Transfer news and rumours of the day: 14th June, 2016
West Ham confirm the signing of Sofiane Feghouli, Barcelona close to signing Samuel Umtiti, update on Arsenal's chase of Vardy and more..
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s reported move to Manchester United remains the talk of the town with fresh reports suggesting that the 34-year-old has already agreed terms to play at Old Trafford next season and is scheduled to undergo a medical with the Old Trafford outfit after the conclusion of Sweden’s Euro 2016 journey. Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, who was instrumental in guiding the Foxes to their maiden Premier League title, will have the final say in the decision on his future according to their manager Claudio Ranieri.
We take a look at the transfer news and rumours of the day from around the world.
– According to reports in Italy, Serie A giants Roma are targeting Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum following the Toons’ relegation to the Championship by virtue of a bottom three finish in the English Premier League. The 25-year-old arrived at St. James’ Park in the summer from Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven for a fee in the region of £14.5m and despite scoring 11 goals in his first season at the club, the Dutchman could not save the Geordies from relegation.
A mass exodus is expected at Newcastle United in the upcoming transfer window, with the club looking to reduce their wage bill. Midfielder Miralem Pjanic is close to agreeing a move to Italian giants Juventus and Wijnaldum is viewed by the Giallorossi as an ideal replacement.
– Real Madrid have met with Juventus officials to discuss the transfer of former Los Blancos striker Alvaro Morata according to Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport. Morata signed for the Serie A champions in the summer of 2014 and has spent two hugely successful seasons with the Old Lady. The 23-year-old Spaniard has managed to make 93 appearances for the club scoring 23 goals.
The Santiago Bernabeu outfit had inserted a €30m buy-back clause in Morata’s contract at the time of his transfer from Spain to Germany and are willing to activate it. However, according to the report the Bianconeri are willing to offer the Spanish giants another €25m to retain the services of the 23-year-old. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and PSG are some of the elite clubs rumoured to be interested in the services of Morata.
– Southampton striker Graziano Pelle, who scored the second goal for Italy in the 2-0 win over Belgium in their Euro 2016 opener, has reports linking him with a move to Serie A champions Juventus and AC Milan. It is believed that the Old Lady have been long-term admirers of the Italian striker and Milan have been alerted following his sensational scissor kick goal in the extra time of the clash against Belgium.