Scott Murray on 3 July 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t have much on right now. So he’s been able to schedule a chat with the good folks at Juventus, if you believe what you read in the Spanish papers. And whyever not? No word on Lionel Messi talking to Spal as of yet.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, have categorically denied making a £275m bid for a ready-made superstar replacement in the shape of Neymar. Glad that’s sorted. Absolutely sure we’ll hear no more about that during the summer, then.
Juventus will also welcome back Álvaro Morata, with Gonzalo Higuaín heading the other way to Chelsea. The Blues also fancy Denmark’s World Cup penalty sensation Kasper Schmeichel, who will replace Thibaut Courtois, walking out of the door at Stamford Bridge with his head held high, legs pointing signally towards the floor.
Adama Traoré is the sort of exciting young winger who would light up the Premier League. Unfortunately his club Middlesbrough are not in it. Huddersfield Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers are both willing to work on this problem. Huddersfield also want the Leicester striker Ahmed Musa and the Hertha Berlin left-back Marvin Plattenhardt.
In the meantime, Daley Blind is homeward bound to Ajax; Southampton will land £10m Barcelona defender Marlon; and the Clydeside branch of the Liverpool academy is set to grow in number as Harry Wilson joins either Rangers or Celtic.