Transfer news LIVE
– Manchester United open talks for £69m-rated forward
– Liverpool plotting to generate £100m from transfers
– Arsenal are on the hunt for their first summer signings
– Chelsea have made a decision on Higuain’s future
Aubameyang and Lacazette to Real Madrid and Barcelona ruled out
Arsenal will successfully keep strike duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette out of the clutches of Real Madrid and Barcelona this summer.
That’s according to La Liga expert Guilleme Balague, who was responding to rumours linking both forwards with moves away from the Emirates.
“Nope,” he said on his YouTube channel. “Neither of them is seriously wanted by either club.
“They are both top players of course, but they aren’t chasing either of them.
“So Arsenal will have their top strikers for another season at least.”
Hazard AND Salah to Real Madrid?
Real Madrid are said to have made early approaches for Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah as their overhaul continues.
Eden Hazard, though, is Real’s No.1 target with the club in talks over a fee for the Chelsea forward.
But Canal Plus journalist Philippe Carayon has been asked whether there could be another ‘Galactic’ addition after Hazard this summer.
He claimed: “We are at the stage of the first approaches between Real Madrid and Mohamed Salah.”
Barcelona still tracking Rashford, Lacazette and Aubameyang
Barcelona are keeping tabs on Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, as well as Arsenal strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
The La Liga champions are ensuring that they are fully prepared in the event that their propsed deal for Antoine Griezmann falls through.
Mundo Deportivo report that Rashford, Aubameyang and Lacazette are now on the La Liga’s champions hit-list due to one shared asset.
Each Premier League front man is highly versatile and can comfortably operate anywhere along the forward line.
Real Madrid seal Jovic deal
Real Madrid have struck a deal with Eintracht Frankfurt worth £52.4m for Luke Jovic.
The 21-year-old striker has enjoyed a stellar season in Germany as well as the Europa League, catching Real’s attention.
Zinedine Zidane has begun his overhaul of the side it seems at the Bernabeu.
And according to Spanish newspaper AS, the La Liga giants plan to announce the signing next week.
Liverpool stand firm over Firmino
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has emerged as a summer target for French giants PSG.
Firmino has been pinpointed as a target for Thomas Tuchel.
But according to the BBC, Liverpool are not even prepared to enter into negotiations.
Tomori to join Celtic?
Celtic are plotting a move to land Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori this summer.
The England Under-21 defender has had a very impressive season on loan at Derby, helping Frank Lampard’s side reach the Championship play-off finals.
And that has sparked interest from the Hoops, who are keen to see if a permanent deal can be done, the Mirror say.
Arsenal target Zaha back at Man Utd?
Wilfried Zaha is prepared to re-join Manchester United if they bid this summer.
Crystal Palace are reluctant to sell their star winger and have put a whopping £100m price-tag on him.
As a result, Arsenal have been priced out of the market for the 26-year-old, who wants Champions League football.
United failed to qualify but are in the Europa League, looking for a wide attacker and have the money available.
United are monitoring Zaha’s situation and there is a sense the Palace man has unfinished business at Old Trafford, according to The Telegraph.
Swift James hope for Man Utd?
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Ed Woodward to conclude all their transfer business before July 1.
And according to the London Evening Standard, Solskjaer is hopeful a deal for Swansea winger Daniel James will be agreed imminently.
The fee for the Wales international will reportedly rise to £20m with add-ons.
Solskjaer believes James is capable of solving the team’s problem position on the right wing.
Man Utd talks
Manchester United have contacted Lille to discuss a deal for Nicolas Pepe.
According to the Daily Record, a senior Old Trafford executive got in touch with the Ligue 1 club to discover Pepe’s price tag and availability.
The 23-year-old forward reportedly has an asking price worth £69m (€80m).
United, who face competition from Bayern Munich and PSG, are yet to launch an official offer.
Liverpool transfer plan
Liverpool are planning to raise £100m by clearing the deadwood from their squad.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Anfield bosses have already received approaches for their players returning from loan spells.
The likes of Marko Grujic, Harry Wilson, Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Kent could all be sold if Jurgen Klopp decides their futures lie elsewhere.
Simon Mignolet, Rafa Camacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Sheyi Ojo and Ovie Ejaria are also set to depart on a permanent basis.
Arsenal have launched a bid for Gremio defender Walter Kannemann.
According to Calciomercato, the Gunners have offered the Brazilian club a fee worth £10.3m (€12m).
Gremio are weighing up whether to sell Kannemann, 28, and have yet to respond to Arsenal.
Inter Milan and Sampdoria are also interested.
Chelsea have decided to get rid of Gonzalo Higuain when his loan spell expires.
According to the Daily Mail, the Blues will send Higuain back to Juventus after the Europa League final.
Chelsea have an option to sign the 31-year-old on a permanent basis for £31.6m or extend his loan for a further season at a cost of £15.7m.
Higuain has managed just five goals in 21 appearances in all competition since arriving in January.
Man Utd triple signing plot
Manchester United are targeting three stars as part of a stunning summer spending spree.
According to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eyeing Jadon Sancho, Philippe Coutinho and Youri Tielemans.
Old Trafford bosses reportedly held further talks with Borussia Dortmund for Sancho earlier this week.
Barcelona are reportedly likely to make Coutinho while Tielemans is wanted after impressing for Leicester.
Man Utd Dybala boost
Manchester United have been handed a boost in the chase for Juventus star Paulo Dybala.
According to Dybala’s agent and brother Gustavo, the Argentina international is likely to leave the Serie A champions.
“Yes, there is a good chance he’ll leave Juventus. Absolutely. He needs a change,” Gustavo told Argentine radio show Futbolemico.
“I can’t say where he’ll go, but there is a strong chance Paulo will leave.”