Dani Olmo Nears Move to Champions League Side as Agent Rules Out La Liga Switch

?The agent of Dinamo Zagreb wonderkid Dani Olmo has confirmed that the midfielder is nearing a move to a Champions League side, but insisted that Olmo will not be moving to a La Liga side.

The 21-year-old was one of the standout performers of Spain’s triumph at this summer’s European Under-21 Championships, and has been linked with a number of elite sides as a result.

Olmo’s agent, Juanma Lopez, has confirmed (via ?Mundo Deportivo) that the midfielder is incredibly close to finalising his next move and he will be joining a side who will compete in next season’s ?Champions League, but he specifically ruled out sides from ?La Liga.

This means that ?Real Madrid, ?Atletico Madrid and ?Barcelona, with whom Olmo spent several years in their famous academy, have all missed out on signing the 21-year-old, whilst long-term suitors ?AC Milan are also ruled out after they failed to qualify for the Champions League.

The player has been heavily linked to both ?Bayern Munich and ?Liverpool in recent weeks, but it is thought that ?Tottenham Hotspur are leading the race for his signature.

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In fact, he is already thought to have ?reached an agreement with Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and Lopez’s latest words will only fuel talk of an imminent switch to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for Olmo.

?Manchester United are said to have made a late push for the 21-year-old but, with the Red Devils missing out on Champions League football, it would be incredibly unlikely for United to convince Olmo to sign.

A fee of €40m is suggested from whichever side who signs Olmo, with Zagreb pushing to earn as much money as possible from one of Europe’s hottest prospects.

Last season, the Spaniard managed 12 goals and nine assists in all competitions for Dinamo, but it was his performances this summer which really caught the eye. Olmo managed three goals and an assist in his four outings for Spain Under-21’s, netting the decisive goal in their 2-1 victory over Germany in the final.

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PSV Winger Steven Bergwijn Willing to Wait for Bayern Munich to Make Their Move

PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn is not getting agitated about his protracted links to Bayern Munich, with his agent revealing he is more than willing to wait for an offer to come in.

Bergwijn, who has also been linked with a number of clubs in the Premier League, including Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United, joined PSV’s academy from Ajax in 2011 and has since risen through the ranks to become one of the Netherlands hottest stars.

In 33 Eredivisie appearances last season, the 21-year-old picked up 14 goals and 12 assists, leading them to second place behind Ajax, prompting that interest to pick up.

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It is understood that Bergwijn’s dream move would be to Bayern, but, though they have registered their interest, they haven’t backed that up with a formal offer as of yet, preferring to concentrate on Manchester City’s Leroy Sane.  

However, speaking to ESPN, the player’s agent, Fulco van Kooperen, has revealed his client is not getting impatient over the speed with which Bayern are conducting their business. 

Van Kooperen declared: “We have never, never said we are losing patience.

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“Bayern are a great and huge club and it’s great they like Steven. They can take all the time they need.

“On the other side, it’s not a secret there are more clubs which like him.”

Among that aforementioned English trio, the youngster is also said to have admirers at Inter Milan, who could lose both Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martinez this summer, as well as at the Dutch champions – and his former side – Ajax.

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Transfer Rumours: Man Utd Pursue Milenkovic (Not Savic), West Ham Turn to Haller & More

It’s transfer rumours time ladies and gentleman.

Plenty to discuss on today’s edition of the rumour mill, including Manchester United’s interest in signing a player they’ve previously been turned down for, West Ham trying (and failing) to land a striker, any striker, and the latest on a potential swap deal involving Moise Kean and Matthijs de Ligt.

Let’s get cracking, shall we?


Manchester United Reignite Interest in Nikola Milenkovic

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?Manchester United’s problems at the back have been clear for all to see in recent years, so it comes as no surprise to learn that they are seriously considering their options this summer.

They’ve already secured the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and, according to Italian journalist ?Gianluca Di Marzio, the Red Devils have recently made an enquiry with Fiorentina over Nikola Milenkovic – a player they expressed an interest in during the January transfer window.

United saw a €40m offer rejected by Fiorentina last time around, who were said to unwilling to part ways with the Serbian centre-back for anything less than €50m. There’s no indication whether that same figure still stands but United will be well aware that it won’t be easy to finalise a deal.


