2019 Summer Mercato news and transfer rumours

Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Senegal vs Benin – tactical analysis tactics
Benin win the ball back and play it out from the back. Here is them breaking forward through the Senegalese midfield afterwards.

It’s finally here! The transfer window season has started! Buckle up as we gauge this season’s rumours and hot news

Premier League gossip

At home, the hot topic is that Manchester United could be swapping Paul Pogba for Paulo Dybala from Juventus. Of course, the rumour remains unconfirmed for now. Cited as a possible reason for the exchange is the fact that Pogba has, in a way, failed to deliver to the Red Devils, as former manager Jose Mourinho has openly expressed. The French player might also swap with Alex Sandro, in addition to Paulo Dybala.

Anything remains possible until August 8 and the suspense is at its peak for the fate of the world champion midfielder. Sources are also reporting that Real Madrid is interested and that a deal is in the pipelines. While we are dying to know more, we have decided to sit back, relax, and play at some of the best casino games on Casino Range in order to take the Mercato stress away.

Manchester could also replace Pogba with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The Serbian player reportedly saw his value drop from €120 million last year to €80 million after a poor season in Lazio. Portugal’s Bruno Fernandes has also been reported to be moving to Manchester United from Sporting CP this week, as the club finalises his £53m move.

Another Frenchman is rumoured to leave the Premier League: defender Laurent Koscielny. The Arsenal player is reportedly set to quit the Gunners and go home to l’Olympique Lyonnais with the prospect of a two-year deal. Consequently, Arsenal is allegedly demanding a £10 million fee for the 33-year old player.

The North London giants are also reportedly closing on the transfer of 18-year-old defender William Saliba from Saint-Etienne for £25 million, but the young player will remain in France for a season-long loan.

Meanwhile, Arsenal is competing with Paris Saint-Germain to sign Barcelona winger Malcolm, who cost the Catalans €41 million just last year.

Southampton’s Mario Lemina is also retaining the interest of both Arsenal and Manchester United

LOSC forward Nicolas Pepe is currently holding talks with Liverpool, as has confirmed Gerard Lopez, the club’s president.

Liverpool fans can also rejoice. The Reds are rumoured to have beaten Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris and Leipzig in obtaining Harvey Elliott, the youngest player to ever appear in the Premier League. The young midfielder has demonstrated extraordinary potential since his first appearance in May, at the very early age of 16 years and 30 days.

Finally, Harry Maguire is reportedly setting to leave Leicester City. As such, he has raised the curiosity of both Manchester United and Manchester City: the latest offer reached a sum of £70 million.

International super-deals

Abroad, things are also moving! According to ESPN, Antoine Griezmann is facing a £190 fine for failing to attend the Atletico Madrid pre-season training last Sunday. This news came in early this week while Griezmann is expected to join Barcelona for a £107 million fee, but the Catalan club has yet to make an official offer.

In the same vein, Neymar Jr. is currently reprimanded by his current club for failing to show up for the Paris Saint-Germain pre-season training. This bad behaviour comes in a time of turmoil for the French club, as plans are set in motion for Barcelona to bring back its form star player. After moving from Barcelona to Paris for a record deal of £198 million in 2017, the Brazilian player has expressed his desire to quit PSG after two years. However, the PSG has taken a strict stance in negotiating his buyout clause.

As of now, what has been confirmed on the Mercato?

Shanghai Shenhua reached a deal with Roma to obtain 26-year-old forward Stephan El Shaarawy. With a track record of 11 goals out of 33 games last season, he should boost the Shanghai club in the Chinese Super League, where it currently holds the 14th place.

Burnley F.C. signed defender Erik Pieters, previously in Stoke City, as well as the return of Jay Rodriguez, who just spent seven years in Southampton. Midfielder Mateo Kovacic has been transferred from Real Madrid to Arsenal for £40.2 million last week.