With the January transfer window now closed, clubs may be concentrating on what now happens on the field until the summer. However, reportedly some clubs are already planning summer moves.
Here are some of the more interesting stories doing the rounds in the media:
Chelsea looking at Pope as Kepa replacement
According to the Daily Star, Chelsea are hoping to replace current number one Kepa Arrizabalaga with Burnley’s highly-rated England international Nick Pope this summer.
Young Spaniard Kepa has struggled to find top form since his move to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2018. He has made a number of big mistakes this season and last time out found himself benched, with veteran Willy Caballero starting Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Leicester.
It seems that Blues head coach Frank Lampard has lost patience with Kepa and is hoping to sell the former Athletic Club star this summer. However, the Blues hierarchy are unlikely to be keen to sell the Spaniard, as they are unlikely to recoup the £72million they paid to sign him.
Pope has established himself as one of the best up-and-coming goalkeepers in the Premier League. The 27-year-old is just approaching his peak as a goalkeeper.
Lingard chased by Roma and Atletico Madrid
The Daily Mail are reporting that Atletico Madrid and Roma are chasing Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard. The England international will have just 12 months left on his contract in the summer, so he may be available for a cut-price fee.
Lingard has suffered a lot of criticism in the last few seasons, scoring just two goals in his last 32 games. In fact, he scored his last Premier League goal back in December 2018. United have held discussions with the attacking midfielder’s representatives over a new contract, but if a new deal cannot be agreed then he may well be on the move this summer.
Will either England international move on this summer?