Transfer Rumor Roundup: Sane to Man City, Morata to Arsenal


Alvaro Morata has once again been linked with a move to Arsenal.

The Spanish international striker, 23, has reportedly been offered a deal in excess of $188,000 per week to join the Gunners according to Spanish outlet Don Balon.

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Morata currently plays for Real Madrid after a bizarre deal saw Real trigger its buy-back clause this summer with the player arriving from Juventus. However, it seems like they have little intention to keep Morara as they prefer to sell him on to Arsenal or any other interested suitors.

After impressing at EURO 2016 with two goals for Spain in the group stages, Morata is a poacher in and around the box who has proved himself in Serie A over the past two years since flying the nest at the Santiago Bernabeu. With Olivier Giroud hot and cold for most of last season, Arsene Wenger is certainly in the market for a poacher. Morata can also play out wide and isn’t exactly prolific with 27 goals in 93 games for Juve over the past two seasons. An expensive gamble for the Gunners?

Leroy Sane looks set to become Pep Guardiola’s fourth signing as Manchester City boss.

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The Manchester Evening News believes Sane, 20, could arrive from Schalke for around $52 million. The German international has impressed in the Bundesliga and would follow in the footsteps of Nolito and Ilkay Gundogan as top class arrivals. Guardiola was unveiled to City’s fans last weekend and big things are expected of the Spanish coach as he aims to bring European glory to the Etihad Stadium.

As for Sane, he has 13 goals in 57 appearances for Schalke after bursting on the scene as a teenager during the 2014-15 campaign. He is expected to be a future star of the German national team and already has three caps to his name. He is currently at EURO 2016 with Germany but according to the MEN, they believe he will sign after Germany’s tournament is over.

Axel Witsel has a host of Premier League teams chasing him but Everton is still the favorites, according to the Daily Mirror.

Stoke City and Napoli are said to be Everton’s closest contenders for Witsel’s signature but the Toffees have been linked with a move for Witsel over the past week and now he’s out of EURO 2016 te Belgian international can switch his focus to his club future.

At Zenit St Petersburg in the Russian Premier League for the past four seasons, Witsel has regularly impressed in central midfield and the report states that Ronald Koeman is ready to splash $37 million on the former Benfica midfielder. With Gareth Barry coming towards the end of his career, plus James McCarthy and Ross Barkley having down years at Goodison Park last season, Witsel will not only added steel but style to the Toffees engine room.

Finally, Everton could also be in for one of Koeman’s former players at Southampton: Graziano Pelle.

Pelle, 30, only has one year left on his contract at Southampton but after a sterling EURO 2016 campaign as Italy’s starting striker (okay, we will forget his miss in the PK shootout loss against Germany) his stock has risen considerably.

The Daily Express claims Koeman wants to be reunited with Pelle, as the duo also worked together with Feyenoord but the forward will likely cost $25 million.

Another report from the Daily Star states Pelle is being offered big bucks to move to China, with Shanghai Greenland set to pay Southampton in excess of $25 million for Pelle. The towering striker, who has scored 30 goals in 81 appearances since joining Saints for $11 million in 2014, has also been linked with a move to Chelsea.