Barcelona plotting move for Leicester's Mahrez; Aubameyang's Real 'dreams'
The winter window might have shut, but the rumour mill rolls on. As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest rumours and gossip. See the latest deals here.
TOP STORY: Barca coming for Leicester's Mahrez?
It seemed it would be only a matter of time before some of the top clubs in the world took notice of the stars from Premier League surprise package Leicester. The Foxes have tied up striker Jamie Vardy with a new contract, but his goal-scoring partner-in-crime, Riyad Mahrez, might be the one who got away.
The Mirror are reporting that Luis Enrique and Barcelona are lining up a summer move for the Algeria international, who has 14 goals and 10 assists for Claudio Ranieri's Premier League leaders. Leicester have already begun new contract talks with Mahrez, but the paper reports that the club are starting to come to grips with the fact that the 24-year-old is as good as gone.
Mahrez, who just signed a new four-year deal worth £35,000 per week, is said to have always wanted to play for the Primera Division giants. Even a new offer for double his wages -- much like the one Leicester just granted Vardy -- might not be enough to keep the playmaker at the King Power Stadium.
Rooney says 'no' to China
Although it seems the entire footballing world is heading to play in China, Wayne Rooney has decided, for the time being, that his future remains in Manchester.
According to The Mirror, the United striker has rejected offers from two Chinese Super League teams and plans to stay at Old Trafford.
Thursday's Transfer Talk had the story that Shanghai Shenhua, the new home of former Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins, were prepared to offer Rooney £500,000 a week for a three-year deal. But for now, Wazza appears to be staying closer to home.
Gundogan, Aubameyang leaving Dortmund?
Although his current club, Borussia Dortmund, claim they are committed to keeping Ilkay Gundogan at the Westfalenstadion, Sky Sports claimed the box-to-box midfielder wants to play for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
Juventus had made enquiries into the 25-year-old's availability in January, only to be told he wasn't for sale. However, the report said Gundogan has told Dortmund he won't extend his contract, which ends in 2017, and has also informed another suitor, Barcelona, that Manchester is the place he wants to play.
That's not all Thomas Tuchel has to worry about. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has 30 goals in 32 games this season for BVB and is attracting attention from some of Europe's biggest clubs, said he would fancy a move to play for Real Madrid.
In an interview with L'Equipe, the Gabon international and reigning African Footballer of the Year said, "It was my childhood dream to play for Real Madrid."
Although there has been no reported interest on the club's behalf, one should never underestimate Real president Florentino Perez, who likes nothing better than splashing the cash in July and August.
Inter director tips Mou to Man United
- Roma legend Francesco Totti revealed his frustration at being mired on new manager ;Luciano Spalletti's bench. "I can't stay at Roma like this," he said. "It hurts to be on the bench."
Totti, 39, came on as an extra attacker in the 87th minute of Roma's 2-0 defeat of Real Madrid this week, in only his third appearance since September. He made 36 appearances in all competitions for Roma the past season.
- Paris Saint-Germain players collectively hailed the departing Ezequiel Lavezzi as the total package teammate ahead of his move to the Chinese Super League. Lavezzi agreed to a deal to play for Hebei China Fortune, who also signed Gervinho from Roma in the winter window.
- What is the cure for Manchester United's woes? According to the Star, it's Fulham's Emerson Hyndman. The 19-year-old American's contract at Craven Cottage is up in the summer, and he is expected to move on. The paper said United have the edge on Bayern Munich for the United States international.