Arsenal set to hijack deal for Barcelona target, Manchester United to be given massive £200m summer transfer budget, and more: Transfer Roundup, 4th February 2019
With the winter transfer window done and dusted, all attention returns towards the pitch ahead of what promises to be an exciting second half of the season in all the major European leagues.
Several prominent teams ventured into the market to recruit reinforcements, while others did not. A number of high-profile players also switched clubs over the course of the month-long window.
Now, clubs will begin to prepare for the summer transfer market - where most of the major business happens. Expectedly, transfer speculation has failed to end with the window, and several new rumours and stories have emerged.
Today's top transfer stories feature some giant clubs like Barcelona, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, and Chelsea, among others. They also feature some popular superstars who are being touted to move to different clubs in the summer.
On that note, here is a look at the top transfer news, stories, rumours, and updates for the day:
Napoli to battle Chelsea and Manchester United for Nicolo Barella
Cagliari's Nicolo Barella has quickly become a household name in Serie A due to his performances for the club. As a result, the 21-year-old star has become a wanted man, reportedly drawing the attention of giant clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United, who have been linked with potential moves for him.
However, as per reports from Goal.com, the two Premier League giants are set to face stiff competition from Napoli, who allegedly view him as the perfect long-term replacement for Marek Hamsik, who is set to soon depart in favour of a gig in the Chinese Super League.
While Chelsea and United are reportedly expected to submit official offers for him, Napoli have allegedly earmarked him as their next top target, and will reportedly go all out for him in the summer transfer window.