European Paper Talk: Max Allegri to sign Juventus extension
By Adam Digby, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 08/04/17 12:37pm
Less than three months remain until the summer transfer window opens and the transfer rumour mill is in full swing with speculation over who will be making big-money moves ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
With that in mind, our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the European press to bring you the latest transfer news from around the continent.
Franck Kessie has been repeatedly linked with a move to Roma, but a trio of English clubs have made their interest known in the Atalanta midfielder. His agent has admitted that Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal are all possible destinations while he is also thought to be a Chelsea transfer target for Antonio Conte.
The 20-year-old has been a revelation in Serie A this season, weighing in with six goals and three assists, while establishing himself as a solid defensive force and earning comparisons to a young Yaya Toure. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Despite being linked with Arsenal and Barcelona, Max Allegri is set to remain at Juventus and will be given a new contract. Allegri had previously refused to commit his future to the Bianconeri but the past few days have seen him grow increasingly positive and an improved deal to June 2020 is close to being agreed. (La Stampa)
Having tasted Champions League football with Napoli, Elseid Hysaj appears to be open to leaving the Stadio San Paolo this summer. His agent has confirmed interest from German and English clubs, with the defender a Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United transfer target. Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg have previously been linked with the Albania international. (Corriere dello Sport)
James Rodriguez is certain to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. But the Colombian will likely still receive plenty of playing time so as not to damage any potential transfer fee. Despite Zinedine Zidane downplaying a recent outburst by Rodriguez, his time at the Bernabeu appears to be over with Manchester United potential suitors. (AS)
At least five clubs are looking to sign Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all interested in him. The French international has continued his recent excellent form and is thought to be one of the biggest stars available this coming summer. (Marca)
Marseille are looking to capitalise on Olivier Giroud's lack of playing time at Arsenal by tempting the striker to return to Ligue 1. With the club now owned by American businessman Frank McCourt, OM have already signed France internationals Dimitri Payet and Patrice Evra and it now seems the Gunners striker is next on their list. (France Football)
"Everything is possible. But it is difficult to say something now, we'll see." Despite his contract with Schalke 04 expiring this summer, that is all Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would say about his future when asked. However, speculation in Germany suggests the striker is set for a return to former club Ajax as the Bundesliga outfit are unlikely to offer the 33-year-old an extension. (Sport Bild)
Having replaced his agent with Jonathan Barnett's Stellar Football Ltd, FC Porto star Yacine Brahimi has again been linked with a move away. The two-time African Player of the Year has long been linked with Everton. Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Nice have made their interest in the 27-year-old midfielder known. Brahimi is believed to have a buyout clause of €50 million in his current contract. (O Jogo)