Transfer News: Premier League Star Set for MLS Switch, Liverpool Chases $16 Million Midfielder

The World Cup might be just two days away but the transfer window continues to dominate the headlines.

Here, Newsweek takes a look at all the news, rumors and gossip swirling around the Premier League as the biggest tournament in the world approaches.

GettyImages-955048132 (1) Wayne Rooney of Everton shows appreciation to the fans during the lap of honor after the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on May 5. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Let’s start with Wayne Rooney, who is on the verge of finally completing his switch to the MLS. According to the Daily Mirror, new Everton boss Marco Silva has told England’s record goalscorer he is surplus to requirements and Rooney has reportedly already agreed a three-year deal with DC United.

On the other side of Merseyside, Liverpool is expected to step up its effort to sign Stoke City midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, who has emerged as Jurgen Klopp’s preferred alternative to Nabil Fekir.

The Switzerland international has made clear he does not want to play in the Championship and is available for approximately $16.1 million and the Daily Mirror believes Liverpool will look to get a deal done after the World Cup.

Liverpool, along with Manchester City and Manchester United is also thought to be monitoring Fiorentina forward Federico Chiesa. The Guardian reports the Serie A side has priced the 20-year-old, who has also attracted interest from Napoli and Inter Milan at $83 million.

United is also considering possible alternatives to Toby Alderweireld, according to Manchester Evening News. Jose Mourinho wants to bolster his defensive options but a source connected with the club is quoted as saying that "scouts are not entirely convinced about Alderweireld and are considering alternatives."

The possible alternatives to the Tottenham Hotspur’s defender include Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng, Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli.

Spurs, meanwhile, are determined to tie Dele Alli down to a new long-term contract, according to the London Evening Standard. Last week Harry Kane signed a deal that will keep him at the club until 2024 and Tottenham is eager for Alli to follow suit, with similar deals for Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Son Heung-Min, Jan Vertonghen and Kieran Trippier also thought to be in the pipeline.

Meanwhile, former Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has emerged as a surprise candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid manager. The Sun reports the Spanish giants are interested in appointing the Portuguese manager because he got the best out of Gareth Bale during his spell at Spurs.

Villas-Boas’s stint in the Premier League was nowhere as successful as his spells in charge of Porto and Zenit Saint Petersburg but he’s a free agent, which would make him easier to appoint than Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail believes Arsenal remain in talks with Serie A club Sampdoria as it looks to conclude a deal for Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, who is worth around $30 million.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reports a number of Premier League clubs are monitoring the situation at Sporting Lisbon, as goalkeeper Rui Patricio told the club he wants to terminate his contract after his move to Wolverhampton Wanderers stalled.

Bruno Fernandes, William Carvalho and Gelson Martins could also push to leave one of Portugal’s biggest clubs, which has been in turmoil since a group of fans attacked players and staff following Sporting’s failure to qualify for the Champions League spot.

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