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 rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Juve want to swap Arsenal’s Gabriel for Arthur
Juventus are lining up a summer move for Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaesaccording to Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio.
Gabriel was the match winner in the Gunners’ vital 2-1 win away at West Ham United on Sunday, and Di Marzio believes Juve could try and sweeten the deal by including 25-year-old midfielder Arthur Melo in exchange.
Juventus are desperate for a top centre-back ahead of the new season, with Giorgio Chiellini deciding whether to leave the club after 17 seasons, and Gabriel is the player they’ve identified to fill his boots.
The 24-year-old has been a consistent performer for Mikel Arteta’s side this season and on Sunday he played his 33rd game of the season.
Juve feel the former Lille man has all the necessary qualities to slot straight into boss Massimiliano Allegri’s system, and they’re keen to get a deal over the line to fend off interest from Barcelona, among others.
Gabriel is believed to be happy in North London, but Juve feel a swap deal could persuade Arsenal to part with the Brazilian.
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16.22 BST: AS says that Man United striker Edinson Cavani wants to return to South America this summer.
Cavani, 35, won’t sign a new contract at Old Trafford and has been linked with a host of clubs around the world on a free transfer.
The Uruguay international reportedly wants to join up with Boca Juniors and nearly signed for the Argentine giants a year ago.
16.00 BST: What will Zlatan do when he retires?
15.37 BST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic told Sportzshala he enjoyed his time in the Premier League with Manchester United because he could silence his “haters.”
The Sweden forward joined United in 2016, and despite having won 13 league titles at Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, there were question marks over whether he could perform to a similarly high level in the Premier League.
In his first season he helped United win the Community Shield and Carabao Cup — scoring in both finals — as well as the Europa League. And Ibrahimovic said he was happy to prove his doubters wrong.
“I had fun,” Ibrahimovic told Sportzshala’s Gab & Juls Show of his time at United. “I really enjoyed it because when I came, everybody was against it. And then in England, they didn’t like me.
All these haters, after three months, they started to like me, I didn’t like them anymore. I like people when they hate you because then they bring out the better of you. I had fun. [It] is a great competition, [an] amazing atmosphere.
“And I’m happy I played for United, which I think is the best team in England. And I think it was the right choice to go to Manchester United.
“I think I came in a good moment. Because it’s easy to come to a club when the success is already there. It’s more difficult when you come and the challenge is different. And then if you manage to have a success, you’re part of the story. [were] great to me. And I really enjoyed [it]. A lot of things happened.”
15.02 BST: Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino has said Lionel Messi has been judged unfairly in what has been a transitional season for the former Barcelona captain.
Messi was among the PSG stars booed by the club’s fans in the aftermath of the team’s elimination from the Champions League round of 16 by Real Madrid in March.
PSG’s ultra supporters have not forgiven Messi or his teammates for that debacle and walked out of the stadium early as a sign of protest instead of staying and celebrating the league title following their 1-1 home draw with Lens.
“To judge Messi in this way is unfair,” Pochettino said. “You can’t talk about Messi that way. It is like when I talk about Maradona. I’m not talking about an ordinary player. Messi is on the same level as Diego Maradona.
“I have no doubts about his quality. Messi has enough talent to do what he has to do. He will do it. Next season will be completely different for him. It was a year of learning, and not just on a professional level coming to Paris Saint-Germain, in a new league and with new teammates, but also on a family level. You must take that into account. It is a significant upheaval that can affect a player.”
14.51 BST: RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer is on the radar of both Tottenham and Liverpool, says Kicker.
Laimer, 24, has been impressed in the Bundesliga this season and the Austria international has also been scouted by Man United as he was recommended by interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
14.24 BST: Jesse Lingard is set to play at Old Trafford for the final time as a Manchester United player with AC Milan and Juventus leading the chase to land the England midfielder on a free transfer in the summer, sources have told Sportzshala.
Lingard is out of contract at the end of the season and will say his goodbyes to United fans following Brentford’s visit to Old Trafford on Monday. It will bring to an end a career at the club which has spanned 20 years and more than 200 senior appearances.
