Transfer Talk: Martinez to Barca will allow Aubameyang to Inter

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.

Martinez to Barca will allow Aubameyang to Inter

Inter Milan will target Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, should forward Lautaro Martinez depart at the end of the season.

Martinez has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona this summer, with the Spanish giants reportedly willing to offer the 22-year-old a five-year contract.

Now, Calciomercato has said Inter will look to replace Martinez by drafting in Gabon forward Aubameyang, whose contract at the Emirates expires in 2021.

The report states that Inter coach Antonio Conte is a big fan of Aubameyang’s playing style, and his €55 million price tag could be slim enough to tempt him away from north London.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is another player on Inter’s radar, according to the report. That is despite Giroud’s failed exit from Stamford Bridge during January’s transfer window.

Chelsea eye Oblak as Kepa remains in limbo

With Frank Lampard starting 38-year-old journeyman Willy Caballero in Tuesday’s trashing to Bayern Munich over record-signing Kepa Arrizabalaga, it appears Chelsea are set to go a different direction in goal.

Spanish channel El Chiringuito TV claims that the Blues have offered Kepa plus €30m to Atletico Madrid for No. 1 Jan Oblak.

Oblak, a Slovenia international, is widely considered one of the top goalkeepers in the world and would be a major upgrade on the error-prone and short-of-confidence Spaniard.

Lampard seems fully done with Kepa — and after Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Bayern — it’ll be interesting to see how urgent Chelsea go for Oblak, Ajax’s Andre Onana or someone else this summer.

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– Juventus are interested in signing Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, according to Calciomercato. And the Serie A giants are understandably set to up their pursuit to capture the 21-year-old should the likelihood of snapping up first-choice transfer targets Paul Pogba of Manchester United and Brescia’s Sandro Tonali decrease. Aouar has been valued between €60m and €70m by Lyon. 

– Real Madrid have a €70m offer ready to submit to Napoli for the services of Fabian Ruiz, say Calciomercato. The Spanish midfielder is also linked with a move to Manchester City. But Madrid hopes the high sum will lure away the threat of either City or Barcelona poaching the 23-year-old’s signature from under their nose. 

– Former Chelsea and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been linked with a return to the Premier League by Turkish media. The 30-year-old is currently playing for Trabzonspor in the Turkish top flight, and now Fotospor is reporting that Aston Villa are keen to return Sturridge to his hometown of Birmingham this summer. Sturridge has played 13 games in Turkey this season, scoring four goals. 

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