The transfer season is the time of new exciting rumors surrounding all clubs. The players, the managers, and the staff are all the busiest they can be, whereas the fans are glued on their screens hunting for a new rumor or an official announcement that might show up anytime soon. With the FIFA World Cup 2018 fast approaching, there is an immense pressure on the clubs to get their business done as soon as possible.
Let’s take a look at few of the rumors & completed deals that have been prominent in the past week.
Mattia Perrin – Genoa to Juventus
— Hoshi sensei 🇯🇵🇹🇷 (@JapanHunt3r) May 25, 2018
Juventus are reportedly on the verge of signing Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perrin for a fee reported to be around £13 million. Corriere Dello Sport says the Italian stopper has been chosen as the long-term successor to Gianluigi Buffon and will challenge Wojciech Szczesny for the no.1 spot in Juventus next season.
Jorginho – Napoli to City
Sky Italy: Man City in advanced talks to sign Napoli midfielder Jorginho. City offering €46m. Napoli want at least €50m.
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) May 30, 2018
Napoli has rejected a bid totaling £44 million from Manchester City for Jorginho, according to the Italian club’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis. City is in advanced talks over a deal for the 26-year-old and will definitely push to sign him as quickly as they can, Pep is definitely looking to strengthen the defensive midfield area after the departure of Manchester City stalwart Yaya Toure.
Mahrez – Leicester City to Manchester City (Rumor)
With City being linked to Mahrez once already in the Winter transfer break but failed because of Leicester‘s determination to hold onto him. Pep is determined to sign the 27-year old after his prolific season with Leicester. The fee can go as high as £75 million and the move to the Etihad will see the Algerian break into the first team, likely at the expense of 22-year old youngster Leroy Sane.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos – Dortmund to Arsenal
#Arsenal are close to signing centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 28, 2018
Arsenal is reportedly close to a £16 million deal for Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos. The Unai Emery era has well and truly begun with about a week after being appointed, the Spaniard is close to completing his first piece of business as Arsenal manager. Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat knows Sokratis from their time together at Dortmund and it looks very much like the Greece international will be the first act in a significant overhaul of the squad this summer.
The Transfer Merry-go-round incoming…
Stephan Lichtsteiner – Juventus to Arsenal
Stephan Lichtsteiner is set to join Arsenal on a free transfer as new manager Unai Emery’s first major signing. (Source: Evening Standard) pic.twitter.com/3IwCo3saXV
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) May 27, 2018
Lichsteiner is reported to be one of the first signings for the Gunners this season. The 34-year old defender will join as a short-term solution to Arsenal’s defensive woes but the deal is still expected to be a good one with a free transfer on the cards. With players such as him and Sokratis, Arsenal has shown their preferences for this summer as they clearly seem to be going for more experienced options.
Matteo Darmian – Manchester United to Juventus
Matteo Darmian is set to undergo a medical at Juventus tomorrow ahead of his €12m move from Manchester United. (Source: Sport Italia) pic.twitter.com/nzrPCcGT3Y
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) May 31, 2018
With the imminent departure of Lichsteiner, Juventus have shifted their focus to getting a suitable replacement for the right-back. Enter, United’s Matteo Darmian, the forgotten full-back would gladly switch shirts if there was a promise of more game time. And with Lichsteiner off to Arsenal, Darmian would be getting exactly what he wants, with the fee reported to be around the area of £12 million
Diogo Dalot – Porto to Manchester United
Diogo Dalot is to undergo a Manchester United medical as the Porto full-back nears a £17.4m transfer to Old Trafford. (Source: Daily Mail) pic.twitter.com/J732zPvCkb
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) June 1, 2018
Again, with the imminent departure of Darmian, Manchester United have started the hunt for a full-back and one name has sprung up recently. 19-year old Diogo Dalot, who only has a handful of senior appearances under his belt is viewed as an understudy to incumbent Old Trafford right-back Antonio Valencia. The fee would be somewhere around £17 million and this would be the second right-back to leave Porto after Ricardo Pereria joined Leicester City.
The Completed Deals
Benik Afobe – Bournemouth to Wolverhampton
Benik Afobe has passed a medical and completed a £12.5 million transfer to Wolves as they took up an option to buy Afobe following a six-month loan deal from Bournemouth in which the striker scored six goals in seven starts.
Wolves have triggered options in the loan agreements of Willy Boly and Benik Afobe, which will see both make permanent moves to Molineux this summer.
— Wolves (@Wolves) June 1, 2018
Willy Boly – Porto to Wolverhampton
Wolves leave waste no time in the transfer window with the permanent signing of Afobe, as the Championship winners have also triggered an option to sign Boly for a fee in the region of £10 million from Porto. Wolverhampton Wanderers are expected to have a busy summer even after completing these two signings as they seem desperate to stay in the Premier League.