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Friday’s transfer rumors – Giroud set to join Juventus

Diego Godin of Inter Milan, Olivier Giroud of Chelsea, Emiliano Martinez of Arsenal
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Latest transfer rumors from around the footballing world, including Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and much more.

Smalling close to joining Roma.

Manchester United’s Chris Smalling has not been training with the first team amid the uncertainty surrounding his future. Negotiations are ongoing between Man United and AS Roma over a permanent deal for the central defender. The Red Devils value Smalling, who has two years left on his contract, at around €22 million (£20m). [Sky Sports]

Wijnaldum wants Liverpool stay.

Georginio Wijnaldum is not open to moving away from Liverpool amid talks of interest from FC Barcelona. Happy with life at Anfield, he is instead hoping to sign a contract extension soon. Jurgen Klopp is also eager to retain his services and has held ‘positive talks’ with the midfielder regarding his future at the club. [Sky Sports]

Godin set for Cagliari move.

Inter Milan’s Diego Godin is ‘one step away’ from moving to Cagliari in a free transfer. Cagliari fended off competition from Rennes, among a number of other clubs, to sign the 34-year old center-back.

Godin struggled to become a regular in Antonio Conte’s starting XI after joining the team last summer. [Gazzetta dello Sport]

Wolves readying new deal for Nuno.

Nuno Espirito Santo is close to being handed a contract extension at Wolves. The club are set to offer him a new three-year deal with a ‘substantial’ increase in his wages.

The Portuguese tactician has exceeded expectations during his tenure at the club, guiding the team to English top-flight promotion, FA Cup semi-finals, and Europa League quarter-finals. [Daily Mail]

Giroud agrees to terms with Juve.

Olivier Giroud is closing in on completing a switch from Chelsea to Juventus. The French forward has agreed to a provisional two-year deal with the Serie A champions. Juve are also willing to pay Chelsea’s asking price, which is €5 million. [Sky Sports Italia]

Martinez ready to quit Arsenal for Aston Villa.

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has agreed to personal terms with Aston Villa over a summer transfer. The 28-year old has been offered a four-year deal contract worth about €65,000 per week by the Villans.

However, the two sides still need to negotiate a transfer fee. Arsenal recently turned down an offer of about €16 million from Aston Villa. The Gunners value Martinez at around €22 million.[The Independent]