Here are today’s top transfer gossips emerging from the papers this week.
Martial to Chelsea, Willian to Manchester United
Chelsea are reportedly willing to let Willian join Manchester United so long as Anthony Martial heads in the opposite direction.
The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer, with Barcelona and the Red Devils mooted as possible destinations.
Jose Mourinho is in the hunt for a winger to help provide Romelu Lukaku with more opportunities in attack and is a big fan of Willian, with whom he previously worked with at Chelsea.
But United may find it difficult to capture the 29-year-old’s signing giving the Blues’ demands.
Higuain to Chelsea
Chelsea are reportedly close to sealing the signing of Gonzalo Higuain after reaching an agreement with Juventus.
According to Italian outlet Sport Mediaset (via Metro), the Blues will pay €60 million (£53 million) to sign the Argentinian, and the move will be officially announced after Maurizio Sarri has been appointed the new Chelsea manager.
It had previously been reported that Chelsea had proposed a swap deal that would see Alvaro Morata move to Juve and Higuain the other way, per La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MailOnline’s Will Griffee).
If Higuain moves to Stamford Bridge in a cash deal, though, Spaniard Morata will likely still look for a route out of west London as he would almost certainly lose his starting spot in the side.
Andre Gomes to Arsenal
The Portugal international’s unhappy time at Camp Nou could be coming to a close with Arsenal reportedly prepared to spend £30 million on the midfielder.
Gomes has described his time at Barca as “hell” following an alarming drop in form after arriving two years ago from Valencia and ESPN sources claim new Gunners boss Unai Emery believes the 24-year-old will be perfect for his new vision of the club.
Mario Mandzukic to Manchester United
Jose Mourinho is said to be considering a move for the veteran Croatia striker as a back-up for regular No. 9 Romelu Lukaku.
The Express report that Mourinho wants the Belgian to play less minutes next season to help ease the goal scoring burden and wear on his body and Mandzukic’s experience and ability makes him an ideal backup.
Juventus’ interest in United full-back Matteo Darmian could also be a good negotiating chip, with the Italian keen on a return to Serie A.
Yerry Mina to Liverpool
The Colombia centre-back’s performances in Russia, and his availability at Barcelona, has alerted Liverpool with the Reds keen to find a partner for Virgil van Dijk.
Despite only arriving at Camp Nou in January, Mina finds himself surplus to requirements as Barca need to lower their non-EU quota of players and The Mirror report that the Reds are considering a bid.
Mina made only five La Liga appearances last season after joining the Catalan club from Palmeiras.
Adrien Rabiot to Tottenham
With Mousa Dembele edging towards the exit door at Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly identified PSG midfielder Rabiot as a replacement.
The 23-year-old is also a target for Arsenal but France Football report that Pochettino hopes to beat their north London rivals to the punch by making an offer.
There are concerns, however, that Rabiot’s representatives are using Premier League interest to try and earn him a new contract at the Parc des Prince.
Mbappe to Real Madrid?
Despite increasing rumours of a bid, Real Madrid have issued a statement on Wednesday dismissing reports they have agreed a deal with Paris Saint-Germain for Kylian Mbappe.
It was reported by French journalist Baptiste Ripart (h/t Football Espana) that Los Blancos were to pay €272 million (£240 million) to sign the France international this summer in a world-record deal.
However, the European champions released a statement on their official website denying that’s the case.
With speculation beginning to gather pace that Cristiano Ronaldo may be on his way to Juventus—according to Marca’s Jesus Sanchez, the Portuguese is looking for a home in Turin—Madrid may be on the hunt for a new attacking talisman this summer.
Ronaldo to Juventus
Juventus are reportedly “95 per cent” confident of securing the surprise transfer of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Mirror, Ronaldo is edging closer to a switch to the Serie A giants as he is unhappy with life at the Santiago Bernabeu.
It’s added that while Ronaldo’s current release clause at the Santiago Bernabeu is €1 billion, the Italian champions believe they could secure the signing of the Portuguese forward for around €100 million (£88 million).
Juve will reportedly offer Ronaldo an annual salary of £26.5 million, an increase on the current £18.5 million he takes home every year in the Spanish capital.