The summer transfer window is fast approaching and there are plenty of rumors about who is going where. Transfer Talk brings you the latest rumours, comings and goings and of course deals done!
TOP STORY: Barcelona are looking for Robert Lewandowski for long-haul
Barcelona plan to do everything he can Robert Lewandowski to the Nou Camp this summer, according to a report by Sport.
The Spaniards are reportedly hoping to sign the 33-year-old Poland international for three years, with the striker currently evaluating his options rather than extending his existing deal with Bayern Munich, which expires in 2023.
Lewandowski is believed to be looking for a new challenge, especially after Bayern’s surprise Champions League elimination by Villarreal. Meanwhile, Barcelona are said to believe he has the character and leadership qualities that have been lacking ever since Lionel Messi‘s departure last summer.
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Lewandowski has scored 309 goals in 379 games in Germany but appears to have doubts about extending his Bundesliga stay. Although Lewandowski’s talks with Bayern are set to continue, it looks like Barca can offer him what he wants, which is long-term security.
Bayern are reluctant to let their talisman leave the club but they would consider a deal if he could fetch around €60m. Barca are looking to part ways with just under €25m so there is still a lot to be done between the two clubs.
– Borussia Dortmund is pressing Manchester City for a decision Erling Haland, like the sun. They believe the German club want a decision as soon as possible so they can start planning the replacement of the 21-year-old striker. Haaland has a £64million release clause in his contract that comes into effect this summer and Manchester City are leading the race for his signature ahead of Real Madrid. Dortmund have not given up hope of persuading Haaland to stay, but with City boss Pep Guardiola reportedly keen to sign a striker, it looks like this could finally be the summer for the Norwegian to seek new pastures changes.
– Eden Hazard will move this summer to prove himself at Real Madrid, according to his brother, who spoke to RTBF. It has been claimed that Hazard could come as a shock to Arsenal this summer but Kylian Hazard believes his brother will try to reverse his form, which has been disappointing and injury-plagued since joining the Bernabeu from Chelsea. Talks between Real Madrid and Arsenal were believed to have taken place but it seems like Hazard doesn’t want to leave the club before he’s at his best.
– Everton star Richardson has instructed his agent to find him a new club at the end of the season, according to Football Insider. The 24-year-old is currently embroiled in a relegation battle to keep Everton in the Premier League but whatever happens, he seems set to leave the club in search of Champions League football. The Brazilian striker has two years left on his contract but despite tough talks between the club and player representatives, it looks like he could make a move at the end of the season.
– Barcelona are very interested Philippe Coutinhos future settled ahead of June so they can settle their finances and their own squad improvements, Sport reports. The Catalan club hope to get €40m back for the attacking midfielder, who is currently on loan at Aston Villa. Villa boss Steven Gerrard is keen on making Coutinho’s stay a permanent one, but Villa are unwilling to meet the asking price and would like to negotiate a lower fee instead. However, Barca could decide to assign the 29-year-old’s representatives to talk to other clubs. Ultimately, Barcelona want to strengthen their summer squad but they need to switch to players like Coutinho before they can dive into the transfer market themselves.
– Alexandre Lacazette It is increasingly likely that he will leave Arsenal this summer and L’Equipe report the 30-year-old could be on his way back to former club Lyon. The France international joined the Gunners from Lyon in 2017 and is wanted by Ligue 1 president Jean-Michel Aulas. Lacazette’s contract expires in June. Lyon approached Lacazette earlier in the year hoping to persuade him to sign a pre-contract but now they are hoping to get the deal through the line the second time around. Lyon are also targeting the Real Madrid forward Karim Benzemabut Lacazette is considered the easier signature.