The Telegraph are suggesting that Chelsea aren’t satisfied with having one player named D. Costa at the club, so they’ve launched a bid for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Douglas Costa. The 24-year-old Brazilian has confirmed he’s ready to leave Shakhtar and would like to play for Jose Mourinho, clearing the way for the Blues to sign him for £20 million.
The Evening Standard, meanwhile, are saying that Radamel Falcao is desperate to put his horror season at Manchester United behind him and sew up a move to West London before he flies off to play in the Copa America. Jorge Mendes is the Columbian’s representative and he also represents Mourinho, so with United rejecting the chance to make his loan move permanent there are reports that he’d take a severe pay cut to stay in the Premier League.
Having failed in their attempts to hold on to James Milner, with the England international confirming he’s agreed to join Liverpool when his current contract ends on July 1st, Manchester City are making enquiries about Arsenal’s number 1 target Geoffrey Kondogbia.
The Monaco midfielder is the subject of interest from a number of clubs, according to The Daily Star. The 22-year-old has impressed during Monaco’s run in the Champion’s League and both Louis Van Gaal and Arsene Wenger have show interest. It could be City’s millions that win him over if he moves to the Premier League, though.
La Gazzetta Dello Sport are saying that Arsenal are gearing up a £30 million move for Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain. The 27-year-old scored 25 goals in Serie A and the Europa League last season, and Arsenal have reportedly been chasing him for some time. Napoli aren’t willing to be pushed around, however, and are believed to be prepared to be stubborn and hold out for £36.7 million.
Meanwhile The Metro believe that Arsenal are in negotiations to sign William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon for somewhere in the region of £21.5 million. The Portuguese club had been looking for £30 million for the midfielder, but with Wenger unwilling to go that high they’ve had to loosen their stance a touch.
Raheem Sterling is considering a move to Manchester United, according to The Guardian, though it seems extremely unlikely that the Merseyside club would allow one of their most prized assets to leave and join one of their fiercest rivals. It seems much more likely that this is another stage in the ever-evolving saga of Sterling and his agent versus Liverpool FC.
A much more likely move for the Red devils is the potential £15 million signing of Fernando Muslera from Galatasary. The Metro are reporting that the Uruguayan goalkeeper could be on his way to Old Trafford to replace the likely departing David De Gea.
Meanwhile The Daily Star say that United have already made a pre-contract agreement with Barcelona’s Dani Alves, with the 32-year-old agreeing terms to move to Old Trafford when his contract expires on July 1st.
20-year-old Nabil Bentaleb is growing tired of the lack of contract talks at White Hart Lane, according to The Daily Mirror. The Algerian played 35 times for Spurs this season, but has claimed that a host of Champion’s League clubs have enquired about his services.
The biggest news for the Merseyside club this week is the confirmation of an agreement with James Milner for the midfielder to join the Reds when his contract with Manchester City expires on July 1st. The Liverpool website released the story on Thursday, and though it will hardly get pulses racing on Merseyside it will be a solid addition to the squad given Steven Gerrard’s departure to LA Galaxy.
TalkSport are ready to confirm that Southampton and West Ham are going to go head-to-head over the £8 million signing of the Danish international defender Simon Kjaer. Though Besiktas and Galatasary are also interested in the 26-year-old, rumours are that he’d prefer a move to the Premier League.
Wales Online are saying that Swansea have has a £250,000 bid for Barnet’s Matt Stevens rejected. Swansea’s Gary Monk is interested in the teenager who bagged more than 50 goals in the junior team last season.
At the same time The Liverpool Echo are reporting that the Swans have made a move for Everton’s defender Luke Garbutt. The 22-year-old is out of contract this summer and doesn’t seem overly bothered about staying with the Blues.
The Stoke Sentinel claim that the Potters are ready to do battle with Palermo over the signing of Boca Junior’s 21-year-old striker Jonathan Calleri. Palermo have offered between £5 and £6 million for him, with Stoke going as high as £7.5 million but the Argentinian club wanting more like £9.5 million.
The Daily Mail reckon the only thing of even slight interest going on at Palace this week is the potential return of their former boss Steve Coppell as a director of football for the club.
The Blues are going to add a bit of needle to their midfield with the signing of former Liverpool central man Raul Meireles, according to The Liverpool Echo. They say he’d be available for £4 million. They also reckon that Everton are in the hunt for West Brom’s Saido Berahino. The forward would be available for somewhere in the region of £20 million.
The website London24 is claiming that Sampdoria’s Pedro Obiang will choose between the Hammers and Spurs in a £5.75 million transfer that would see him arrive in the Premier League over the summer. West Ham have been tracking the holding midfielder for some time, and will hope that will sway him to join them instead of their London rivals who have recently joined the race for his signature.
The Express And Star reckon that West Brom could offer a home to Carlton Cole next season after the forward was released by West Ham. There’s no room on the roster for West Ham’s other reject, Neme, though, as the Baggies don’t see the 33-year-old attacker as part of their plans moving forward.
The Hull Daily Mail are claiming that the Foxes want to sign their relegation rival’s defender Curtis Davies for £3 million after the Tigers went down into the Championship. Meanwhile TalkSport say that Leicester have already confirmed the signing of Austrian defender Christian Fuchs from Schalke on a free transfer.
The Daily Mirror are reporting that Newcastle will go for a whole new approach to transfers this summer, abandoning their previous love of French stars in exchange for British players who will help them target the domestic cups. The first player on their list is Hull’s James Chester, who is looking for a move away from the Yorkshire club in the aftermath of their relegation. Steve Bruce is determined to hang on to his defender, though, and has slapped a £10 million price tag on his head.
Staying in the North-East and looking at Sunderland, the biggest news for the Black Cats is the decision by Dick Advocaat to do a u-turn and sign a 1-year contract extension to stay with them after keeping them up so dramatically. The Daily Mail reckon the Dutchman will receive a sizeable transfer kitty in order to not only keep them in the Premier League, but also to target a top-10 finish next season.
Aston Villa are interested in bringing Yohan Cabaye back to the Premier League, according to The Express And Star, with the Frenchman struggling to settle since a £19 million move to PSG.
Not much to report about incoming players at Bournemouth so far in the close-season, but The Bournemouth Echo are reporting that Bristol City are keen on picking Lee Camp from the Cherries. Camp only has a year left on his contract and faces stiff competition for the goalkeeper’s jersey after the signing of both Artur Boruc and Adam Federici, as we reported last week.
Two bits of news are being talked about at Watford this week, with the first being the Southern club confirming the signing of Quique Sanchez Flores as their new manager, so says the Daily Star. The former Atletico Madrid and Valencia boss has signed a two-year deal at Watford. The 50-year-old becomes their 5th manager in a year.
One if his first jobs will be to have a chat with Giedrius Arlauskis. The Lithuanian goalkeeper will move to Vicarage Road, having been signed from Steaua Bucharest.
The Daily Mail reckon the Canaries could make a move for Ross McCormack in the coming days. The 28-year-old scored 17 goals for Fulham last season after his £11 million move from Leeds United. The London club may look to recoup most of that fee if they let the striker go, though, and that could put Norwich boss Alex Neil off any potential move.