Manchester United are reportedly using David De Gea's potential move to Real Madrid as leverage to bring one or both of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to Old Trafford.
Starting with the preamble that swap deals almost never happen, Manchester United would certainly be wise to get as much leverage as they can out of a potential De Gea deal. Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have both been linked with moves away from the Bernabeu this summer but it seems unlikely that both will leave. The rumor is weakened by the fact that United don't have a great deal of leverage with De Gea having only one year to run on his current contract. If United overplay their hand the Spanish goalkeeper can just play out the season and move to Real Madrid for free next summer on a free.
After a season out on loan in his native Portugal, Nani is a Manchester United player again but that may not last for long.
Reports in Italy have the United spare part linked with a potential move to Inter Milan. With Angel di Maria still around, Memphis Depay arriving soon and Ashley Young having experienced something of a career renaissance it seems unlikely that Nani would get much playing time if he were to return. After seven goals in 27 matches in a second tier league in Portugal, it seems unlikely that Nani will fetch a significant fee. United will likely be happy just to get his wages off the books.
A Turkish newspaper has linked Arsenal forward Joel Campbell with a €10 million move from Arsenal to Fenerbahce this summer.
After yet another productive loan spell away from Arsenal, this one at Villarreal, Joel Campbell appears likely to be leaving Arsenal on a permanent basis this summer. Campbell seems to be getting farther from playing a significant role at Arsenal rather than closer. If Fenerbahce, or someone else, comes through with a fee similar to the €10 million mooted in this rumor, it seems likely that Campbell will be sold.
Mere days after being elected to head the sport's world governing body for a fifth consecutive four-year term, Sepp Blatter has stepped down as the breadth and depth of scandal under his watch continues to come to light.
There is still no smoking gun linking Blatter to any personal misconduct, at least none that has been made public. The growing evidence against senior FIFA officials and likely pressure from sponsors and regional federations have combined to see the 40-year FIFA employee resign his post. Blatter will stay in office until a successor can be elected at an extraordinary FIFA Congress that will have to be organized. (Apologies to Lucas Podolski for being the player we associate this story with but he was a FIFA World Cup winner and we had to choose someone as we don't have a Sepp Blatter "player card" in our database).
Tottenham have signed Kevin Wimmer, an Austrian center back by way of FC Köln, to a five year contract.
Already the youngest squad in the top flight, Spurs continue to plant seeds for the future with the signing of the twenty-two year old center back. Brought in for a fee of 4.3M, Wimmer will likely not work himself immediately into the XI, but with the possibility of both Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches leaving White Hart Lane this summer, it shouldn't leave the new signing too far down the depth chart. Wimmer has a reputation for sacrificing his body to get the job done, evidenced by leading the Bundeslinga in blocks this past season.
Former Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has signed with AFC Bournemouth on a free transfer.
Federici had his contract expire at the end of the 2014/2015 season and Reading had no interest in striking a new deal. Federici had spent the previous ten years under Reading's control, with loan spells to several other clubs peppered in along the way. Unless something strange is afoot, he should arrive at Dean Court with his role already known - a backup to Artur Boruc, who the Cherries brought in from Southampton a few days ago.
AFC Bournemouth have executed their third signing of the summer thus far as they strengthen their newly promoted side with a loan deal for Chelsea's Christian Atsu.
The Ghana international spent the past season loaned away to Everton and did not get a chance to make much of an impression, failing to start a single league match, collecting no goals and only an assist in league play. It is safe to say his role will be increased dramatically with the Cherries thereby thrusting him onto the fantasy radar heading into next season. He will certainly be worth monitoring in pre-season to see how Eddie Howe plans to utilize him.
Dedric Boyata has moved from Manchester City to Celtic for £1.5 million and signed a 4-year deal with the SPL side.
Boyata hasn't been a significant part of the Manchester City side for some time but the move is significant only in that Boyata, who came to City at the age of 16, counted as a home grown player for City. With his departure, the once-capped Belgium international joins Frank Lampard, Scott Sinclair, and potentially James Milner as home grown players leaving the Etihad this summer. City are going to have to start recruiting English players fast if they are to meet FA and Champions League regulations.