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Analysing The Latest European Transfer News

 • by Sam McGuire
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Each morning, Football Whispers pore over Europe’s major news outlets in search of the latest transfer reports relating to your club. We then assess the reliability of the rumours, determine the likelihood of the moves, and analyse where the potential signings would fit in.

Today’s edition of the European round-up includes reports of Chelsea having a challenge on their hands to keep their goalkeeper at the club, Arsenal see their bid turned down for a Monaco star and why Manchester City might now have a clear run at Alexis Sánchez.

Kylian Mbappé to disappoint many this summer

Wanted by Real Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, Kylian Mbappé has updated his Twitter profile and it could include a masked hint about his future.

His background has changed to show an advertising hoarding with the word ‘priceless’ behind the player. The 18-year-old could be suggesting the interested clubs need to look elsewhere. 

Recent reports claim Liverpool are prepared to battle Arsenal for French striker’s signature should he decide to reject a move to Spain and instead opt for England.

Reds boss Jürgen Klopp is determined to be part of the conversation should Monaco agree to sell their star striker before the start of the season.

Another Monaco star could be heading to England though

After a reported £31million offer for Thomas Lemar was rejected, reports have emerged to suggest Arsenal’s bid was actually closer to €41m with bonuses, but Monaco still turned it down.

Also a transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur, the London rivals are, according to L’Equipe, apparently preparing their bid for the France international.

Thomas Lemar was a superb bargain signing for Monaco.

Due to the attention afforded to teammate Mbappé, Lemar’s performances last season went a little under the radar. He was involved in 19 Ligue 1 goals last term, and a further six in the Champions League.

The versatile midfielder can play a number of positions and could, if he leaves, be a seen as a replacement of sorts for Mesut Özil. However, the Premier League clubs will have to up their offers if they’re to land the French star.

Real Madrid vultures circling Chelsea

The agent of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has admitted that he regularly meets with directors of Real Madrid, who evaluate the Belgian. He said that his role is to update the player on the situation. 

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Agent Christophe Henrotay told Belgium’s Sport magazine: “Obviously the biggest clubs are interested in Thibaut, and that includes the reigning European champions

“He is a goalkeeper who wins you games, wins you trophies.

“I meet regularly with Real Madrid’s directors and Thibaut’s situation is evaluated.

“My role is to keep him informed of the situation.”

Back in March, the Guardian claimed Los Blancos wanted to bring Courtois and teammate Eden Hazard to the Santiago Bernabéu.

However, the Belgian attacker is ruled out for a number of weeks with a fractured ankle meaning a double move is off the table. 

The ‘keeper though could be tempted with a return to Spain.

He had a three-year spell on loan for Atletico Madrid and has previously spoken of the lure of a return to the Spanish capital, where his daughter and former girlfriend live.

Manchester United plot Serie A raid

Juventus are closing in on Manchester United transfer target, Federico Bernardeschi. According to Corriere dello Sport,  Jose Mourinho saw the Italian as an alternative for Ivan Perisic, but the Serie A champions are favourites to land the winger. 

Undeterred by this, however, the Red Devils  have made another move for Torino striker Andrea Belotti. The 23-year-old scored 26 goals in Serie A last season and has become a transfer target for Arsenal and Chelsea in the past. But Tuttosport claim Mourinho’s advances have again been rejected as the Turin based club try to hold on to the forward.

Man City in a one-horse race to sign Sánchez

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness admits that the German champions want to sign young players, giving an indication that Alexis Sánchez is not in the club’s plans this summer.

Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal

“You can’t build a new team with €100million transfers for a 29/30-year-old.”

Although only 28 years old, there would be no sell on value for the Chilean if he moved to the Bundesliga side. It would be different at Man City with Pep Guardiola looking to bolster his already exciting attack.

Sánchez would enable Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané to develop without the pressure of having to deliver on a regular basis.

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