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: Atletico turn to Juventus forward Dybala
Newly crowned La Liga champions Atletico Madrid are in talks with Juventus regarding the possible signing of Argentinian forward Paulo Dybala, according to Cadena SER.
Dybala, 27, has not signed a contract extension with the Turin giants, with his deal expiring in June 2022 and talks having stalled. He played a reduced role for Juve this season, starting just 14 games as they finished fourth in Serie A.
After a disappointing season and mounting financial pressures, Juve reportedly want to move Dybala on this summer to lower their wage bill, with the Argentinian earning €7m per season, and there has been long-standing interest from Manchester United, Tottenham and PSG.
However, the Italian club are reportedly open to a swap deal that would see Atletico striker Angel Correa join them in exchange for Dybala. Atletico coach Diego Simeone is said to oppose this deal but we may not have heard the last of it.
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15.51 BST: Atalanta full-back Robin Gosens is on the radar of Barcelona and Manchester City, says Sport.
Gosens, 26, has impressed this season as Atalanta finished third to claim a place in the Champions League.
Barca have also been tracking Angelino at RB Leipzig and Valencia’s Jose Gaya as they look for a long-term replacement for Jordi Alba. City are keen to increase their depth in that position too.
15.32 BST: Wolves could reportedly allow midfielder Ruben Neves to leave for £35m in order to fund a rebuild this summer.
Neves, 24, has been at the club since 2017 and is one of their best players. But, after a 13th placed finish in the Premier League and recent the exit of manager Nuno Espirito Santo, The Athletic reports that Wolves are considering letting the Portugal international depart.
14.43 BST: Barcelona look set to land Sergio Aguero on a free transfer this summer.
Mina Rzouki reacts to the news of ex-Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso being named as Fiorentina’s new manager.
13.54 BST: Juventus director of football Fabio Paratici will leave at the end of June after 11 years with the Bianconeri, the club has announced.
Fabio Paratici will leave Juventus.https://t.co/NtRBYUMbkv pic.twitter.com/rRco9VzqHp
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 26, 2021
“They were wonderful years of professional growth and strong emotions,” said Paratici. “Juventus gave me the opportunity to carry out my work with full freedom and without interference in full respect of my role. For this I would like to thank the whole club, my staff, the employees, co-workers, the players, the coaches, the shareholders, and in particular, the President, Andrea Agnelli. An important chapter of my career closes, as I await new challenges.”
13.40 BST: Sporting CP youngster Nuno Mendes has Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City among his suitors, according to Correio da Manha.
Mendes, 18, is considered the best young left-back in Europe and his contract has a €70m release clause.
The report claims that Sporting would want €50m up front and the rest in instalments.
13.00 BST: Sport reports that Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is being tracked by Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City.
Varane, 28, is reported to be keen to leave Madrid with his contract expiring in 2022. The club want around €65m but may be pushing their luck amid the financial crisis.
Sport’s report doesn’t seem to take into account that Liverpool are set to land Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig for €41.5m to solve their defensive woes, while Manchester City signed Nathan Ake for €45m and Ruben Dias for €68m last summer and have been excellent in defence on their way to the Premier League title this season.
That just leaves United then.
12.17 BST: Have Fiorentina found the right manager to help them succeed in Serie A?
Mina Rzouki reacts to the news of ex-Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso being named as Fiorentina’s new manager.
11.26 BST: Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig on a five-year contract, sources have told ESPN’s Julien Laurens.
The defender passed his medical a few weeks ago and will complete a move to Anfield once he returns from competing at the Under-21 European Championship with France this summer.
Liverpool secured Champions League participation on the final day of the Premier League season which means they can now activate the €41.5m release clause in the former Sochaux player’s contract. The club will have to pay the clause in one installment.
11.13 BST: RMC Sport says that Leicester City have agreed a €25m deal with Lille to sign midfielder Boubakary Soumare.
Soumare, 22, has been key in the club’s march to the Ligue 1 title this season and is due to undergo a medical next week before signing a five-year contract.
10.50 BST: Manchester United wouldn’t sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if they failed to win the Europa League, would they?
Mark Ogden explains the significance of winning the Europa League for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United.
10.02 BST: Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has said there’s no “sense or logic” in a proposed deal to bring Antoine Griezmann back from Barcelona to the club in exchange for Joao Felix.
Griezmann left Atletico in a controversial €120m move to Camp Nou in 2019, with Felix taking his place that same year when he joined for €126m from Benfica.
Neither player has found consistent form since, and ESPN has reported that discussions took place over a possible swap last summer.
“We have a lot of faith in [Joao Felix],” Cerezo told Marca. “We’ve backed him and we’ll keep backing him… You journalists talk too much. Some things you say don’t have any sense or logic.”
09.25 BST: There’s a debate within Real Madrid as to whether to let midfielder Martin Odegaard leave this summer, Diario AS reports, as “some defend his exit to raise money, while others see him as necessary for 2021-22.”
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has made clear that he would like to keep Odegaard, who joined the Gunners on loan in January after becoming frustrated at a lack of minutes at Madrid.
And Madrid need to bring in cash this summer to pay for a squad rebuild after the collapse of the European Super League project and its expected windfall.
