Manchester United could be about to make their first signing of the summer transfer window, which opens today, with the £43.7 million acquisition of Juventus full-back Alex Sandro.
The 27-year-old Brazilian’s arrival could spell the end for Luke Shaw, who has regularly found himself out of favour with the united boss Jose Mourinho, while the deal could also involve Italian defender Matteo Darmian.
The 28-year-old full-back is understood to have been told he has no future at Old Trafford and the Turin giants are long-term admirers of the Italian international, who has struggled ever since Louis van Gall took him to Old Trafford for a fee of around £12.7 million in July 2015.
La Stampa claim the deal for Sandro, who has not been named in Brazil’s World Cup squad, is almost complete and will be confirmed in the coming days.
Full-backs certainly appear to be high on Mourinho’s wish-list with the Portuguese also keen on signing Atletico Madrid’s Croatian right-back Sime Vrsaljko. The 26-year-old would command a fee believed to be around £30 million.
Wolves are set to reignite their interest in AC Milan striker Andre Silva, who has fallen out of favour at the San Siro.
The 22-year-old has failed to settle in Italy since his move from FC Porto last summer and Wolves are long-term admirers. They tried to bring him to Molineux in the winter transfer window, only to be rebuffed, but now, they could face competition from Monaco for his services.
Liverpool could be poised to make a swoop for talented Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele this summer.
The Catalans are prepared to sell the French forward and have already offered him to a number of clubs around Europe.
Dembele moved to Camp Nou from Borussia Dortmund in a deal that could reach £135 million, but missed much of the start of his maiden campaign through injury.
Jurgen Klopp is a huge admirer of the talented youngster.
He said: “‘What was the second name? Oh! [Dembele] is on the market? Is he on the market? Now I am interested! I never comment on transfer rumours. I’ve said already much more than I usually say.”
On the managerial front, West Ham United have earmarked Newcastle chief Rafa Benitez as the man they want to replace David Moyes at the London Stadium.
Moyes was told on Tuesday morning that, as expected, his short-term contract at the London Stadium was not being renewed.
The Hammer have Toon boss Benitez at the top of a four-man shortlist, and hope to make an appointment by the end of next week.
Also on that list are former Hull and Watford boss Marco Silva – despite Everton’s interest in him – Manchester City 2013-14 title winner Manuel Pellegrini and Shakhtar Donetsk head coach Paulo Fonseca.
Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique’s hopes of landing the Chelsea job could receive a significant boost after Maurizio Sarri held talks over staying at Napoli.
The future of Blues boss Antonio Conte remains very much up in the air, especially after the Stamford Bridge club failed to finish in the Premier League’s top four this season and missed out on a place in the Champions League.
His fate could be sealed with defeat to Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley.