LIVE Transfer Talk: United eye Perisic as Sancho move stalls

The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market uncertain — and you can find out when the windows open and close here — but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond. Plus, check out all the latest major completed transfers across Europe.

TOP STORY: Man City make £82m offer for Gimenez

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been desperate to strengthen his defence all summer, even after they signed Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for £41m. And it seems Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Gimenez is the answer.

AS reports that City have made a bid of €89m (£82m) for the Uruguay international, plus a further €5m in add-ons, but it might not be enough to prise him away from the Wanda Metropolitano.

According to the report, Man City sporting director Txiki Beguiristain has been locked in negotiations with CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin and sporting director Andrea Berta. But Atletico do not want to sell their player, which will make a deal harder to strike.

Gimenez, 25, has a €120m (£110m) release clause in his contract, but City hope they can reach an agreement with the coronavirus pandemic suppressing the transfer market and hitting Aleti’s financial situation.

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11.43 BST: Luis Suarez risks spending the season in the stands as he remains in a tense stand-off with Barcelona over his contract situation, sources have told ESPN.

Suarez, 33, is surplus to requirements at Camp Nou and new coach Ronald Koeman informed him last month that he should look for a new club. However, the striker still has one year left on his contract and believes the club should pay him the final year of his deal in full if they want him to leave now. He is paid around €25 million gross annually, according to local reports in Catalonia.

11.11 BST: Chelsea legend Branislav Ivanovic is set to be unveiled as a West Bromwich Albion player later today after undergoing a medical. Ivanovic, 36, has spent the last three years in Russia with Zenit Saint Petersburg and helped them do the league and cup double last season. However, he now appears ready for one last crack at the Premier League after his contract with the Russian club expired. He won three titles with Chelsea, as well as three FA Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League.

10.45 BST: Following Everton‘s 1-0 win vs. Tottenham Hotspur, ESPN’s Don Hutchison, Shaka Hislop and Frank Leboeuf reflect on new signings James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure, saying the trio have galvanized the squad and could lead to a top-six finish for Everton under Carlo Ancelotti.

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Don Hutchison already sees more positives in Everton’s new-look squad than he has in the last five seasons.

10.13 BST: Sky Italia reports that Arturo Vidal‘s move to Inter Milan is imminent. The Nerazzurri are in advanced talks with Barcelona to sign the Chile international. Vidal is tied to Barcelona until next summer but is expected to leave the Camp Nou this week. The 33-year-old will be reunited with former Juventus coach Antonio Conte. Vidal has reportedly agreed a two-year contract with Inter, with the option of a third season. He was at Juventus for four years before joining Bayern Munich in the summer of 2015.

09.42 BST: Newcastle United striker Yoshinori Muto is set to join La Liga side Eibar on a season-long loan, sources have told ESPN. Muto signed for the Premier League side from Mainz two seasons ago for £9.6m, but has just one goal in 25 top flight appearances.

With Newcastle bolstering their striker options in the close season with Callum Wilson from Bournemouth, Muro’s playing time will be limited at St James’ Park this season so he will spend the 2020-21 campaign on loan in La Liga.

09.00 BST: Tottenham Hotspur are desperate to bring a striker in, and the Daily Express reports that Crystal Palace‘s Alexander Sorloth could be the answer. Sorloth is on a two-year loan from Palace at Trabzonspor in Turkey, who have an option to buy the player. According to the report, Trabzonspor could activate the right to buy early and then sell the player to Spurs. Sorloth won the Turkish Super Lig Golden Boot last season with 24 goals.

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Man United could turn to Perisic

Manchester United could drop their interest in Jason Sancho and instead go for Ivan Perisic again, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Several wingers have been linked with United in recent years, including Jadon Sancho, Gareth Bale and Douglas Costa, of Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Juventus respectively.

Perisic himself has confirmed that he was on the brink of moving to Old Trafford in the summer of 2017 before a switch of manager at Inter made him change his mind and stay.

The Croatia international did leave Inter last summer, to spend the season on loan at Bayern Munich. A permanent move didn’t materialise and his future at Inter is uncertain, and United could rekindle their interest.

Last week, ESPN sources revealed that United had made progress on issues surrounding wages and agent fees for Sancho. But with three weeks to go until the transfer window closes, United need to keep their options open. Dortmund value Sancho at €120 million — a fee United believe is “unrealistic” during a global pandemic.

Meanwhile, having seemingly being snubbed by Real Madrid’s Sergio Reguilon, who favours another loan move to Sevilla over a transfer to Old Trafford, United are looking at Alex Telles, reports A Bola.

The Porto left-back’s contract comes to an end in the summer of 2021, so the Dragoes have lowered demands of what they’d want in return for him in an effort to avoid missing out on any financial gain whatsoever.

They had been asking for €30 million but are now happy to accept €20m due to the current situation.

There are said to be other teams interested in signing him as well, but they are not named within the report.

Hernandez leaves his future up to speculation

Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez has left his future up to speculation during an interview with Telefoot.

The France international has not had the best of times in Bavaria, despite Bayern’s dominance across country and continent, due to a lack of game time.

This led him to say: “I still have four years of contract with Bayern. But if it continues to be this complicated, I’ll see.”

Considering the speculation around David Alaba and Thiago Alcantara — both of whom former Bayern president Uli Hoeness slammed in an outburst on Sunday — this is something the German giants would have preferred to avoid and the future of all three players has to be in doubt.

Godin set to join Cagliari

It has only been a year since Diego Godin moved from Atletico Madrid to Internazionale, but, according to Calciomercato, he is on the move again.

The Italian outlet has suggested that the Uruguay international will sign a three-year contract worth €2.5m-per-year with Cagliari, with Inter paying €1.5m for the first season.

It is believed that he could even end up signing for the Serie A outfit as soon as Monday or Tuesday.

Considering the centre-back’s profile in the game, despite him now being 34 years old, this will surely be considered a real coup for Cagliari.

Tap-ins

Marcos Acuna‘s move from Sporting CP to Sevilla will be completed imminently, reports El Desmarque. It is claimed that he will complete a medical on Monday, then join up with his new teammates in Alicante by Tuesday. The fee will be €10m, with two add-ons, and the deal will see Acuna join the club for four seasons.

– It has only been a matter of months since Brazilian outfit Atletico-MG signed Leo Sena, but he will now be heading out on loan, according to Globo Esporte. The report claims the midfielder will join Spezia, who are preparing to play Serie A football for the first time in their history this term. Despite being the first signing made under Jorge Sampaoli, Sena has been left out of the Argentinian’s plans, which has opened up the temporary move to Italy.

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