The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but click here for 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: United to battle PSG for Sancho
Jadon Sancho continues to hog the headlines, with some of Europe’s biggest clubs getting ready to fight for his signature.
Manchester United have been linked with the Borussia Dortmund youngster — who notched up an assist in his first senior start for England against Czech Republic — for months, and the Sun reports that they have made formal contact over a summer deal,.
But it’s not going to be plain sailing to bring Sancho to Old Trafford because Paris Saint-Germain are also keen — but Dortmund don’t want to lose their hot prospect any time soon. Last week, BVB sporting chief Michael Zorc said: “We are definitely planning for next season with him.”
Whether those plans will change should a £70 million offer be submitted could be revealed over the coming months.
11.09 GMT: Nike played a key role in Frenkie de Jong‘s decision to reject an offer from Paris Saint-Germain and sign for Barcelona, sources have told ESPN FC.
The company, a sponsor of both Barca and De Jong, will pay a large amount of the midfielder’s salary, sources close to the club said.
10.28 GMT: With reports suggesting that midfielder Toni Kroos is keen to leave Real Madrid, the Mail says Manchester United “will have the chance to sign him for £50 million this summer.”
09.45 GMT: Brighton, Celtic, Aston Villa and Leeds will all be in the market for Barnsley defender Liam Lindsay come the summer, according to the Birmingham Mail.
09.15 GMT: The Mirror reports that Manchester United “are preparing to tempt Napoli with a huge bid for Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the past but is also said to be interesting Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea. The cost? A cool £128 million.
PAPER TALK: Spurs right-backs surplus to requirements
Tottenham will look to sell Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier in the summer, according to the Sun.
The report says Trippier is valued at around £20m, with Everton thought to be interested in the England international, who has struggled with injuries this season.
Spurs signed Aurier from PSG for £23m in 2017, while it is reported that Mauricio Pochettino is interested in Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka or Max Aarons of Norwich.
Gunners in double swoop for Barella and Kessie
With Aaron Ramsey on his way to Juventus in the summer, Arsenal have identified two potential replacements, says Calciomercato.
The players in question are 22-year-olds Franck Kessie, of AC Milan, and Nicola Barella, of Cagliari. Kessie has scored four times this season, the same tally as Ramsey.
West Ham to challenge Inter for Dzeko
Roma forward Edin Dzeko will leave due to a reduced wage budget should they fail to qualify for the Champions League, Calciomercato reports.
A salary of €4.5m per season means the Bosnia international is Roma’s highest earner, so they may be willing to part with him should an offer from Inter Milan or West Ham come in this summer.
The fee will be dependent on whether Roma qualify for the Champions League, but is currently estimated at €30m.
– Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has said the club “does not have to be the last stop” on his journey, amid rumours that Borussia Monchengladbach are lining up a move.
“I’m very ambitious, I want to take the next step,” he told Tagblatt.
– Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen is high on the list of players Zinedine Zidane is keen to acquire for Real Madrid, but they may have to fork out as much as €70m, Calciomercato says.
– Ander Herrera may be leaving Manchester United on a free transfer, with PSG set to offer a £150,000 per week contract to the midfielder, according to the Sun.
However, ESPN FC sources said on Friday that Herrera would like to stay.