Barcelona want Thiago back from Bayern; Chelsea plan busy summer
The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is already monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals here.
TOP STORY: Barca want Thiago back
Barcelona are interested in bringing Thiago Alcantara back to the Camp Nou from Bayern Munich, in case a move for Paris Saint-Germain's Marco Verratti fails to materialise.
Mundo Deportivo reports that Thiago is seen as an alternative option to Verratti, with the French side unwilling to sell to Barca due to ill feeling following their shocking Champions League round of 16 loss.
Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez watched Thiago in action against Arsenal recently and was said to have been impressed at how the player has developed in Bavaria. However, Bayern are aware of Barca's interest and are already working on a contract extension to Thiago's current deal, which runs until 2019, while also provisionally plotting a move for Bayer Leverkusen's Julian Brandt.
Chelsea planning busy summer
Chelsea have been impressive this season in their march toward a potential Premier League and FA Cup double, but the addition of Champions League football next season is bound to complicate things.
As such, the London Evening Standard reckons Antonio Conte is planning for the arrival of four players at Stamford Bridge this summer with a striker, central defender, full-back and central midfielder being targeted.
It is claimed the sales of Oscar, John Obi Mikel, Patrick Bamford and Branislav Ivanovic has created room on the wage bill for new faces to arrive, while the Nike sponsorship deal which begins next season will also generate extra revenue.
Pep has big changes planned
Pep Guardiola is not happy. And to show his dissatisfaction, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach is planning a huge summer overhaul with as many as 18 players facing an uncertain future at Manchester City, according to the Guardian.
In addition, Guardiola has £150 million to spend and is lining up transfer targets, with Benfica goalkeeper Ederson, Tottenham duo Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte and Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez among the names he is said to be keen on.
Seven players -- Yaya Toure, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Willy Caballero, Jesus Navas, Bacary Sagna and Tosin Adarabioyo -- are out of contract and may not be offered new terms, while a further five -- Joe Hart, Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Jason Denayer -- are on loan and also under threat.
Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, Aleksandar Kolarov, Fabian Delph, Fernando and Kelechi Iheanacho complete the lengthy list of players whom Guardiola could look to move on.
- The head of Real Madrid's international scouting department, Juni Calafat, was in attendance at Stamford Bridge on Monday as Chelsea beat Manchester United in the FA Cup quarterfinals. Calafat was in England to watch goalkeepers David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois, and Marca claims when someone as senior as that takes in the game it means plans are at an advanced stage.
- Arsenal and Tottenham could go head-to-head in the race to sign Eibar defender Florian Lejeune, the Daily Mirror reports. The 25-year-old has impressed in La Liga this season with Eibar in the mix for European qualification or at least a top-half finish. Having joined from Manchester City last summer, the Frenchman is said to have an £8.7 million release clause that has caught the North London duo's eye.
- Meanwhile, across London, John Terry will not be offered a new Chelsea contract when his current deal expires at the end of the season. The Evening Standard claims that the veteran defender could stay at the club as a coach or as an ambassador, but there is also interest from the Chinese Super League and Major League Soccer.