Real Madrid eye Lloris but Spurs will hold out for big money
Real Madrid may have diverted their attention away from Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with The Sun now reporting that Los Blancos are planning a £60m move for Tottenham and France captain Hugo Lloris.
Real president Florentino Perez has promised to reinforce the squad with quality following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus and a goalkeeper seems to be high on the agenda for the European champions.
As a World Cup winner who impressed on the way to lifting the trophy in Russia, Lloris is an attractive alternative to previous first-choice target Courtois. However, the Frenchman still has four years to run on his Tottenham contract, while Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would reportedly hold out for a deal close to the £67million fee paid by Liverpool for Alisson Becker.
The report claims Lloris is, for his part, open to a move to Spain but is unlikely to try and force his way out of the club.
Man Utd’s winger search leads to World Cup star Rebic
Another player who impressed at the World Cup is Ante Rebic, and the Croatian has now emerged as a transfer option for Manchester United.
A seemingly frustrated Jose Mourinho is reportedly still seeking another wide player for his squad with Willian, Gareth Bale and Rebic’s international teammate Ivan Perisic all linked in recent times.
However, with Willian and Perisic deemed overpriced for their ages (both are 29) and Bale a difficult transfer to facilitate in the wake of Ronaldo’s Real Madrid departure, United are looking at Rebic as an alternative according to The Independent.
The 24-year-old, currently at Eintracht Frankfurt, enjoyed a stellar World Cup en route to the final with Croatia, notably scoring a stunning volley in the 3-0 win over Argentina.
The report claims a deal for Rebic would not be as complicated as other targets, although competition from the likes of Bayern Munich could force a bidding war.
Alex Sandro set to stay at Juventus
Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain target Alex Sandro is no longer considering an exit from Juventus now that Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived in Turin.
The Brazilian full back had a disappointing season in Turin in 2017/18 amid constant transfer links, and was expected by many to depart Serie A this summer.
However, according to Tuttosport, the CR7 effect has forced Sandro, who signed for Juventus from Porto in 2015, into a change of heart and he is set to stay with the Bianconeri for the upcoming season to play alongside the Ballon d’Or holder.
The report even claims that Juventus could offer the 10-cap Brazil star a new deal in the coming weeks as they look to tie him down for the foreseeable future.
Chelsea look to Green for homegrown experience
Chelsea are being linked with one of the more surprising moves of the transfer window, as they eye up a deal for free agent Rob Green.
The 38-year-old former England goalkeeper, released by Huddersfield Town at the end of last season after failing to make a single appearance for the Terriers, is viewed as a valuable backup for the Blues as they seek to boost their homegrown quota.
The Sun reports Green’s wealth of Premier League experience at Norwich, West Ham and QPR is attractive to Chelsea and a short-term contract offer could convince the veteran stopper to postpone his retirement and become Maurizio Sarri’s third choice.
Green is not expected to be the only new goalkeeping arrival at Stamford Bridge this summer, with the future of Real Madrid target Thibaut Courtois still up in the air.
Leicester City lead the chase for £20m Liverpool striker Ings
Out-of-favour striker Danny Ings could be set to leave Liverpool this summer, with Leicester City reportedly ‘pursuing’ a move for the English forward.
The former Burnley man is valued at £20m by the hierarchy at Anfield, despite playing just 14 times in the Premier League since 2015 amid a series of injury problems, and has been attracting interest from the Foxes.
According to Leicester Mercury, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp values Ings as a squad player, but is prepared to allow him to leave in search of regular first-team football.
Leicester have previously been linked with Ings, having made a bid back in January 2015, prior to his move to Anfield. This time Claude Puel’s side are likely to face competition with Southampton, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United all listed as interested.
Higuain AC Milan rumours gather pace
Meanwhile at Juventus, one man whose position has been made more precarious by the arrival of Ronaldo is Gonzalo Higuain.
Linked with Chelsea throughout the summer, AC Milan now lead the race for the Argentine striker.
As reported by the Evening Standard, new Blues boss Sarri had selected Higuain as his primary choice to lead the attack this season, with a deal worth up to £57m suggested, while last summer’s big-money signing Morata looked set to move on with Milan interested.
However, in addition to their interest in Morata, Milan are also keen on Higuain, who at 30 is still one of the finest marksmen in Europe. And the Rossoneri have apparently been in touch with Higuain's brother and agent to discuss a move.
Sarri could be facing a losing battle for Higuain, who he previously coached at Napoli, with the Chelsea hierarchy not fully convinced about spending so much on an ageing player.
Forgotten Arsenal striker wanted by Lazio
Arsenal striker Lucas Perez is a transfer target for Serie A side Lazio, as they look to secure cover for goal machine Ciro Immobile.
I Biancocelesti are confident of securing a deal for the out-of-favour Perez, with Gazzetta dello Sport reporting a deal could be struck for around €6m.
The 29-year-old rejoined the Gunners squad this summer for pre-season, after a spell on loan with Deportivo La Coruna last season.
Perez is now likely to be moved on permanently should Lazio's interest come to fruition, with his path to the first team blocked by the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck.
The Spanish forward was included in Arsenal's squad for the two pre-season International Champions Cup games in Singapore. However this is seen as likely to be more of an effort to get Perez match-fit before a potential sale.
Roma consider legal action over Barcelona’s Malcom swoop
AS Roma are weighing up taking legal action after being gazumped by Barcelona in the race for Brazilian winger Malcom.
Barca surprisingly announced the €42m signing of the starlet on a five-year deal on Tuesday night, just one day after Roma claimed to have struck a deal of their own.
Previously rumoured to be a target for Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton, Malcom is viewed as one of the hottest young properties in world football and his expected move to Roma was viewed as a coup for the Italian side, until Barcelona outbid them at the eleventh hour.
"We are looking at our options and seeing if we have a legal case," Roma sporting director Monchi told the club's official website.
"It is true that nothing was signed, but there are many messages with the agents and their president that are at least worth being assessed."
Best of the rest: Manchester United and Chelsea have both enquired about Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich (ESPN). Fulham will target Aleksandar Mitrovic's Newcastle teammate Dwight Gayle if the Cottagers' £20m move for the Serbia international fail to materialise (The Mirror). Porto are in talks with West Ham and Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate over a £14m move (The Sun). Gelson Martins is already in Madrid ahead of a move from Sporting CP to Atletico (AS). Everton are scouting 21-year-old midfield starlet Denis Zakaria from Borussia Monchengladbach (The Mirror). Rumours of Huddersfield Town's interest in Everton's Davy Klaassen have been quashed by local reports in Germany (Delmenhorster Kreisblatt).