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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 hijacking the Kostas Manolas deal, Paris Saint-Germain jumping ahead of Manchester United for a Brazilian playmaker and Vincent Janssen ending his Spurs nightmare.

Premier League trade for Barcelona?

Arsenal transfer target Rafinha says his “future is open” amid rumours that he will be used as a makeweight in Barcelona’s bid to sign Hector Bellerin.

According to Marca, the versatile attacking midfielder, who is still recovering from a knee injury, is also said to be interesting Italian champions Juventus.

But the Catalan’s interest in English clubs doesn’t end there.

AS claim Ernesto Valverde and his recruitment team have until midnight tonight to complete the re-signing of Gerard Deulofeu.

The Everton winger, who came through La Masia, the club’s renowned youth academy, could be bought back for a fee of €12million due to a buy-back clause.

The 23-year-old enjoyed positive form in Italy with AC Milan last season and supposedly interests new manager Valverde.

However, the Daily Mail believe the player has rejected a chance to return to the club, citing concerns over first-team football in a World Cup season.

Pep Guardiola closes in on reunion


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Man City transfer target Dani Alves has parted company with Juventus after the Italian side agreed to terminate his contract.

According to Football Italia, the likelihood of the Brazilian solving Guardiola and City’s right-back problem has only increased.

The pair were together at Barcelona with many believing the Brazilian was the best full-back in the world under the former Bayern Munich manager. 

However, BBC have revealed that City have opened negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur over the potential signing of Kyle Walker meaning Alves has competition for a starting berth at the Etihad.

Chelsea hijack Manolas deal

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After a move to Zenit Saint Petersburg broke down, Kostas Manolas could soon be on his way to the Premier League instead.

The Greek centre-back, according to Gazzetta dello Sporthas long been seen as a Chelsea transfer target.

Manolas, who has been one of Roma’s key players in recent years, was expected to have a medical in Russia this week but failed to turn up.

Reports have cited the reason for this being a dispute over potential pay. This left the door ajar for Chelsea, who have seemingly swooped in.

Antonio Conte has been in the market for a centre-back since he was appointed as the manager at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Rüdiger, Leonardo Bonucci, Alessio Romagnoli and Virgil van Dijk have all been linked but the only arrival last summer was the returning David Luiz.

The Italian manager wanted van Dijk but the Dutch centre-back reportedly favours a move to Anfield. But now an opportunity to sign Manolas has presented itself.

The 26-year-old could become one of the best in the world under Conte, for a bargain price of £30million.

 

Spurs to rid themselves of a flop

German news outlet Bild report that Borussia Monchengladbach are interested in signing Tottenham’s second-choice striker Vincent Janssen.

The Dutchman failed to truly settle during his debut season in the Premier League, scoring just two league goals, and the German outfit are ready to make an offer of €14million to try and secure his services. 

It would represent a loss for the usually business savvy Daniel Levy, but sometimes you do just need to cut your losses.

With the club looking to reinforce their squad elsewhere any money recouped could assist them in doing so.

PSG to gazzump Man Utd

Monaco's Brazilian defender Fabinho celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match between Rennes (SRFC) and Monaco (ASM)

Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for Monaco’s versatile playmaker Fabinho.

The 23-year-old, who started life as a right-back, has excelled in a centre-midfield role and was key in the club winning Ligue 1 last season.

With Marco Verratti potentially joining Barcelona this summer, L’Equipe claim Paris Saint-Germain have joined the race to sign Monaco’s Fabinho, and now seemingly lead it.

The French club see the Brazilian as a possibility to fill the central midfield void should Verratti depart. A centre-midfield role may swing it for the Parisians with José Mourinho reportedly wanting to play Fabinho at right-back.

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