Milan and Juventus have both registered their interest in signing the 29-year-old ahead of next season, but there is competition from clubs in the Premier League and abroad.
Lingard is keen to move in a bid to find more regular first team football and force his way into the England squad ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, which begins in November.
13.46 BST: Marcelo has denied that he’s certain to leave Real Madrid this summer, amid reports that the club are considering a one-year contract extension.
Marcelo, 33, became the most-decorated player in the club’s history with 24 trophies — overtaking the legendary Paco Gento — when he lifted the LaLiga title as captain after Saturday’s 4-0 win over Espanyol.
It had been widely assumed that Marcelo would leave the Bernabeu when his contract expires on June 30, but speaking to Mega during Madrid’s celebrations, the Brazil international said he would like to stay.
“I don’t want it to end here,” Marcelo said. “I’m the player with most trophies in the history of the best club in the world and that’s priceless. If I stay or not… I want to stay. Let’s make that clear.”
Mundo Deportivo reported on Monday that Madrid were “seriously considering” a new deal on a reduced salary, with important factors being the player’s commitment, his desire to keep playing at the highest level, and his wish to continue to living with his family in Madrid.
13.07 BST: Man United have really relied on Cristiano Ronaldo this season.
12.26 BST: Benfica striker Darwin Nunez is still an option for Man United if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves in the summer, says the Daily Express.
Nunez, 22, has attracted plenty of attention with his performances this season and has 34 goals in 40 games. The Uruguay international is being tracked by almost every top club in Europe, with United ready to make a €70m move if they need to replace Ronaldo.
Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez and Ajax’s Sebastian Haller are other options who have been linked with United, and may be available for less.
11.44 BST: Former England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley will retire at the end of the season, her longtime club Manchester City announced on Monday.
Bardsley will bring her 20-year career to an end, which saw her make 82 international appearances, playing in three Women’s World Cups, including having a crucial role in England’s third-place finish in Canada in 2015. She also lifted the 2019 SheBelieves Cup and appeared at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
“It was obviously a pretty tough decision for me to make, but after a lot of deliberation and unfortunately being away from the pitch for quite a while now due to injury, it just felt like it was the right moment,” Bardsley said in a statement.
“As sad and strange as it is to be stepping away from something I’ve committed my entire young adult life to, ultimately it’s something I feel really proud of and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I’ve left no stone unturned and I have no regrets about how I’ve applied myself and what I’ve achieved.
“I feel incredibly proud of my career, but ultimately I’m really excited about the next steps and what is to come in the future, and I’m just very much looking forward to giving back to the football community in many other ways. “
10.58 BST: Valencia have branded reports they have agreed to let midfielder Carlos Soler join Barcelona this summer for a fee of €20m as lies.
Diario AS claimed on Monday that Barca had reached an agreement with Valencia and the player over a transfer, although added that any deal was dependent on Frankie de Jong being moved on first.
“Don’t lie” Valencia wrote on Twitter in responseadding in a separate statement that they “deny the existence of any agreement — or any ongoing negotiation — with Barcelona for the transfer of Soler.”
Soler, 25, is out of contract in 2023 and sources close to Barca have confirmed that he is a player of interest to the Catalan club, who are targeting players in the final years of their contracts.
10.23 BST: Real Madrid won LaLiga, but they still need to sign one of the world’s best strikers.
09.52 BST: Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are set to leave Arsenal once their contracts expire this summer and, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having left for Barcelona in February, the club will have no central strikers.
The Gunners will likely bring a fresh face or two in, but their top goal scorer at youth level, Khayon Edwardshas at least committed his future to the club amid interest from Chelsea and Brighton.
Edwards, 18, has signed a long-term contract that will tie him to Arsenal until 2025, according to The Athletic.
09.19 BST: The Telegraph claims that Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah could be tempted by the prospect of signing for Paris Saint-Germain.
Salah, 29, is in…