Monday’s Transfer Rumour Roundup: Sanches, Aguero, Viera, Dembele & Many More

?Here is today’s roundup of the biggest transfer rumours that are flying around the world of football…

1. Renato Sanches

Bayern Muenchen v FC Augsburg - Bundesliga

Transfer: Bayern Munich to AC Milan

Bayern Munich’s CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has ?confirmed that AC Milan are in talks with the Bavarian club over a deal for 19-year-old Portuguese international Renato Sanches, which will see the midfielder move on loan initally with an option to sign permanently for €40m.

2. Sheyi Ojo

Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

Transfer: Liverpool to Newcastle United

Despite initially been expected to leave Anfield on loan this summer, recently promoted Newcastle United are planning to sign Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo on a permanent basis, with reports ?talking of a £10m bid being prepared.

3. Keita Balde Diao

AS Roma v SS Lazio - Serie A

Transfer: Lazio to Internazionale

Lazio star Keita Balde Diao has ?left his side’s pre-season training camp, in a bid to force through a move to Serie A rivals Inter. The 22-year-old winger was one of the outstanding players of the Italian top flight last season and is expected to fetch at least €20m.

4. Jairo Riedewald

Ajax Amsterdam v Legia Warszawa - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: Second Leg

Transfer: Ajax to Crystal Palace

Frank de Boer is set to ?complete is first permanent signing as Crystal Palace manager, as a deal for one of his former players, Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald, is set to be finished before the end of the week.

5. Sergio Aguero 

Watford v Manchester City - Premier League

Transfer: Manchester City to Chelsea

With Chelsea in desperate need of a new leading front man and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero being rumoured to be unsure over his future at the Etihad Stadium, a move to West London for the Argentine is the latest ?entry to the rumour mill.

6. Jonathan Viera

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Transfer: Las Palmas to Swansea City

Having already signed Roque Mesa from the Canary Islanders already this transfer window, Swansea City are now ?chasing his former teammate Jonathan Viera. However, the Swans will need to dig deeper into their pockets after a £21m bid was reportedly rejected.

7. Geoffrey Kondogbia

FC Internazionale v AC ChievoVerona - Serie A

Transfer: Internazionale to Valencia

La Liga outfit Valencia are ?hoping to lure Inter Milan flop Geoffrey Kondogbia to the Mestalla on a year-long loan deal, in order to replace Enzo Perez, who swapped Spain for his homeland, after a move to River Plate was confirmed.

8. Moussa Dembele

St Johnstone v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Transfer: Celtic to Arsenal

Arsenal have turned their ?attention towards Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, but with the recent acquisition of Alexandre Lacazette, the Scottish champions’ top goalscorer may be seen as a possible replacement for Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez.

9. Ivan Strinic

Juventus FC v SSC Napoli - TIM Cup

Transfer: Napoli to Galatasaray

Turkish side Galatasaray are ?hoping to strike a deal for Napoli full-back Ivan Strinic, after Gala boss Igor Tudor reportedly told the board that he wishes to sign an upgrade on current left-back Lionel Carole.

10. Aymen Abdennour

FC Barcelona v Valencia CF - La Liga

Transfer: Valencia to Leicester City

Despite already shelling out for former Hull City centre-back Harry Maguire, Leicester City are set to ?enter a bidding war with fellow Premier League side Southampton for the signature of Valencia’s Tunisian international defender Aymen Abdennour.


Douglas Costa Reveals 2 Players Who Were Integral to Decision to Join Juventus

On-loan Douglas Costa has revealed that two current Juventus stars played a vital role in his switch to Turin from Bayern Munich. 

Initially signed on loan for a fee of €5m, with a view to a permanent deal for around €35m, Costa’s move could represent a smart bit of business by the Champions League finalists. 

And the club might have Alex Sandro and Arturo Vidal to thank, as in an interview by ?Juventus’ website, the Bayern Munich man revealed who the key influences were in his move to Turin. 

He said: “Arturo (Vidal) and Alex Sandro both told me about the passion and adoration of the supporters. I hope, in time, I can become one of their favourite players.”

As well as the input of Vidal and Sandro, the 26-year-old’s move was motivated by the possibility at game time at a club he admires.

Costa added: “I have admired Juventus from afar for a few years now and I jumped at the opportunity to join as soon as I heard of their interest. 

