Transfer Round-up of the day: 15th July

A lot of interesting action happening on the transfer front. Let’s have a look at the latest:

  • Casillas to join backroom staff

According to reports, former Real Madrid goalkeeper has decided to join the backroom staff of Porto while he continues to recover from a heart attack. However, it still remains to see if the goalkeeper will return to action in the future.

The 38-year-old legendry goalkeeper had collapsed in training session in May and was rushed to the hospital. Since then reports has been floating around about his retirement.

Speaking Porto’s TV Channel Casillas said, “I’m going to do something different than I usually did, which was to be on the pitch. I’ll try to make the connection between the team and the club. The coach talked to me last season when my situation happened, and he told me that he wanted me to stay with them, close to the players, near the younger players, because there would be a lot of changes.”

He added, “We will prepare to be the best we can possibly be at the beginning of the season. We have already done several weeks of work but there are still a couple of weeks left before the first official matches. Hopefully we all have a great season together so that we can win the championship, the cups and do our best in Europe.”

The world cup winning goalkeeper will provide assistance to head Coach Sergio Conceicao in the season 2019-20. Three-time Champions League winner has played more than 500 matches for Real Madrid. The amount of experience and knowledge he will bring to the table could prove to be very valuable in Porto’s title challenge

  • Fabian Delph moves to the Merseyside Blues

Fabian Delph has made a move from the Blue of Manchster to the Blue of Merseyside, Everton in a bid to play regular football. Everton have reportedly signed the 29-year-old English midfielder for a fee of £8.5million which could rise to £10m with add-ons.

Delph seems to be really excited about his move and said:

“Every time I have played against Everton, whether it was home or away, straight away the first thing that comes to mind when you see the fans is passion,” Delph told evertontv. “The Everton fans seem to know football, seem to understand it, it seems to be in their blood and they really back the team.

“You are always going to hear Evertonians and I’m excited to play at home and hear them when I am playing.”

  • Lukaku transfer in limbo

According to latest reports, negotiations between Manchester United and Inter Milan have come to a stand-by after the Italian side have failed to meet United’s evaluation of Lukaku.

Sky in Italy report that Inter have conceded defeat in their pursuit of the Belgian striker given the stubbornness of the Old Trafford club to come down on their asking price of £76.5m, and have rejected any player-plus-cash deal scenario.

  • Dani Alves to Spurs?

Dani Alves left Paris Saint Germain at the end of 2018-19 season, becoming a free agent. Coming on the back of a marvellous Copa America, the Brazilian right-back has drawn interest from number of English clubs with the latest joining the race being Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspurs.

Spurs have been very active in the market and with no activity last summer, they are looking to make up for it, having already made a couple of additions.

  • Coutinho might be back at Liverpoool

Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho has reportedly given his backing to an offer from Liverpool to take him back on a two-year loan with the option to buy for £88m. Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian spoke about his love for Liverpool and that he would love to move back.

“It would be very difficult for Philippe to play for any of Liverpool’s rivals, because he has such a great affinity towards Liverpool. His time there was fantastic.

“Yes, but like all big players at some point, you want to experience a different thing in your career because your career is very short.

“But it [his Anfield exit] has no reflection on the fact his heart and affinity is very much with Liverpool.

“I know he was cheering every time they had the chance. Lucas Leiva is the same way.”

  • Arsenal make improved bid for Celtic’s Tierney

Arsenal are in desperate attempts to refine their squad. The Gunners have reportedly upped the bid for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney to £25m, Sky Sports News understands. Arsenal’s initial bid of £15m was rejected by the Scottish club.

  • No takers for Pogba?

As per latest reports, it is a likely event that Paul Pogba would stay put at Manchester United as no takers have come in yet.  Despite the Frenchman’s wish to leave this summer, the move looks highly unlikely.

Real Madrid have definitive interest in signing Pogba, however, they value him between £100m-120million as opposed to United’s ask of close to £170million.

  • Atletico Madrid set to offer new contract to Saul Niguez

Atletico Madrid have reportedly decided to offer a new, improved contract to star midfielder Saul Niguez amid interest from English clubs such as Manchester United, who are desperately looking to add steel to their midfield. The Red Devils were keen on Serbian Sergej Milinković-Savić, but his inflated asking price might put United off. Niguez has a buyout clause in his contract worth £135m, and though it seems pretty steep, United might want to cash-in big on Pogba and invest the earning in the Spanish midfielder.

  • West Ham’s striker hunt continues

Tuttosport reports suggest that Andrea Belloti, might be staying at Torino after the Italians rejected a £55million bid from WestHam United, for the striker.

West Ham have already missed out in the likes of Callum Wilson and Maxi Gomez and their search is on, which might end at Sebastian Haller, who is now open to a move to the English Cup, provided his contract has a release clause for Champions League sides.

  • PSG sign Dortmund defender

L’Equipe reports that French Champions Paris Saint-Germain look set to complete the signing of Borussia Dortmund centre-back Abdou Diallo for a fee of £30million

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