Transfer Rumor Roundup: Ramsey to Man United; Mane to Liverpool

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Aaron Ramsey is said to be the subject of a $47.5 million bid from Manchester United, according to the Sun.

Ramsey, 25, has been at Arsenal for eight years but with the arrival of Granit Xhaka this summer, plus the return to fitness of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, the Welshman could see his minutes limited next season at the Emirates. Ramsey (sporting a bleached blonde hairdo) has impressed for Wales, scoring as they beat Russia to win Group B and reach the Round of 16 at EURO 2016.

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His talent on the ball has never been in question but his strength in the tackle and inability to provide the kind of defensive cover needed in Arsenal’s midfield has seen him pushed further forward by Wenger or even out wide over the last few seasons.

With Jose Mourinho eager to spend his considerable transfer kitty at United, this move would seem like a strange one. First up, it would be hard to see Wenger selling a player he’s nurtured to his old foe Mourinho. Secondly, United already possesses several midfielders with similar skills to Ramsey, such as Juan Mata and Ander Herrera. Yet, if United really is willing to pay over $45 million for Ramsey, you get the sense Wenger would snap their hand off…

Southampton has yet to replace Ronald Koeman who left for Everton and the longer a manager isn’t in charge at St Mary’s, the more likely it is for players to want out. Sadio Mane, 24, has once again been linked with a move away as the $37.5 million rated Senegalese winger is attracting interest from Liverpool, according to the Daily Mail.

Mane scored four times in three outings against Liverpool last season, including two in a sensational 3-2 comeback win for Saints after Liverpool led 2-0 at half time. His searing pace has won him plenty of admirers across the PL and Europe and with Saints’ managerial situation uncertain, he could wait to see who comes in before deciding whether or not to move on. There’s no doubt leaving Saints for Liverpool would mean an increase in wages, but looking at the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert swapping St Mary’s for Anfield in the past, it hasn’t always worked out that the grass is greener.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Sadio Mane of Southampton celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Crystal Palace at St Mary's Stadium on May 15, 2016 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Mane will be a man in demand this summer, whoever comes in and takes charge of Saints, but now that Koeman is gone perhaps he will enjoy his time at St Mary’s more as he and the Dutch manager clashed multiple times in the past.

The Guardian believes that West Ham United will bid $22.5 million for Italian international striker Simone Zaza. The 24-year-old striker plays for Juventus in Serie A but it is claimed Massimiliano Allegri wants to retool in attack with Alvaro Morata leaving to return to Real Madrid. Zaza is also interesting both Leicester City and Wolfsburg and Juve are believed to want closer to $34 million for the powerful striker.

Zaza scored eight times in 24 games in all competitions for Juve last season after arriving from Sassuolo in the previous campaign. With West Ham laying a direct brand of soccer under Slaven Bilic, Zaza’s aerial ability and direct running would suit the Hammers perfectly and he is certainly seen as an upgrade on the likes of Diafra Sakho.

VERONA, ITALY - JUNE 06: Simone Zaza of Italy (R) in action during the international friendly match between Italy and Finland on June 6, 2016 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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