Football transfer rumours: Real Madrid in record bid for Mo Salah?

Paul Doyle on 26 April 2018

With the inevitability of a lapse in concentration by Dejan Lovren, tittle-tattle is circulating about a bid from Real Madrid for Mohamed Salah. The fee being talked about would amount to a world record and, according to some outlets, the talk has nothing to do with the fact that Real may meet Liverpool in the Champions League final. Most organs are adamant that Liverpool would rebuff any such offer no matter when it came, but some folks are suggesting a swap deal involving Gareth Bale may be on the cards, which sounds like a classic case of putting two and two together and coming up with tut-tut.

Real are also said to be interested in Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sané and Kevin De Bruyne. Just who do this Real think they are? Oh right.

More, or less, credible are whispers that Liverpool are interested in Schalke’s holding midfielder Max Meyer, who is available for free this summer. The snag there might be that Paris Saint-Germain are also on the case, as Thomas Tuchel, who is expected to take charge at PSG at the end of the season, has identified his fellow German as a key recruit.

Tuchel could also prove a thorn in the side of Arsenal, since he also wants Omar Toprak, the Turkish centre-back he brought to Dortmund and who is admired by the north London club. Tuchel is eyeing two other players: Julian Weigl, also of Dortmund, and the left-back Philipp Max, who would replace Layvin Kurzawa, who is being linked with Manchester United despite the fact that his slipshod defending would have José Mourinho pining for Luke Shaw. Not all these stories can be true.

Mourinho, meanwhile, has made up his mind on Anthony Martial, who will be invited to do one from Manchester United this summer. PSG, inevitably, are interested and so are Juventus. United will also join the queue for the services of the Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon. That will not be the end of United’s shopping spree: Mourinho also wants to splash out on the Roma midfield Radja Nainggolan. The Belgian is also a target for Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. Finally, having been tipped off by Pep Guardiola, Mourinho also wants to make a dash for West Brom’s Jonny Evans, who has never been more appreciated at Old Trafford than he is now.

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You could say the same about David Moyes but you’d probably be wrong. Assuming that he will remain the Chosen One for West Ham this summer, Moyes has drawn up a list of players he’d like to sign, including a pair of centre-backs: Swansea’s Alfie Mawson and Brighton’s Lewis Dunk. But Moyes has decided not to make Joe Hart’s loan move permanent. Poor Hart just can’t catch a break.

Wolves are also plotting to bolster their defence, or at least sign a new central defender, by bringing in Eliaquim Mangala. Chelsea’s defence and attack could be weakened, meanwhile, if Chelsea pull off their planned swoop for Marcos Alonso. Newcastle want the Hull striker Abel Hernández.

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