Transfer Talk: Saudi Pro League circling Fernandes, Casemiro

The summer transfer window won’t reopen in Europe for a while yet, but there are plenty of moves in the works and gossip is swirling around. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Saudi Pro League targets two Man Utd stars

Manchester United stars Bruno Fernandes and Casemiro are on the radar of clubs in the Saudi Pro League, according to the Telegraph.

Talks are reported to have already been held with the representatives of Brazil international Casemiro, with the Red Devils reportedly keen to move the 32-year-old on this summer. Cristiano Ronaldo‘s side Al Nassr are named as one of the clubs at the front of the queue for his signature.

There is also interest in United captain Fernandes, 29, however — while there is optimism over a move for Casemiro — there is belief that landing Fernandes, who made his 33rd Premier League appearance of the season at Old Trafford on Sunday, could be difficult given his importance to Erik ten Hag’s side.

Casemiro and Fernandes are just two of several moves being lined up by the Saudi Pro League this summer, with the Gulf league reportedly circling up to 10 Premier League players to add to their burgeoning competition. Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and Manchester City‘s Ederson are also said to be on the shortlist.

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PAPER GOSSIP

Arsenal are prioritising a move for a midfielder in the summer, reports the Standard. The Gunners are believed to be keen on Aston Villa‘s Douglas Luiz and Newcastle United star Bruno Guimarães, but it is said that moves for the two 26-year-olds could be tough, with their clubs “reluctant” to part ways with them.

Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia this summer, according to Il Mattino. Both clubs are reported to be “on the trail” of the 23-year-old, but Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is expected to resist offers for him, with the Georgia international deemed a key part of Gli Azzurri’s future plans.

– Talks are set to get underway as Real Madrid look to resolve the futures of two key midfielders, according to Fabrizio Romano. Both Luka Modric, 38, and Toni Kroos, 34, are out of contract at the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer, and it looks as though Los Blancos will make a decision on them soon.

– Plans to secure a reunion with Manchester City winger Jack Grealish are being prepared by Aston Villa, reports Football Insider. It is reported that the 28-year-old is “likely” to be moved on from the Etihad Stadium this summer, with Grealish no longer in manager Pep Guardiola’s first-team plans. The Villains are believed to be one of the first sides who could make an approach for him.

New Zealand international Callan Elliot is being targeted by new A-League club Auckland FC, according to the Daily Record. Currently on the books of Motherwell, the 24-year-old right-back is reportedly nearing a return home as a foundation signing for Bill Foley’s Black Knights. Foley also owns Bournemouth and NHL franchise the Vegas Golden Knights.

Chelsea are confident of securing a deal to sign Palmeiras forward Estêvão Willian despite interest from Bayern Munich, writes Rudy Galetti. The Blues are reported to be entering a “key stage” in the process to land the 17-year-old, with talks advancing with the Brazilian Serie A club. He is said to have also been on the radar of several other clubs in the Premier League.