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: Liverpool and Chelsea eye Gravenberch
Liverpool are looking to replace Georginio Wijnaldum this summer and are stepping up interest in Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch, says Gazzetta dello Sport.
Gravenberch, 18, is one of the top young players in Europe and has become a regular in the Ajax first XI with eight goals in 50 games. He signed a new contract last June until 2023 and has also picked up three caps for the senior Netherlands side.
Wijnaldum’s contract expires this summer and the 30-year-old looks likely to move to Barcelona on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Gazzetta claims that Gravenberch’s transfer is valued at around €35m and that Chelsea are also interested in signing him. The Blues’ new boss Thomas Tuchel reportedly wants to add more youth to their midfield.
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have also been linked with the Dutchman, but are unable to spend a lot of money this summer due to their financial situations.
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08.30 BST: Arsenal are considering another move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha this summer, says 90min.
Zaha, 28, almost moved to the Emirates in 2019 when he handed in a transfer request but Palace wanted £70m to sign him. Arsenal had a £40m bid plus add-ons rejected, a source told ESPN, and didn’t take their interest any further as they signed Nicholas Pepe for £72m instead.
The Gunners would need to raise funds this summer by letting Alexandre Lacazette depart, and sources said Sevilla, Roma and Atletico Madrid are keen on him.
Zaha left Palace to join Manchester United in 2013 but endured a tough spell at Old Trafford and returned to the London club on a permanent deal months later. He has nine goals and two assists this season
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PAPER GOSSIP (by Nick Judd)
– Andrea Pirlo outlined his intentions to keep striker Paulo Dybala at Juventus in a postmatch interview following a 2-1 victory over Napoli, says Calciomercato. The 27-year-old Argentine played a crucial role for Juve — scoring his side’s second — in the win that saw the club move up to third in an all-important Champions League qualification battle. Dybala still has one more year on his contract in Italy, but clubs could soon be circling should he run down his contract.
– AC Milan met with Lorenzo Insigne’s agent according to reports from Gianluigi Di Marzio. The Napoli captain has one year left on his current deal, but is set to sit down with the management at the end of the season to discuss the possibility of a renewal. The 29-year-old Italian forward has been at Napoli since his youth career in 2006, scoring over 200 goals for the club. It is suggested that the captain’s intentions will be clearer come the conclusion of the current Serie A season.
– Leicester City will not be signing Cengiz Under on a permanent basis come the end of the season, according to reports from the Daily Telegraph’s John Percy. The loanee from AS Roma came with a £20 million-plus transfer option in the summer but, after making just nine appearances in the Premier League this season with a spell on the sidelines, the Midlands club are not set to trigger the sign-on clause for the 23-year-old.
– Celtic have identified 29-year-old Josh King as an option to replace Odsonne Edouard this summer according to The Sun. The Norway striker joined Everton
– Chelsea, Barcelona, and Manchester City are in a race to sign Belgium and Internazionale frontman Romelu Lukaku this summer, according to Calciomercato. For Manchester City, it would be a move forced due to the loss of Sergio Aguero, who will leave at the end of the season. City had reportedly made a move for the striker last summer. Barcelona would see Lukaku, who scored on Wednesday in the runaway Serie A leader’s win over Sassuolo, and old boss Ronald Koeman reunited — the duo crossed paths at Everton in 2016-17. However, it is believed Chelsea are in the best financial position to win the race for 27-year-old Lukaku, who made 10 league appearances for the Blues in his previous stint from 2011-2014.
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