Milan Eye Up RB Leipzig Youngster Dayot Upamecano

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Meanwhile in expensive centre back news…

?Milan fell short in Serie A last season and have been banned from competing Europe for breaching Financial Fair Play rules, so I Rossoneri are understandably looking to plan for the future.

?Gianluca Di Marzio is reporting that Milan are keeping a close eye on RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, who has earned a reputation as one of the brightest young talents in the Bundesliga.

Milan have been in contact with the Frenchman’s agency SportsTotal and are currently considering their options. However, RB Leipzig have made it abundantly clear that it is going to take a huge bid before they consider selling the 20-year-old.


Juventus Will Not Include Moise Kean In Swap Deal for Matthijs de Ligt

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Despite months of speculation, we still haven’t reached a conclusion regarding the Matthijs de Ligt transfer saga – although he does now look set for ?Juventus.

However, if Juventus are going to secure a deal, then they won’t be using one of their current starlets as a bargaining chip. ?Fabrizio Romano has declared that Juve don’t intend to include Moise Kean in a swap-deal with Ajax in order to sign De Ligt.

?Kean has also bizarrely been linked with a move to Everton this summer but it would be a surprise to see the 19-year-old move on after such an impressive breakout season in Turin.


Atletico Madrid Keen On Duvan Zapata

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?Duvan Zapata was on fire for Atalanta during 2018/19, registering 28 goals in all competitions, so it was inevitable that he was going to be the subject of significant interest this summer.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via ?Calciomercato), ?Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is said to be a huge admirer of the Colombian and will be looking to pursue deal for him as he looks to add some more depth to his squad ahead of the upcoming season.

Atleti may have to offload another forward to accommodate for the 28-year-old’s arrival, so this one may not take off for a while – at least until the whole Antoine Griezmann situation is finally resolved.


Diego Costa Is ‘Ready’ for a Move to Everton

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We’ve ?already debunked the rumour linking ?Diego Costa with a bizarre move to Wolves, but it’s now being reported that ?Everton are suddenly expressing an interest.

?The Sun claim that Costa himself is ‘ready to talk to Everton’ as he is looking to force a move away from Atletico after a disappointing 2018/19 campaign where he was only able to register five goals in all competitions.

This is all in spite of the fact that Everton have already dismissed the previous rumours linking Costa with a move to Goodison Park, simply labelling it as complete nonsense. 

Something tells me this one may not take off.


West Ham Chase€40m Deal for Sebastien Haller

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?West Ham’s desperate hunt for a striker is looking bleaker by the minute, but the Hammers have been provided with a glimmer of hope in the shape of Sebastien Haller…

…only for those rumours to be shot down by ?Bild, who are more than a little sceptical about the rumours linking West Ham with a €40m bid for the Eintracht Frankfurt forward. Responding to the claims of ?Nicolo Schira – who stated West Ham have closed a deal already – Bild are reporting that Haller will only consider leaving Frankfurt for a team in the Champions League.

West Ham may have to settle for a strike partnership of Javier Hernandez and Jordan Hugill if they don’t get their act together.


Unai Emery Confirms Krystian Bielik Is Not In His Plans

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?Arsenal may need all the help they can get next season – that’s if their summer transfer window is anything to go by anyway – but they won’t be relying on the services Krystian Bielik.

The youngster spent last season out on loan at Charlton and is currently on the radar of ?Milan as his Arsenal future remains in the balance. Now, according to the ?Daily Star, Unai Emery has confirmed that Bielik will not be in his plans for the future, paving the way for his imminent exit.

With Laurent Koscielny refusing to join the club on their pre-season tour and the rest of the Gunners’ defensive options being, well, useless, is cutting ties with Bielik all that sensible?


Timo Werner Grows Frustrated with Bayern Munich

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Timo Werner has been in line for a big-money move for what seems like an eternity and the German striker is being made to wait even longer this summer as ?Bayern Munich continue to hesitate over a deal.

According to Kicker, (via ?Ronan Murphy), Werner is now beginning to grow frustrated with the way Bayern are handling the prospective transfer, as the Bavarians are instead waiting to see if they can secure deals for Leroy Sane or Ousmane Dembele.

