The transfer market picked up some heat today as players like Cesc Fabregas, Leonardo Bonucci and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dominated the headlines ahead of their big money moves in coming months. Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City are eager to splash the cash to add further quality to their squads.
On that note, we bring to you the best transfer news and rumours making the headlines on October 7, 2016.
Arsenal and Manchester United going after Benfica man?
Arsenal and Manchester United have made Benfica starlet Goncalo Guedes their key summer transfer target ahead of the next season, according to reports from A Bola. The 19-year-old has been scouted by both Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho with a summer bid to follow.
Guedes has a release clause of €60m and loves to operate in the free role behind the lone striker. La Liga side Valencia are also keeping a close tab on the progress of the exciting player from Benfica.
Dortmund accept Aubameyang will leave the club next summer
Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund have conceded defeat in trying to keep hold of their star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon international was linked with a move to Real Madrid and Manchester City earlier this season but neither side could cough up Dortmund’s asking fee of £50million.
According to Sport Bild however, things will change next summer as Chelsea and Manchester City have made Aubameyang their top priority and are prepared to meet Dortmund’s valuation of £50m. If the bid is made then Dortmund will have no option but to sell their star striker, who has scored five goals in the first five matches of the Bundesliga season.
Chelsea want to sign Felipe Anderson
According to the Brazilian newspaper Il Messaggero, Chelsea are pushing harder to sign the flamboyant wing-back Felipe Anderson in January. Antonio Conte needs better options in the full-back area to switch to a three-man defence and sees Anderson as the ideal signing.
Lazio have demanded £30million for the 23-year-old, who was linked with a move to Manchester United throughout the last season. According to Il Messaggero, the player’s agent is already working on a deal to bring Anderson to Premier League where a meeting with Chelsea is likely to happen during Serie A’s winter break.
Liverpool closing on the ‘next’ Paul Pogba?
Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for Inter Milan’s midfield powerhouse Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to reports from Football Italia. The Frenchman moved to Inter in a £27million deal but has failed to play in three of Inter’s last five matches. The player’s agent has fueled the speculation of a January exit by claiming that a lot of clubs are interested in his signing.
Speaking with TuttoMercatoWeb, Jonathan Maarek said: “Despite the current situation, Geoffrey is relaxed. There are no problems and he is happy at Inter. Kondogbia is certainly a top level player. He has a lot of quality and is very young, so obviously he has a lot of clubs interested in him.”
Have Juventus named their price for Bonucci?
Juventus are ready to play the hardball with Chelsea over the transfer of Leonardo Bonucci. According to TalkSports, the Serie A Champions want a fee in excess of £50 million and want Cesc Fabregas to be part of a player+cash deal to let go off their prized asset. Bonucci was linked with Chelsea last summer as well but Blues could not agree on a fee for the Italian.
However, after a poor start to the 2016/17 season, Chelsea have now made Bonucci their number one transfer target and will try to sign him in January before going out with their final offer next summer.
Arsenal superstars will not stay for anything cheap
Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez want a salary in excess of £250,000 to sign their contract extensions. The Gunners have tried for long to convince them to commit their future to the Emirates but the duo are buying their time and want to be sure of Arsenal’s managerial situation before penning the new deals.
Arsene Wenger is most likely on his way out of the club, which is seen as a positive factor for Ozil and Sanchez to sign their new contracts.
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