The January transfer window might seem like a distant memory, but that doesn’t mean the rumour mill has shut down! Speculation over summer moves is heating up, so check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.
TOP STORY: Jesus faces exit as Man City target Kane, Haaland
According to the Daily Mail, the would-be English Premier League champions feel that Brazil forward Jesus can’t be relied upon in the big games. The 24-year-old has featured more regularly for City this season, scoring eight times in 25 league appearances, but could join Aguero on exiting the Etihad.
The lack of confidence shown in Jesus, who is circling on his third league title with City, means the club hierarchy could be expected to pay in excess of £100 million for replacements, with Kane and Haaland being two of the best performing strikers in football this season.
22.30 BST: That will do it for the latest edition of our LIVE Transfer Talk blog. We hoped you enjoyed following along with us and remind you to check back shortly for the latest transfer rumours, reports and completed deals. Goodnight!
22.02 BST: Nice have pulled out of the Jesse Lingard sweepstakes, which will serve as a boost to West Ham’s hopes, according to Sky Sports. Lingard, 28., has been a revelation on loan at West Ham from Manchester United, scoring nine goals and adding four assists for the surprising top-four contenders. West Ham are keen to sign the midfielder on a permanent basis but Man United won’t give up the player for cheap.
Lingard, who only has a year left on his deal at Old Trafford, is valued at around £30 million by United.
21.10 BST: Could Man City move for tricky Leeds winger Raphinha?
Italian journalist Gianluigi Longari, who contributes to TuttoMercatoWeb and SportitaliaTV, claims that Man City are admirers of the Brazilian, who has scored eight goals and contributed eight assists this season for Marcelo Bielsa and Co.
Manchester City join the race for Leeds United winger #Raphinha. Manchester United and Liverpool still interested in him, confirmed. Nothing decided yet cause #LUFC want to keep him. #MUFC #LFC #MCFC @tvdellosport
— Gianluigi Longari (@Glongari) April 30, 2021
The 24-year-old, who signed for just £17 million for Rennes last summer, is also reportedly a player of interest for Man United and Liverpool.
20.29 BST: Tottenham’s No. 1 priority is to hire a new manager, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t trying to identify new recruits as well.
The Sun understands that one such player is Brazilian phemom Rodrigo Varanda of Corinthians. The paper suggests that their have been initial talks between the clubs of the 18-year-old winger, who is valued at £8.5 million. Varanda, who has made 10 first-team appearances for Corinthians, is out of contract in January and thus can enter into official negotiations with clubs come the summer.
19.38 BST: Sevilla have already resigned to the fact that they will likely lose defender Jules Kounde this summer, and have already lined up a potential replacement, according to Estadio Deportivo.
The outlet suggests that fellow Frenchman Loic Bade of Lens could be targeted to replace Kounde, who has been linked with Man United, Real Madrid, Chelsea, and others. The 21-year-old Bade has started 26 games for Lens this year in Ligue 1, impressing in his first season since arriving from Le Havre on a free transfer.
18.55 BST: Burnley’s Nick Pope has been one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League over the past few seasons, and with that comes interest from bigger clubs.
The Sun reports that if the £45 million-rated sub is sold, Burnley could turn to Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale, who has already been relegated with the Blades. Ramsdale, 22, only joined Sheffield this past summer from Bournemouth and reportedly would cost £22m or about half of what Pope should command.
18.02 BST: Arsenal are confident of sealing a move for highly-rated Brighton central midfielder Yves Bissouma, the Daily Star reports.
Valued at £30 million, Bissouma has impressed this season in the Premier League, leading to interest from the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and Everton. That said, the Gunners believe they have the inside track on landing the 24-year-old Mali international, who is known for his box-to-box energy and passing prowess.
17.08 BST: David Alaba has agreed to join Real Madrid on a contract worth €12m a year, AS reports.
Alaba is a free agent this summer after letting his Bayern Munich contract run down, bringing an end to his 13-year association with the club.
The 28-year-old has yet to sign his contract at the Bernabeu, but when he does he will reportedly by signing up for the same salary as Sergio Ramos, the club’s highest-paid defender whose own deal expired this summer (see 10.49 BST).
16.11 BST: Juventus have been in contact with agent Mino Raiola over potentially signing AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma as a free agent this summer, according to Calciomercato.
Italy No. 1 Donnarumma is out of contract at San Siro at the end of the season. According to Calciomercato, Milan have offered Donnarumma a new €8m-a-year deal.
Juve are prepared to offer the 22-year-old a contract worth €10m a year, but that would mean they would have to get Wojciech Szczesny‘s €7m-a-year off of their books.
15.24 BST: Manchester United are prepared to transfer Paul Pogba this summer if the midfielder does not sign a new contract, The Sun on Sunday reports.
Pogba has a deal at Old Trafford that expires at the end of next season, but United are confident they can convince the 28-year-old to extend his second spell at the club.
However, keeping Pogba could mean United would have to get goalkeeper David de Gea off their wage bill in order to finance a new deal worth at least £500,000 a week for the France international.
