Mourinho to target old club Chelsea in bid for new right-back?
With the season drawing to a close and managers starting to plan for next season, football reporter Michael Catling looks at the transfer rumours circulating around the football community.
Jose Mourinho is plotting a raid on his former club Chelsea with Branislav Ivanovic top of his wish list, reports the Daily Mirror.
Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a host of right-backs in the past few months with possible moves for Kyle Walker and Glen Johnson also mooted.
However, the Spanish giants now look set to make a move for the Serbian international who has established himself as a first team regular for the Blues in recent seasons.
The Daily Mirror are believe that Mario Balotelli could make a sensational return to Inter Milan next season with the Italian club ready to launch a �20 million bid.
The controversial striker has infuriated manager Roberto Mancini recently with his erratic behaviour and a return to Italian football could be on the cards, with A.C. Milan also interested in his signature.
In addition to this, Arsenal are monitoring Clint Dempsey’s contract situation at Fulham in hope of making a cut-price move for the United States international, according to the Daily Telegraph.
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The 29-year-old has just one-year left on his current deal and has already notched 22 goals in all competitions this season; the most recent of which came in Fulham’s 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea.
Arsenal also look set to retain the services of Robin van Persie who is set to snub a �200,000 a week deal at Manchester City, reports The Times.
The Dutch striker, who has netted 26 league goals so far this season, has remained tight-lipped on his future but early indicators suggest the 28-year-old could stay at the Emirates stadium with the likelihood of Champions League qualification a contributing factor.
Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United has reportedly taken another twist with his agent lining up a move to Juventus.
The 19-year-old has been involved in protracted contract negotiations with United for most of the season but has so far been unable to agree terms.
The French midfielder had been expected to sign a new deal at Old Trafford last month but the latest turn of events suggests that deal now looks unlikely – The Times.
Meanwhile, the Metro believes Italian champions A.C. Milan could send Stephan El Shaarawy out on loan next season, with Arsenal reportedly the front runners for his signature.
The 19-year-old striker joined Milan for �10 million from Genoa last season but has since struggled to establish himself in Massimiliano Allegri’s starting line-up.
In Scotland, Celtic are reportedly keen on signing Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon, according to The Sun. The Scottish international joined the Black Cats for �9 million in 2007, but has been bereft by injury problems throughout his time at the Stadium of Light.
Simon Mignolet has recently established himself as Martin O’Neill’s number one choice and with Gordon’s contract coming to the end; a move to Parkhead could seem an attractive opportunity for the 29-year-old.
Elsewhere, Swansea City could make a �6 million move for Kuban Krasnodar striker Lacina Traore. The Ivorian, dubbed the new Emmanuel Adebayor, has struggled to settle in the Russian league and the lure of Premier League football could persuade Traore to make a move to the Welsh side – Daily Mirror.
Additionally, the Daily Mirror are also reporting that Norwich City are lining up a move for West Bromwich Albion striker Chris Wood with Paul Lambert keen on pairing the 20-year-old with Grant Holt next season.
The New Zealand forward has spent this season on loan in the Championship and recently joined Bristol City after his loan deal expired at Birmingham City. He has netted a combined total of 14 goals for both clubs so far this campaign.
Lastly, Bordeaux president Jean Louis Triaud has opened the door for Marouane Chamakh to return to the French club in the summer.
The Moroccan international joined Arsenal on a free transfer from Bordeaux in 2010 but has slipped down the pecking order at the Emirates stadium.
Triaud told RMC: “I have spoken with Marouane and told him that he is welcome at Bordeaux and that we still have room for him” – Sky Sports.