Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar is being monitored by several Premier League sides. Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images
The summer transfer window is approaching, and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Man Utd, Chelsea, Spurs eye Skriniar
Manchester United, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur are all keen on Internazionale defender Milan Skriniar, which has prompted the defending Serie A champions to offer him a new deal, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Those Premier League sides have expressed interest in acquiring the 27-year-old centre-back in the summer, and that has seen Inter move quickly to try to secure him down to a long-term deal.
The Nerazzurri are looking to offer the Slovakia international a five-year contract that would see his stay extended until the summer of 2027, with a salary that would increase each year, starting €4.5million-per-season.
Skriniar has been a key player for Simone Inzaghi’s side in the current campaign, making 34 starts in a season that could see Inter repeat as champs on Sunday, though they will need their neighbours AC Milan to slip up in an away clash against Sassuolo.
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22.33 BST: Roma have made Sassuolo’s Maxime Lopez their priority midfield transfer target for the summer transfers window, according to Calciomercato.
Sassuolo want €16m, but Roma believe they could sign him for as little as €5m, as they take 30% of any move for Davide Frattesi, while they also hope to include some younger players as part of the deal. Sassuolo like Cristian Volpato and Edoardo Bove, while Roma want to include Felix Afena-Gyan. Lopez has stated that he wants to join Roma.
22.11 BST: As reported on Chelsea’s official website, Thomas Tuchel admitted to members of the media that Kepa Arrizabalaga‘s future remains uncertain at the club.
“It depends what he wants and what his plans are,” Tuchel said of the goalkeeper during his final pre-match press conference of the season. “I know that we are very privileged to have Edou [Edouard Mendy] and Kepa in our squad but I also know for sure that Kepa is not happy about the situation because he deserved to play more and he can be a very strong number one. He arrived as a number one so the situation is not easy. He has been a fantastic team player since day one and never let anybody down.
“We did not have a conversation yet but I know that the goalkeeper coaches have these conversations at the moment and then we will take our time to speak with him and reflect on what’s best and what the possibilities are. As a coach, of course I’m super happy to have both strong goalkeepers so let’s see.”
21.41 BST: Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution are expecting interest in Adam Buksa from European clubs with many of their domestic seasons coming to an end, as reported by MLSsoccer.com, who add that informal discussions have already begun.
“I’m sure that we will be sorting out a variety of offers over the next couple of weeks or so for the transfer window in Europe,” head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena told members of the media. “So, we’ll have to wait and see what happens with those types of offers and whether we’ll accept them or whatever. But he is sought after, and obviously his stints with the Polish national team are helpful and he’ll likely be playing in the [2022 FIFA] World Cup. So, he’s going to attract some interest.”
21.06 BST: After their relegation from the Premier League, Norwich City have confirmed the departures of various first-team players, including Lukas Rupp and Josip Drmic.
They have added that Billy Gilmour, Brandon Williams, Ozan Kabak and Mathias Normann will all return to their respective parent clubs after the Canaries’ final game of the season against Tottenham Hotspur.
20.27 BST: Nice had been confident that they would be able to sign Nancy midfielder Warren Bondo, but Le 10 Sport have now suggested that Hamburg is the 18-year-old’s most likely destination. The likes of Montpellier, Lille, Rennes and Monaco had all shown interest, but it had appeared as though the teenager would join Nice until his head has seemingly been turned.
Hamburg are 1-0 up against Hertha Berlin after the first leg in the Bundesliga’s promotion/relegation play-off as they aim to reach the top tier.
20.08 BST: More news in North London! Tottenham Hotspur are ready to make a move for Alessandro Bastoni, reports Corriere dello Sport, who add that the Internazionale centre-back is Antonio Conte’s priority as he aims to strengthen his defence.
It would take at least €60m to €70m to bring him in, with Inter feeling that offloading the Italian would allow them to keep Lautaro Martinez, Milan Skriniar, Marcelo Brozovic and Nicolo Barella. There has been interest from Manchester City in the past while Manchester United could still make a move.
19.37 BST: Justin Kluivert‘s permanent transfer from Roma to Nice is in the balance after the latter failed to qualify for the Champions League, reports Sky Sports Italia.
The Dutchman has spent the season on loan with Nice, who would have had an obligation to sign him permanently for €15m if they had reached Europe’s elite competition. They still want to sign the winger but are hoping to do so for a lower amount, which has left Roma frustrated.
19.19 BST: After earning promotion to the Premier League, Fulham are lining up a move for West Ham United right-back Ryan Fredericks, as reported by the Evening Standard.
The 29-year-old will be a free agent having not been offered a new deal after falling behind Vladimir Coufal and Ben Johnson in the pecking order. This leaves him able to return to Fulham, where he played over 100 times before joining the Hammers for free in 2018.
