LIVE Transfer Talk – Ronaldo return to Real Madrid could delay Haaland, Mbappe moves


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: Ronaldo return could have knock-on effect for Real

Following the revelation that Cristiano Ronaldo could move back to Real Madrid from Juventus, AS has suggested what this could mean for the rest of Real Madrid’s transfer policy.

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Ronaldo will bring the goal threat they feel has been missing since the Portuguese star’s departure, meaning they are more relaxed about moves for Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, of Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund, respectively.

They reportedly are willing to wait until 2022 to sign the pair, as Mbappe’s contract would be completed and he could sign for free, while they would be able to trigger Haaland’s €75 million release clause at that time.

This leaves Los Blancos to focus on 18-year-old Stade Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga in the upcoming summer transfer window, with the midfield seen as another key area for strengthening.

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10.49 GMT: Barcelona will battle for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland despite the club’s financial problems, according to Mundo Deportivo.

New president Joan Laporta is aware Ronald Koeman’s side need a new No.9 following last summer’s departure of Luis Suarez and Haaland is the top target.

However, the competition for the Norway international will be tough, with the report claiming Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are also interested.

Dortmund have said they don’t want to sell but there’s uncertainty regarding whether a €75 million release clause kicks in this summer or next, per Mundo Deportivo.

Barca’s gross debt has risen to nearly €1.2 billion but the club hope to generate money to sign a striker ahead of next season by selling a number of players.

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09.51 GMT: Manchester United are looking at Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope as a potential replacement for David De Gea, according to The Daily Star.

The Red Devils are willing to let Spain international De Gea leave, while Dean Henderson is seen as too inexperienced to be the No. 1 at Old Trafford.

Burnley were reportedly unwilling to let Pope go last summer for anything less than a £50m transfer fee, but it will likely take more than that to sign the 28-year-old in the next window.

09.00 GMT: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said “we are going to decide the best for both sides” when it comes to Sergio Aguero‘s future at the club.

Aguero, 32, scored his first league goal in 14 months — a barren run mitigated by various factors, not least a global pandemic — netting City’s third goal in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Fulham.

The Argentina international is out of contract in the summer, and Guardiola said after the he wants to do right by the club’s all-time record goal scorer, who netted the historic stoppage-time winner against Queens Park Rangers in May 2012 to seal their first league title in 44 years.

“Sergio is maybe the legend,” Guardiola said. “Sometimes when I review the goal that won the Premier League for [Roberto] Mancini [in 2012], it is something special. He is a lovely person and what he has done … we are going to decide the best for both sides.”

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PAPER TALK (by Danny Lewis)

PSG looking at Pogba

PSG are considering a summer move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, reports Foot Mercato.

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The club’s sporting director, Leonardo, hinted that the Parisians needed more height in midfield — something the 27-year-old definitely provides, standing at 6-foot-3.

The report says that there has been recent contact between Pogba and PSG, with the Frenchman open to a move.

Ander Herrera and Idrissa Gueye might be dealt by the French giants to make room for Pogba in a midfield that already has a lot of competition.

Bayern want Valverde

Bayern Munich are interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde, as has been reported by Marca.

The Uruguayan was targeted by Bayern when they dealt Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool, but they were knocked back by the Spanish giants when they made an approach.

While the Bavarians have not given up on the 22-year-old, he is seen as someone Los Blancos simply can’t allow to leave.

They may be tested, though, as it is suggested that Bayern aren’t the only ones aiming to bring in Valverde.

Tap-ins

Paulo Dybala leaving Juventus is a real possibility due to their financial situation, and Calciomercato is reporting that the Argentine might be used as part of a swap deal. The first player he could be traded for is PSG striker and Dybala contryman Mauro Icardi, who has been linked to Juventus plenty of times in the past. The second is Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann, who has not made the same impact in Catalonia as he did while at Atletico Madrid.

– Tottenham Hotspur are showing an interest in signing Southampton centre-back Jannik Vestergaard, reports The Daily Mirror. Jose Mourinho has made signing a centre-back a priority, and the Dane is among the names on their list, meaning he could follow former teammate Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to north London. The 28-year-old will only have one year on his Southampton contract when the summer comes, meaning Spurs may be able to get him on a cut-price deal.



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