The January transfer window may 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: Camavinga contract snub puts Madrid on alert
Real Madrid’s hopes of signing young France midfielder Eduardo Camavinga have been boosted by the news that he will not sign a new contract with Stade Rennes, The Athletic reports.
Camavinga has long been linked with interest from the Bernabeu and other major European clubs ever since he broke into the Rennes first team at the age of 16.
The 18-year-old made four appearances for the French club in the Champions League group stage this season, while he also scored his first goal for the France national team in October.
Camavinga’s current contract is due to expire at the end of next season. The Athletic reports that he will reject the offer of an extension, in part because Rennes are keen to insert an expensive release clause into any new terms.
That means Madrid and other top clubs could sign him for a reduced fee this summer, or even wait until next January when they can agree a pre-contract agreement over a free transfer at the end of the 2021-22 season.
14.41 BST: Harry Kane faces a big decision this summer over whether to dedicate the rest of his peak years to Tottenham or try to push for a move away from the club. But where could he go?
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14.04 BST: Juventus have given Aaron Ramsey no indication that they are considering a transfer for the midfielder, The Athletic reports.
The 30-year-old signed for Juve in 2019 as a free agent after his contract at Arsenal expired, signing a four-year deal in Turin with a reported salary of €7.5m.
Last month Calciomercato reported that Juve were looking to move Ramsey and fellow midfielder Adrien Rabiot out of the club in order to free up funds allocated to their wage bill for the duo and use them to sign new players, with Paul Pogba named as their top target.
The Athletic reports, however, that Ramsey is happy at Juventus despite their faltering Serie A title defence, and his family is settled in Italy.
12.54 BST: Arsenal are ready to compete with Premier League rivals Leicester City for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard this summer, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Edouard has 21 goals in 37 appearances for Celtic this season. The 23-year-old has been a consistent scorer for the Glasgow club ever since he joined them from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, initially on a season-long loan before completing a £10m transfer.
The Telegraph reports that the Frenchman could be available for a transfer fee of £15-20m, given that his contract is due to expire at the end of next season.
12.01 BST: Former Barcelona scout Andre Cury says Paris Saint-Germain would sell Neymar this summer and that the Blaugrana should go all out to bring him back to Camp Nou.
Cury, who was involved in Neymar’s move to Barca in 2013, says the Catalan club suggests the Catalan club would be able to make a deal work despite gross debt approaching €1.2 billion.
“What I would do is divide the cost over five years,” he told Diario Sport. “The each year you look for €Xm to cover the costs. In sponsors, commercial deals, shirts sales, tickets… Since Neymar left, shirt sales fell almost 30%, tickets 20%.
“And I think PSG would sell him this summer. Any club in the world with a player not willing to renew has to sell. And if they were willing in 2019, why not now? He still has five years at the top level.
“I hope that Joan Laporta, who is a great president for Barcelona, has the same idea and signs him.”
Neymar, 29, is out of contract with PSG in 2022. Various reports suggest a loose agreement has been struck for him to extend his deal, although other reports claim talks have been put on hold as he waits to see if Barca make a move for him.
11.19 BST: Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Real Madrid are among a host of clubs monitoring Jesse Lingard‘s situation ahead of the summer transfer window, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
Lingard has been in top form since joining West Ham on loan from Manchester United in January, scoring eight goals in nine games to earn a recall to the England squad. He now has scored in four consecutive games after netting twice in West Ham’s 3-2 win over Leicester City on Sunday.
West Ham are keen to sign Lingard permanently at the end of the season but the 28-year-old’s performances have alerted a number of top clubs in the Premier League, including the top six, and abroad. He has one year left on his contract at Old Trafford.
Lingard is yet to make a decision about his future but his preference is to play Champions League football next season.
10.32 BST: Kevin De Bruyne employed the services of a data analytics company as part of the negotiations over his Manchester City contract extension, Training Ground Guru reports.
Last week De Bruyne committed himself to City until 2025, with the Belgium international representing himself in talks with the Premier League leaders.