18.51 BST: On their official channels, Mainz 05 have confirmed the signing of Bochum centre-back Maxim Leitsch.
The 24-year-old joins on a contract that will run until 2026 for an undisclosed fee, having made a total of 93 appearances for Bocum in all competitions.
18.18 BST: Up next, a look ahead to the summer around a very intriguing free agent forward. Spanish outlet AS has some thoughts on possible clubs for Paulo Dybala when his contract at Juventus expires at the end of June. With him unwilling to accept a reduced salary in any new contract, the Serie A giants are seemingly resigned to his departure.
The 28-year-old Argentina international hasn’t had the best of times in Turin this season, but with 15 goals and six assists (all competitions) while coming in and out of the first-team is a promising return, and several clubs could use a scorer of that caliber. (That’s even more true with Erling Haaland’s move to Manchester City now confirmed, and the future of Kylian Mbappe to be revealed this Sunday.) AS reckons that everyone from Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, to Manchester United and Tottenham — plus Inter Milan! — would be realistic options and who could benefit from Dybala next season.
17.24 BST: Here’s a scoop from ESPN’s own James Olley involving Tottenham. Sources tell ESPN that the club is exploring a move for free agent winger Ivan Perisic and that the Croatia international is enthused by the prospect of a reunion with his former manager at Inter Milan, Antonio Conte.
Per Olley’s report: “Although Inter are continuing talks with the 33-year-old in an effort to find an agreement before his contract expires this summer, Perisic is increasingly likely to leave the club.” He mentions that Juventus are in pole position, but that Spurs remain an intriguing option given that Perisic and Conte won Serie A together last season.
16.31 BST: Thomas Tuchel has said he hopes Todd Boehly can become Chelsea’s “lucky charm” once his consortium completes their purchase of the club and they can conduct transfer business again.
The Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner is spearheading a bid worth £4.25 billion which is expected to pass the Premier League’s owners and directors’ test in the coming days. Talks are continuing between outgoing owner Roman Abramovich and the U.K. government amid a row over how the £2.5bn sale money is distributed to victims of the war in Ukraine.
Assuming the takeover goes ahead as planned, Boehly and Tuchel are expected to meet to discuss the club’s summer transfer plans.
“We will be very open and very honest. He will get my point of view if he wants to have it. Of course, we lose key players and we struggle to win our home games,” Tuchel said. “He was at the final in Wembley. Maybe when the deal is done and he is our owner, he is the lucky charm that we need so we give him so more credit.”
Chelsea remain hopeful the sale will be finalised before their special licence to continue operating ends on May 31 and, while the government seeks assurances no funds will find their way back to Abramovich, Boehly spent last week meeting players and staff of the men’s and women’s teams.
Although Boehly’s attendance is not always advertised, it is thought the American businessman has not seen the men’s side win a game in person since entering into talks to buy the club. He attended Thursday’s 1-1 draw against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge after the FA Cup Final defeat to Liverpool, a home draw against Wolves and the Champions League quarterfinal first leg loss to Real Madrid.
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15.47 BST: Paul Pogba has reservations about playing for Manchester United at Crystal Palace on Sunday over fears he could be targeted by visiting supporters, sources told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
The France midfielder was booed by fans following the 3-2 win over Norwich at Old Trafford on April 16 and again when he was substituted because of injury after 10 minutes of the 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on April 19.
Pogba has not featured since the loss at Anfield but has an outside chance of being available for the trip to Crystal Palace on Sunday — United’s last game of the season.
It’s also likely to be the last game of Pogba’s United career, with his contract set to expire in June, but sources told ESPN that the 29-year-old is concerned he may get a negative reception at Selhurst Park if he was to be part of the squad.
Sources close to Pogba insist he is yet to make a decision on his long-term future. Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are leading the race to sign the World Cup winner on a free transfer in the summer. Sky reports that Juve are looking to take a big step this weekend in their hope of convincing Pogba to return to the club by offering him a contract with a net annual salary of €8.5m.
Pogba has made 226 appearances since rejoining United from Juventus for a then world record £89.3m fee in 2016 but it set to walk away for free for a second time after initially making the switch from Old Trafford to Juventus in 2012.
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15.03 BST: Juventus have told Alvaro Morata that they will not be exercising the option to buy the forward that was included in his loan deal with Atletico Madrid, Marca reports.
According to the newspaper, the Serie A club informed Morata of their decision on Thursday as they do not have the money available to pay the stipulated €35m fee. That would see Spain forward Morata, 29 — who has scored 12 goals for Juve this season –facing an uncertain future on his return to Atletico this summer.
Even with Luis Suarez leaving, the LaLiga side have Joao Felix, Antoine Griezmann, Matheus Cunha and Angel Correa competing for places in their attack.
Earlier this year Morata was linked as a possible target for Barcelona during the January transfer window.
