French striker Antoine Griezmann is no stranger to seeing his name in the transfer rumor mill, but that familiarity doesn’t make it any more enjoyable for the Atletico Madrid attacker (who celebrates his 27th birthday on Wednesday).
Long-tipped for a move to either Barcelona or Manchester United, Griezmann knows one thing: He wants his future sorted before the World Cup.
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“I want to travel to Russia without this concern,” he told L’Equipe. “It’s not about knowing where I’ll play, but about having the peace of mind if I’m still in one place or another.
“It may be boring, but I have told my sister that, whether I stay or not, this will have to be resolved beforehand. What bothers me the most is that everyone asks me about this issue.”
That’s both honest and reasonable, and we can imagine it’s not a blast to answer questions on your future every day. He also has a contract through 2021-22, which won’t make any transfer a simple one.
Griezmann has 23 goals and 13 assists in all competitions for Atleti this season, as La Liga’s second place side remains alive in the UEFA Europa League. He’s scored 106 goals for Atleti since arriving from Real Sociedad.
The transfer news never stops as clubs look to retool ahead of the new season.
Here’s the latest reports and rumors on Sunday, which involve some very high-profile players from around Europe’s top clubs.
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According to AS, Chelsea is in an ideal position to sign James Rodriguez this summer to replace Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge.
Fabregas wasn’t a squad regular last season under Antonio Conte, despite the Spaniard’s great success when he did feature for the Blues. Last season, Fabregas scored five goals and added 12 assists in 29 appearances for the club (only 13 starts).
Marco Verratti’s time at PSG appears to be over.
L’Equipe is reporting that the midfielder has handed in his transfer request to leave Paris ahead of the 2017/18 season, citing the Italian’s desire to contend for a UEFA Champions League title. Bayern Munich, Juventus and Barcelona have been heavily linked to Verratti over recent weeks, although Barca appears the favorites to earn a signature from the Azzurri player.
The report states that Verratti could go for as much as $90 million if he does in fact leave France this summer.
Newly-signed Manchester United striker Alvaro Morata has reportedly asked Gareth Bale to join him at Old Trafford next season, according to Don Balon.
Riyad Mahrez is keen on a move to the Camp Nou, and now he is simply waiting on an offer from Barcelona.
Sport is reporting that the Algerian international wants out of Leicester after a massive drop off this season from winning the Premier League two seasons ago.
The Sun only hits on a few of the many transfer rumors it tosses around, but this one bears a second look for fans of Everton, MLS, and Canada.
Everton is already eyeing replacements for Romelu Lukaku, according to the report, and is hunting for a bargain in Canadian national teamer Cyle Larin.
Larin, 21, was the first overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by Orlando City SC after an electric career at UConn.
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He’s since scored 35 goals in 63 matches for the Lions, picking up three in his first two matches of the 2017 season. The 6-foot-1 Ontario native has five goals for Canada in 19 caps.
The Sun says Larin would cost close to $4 million, a fraction of what the Toffees will get if they sell Lukaku.
Here are your transfer rumor headlines on a day when Gerard Deulofeu moves to AC Milan and Lazar Markovic heads to Hull City on loan.
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Two Premier Leaguers could be heading down to help the Championship leaders. Newcastle United is said to be close to bringing Andros Townsend back from Crystal Palace after just a half-season, while Swansea City’s Mo Barrow is also on Rafa Benitez‘s radar.
An Arsenal blog says USMNT prospect Gedion Zelalem may have found his loan destination. The 19-year-old could be leaving the Emirates Stadium for a loan stint at VVV Venlo, with the Dutch side sitting first in the second tier and in a promotion push.
The Manchester Evening News brings reports of two backs on the radar of Manchester City. Rai Sport is the source for Man City’s interest in Napoli left back Faouzi Ghoulam, who has six assists in 21 appearances for Partenopei between Serie A and the UEFA Champions League. Pep Guardiola may also want to be reunited with Juan Bernat, though that story comes from the wild swings of The Daily Mirror.
Sunderland is going to lose one of its two brightest lights in a dark, dismal season. The Black Cats have taken a lot of calls on Jermain Defoe, but it’s Patrick Van Aanholt who is on the move to rejoin Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace. The Dutch standout is said to be purchased for $15 million, and would be the equivalent of a transfer six-pointer in the Premier League’s relegation race.
Big names are dancing through the rumor mill this Wednesday morning, as the headlines hope to build on Morgan Schneiderlin’s move to Everton.
The latest on Alexis Sanchez, who wants to be paid like an elite Premier League player in his next contract for Arsenal, is that Paris Saint-Germain is willing to meet his demands.
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Alexis’ salary would move close to what Zlatan Ibrahimovic was paid at PSG, and you have to think the Chilean could have the same dramatic production the Swede had at the Parc des Princes. Let’s be real here, though, Arsenal has to pony up here. Here’s more from the London Evening Standard.
Remember that report that John Terry could be headed to Bournemouth on loan? The longtime Chelsea man is going to stay at Stamford Bridge, according to Sky Sports. With several, like Nathan Ake, being recalled from loan, it seems Antonio Conte is taking no risks with his depth as Chelsea looks prepared to compete for the FA Cup as well as the Premier League.
While Chicharito may be happy to stay at Bayer Leverkusen, one of his attacking peers could be moving onto Liverpool in the summer. Twenty-year-old Olympic star Julian Brandt reportedly rejected a Bayern Munich move last week. Could Anfield be his destination?
Hull City may add another talent in addition to the expected loan arrival of Oumar Niasse from Everton. Manager Marco Silva admitted that he’s chasing a loan-to-buy deal with Porto for 30-year-old attacking midfielder Evandro.