Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window, and Transfer Talk has the updates on all the latest rumours.
Man United plan Mourinho backing
Manchester United will put plans to redevelop Old Trafford on hold in order to fund Jose Mourinho’s summer spending spree.
The club had been researching proposals that would see the stadium capacity increase by 13,000 seats, with the aim of improving the atmosphere and corporate facilities.
Mourinho has been critical of the atmosphere at Old Trafford but, despite his frustrations, strengthening the squad remains the biggest priority.
The Portuguese boss has spent around £300 million since his appointment in 2016, but there are still areas of the team he wants to upgrade. there are six players who lead United’s shortlist.
With doubts over the long-term futures of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini, plus Michael Carrick’s forthcoming retirement, Mourinho has instructed his scouts to scour Europe for new midfield talent.
Nice’s Jean Michael Seri is thought to be a £35m target, along with Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Napoli’s deep-lying playmaker Jorginho.
Victor Wanyama and Toni Kroos are also on United’s radar, but the papers suggests Willian “could be the most likely to make the move to Old Trafford.”
The Brazilian, valued at around £40m, worked with Mourinho at Chelsea and reminded his old manager of his quality by scoring in Chelsea’s recent 2-1 defeat in Manchester.
Darmian departure expected
One player who looks set to leave Man United is Matteo Darmian , who has held talks with Juventus over a potential summer switch.
The full-back has struggled to impress Jose Mourinho over the past 18 months, with the Daily Star now reporting that his exit should be sealed at the end of the season.
Darmian previously played for Juve’s bitter rivals Torino and shone for Italy at the 2014 World Cup. He has made only four Premier League appearances this season, however, as United look to cash in on the 28-year-old, who famously doesn’t know how to boil an egg.
Wilshere eyes Arsenal exit
Jack Wilshere could still leave Arsenal in the summer despite winning back his place in the Gunners’ first team.
The midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and, despite Arsene Wenger suggesting talks are progressing, the latest rumour is that the two parties are “miles apart.”
Wilshere must apparently agree to a 25 percent pay cut to sign an extension at the Emirates Stadium, prompting the 26-year-old to assess his options.
Wilshere has been linked with a move to Juventus, who are now free to open talks with the England international as they also pursue another Premier League midfielder…
Juventus to finalise Can switch
Juventus will meet Emre Can’s representatives next week to finally thrash out a deal for the Liverpool star.
The Italian champions are desperate to sign the Germany international when his contract expires in the summer after missing out on Schalke’s Leon Goretzka to Bayern Munich.
The story says initial negotiations have continued “with the utmost positivity” but Juve are now reaching the stage where they want an answer.
It’s thought the Turin club will refuse to enter a bidding war for Can if his agents look to secure the best deal by playing several suitors against each other.
– Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Yacine Adli is being tracked by a host of elite clubs including Arsenal and Manchester City.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also keeping a close eye on the 17-year-old, who could leave for a bargain £250,000 compensation fee.
– Diego Simeone is calling for a global transfer deadline after losing several members of his squad over the past month. Yannick Carrasco and Nicolas Gaitan joined Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang this week, following Augusto Fernandez out of the exit door.
– Raheem Sterling must wait until the end of the season to sign a fresh contract at Manchester City, The winger has been in fine form this season and hopes to be rewarded after seeing Kevin de Bruyne agree a new deal on significantly improved terms.