Coral’s Rumour Reel: Toffees tracking former loanee from Barcelona
The transfer window is well and truly open now, with Premier League clubs all vying to bolster their ranks for next season, and here at Coral we bring you the latest gossip surrounding potential summer switches.
On the blue half of Merseyside, Everton are aiming to secure a deal to bring former loanee Gerard Deulofeu back to Goodison Park in a potential £3m move. The 21-year-old was on loan with the Toffees for the 2013/14 campaign and Barcelona’s promising winger could be tempted to return.
Moving over to the red half of the city, and Liverpool are hoping to sign Charlton’s 18-year-old defender Joe Gomez as a possible replacement for Uruguay centre back Sebastian Coates, who is expected to make a permanent switch to Sunderland this summer for £4m.
The Reds are also keen on making an improved offer for Southampton right back Nathaniel Clyne, with a £10m bid having been rejected earlier this year. Brendan Rodgers’ side are 5/2 with Coral for a top four finish next season.
Southampton are targeting a revival in their strikeforce for next term, and the Saints look to have agreed a fee with La Liga outfit Malaga for in-form forward Juanmi, but the 22-year-old frontman is reportedly still considering some other offers from around Europe before deciding.
In the capital, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham are close to agreeing a deal with Burnley for Kevin Trippier for £3.5m, with the right back having impressed last season in the top-flight.
Spurs are also interested in acquiring the services of 23-year-old Egypt wideman Mohamed Salah from close London rivals Chelsea. The winger spent this term on loan at Serie A side Fiorentina and could provide White Hart Lane with a talented new attacking star in their ranks.
Another possible incomer At Tottenham could be Barcelona’s talented defender Marc Barta, who is hoping to move away from the Nou Camp in order to find more regular first-team action elsewhere. The centre back reportedly has a release clause of around £8.7m, which Spurs are more than capable of meeting this summer.
Stoke City are also hoping to boost their attacking force, with Mark Hughes close to another transfer coup. The Potters are reportedly on the verge of capturing 25-year-old Spanish striker Joselu for a potential £7.3m deal from German outfit Hannover.
Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United are close to finally securing the services of Argentina international defender Nicolas Otamendi, but they must meet his apparent £35m release clause. The Valencia centre back has been rated at £25m by the Old Trafford club but may up their offer.
Another reported Red Devils target Roberto Firmino, has been confirmed to be moving to the Premier League, after his agent stated he will end up in England this summer. The Hoffenheim and Brazil forward could join United, but only after the Copa America in Chile.
Elsewhere, Juventus are hoping to lure Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel to Turin, with Premier League champions Chelsea having been recently linked with a move for the Belgium international. Jose Mourinho’s Blues are 6/4 to retain their top tier crown next season.