Morata’s Return To Juventus
Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata is reportedly keen on a return to Juventus amid speculation he will leave the Blues this summer.
According to Tuttosport (h/t Lucas Sposito of Sport Witness), the race to sign the Spain international is “heating up,” with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich said to be ready to accept a bid of €60 million (£53 million) for Morata. The Blues parted with a club-record €80 million (£70 million) to land him last summer.
It’s reported the 25-year-old also wants to return to Turin after just one season at Stamford Bridge.
Morata spent two seasons at Juventus between 2014 and 2016, winning Serie A twice and helping Juventus into the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League final. Despite an equalising goal from the striker, they lost 3-1 to Barcelona.
Pogba To Be Shipped To France?
Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly been the club “most receptive” to the idea of signing Paul Pogba from Manchester United in the summer and are “exploring the feasibility” of adding the Frenchman to their squad.
According to Duncan Castles in the Daily Record, Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, offered the midfielder to PSG, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Juventus earlier this year, and the French giants have taken discussions further than the others.
Castles added former Raiola client Maxwell, PSG’s assistant sporting director, has proved a useful conduit, but there are still major obstacles to the transfer, namely UEFA’s financial fair play rules and United’s willingness to sell.
PSG are already under investigation by UEFA over their dealings last summer, when they signed Neymar from Barcelona for £200 million and Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, per the Financial Times.
Signing Pogba, 25, would be a complicated and expensive endeavour as, even if United are willing to sell him, they will likely be eager to recoup at least the £89 million they paid to re-sign him from Juve in 2016.
Pogba has endured an inconsistent second season back at Old Trafford, and there have been rumblings that he does not have the best relationship with manager Jose Mourinho, per the Daily Mail’s Chris Wheeler.
However, it would be excessive to write him off as a flop. The France international’s Premier League return of six goals and 10 assists in 25 appearances this term is fairly impressive.
Griezmann Switching Madrid For Barcelona
Barcelona have told La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid they are prepared to activate Antoine Griezmann’s release clause worth €100 million (£88 million), according to Helena Condis of Cadena Cope
Links between Griezmann and Barca have been building in recent days. Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently told radio station RAC1 (h/t BBC Sport) he met with the player’s agent last October.
Bartomeu also made it clear he had spoken with Atletico president Enrique Cerezo.
Barca manager Ernesto Valverde tried to play down the rumours, but he also couldn’t resist talking up Griezmann’s quality. Valverde is right to acknowledge Griezmann’s talent, since the France international has all the attributes to be a star at the Camp Nou. He has pace, composure in front of goal and some of the most intelligent movement in Europe.
Those attributes, along with a deceptively effective aerial threat, have helped Griezmann find the net 27 times in all competitions this season. Griezmann’s goals have fired Los Rojblancos to the UEFA Europa League final.
Red’s Dembele Rescue Mission
Liverpool will reportedly target Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele as a loan signing this summer after the Frenchman has failed to have the desired impact since moving to the Camp Nou.
SFR Sport (h/t Martin Domin of the Mirror) reported the Reds are targeting a temporary signing with the option of making a deal permanent at a latter date.
Dembele’s debut season in Spain has seen him restricted to only 21 appearances across all competitions, with more than three months of the campaign missed due to a thigh injury.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently ruled out the chance of his club selling Dembele this summer, although nothing was said of a loan departure
well as seeming odd that Barca might consider handing Dembele off after only a year in Catalonia, it’s also a risk for Liverpool to take on a player whose first campaign in La Liga has been so complicated.
Milinkovic- Savic To Join The Old Trafford Galaticos
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s representatives have reportedly said that his rumoured move to Manchester United is a “done deal.” From Lazio for £80 million ($108M) as their first signing of the summer, reports the Sun .
The fee will make Milinkovic-Savic the second-highest priced player in Premier League history, after Paul Pogba.
According to Samuel Luckhurst and Ciaran Kelly of the Manchester Evening News, some of the Lazio star’s camp have said that a switch to United is already agreed in a similar manner to the transfers of Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic, with whom the Red Devils had agreements in place before the transfer window even opened.
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js However, that is said to be premature in Milinkovic-Savic’s case, though the club remain interested in him. The Serb’s agent is Mateja Kezman, whom United boss Jose Mourinho signed during his first spell at Chelsea.
Milinkovic-Savic has had an excellent campaign, bagging 13 goals and nine assists for Lazio from midfield.
He’s a dynamic mover and committed ball-winner, too, making him a strong all-rounder and reminiscent of United star Paul Pogba in many ways. Although that may prompt concern as to how well they might fare in the same side, United writer Hesham Bilal-Hafiz is confident they could dovetail nicely: