The winter transfer window is closed, but now it’s time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.
TOP STORY: Barca want €45m for right-back Semedo
The Catalans were keen to keep hold of the defender last summer but are reluctant to enter talks about an extension to his deal, insisting they have other priorities. Semedo’s contract is due to run out in 2022 and Barca are keen to avoid a repeat of last summer, when the player tried to force an exit amid interest from Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Manchester City.
Semedo wants a bigger role at the club but Barca have stalled talks, all of which have got agent Jorge Mendes primed and ready to find his client a new club.
Juve and Manchester City are both said to still be interested, and both might consider a swap deal to ease the fee. Inter Milan and Tottenham are also said to be keen, according to the report.
18.11 BST: A day after reports in Ghana suggested club Hearts of Oak had signed Ghana legend Sulley Muntari, the Ghanaian club has rubbished reports.
“Hearts of Oak wants to notify the general sporting public that we have not signed Ghana International Sulley Muntari as it’s being reported by the media,” Hearts announced on social media on Friday night.
“Sulley is a great player and a friend of the club. We will continue to unveil the players we have signed, the club added.”
The 35-year-old Muntari, who played in the three World Cups for Ghana, has been out of a club since a short spell at Spanish Segunda side Albacete last season.
17.34 BST: Liverpool have had a banner season but the champions-elect don’t look content to rest on their laurels.
Bleacher Report insider Dean Jones listed Norwich’s Todd Cantwell and Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips as potential midfielders Liverpool could target for next season. Cantwell has been linked with a move to Anfield in the past, while Phillips, a 24-year-old defensive midfielder, would be an interesting proposition following a couple of standout seasons at Elland Road.
Leeds reportedly want £30 million for Phillips, who Aston Villa tried desperately to sign last season.
16.59 BST: Chelsea to make double swoop for Lille duo Victor Osimhen and Gabriel?
According to Le10Sport, Chelsea have contacted the French club about both players, who are also reportedly drawing interest from fellow Premier League clubs Arsenal and Everton. Osimhen, 21, has scored 18 goals in 38 games in his first season in France, while Gabriel, 22, has started 23 of 28 league games for Ligue 1’s fourth-stingiest defence.
Lille reportedly are asking for €100 million for their prized striker, while Gabriel is thought to be available for €35m.
16.11 BST: Everton are “willing to meet Barcelona demands” over Philippe Coutinho, says Sport.
Coutinho, 27, is likely to be sold by the club this summer once his loan from Bayern Munich expires as the German side aren’t willing to pay his €120m buyout clause.
The Brazilian is available for around €80m and would have to take a pay cut to move to Everton. Plus there’s the issue of him being a former Liverpool player. But if no other club is willing to move for him, he could well end up there.
15.20 BST: RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has been in demand recently, but despite Liverpool and almost every other top club in Europe seemingly tracking him, and a €60m release clause than ends in June, he’s not going anywhere yet.
“There have been no enquiries, and Timo didn’t contact us either,” Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche said. “These rumours have been around for weeks. As of now, there is nothing new.”
Players have discussed how they can contribute financially during the pandemic but they will continue to be paid as normal, the club said.
“Representatives of the Chelsea board have recently held extensive talks with the men’s first team to discuss how they can contribute financially to the club during the coronavirus crisis,” a statement on the Chelsea website read.
“At this time, the men’s first team will not be contributing towards the club financially and instead the board have directed the team to focus their efforts on further supporting other charitable causes. As this crisis develops the club will continue to have conversations with the men’s first team regarding financial contributions to the club’s activities.”
12.09 BST: Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho personally called Thomas Meunier two days ago in a bid to scupper Borussia Dortmund‘s move for the Paris Saint-Germain right-back but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will need to be persuaded to sanction a deal, sources have told ESPN.
Mourinho wants a new right-back and Meunier, out of contract at PSG in June, is at the top of his list. Sources have told ESPN that Meunier has agreed terms with Borussia Dortmund, but that has not stopped Mourinho from trying to arrange a move.
10.54 BST: Sky Sports are reporting that Chelsea will extend Olivier Giroud‘s contract until 2021.
The 33-year-old striker had looked set to leave in January, with Inter, Tottenham and Lazio keen, but now seems like he’ll be staying put as the Blues exercise their option to add another year to his deal.
10.33 BST: Chelsea reached an agreement to sign Ajax forward Hakim Ziyech in a deal which could cost up to €44m on July 1, but the Morocco international isn’t worried about the coronavirus outbreak impacting it.
“I really haven’t been serious about that for a second,” he told AD. “I think my signature is under the contract and so yes, on July 1, I will be a Chelsea player. I never had any other thought.”
Correa, 25, can operate anywhere across the front three and has scored eight goals and provided four assists this season. He would apparently cost around €25m in the current market, despite having a €90m release clause in his contract.
However, Aubameyang is emerging as a serious alternative as talks continue to stall over a fresh deal at Emirates Stadium.
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Inter target David to replace Martinez
That’s the rumour according to Mundo Deportivo, which believes the 20-year-old Canadian is the man Antonio Conte wants to lead Inter’s new-look attack next season.
David plays for Gent in Belgium, for whom he has scored 18 goals and registered eight assists in the Belgian league this season.
Quick, powerful and versatile considering, David would cost somewhere between €15m-25m, his price now potentially cheaper than it perhaps might have been before the coronavirus outbreak.
Inter are believed to have made contact with Gent.
Leonardo turns attentions to Pellegrini
PSG sporting director Leonardo has often found joy in transfers from Serie A — think Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, for example — and Footmercato are reporting that PSG want Lorenzo Pellegrini from AS Roma.
Pellegrini has been a long-term target for the French giants, and Leonardo is reported to be in regular contact with the 23-year-old Italy international.
Pellegrini’s contract ends in 2022 and he has a release clause of €30m, a sum which could change depending on where Roma finish in the Serie A table if and when the season resumes. The Giallorossi are currently fifth.
He has played 18 times in the league this season, and in four of the six Europa League matches, scoring three goals and adding 12 assists in all competitions.
— Good news for all clubs monitoring Harry Kane who don’t have the words ‘Manchester’ and United’ in their name, for it would appear the Red Devils are ruling themselves out of a mega £200m capture this summer, says the Daily Mail. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has ruled out any huge spending when the transfer window opens and instead, he believes the coronavirus will have a huge impact on transfer fees. He insisted the figures that have been suggested for both Kane and Jadon Sancho are wildly unrealistic.
— Calciomercato is reporting that Paris Saint-Germain have submitted an offer to Manchester United for midfielder Paul Pogba, and have even offered Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler in exchange for the Frenchman’s services. This would seem unlikely given Di Maria didn’t appear to enjoy his first stint in Manchester, but nevertheless the Italian outlet is suggesting that PSG are keen to sign the 27-year-old World Cup winner because they see him as the missing link when it comes to winning the Champions League.