The January transfer window may seem like a distant memory, but that doesn’t mean the rumor mill is closed! Speculation is rife about the moves over the summer, so check out the latest gossip below and all the official listings here.
TOP STORY : Dybala Yuva, linked with a swap for DembeleBarca.
According to Calciomercato, Juventus’ Paulo Dybala and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele could switch clubs as both players’ contracts expire in 2022.
Dembele, 23, improved his final season at Barcelona, in which he scored nine goals and provided four assists in all competitions.
However, the aforementioned contractual situation means that he could still leave Camp Nou due to Barcelona’s poor financial situation. The club do not want to lose the winger, after acquiring him from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 for €105 million plus €40 million in transfer fees, and need to find money to bring in new acquisitions. Although club president Joan Laporta has said he is a fan of Dembele and is considering a contract extension.
Dybala, 27, has already been linked with a swap with Dembele’s teammate Antoine Griezmann at Barcelona. Paris Saint-Germain could also be interested in swapping him for Mauro Icardi, while Tottenham and ManUnited are monitoring the situation.
Juventus believe Dembele is worth investing in – even if they lose Dybala – because of the winger’s young age.
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15.21 TSB : The future of Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma remains uncertain. Sky Sport Italia transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio reports that the player has already rejected two offers for a new contract.
Donnarumma, 22, becomes a free agent after three months and a host of top European clubs are lining up to sign him if he fails to agree an extension.
The report states that Donnarumma rejected the first offer of €6 million per year, while a second offer of €7 million per year was also rejected. Agent Mino Raiola wants €12m a year, with Chelsea, Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid all in the hunt.
#Calciomercato | #Milan, a che punto è il rinnovo di #Donnarumma https://t.co/k39t8i3jM2
– Gianluca DiMarzio (@DiMarzio) March 30, 2021
14:30 BST: ICYMI — RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate is close to a switch to Liverpool as the 2019-20 Premier League champions are willing to pay €41.5 million for his transfer, sources have told ESPN’s Julien Loren.
Liverpool have struggled defensively this season, with injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip reducing their options in this area.
Sources have revealed to ESPN that Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has been following Konat for years, but the bond between the two clubs has grown stronger since their meeting in the final round of the Champions League.
A Liverpool scout has had his eye on Conant since he made his debut for Sochaux against Monaco in the League Cup in January 2017.
Julien Laurens explains what type of player Liverpool will get if they sign Ibrahim Konate from Leipzig.
14.03 TSB : Lyon midfielder Husem Aouar was close to a switch to Arsenal last year, but is now coveted by Juventus, Real Madrid and Man City.
Aouard, 22, is likely to leave Lyon this summer and a transfer fee of around €45m could make that possible. Dubai-based star coach Maddy counts Nicolas Anelka, Paul Pogba, Patrice Evra and many other current and former stars among his clients or friends. Aouar is clearly one of them and Maddy seems to know a lot about the midfielder’s future.
I’m not sure if he’s still a Juventus player or not, he told JuveNews. What I can tell you is that the Bianconeri have been after him for a year and a half, but there are also Real Madrid and Manchester City.
Juve are clearly the favourites because they have been after him for a long time, and in my opinion this would be the perfect opportunity because he can replace [Miralem] Pjanic in the role he plays.
13.22 TSB : Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he once refused to sign a player because of his mohawk haircut.
While at Norwegian club Molde, Solskjaer revealed that he had gone with a member of his scouting team to look at a potential recruit, but had been put off by the player’s hairstyle.
I went to watch a player once and when he came out of the dressing room or through the tunnel onto the pitch he had a Mohican, that was when I came back to Norway, he told Sky Sports.
I just told my scout: Let’s go home. Not interested. It was a very short reconnaissance trip.
Footballers like Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal, Marek Hamsik and even Solskja’s former United teammate, David Beckham, have appeared with a Falcon in their careers.
13.04 TSB : Valenciennes defender Ismael Doucourt has attracted the attention of Arsenal, Leicester City and Strasbourg, reports Foot Mercato.
Ducure, 17, has played the last six Ligue 1 games for the French club who acquired him from Lille in 2017. He recently signed a new three-year contract.
Like Bayern defender Dayot Upamecano of Leipzig (and soon to be Bayern Munich), Dukur will likely have multiple suitors this summer.
