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: Werner needs to fight for Chelsea stay
Chelsea forward Timo Werner faces a race to prove his worth to Thomas Tuchel ahead of the summer, according to the Evening Standard. This news comes with the boss set to finalise his plans as the German heads into his first transfer window in London.
Tuchel is said to be a big admirer of Manchester City veteran Sergio Aguero, whose contract comes to an end this summer, meaning he could move to Stamford Bridge for free.
Even with the Argentine in mind, Borussia Dortmund talisman Erling Haaland remains Tuchel’s main priority, says the report, which is also the case with many of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Olivier Giroud‘s contract comes to an end in the summer, while there have been questions around Tammy Abraham‘s future, but Werner’s long-term position is also uncertain.
There have been reports in Germany that the 25-year-old might be allowed to leave despite joining from RB Leipzig only in the summer, but the report suggests no talks of this nature have yet taken place.
However, Tuchel is set to hold discussions with advisers Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech about what it is needed to move the club forward, and Werner’s failure to show a clinical edge in front of goal is cited as a big reason behind another frontman topping the priority list.
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10.13 BST: Watford are poised to make a bid to bring Inter Milan’s Ashley Young back to the club if they can secure promotion back to the Premier League, the Daily Mail reports.
Young, who has made 30 appearances for Inter this season as Antonio Conte’s side close in on their first Serie A title in 11 years, is out of contract at Inter this summer.
The 35-year-old made more than 100 first-team appearances for Watford after coming through their youth ranks, before leaving for a four-year spell at Aston Villa en route to joining Manchester United in 2011.
Watford are second in the Championship with five matches of the regular season remaining. If they can remain in the top two, they will be automatically promoted back up to the Premier League just a year after they were relegated.
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09.18 BST: Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema will renew his contract with Los Blancos until June 2023, according Marca.
The Spanish outlet reports that the paperwork is ready and all that the French forward has to do is to put pen to paper to a one-year contract extension.
Benzema is in his 11th season at Madrid and his contract expires in June 2022. The 33-year-old is the club’s leading scorer this season with 25 goals scored across all competitions, including 19 in La Liga.
08.30 BST: Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti says that the club are open to making Moise Kean‘s loan move to Paris Saint-Germain permanent, but the French club must initiate talks over a transfer.
Kean struggled to adapt to the Premier League following his move from Juventus last season, but he has revitalised his career at PSG. The 21-year-old Italy international has scored 16 goals this season and has helped PSG reach the Champions League semifinals.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Everton would expect to receive a transfer fee of around £45m for Kean.
“I don’t have to convince him to stay, this is what the [loan] papers say. He is on loan and he has to come back,” Ancelotti said. “If Paris Saint-Germain want him they have to open discussions about him. We are open but if nothing happens then he will be an Everton player next season and an important player.”
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– It seems increasingly likely that Erik Lamela will leave Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, and Calciomercato is suggesting that the Argentine’s destination could be Napoli. AC Milan and Bologna also want the 29-year-old, who will likely return a fee of between €5 million and €10 million, with Lamela supposedly willing to half his wages to play in the stadium once graced by Diego Maradona.
– AC Milan are happy with Fikayo Tomori‘s performances since the centre-back joined them on loan from Chelsea, so much so that they are hoping to sign the 23-year-old permanently, reports Fabrizio Romano. However, there have not yet been any discussions with Chelsea and a decision won’t be made until May, says the report, with the Blues’ current stance being that the €28m option to make the move permanent needs to be paid in full or Tomori returns to Stamford Bridge.
– Marc-Oliver Kempf‘s current contract with Stuttgart comes to an end in the summer of 2022, and he is demanding a release clause is inserted that is lower than the club are willing to accept, reports Kicker. With this in mind, the Bundesliga outfit might look to offload the 26-year-old centre-back to avoid losing him for free, with Eintracht Frankfurt and Lazio among the clubs interested in the German.
– Ligue 1 and Eredivisie clubs are looking to sign young Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Thimothee Lo-Tutala, as has been reported by Foot Mercato. The 18-year-old Frenchman has been playing for Spurs’ Under-18s, but has been attracting attention and might look to Noni Madueke for inspiration, after the winger left Spurs’ youth system to get regular football with PSV Eindhoven.