Liverpool to Finalise Sepp van den Berg Deal After Dutch Starlet Flies to London for Talks

​Liverpool look set to complete their first signing of the summer after Sepp van den Berg flew to London ‘in the deepest secrecy’ with his parents to meet with club officials.

Jurgen Klopp’s side look to have beaten fellow interested parties Bayern Munich and PSV Eindhoven to the punch for the 17-year-old Dutch defender, who has established himself as a regular part of PEC Zwolle’s side over the last few seasons.

According to Dutch publication ​De Telegraaf, the defender’s current club PEC Zwolle will initially receive €1.9m, an amount which could increase significantly with additional bonuses.

The report adds that Van den Berg had spoken to the other clubs in question, and was given a week to mull over his decision, yet it seems ​Liverpool have won the race to sign the central defender who has earned plaudits all across Europe.

He looks set to join up with fellow Dutch players Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum, after making just 15 Eredivisie appearances for PEC Zwolle last season.

While De Telegraaf’s report states that discussions are taking place and are set to be concluded, the ​Evening Standard go one further and claim on Wednesday that the youngster traveled north to Merseyside to complete a medical. They add that the club are eager to wrap the deal up before the weekend.

In terms of outgoings, Simon Mignolet’s future at Anfield looks set to have run its course after Crystal Palace ​expressed their interest in the Belgian stopper and are weighing up an £8m move for the goalkeeper. The Evening Standard add that if the Reds’ valuation is met, they will allow the 31-year-old to leave.


Kostas Manolas Set for €34m Napoli Move After ‘Agreement Reached’ With Roma

​Kostas Manolas is poised to join Napoli from Roma in a deal worth €34m – with midfielder Amadou Diawara moving in the opposite direction.

Having long been touted with a move to the Premier League, the 28-year-old now looks set to remain in Italy – five years after moving to the capital city from Olympiacos in a €15m move.

The Greek defender has a €36m release clause in his Roma deal, which ​Napoli refused to pay – and therefore they have offered Guinean defensive midfielder Diawara in exchange in order to conclude a deal. 

I Giallorossi were seemingly skeptical about accepting the revised bid, but have now been swayed by the decision to include Diawara – who has previously been linked with a move to Premier League side Wolves.

While on the outside looking in it appears the transfers are separate deals, Sky Sport Italia (via ​Football Italia), as well as journalist ​Alfredo Pedulla, claim the deal is being disguised as such, but is in fact the same transfer.

The reason for this move is that it will allow Roma to show the profit made from Manolas before the end of the financial year, with the signing of Diawara moved on to the 2019-20 accounts.

Kostas Manolas

Football Italia go on to state that the Greek will put pen to paper on a contract believed to be worth €3.5m-per-year, with an extra €1m in bonuses.

What lies in wait for Napoli fans is a mouthwatering defensive partnership of Manolas and Kalidou Koulibaly, two of the division’s most highly rated centre backs. I Partenopei, as well as manager Carlo Ancelotti, will hope the duo can help bridge the gap to Juventus, who won an astounding eighth consecutive Scudetto last season.


Benfica Confirm They Have Received €126m Offer From Atletico Madrid for Joao Felix

​Benfica have confirmed they have received an offer from €126m from Atletico Madrid for wonderkid Joao Felix – though the bid has not yet been accepted.

The 19-year-old is one of world football’s most sought after young talents, and has been tracked by some of Europe’s biggest clubs since bursting onto the scene in Portugal.


He had been tipped to join either Manchester City or Real Madrid in a huge mega-money move, but it’s Los Blancos’ neighbourhood rivals ​Atletico who have surprisingly jumped to the head of the queue in recent weeks – as they prepare for life after Antoine Griezmann.

Now, Benfica have ​confirmed that they have received a €126m offer from Atletico – which is currently being analysed by the Portuguese club, and has not yet been accepted – despite claims from Italian journalist ​Fabrizio Romano that a deal has already been finalised.

That figure is understood to be the release clause written into Felix’s contract, but as the offer is not a straight up offer of cash – rather it is split down into instalments – Benfica are under no obligation to immediately accept the bid.

