Sometimes a transfer rumor report talks itself out of probability by the time it reaches completion.
Sky Sports is reporting that Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial has interest from the likes of Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Borussia Dortmund.
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But United doesn’t have interest in selling Martial and may pick up an option in his contract to extend him through the 2019-2020 season.
And the report says Chelsea has not made an offer — hard to believe United would sell inside the Premier League anyway — while Bayern thinks the price tag is too high. And if Bayern feels that way, than BVB is gonna pass, too.
Still, something to put on your radar.
Swansea City center back Federico Fernandez saw his side relegated last season and may not favor a campaign in the Championship.
The Chronicle says he could move to Newcastle on loan despite a transfer tag of less than $8 million.
Fernandez, however, did not name names outside of Krasnodar:
“The club (Krasnodar) are very interested in me and we will have to see what happens with the window. Of course I have a contract with Swansea and that’s why I’m here and working hard. But if they want me to come then of course I want to play at the highest level.”
The Magpies could land a defender from a World Cup participant, though, as free agent Diego Reyes may prefer a move to Newcastle (Turkish link) over interest from Fenerbahce and West Ham United.
The 55-times capped Mexican center back has played on the right as well, though he missed the tournament with a hamstring injury.
Percy Tau’s name isn’t yet widely known outside of South Africa, what with Bafana Bafana absent from the World Cup.
But the 24-year-old Mamelodi Sundowns winger may soon get to test his skills on a much bigger stage.
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Tau, who has five goals in 12 caps, will reportedly join Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League if a medical goes well, with Sky Sports saying it’ll will be the biggest transfer fee yet for a South African Premier League player.
Yoshinori Muto could be bringing his 25 caps to the Premier League.
The 26-year-old striker made just one appearance at the World Cup, but has had a nice run with Mainz since joining from FC Tokyo. He’s bagged 23 goals in 71 appearances.
A Bild report says there have been no formal offers for Muto, but that Newcastle United and West Ham are interested in the striker. Newcastle badly needs a striker, but West Ham has been spending money and Magpies owner Mike Ashley hasn’t green lit much in recent seasons.
The Premier League season may be a few weeks away from kicking off, but Ayoze Perez looks to be in fine form for the Magpies.
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The Newcastle attacker scored a wonderful flicked back-heel during a recent training session with the club (below), potentially giving fans a preview of things to come this season.
Perez, 24, is entering his fifth season at St. James’ Park, and with goals like this, the Spaniard will have expectations raised even further under manager Rafael Benitez.
Kenedy is returning to Newcastle United.
The Chelsea man will take a second loan season with Rafa Benitez after making a strong impression on Tyneside in the second half of the 2017-18 season.
The Magpies will have the option to buy Kenedy.
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The Brazilian left-sided man can play virtually any field position besides center back, and scored two goals with two assists for the Magpies last season.
“I am so happy with this interest from Rafa Benítez, that he came back for me,” said Kenedy. “I want to keep it going, the work that I did here before, for the new season.
Meanwhile, Mikel Merino‘s whirlwind time at St. James’ Park is done after just one season.
Newcastle is selling the Spaniard to Real Sociedad. Merino burst onto the scene on loan from Borussia Dortmund, and the Magpies quickly exercised an option to buy the silky midfielder.
But Merino dropped down the depth chart, making just two starts after New Year’s Day.
So it seems Manchester City left back Oleksandr Zinchenko is a man in demand.
The 21-year-old Ukrainian international may be itching to go back to a more advanced role, and frankly it seems he’d want to play more often than the few minutes he got under Pep Guardiola last season.
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Zinchenko played 14 matches across all competitions for Man City this season, and the Citizens won all but one of them.
There were reports that Wolves saw a $21 million bid accepted by City last week, but now Newcastle United is said to be interested in bringing the youngster up north.
But Zinchenko wants to stay at City if there’s a role for him. Like David Alaba at Bayern Munich, perhaps he’s cool with playing left back at a big club and then sliding into a more prominent position for his country. He’s 17-times capped at Ukraine, where he’s played mostly at center mid, with some time at right wing and striker.
Who knows? But whether Newcastle or Wolves, he’s not going to be in front of as many eyes at City.