14.21 BST: Outgoing Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has suggested the club could have done more to convince him to stay prior to sanctions being imposed on the club.
The 29-year-old will leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer at the end of the season after agreeing a four-year deal with Real Madrid.
Chelsea wanted Rudiger to sign an extension, but sources have told ESPN’s James Olley the club were unwilling to meet his wage demands. Chelsea made a final offer in excess of £220,000 a week but Rudiger’s deal with Madrid is worth £342,000 a week.
Chelsea had been unable to hold further talks with Rudiger since March after owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the U.K government following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The club were granted a special license to continue fulfilling fixtures but are prevented from signing and selling players or renegotiating existing contracts. However, Rudiger said in a piece with The Players’ Tribune that Chelsea could have been more proactive in discussions earlier in the campaign.
“Unfortunately, my contract negotiations had already started to get difficult last fall,” he wrote. “Business is business, but when you don’t hear any news from the club from August to January, the situation becomes complicated.
“After the first offer, there was a long gap of just nothing. We’re not robots, you know? You cannot wait for months with so much uncertainty about your future. Obviously, no one saw the sanctions coming, but in the end, other big clubs were showing interest, and I had to make a decision. I will leave it at that, because business aside, I have nothing bad to say about this club.
“Chelsea will always be in my heart. London will always be my home. I came here alone, and now I have a wife and two beautiful kids. I also have a new brother for life named Kova [teammate Mateo Kovacic]. I have an FA Cup, a Europa League and a Champions League medal. And of course, I have hundreds of memories that will stay with me forever.”
13.34 BST: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is facing a battle to relaunch his career this summer amid concerns Liverpool’s transfer strategy could force him to see out the final year of his contract at Anfield, sources told ESPN’s Mark Ogden.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 28, has not appeared in Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League team since playing 62 minutes of the 3-1 win at home to Norwich in February and the former England midfielder was an unused substitute as a depleted Liverpool side won 2-1 at Southampton on Tuesday.
Despite being fit and available, the former Arsenal player’s only first-team action during the past three months have been FA Cup outings against Norwich and Nottingham Forest.
But while Liverpool are prepared to listen to offers for Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer, sources told ESPN the club will assess how much interest there is in him before setting a valuation on a player signed for £35 million from Arsenal in 2017.
12.49 BST: Borussia Dortmund manager Marco Rose has been sacked after just one season in charge, the club announced on Friday.
Rose guided Dortmund to second in the Bundesliga this season, eight points behind champions Bayern Munich, who won their 10th consecutive league title.
“BVB and Coach Marco Rose end their relationship,” the club said in a statement on Twitter.
“Following an intensive season analysis on Thursday, including Rose, Watzke, Zorc, Kehl, and Sammer, the club has decided to move forward, and wishes Marco Rose the best of luck in his next opportunity.”
12.02 BST: Real Madrid believe that Kylian Mbappe will announce a decision on his future this weekend, sources have told ESPN’s Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez, with uncertainty around the situation causing “nervousness and confusion” over the club’s chances of signing the Paris Saint-Germain forward.
According to sources, there is “pessimism” at Madrid over the potential deal while there is a similar level of uncertainty at PSG. Earlier this week, sources close to the Ligue 1 champions told ESPN the club had given up on keeping Mbappe because they thought he would join Madrid. However, with Mbappe expected to announce his definitive decision over the next few days, the France international has not communicated it to either club.
Madrid — who have known for months that the player had given the OK to a move to the Bernabeu — do not understand his behaviour over the last two weeks, sources said. The nervousness felt at the club at this late stage is due to the fact that they have not received confirmation that Mbappe intends to formally accept their offer or stay in Paris. Both clubs find themselves in a tense standoff as they expect the player to speak publicly this weekend.
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11.39 BST: Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be allowed to leave the club in the summer, Sky reports.
The 24-year-old right-back does not feature in new United manager Erik ten Hag’s plans and will be made available either for a permanent transfer or a loan with an obligation to sign.
Wan-Bissaka joined United from Crystal Palace for £50m in 2019 and was a first-team regular under former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but he has seen a lot less game time under Ralf Rangnick interim coach over the past six months.
10.53 BST: Newcastle United are making rival clubs and player agents lower expectations of lucrative deals with the St James’ Park club this summer, sources told ESPN’s Mark Ogden, with the new owners ruling out a move for Manchester United’s out-of-contract midfielder Jesse Lingard unless he reduces his £150,000-a-week wage demands.
Having completed their takeover of Newcastle last October by buying out previous owner Mike Ashley, the Saudi Arabia-backed consortium which now controls the club invested over £90 million in new signings during the January transfer window, including England defender Kieran Trippier and Brazil midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.
But while sources said that head coach Eddie Howe will be backed in the transfer window with substantial funds this summer, agents and clubs have been made aware that Newcastle’s new owners will not pay excessive fees or wages in order to bolster their squad.
