13 July 2017 – Here’s a round-up of all the hottest transfer rumours from today!
Mbappe to Arsenal?
An interesting report from France Football claims that Arsene Wenger met Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe for approximately three hours on June 14, which is close to one month ago. Wenger allegedly spoke to Mbappe about Arsenal’s plans for the future and why London would be the perfect place for him to develop his career and potentially emulate the impact made by Thierry Henry. As of now, it’s difficult to see a conclusion to this saga, given that Real Madrid are also equally determined to make Mbappe their bumper signing of the summer. If anything, this report goes to show how Wenger is really willing to spend big and push for a Champions League return in 2018.
Olivier Giroud to Borussia Dortmund?
According to the Mirror, Olivier Giroud is being earmarked by Borussia Dortmund as an ideal replacement for the outgoing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Giroud’s first chances are a major doubt now, given that Arsenal signed Lacazette last week. But the Frenchman appears to be more than happy to stay and work hard for a first team role. That said, if Dortmund come knocking with the promise of a decent contract, first-team football, and the opportunity to play in the Champions League, it’s difficult to see Giroud saying no, isn’t it? The World Cup, after all, is happening next summer.
Ryan Bertrand to Manchester City?
Pep Guardiola, still reeling from the frustrations of missing out on Dani Alves, is reportedly prepared to make an offer for Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand. On paper, it’s difficult to compare both players, but Bertrand isn’t exactly a poor choice. He’s played in the Premier League for years and has been rather consistent in recent times too. The Saints are not keen on letting him go, but according to Daily Mail, an offer of around 30 million pounds could be more than enough to convince them.
Angel Correa to Liverpool?
It’s hard to imagine why Liverpool would need any more wingers but Foot Mercato claim that they’ve tabled a five-year offer for Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa. This rumour is highly unlikely for two reasons. Atletico Madrid won’t be keen on letting anyone go until January, when their transfer ban is lifted. But more importantly, Liverpool have got plenty of options on the flanks, now that even Mohammed Salah has joined them. Having said that, there are no doubts over Correa’s quality as an attacker and he would certainly make Jurgen Klopp’s side a better one.
Riyad Mahrez to AS Roma?
Just over a year ago, Riyad Mahrez was easily one of the most wanted players in Europe, but he has now resigned to fact that a Premier League offer is very unlikely at this juncture. But according to Sky Sport Italia, Serie A giants AS Roma are prepared to offer him an escape route from Leicester City at this juncture. Craig Shakespeare recently urged Mahrez to be a professional should no offer come in, but even he’d know that there’s very little point in trying to keep a player who wants to leave. If a decent offer comes in, expect Leicester to take the deal.