Will the speculation about Lionel Messi moving to England ever become reality? Which Premier League club other than Manchester United is being linked with Blaise Matuidi? Who is thought to be targeting Marouane Fellaini? And where does Moussa Sissoko allegedly have a firm offer from?
Learn the answers to these questions and more in today’s roundup of Premier League transfer rumours. Enjoy…
9. Baggies Bid for Lille Midfielder
A report originating from France Football has claimed that West Brom have made a bid totalling €14m for Lille defensive midfielder Ibrahim Amadou. It is thought to be a package worth €12m up front with an additional €2m in add-ons for the Cameroon-born star.
In separate West Brom news, the Daily Mail has revealed that Brighton are holding out for at least £10m for Baggies target Lewis Dunk.
8. Spurs Demand Close to £20m for Fringe Youngsters
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is as fierce a negotiator as they come in the Premier League and a report from the Independent has revealed just how much the club will demand for out of favour fringe players Nabil Bentaleb and Alex Pritchard.
Both are surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane after failing to impress manager Mauricio Pochettino, but that won’t stop the club asking for £10m for Bentaleb, and £9m for Pritchard.
Spurs are also thought to want as much as £8m for Federico Fazio, who is back from loan.
Unsurprisingly, they are struggling to attract offers for any of the trio.
7. West Ham Look to Norwich for Cresswell Replacement
West Ham will need a replacement for the injured Aaron Cresswell to bolster their squad for the next few months and could have found the answer at Norwich.
According to the London Evening Standard, the Hammers had been interested in a young talent, such as Walsall’s Rico Henry or Leeds’ Charlie Taylor. But a more experienced player is now on the radar, with Irish Euro 2016 hero Robbie Brady and Martin Olsson options.
Both players are currently at Norwich, with Olsson in particular having just one year left on his contract at Carrow Road, which is likely to drive the price down.
6. Everton Consider Swoop for Sunderland Centre-Back
Lamine Kone was one of the key January signings that helped secure Sunderland’s place in the Premier League for this season, and now Everton are rumoured to want a piece of the giant defender.
According to the Daily Mail, the Toffees are considering proposing a £15m deal. It is said that new Everton boss Ronald Koeman is resigned to losing John Stones, while other target Kalidou Koulibaly seems to have his heart set elsewhere.
5. Liverpool Alleged to Have Made Firm Offer to Sissoko
French website Le10Sport has claimed that Liverpool are one of two clubs to have made a firm proposal to Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko. The other is Borussia Dortmund and the slightly questionable story suggests that both are keen to gauge the interest of the player before moving on to formal negotiations with Newcastle over a fee.
Brad Smith is edging closer to an Anfield exit after reportedly agreeing personal terms with Bournemouth ahead of a proposed £6m move to the south coast. Overall, the Reds could end up raking in £100m from player sales before the end of the transfer window.
Any chance of German talent Max Meyer joining Liverpool has been rubbished by Schalke.
4. Moyes Looking to Sign Fellaini for the Third Time
After David Moyes was appointed Sunderland manager it was only ever going to be a matter of days before the Black Cats were linked with a move for Marouane Fellaini.
According to ClubCall, Moyes is looking to be reunited with Fellaini once more. The Scot signed the Belgian international at Everton and Manchester United for a cumulative fee of £42.5m and he would surely be a success at the Stadium of Light if he is allowed to leave Old Trafford.
Yet to play for Jose Mourinho, it remains unknown how the new United boss will view Fellaini.
Elsewhere, reports have revealed that the final stumbling block for Paul Pogba’s return to Old Trafford is a disagreement over who will pay the £25m fee owed to agent Mino Raiola.
3. Arsenal Closing in on Surprise £8m Capture
It’s not Gonzalo Higuain, Alvaro Morata or Mauro Icardi, but Arsenal could soon have their hands on a new striker if a report from The Sun is to be believed.
It is claimed that the Gunners are close to landing Toulouse forward Wissam Ben Yedder for £8m in what is being described as a ‘shock’ deal.
Arsene Wenger is thought to have moved quickly for once, with the diminutive 25-year-old having previously been linked with West Ham and Sevilla.
The Gunners are also alleged to have made contact with the agent of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, while Lyon have confirmed that a €35m bid for coveted striker Alexandre Lacazette has been rejected.
2. Matuidi Emerges as Target for Chelsea
It has been well reported that PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi is Manchester United’s back-up option if the proposed deal for Paul Pogba falls through, but now Chelsea are also believed to be in the race.
According to L’Equipe, Chelsea and Juventus could do battle for the 29-year-old. The Italian club will obviously need a replacement should Pogba depart as expected, and French international team-mate Matuidi would be a like for like replacement.
Chelsea have only recently bought N’Golo Kante for £32m, but Antonio Conte likes players who ‘eat grass’ and Matuidi certainly also fits that profile well.
In other Chelsea news, Carlos Tevez has revealed that there has been interest in him from Stamford Bridge. The 32-year-old isn’t keen to quit Boca Juniors, though.
1. Barcelona Conspiring to Sell Messi? Man City Are Confident
The subject of Lionel Messi’s ‘uncertain’ Barcelona future comes around once every few weeks, with Premier League clubs apparently falling over themselves to sign the five-time Ballon d’or recipient when they hear there might be a chance.
The latest offering comes after The Sun published comments made by former Camp Nou president Joan Laporta to a Catalan radio station. “There are certain powers who want Messi to no longer be a Barça player,” the former club chief said.
Add that to existing rumours that Manchester City are confident they would be the 29-year-old’s first choice should he ever actually leave, and you have a story. Whether it could ever actually happen in reality remains to be seen.