LIVE Transfer Talk Kane’s Man United move clearer as Real Madrid end chase

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The coronavirus outbreak has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the new rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.

TOP STORY: Real Madrid pull out of Kane race

Real Madrid have pulled out of the race to sign Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane, the Mail on Sunday reports.

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It’s been well known that the Spanish juggernauts are interested in the Englishman, but now, they’ve decided that they’re going to be focusing their efforts to sign a top goalscorer elsewhere.

The belief is that Spurs are looking for around £200 million for Kane, mainly due to outstanding stadium payments. Regardless of whether or not that’s the case, this news opens the door for Manchester United to swoop in and make a move. 

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09.49 BST: Spanish defender Pablo Mari, currently on loan at Arsenal, has told Sky Sports that he would like to join the Gunners on a permanent basis.

Mari is on loan at the Emirates Stadium from Brazilian club Flamengo, where he won the Copa Libertadores in November.

Mari, who spent three seasons on Manchester City’s books but never made a senior appearance for them, now hopes to take his second chance at a career in England after making his Premier League debut in Arsenal’s final game before football shut down, a 1-0 win over West Ham.

“We played well. I have a lot of things to learn but I think my football can be really good with the Arsenal,” he said.

“I hope the club and I can go at the end [of the season] with good things to do the permanent transfer. We will see what happens because at the moment with the virus it is difficult.”

09.00 BST: Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has told ESPN that he would understand if Jadon Sancho joined bitter rivals Manchester United.

Sources told ESPN last month that United are leading the chase for England winger Sancho, but Borussia Dortmund are still anticipating competition from Premier League rivals Liverpool and Chelsea. Sancho, 20, left Manchester City to join Dortmund in 2017, and has since become one of Europe’s most exciting young talents.

City have the right to match any bid accepted by Dortmund, according to a clause in the deal that saw him leave the Etihad Stadium. But City did not include a United stipulation in the deal as they did when Brahim Diaz moved to Real Madrid in 2019. City are entitled to 15% of the fee if Brahim leaves Real Madrid but would earn 40% if he were to sign for another “Manchester-based club.” No such clause exists in Sancho’s Dortmund contract.

PAPER TALK (by Harry Kettle): Man United prefer Grealish to Rodriguez

Manchester United would much prefer to go after the signing of Jack Grealish than James Rodriguez, Sky Sports reports

Colombia captain James has been heavily linked with a move away from Real Madrid in recent years, but after a turbulent tenure at the Santiago Bernabeu, the belief is that the Red Devils would much rather bring in a bonafide English star like Grealish.

If they do go after a midfielder, Aston Villa sensation Grealish is said to be at the top of their list following his impressive Premier League campaign with the Midlands side. 

New Borussia Dortmund deal for Sancho?

Borussia Dortmund youngster Jadon Sancho could be in line for a new deal with the German giants if he stays at the club, Bild reports. The 20-year-old has been attracting a great deal of interest from all corners of world football, with the Premier League being a particular hotspot.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United have all made their interest known in the last few months. However, if Dortmund are somehow able to keep hold of their man, they are willing to take the terms of his contract from €6m (£5.2m) per season to €10m (£8.7m) per season. 

Tap-ins

– Barcelona may be interested in trying to sign Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico as a potential replacement if Junior Firpo leaves the club, Mundo Deportivo reports. After avoiding a switch to Atletico Madrid last summer, it appears as if Ajax are now willing to sell him if the price is right — and if the summer transfer window actually opens and Firpo leaves. 

– Arsenal have made an enquiry regarding the potential signing of Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno, the Mirror reports. The future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues to be unknown, and with Alexandre Lacazette also being linked with a move away from North London, Mikel Arteta is preparing for a shake-up this summer. 



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