The summer transfer window is approaching, and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumors, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Real Madrid eye move for Sterling
Sterling, 27, has yet to agree a new contract at City and has had some reservations over his place in the first-team this season. The England winger’s deal expires in a year and he could be available for around € 60 million.
12.27 BST: West Ham are ready to return to sign Manchester United forward Jesse Lingardsays The Daily Mail.
Lingard, 29, scored nine goals in 16 games for the Hammers while on loan at the club in 2021 but returned to United.
The England international is coming to the end of his contract and will leave Old Trafford permanently this summer, with Newcastle also keen to land him.
11.50 BST: Bayern Munich have signed Morocco international Noussair Mazraoui from Ajax, the Bundesliga champions have announced.
Mazraoui, 24, will join Bayern on a free transfer from Ajax once his contract expires in June.
The right-back, who has signed a deal until 2026, could end up being the first part of a double signing from Ajax with Bayern Munich also interested in their midfielder Ryan Gravenberchsources told ESPN’s Tom Hamilton.
Mazraoui will provide another right-back option for Julian Nagelsmann, where he will compete with France international Benjamin Pavard for a spot in the team.
With Niklas Sule departing Bayern Munich for Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer this summer, the Mazraoui signing is the first reinforcement arriving at the club ahead of next season.
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11.18 BST: Carlo Ancelotti has said he “respects the decision” of Kylian Mbappe to turn down a move to Real Madrid in favor of renewing his contract at Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG announced on Saturday that Mbappe would be staying at the Parc des Princes after agreeing to a new three-year deal until 2025, with the forward insisting on Monday that he had been convinced by the club’s “sporting project.”
The saga has overshadowed Madrid’s preparations for their Champions League final with Liverpool, which will be played in Paris this Saturday.
“With what we have to think about, we’ve never thought about players from other clubs,” Ancelotti said in a news conference. “We respect everyone, we respect the decisions they make, we respect other clubs. But we have to do our jobs, and it’s clear what we have to think about now, which is preparing well for the final.”
10.58 BST: Real Madrid are furious over Kylian Mbappe‘s PSG U-turn, but they know how to channel it after Neymar joined Barcelona in 2013, writes Graham Hunter.
Given the state of their opposition right now, it would not have been presumptuous of club president Florentino Perez to calculate that signing the prolific 23-year-old, while keeping hold of his own key players, would have all but guaranteed Madrid retaining their LaLiga title next season.
Why? Mbappe has racked up 205 goal contributions (hitting the net and giving assists) for PSG in 173 matches in the past four seasons. It’s utterly remarkable, particularly when you recall that when that sequence began he was just 19.
Karim Benzema will surely regret his affable reply in a L’Equipe interview last month, when he said: “I’ve got a great understanding with Kylian in the national team and I’d love to play with him at Madrid. We’d score double the goals, or maybe even treble! “
Given that the 34-year-old Benzema and young Brazilian winger Vinicius Junior have already contributed 100 goals and assists this LaLiga-winning season, the addition of Mbappe to that pairing would’ve been enormously threatening for Madrid’s rivals – domestic and European alike . So this is a setback not easily forgiven or assimilated, but one that Madrid, under Perez, have got a history of soaking up, redirecting their fury and then, like all good empires, striking back.
That history starts in 2013. Technically it starts seven years before that, but the heart of that refocusing of fury begins in 2013.
10.31 BST: Looks like Man United have plans for Cristiano Ronaldo next season.
Erik ten Hag confirms his desire to include Cristiano Ronaldo in his plans at Manchester United.
09.25 BST: Barcelona will target midfielders Ruben Neves or Martin Zubimendi should Frenkie de Jong leave the club this summer, sources have told ESPN.
Barca coach Xavi Hernandez has spoken of his desire to keep De Jong but has also conceded the club’s precarious financial situation could force them to make some difficult decisions.
ESPN reported earlier this month that both Manchester United and Manchester City would be keen on the Netherlands midfielder if he is allowed to depart Camp Nou.
If De Jong does move, sources have told ESPN that Barca will try and sign a deep-lying midfielder who could act as a long-term replacement for Sergio Busquetswho is out of contract in 2023.
