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 according to Sport this summer to the Nou Camp.
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.
Lewandowski has scored 309 goals in 379 appearances in Germany but appears to have doubts about extending his stay in the Bundesliga. 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.
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11.47 CET: Manchester United youngsters Di’Shon Bernard is a target for West Ham United, reports the Daily Mirror.
Bernard, 21, has impressed during divisional loan spells this season at Hull City and last season at Salford City.
At Salford, ex-Chelsea trainee Bernard received praise from Gary Neville, co-owner and ex-Man United captain, who said at the time: “Di’Shon Bernard has done really well since being deployed at centre-back. steps forward, pushes up a bit, makes us more aggressive I would love to sign him full time but I don’t know if United would let him go.
“He’s the type of player we need. Young, hungry, wants to make a career. Players who can pass like him, walk like him, have the physicality he has, the talent, the ability to read the game.” – he’s a really good player.”
The Mirror report that West Ham have been regularly looking for Bernard, who has a contract at Old Trafford until 2026.
10.42 CET: Arsenal defender Wilhelm Saliba has reiterated his desire to extend his stay at Marseille following his successful loan spell.
The 21-year-old, who has never made a first-team appearance for the Gunner since joining from Saint-Etienne in 2019, has made 44 appearances for Marseille from Ligue 1 this season.
Saliba helped OM finish second in the Ligue 1 table towards the end of the season as the club reached the quarter-finals of the Europa Conference League and made their senior debut for France last month.
He told Le Parisien: “There’s always a chance. I don’t hide that I’m very happy in Marseille. I’ve developed, I’ve reached a milestone.
“If I make it into the French squad it will be thanks to Marseille because there is a lot of visibility there. They’re a very big club with a lot of pressure but when you’re good a lot of good things happen to you.” .
“We’ll see in May or June depending on the talks. Today, my future, I don’t know what it is.”
09.47 CET: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made it clear he wants the club to invest heavily in the summer by admitting Liverpool’s side are stronger than his own.
City lost 3-2 to Jurgen Klopp’s side in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium (Stream the replay on ESPN+ in the US) with the injured midfield duo Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gündogan as well as right-back Kyle Walker.
The two clubs continue to fight for the Premier League title and are on course to meet in the Champions League final.
Asked after the FA Cup whether Liverpool’s squad is better than City’s, Guardiola said: “For the moment, yes. Kevin couldn’t play, Kyle couldn’t play, and Gundogan was hit on the knee. If everyone is fit then it’s fine.”
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08.51 BST: Eden Hazard will turn down a move this summer to prove himself at Real Madrid, according to his brother Kylian Hazard, midfielder from Cercle Brugge.
It’s been reported that Eden Hazard could come as a shock to Arsenal this summer but Kylian believes his brother will try to reverse his form, which has been disappointing and injury-plagued since moving from Chelsea to the Bernabeu. Talks have been said to have taken place between Real Madrid and Arsenal but it seems like Hazard doesn’t want to leave the club before he’s at his best.
“He won’t let Real go until he proves he’s the strongest there,” Kylian, who is on loan at Belgian second division club RWDM this season, told RTBF. “He’s proven himself at every club he’s been to and for me he doesn’t want to leave.
“I don’t think he’s going. If the president wants him to go, if he knows he doesn’t have a chance to play, then I don’t think he’s going to stay. But I can assure you of one thing: he. ” will do everything to prove that he is the best player at Real.'”
08.00 CET: Ajax technical manager Gerry Hamstra has said they are doing everything they can to convince Manchester United’s goal for the lead Eric ten Hag to stay in the club
Ten Hag is close to finalizing a deal to join United, with sources telling ESPN official confirmation of the Dutchman’s appointment could come as early as late April.
Hamstra, who is the most senior technical manager at Ajax following the retirement of Marc Overmars earlier this year, said the club are now preparing for both his stay and departure.
“There is interest in Erik ten Hag, that’s normal. He played fantastically,” Hamstra said ahead of Ajax’s 2-1 defeat by PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Cup final.
“We hope he stays. We have to stick to the facts, he hasn’t left yet. He’s still focused on Ajax, so are we.”
“We have done everything possible [to keep him at Ajax]. We were very busy with that. He responded by saying his focus is now on Ajax. Now we are preparing for two scenarios: Ten Hag could stay or go.”
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PAPER GOSSIP (by Nick Judd)
– Borussia Dortmund is pressing Manchester City for a decision Erling Haland, like the sun. They believe the German club would like to have 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.
– 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 players’ 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.