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Foreign Transfer Round-Up: Can, Coutinho, Dembélé

 • by Andrew Gibney
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Every day 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 we bring you the latest regarding the future of Liverpool’s Emre Can, Marten de Roon’s potential return to Italy and Philippe Coutinho’s Barcelona stance.

JUVENTUS PUSH FOR CAN

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has become a Juventus transfer target this summer. The German has overtaken Steven N’Zonzi and former Arsenal transfer target Blaise Matuidi in terms of being a viable option and the Serie A side had a €25million bid rejected.


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Corriere dello Sport report that Liverpool are believed to be holding out for €30million. That amount seems low, but with only 12 months left on his deal, the longer the 23-year-old holds out without signing a new contract, that amount could appeal to Jürgen Klopp.

The Anfield club are still pursuing Naby Keïta from RB Leipzig, who would push Can down the pecking order and almost secure his exit. However, with that deal far from done, the Reds will not want to let the German international go.

DE ROON ATALANTA RETURN

Middlesbrough’s relegation to the Championship will not only be a huge blow to fans, but it also seems like the factor that will see the North-East club lose midfielder Marten De Roon this summer.

The 26-year-old was one of the club’s most consistent performers last term, playing 35 times and scoring five goals. He enhanced his reputation and was linked with a few Premier League teams early in the window.

Now, it seems like De Roon will make his return to Atalanta, just 12 months after arriving on Teesside report GazetteLive and Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy. The Serie A side lost Franck Kessie to AC Milan and picking the Dutchman back up makes sense for them.

COUTINHO NOT RUFFLING LIVERPOOL FEATHERS

Coutinho wants a Barcelona move

Barcelona transfer target Philippe Coutinho wants to leave Liverpool say Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, but the Brazilian is unlikely to hand in a transfer request.

The Spanish side would prefer, like Liverpool transfer target Virgil van Dijk, if the player let his desires be known, but the Reds No.10 doesn’t want to upset the club and the good times he’s enjoyed at Anfield.

Goal.com report that a £72million bid has already been rejected and the Catalan club have not upped it to the £109million it would apparently take to get the Merseyside club talking.

CONTE WANTS SERGI

After being linked as a Manchester United transfer target, Antonio Conte has told the Chelsea board that he wants Sergi Roberto to join the London club this summer.

The Italian, according to Spanish paper Sport, sees the Spanish midfielder as the perfect replacement for Nemanja Matic. José Mourinho is also interested, but likes the Barcelona player’s versatility.

Luis Enrique used the 25-year-old mostly at right-back, but new boss Ernesto Valverde has preferred to push him back into the centre of midfield. This seems his most natural position, able to combine his defensive duties with an ability to go forward.

Barcelona are on the back foot after losing Neymar. They don’t want anyone else to go before they can make significant signings. It will all depends on the minutes the Spain international is offered as to whether or not he will want to stay at the Nou Camp.

DORTMUND NAME DEMBÉLÉ PRICE

Ousmane Dembele of Dortmund

German news outlet Sport Bild are suggesting the Borussia Dortmund have slapped a €150million price tag on French forward Ousmane Dembélé.

Despite meeting with representatives from the German club, Barcelona have yet to make an official offer for the 20-year-old. However, it is reported that when they do, if it’s below the €150m mark, they may as well not bother.

BVB are hoping they don’t have to let him leave this summer, and want to keep him for at least another season, however, if they receive a bid up at that level, they are willing to do business.

After scoring six goals and adding 13 assists during his first season in the Bundesliga, and the €200million move of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, it’s easy to see how Dortmund have come to that valuation.

ADRIEN SILVA GIVES SPORTING HIS ALL

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At the start of July, midfielder and Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Adrien Silva wasn’t sure if he would be staying at Sporting Lisbon this summer.

“The best players are there [in the Premier League], and the English championship is recognised by all as one of the best,” he told press after a Confederations Cup match.

“Let’s just let things run. I have a contract with Sporting, but nothing is certain.”

Now, although Portuguese paper Record say the captain has pledged to give his all to the club, they say that doesn’t mean his is entirely convinced he will be staying in Liga NOS for the rest of the season.

The central midfielder is now 28 years old and with his current contract lasting until 2021, it could be now or never to regards to him ever making a big move across to England.

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