The winter transfer window is closed, but now it’s time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around following the Jan. 31 deadline day.
TOP STORY: Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal to battle for Mertens
Napoli star Dries Mertens is unlikely to sign a contract extension at the club, reports the Daily Mail, and the news has alerted Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United to the Belgian’s availability this summer.
Mertens is available to leave the Italian side on a free transfer at the end of the season should he turn down the contract extension offered to him, which is what the outlet suggests will happen.
Mertens was linked with several clubs in January, including Chelsea, and the fact that he didn’t leave suggested that he was keen to stay in Italy. Reports in Italy say that Napoli have offered Mertens £3.3m a year but that the player wants £6.3m a year, and that talks between club and player are not going well.
Inter Milan are also said to be interested in Mertens’ services, which could see multiple clubs scrambling for his signature come the summer.
13.43 GMT: Belgian outlet HLN claims that Borussia Dortmund are eyeing up a move for Club Brugge forward Emmanuel Dennis.
Dennis, 22, scored twice against Real Madrid in the Champions League earlier this season and has five goals in 20 appearances.
Monaco, Sampdoria, Newcastle United, Brighton, Sheffield United and Watford are also on the trail of the Nigerian, but it seems Dortmund are looking for a replacement for winger Jadon Sancho.
And that means Chelsea, Man United and almost every club in Europe, will be on alert when the England international comes on the market.
13.00 GMT: Manchester City and Man United are in a race to sign Verona defender Marash Kumbulla, says Gazzetta dello Sport.
Kumbulla, 20, has had a fine season in Serie A and the Albania defender could be on the market for a bargain price of €30m.
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