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: Man Utd, Chelsea, Spurs join race for Belotti
Torino are not looking offload their star striker Andrea Belotti, but the latest reports from Tuttosport indicate they’ll have a massive battle on their hands to keep hold of the 27-year-old.
The Italian has been a consistent performer for Il Toro, with 12 Serie A goals and six assists to his name this term, which has attracted interest from within Italy and abroad.
In Serie A, AC Milan, Napoli, Roma, Fiorentina and Internazionale are all looking into the possibility of signing the Torino captain. Milan have been aiming to bring the striker in for years and haven’t given up hope yet, while Napoli and Roma are looking to find replacements for Dries Mertens and Edin Dzeko respectively. In addition, Fiorentina are uncertain over Dusan Vlahovic‘s future, while Inter have the same issue with Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku.
Looking abroad, Premier League outfits Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have all continuously monitored Belotti’s situation, something that is still ongoing.
Meanwhile, Spanish side Atletico Madrid and French club Lyon have been also linked with the striker.
Torino technical director Davide Vagnati said recently: “I hope that our captain will remain all his life. I say it with my heart.”
But it seems that Belotti will have plenty of options this summer if he sees his future elsewhere.
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08.53 BST: Eric Bailly is ready to reject a new contract at Manchester United and seek a summer move amid concerns over a lack of opportunities under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, sources have told ESPN’s Mark Ogden.
The Ivory Coast defender, who was former United manager Jose Mourinho’s first signing at Old Trafford with a £30m transfer from Villarreal in June 2016, has been in talks over a new deal to replace his contract, which expires at the end of next season.
But sources have told ESPN that the 27-year-old has become increasingly frustrated with being overlooked by Solskjaer, who favours Sweden international Victor Lindelof as defensive partner for club captain Harry Maguire at centre-back.
08.30 BST: Neymar has given an indication that he will remain at Paris Saint-Germain beyond his current contract.
The Brazilian forward becomes a free agent in June 2022 and has been constantly linked with a return to former club Barcelona.
Neymar’s father, who is also his agent, has been negotiating a new contract with PSG for the past few months. Although no deal has been announced, the 29-year-old has reassured PSG fans his future is in Paris.
“This [renewal with PSG] is no longer an issue,” Neymar said after Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. “Obviously, I feel very comfortable and at home here at PSG. I feel happier than I was before.”
PSG drew 3-3 on aggregate but went through to the semifinals on away goals.
Neymar, who did not score in the tie against Bayern but did hit the bar and the post in the first half of Tuesday’s encounter, was voted MVP.
“I told the coach [Mauricio Pochettino] that I still owe a goal,” Neymar added. “No matter how well I played the game, I still owed one. But I will do so [score] in the semifinal.”
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi also went on record to say he was optimistic his two stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will remain at the club.
“I believe next year Neymar will be at PSG and he will remain for a long time, still a long time,” PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi told Sky Italia on Tuesday night. “He and Mbappe have no reason to leave. Now let’s focus on winning the Champions League. It’s the second straight year that we have made it to the semifinals. This is a great success.”
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PAPER ROUND (by Danny Lewis)
– Manchester United are set to make a move for long-standing centre-back target Raphael Varane in the summer, reports the Daily Mail, with the Frenchman reportedly ready to leave Real Madrid. The 27-year-old’s contract with Los Blancos comes to its end in 2022, but he is still valued at around the £60m mark, while United could face competition from Paris Saint-Germain as they strive to strike a deal.
– Still in Madrid, there have been a number of reports swirling around the future of Real’s Lucas Vazquez, and AS are now suggesting that Paris Saint-Germain are interested in him. The 29-year-old winger/right-back has a contract which expires at the end of this season and, as yet, a renewal has not been negotiated. While Bayern Munich have already made strides to sign the Spaniard, PSG will now look to challenge them.
– Barcelona have spent a couple of days reflecting on whether or not they will look to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, and they have decided they will try to make it happen, reports Sport. The Catalan giants refuse to get into a battle over wages with the likes of Juventus, as they’re looking to lower their wage bill, but they’re making themselves an option as the 32-year-old makes a decision on his future after announcing that he would leave City when his contract ends in June.
– Aston Villa are prepared to receive a “monster” bid for their Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, as has been reported by Football Insider. It is claimed that Manchester United are leading the clubs interested in securing the 28-year-old’s services between the sticks. All of this interest comes after the stopper’s impressive campaign following his move from Arsenal to Villa Park last summer.