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Foreign Transfer Round-up: Morata, Donnarumma, Lemar

 • by Tom Bodell
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Each day, Football Whispers pore over Europe’s major transfer news outlets in search of the latest 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 there’s talk on the future of former Manchester United transfer target Álvaro Morata, the future of Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and Arsenal transfer target Thomas Lemar.

Where now for Morata?

The Real Madrid forward, so long on United’s wishlist, now looks surplus to requirements with Romelu Lukaku reportedly close to joining the Red Devils in a £75million deal.

According to Marca the forward is still in ‘constant’ contact with José Mourinho but United don’t need a second top-drawer forward with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in need of minutes. That means a move for Morata is surely dead in the water.

However, the 24-year-old is unlikely to want to remain at the Bernabéu where he will play second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema once more despite averaging a goal every 88.6 minutes last season in La Liga.

One option could be to join Chelsea. The Blues are set to lose Diego Costa to Atlético Madrid and had been keen on Everton hitman Lukaku. Now the Belgian is set for Old Trafford, Antonio Conte could move for Morata instead.

Donnarumma to make Milan u-turn?

Ahead of last month’s European Under-21 Championships in Poland Donnarumma’s future looked certain to lie away from Milan.

The goalkeeper turned down the offer of a new contract from the Rossoneri and his agent, the outspoken Mino Raiola, claimed the club were attempting to bully his client into signing the deal.

Italy fans threw fake notes at Donnarumma at the Euros and branded the 18-year-old stopper ‘Dollarumma’.

Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma had been a Real Madrid and PSG transfer target

However, a remarkable u-turn now looks to be on with the Milan native on the verge of agreeing a new contract at the San Siro, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Donnarumma is not expected to sign until 2021 and there will be a release clause included, around €75-€80million.

That should, in turn, mean Keylor Navas’ future at Real Madrid is secure for another season with Donnarumma previously a Milan transfer target.

Lacazette could tempt Lemar to Arsenal

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Arsène Wenger has already raided Ligue 1 to sign Lyon goal machine Alexandre Lacazette in a record £46.5million deal earlier this week.

Now the 67-year-old could return to France to snap up Monaco winger Lemar.

The French international scored 14 and assisted 15 last season for Les Monegasques as they won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals.

Monaco’s policy is to only allow a couple of their star names to leave each summer.

They have only seen Portuguese winger Bernardo Silva join Manchester City. However, Tiemoué Bakayoko is a Chelsea transfer target and Benjamin Mendy could yet link up with Silva at City.

But the kicker for Arsenal, who are expected to see a €45million offer for Lemar turned down, is Lacazette. According to L’Equipe the striker is close friends with the Monaco winger and could persuade him to push through a move to the Emirates Stadium.

After missing out on Champions League football for the first time in Wenger’s 21-year reign the Gunners have little choice but to go big in this summer’s transfer market. Returning with a second bid for Lemar would be just that.

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