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: PSG could move for Ronaldo
Paris Saint-Germain are taking measures to cover the potential departure of striker Kylian Mbappe by sounding out a move for Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo, reports Le Parisien.
PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi has reportedly already been in touch with Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, following Juventus’ exit from the Champions League round of 16 at the hands of FC Porto on Wednesday night.
Juventus are considering a rebuild over the summer, so it’s possible that they wouldn’t stand in Ronaldo’s way should he want to leave.
And with Mbappe’s future still unclear, PSG are sounding out possible replacements should the Frenchman decide to depart the capital for either Real Madrid or Liverpool at the end of the season.
Mbappe has just one year left on his contract and is yet to commit his future to PSG, but even at the age of 36, Ronaldo would be a suitable big-name replacement.
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08.50 GMT: The LA Galaxy signed former France youth international Samuel Grandsir from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco, the club announced on Thursday.
The 24-year-old winger was signed with Targeted Allocation Money and has agreed to a three-year deal with the club that runs through the 2023 season.
“Samuel is an attack-minded, talented player who will strengthen our roster,” general manager Dennis te Kloese said in a statement. “He has demonstrated to be an outstanding and talented player in a very respected and competitive league.
“We are confident he will show his potential and are excited to watch him grow even more and have him become an important part of our roster. We look forward to him joining our squad and integrating Samuel to the team.”
08.30 GMT: Lionel Messi received a surprise house-share offer from Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos on Thursday.
The Real defender said that should the Barcelona forward decide to leave the Camp Nou for the Bernabeu when his contract expires this year he could stay with the Ramos family while he went house hunting.
“Of course, 100%!,” Ramos said on Twitch show “Charlando Tranquilamente” when asked if he would welcome Messi to Real.
“He could stay at mine for the first week or so. He can find his feet and get comfy, I’d be more than happy to do that.
“Us Madrid fans have had to endure Leo’s best years [with him at another team] so to not have to face him every week would be great and to have him with us would obviously help us to win and have more success. It would be stupid to say it wouldn’t.”
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Chelsea are considering a move for Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman, particularly if Christian Pulisic pushes for a summer move, reports the Daily Mail.
The Blues are believed to be long-term admirers of France international Coman and have considered moving for him before, but the 24-year-old remains very much on their radar.
Pulisic is reportedly keen to get more first-team football than he is under Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, with Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich all keen on the U.S. international.
And if Pulisic does decide to leave West London, Coman would be the perfect replacement.
Coman, who has already won 23 major titles, has two years left on his contract, but Bayern might decide to let him move on so that his value doesn’t drop next summer.
Brobbey to RB Leipzig in the summer?
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano says that 19-year-old striker Brian Brobbey will leave Ajax to join RB Leipzig in the summer.
Romano explains that personal terms have already been reached, and that Brobbey will play in the Bundesliga, and not the Eredivisie, next season.
Brobbey has been linked with several clubs this season despite having only really established himself at Ajax in the current campaign.
Indeed, he scored in Europa League action against Young Boys on Thursday night after coming off the bench, his second goal in three European matches this season. He has a prolific goal record at youth level and boasts not only great speed and goal-scoring instincts but a jump higher than Ronaldo too.
Brobbey is out of contract this summer, and despite Ajax’s best efforts to keep him, he seems determined to make a fresh start next season.
– Fulham want to make Ruben Loftus-Cheek‘s loan move from Chelsea permanent in the summer, say the Sun. The Cottagers are confident they can pull off the audacious move if they can secure Premier League survival. Scott Parker’s men are in the bottom three on goal difference, but if they can edge out of the drop zone, there is a strong feeling the 25-year-old midfielder would want to join them, particularly with his chances under Tuchel at Chelsea limited.
– Liverpool have registered just one clean sheet in their past 10 games, which is probably why Tuttomercatoweb is suggesting the Reds have been enquiring about Porto’s 26-year-old centre-back Chancel Mbemba. The DR Congo international spent three years at Newcastle United but has come into some form in Portugal, starring in the Champions League victory over Juventus. Porto reportedly value Mbemba’s contract at around €15m.