Rumours in the media about football
What the newspapers are saying
Chelsea is pursuing Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi, according to The Times, despite strong interest from Paris Saint-Germain. Last season, Hakimi, 22, drew the interest of several major European teams after playing a key role in Inter’s title-winning campaign. He has been a long-term Chelsea target, but PSG has stepped in with a £56 million deal, which the Blues are allegedly considering matching.
According to Sport, Barcelona is mulling a move for Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling. While Barca’s contract negotiations with France international Ousmane Dembele are still underway, the Catalan giants see Sterling, 26, as an ideal substitute if Dembele does not extend his contract. Sterling is under contract with Premier League champions City until 2023, although his playing time began to dwindle near the end of last season.
Rafael Benitez, the former Liverpool and Newcastle manager, is a serious contender for the vacant Everton manager’s job, according to the Daily Mail. Nuno Espirito Santo, the former Wolves manager, has been tipped to succeed Carlo Ancelotti, who left for Real Madrid, and seemed closer to the position when Crystal Palace called off their chase of the Portuguese on Tuesday. Nuno’s financial demands and the coaching entourage he wants to bring with him, on the other hand, are a source of conflict. Everton officials want to speak with Benitez, who has lived in Merseyside since joining Liverpool in 2004.
Tottenham are in talks with Marcus Thuram of Borussia Monchengladbach for a summer transfer, according to French publication RMC Sport. Thuram, the 23-year-old son of French World Cup winner Lilian, was a standout performer for his Bundesliga club last season, scoring 11 goals and providing 12 assists, and has emerged as Spurs’ top target for the transfer window.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka is set to join Jose Mourinho at Roma. Mourinho’s first signing at his new club will be the 28-year-old midfielder, with Roma and the player agreeing to terms and the two clubs finalizing transfer formalities. Arsenal are ready to recruit Ruben Neves of Wolves as a replacement for Xhaka, according to Corriere.
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