12.24 TSB : With all the talk surrounding Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, clubs are looking closely at who could spend more than £100m to contract him.
The Telegraph reports that Manchester City have been put on hold for an assessment in the region for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.
Grealish, 25, signed a new long-term contract last year but has been linked with top European clubs. Although it seems one of them is less interested now.
11.21 TSB : How will Bayern Munich replace a giant like Robert Lewandowski when he is injured?
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10.38 BST : New York City FC are in talks to acquire American international and Fortuna Düsseldorf midfielder Alfredo Morales, a source has confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle.
Earlier on Tuesday, Düsseldorf tweeted that Morales was in talks with a Major League Soccer team, and German newspaper Bild first reported that it was a New York Soccer team.
Morales, 30, has spent his entire career in Germany. He rose through the ranks at Hertha Berlin before making his first-team debut in 2010. Morales then went to Ingolstadt in 2013, where he spent five seasons before signing with Düsseldorf for the 2018-19 season. In total, Morales made over 320 professional appearances, in which he scored 24 goals.
10:00 AM BST: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that Sergio Aguero won the Premier League in the same way that Barcelona’s Lionel Messi won La Liga and Napoli’s Diego Maradona won Serie A.
Aguero, the most prolific non-Englishman in Premier League history with 181 goals, will leave the Etihad at the end of the season after City confirmed on Monday that he will not be offered a new deal to replace his current contract, which expires on June 30. June, replace.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN Brazil, Guardiola compared Aguero to Messi and Maradona, as well as other Argentine greats who have proven themselves in Europe’s top leagues.
Maradona won in Italy, Messi did it in Spain and Aguero did it in England, his numbers speak for themselves, Guardiola said. When you have that inner fire, when you play with that anger, his incredible talent comes out, he can win games on his own.
09.21 TSB : Giorgio Chiellini has not yet been offered a contract extension by Juventus, according to the player’s agent.
Cellini, 36, joined Juventus in 2005 and becomes a free agent this summer. Juventus want to rejuvenate the team after a disappointing season and the experienced Italian international wants to keep playing.
Cellini prefers to stay at Juventus, his business manager David Lippi told Sky Italia: Our goal now is to finish the season with Juventus. Is Cellini going to another club? It’s hard to answer that question, I think it’s going to be hard. But at the same time he is a player who feels he can still be fit and can still play. We’re talking about a player who represents the history of this shirt. There will be time to discuss this, but the time to focus is now.
09.00 TSB: Manchester City have withdrawn from the race to sign Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, reports Sport.
The Premier League giants wanted to bring Messi to England last summer, when the Argentine star announced that he wanted to leave Barca. City believe Messi, whose contract at Barca expires on 30. At the end of June he signed a new contract with La Liga to remain at the club permanently, meaning they have given up pursuing him.
With City no longer considering Messi, Paris Saint-Germain are seen as the only club who can lure him away from Barcelona.
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– Following Monday’s announcement that Sergio Aguero will leave Manchester City this summer, the Daily Mail has compiled a list of players who could replace the Argentine striker. The first is Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, who is considered a leading candidate. City also have their eye on Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) and Danny Ings (Southampton). Barcelona great Lionel Messi, Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappé and international Romelu Lukaku are also in the spotlight.
– Real Madrid are in a strong position to contract Bayern defender David Alaba, but AS have suggested that Los Blancos are making contingency plans in case they miss out. According to the report, the club’s selection includes Jules Kunde of Sevilla, Pau Torres of Villarreal and Kalidou Coulibaly of Napoli. They could also call on Jesus Vallejo, who is on loan to Granada, which would save money in a difficult financial climate.
As for Aguero, sources have revealed to ESPN’s Mark Ogden that he is interested in Juventus, Barcelona and PSG after ruling out a return to the Independiente boys.
– According to Calciomercato, AC Milan striker Armand Lauriente is considering replacing Alexis Saelemakers. The Italians have turned to other Ligue 1 talents to fill the position, with Lille’s Jonathan Ikone another option.
– Aston Villa have joined the race for AFC Bournemouth star Jani Burchall, reports Football Insider. Arsenal, West Ham United and Leeds United are reportedly already interested in the 16-year-old Bermuda striker.