According to Sport Real Madrid have entered the race to sign Udinese right wing-back Mauricio Isla. The Spanish giant are reportedly preparing a bid of 17 million euros to sign him.
Isla have been subject of transfer speculation for a long time, with Italian giants Inter Milan and Juventus vying for the full-back. Few days back, in an interview with TuttoMercatoWeb his agent, Claudio Vagheggi, stated: “We’ve already talked to Paris Saint-Germain management, but it’s too soon to deal about next transfer market session. Mauricio, anyway, would be glad to join Inter“. Inter have also lined up Kyle Walker of Tottenham as a backup plan if they fail to land Isla.
Real Madrid are in need of a right back, as in the past season Sergio Ramos has played most of the games as a center back, and Mourinho believes he will develop more in the central role. The other option that Madrid has is Alvaro Arbeloa, who is only a stop-gap solution at the best. Real has also been linked with Gregory van der Wiel of Ajax as another possible target. Isla would be a good option for Madrid as he offers a lot while going forward. But at the moment Inter looks to be the most possible destination for the wing-back.
Porto are set to delay the move of Brazilian striker Hulk in what is turning out to be one of the longest transfer sagas of the last few years. Chelsea have been in the hunt for the 25-year-old since last summer and just as it looked as though the deal was set to happen, The Daily Mirror are reporting that Porto are now demanding more money. The Mirror suggests that Chelsea were set to get their man for £30 million but the Portuguese champions are now asking for £40 million instead.
Hulk has been in fine form over the last few seasons netting 52 goals in 96 games for Porto since 2008 but Chelsea will be wary of overpaying, after all they have been stung before.
The Daily Mail has reported today that Mark Hughes is planning an ambitious bid to land Chris Samba, in order to boost the heart of QPR’s defence. Hughes reportedly tried to sign the 28 year old centre back in January, however Blackburn held off interest and Samba eventually joined Anzhi Makhachakala for £12 million.
There is little doubt about Samba’s ability and he would undoubtedly provide some much needed stability that would help QPR’s bid to remain a Premier League side.
What’s more, Samba is reported to be keen on a return to England having found his time in Russia difficult. It remains to be seen though, if Anzhi will be willing to sell him given that they only signed him a few months ago.
The agent of Bologna playmaker Gaston Ramirez has suggested that Manchester City are not the only side interested in signing the player. The London Evening Standard are today reporting that the 21-year-old Uruguayan is wanted by numerous clubs, the Premier League champions being one of them. This report comes on the same day that the Daily Mail claim Tottenham are in the hunt for Ramirez should Van Der Vaart leave for Schalke this summer.
Ramirez has played 58 times for Bologna since arriving in 2010, scoring 12 times. He is yet to find the net at international level but has played 9 games for his country. Valued at £15 million, the midfielder only signed a contract extension this season, extending his deal until 2016.
Dutch international Dirk Kuyt has today been quoted in The Daily Mirror as saying that his future does not lie at his former side Feyenoord, but he is looking at other top European clubs. This comes after a season in which the Liverpool attacker only contributed 5 goals and featured 35 times in all competitions for the Merseyside team, a large cut down on his previous five seasons.
It is unclear who the other clubs that are interested in the 32-year-old are, however he suggests the interest is coming from England, Germany, Spain and Italy. Kuyt is no stranger to transfer speculation, last year he was linked with a big money move to Serie A side Inter Milan, but that failed move to materialize.
Newcastle United striker Demba Ba’s much talked about release clause comes into effect on Thursday, with both Chelsea and Tottenham ready to pounce.
The Daily Mirror report that the release clause, thought to be in the region of £7million will only be active for two months, given the 27-year-old his own transfer window essentially and this has alerted Chelsea and Tottenham who will jump at the chance to sign Ba for as little as £7million.
The striker scored 16 goals for Newcastle last season as they qualified for the Europa League but its thought that the release clause was essential in securing Ba’s signature.
Chelsea could be set to add yet another Belgian star to their squad this summer, with Fulham’s Moussa Demeble thought to the subject of a £10million bid.
According to The Sun, the player is well aware of big interest from clubs higher in the League than Fulham and its thought that Dembele would relish the chance to join up with in-bound international team mate Eden Hazard.
The 24-year-old has adapted to life as a Midfielder at Craven Cottage though with one year left on his contract, he could be set to explore other options and could make the short walk to Stamford Bridge.
Caughtoffside have reported that Manchester United are eyeing a move for Adam Johnson. While According to Mirror and Metro both Sunderland and Newcastle are also interested in Manchester City winger.
Adam Johnson is looking for more assurance from Mancini that he will feature in his plans next season, having started only 10 games in the last season. His lack of playing time has cost him his place in the England national squad. Mancini is said to be unhappy with the winger’s lack of consistency and defensive discipline. He might let him go if he receives a good offer. The Italian has always preferred Silva and Nasri over Johnson.
According to Caughoffside, Sir Alex is a long time admirer of Johnson and might consider a bid for him. But this looks highly unlikely since United already have a host of wingers in Nani, Young and Valencia. But the rumours about Sunderland and Newcastle are more enticing. Martin O’Neil, according to reports, wants the Englishman on loan primarily but he might also consider a permanent deal. But Johnson’s high wages of £50,000 a week will be a problem for Sunderland. Mancini might consider any bid above £10million, but a loan deal looks most likelier.
According to Goal.com and various other media sources, Liverpool are now leading the race to sign Juventus outcast Milos Krasic. Only few days back Krasic’s agent Dejan Joksimovic was quoted saying (in an interview by TuttoMercatoWeb) “Yes, he wants to leave Juventus. I don’t understand why Antonio Conte didn’t try to get him back to the regular squad. Tottenham or Liverpool? There is not one particular negotiation at the time; several clubs are keen on Milos, believe me. A new experience in Serie A? I don’t think so. He’s done with Italy, and ready to leave. A comeback to Russia? Why not? Any interesting league and project could be fit“.
It is believed that Liverpool want the Serbian winger on loan, but both Juventus and Krasic are interested in a permanent deal only. The Italian club is said to value him at 15 million euros. Other English clubs, including Tottenham and newly promoted Reading have also been linked with a move for him. While it is highly unlikely that Krasic will favour a move to Reading, Tottenham have been linked with him even in the winter transfer window. Few days back, According to Cadena Ser reported that, Villarreal and FC Seville are also interested in the Juventus winger.
West Ham Manager Sam Allardyce begins his preparations for the Premier League and is hoping to bring in a familiar face this summer.
Jaaskelainen lost his starting place to Adam Bogdan this year and has since struggled to play regularly for Bolton Wanderers, though it looks as if Big Sam could over him a lifeline after West Ham appear to have failed to negotiate a new contract with Robert Green.
According to the Daily Mail, West Ham are frontrunners to sign the Finish free agent after West Bromwich Albion’s attempts to sign the 37-year-old stalled due to the manager situation at the club.