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: City looking for takers on Sterling?
Sergio Aguero will already be leaving for free due to his contract coming to an end and England international Sterling may be allowed to join him in his Etihad exit if the right offer comes in. The report adds that City would want a transfer fee of £80 million to let Sterling leave.
This comes with Pep Guardiola looking to overhaul the City attack, with Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland and Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish mentioned as players the presumptive Premier League winners would like to add.
A telling sign of Sterling’s declining influence at City is that the 26-year-old has managed just 22 minutes across the club’s last four Champions League games — he remained on the bench for the full 90 minutes of the 2-1 win against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League semifinal first leg.
The winger has also started just one of City’s last five Premier League games, with Phil Foden often thriving on the left hand side.
If Grealish is brought in during the summer, then it would signify even more competition for Sterling’s place in the team.
09.44 BST: Brazil forward Neymar is Barcelona’s top target this summer, according to Catalan radio station RAC 1.
The Paris Saint-Germain star has been in talks but has yet to sign a contract extension with the Ligue 1 giants. His current deal expires in June 2022. According to RAC 1, Neymar is eager to return to Barca and would not make too many financial demands to do so.
Barca have been in contact with PSG to discuss the possibility of Neymar’s return but so far to no avail as the player is considered non-transferable. However, should Neymar not sign a new deal, PSG will be forced to sell the Brazilian forward or risk seeing him leave as a free agent in the summer of 2022.
Barca are nevertheless convinced that Neymar can leave PSG for an offer that is lower than the one they presented two years ago, that is €130m plus three players.
09.00 BST: Manchester United are growing increasingly confident that Edinson Cavani will stay at the club for another season following productive talks with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
Cavani looked set to leave Old Trafford after just one season after growing disillusioned with life in England.
The 34-year-old is wanted by Boca Juniors, but after Cavani rediscovered his best form with five goals in April, a source close to the Uruguay international has told ESPN he is now leaning towards remaining at United.
Cavani and his representatives are set for talks with the club before the end of the campaign. He remains upset at receiving an FA suspension over a controversial Instagram post, but sources have told ESPN he is also keen to stay in Europe for as long as possible ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
– Napoli have offered €10m to sign Club Brugge‘s 20-year-old midfielder Charles De Ketelaere, reports Gazzetta dello Sport. While there are many uncertainties at the Serie A outfit, including the contract renewal of Lorenzo Insigne and whether Kalidou Koulibaly or Fabian Ruiz will leave, it seems they have their hearts set on signing the young Belgian.
– PSG have offered Julian Draxler a one-year contract extension, with the midfielder’s previous deal coming to an end in the summer of this year, says L’Equipe. This decision comes from how much appreciation the German has gained from Mauricio Pochettino since the Argentine took over at the Parc des Princes.
— William Carvalho‘s future at Real Betis is uncertain, with the club currently looking for a way to offload the 29-year-old, according to AS. The Portugal midfielder has struggled to impress Manuel Pellegrini this term, and it is suggested the La Liga outfit want to let him leave before his value depreciates any further.
– Henrikh Mkhitaryan‘s contract with Roma comes to an end in the summer, and the Armenian may be set to leave due to Mino Raiola not yet accepting the club’s renewal, reports Calciomercato. The story says that a clause was inserted in his current deal in which there would be a renewal once the midfielder hit 25 appearances — which has already happened — but due to his agent he may now be moving elsewhere.
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