According to the newspaper, some board members see the Norwegian as one of the main sources of transfer income, while others argue that he should be “one of the loanees who form a part of the next project.”
08.55 BST: Lille president Olivier Letang has confirmed that the Ligue 1 champions have been unable to persuade Christophe Galtier to remain as coach.
Galtier, who had a year left on his contract, joined Lille in 2017 after eight years at Saint-Etienne and guided them to their first top-flight title since 2011. The 54-year-old was close to former owner and president Gerard Lopez, who left amid the club’s financial difficulties last December.
Lyon, Nice and Napoli are reported to be ready to offer him a job.
08.28 BST: Sergio Aguero says he will not go on Twitch for the next several weeks as he focuses on the Argentina national team and his future.
The Argentina international will play his last game for Manchester City in Saturday’s Champions League final against Chelsea and is expected to join Barcelona as a free agent.
Aguero was selected for the Argentina squad for next month’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers and could make the Copa America squad.
“Today will be my last stream in several weeks,” he said. “I don’t think I will have time. You all know… I prefer to focus on Argentina. You all want to see me but there are people that when things start to go badly, they say that I was doing stupid things.
“I prefer to be calm, focus on training and in the games. We are under a magnifying glass and if you make a minimum error, they hit you,. Today it’s ‘how great Kun [his nickname] is, incredible what he achieved’. But then, they kill you. The first thing they are going to say is that I’m doing streaming. Many still don’t like that and I don’t understand why.”
08.00 BST: Jose Bordalas will be appointed Valencia coach in the next few days, according to El Larguero.
Valencia owner Peter Lim has reportedly given the green light for the Getafe coach to take over the team for the next two seasons.
Bordalas, 57, has one year left on his contract, with Getafe and Valencia have agreed to pay the Madrid outfit compensation for the coach to be released from his deal.
Bordalas has overseen Getafe since September 2016, leading the club back to La Liga in his first season before recording back-to-back top-10 finishes. Getafe finished 15th in the standings this season, two places behind Valencia.
Gab Marcotti reacts to Lille securing the Ligue 1 title by a single point over French giant PSG.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Luke Thrower)
– Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly reduced their valuation of striker Mauro Icardi in an effort to transfer him this summer, with Serie A clubs Juventus, AC Milan and AS Roma interested. Calciomercato report that the 28-year-old Argentina international could be available for around €40m and the report states this his wife Wanda Nara, who is also his agent, is pushing for a move back to Italy rather than elsewhere in Europe.
– Aston Villa are prioritising the signing of Emiliano Buendia but will have to battle Arsenal for the playmaker’s signature. The Telegraph report that Villa are keen on the 24-year-old, who joined Norwich from Getafe in 2018 for a fee of around £1.5m. With 32 goal involvements in 39 Championship games last season, it is no surprise that the Gunners are also interested in the Argentinian. However, Mikel Arteta’s apparent move for the attacking midfielder will be dependent on Martin Odegaard, whose future is still undecided after his loan from Real Madrid.
– Barcelona are interested in AZ Alkmaar’s Owen Wijndal as a long-term replacement for Jordi Alba, according to AS. The 21-year-old plays as a left-sided full-back and his agent, Mino Raiola, is said to have a good relationship with Barca president Joan Laporta. Alba, 32, has been at Camp Nou since 2012 and has been ever-present this season. The report says that for Wijndal to join there must be outgoings to raise funds and left-back Junior Firpo, who was signed for just over £15m from Real Betis two-years ago, could be the player who will be moved on.
– Brighton & Hove Albion have joined the battle to sign Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, according to the Sun. The Seagulls aren’t the only Premier League club eyeing a move for the 23-year-old though, with Leicester City and Arsenal also said to be interested. The forward is reportedly available for between £15m-£20m this summer due to his contract in Scotland expiring in a year.
– Arsenal midfielder Willian is keen on a move back to Chelsea just under a year after his departure, according to Sky Sports. The 32-year-old left Stamford Bridge for the Emirates after his contract expired, despite the Blues working hard to keep him at the club. However, after a disappointing season at Arsenal, the club are said to be willing to let the Brazil winger go two years before his contract is set to expire. The report says there is also interest from other clubs in Europe, as well as MLS team Inter Miami CF.
– Newly appointed Roma manager Jose Mourinho is plotting a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Daniel Podence, according to Calciomercato. The 25-year-old was reportedly scouted by Mourinho when he was in charge of Tottenham Hotspur and plans to make a move for his compatriot. Podence joined Wolves from Olympiakos last year for a reported £17m but a string of injuries means that he has only featured 24 times in the league this season. Another name reportedly on Mourinho’s list in FC Porto star Sergio Oliveira, who plays in midfield and has made 10 appearances for Portugal.
– Inter Milan are monitoring central midfielder Rodrigo De Paul according to Calciomercato. The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to both Leeds United and Liverpool in recent weeks but a stay with Inter in Serie A could be on the cards. The report states that the Nerazzurri side had agreed a €25m fee for the player in 2019 but the arrival of Antonio Conte forced a change in plans. The Argentina international has had a season to remember at Udinese, taking the armband for his club and playing in 36 of their 38 league games this season. His side ended up finishing 14th in Serie A and clear of the threat of relegation.