If they do end up signing one of the aforementioned wingers, then they would instead be looking to sign Werner on a free deal in 2020 – that’s if he’s willing to join them in the first place.


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Transfer Rumours: 8 of the Downright Weirdest Stories So Far This Summer

?There’s nothing quite like a summer transfer window for us football fans.

Seeing new faces rocking brand new kits certainly gets the pulse racing, but along with new signings comes a host of bizarre transfer rumours linking household names to some unexpected clubs across Europe.

It’s been much of the same ahead of the 2019/20 season, so here’s a collection of our favourite weird transfer rumours which have been doing the rounds this summer. Welcome to silly season…


Jadon Sancho to Manchester United

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This list could be made exclusively for Manchester United, as it’s easier to list the players that they haven’t been linked with rather than the ones that they have, but few have caused such a stir as their links with Jadon Sancho.

Rumours have been circulating for months about their interest in the England international and it’s actually been portrayed as a move which could happen this summer.

But there has been no indication from the Sancho, his club Borussia Dortmund or anyone in the German press to suggest that the 19-year-old could move back to the Premier League in 2019.

In fact, Dortmund’s decision-makers have stressed over and over again that Sancho is certain to remain at the club for at least another season, but still rumours continue to pop up about his immediate future being at Old Trafford.


Philippe Coutinho to Liverpool

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In a similar situation to Sancho’s apparent move to United, Liverpool have been linked with bringing Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield this summer.

Even though the club have made it perfectly clear that they’re not looking to go overboard in the transfer market – they’re maybe looking to sign two rotation players, on top of any promising youngsters like Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott – outlets have still peddled the notion that Coutinho would return.

It’s certainly a fun rumour and it’s one that’s easy to get on board with, but take a step back and it’s clear to see that links to Coutinho only caught on like wildfire because it is such an easy transfer rumour to come up with.


Antoine Griezmann to Manchester City, Bayern Munich or PSG

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A move to Barcelona has been on the cards for well over 12 months for Antoine Griezmann, and this summer looks set to be when the World Cup-winning forward will finally get his switch to Catalonia.

But earlier this summer it emerged that Barcelona would face competition, with Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain all prepared to meet Griezmann’s €120m release clause this summer.

Sounds legit enough, right?

Well, unfortunately not, as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain won’t commit to a nine-figure transfer fee – to fill a position they don’t need to strengthen – when they’re already under unbelievable scrutiny regarding Financial Fair Play regulation.

Similarly, with Bayern Munich, they’ve already broken their transfer record to sign Lucas Hernandez this summer and as things stand are putting all of their eggs in Leroy Sané’s basket ahead of the new season.


Diego Costa to Wolves

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Just in case you missed the rumour at the time, you are reading that correctly – Diego Costa being linked with a move to Wolves.

It was actually more than simply rumours, as it was being reported that his agent was talking up offers from England and that the former Chelsea star had agreed on everything with the club.

Unfortunately, with just a few minutes of fact-finding, everyone’s bullsh*t-o-meter went off the charts and we’ve all been left scratching our heads at how a potential future for Costa at Molineux ever got off the ground.


John McGinn to Manchester United

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As if the suggestion that Manchester United wanted to sign John McGinn from Aston Villa wasn’t barmy enough, it was claimed that the Scotland international could be moving to Old Trafford for £50m.

No prizes for guessing which outlet this ludicrous rumour originated from (yes, it was The Sun) but it was claimed at the time that United were running checks on the midfielder before making their opening offer.

McGinn won the players’ player and fans’ Player of the Season awards at Aston Villa last season, but Manchester United? 

For £50m? 

Really?


Kylian Mbappé to Liverpool?

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?Kylian Mbappé to Liverpool is confirmed. And why I hear you ask?

Because of FIFA 19.

Back in June, the Pairs Saint-Germain star admitted that he’d like to play as the Reds on the popular video game because they’d just won the Champions League, adding unbelievable praise (note the sarcasm) that manager Jürgen Klopp is “good”.

Proof, if proof were needed.


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Manchester United

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June really wasn’t a good month for transfer rumours, was it.

With Arsenal apparently considering cashing in on Golden Boot winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to raise for the summer transfer window, reports in Italy claimed that the Gabon international had already agreed to move to Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s side were claimed to be looking at investing the money gained through selling Romelu Lukaku by signing Aubameyang in the hopes that he would replicate ex-Arsenal striker Robin van Persie’s success at Old Trafford.

