Liverpool’s exciting new transfer target as Manchester United line-up sensational triple swoop
With the transfer window now a thing of the past, we are hurtling through the Premier League fixture calendar at an alarming rate.
The closing of the window hasn’t stopped the rumours and the gossip with clubs already being linked with summer rebuilding.
Here’s the latest rumours and gossip from the Premier League.
The Red Devils didn’t sign anyone in the January window as they were put off by the inflated prices being quoted.
They are also pondering moves for long-term target Gareth Bale and Juventus star Paulo Dybala.
Gunners eye Benfica stars
Arsenal are reportedly running the rule over Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo.
A Gunners representative was understood to be in the crowd to watch the full-back in Sunday’s 10-0 rout of Nacional, according to Portuguese publication A Bola .
The scout will have been impressed with what he saw as Grimaldo set them on their way to an emphatic win with a goal in the very first minute.
Left-back Grimaldo is being tipped as a long-term replacement for Nacho Monreal, but the 23-year-old has also attracted the attention of Manchester United in the past while Atletico Madrid are in the hunt for his signature.
Spurs are worried their major transfer target Adrien Rabiot will be snatched from their grasp by Liverpool or Barcelona in a summer dogfight.
Spurs were heavily into a deal to land the Paris Saint-Germain star in a £20m move last month.
But before the transfer could be sealed, Rabiot’s father Michel died a few days before the January window closed.
And the family decided to put business on hold as a mark of respect with his mother and agent, Veronique, declaring that nothing would be done until the summer.
And that leaves Tottenham, who haven’t made any signings in the last two transfer windows, fearing another major signing will slip through their fingers in the summer.
Puel speak on Maddison
Amid interest from Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City boss Claude Puel has insisted that James Maddison is better off where he is.
The midfielder, signed from Norwich City last summer, has generally performed impressively in his first top flight campaign and is tipped to be a target for Spurs this summer.
Puel, though, welcomes the interest because it means he’s playing well – though the King Power Stadium remains the place Maddison ought to remain for his development.
“It’s a good feeling because if we play with poor performances and no possibility to develop players then other clubs wouldn’t be interested,” Puel said.
“It shows we’re developing our players, not just young ones – this is a good thing.
“Of course he is better off here – not just this player. Interest from other clubs means they are showing their quality. But he’s still got a lot to learn and room to develop. This is the right place to work.
“Lots of players in our club are attracting interest from other clubs. This is a good feeling because they have time to develop their work and themselves.
“Leicester is a good club and we are showing the project we are trying to put in place.”
David wants the dollars
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea reportedly wants a new contract worth up to £350,000 a week.
De Gea, who has been at Old Trafford since 2011, has a deal that runs out this summer but United have the option of a further year in their favour.
Talks over a long-term contract remain ongoing, and it’s reported that De Gea wants a salary that would make him one of the best players at the club.
The Spaniard, widely considered to be one of the best players in the world, arrived from Atletico Madrid and their rivals Real have been long-term admirers.
He is currently earning £200,000 a week.
United are reluctant to fork out such a wage, but are hopeful of a compromise.
Liverpool have reportedly enquired about the availability of Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Reds were said to be keen on Insigne in the January transfer window, but ultimately did no business.
Jurgen Klopp, though, is said to be an admirer of the Italian, who has played over 300 matches in Serie A and scored regularly.
The Italian international has three years left to run on his current deal in Naples.
As they chase their first ever Premier League title, it seems as though Klopp already has one eye on the summer business – although no bid has yet been made.
There were reports in October of last year that Napoli would want as much as £90m for Insigne.