world of football.
Atletico Madrid announce the arrival of Gelson Martins
The Colchoneros have completed the signing of Gelson Martins on a free transfer. Martins ended his contract with Sporting Lisbon a few months back, citing “just cause”. The winger joins Atletico on a six-year deal. Martins made 125 appearances for Sporting and was on Arsenal’s radar before committing his future to Diego Simeone.
Rest of the world
PSG contact Jerome Boateng
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that Jerome Boateng has initiated talks with Paris Saint Germain over a potential move. The 29-year-old has been linked with a transfer away from Bayern Munich and seems to be on his way to Ligue 1. The Bavarians value Boateng at around €60 million.
Rummenigge told Goal, “At the moment there is no direct contact between the clubs. But there is contact between his agents and PSG. We have to wait if we could find a basis for a transfer.”
Bayern Munich sign Alphonse Davies
The Bavarians have completed the signing of highly rated Canadian starlet Alphonse Davies. The teenager will arrive in the Bundesliga on January 1 from Vancouver Whitecaps. Bayern Munich have reportedly paid around €11 million for the 17-year-old. In January, Davies will become the most expensive MLS player to get transferred to the European leagues.