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Nick JuddTransfer writer
The winter transfer window is closed, but now it’s time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.
Man United ready to splash £70m on Grealish
United have been linked with the Aston Villa captain all season and now it seems they’re ready to test the Villans’ resolve with a move in the summer.
Grealish has been in excellent form and has been linked with an England call-up ahead of the double header against Italy and Denmark later this month, and United want to partner the 24-year-old with the impressive Bruno Fernandes. Grealish has scored seven goals and added six assists, and United’s hierarchy believe a Grealish-Fernandes partnership could help them mount as title challenge once more.
Grealish’s contract doesn’t expire until 2023 and so United will have to break the bank to land their man, though they could be helped depending on whether Aston Villa remain in the Premier League or not. Also, they’ll most likely offer to double or even triple Grealish’s £60,000-a-week wages.
United also keen on Spurs’ Kane
In a busy night of gossip involving United, the Evening Standard reports that they’ve been alerted to the possibility of signing Harry Kane this summer. The Standard is suggesting that Red Devils chief executive Ed Woodward is keen to pit his wits against Spurs overlord Daniel Levy to make the deal happen.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be a big admirer of Kane and if the England striker is available, United will feel he is perfect to help take them forward.
Of course, United missed on Erling Haaland in the January transfer window and Woodward wants to make amends and land a marquee striker in the summer, and the Standard believes he will lock horns with Levy, a notoriously tricky customer to deal with in transfer dealings.
Kane is a long-term target of United’s, but he will cost upwards of the £85m Woodward offered Spurs for Gareth Bale in 2013.
Juve targeting Valencia’s Torres
Not content with topping Serie A, Juventus are making plans to strengthen for next season already and are targeting Valencia’s creative maestro Ferran Torres.
That’s according to Italian site Tuttosport, who suggest that the Bianconeri are looking to follow their recent signing of Dejan Kulusevski from Atalanta with Torres. The Spaniard has been in fine form, scoring five goals and contributing six assists.
Torres’ contract ends in 2021, which means Valencia could be keen to negotiate a deal rather than lose him for free a year later.
– David Beckham is keen to hijack David Silva‘s proposed move to NYCFC in the summer and instead take him to Inter Miami. Thirty-four-year-old Silva is due to leave Manchester City at the end of the season and it would appear as though his next move will take him to MLS. It looked as though a move to New York was on the cards, but the Mirror believes that Beckham could pay Silva more in an attempt to land the marquee signing he craves.
– Kaio Jorge‘s form for Santos has seen Juventus earmark the Brazilian star as a potential target this summer. Striker Kaio scored for Santos against Hernan Crespo’s Tamenda in the Copa Libertadores last week and further to reports linking the two parties this week, Calciomercato are reporting that Juve are planning on making a tangible bid. The deal could be tricky to complete, though, for Kaio’s rights are part owned by agent Giuliano Bertolucci and part owned by Santos. One easier option, they believe, is a loan deal that could see the Peixe player head to Turin in return for £15m for the season.