The January transfer window may seem like a distant memory, but that doesn’t mean the rumour mill has shut down! Speculation over summer moves is heating up so check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.
TOP STORY: Juve to move for Jorginho
The former Napoli man isn’t considered to be a 100% guaranteed starter at Stamford Bridge right now, despite getting the nod in Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Liverpool on Thursday, but he still has enough of an impact to warrant the interest he’s gaining from Turin.
Jorginho, who currently has two years left on his contract with the Blues, is one of many options for Juventus heading into what looks to be a real summer of change for them as a club following the possible end to their reign as multiple-times Serie A champions.
10.11 GMT: Barcelona midfielder Ilaix Moriba has offers on the table from Manchester United and RB Leipzig but is prioritising staying at Camp Nou, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Ilaix, 18, is out of contract in 2022 and Barca, without a president for the last four months, have not yet begun negotiations over a renewal. Looking to take advantage of the situation, United and Leipzig have both approached his agency, Stellar Group, to open talks over a possible transfer.
Ilaix made his senior Barca debut in January in the Copa del Rey against Cornella and has since made three more appearances for Ronald Koeman’s side. He came on as a substitute in both wins over Sevilla in the last week.
He’s still officially registered to the B team but Diaro Sport reports that he will be officially promoted to the first-team next season, with extending his contract likely to be high up the incoming president’s list of tasks. However, links to the Premier League and the Bundesliga could be the first signal that protracted talks over a new deal lie ahead.
There were concerns Barca could lose Ilaix in 2019 before he eventually signed new terms, although not before the details of the final contract offer were accidentally emailed to rivals Espanyol. Espanyol were left “gobsmacked” at the figures being offered to the then 16-year-old, who came through the La Masia academy with Ansu Fati.
09.28 GMT: In this week’s Insider Notebook, ESPN’s reporters from across Europe take a deep dive into the continent-wide battle to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
Premier League giants Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are up against Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain among the top clubs who are chasing the Norway international, who has scored 43 goals in 45 matches since signing for Dortmund in January 2020.
Europe’s top clubs will all be watching Haaland when Bayern Munich host Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker on Saturday (LIVE at 12:30 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN+ in the U.S.).
08.43 GMT: Bayern Munich reserve goalkeeper Alexander Nubel is considering a loan move next season in order to get some playing time, his agent has revealed.
Nubel, 24, joined Bayern on a free transfer last summer after an impressive season at Schalke, but has played in only two competitive matches for his new club and has not found a route past Bayern and Germany captain Manuel Neuer.
Speaking in kicker, his agent, Stefan Backs, has called Nubel’s situation “unsatisfying” and added that they must now “think about a loan in the summer.”
According to the outlet, Ligue 1 side AS Monaco are among those interested in the shot-stopper.
08.00 GMT: Ed Woodward says the progress Manchester United have made under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “is clear.” United have slipped off the pace in the Premier League and sit 14 points behind leaders Manchester City after Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.
There is still a chance Solskjaer’s team could end the campaign with silverware in the FA Cup or Europa League and speaking as the club released their latest financial results on Thursday — which showed revenue down seven percent to £281.8 million and profit down 7% to £33.6m — Woodward gave further backing to the Norwegian.
“The progress made by Ole and the players this season is clear,” he said. “While we are pleased about this season’s on-pitch progress and the strength of our current squad, we are equally bullish on our long-term prospects.”
PAPER TALK (by Harry Kettle)
Leicester close in on Edouard
A deal worth around £15 million is reportedly close to being agreed, with Edouard wanting to be reunited with his former manager Brendan Rodgers.
The primary reason behind the move is obviously his overwhelming ability up top, but Rodgers also sees him as a possible long-term replacement for Jamie Vardy, who many believe is entering the final year or two of his elite prime.
Dragusin set to stay at Juventus?
The teenage sensation has been heavily linked with a move to many different top clubs across European football, but the belief is that he’ll now stay put with Juve in what would be a huge win for the Italian giants.
He’s only made a handful of first team appearances, but he’s already done enough to earn plaudits and the report says he isn’t ready to turn his back on the Old Lady just yet.
– Sport is reporting that Barcelona have two months remaining to trigger an option that would allow them to renew Oscar Mingueza’s contract. The 21-year-old is currently set to leave the Nou Camp at the end of the season but if this clause is triggered, Mingueza could remain with the club until 2023.
– Football Insider is reporting that Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi will leave the club this summer. The Frenchman has been out on loan with Hertha Berlin this season after falling down the pecking order at the Emirates, with the Gunners hoping to offload him for a fee of around £25m.
– Union Berlin are considering keeping hold of Loris Karius beyond his current loan spell, says Calciomercato. The goalkeeper, best known for his Champions League final blunder against Real Madrid, has enjoyed a solid run with Berlin and with Alisson still being the No. 1 man at Liverpool, it makes sense for him to hedge his bets elsewhere.