Liverpool have Lacazette atop summer list; De Gea to Real Madrid resurfaces
The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.
Liverpool see Champions League as transfer bait
Liverpool are close to qualifying for the Champions League, and with that will come the prospect of signing some better-calibre players.
According to the Mirror, the Reds could make moves for a host of names, including: Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac, Leon Goretzka, Max Meyer, Naby Keita, Luan Vieira and Ryan Sessegnon.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is optimistic that he can land the required targets this summer to lift Liverpool to the next level.
"I think that Liverpool at this moment is a really interesting project for players. It's a fantastic club, it's a good situation where we really can see the progress of the team," Klopp said.
"The talks we've had so far are very positive. That doesn't mean it will all work out, but they are really positive, and they all see the progress. That's good."
United lead chase for Keane
Manchester United are leading the race to sign Michael Keane from Burnley, according to the Express, two years after selling the 24-year-old for just £3 million to Turf Moor.
The Red Devils inserted a buy-back clause with a 25 percent discount in the deal with the Clarets. That means Keane, rated at around £20m, could be available to United manager Jose Mourinho for just £15m.
Keane was called up to Gareth Southgate's England squad last month and has a big future, with Everton also thought to be interested.
United demand duo in return for De Gea
Man United will demand Alvaro Morata and Raphael Varane in return if they are to sell keeper David De Gea to Real Madrid, says the Sun.
De Gea could return to the Spanish capital, but only if Mourinho receives a sizable return.
The Spain No.1 is valued at £60m by Los Blancos, meaning they may reject United's plea for Morata and Varane as they value the former at £50m alone.
The difference in opinion between the clubs could hurt the relationship between United and De Gea, who has his heart set on joining Madrid, the Champions League holders.
Palace eye Jay-Rod swoop
Crystal Palace are preparing a move for Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, claims the Mirror, given the former England international's struggle to earn first-team football.
The 27-year-old has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons and has just four goals in 30 Premier League games after striking 14 to move into contention for a place in the Three Lions' squad at the 2014 World Cup.
Since Southampton manager Claude Puel has preferred Manolo Gabbiadini and Charlie Austin, Rodriguez is set to move on, with West Brom also interested in the former Burnley star.
-- Everton face a fight to sign Anderlecht starlet Youri Tielemans as the Telegraph claims Monaco have an interest in the Belgian midfielder.
The 19-year-old shone in the Europa League quarterfinal against Man United and is valued at around €25m. Everton manager Ronald Koeman highlights Tielemans as a possible replacement if Ross Barkley is sold due to no solution regarding his contract talks.
-- To cap off a fine week for Juventus, they have signed Uruguayan sensation Rodrigo Bentancur from Boca Juniors, reports Gazzetta dello Sport.
As part of the deal that took Carlos Tevez back to La Bombonera, the Old Lady secured first option on a number of youngsters and have exercised their right for Bentancur, paying €9m in two instalments, with the Argentine club holding a 50 percent sell-on clause.