Newcastle failed in a January attempt to take Lingard on loan for the second half of the season, with Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer family, only prepared to offload the 29-year-old in a permanent transfer with a fee attached. But while Lingard will be available on a free transfer when his Old Trafford contract expires at the end of June, sources said that Newcastle’s owners will not sanction a substantial signing-on fee or excessive wages to land the England international.
Newcastle’s stance on Lingard has reverberated around the game, with sources telling ESPN a number of clubs and agents are waiting to see how Newcastle progress in the early weeks of the transfer window before attempting to do business the club.
10.08 BST: Arsenal and Netherlands forward Vivianne Miedema has rejected interest from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain to sign a new contract with the north London club.
The Women’s Super League 2021-22 Golden Boot runner-up had reportedly held talks with several top European clubs with her contract due to expire this summer. However, Arsenal have announced that she has opted to stay in England.
Arsenal signed Miedema in 2017 from Bayern Munich and the 25-year-old has gone on to break multiple records in the WSL. She is the top scorer in the league’s history and in March became the first player in WSL history to reach 100 goal involvements. She is also the only player ever to score against every team she has faced in the league.
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09.21 BST: Ousmane Dembele will make a counteroffer to Barcelona’s latest renewal proposal next week, according to Diario Sport.
Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing the French winger, who becomes a free agent this summer. Dembele, who was close to leaving Barca in the winter transfer window, is keen to remain at Camp Nou.
His agent, Moussa Sissoko, will meet with Barca representatives next week for further contract-extension talks in the hope of making a final decision soon. According to Mundo Deportivo, Sissoko’s wage demands are still far from what Barca have offered the player.
Barca know the deal to keep Dembele is unlikely and have already considered his replacement, Leeds winger Raphinha. The 25-year-old Brazil international has scored 10 goals in 35 appearances for Leeds this season.
08.44 BST: Federico Bernardeschi, 28, will play his last game for Juventus at Fiorentina on Saturday, according to Tuttosport.
Following a meeting between club executives and Bernardeschi’s agent, it was agreed by mutual consent for the player not to continue in Turin beyond this summer, when his contract expires.
The Italy international has made 182 appearances for the Bianconeri and won three league titles, two Coppa Italia among other trophies in his five seasons with the Turin giants.
08.00 BST: Arsenal are weighing up their options after being told Manchester City will demand £55m for Gabriel Jesus this summer, sources have told ESPN’s James Olley.
Arsenal are in the market to sign at least one forward and have sounded out the 25-year-old over a possible move.
Initial contact has now been made between the two clubs and sources have told ESPN that Arsenal have baulked at City’s valuation given he only has one year left on his contract.
However, the amount is based on City’s respect for the player — who has scored 95 goals in 235 appearances — but also a desire to recoup the €60m fee paid to Borussia Dortmund to sign Erling Haaland.
City boss Pep Guardiola would prefer to keep Jesus but will not stand in the striker’s way if he pushes to leave.
Arsenal will wait to see what European competition they qualify for this weekend before deciding their next move but sources have told ESPN that Arsenal did not expect to finish in the top four this season and therefore their long-term budgeting has not been significantly affected by the recent slump.
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PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)
– Barcelona are considering making a move for Valencia star Goncalo Guedes, writes Mundo Deportivo. Los Che are looking to move on the 25-year-old forward this summer, and are looking for a fee of around €40m. It is expected that more talks will take place between the two sides before any final decision is made by the Blaugrana, with Atletico Madrid also reported to be interested in his services.
– AC Milan are interested in signing Morgan Gibbs-White, according to The Athletic. The 22-year-old has been a standout performer this season while on loan at Sheffield United from Wolverhampton Wanderers, and it looks as though the San Siro could look to tempt him to Serie A, despite his plans to garner more first team action in Bruno Lage’s side next season.
– West Ham United have identified Moise Kean as a possible alternative option to Michail Antonio, reveals Calciomercato. The 22-year-old forward Keane is on loan at Juventus from Everton, but the Serie A side recently met with the Hammers in talks over a possible deal. The Bianconeri have an option to make his stay permanent with a fee in the region of €35m.
– Kylian Mbappe will make the final decision over his future on Sunday, reports Foot Mercato. Real Madrid were recently reported to have agreed on terms with the 23-year-old France international, but Paris Saint-Germain have been working hard to do everything they can to keep him at the Parc des Princes.
– Tottenham are eyeing a move for Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet, according to Sport. The Premier League side have enquired about a possible loan deal until the end of the season, and they would be willing to cover a large part of the 26-year-old’s €6m-per-season salary. The Blaugrana would prefer a permanent move, but they could be willing to allow him to leave on loan if that is not possible, with the France international making just six starts in LaLiga this season.