With the World Cup 2018 less than a fortnight away, getting transfer deals done is difficult.
But it will be even harder once the nations are in Russia so many clubs are keen to finalise some signings in advance – particularly before the valuation of possible targets soar during the month-long showpiece.
Whatever happens over the next three months, there will be one constant – speculation.
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In Serie A, Manchester and Milan have an obvious tie-in right now.
Reliable but unspectacular full-back Matteo Darmianseems set to leave Manchester United, where he is largely surplus to requirements, after a three year-spell and head to the Italian champions Juventus, who are also reportedly on the verge of signing Emre Can from Liverpool.
However, it could be one in, one out via Manchester, although Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says he has rejected an offer from Manchester City for midfielder Jorginho and the English champions, now managed by Carlo Ancelotti, may need to up their offer.
Its Milan which is making the most noise at the moment.
Is the club set for another big summer spending spree or will sanctions be imposed with the club under investigation for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations?
Coach RinoGattuso has made it clear he is looking to sign players with ‘desire,’ ‘experience’ and ‘mentality’ who understand they are playing for a ‘glorious club.’
Jose Reina has been tipped with a move from Napoli, while Colombian striker Radamel Falcao admits it is ‘an honour’ to be linked to Milan who secured a return to the Europa League but underachieved given their investment.
Gatusso did guide them to the Coppa Italian final of course but that ended rather embarrassingly.
Is the man to restore them to their former glories?
It’s all about two star names in La Liga right now – one a manager and one a player.
After Zinedine Zidane shocked Real Madrid by resigning, less than a week after winning his third-consecutive Champions League, speculation has resurfaced linking Mauricio Pochettinowith the job.
He admits he is ‘so happy’ at Tottenham, where he has just signed a new contract, although admits when Real come calling ‘you have to listen’.
Across the Spanish capital, it’s all about one player.
Antoine Griezmann says his future will be decided before the start of the World Cup.
The Atletico Madrid star has been tipped to move to champions Barcelona but Atletico are desperate to keep the French talisman.
Financial fair play regulations were arguably the only issue which prevented Griezmann moving on last summer and the mega wealthy Paris St Germain are also struggling with them in La Lique.
Midfielder Javier Pastore could be sold as the club attempts to comply – the 28 year-old has been linked with a £17.5 million move to West Ham.
It would be a familiar route which was taken by his former team mate in January when Lucas Moura departed the Parisians for Spurs.
Lyon livewire Nabil Fekiris also being linked with a move to England and Liverpool, yet is supposedly being targeted by Bayern Munich as well.
Talking of which, new coach Niko Kovac is supposedly keeping a close eye on a defensive midfielder too.
What price Omar Mascarell, who already has experience of the Bundesliga, moving to the Allianz Arena?
There is much to ponder right across Europe.
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