Today’s transfer news involve one of Leicester City’s impressive players, two big clubs chasing Dortmund’s midfield maestro, and a Manchester United-Real Madrid deal that isn’t about David de Gea.
With Leicester City going five points clear at the top of the table once again after a weekend of Premier League action, it’s no surprise that the big clubs are circling around the Foxes to try and sign one of their talented member.
Mighty Barcelona are raiding little Leicester
Barcelona may already boast of the most potent attacking trio in the world in Messi, Suarez and Neymar, but they are always on the lookout for young talent. Barca may be eyeing a move for one of Premier League’s biggest performers this season, Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez.
Mahrez has scored fifteen goals for the Foxes this season, his latest coming in their victory over Watford that consolidated their position on the top of the table. The Algerian’s pace, precise shooting, and dribbling ability have been impressive, and at just 25 years of age, he is likely to have a bright future ahead of him.
That bright future could be in La Liga instead of Leicester though. According to the Sun, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has made Mahrez his main priority for the summer transfer window. The Algerian is rated at 20 million euros by transfermarkt.com. However, his contract runs till 2019 and it will cost a top club much more than that to pry away one of Leicester’s biggest stars from this season.
Manchester City and Liverpool in a race to sign BVB’s Ilkay Gundogan
Ilkay Gundogan has overcome his injury problems and returned to the thick of things for Borussia Dortmund this season, scoring three goals and registering six assists. However, it looks like he has no intention of continuing to man the midfield for Der Schwarzgelben. Gundogan has reportedly been stalling signing a new contract with Dortmund, and this has peaked the interest of clubs across Europe.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester City and their very own Reds are looking to sign the midfielder in the summer. While it had earlier been reported that the Dortmund midfielder was keen to work under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, the fond memories of his former manager Jurgen Klopp could very well persuade him to head to Liverpool instead.
Gundogan is priced at 30 million euros by transfermarkt.com, but transfer fees are known to skyrocket whenever there are Premier League clubs involved in a deal, especially a financially well of club like Manchester City.
Toni Kroos to finally make the long rumoured Manchester United move
It’s that time of the year again when the title race is heating up, the Champions League knockout stages are in full swing, and Toni Kroos is being linked with a move to Manchester United.
The speculation surrounding the current Real Madrid player moving to Old Trafford has been persistently popping up for a few seasons now. The German midfielder is fighting for a place amidst the star studded Real Madrid midfield that includes the likes of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Isco and James Rodriguez. He just has the single goal in 31 appearances for Los Blancos this season, and is allegedly considered expendable by Zidane and co.
Kroos is rated at 50 million euros by transfermarkt.com, and this isn’t a price that the free spending Manchester United board is likely to be deterred by.
Arsenal hunting for Arteta, Flamini replacement
The Gunners will be losing two of their experienced defensive midfielders in Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini in the summer, and are on the lookout for a replacement. Arsene Wenger did sign Egyptian holding midfielder Mohamed Elneny in the January transfer window, but is looking for another quality signing for that position.
According to the Mirror, Arsenal are very interested in Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, who currently plies his trade for Sevilla in La Liga. The 26-year-old is reportedly exactly the type of player Wenger wants in his squad, and a 25 million pound transfer fee could be enough for Sevilla to let him move to the Premier League.
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