This latest development follows news last week that Los Rojiblancos have already agreed a five-year contract with Felix, having been negotiating a deal since the start of June.

In order to fund the move, Atletico are expected to part company with Griezmann – who is expected to finally join ​Barcelona on July 1 for a fee of £107m – alongside Rodri, who is nearing a €70m move to Premier League champions Manchester City.


Atleti have already wrapped up the signing of Real Madrid’s Marcos Llorente this week, and the addition of Felix will be viewed as somewhat of a coo for Diego Simeone’s men, given the amount of interest in signing him from across Europe.


Juventus Closing on Matthijs de Ligt Signing With Lucrative 5-Year Deal Agreed

​Juventus are close to completing the signing of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax, with a bumper five-year deal awaiting the teenage prodigy in Turin.

After months (and months) of speculation regarding De Ligt’s next career move, a move to La Vecchia Signora now looks to be imminent – quashing Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United’s hopes of landing the Dutch star.

Federico Bernardeschi,Matthijs de Ligt

The latest, and perhaps definitive, update on De Ligt’s future comes from ​Goal, who report that a €70m deal is on the verge of being signed, sealed and delivered.

The 19-year-old will sign a long-term deal with I Bianconeri, where he will earn around €12m per season, after tax. 

It’s alleged that super agent Mino Raiola, famed for being a tough and tricky negotiator, has agreed a release clause of €150m with Juve – which some may consider to be rather low, given the figures we see banded about in contracts served up by ​Barcelona and Real Madrid.

But the world record fee for a defender currently stands at €84.5m (£75m), a record held by De Ligt’s international teammate Virgil van Dijk when he moved to ​Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018 – suggesting it may not be as daft as it sounds.

De Ligt will arrive in Italy with a huge reputation to uphold – having established himself as one of, if not, the, hottest commodity in world football.

He was simply outstanding for Ajax last season, demonstrating poise, control and an understanding of the game far beyond his tender years. 

His supreme leadership skills and ability to inspire his teammates helped the Eredivisie giants romp to a domestic double – also dazzling on the European stage as they dismantled Real Madrid and ​Juventus themselves en-route to a surprise Champions League semi-final appearance.


De Ligt’s move could be announced within a matter of days, signalling the end to one of this year’s longest running transfer sagas.


Juventus Eyeing Blockbuster Summer Move for Real Madrid Star Isco

​Italian giants Juventus are reportedly looking to sign out-of-sorts Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco this summer.

It’s been a revolving door policy in Madrid so far this summer, with a number of high profile signings jetting into the Spanish capital to help resurrect the fortunes of Zinedine Zidane’s ailing side.

The Old Lady, meanwhile, have recently appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager, and are keen to strengthen their squad once more as they look to retain their Serie A crown for a ninth successive season.

Isco Alarcon

A move for Isco does seem to a little out of the realms of possibility, but nevertheless Italian pubication II Corriere di Torino (via ​CalcioMercato) claim La Vecchia Signora want to sign him – and that a move could happen.

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala is named as a potential casualty in Turin should the Spanish playmaker arrive, after enduring a difficult season in the shadow of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who arrived at the club last summer.

Isco scored six goals in 37 appearances for Real Madrid last season, also notching an assist. He largely struggled for gametime, though, and was a peripheral figure under former manager Santiago Solari, who was replaced by the returning Zidane in March.

The former Malaga star does have an eye watering €700m release clause, but it’s claimed a deal could be thrashed out for the paltry sum of €80m.

Should he arrive at Juve, Isco would fit into the Ross Barkley or Mateo Kovacic ‘creative’ midfield role that new boss Sarri oversaw in a 4-3-3 formation at Chelsea – albeit to a rather higher standard.

Isco - Soccer Player

Sarri’s side have also been linked with a surprise move for Inter striker Mauro Icardi, though any potential swap deal involving Dybala has allegedly been ruled out. With Gonzalo Higuain returning to the club this summer after loan spells away, no such deal is likely to take place.