As part of that process, the 29-year-old commissioned Analytics FC to produce an analysis of his performances for the club over the years and also a projection of his future contribution. He then presented this, along with a comparison of his salary with other top players in his position to convince the club that he was being underpaid.
Sources told ESPN’s Rob Dawson last week that City’s priority now is to sort out Raheem Sterling’s future amid interest from Real Madrid.
09.49 BST: After his goal at Tottenham on Sunday put Manchester United on the road to victory, should Edinson Cavani stay at Old Trafford for next season?
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08.44 BST: Arsenal could compete against London rivals West Ham United for the signing of Jesse Lingard this summer, according to the London Evening Standard.
Lingard, 28, has reinvigorated his career since joining the Hammers on loan from Manchester United, scoring eight goals in nine Premier League appearances and returning to the England squad since making his January move.
West Ham are eager to make the midfielder’s stay in the capital a permanent one, and are even reportedly willing to let Declan Rice move to Old Trafford in order to make it happen this summer.
But the Standard reports that Arsenal will also turn their attention to Lingard if they are unable to sign Matin Odegaard from Real Madrid, following the Norway playmaker’s own successful midseason loan spell at the Emirates.
08.00 BST: Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has revealed that he is yet to open talsk with the club over a new contract.
Dembele, 23, has little over a year remaining on his current deal, which expires at the end of next season.
The France international has often struggled with injuries and form since signing from Borusiss Dortmund in 2017, but has been enjoying some of his most consistent form at Barca this season.
“I still have a year to go on my contract,” Dembele told beIN Sports. “There have not been any talks with the new board yet, but I am happy and I feel good.
The new president has come in. I don’t know him that well, but he’s very close to the player. We will see how it goes.”
PAPER GOSSIP (by Nick Judd)
– Several European giants have been dealt blows in a bid for midfielder Nicolo Barella as Internazionale have reportedly declared they have no interest in letting him leave this summer. Calciomercato writes that Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich both have an interest in the player, while the Sun adds that Chelsea have also been monitoring the 24-year-old ahead of a potential move to Stamford Bridge.It is said that a new contract will be offered in the near future with a major pay rise if he agrees to stay at the San Siro.
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– Fulham, Watford and Swansea City are reportedly interested in signing Sheffield United centre-back Kean Bryan, according to the Sun. The 24-year-old defender is out of contract in the summer, but the Blades are making an attempt to keep the former Manchester City man. Watford are said to be in pole position to sign the former England U20 international, offering him potential Premier League football as they look to replace the outgoing Craig Dawson.
– Premier League sides are said to be taking an interest in AC Milan’s Franck Kessie, reports Calciomercato. The story suggests that the 24-year-old is in a stalemate with Milan over a new contract, with the Ivory Coast international having a year remaining on his deal and English clubs monitoring the current situation before a potential battle for his signature.
– Crystal Palace are looking to sign former Newcastle United winger Florian Thauvin from Marseille but face competition from AC Milan, according to the Sun. The 28-year-old is a free agent in the summer, but his desired £6m annual wage is stopping the south London club from finishing a pre-contract agreement with the player. Thauvin is reportedly Palace’s second-choice signing in that area, with Watford winger Ismaila Sarr becoming an unrealistic option for the Eagles.
– Chelsea are preparing to receive offers from AC Milan for on-loan defender Fikayo Tomori in the upcoming transfer window, the Sun writes. The Italian side have an option to make the 23-year-old’s loan permanent, but because of the pandemic, the Rossoneri are said to be looking to save on the agreed £25m figure.
– Manchester United are said to be keeping an eye on defender Pau Torres this summer, reports AS. The 24-year-old has attracted attention of a few sides in Europe, with Manchester City rumoured to be close to signing him last season. This time it is their neighbours who have been looking at the Villarreal man. The Spanish club are said to be unwilling to negotiate a fee but rather sit and wait for a side to trigger his €50m release clause that rises to €65m in the last 15 days of a transfer window.