Chelsea will pay Gareth Bale’s £75m (US$111 million) release clause to sign the 25-year-old Real Madrid forward in the summer, according to a report by the BBC.
In a round-up of news about transfers:
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will try and sign Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling in the summer as the 20-year-old continues to delay signing a new contract at Anfield.
Croatian midfielder Luka Modric, 29, could be heading back to the Premier League with Manchester City. The former Tottenham star may be forced out of the Bernabeu to make room for 22-year-old Paul Pogba, the Daily Star reports.
City are lining up a summer move for Spanish striker Alvaro Morata, 22, who has scored 11 goals for Italian champions Juventus since a £15.8m (US$23.3 million) summer move from Real Madrid, according to a Daily Mirror report.
Borussia Dortmund’s 26-year-old defender Mats Hummels, a Manchester United target, says he is “open to the idea of playing abroad.”
Colombian striker Radamel Falcao has said he is “100 percent with Manchester United” as the 29-year-old plays down interest from Juventus.
Barcelona want to sign a “tall striker” and are targeting Juventus’s Fernando Llorente. If they fail to sign the Spanish international, then they will consider Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko, 29, Fiorentina’s Mario Gomez, 29, or Southampton’s Graziano Pelle, 29.
Juventus sent their scouts to watch Chelsea midfielder Oscar, 23, play for Brazil against France in Paris on Thursday, the Daily Mail reports.
Liverpool are preparing a £15m (US$22 million) bid for Derby’s 19-year-old midfielder Will Hughes.
Playing for Arsenal would be a “dream,” says Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz, 25, who has been linked with a move from Brazilian club Internacional.
Harry Kane will play for England Under-21s at this summer’s European Championships, says manager Gareth Southgate. But the Tottenham striker, 21, will be allowed to make the final decision over his involvement at the tournament in the Czech Republic.
Wayne Rooney says England are a different proposition for opposing teams since the World Cup because they have found an “aggressive” streak, according to the Guardian.
England forward Raheem Sterling, 20, reportedly will turn down a £180,000-a-week (US$266,000) new deal at Liverpool.
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood’s job could be under threat as owner Randy Lerner discusses selling the club to an American consortium for £150m (US$221 million).
In other news, the Football League is planning to carry on with League One and League Two throughout the 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar. Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 29, will have to take a pay-cut to secure a new three-year deal at Old Trafford.
Defender Phil Jones, 23, says Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will help him fulfil his potential.
However, ex-Barcelona boss Van Gaal has been branded “garbage” by legendary Bulgarian Hristo Stoichkov, who played under the Dutchman at the Nou Camp, The Sun reports.
And finally, Gareth Bale is the fastest player in the world running with the ball, according to a FIFA-backed study by Mexican Premier League club Pachuca. The Welshman reaches a speed of 36.9 kph. Second is 22-year-old Mexican Jurgen Damm, who plays for Pachuca.