“This is the perfect club for me at the perfect moment. This project has enormous potential and I am excited to play a part in that. With the World Cup next summer too, this was the ideal chance for me and I can’t wait to get started.

“This is a critical period in Juve’s history. They have reached two finals in the past three years and I am delighted to be here with the ambition of taking this already great team to the next level.”

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The Brazilian trickster, who featured just 14 times for Bayern in the Bundesliga last season, also expressed his willingness to work for his new teammates and coach Max Allegri, and play wherever the Juventus boss sees fit. 

He said: “I played on the right in Ukraine with Shakhtar and down the left with Bayern, so I am happy filling either position. 

“The decision is not up to me and the coach will judge my attributes and qualities and deploy me in the role that he sees best.”

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Alexis Sanchez Won’t Join Bayern Despite Desire for Champions League Insists German Champions’ CEO

Currently enjoying a well deserved holiday following the Confederations Cup, Alexis Sánchez is not going to be a transfer target for German champions Bayern Munich, according to club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

The Chilean has been linked with a number of rumours away from the Emirates Stadium this summer, following Arsenal’s failure to secure a top four finish last season. Bayern Munich, Juventus and Manchester City were all believed to be favourable destinations for the Arsenal star, however, Bayern Munich will not be signing the attacker as there is no need for additions in Bavaria, according to Daily Star reports.

Alexis recently spoke about his desire to play Champions League football, prompting a flurry of rumours with a number of different clubs across Europe. Manchester City are understood to be stepping up their interest in the Chilean as a result of these comments, despite Gunners boss Arsène Wenger remaining adamant Alexis won’t join the Sky Blues.

“The truth is that the decision doesn’t depend on me,” said Alexis. “I have made my decision, but now we wait for a response from Arsenal. It depends on them, I have to wait to know what they want.”

Bayern Munich’s CEO dismissed reports that the Bavarians would be entering the race to sign Alexis, having already completed the signing of Real Madrid star James Rodríguez.

“I do not know what he said, we are no longer involved,” Rummenigge said as Bayern prepare to meet Arsenal in pre-season this week. “We’ve agreed with the coach that there will be no more additions in attack. That makes no sense.”

Alexis future is a huge concern for Arsenal supporters this summer. Despite the impressive signing of French striker Alexandre Lacazette, losing their star Chilean would make the summer transfer window an unsuccessful one in the eyes of most Gunners fans.




6 of the Best South Americans to Grace the Bundesliga Following James Rodriguez’s Bayern Move

Bayern Munich shocked the footballing world earlier this week by announcing the 2-year loan signing of Colombian star James Rodriguez. 

The 26-year-old had a season to forget at the Bernabeu, as he was overlooked time and again by manager Zinedine Zidane. However, he now has the possibility of reigniting his promising career with Bayern and former boss Carlo Ancelotti offering a lifeline in the Bundesliga.

Now that James has been officially unveiled, he joins a number of talented South Americans to grace the Bundesliga. 

Here’s a look at six of the best from the continent players to feature in Germany’s top flight over the years.

1. Claudio Pizarro


First up, it’s Peruvian forward, Claudio Pizarro. The striker has yo yoed between Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich during his footballing career, stopping off for two seasons at Chelsea in between. 

He is a heavily-decorated player, claiming six Bundesliga titles, five DFB-Pokal cups and one Champions League winners medal with Bayern alone. 

His ability to score goals from anywhere is shown through his record, as he currently sits fifth in the all-time Bundesliga goal-scoring charts, netting 191 times. At 38, he’s played his final season for Bremen, scoring one goal in ten starts. 

2. Lucio

Bayern Munich's Brazilian defender Lucio

Brazilian centre-half Lucio makes the list, as he will be remembered by fans for his no nonsense, tough tackling style of play. 

The former Bayern man had an illustrious career at the club, winning three Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles. Lucio also featured for Bayer Leverkusen for three years, playing 92 times over three seasons – including being part of the team who lost to Real Madrid in the 2002 Champions League final. 

Lucio did however go onto win the competition for Internazionale, as they beat his former club Bayern 2-0 to complete a historic treble. 

The 39-year-old now plays in the Indian Super-League for FC Goa, however his 236 Bundesliga appearances were arguably the best of his career. 

3. Ze Roberto


Famed for his drastic and ever-changing haircuts, Ze Roberto is another Brazilian who spent over a decade in Germany’s top flight for Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Hamburger SV. 

