Erik Lamela’s Tottenham hell could be close to an end, with Juventus set to make a surprise bid for the Argentine.
Why do they want him? Lamela had a tough first season in England but was a regular under Mauricio Pochettino. Lamela still has good reputation in Italy after an impressive spell at Roma. The Champions League finalists may also see it as a good opportunity to offload striker Fernando Llorente to Spurs.
Up The Ante
Manchester City are to return to Liverpool with a £35million bid for Raheem Sterling.
Will it be enough? Liverpool rejected a £30million bid this week and are believed to be holding out for a figure closer to £50million. The Reds won’t get that but may be able to push City up to £37.5million. This one will run and win but appears to be edging towards an inevitable conclusion.
Manchester United are ready to offer Tottenham £40million in the hope of luring Harry Kane to Old Trafford.
Will it happen? It appears a long shot and, for that kind of price, a huge risk. Kane had an impressive breakthrough season, but to spend that kind of money would be mad. Plus Tottenham fans would turn against the club’s hierarchy in a big way if they sold.
Manchester United have reportedly struck two big money deals to bring Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Hoffenheim hot-shot Firmino to Old Trafford.
Will both deals go through? Both players are certain to leave Germany this summer, with Dortmund keen to get a fee for Gundogan this summer. The 24-year-old has said he will decide his future after Germany’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar on Saturday night and United are in pole position. United’s interest in Firmino has firmed up in the last 48 hours, with United believed to have had a £13million offer accepted.
Jackson Martinez will swap Porto for AC Milan - not Arsenal - for a fee believed to be around £30million.
Right move? The 28-year-old Colombian has long been on Arsenal’s radar so to lose out at the 11th hour to Milan is a blow. “He has top physical strengths. Hugely efficient, he is the kind of player who can make room for himself in the box,” Wenger said in February. “He could play in the Premier League because he has the body to make the difference. He uses it in a very intelligent way. He has a very short back lift and he’s a very good finisher.”