The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market uncertain — and you can find out when the windows open and close here — but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.
Atletico Madrid to battle Juventus for Suarez
Luis Suarez appears to have no future at beleaguered Barcelona, and the clubs are now starting to line-up to fight for his signature.
The Italian champions may have a stranglehold on Serie A right now but it’s clear to see that they’re going to face some serious challenges in the upcoming season, and if they want to claim that elusive Champions League crown, they’ll need to strengthen.
The 33-year-old seems to be destined to leave the Nou Camp this summer, surplus to requirements and in the final year of his contract
13.19 BST: Manchester City are confident Lionel Messi would snub any other team’s effort to sign him if Barcelona soften their stance and decide to negotiate the sale of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, sources told ESPN on Friday.
12.40 BST: Much was expected from Lucas Torreira by Arsenal fans, but it’s fair to say that his career at the Emirates has failed to really take off. The 24-year-old former Sampdoria player is being linked with a move back to Italy, with Fiorentina said to be closing in on a move.
Torreira’s agent, Pablo Bentancur, has told CalcioMercato that the player’s future is up in the air but he is a man in demand.
“There are many requests, but still nothing official,” Bentancur said. “I have received many enquiries but we have had no offers. He is training with Arsenal, and he is still their player.”
12.06 BST: There’s been plenty of speculation about Chelsea‘s interest in Declan Rice this summer, and the Sun reports that Frank Lampard is ready to make his move. The West Ham United midfielder is valued at around £80m, which would push Chelsea’s spending above £250m this summer.
11.29 BST: Manchester United are ready to make a move for two starlets from Real Madrid and Barcelona. Sky Sports reports that Marc Jurado, 16, and Alvaro Fernandez, 17 — from Barca and Madrid respectively — have agreed terms and will sign for the Red Devils early next month. Both turned down professional terms at their La Liga clubs.
Jurado posted on Instagram this week “Hi, Manchester! I’m so excited to start!”
Enjoy these moves, though, because when the UK completely leaves the EU at the end of the year English clubs will not be able to sign players aged under 18 from European clubs by FIFA regulations.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 29, 2020
09.30 BST: Reports suggest that Matt Doherty will have a medical later today ahead of completing a £15m move from Wolverhampton Wanderers to Tottenham Hotspur. A big loss for Wolves, and a real conundrum for fantasy managers!
AC Milan close in on Diaz
The process of getting this deal over the finish line has been ongoing for quite some time now, and it appears as if they’re starting to settle on the finer details. Milan will initially take him on loan with an option to buy, and if they go through with it, there will also be a buy back option in place for Madrid.
All they’re waiting on now is for the player to agree personal terms.
– Chelsea have focused their attention on trying to sign AC Milan youngster Gianluigi Donnarumma, Football Insider reports. After struggling to lock down the signing of Edouard Mendy, the Blues have changed targets, although it could cost them around £50m as they continue the search for a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga.
– Sky Sports is reporting that Aston Villa’s £10m bid for Nottingham Forest star Matty Cash has been rejected. Dean Smith has clearly recognised that additions need to be made to the squad after a close call with relegation last season, but with Sheffield United, AC Milan, West Ham and Southampton all being in the mix, Forest appear to be keeping their options open.
– The BBC is reporting that Bologna’s bid to try and sign Hearts wonderkid Aaron Hickey has failed. The 18-year-old visited both Bologna and Bayern Munich in an attempt to come to decide his future, but it doesn’t seem as if the real deal has presented itself as of yet.