It’s since become evidently clear that Auba didn’t agree to join United, but that was a fun rumour while it lasted, wasn’t it Arsenal fans.


Kylian Mbappé to Newcastle United

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What started out as a bit of a joke when news of Newcastle United’s apparent takeover first appeared on our screens, Mbappé ended up as a serious target for the Magpies in the eyes of the bookmakers.

It shouldn’t need to much explanation why Mbappé won’t ever move to St. James’ Park – they couldn’t even keep hold of Rafa Benitez or Salomón Rondón – but at one point Newcastle were deemed as the third favourites to land his signature.

And no matter what else happens this summer, this one’s going to take some beating.

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Leroy Sane: Manchester City Can’t Afford to Let the Winger Join Bayern Munich This Summer

?In what world does it make sense for Manchester City to sanction the sale of Leroy Sane?

He’s 23 years-of-age, showing glimpses of his immense talent on an increasingly regular basis and can change games in an instant. Allowing the quicksilver winger to leave is illogical for a myriad of reasons.

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The ?asking price for Sane is believed to be north of £80m, which is quite obviously an enormous sum of money. Is it enough? No. It’s nowhere near what he is worth to the ?Citizens.

In his three seasons in the ?Premier League following a £42m switch from Schalke, supporters have watched raw, untamed potential slowly mature, and producing devastating displays out wide. Imagine what kind of skill-set the youngster could possess in another three years.

That thought alone should convince City that they need Sane at the club. This is man built for elite-level football; frightening pace, hunger, superb technical ability… he has all the tools to reach the top of the game.

Were they to miss out on what the German international can offer in the future and instead have to watch him tearing things up with ?Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola and his team would surely look at their £40m profit and wonder how on earth they ever believed it was a good deal.

This scenario is comparable to a high-profile transfer that took place a decade ago, namely Cristiano Ronaldo’s £80m move to ?Real Madrid. No, Sane is not on the same level as the Portuguese, though there are no doubt similarities. 

The key takeaway is that ?Manchester United were the big losers in this one, despite making a staggering amount from his sale. 

Ronaldo single-handedly ended a woeful period in Los Blancos’ history and restored them to their European throne, while United endured a steady decline in the years following his exit. Their neighbours would do well to remember that a huge fee doesn’t guarantee a worthwhile deal in the long-term.

With regard to the present moment, keeping him at the Etihad Stadium maintains the remarkable squad depth that was necessary for Guardiola to deliver the treble. You can’t mount a challenge across multiple fronts unless you can rest players and avoid a significant drop-off in quality.

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If the City hierarchy have hopes of lifting the ?Champions League next season – which they clearly do – then they have no choice but to keep the likes of Sane in the north-west.

More to the point, however, the starlet should be playing in the big games, not just helping the side navigate the early rounds of the League and FA Cups. He’s a match winner, capable of unpicking any lock.

Recall Sane’s game-clinching goal against ?Liverpool in January, a goal which proved pivotal in the title race. The opportunity was hardly straightforward; most wouldn’t have given Alisson anything to really think about.

Having him available allowed his manager to change approach and present the Reds with a unique threat, which cannot be stopped when in full-flight.


This is a weapon which Guardiola cannot afford to let go. The wideman offers a fabulous combination of physical prowess and masterful skill, the likes of which is otherwise unseen in the squad. Put simply, he cannot be replaced.

It seems that his coach is often averse to selecting Sane in the big fixtures because of an apparent attitude problem. With time and experience, that will cease to be an issue and the player will reach a new level, on which he is wholly in control of his emotions and able to focus on the task at hand.

Look at what happened when teammate Raheem Sterling grew up? He’s only a year the German’s senior, but there is a marked difference in maturity. Once the England forward began to take on more responsibility, he started showing far better form and achieved a greater consistency.

It is not unreasonable to think that Sane, too, could become a reliable performer when he attains a certain age, and he may not be far from it.

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It should be clear by now that Sane is too young and too talented to be sold. Letting him go now means that the Citizens see none of his best years. They risk losing him when he is on the cusp of something special. They will rue allowing him to leave for Bayern.

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