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Alejandro Moreno breaks down the latest transfer rumours as the summer transfer window edges closer and closer.
ESPN FC’s Shaka Hislop says that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s recent comments and Manchester United’s poor run of form proves he’s unfit to be manager.

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.

TOP STORY: Barca planning Rash purchase?

The Sun reports that Barcelona are planning a £100 million swoop for Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.

England forward Rashford is reportedly unwilling to sign a new deal, with his contract up in summer 2020, and that could see Barca launch a bid for a player who could choose to move on if Champions League football is not delivered sooner rather than later.

A top-four place for United looks increasingly uncertain, particularly after Wednesday’s defeat to rivals Manchester City, which could be enough to encourage Barca.


11.57 BST: Ole Gunnar Soksjaer has said he believes midfielder Paul Pogba, linked with a move to Real Madrid, will still be at Old Trafford next season.

Solskjaer, who has spoken of his desire to build his new-look team around Pogba, told a news conference: “You can’t guarantee anything in football but yes, I think Paul’s going to be here. I can assure you he’s very determined to succeed at Man United.”

11.10 BST: Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is concentrating on the here and now rather than looking ahead to the summer window. He told a news conference: “We haven’t formulated any plans regarding transfer targets or anyone towards next year — we’re firmly looking at this season. I’ll have conversations with the owner and respective people at the club towards the close of the season where we’ll formulate our plans.”

10.41 BST: And more — RMC Sport reports that Athletic Bilbao have complicated PSG’s pursuit of Ander Herrera by making an offer for the Manchester United midfielder.

10.04 BST: More from Manchester United now, and reports suggest that defender Eric Bailly could be on his way to Arsenal. Bailly has not played for United since the Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain and has been linked with the Gunners in the past.

09.20 BST: Real Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde has said he wants to stay at the club next season. The Uruguay international, who has made 23 appearances for Madrid this season, told Onda Cero radio: “Those who want to leave Real Madrid have something wrong in their head. If they give me the opportunity of staying, I will remain.”

08.40 BST: Portuguese outlet A Bola has published a list of Juventus players the Serie A champions are willing to include as part of the deal to bring rising Benfica star Joao Felix to Turin.

Juventus are among the clubs keen to sign the 19-year-old attacking midfielder, but Benfica insisted this week they have no intention of selling any of their stars, including Felix, this summer. The player has a €120m release clause and although Juve are reportedly willing to play only €70m they would also add several of their players to the deal.

Among the players Juventus are willing to include are Brazilian left-back Rogerio, on loan at Sassuolo. The 21-year-old was a reported target for Chelsea, Wolves and Newcastle in the winter window, but Juve’s asking price of €20m was considered too high.

Joao Serrao is a 19-year-old central defender who joined Juve at 16 from FC Porto. Brazilian right-back Lucas Rosa is 20 and joined Juve last summer from Palmeiras. Lke Serrao, he plays for the reserves. Also on the list is Matheus Pereira, a 21-year-old Brazilian winger.

08.00 BST: Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has said it would be “a dream” to play in Serie A but revealed that he had previously turned down the opportunity to join Juventus.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, the 25-year-old said he has no regrets about rejecting the chance to move to Turin when he left Chelsea for Everton in 2014, but a move to Italy does still appeal to him.

“Playing in Serie A is a dream for me, it would really be a dream,” he said. “I hope I can play there sooner or later, although I’m focused on the present, which is at United and trying to finish fourth.

“When I decided to leave Chelsea, I had the chance to go to Juventus. I don’t know why, but I just didn’t feel like it — something didn’t convince me.”

PAPER TALK (by Richard Edwards): Revolving door could see Richarlison arrive at Old Trafford

How many of the current Manchester United squad will remain once the summer is over is one of the Premier League’s mysteries.

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad appears to be heading for an almighty shake-up, and the Telegraph reports that Everton’s Richarlison could be one of five major signings in the coming months.

The forward scored a stunning goal against United last weekend and has been a success at Goodison Park after arriving on a five-year deal from Watford last summer.

Whether Everton would sell him, though, is anyone’s guess. United have yet to firm up their interest, but Everton will be likely to look for a considerable hike on the initial £35m they shelled out for him.

Living the Vida Loca … at Molineux?

They got one over on Arsenal at Molineux on Wednesday — and now it looks as though Wolves might beat the North Londoners in the race for a player long identified as an answer to the Gunners’ defensive woes.

Turkish outlet Sporx says Wolves want to bring Domagoj Vida in from Besiktas for £13m. The Croatia international was a mainstay of the side that reached the World Cup final, and is under contract until 2022.

Arsenal had been front-runners for his signature, and almost landed him last summer when a deal fell through after Besiktas insisted on David Ospina moving in the opposite direction.


– Leicester are reportedly lining up a bid for prolific Atalanta striker Andrea Petagna. The Guardian reports that the on-loan SPAL striker could be playing his football at the King Power should Leicester come up with €20m.

According to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, Club America star Edson Alvarez may be the next Mexican to join Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven.

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