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Analysing The Latest European Transfer News

 • by Thomas McIlroy
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Each morning at Football Whispers we 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 Manchester City moving for one of the most exciting young talents in Europe, Barcelona looking to the Premier League for a new right-back, Paris Saint-Germain looking to build a whole new core to their squad and Chelsea suffering a blow in their quest for a new defender.

Ousmane Dembélé travels to Manchester?

Borussia Dortmund’s French attacker Ousmane Dembélé is one of the most in-demand names of this transfer window.

He’s been subject of Barcelona, Manchester United and Bayern Munich transfer rumours. But, according to Le10Sport, the 20-year-old was in Manchester yesterday, not to speak to the Red Devils, but to have dinner with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

It would come as a surprise as City didn’t appear to be chasing the former Rennes man. But he does fit the profile of young, exciting, fast players Guardiola is building at the Etihad – see Leroy Sané, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.

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His signing would undoubtedly make City into one of the most-feared attacking sides in the world.

But, according to Bild, Dortmund aren’t considering selling him this summer. They claim the Bundesliga side have put a €90million (£79.3million) asking price on Dembélé, haven’t entered into negotiations to sell the player and are unlikely to let him go this summer.

City could afford that fee but if Dortmund aren’t prepared to sell, perhaps Guardiola was putting into place a few ideas for next summer.

Barcelona step up Bellerín pursuit

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Right-back has been a problem for Barcelona since Dani Alves left, so it’s no surprise Ernesto Valverde is trying to remedy that as one of his first jobs after being appointed as Barça’s new manager.

It is also clear that the No.1 Barcelona transfer target for the summer is Arsenal right-back Héctor Bellerín.

Gunners fans who want to keep the 22-year-old know the tricks Barcelona will use to try and bring their man to the Camp Nou after the Cesc Fàbregas transfer saga.

The stage where Barcelona players publicly praise the player has already started with Denis Suárez talking up a potential move while on international duty.

“The people want the best players at Barcelona and I hope Bellerín can come,” said the Blaugrana midfielder.

But it may not be a saga quite like Fàbregas, with Mundo Deportivo saying Barça have given Bellerín ten days to join or they’ll look elsewhere.

In fact, the Catalan daily suggests they have lined up Benfica’s Nélson Semedo, who’s also a Manchester United transfer target, Southampton’s Cédric Soares or Valencia’s João Cancelo as backup options.

PSG’s four-man transfer wishlist

According to Le Parisien, Unai Emery has four dream signings to make his perfect team for next season.

The Spaniard wants to bring Monaco duo Kylian Mbappé and Fabinho to PSG, alongside Borussia Dortmund left-back Raphaël Guerreiro and AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

With Thiago Motta leaving at the end of the season, Fabinho is seen as the perfect replacement. Meanwhile, Mbappé would be a real statement of intent for the capital side.

But with PSG finishing behind Monaco in Ligue 1 last season, Emery’s side are perhaps not the attractive prospect they would have been 12 months ago.

Monaco aren’t averse to selling their players with Bernardo Silva and Valère Germain already leaving. Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoué Bakayoko have also been linked with moves.

Fabinho is thought to be on Manchester United’s radar and Mbappé a Real Madrid transfer target. If offers come in for either player it will be hard for the Ligue 1 winners to hold onto the duo.

Donnarumma may be more likely, especially as his agent is Mino Raiola who appears to have a good relationship with the French club.

But his departure from AC Milan has been brought into question now with his family urging the 18-year-old to stay at his current side, according to La Gazzetta della Sport.

Perhaps the most likely is Guerreiro, given that he is an upgrade on current left-back option Layvin Kurzawa.

What’s more, the dream XI has Marco Verratti in it, and all the sounds from Spain are that the Barcelona target will move to the Camp Nou next summer. So it would be a surprise if PSG’s starting lineup looks anything like what Emery wants.

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Chelsea suffer blow in Bonucci chase

Chelsea have been linked with a double raid on manager Antonio Conte’s former club Juventus.

The Blues are said to want both Alex Sandro and Leonardo Bonucci.

But the latter doesn’t seem to be going anywhere with boss Max Allegri telling Sky Sports Italia: “He is going to be the future leader of the Juventus dressing room.”

That will be a blow for Conte and he’s likely to turn his attentions elsewhere.

Given Bonucci is 30, his signing may not have been the most financially prudent and would not have fitted into the Blues’ model of only offering short-term contracts to over 30s.

You would expect them to now look at Virgil van Dijk, the one-time Liverpool transfer target, as Conte looks to firm up Chelsea’s back line.

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