With the Premier League title race already close to being a foregone conclusion, Manchester City could be considering a proper victory-lap signing to rub it all in: none other than 2018’s Luka Modric. With the Croatia midfielder yet to agree a new deal with Real Madrid for when his contract expires this summer, El Nacional reports that the 36-year-old is “tired of being underestimated” by the club’s modest and unassuming head honcho Florentino Pérez. And in the wings Pep Guardiola is reportedly prepared to welcome Modric with “open arms”.
Liverpool may have suggested they’re not keen to splash out but it looks like they might have rustled up a few bob to wave in the direction of Seville for the defender Jules Koundé, Rumours are that the Reds are prepared to cough up and activate the £75m release clause for the French defender, who has won seven caps for his country. Liverpool may face competition from Chelsea and Real Madrid, who are also sniffing around the 23-year-old.
Talking of Chelsea, their defender Antonio Rüdiger is the subject of interest from PSG and Real Madrid. Madrid are thought to be Rüdiger’s preferred destination but the French league leaders are reportedly prepared to pay the Germany defender €7m after tax, so which will win out in this romantic tale?
Today’s Newcastle rumour puts Bayer Leverkusen’s Patrik Schick on their radar as they step up that search for a striker, any striker, to solve their goalscoring problems. It would cost around £50m to spring the Czech Republic striker from the Bundesliga, but money’s not the main issue here. Also linked with the Toon is Stephen Bergwijn, whose people are said to be sizing up loan options away from Tottenham, with Ajax also interested.
On the subject of getting out of N17, Tanguy Ndombele not fancying it against Morecambe and being assailed by a cacophony of boos when substituted seems to have alerted a number of European suitors to his potential availability. Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Milan, Roma and Lyon have all been linked with the Tottenham midfielder. Going the other way could be Milan’s Franck Kessié, with Spurs apparently leading the hunt for the Ivory Coast midfielder.
Meanwhile plucky, cash-strapped Barcelona continue to be linked with an inordinate range of targets, some likelier than others. There has been plenty of talk that Xavi Hernández is interested in snapping up Álvaro Morata from Atlético Madrid, though the Barça manager has waved it away as a mere “hypothesis”. Meanwhile, TNT Sports claims the former Chelsea playmaker Oscar, currently at Shanghai Port FC, is also a target for the Catalans.
In the WSL, Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema is subject of interest from PSG and all-conquering Barcelona, with the Dutch striker’s contract expiring in the summer, but Arsenal are keen to keep her and Miedema has suggested she’s open to staying.
And that’s all the weather. Only 20 more days to churn through.