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Foreign Transfer Round-up: Bonucci, Bellerín, Perišić, Aubameyang

 • by Ryan Baldi
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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 on Leonardo Bonucci wanting out of Juventus, Manchester United‘s pursuit of Ivan Perišić, Barcelona backing off their Héctor Bellerín interest and more.

Bonucci To Leave Juventus?


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Leonardo Bonucci’s agent has spoken to big-spending AC Milan over a move for his client, with the Italian international sensationally looking to leave Juventus.

The 29-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the world and has been a key player in the Bianconeri‘s recent success.

But a falling out with manager Massimiliano Allegri last season has reportedly left Bonucci discontented with life at the Juventus Stadium and he will now look to manufacture a departure from the club.

Corriere dello Sport claim that Juve will want at least €50million for the player, but Milan are keen to include full-back Mattia De Sciglio in any negotiations in an attempt to lower the cash price.

Milan, backed by new Chinese ownership, have spent well over €100million to bring in seven players this summer as they look to rediscover their former glories. If they could capture Bonucci from the Serie A champions, that would be a huge statement of intent for the Rossoneri.

Chelsea have been linked to Bonucci in the past but they have recently brought in Antonio Rüdiger to bolster their backline. The Juve star is also a long-term Manchester City transfer target, and Pep Guardiola may sanction a big-money move for the player.

Man Utd Closing In On Inter Milan Winger

Ivan Perisic

After tracking the Croatian winger for some time now, Manchester United are believed to be closing in on the capture of Perišić from Inter Milan.

The 28-year-old is thought to have already agreed personal terms with the Red Devils and his agent met with the Nerazzurri this week to discuss the possibility of the player leaving the San Siro.

Inter director Piero Ausilio said yesterday that the club “haven’t taken into consideration anything Manchester United have offered for Ivan Perišić,” and the Serie A giants are keen to hang onto the player who scored 11 league goals and registered eight assists last term.

Valued at around £45million by Inter, United are said to be around £9million short of matching that figure but the Old Trafford side remain confident of getting their man.

Inter captain Mauro Icardi appears to have encouraged Perišić to move, saying: “If you’re not happy here at Inter, it’s right to leave.”

Barcelona Identify Bellerín Alternative

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Catalan newspaper Sport claims that Barcelona will no longer pursue a deal for Arsenal full-back Bellerín.

They have instead turned their attention to Nélson Semedo of Benfica, who is also believed to be a Manchester United transfer target.

Barça were keen to bring Bellerín back to the Camp Nou having left the club as a teenager, but Arsenal’s valuation of more than £40million has priced the Blaugrana out of any such move.

Semedo has been making waves in the Portuguese top flight with his ability to burst forward and join the attack, forming a crucial part of the Eagles’ title triumph last season.

Stylistically, Semedo appears to be a perfect fit for Barcelona. Benfica value the player at €45million, but the Catalan giants are confident that a deal can be struck at closer to €30million.

 

Milan Hopeful of Landing Chelsea Target

Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang according to Sky Sports, as the Blues continue their hunt for a centre-forward after missing out on Romelu Lukaku.

But AC Milan, who sold the Gabonese international captain as a youngster without ever giving him the chance to play for the first team, are hopeful of taking Aubameyang back to the San Siro, reports Gazette dello Sport.

Aubameyang

The 28-year-old, who has publicly stated his desire to play for Real Madrid, enjoyed the most productive season of his career in 2016/17 netting 40 goals in all competitions.

A Paris Saint-Germain transfer target earlier this summer, the French side decided against meeting Dortmund’s €70million valuation of the player, while interest from the Chinese Super League is unappealing to the former St-Étienne man.

Chelsea will likely need to replace Diego Costa ahead of the coming season as the Brazil-born Spain international is expected to leave Stamford Bridge. Álvaro Morata is said to be Antonio Conte’s top choice but players of Aubameyang’s quality are few an far between.

From Milan‘s perspective, they have already added to their striking department this summer with the €35million capture of André Silva, but the Rossoneri seem to want a more experienced option to go along with the 21-year-old Portugal international.

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