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: Spurs plan to keep Kulusevski
Tottenham Hotspur are expected to trigger their option to sign Dejan Kulusevski permanently at the end of this season, according to the Daily Mail.
The 21-year-old has impressed after joining Tottenham on an 18-month loan from Juventus for a fee of € 10 million in the January transfer window, after the club failed to secure the signings of Luis Diaz (who joined Liverpool for € 45m from Porto) and Adam Traore (loaned from Wolves to Barcelona).
Kulusevski has won over Tottenham fans and has become a regular starter alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-minwith the trio having a combined total of 27 goal contributions in the last eight Premier League games.
The Mail reports that Spurs will look to sign the Sweden international on a permanent basis for € 30m at the end of the season, before the option potentially increases to € 35m if Kulusevski plays in 50% of the team’s Premier League matches for at least 45 minutes, or Spurs qualify for the 2022-23 Champions League.
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12.29 BST: Spain midfielder Vicky Losada says she has no regrets about leaving Barcelona last summer to join Manchester City.
Losada, 31, joined City on a two-year contract in July. The former Barca captain had won six league title, seven Copa de la Reina trophies and a Champions League at the club.
“My decision to leave Barca was without a doubt the best,” Losada said. “A return to Barca is practically impossible. If I can dream, I would love to play my last game of my life with those colors but it is something improbable.”
Losada admitted she would have liked to have been present at Camp Nou last week when Barca beat Real Madrid in the Champions League women’s quarterfinal, a game that set a record for attendance for a women’s match was set with 91,553 supporters attending.
“I was happy to see the girls so happy,” she said. “I would have loved to have been at the Camp Nou. There will be other times and I hope I can get to see it.”
11.40 BST: Will Kylian Mbappe stay at PSG?
Gab Marcotti debates what could be influencing Kylian Mbappe’s decision regarding his future at PSG.
10.51 BST: Italian club Cagliari have taken in 24 youth players from Ukrainian top division side FC Minaj.
A mix of 13 and 14-year-olds arrived in Sardinia on Monday afternoon and will now be a part of Cagliari’s youth teams after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Accommodation, clothing, food, teachers and interpreters have been provided.
The Serie A club said in a statement: “A sporting and social project born – in agreement with the Football Federation of Ukraine – to try to restore some serenity and normality through football, with the possibility for all children to start playing and having fun again. Sport as an instrument of inclusion and peace. “
10.14 BST: Karim Benzema has said Real Madrid would score “twice as many goals” with Kylian Mbappe in the team in a frontpage interview published by L’Equipe on Tuesday.
Benzema has been frequently asked about the prospect of his France strike partner joining him at the Bernabeu in recent months, with Mbappe still holding out on signing a contract extension at Paris Saint-Germain and available on a free transfer this summer.
“I like playing with him for the national team and I’d like to play with him for my club,” Benzema said. “I think we’d score twice as many goals, many even three times as many!”
Mbappe scored twice for PSG in a 5-1 win over Lorient on Sunday – amid reports that a latest renewal offer would include the club captaincy – and said post-match that he hasn’t taken a decision on his future yet with ” new elements to consider. “
09.35 BST: Chelsea defender Jonna Andersson is leaving the club to join Hammarby IF in her native Sweden this summer.
Andersson, 29, has won the WSL title three times, plus the FA Cup and Continental Cup twice, as well as the Community Shield, after joining Chelsea midway through the 2017-18 season from Swedish side Linkopings
Chelsea boss Emma Hayes said: “Jonna has been an unbelievable professional during her time with us and instrumental in our success. Her level of commitment to this team has been unreal. I’ve no doubt she’ll continue to better herself right to the end of the season and we’ll be sure to give her the send-off she deserves. “
09.27 BST: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp played down reports that Mohamed Salah is set to commit his long-term future to the club, but said contract talks are ongoing ahead of their Champions League quarterfinal first-leg tie at Benfica on Tuesday.
Salah is close to agreeing a contract which would see him finish his career at Anfield, according to a report in the Sunday Mirror.
Salah’s existing contract runs out in June 2023 and the 29-year-old previously said he wants to extend his stay at Liverpool but claimed his future “is not in my hands.”
When asked about the situation at a news conference on Monday, Klopp replied: “I’m happy with it because there’s nothing new to say.