The 43-year-old has made more Bundesliga appearances than any other Brazilian, taking to the field 386 times. Ze Roberto won four Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles with Bayern, although it was during his time at Real Madrid where he lifted the Champions League. 

The quick, hard working man was a versatile asset to each side he represented, as he was able to play on the left-hand side of defence, as well as across midfield. His calm play on the ball meant that he could slow play down, but he was also able to start attacks quickly with precise passing. 

He currently plays for Palmeiras, where he has a contract until the end of 2017.

4. Lucas Barrios

Dortmund's Argentinian striker Lucas Bar

Lucas Barrios had a fairly short Bundesliga career compared to the rest on this list, but he made a huge impact on Borussia Dortmund’s history. 

The Paraguayan forward joined Jurgen Klopp’s side in 2009 for £4.2m – a deal that now looks like pennies thanks to his contribution. In his first season for the club, Barrios finished third top goalscorer, netting 19 times in 33 games. 

The following season, he helped the club win their first Bundesliga title for nine years, scoring 16 goals along the way. However, a drop in form affected him during the 2011/12 season, with Robert Lewandowski taking his starting place up front. 

The club went on to win consecutive league titles, but barrios was sold to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande. He was a tricky, athletic forward who caused defenders nightmares, and his goalscoring abilities put Dortmund back at the top of German football for a couple of years.

5. Giovane Elber

Giovane Elber Farewell Match Bayern Munich v 1860 Munich

Giovane Elber holds the title of the highest-scoring Brazilian in Bundesliga history, netting 92 times for both VfB Stuttgart and Bayern. 

The prolific forward played a pivotal part in Bayern’s dominance during the late 1990s and early 2000s, as he lifted the Bundesliga trophy four times and the DFB-Pokal cup three times. Elber was also part of the Bayern team who claimed the Champions League trophy in 2001, beating Valencia on 5-4 on penalties. 

After spending two years at Lyon, Elber returned to the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach, although he only featured four times for the club. Elber will be remembered for his all-round ability, especially the way he dribbled past players with ease. 

6. Arturo Vidal

Bayern Muenchen v SC Freiburg - Bundesliga

Arturo Vidal has become somewhat of a cult hero at the club, after featuring 57 times in two years. The tough-tackling Chilean joined Bayern from Juventus, and has since gone on to win two consecutive titles. In fact, Vidal has won the league for both Juventus and Bayern for the past six years, making him a born and proven winner. 

Vidal versatility makes him an invaluable asset to Carlo Ancelotti’s side, with his desire to win evident in every match. The 30-year-old had previous Bundesliga experience before Bayern, as he played 117 times for Bayer Leverkusen over four years. Vidal takes the title for most Bundesliga appearances for a Chilean, and Bayern fans will be hoping he adds many more to his already high number. 


AC Milan Have Offered to Take Bayern Munich Flop Renato Sanches On a Two-Year Loan

AC Milan have made a big offer to take Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches on a two-year loan after a hugely disappointing debut season with the German champions.

The Portuguese prodigy arrived in Bavaria from Benfica for an initial €35m fee – which could rise to €80m due to several clauses – but he failed to leave his mark on Carlo Ancelotti’s side, featuring 25 times and failing to score or record an assist on one occasion.

Now, according to Record newspaper, per Football Italia, Milan have made an offer to end his Munich nightmare, bidding to take him on a two-year loan for €7m with an option to buy the 19-year-old for €47m in 2019.

Bayern Muenchen v FC Augsburg - Bundesliga

However, a move to the Italian would likely not bring Sanches his dream of regular first-team football after Milan’s enormous summer spending spree.

The club have already announced the signings of Franck Kessie and Hakan Calhanoglu, while Lazio’s Lucas Biglia is also expected to arrive, with all three likely to fill the positions in Vincenzo Montella’s midfield trio.

But, given Bayern Munich’s investment in midfield so far this summer, Sanches would probably be best served moving to Milan.


The Bavarian club have already added Hoffenheim’s Sebastian Rudy and Lyon’s Corentin Tolisso, while James Rodriguez has also arrived in a more attacking role.

All three arrivals simply push Sanches further towards the peripheries of the squad and this summer, his prerogative must be finding a new home, even if it is just on a season-long loan.