08.45 BST: Palmeiras announced a deal with 15-year-old Brazilian Endrick on Monday, with the teenage sensation set to sign his first pro contract.
The club said on Twitter the agreement will be valid when the striker turns 16 in July, as required by local legislation.
Copa Libertadores champions Palmeiras celebrated the deal with a picture of Endrick, who is already a part of the team’s youth setup, and his family with club chairwoman Leila Pereira. Brazilian media reported the contract put the striker’s release clause at € 60m ($ 64m).
08.24 BST: Kylian Mbappe has said Liverpool were one of the clubs he spoke to before deciding to extend his stay at Paris Saint-Germain, and that he had also met with the Premier League side in 2017 when he was still at Monaco.
Mbappe had been widely tipped to join Real Madrid this summer but stunned the LaLiga champions by signing a contract extension until 2025 with PSG last week.
Jurgen Klopp said earlier this month that Liverpool were interested in Mbappe and the player said there had been some contact.
“We talked a little bit, but not too much,” Mbappe told the Daily Telegraph. “I talked to Liverpool because it’s the favorite club of my mum, my mum loves Liverpool. I do not know why, you will have to ask her.
“It’s a good club and we met them five years ago. When I was in Monaco I met them. It’s a big club. Of course, it was between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the end.”
08.00 BST: Real Madrid and Liverpool are the two clubs best placed to sign Aurelien Tchouameni this summer, sources have told ESPN.
Kylian Mbappe – a personal friend of the Monaco midfielder – has also asked Paris Saint-Germain to sign Tchouameni, but sources said that this week’s Champions League finalists were the favorites to land the 22-year-old.
ESPN reported in January that Madrid were tracking Tchouameni’s progress as they viewed the signing of a defensive midfielder as a priority.
Madrid have also received positive reports about Ajax’s Ryan Gravenberch – who is now a reported target for Bayern Munich – but sources told ESPN that Tchouameni was at the top of Madrid’s midfield wishlist for this summer.
Gab & Jul’s debate who Real Madrid could look to sign after Kylian Mbappe extended his contract at PSG.
– Sky Sports Germany have reported that Bayern Munich have made movements in recent days to bring in Liverpool forward Sadio Mane. It is also suggested that Kylian Mbappe staying at Paris Saint-Germain is a bonus for the Bavarians, as it means the Ligue 1 champions are unlikely to be able to afford a move for Mane.
– Manchester United are willing to spend € 50m to bring in Villarreal defender Pau Torresaccording to Marca. Erik ten Hag wants a center-back who is comfortable passing the ball, while the Yellow Submarine are braced to potentially lose some key players with Arnaut Danjuma spirit Pervis Estupinan also gaining interest.
– Having secured a Champions League spot for next season, Tottenham Hotspur are set to compete with bitter rivals Arsenal to sign Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesusaccording to The Telegraph. The Telegraph’s report suggests that the Gunners have even spoken to the Brazilian’s agent, though that has not stopped Spurs from attempting to make the signing. Sources had previously told ESPN that Arsenal are weighing up their options after being told City will demand £ 55m for Jesus’ transfer this summer.
– As Paulo Dybala prepares to leave Juventus upon the culmination of his contract, the Argentine has insisted to Sky Sports Italia that his next destination is still unknown, saying: “I still do not know what I will do.” There has been reported interest from the likes of Internazionale and Tottenham among others.
– Atletico Madrid have joined Nice, Marseille and Lyon in showing interest in signing Lens right-wing-back Jonathan Claussaccording to Foot Mercato. Atleti’s right side is said to be a priority due after Kieran Trippier joined Newcastle United in January. With Sime Vrsaljko also set to depart, Los Colchoneros would rather not have to play Marcos Llorente out of position. Clauss’ transfer fee is said to be worth around € 20m.
– With Ivan Perisic‘s contract coming to its culmination at the end of June, Internazionale have increased their wage offer in the hopes of persuading the Croatia international to stay, reports Sky Sports Italia. There has been interest from Juventus and clubs in the Premier League but Inter are now offering € 5m plus bonuses that are fairly easy to reach.