The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.
TOP STORY: Man City move possible for Sancho
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho would be willing to return to Manchester City to secure his move back to the Premier League, the Sun reports.
Despite being criticised after leaving Pep Guardiola’s side in 2017, the 20-year-old is said to have told friends that he would reconsider joining back up with them rather than remaining in the Bundesliga for another season.
Having scored 19 goals and assisted another 19 across the Bundesliga and Champions League this term, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea are all keeping tabs on the England international.
The interest has reportedly sparked a desire for Sancho to return home, and Man City might be best placed of all to convince Dortmund to part with their ace.
13.21 BST: Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric wants to end his playing career at Real Madrid before embarking on a coaching career.
“I’m certain that I can play at a high level for two more years, then we shall see,” he wrote in his autobiography as reported in Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I would like to end my career at Real Madrid, but it will also depend on the club. Of course, I will then do the course to become a coach.”
The Croatia international is tied to the club until June 2021.
12.42 BST: Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva has ruled out a return to Brazil, with his priority to remain in Europe.
PSG sporting director Leonardo confirmed at the weekend that both Silva and Edinson Cavani will leave the club at the end of the season.
Fluminense fans are hopeful that Silva, 35, could return to the club where he began his career and played for the first team from 2006 until 2008.
Silva, who joined PSG in the summer of 2012 from AC Milan, said as reported in Esporte Interativo: “Everybody knows the affection I have for Fluminense, I had a tuberculosis episode and they opened the doors for me. I have an eternal gratitude to them for that but right now I have aims in Europe that have to be achieved.”
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11.53 BST: Chelsea’s hopes of signing Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz have been hit by the two clubs still being £15m apart in their valuation of the player, according to the Daily Express.
The Blues, who have already raided the Bundesliga once this summer to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, are willing to pay £75m for Havertz, but Leverkusen are holding out for £90m for their exciting academy product.
Havertz, 21, has enjoyed a breakout season with Leverkusen, particularly since the turn of the year as he has scored 12 goals in 18 games in 2020.
11.05 BST: Manchester City are monitoring Real Madrid’s Achraf Hakimi, who is on loan an Borussia Dortmund, according to Diario AS.
Pep Guardiola reportedly thinks that the right-back fits perfectly in plans to reinforce City’s squad this summer and the English club has already requested information on his situation.
Achraf, 21, is expected to return to Real Madrid once his two-season loan with his German club expires at the end of the campaign. Madrid have not made a decision on Achraf, who is tied to Los Blancos until June 2022.
Borussia have expressed their desire to extend Achraf’s loan deal for another season while City would be willing to pay the €60m for the Morocco international provided the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overturns the ban handed to City which prevents them from playing in Europe for the next two seasons.
10.39 BST: Lyon’s Pierre Kalulu is on the verge of joining AC Milan as a free agent, according to Sky Italia.
The 20-year-old right-back will reportedly arrive at Milan today and undergo a medical later this week before putting pen to paper on a five-year deal. Kalulu’s contract with Lyon expires later this month.
A reported target of Bayern Munich, Kalulu made 16 appearances in the Youth League for Lyon’s reserves. AC Milan will have only have to pay the youth development fee for Kalulu.
10.04 BST: Manchester United manager Ole Solskjaer has indicated that goalkeeper Dean Henderson has a long future at Old Trafford when he returns to the club.
Henderson has been on loan at Sheffield United since the start of last season, first helping the Blades earn promotion to the Premier League before playing a key role in their push for a European place this term.
The 23-year-old is expected to have his loan at Bramall Lane extended to the end of the extended 2019-20 season, but Solskjaer envisions the goalkeeper will soon be a member of his own first-team squad again.
“Dean has made some great choices over the years and has developed fantastically,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “We’re looking at that in terms of where he’s going to be next season, but as yet that has not been decided.
“This season has proved a great experience for him, he’s done himself some favours with his performances, and proved he will be England’s No 1 and Man United’s No 1 at some point.”
09.31 BST: Sergio Ramos‘ wish of ending his career playing at the new Santiago Bernabeu stadium could be realised.
The Real Madrid captain wants to continue playing for Madrid beyond his current deal, which expires in June 2021. Ramos, 34, wants to sign a two-year contract extension. Work on the Bernabeu is expected to be completed ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.
“Ramos is a great leader, a club legend and we are delighted with him,” Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno said in quotes reported by Cadena Ser. “It’s an honour that he is a Real Madrid legend and we want him to be here for many years to come because he is one of the greats in our history.”
09.00 BST: Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has said he is yet to make a decision on whether to stay at the club and labelled it “the most important” of his career.
Aubameyang’s deal at the Emirates is set to expire in June 2021 and sources have told ESPN that Chelsea are interested in signing him this summer. Sources also told ESPN that Arsenal have not offered him a contract extension, and Aubameyang confirmed this and said he is still negotiating with the club.
“Recently I haven’t received an offer but of course there have been discussions with the club for a few months now,” he told Telefoot. “They know very well why so far nothing has happened. It’s them [the club] who have the keys and for them to do their work. Afterwards we will see how things go.
“It is a turning point in my career, and I will be very frank with everyone, it will be of course a very difficult decision to make because I have still not decided. It is possibly the most important decision of my career. To be clear, nothing has been decided.”
PAPER TALK (by Danny Lewis): PSG prepare move for Haaland
Dortmund striker Erling Haaland heads up an ambitious list of names being targeted by Paris Saint-Germain, according to Foot Mercato.
Haaland moved to Germany from Salzburg only in January but, following 14 goals in 15 appearances, the Parisian outfit are already looking to bring him to the Parc des Princes.
Other players included on the list are Eduardo Camavinga and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, of Rennes and Lazio, respectively.
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Inter front-runners for Semedo despite difficulties
Barcelona are running out of places to send Portugal international Nelson Semedo, whom they are adamant they want to sell, according to Marca.
They had previously been looking to strike deals with Juventus and Manchester City, but neither of these now seems viable. That is because the Italians won’t meet his demands and City aren’t interested in swapping Joao Cancelo for him.
This puts Inter Milan in the driving seat, though there currently is a dispute over the value Semedo could hold in a potential swap deal for Barca’s primary target this summer: Lautaro Martinez.
PSG identify Kurzawa upgrades
The French champions have confirmed that they will let Layvin Kurzawa leave, with it now being reported by Le10sport that they are looking at Alex Telles and Nicolas Tagliafico to replace him.
Kurzawa has managed only nine Ligue 1 starts this campaign, and will therefore be allowed to leave for free when his contract comes to an end.
There is a chance that the Parisians could face competition from Chelsea if Frank Lampard’s side miss out on Ben Chilwell, but PSG’s eyes are firmly set on the Porto and Ajax men to fill the void at left-back.
– Rennes winger M’Baye Niang is attracting attention from an unnamed Qatari side, according to L’Equipe.
The 25-year-old has also received attention from Marseille, though they have been slow in moving for him, which could impact the move. It is also seen as a possibility that he could be drawn in by a move to Qatar.
– Inter Milan will do all they can to keep hold of 17-year-old forward Sebastiano Esposito, according to Calciomercato. The teenager has made 12 appearances across all competitions for Antonio Conte’s side this season, and is said to be targeted by various clubs, including Parma, Atalanta and Fiorentina.
– Adil Aouchiche could be set to join Saint-Etienne upon the culmination of his contract with PSG, as reported by Foot Mercato. The teenager is highly regarded, but it is understood that the French giants will let him leave, with the side in green set to be his next club.