European Transfer Round Up – June 27

European Transfer Round Up

We may be halfway through the World Cup, but domestic transfer activity is as hectic as ever with teams across Europe looking to add new players to their squads.

Ings ready to move on

Several Premier League clubs have been alerted by the news that Danny Ings is keen to leave Liverpool in order to gain more regular first-team action.

The 25-year-old has slipped down the pecking order at Anfield, after suffering a couple of serious injuries since joining the Reds in 2015.

Ings’ former club Burnley are believed to be leading the race for his signature, as the Clarets look to strengthen their squad wit Europa League football to look forward to this term.

Crystal Palace, West Ham and Newcastle are also believed to be keen on the England international.

Chelsea eye Italian defensive swoop

Chelsea are reported to have launched a £35million bid to make Juventus defender Daniele Rugani their first signing of the summer.

Reports continue to gather pace suggesting former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is poised to replace Antonio Conte, and plans are already being made to draft in the players he wants.

Sarri knows the 23-year-old well after coaching him when in charge of Italian side Empoli between 2013 and 2015, and a reunion could be on the cards.

Rugani is said to be reluctant to leave the Italian champions, but Chelsea are willing to double his wages in an attempt to convince him it is the right move.

Barca play down Juve deal talk

Barcelona have said they have no interest in making a move for Juventus playmaker Miralem Pjanic this summer, despite speculation over the Bosnian’s future.

The La Liga champions have been heavily linked with a move for the 28-year-old, who is valued in the region of £70million.

Sporting director Ariedo Braida has dismissed the rumours though, insisting there is no need for Pjanic at the Noup Camp.

Braida has been quoted as saying. “The player is good, but here we have a Brazilian who will take that role because Barcelona wants that.”

Fellaini set to make future announcement

Marouane Fellaini has stated that a decision on his Manchester United future will be revealed on July 1 when his contract expires.

Arsenal are among the clubs believed to be chasing the signature of the Belgian international, who is currently with his country at the World Cup.

The latest reports suggest that Fellaini will stay at Old Trafford, despite contract talks being dragged out over recent months.

Asked during a press conference if the uncertainty over his situation had affected him mentally, he said: “No, since a few months, I am used to it. I am strong mentally to deal with it and soon I will say where I will be playing next season.”

Toffees consider defender move

Everton are understood to be one of several the clubs weighing up a move for Bayer Leverkusen defender Aleksandar Dragovic.

New Toffees boss Marco Silva has put a new central defender high on his wanted list this summer and Dragovic, who spent last season on loan at Leicester City, is a reported target.

Leverkusen are happy to sell the 27-year-old and Leicester do have the option of signing him on a permanent basis for £15million, but have yet to make a decision on whether to complete a deal.