“It is just good. The decisive parties are talking to each other and that’s all I need.”
08.44 BST: Barcelona have reopened talks with Ousmane Dembele over a contract extension, with sources confirming to ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens that sporting director Mateu Alemany is meeting with the forward’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, in Morocco this week.
Alemany arrived in Marrakech on Monday and will remain there until Tuesday to negotiate a potential new deal for Dembele, whose current terms are due to expire at the end of June.
It marks a remarkable turnaround from three months ago, when Dembele was left out of Barca’s squad for back-to-back matches and notified that he should find a new club before the end of the January transfer window.
At the time, president Joan Laporta insinuated that he believed Dembele had signed a pre-contract agreement with another club, with Paris Saint-Germain and a host of English clubs all linked with the French international.
However, sources close to the player have always maintained that not to be the case, even suggesting that Dembele’s priority has always been to remain at Camp Nou.
8:00 AM BST: Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer Wayne Rooney has questioned the Old Trafford futures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogbasaying that the club needs to go with “younger, hungry players” to lift them out of their current malaise.
United are set to endure their fifth-straight season without a trophy following their elimination from the Champions League by Atletico Madrid last month. They also face an uphill battle to make next season’s Champions League, with the side currently languishing down in seventh place in the Premier League.
Ronaldo has scored 18 goals in all competitions so far this season since arriving from Juventus. But Rooney, who played alongside Ronaldo during the Portugal star’s first spell at Old Trafford, said last summer’s signing has not worked out.
“You’d have to say no at the minute,” Rooney told Sky Sports. “He’s scored goals, important goals in the Champions League early on in the season. He scored obviously the hat-trick against Tottenham.
“But I think if you’re looking to the future of the club, you have to go with younger, hungry players to lift Manchester United over these next two or three years.
“Obviously, Cristiano is getting on a bit. He certainly isn’t the player he was in his 20s and that happens – that’s football. He’s a goal threat but the rest of the game they need more and they need young, hungry players . “
There also continues to be much talk about the status of another of Rooney’s former United teammates currently in his second spell at the club. And with Pogba’s contract set to expire this summer, Rooney believes it is time for the France midfielder to seek a new challenge.
“It’s probably got to a point now where it probably is better to move on,” Rooney said. “And I think if Paul is honest with himself he probably hasn’t had the impact he would have liked since he returned to Manchester United.
“I watch him play for France and it’s a completely different player.
“It just hasn’t quite worked for Manchester United for him and I think there’s a few players they need to let go.”
Gab and Juls debate how the potential arrival of Dusan Vlahovic will impact Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Abbie Ingham)
– Paulo Dybala is in talks with Atletico Madrid, according to journalist Pedro Almeida. The 28-year-old Argentina striker was made aware of the Spanish club’s interest, and the two parties are reportedly holding ongoing discussions about a move this summer, which is when his Juventus contract expires. Dybala’s future in Turin has been clouded by the form of new arrival Dusan Vlahovic, who joined for € 70m from Fiorentina in January, while Arsenal are also reportedly keen on Dybala.
– Manchester City are interested in making an offer for Club Brugge midfielder Charles De Ketelaere. According to Ekrem Konur, Brugge would take no less than € 40m to transfer the 21-year-old attacking midfielder. The Belgium international has impressed in the Belgian Pro League, with 14 goals and eight assists in his 32 appearances.
– Lazio midfielder Luis Alberto could return to Spain this summer for a fee of € 40m, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. Despite being a star player for Lazio, the Serie A side are looking to bolster their coffers with an impending squad reshuffle at the end of the season. Serie A giants Juventus are also said to be keeping an eye on Alberto, whose relationship with Lazio boss Mauricio Sarri is said to be tense, and one of the main reasons he’s considering a switch.
– Allan is set to depart Everton at the end of the season as Frank Lampard looks to overhaul a struggling Toffees squad, reports the Sun. The 31-year-old midfielder has appeared in 23 of the 28 Premier League fixtures this season and remains under contract for another year, however, Lampard looks more interested in securing Donny van de Beek on a permanent move from Manchester United once his loan expires. Amidst financial concerns, Brazil star Allan looks to be one of many players leaving Goodison Park this summer.