Football transfer rumours: Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey out, Lucas Vázquez in?

Simon Burnton on 27 June 2018

Marco Asensio has refused to rule out a move to Liverpool this summer, after being linked with a £158m transfer. “When the World Cup is over, we’ll talk about that sort of thing,” the Real Madrid and Spain midfielder said. He allegedly tops Liverpool’s shortlist of attacking midfielders, though Moses Simon of Gent and Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri are also on there, and would be enormously cheaper.

Arsenal are also interested in a Real Madrid midfielder, with Lucas Vázquez the apple of their eye. Disappointingly Real Madrid consider him “non-transferable”, according to OK Diario. The Gunners’ midfield could be further weakened if Lazio get their way, with Corriere dello Sport saying that if Sergej Milinkovic-Savic joins Manchester United or Real Madrid for some ungodly amount of money, they will make Aaron Ramsey their No1 target to replace him and have the cash to make it happen.

Maurizio Sarri wants Robert Lewandowski to be the star signing of his first summer at Chelsea, according to the Star, though a “source close to the deal” tells them that Bayern “don’t want to sell him, even for £200m”. For some reason this hasn’t put Chelsea off, and they will seek to offload Alvaro Morata to help fund the transfer, though Bayern are not interested in taking the Spaniard in part exchange.

In the meantime Chelsea have bid £35m for the Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, who will be offered a five-year deal worth £60,000 a week, double his current wage in Turin, and is said to be ready to leave after spending 15 league games and almost the entirety of Juventus’s Champions League campaign on the bench. Handily, Napoli are said to be keen on David Luiz, a move which would create a Rugani-sized hole in Chelsea’s defence.

Jack Grealish has decided to leave Aston Villa this summer and move to the Premier League, hoping to fulfil his sporting ambitions and also, according to the Mirror, “see his current £20,000-a-week salary rocket”. Tottenham are expected to bid, though they will wait to see precisely how bad Villa’s financial situation is so they can more accurately judge what kind of insultingly low offer they might be forced to accept, while West Ham are said to be monitoring the situation.

Jack Grealish could be on his way out of Aston Villa, supposedly.
Jack Grealish could be on his way out of Aston Villa, supposedly. Photograph: Shaun Brooks/Action Plus via Getty Images

Manchester City are poised to pounce if Rafael Leão, the £17m-rated 19-year-old Portuguese forward, joins the exodus of players ripping up their contracts and fleeing Sporting on free transfers, though Juventus and Benfica could provide competition. City are also considering triggering Aaron Mooy’s buy-back clause, which was set at £20m when he moved to Huddersfield for half that sum last summer.

Ademola Lookman is to hold “crunch talks” with Everton this week with his future very much in the air. His club want to keep him but aren’t sure if they’ll want to play him, and he is demanding to actually get his boots dirty. Should they decide to part ways RB Leipzig, Southampton and Spurs will all try to sign him. In other winger news Stoke are finalising a £5m deal to sign James McClean from West Brom, with the Irishman about to enter the final year of his deal at the Hawthorns, and Gary Rowett is keen to sign a total of three wingers – one for the left wing, one for the right wing, and another for, um … well … er – with Bournemouth’s Jordon Ibe and Cardiff’s Junior Hoilett both under consideration.

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Newcastle, West Ham and Leicester have all joined the disorderly queue joshing and jostling for the right to sign Danny Ings, who will leave Liverpool this summer. Newcastle also want the Guincamp midfielder Clément Grenier, rated at £3m.

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