14.45 BST: Ajax coach Erik ten Hag has spoken about his decision to sign a new contract at the club after being heavily linked with the vacancy at Tottenham.
Ten Hag was reportedly on Tottenham’s radar as a candidate to replace Jose Mourinho, but on Friday he opted to extend his stay in Amsterdam until 2023.
“I have chosen Ajax,” he said. “It has nothing to do with other clubs. I’m not going to name the clubs. I will only speak about Ajax that’s the club where I’m focused on. They players wanted me to stay to continue the process at the club. I am sensitive to that.”
13.18 BST: Manchester City are just one of the top European club hoping to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland this summer. But where, if anywhere, will he go?
Jan Aage Fjortoft sets the stage for a big summer transfer window involving Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.
12.35 BST: Belgium coach Roberto Martinez is open to a return to Premier League management amid links with the vacancy at Tottenham Hotspur, The Sun on Sunday reports.
Martinez had previously taken charge of Wigan Athletic and Everton in England’s top flight before taking over the Belgium national team in 2016. Since then, the Spaniard has led them to the 2018 World Cup semifinals and they are No. 1 in the FIFA World Ranking in the run-up to this summer’s European Championship.
Martinez has moved up Spurs’ list of candidates as others have been ruled out. Julian Nagelsmann will join Bayern Munich from RB Leipzig this summer, while Sport 1 reports that outgoing Bayern coach Hansi Flick has his sights set on taking the Germany job after Joachim Low leaves after Euro 2020. Meanwhile, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has this week insisted he is not looking to leave the King Power Stadium, while Ajax coach Erik ten Hag signed a new deal with the Dutch club.
England manager Gareth Southgate and former Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick are two of the other names who have been linked with the job.
11.41 BST: Mohamed Salah has revealed that he is still to open talks with Liverpool over a new contract.
Salah’s deal at Anfield runs until 2023, but the Egypt international has hinted in the past few months that his future may lie elsewhere, mentioning Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid by name.
The 28-year-old told Sky: “No one is talking to me about that, so I can’t say much about that. No one in the club is talking to me about anything so I do not know.”
10.49 BST: Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is yet to agree on a new contract at the club because he is still holding out for a two-year deal, Marca reports.
Ramos, 35, is out of contract this summer and his 16-year tenure at the Bernabeu could soon be coming to an end.
Madrid have offered their club captain a new one-year deal, but Ramos wants a contract that will tie him to the club until he is 37.
10.03 BST: Manchester United will do all they can to resist any bids for midfielder Donny van de Beek this summer, according to The Sun on Sunday.
Van de Beek has made just two Premier League starts for United this season following his £40m move from Ajax last summer.
That has led to speculation that his former club could make a move to re-sign him on loan for the 2021-22 season.
However, the 24-year-old held talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently, when the United boss made it clear that he still sees the Netherlands international as part of his plans.
09.00 BST: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that the club will soon open talks with midfielder Emile Smith Rowe over a new contract.
Smith Rowe, 20, has enjoyed a breakthrough year at the Gunners, making 28 appearances. The England youth international has a contract with the club until 2023, but Arteta is ready to offer one of his brightest young prospects new terms in order to secure his future.
“We are going to have that discussion,” Arteta told Sky. “I think Emile has earned the right to look at that situation because of the performances that he has produced. He’s very much engaged and wants to continue with us, that’s for sure.”
PAPER GOSSIP (by Nick Judd)
– Everton are reportedly targeting a move for the aforementioned Sergio Aguero with the Manchester City forward set to be out of contract in the summer, according to the Daily Star. They report that the 32-year-old forward will be offered £240,000 per week to make the switch to Merseyside, though Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be competing amongst a host of clubs across Europe who are competing for the Argentine striker’s signature.
– Real Madrid could look to the Bundesliga in their search for a striker, with the Spanish giants interested in bringing Robert Lewandowski to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer. That’s according to Sky Germany, who report that the 32-year-old is an option for Zinedine Zidane. The Poland international striker remains in hot form having scored 36 goals in 25 Bundesliga stars for Bayern Munich this season, and could be available for a fee of around £52m with his contract set to expire in July 2023.
– Paris Saint-Germain are considering making a move for 26-year-old Rodrigo de Paul. The attacking midfielder’s form is attracting interest from across Europe, but a fee for the Argentine could cost in the region of €40m, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The Serie A man has contributed to 15 goals in 31 appearances so far this season, helping Udinese battle for a finish in the top half of the table.
– AC Milan are set to join the race for Tammy Abraham, with the forward beginning to attracting interest from clubs in Europe according to the Evening Standard. They claim that the Serie A club are ready to rival West Ham United for the striker who is valued at around £40m. The 23-year-old striker has scored six goals in 12 premier league starts this season, but hasn’t featured much in Thomas Tuchel’s plans of late.
– Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich could be set to miss out on the signature of Lucas Vazquez with contract negotiations, with the 29-year-old edging closer to a new Real deal. That’s according to AS, who claim that the right-sided Spanish player is now set to be offered a new three-year deal worth up to €5m per year. Lucas has been a Real Madrid regular, registering an assist in El Clasico against Barcelona.
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