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Premier League Transfer Rumours – Pep and Mourinho to fight it out for Madrid Starlet, Valdes to return to Manchester?

James Rodriguez celebrating after scoring

With the 2016/17 title race done and dusted, it’s back to the drawing board for all the clubs including newly crowned champions Chelsea. The Premier League transfer rumours are gaining momentum as every manager looks to find new talent. Here is a look at some of the most popular rumours involving Premier League teams.

Liverpool close to signing player dubbed as the ‘new Ronaldinho’

Liverpool are on the verge of bringing another Brazilian on board, as they look to sign 24-year-old Luan, dubbed as the ‘new Ronaldinho’ reports The Mirror. The Merseyside club have tracked the Brazilian starlet for over a year now and are close to agreeing to terms with Gremio which will see Liverpool pay over £26 million for the Olympics star’s services.

 

Ben Gibson wants to play in the Premier League or Championship next season

According to The Mirror, Chelsea and Liverpool target, Ben Gibson wants to continue his playing days with Middlesbrough, despite the club being relegated to the Championship last week.

 

Ben Gibson in action vs Burnley

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough during the Premier League match between Burnley and Middlesbrough at Turf Moor on December 26, 2016 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

 

Steve Agnew was quoted saying “He is one of the group and is determined to stay with it and see Boro back into the Premier League.

“I don’t think it is inevitable (he leaves). Ben has signed a new five-year contract during the season, and he has had an amazing season.

 

City join United in chase of Real Madrid superstar

Manchester City are ready to battle Manchester United for Colombian international James Rodriguez, reports The Sun. The player has fallen down the pecking order at Real Madrid and despite rumours stating James has had a verbal agreement to join Manchester United in the summer that hasn’t stopped City showing interest in the player.

 

Victor Valdes the answer to Pep’s keeper crisis?

According to The Sun, Victor Valdes is said to quit Middlesbrough at the end of the season following their relegation into the Championship last week. At 35 Valdes still looks like he’s got a couple of years of footballing action under his belt and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola made an enquiry about the bringing the keeper to the Etihad last season.

 

However, now it looks like Valdes could reunite with his former Barcelona boss, as he continues to find his right man between the sticks and having been together before it is better for Pep to put his faith in a ‘known devil rather than an unknown angel.’

 

Manchester United looking to swap Rooney to lure Everton striker

Jose Mourinho has made Everton striker Romelu Lukaku his top target for the summer and looks to throw in Wayne Rooney as part of the deal, reports the Daily Mail.

Everton are asking £100 million for the league’s top scorer with Chelsea and Manchester United both said to be interested, however United not willing to pay the asking price by sparking a Goodison return for Wayne Rooney.

A move to Everton would mean substantiated pay cut for Rooney who currently earns £250,000-a-week.

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