02 Aug Manchester United eye Schmeichel transfer
The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market unsure — and yow will discover out when the home windows open right here — however listed here are the rumours floating round Europe’s large leagues and past.
TOP STORY: Man United eye Schmeichel transfer
Manchester United are used to having a high class goalkeeper referred to as ‘Schmeichel’ as their No. 1, however as an alternative of Peter, it is his son Kasper who’s now attracting consideration.
Peter Schmeichel was a legend on the membership within the ’90s, however Kasper Schmeichel is a high quality participant in his personal proper and helped Leicester to an unbelievable Premier League title in 2015-16.
The Sun claims that United have grown tired of David De Gea‘s poor form and are looking to bridge the gap until Dean Henderson is experienced enough to take over in a few years by signing the 33-year-old Schmeichel.
United have watched Atletico Madrid’s highly-rated Jan Oblak, but the 27-year-old has a release clause of €120 million. Schmeichel would be considerably cheaper AND the prospect of a United goalkeeping shirt with the name ‘Schmeichel’ on the back again is tantalising.
12.48 BST: Former Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino says he regrets saying in the past that he would rather work in his farm in Argentina than coach Barcelona because “in life you never know what can happen.”
Pochettino was asked in 2018 about the possibility of coaching Barcelona, having managed city rivals Espanyol, and gave a very dismissive answer.
“It was never my intention to disrespect Barcelona,” Pochettino told El Pais. “You can say things a different way. “I made a name for myself at Espanyol. But I’m not arrogant and I didn’t like to make a declaration like I did.
“Perhaps now I wouldn’t do so because in life you never know what can happen. A rumour was spreading because I met with [Barcelona president Josep Maria] Bartomeu in a bar as we both took our children to the same school and we spoke for five minutes. That generated a rumour that I wanted to drastically end it.”
12.11 BST: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has spoken about all things transfers to Sport …
On a €111m move for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez, he said: “Barca had spoken to Inter regarding Lautaro for several weeks but the conversations have been halted by mutual agreement with Inter. The [coronavirus pandemic] situation does not encourage us to make big investments.”
On a move for PSG’s Neymar: “In this current situation, it’s nonviable. PSG doesn’t want to sell, it’s normal because he is one of the best players in the world. Last summer we were very eager and we tried but this summer there will be no try. The situation is what it is. From March to June we have stopped receiving €200m … hence we have to review what investments are essential and which one can wait.”
On selling academy star Ansu Fati: “We have not received formal offers but there has been interest from a few clubs. Barca’s response has always been a ‘no’. Ansu is not for sale. He is essential for the future of this club. There are not many players like him and Barca cannot sell him even if it would be a financial solution for the club in times of a pandemic. At no time have we considered selling him. On the contrary, what we must do is help him continue to grow and renew his contract for the future so that he can play here all of his life. I haven’t spoken to him personally but I have spoken to people in his entourage and reiterated that regardless of what offers arrive, the club has no intention to sit down and negotiate with anyone.”
11.34 BST: The Watford firesale continues as striker Ismaila Sarr is being linked with Crystal Palace by the Sun.
Sarr, 22, is expected to leave the relegated club, while Palace are on the lookout for a replacement for winger Wilfried Zaha as the 27-year-old revealed he wants to move on this summer.
Palace are willing to part with £40m for Sarr, but that may well depend on how much they get for Zaha. Everton and Arsenal remain keen on him.
11.12 BST: Arsenal really need their captain to sign a new contract.
Craig Burley believes Arsenal must go all-out to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates next season.
10.50 BST: Dani Ceballos says he will soon sit down with Real Madrid to discuss his future.
The Spanish midfielder, who ended his loan spell at Arsenal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Chelsea to lift the FA Cup, has made 37 appearances in all competitions this campaign.
Ceballos told Cadena Ser radio: “It is a satisfaction to have gained the FA Cup. I am thrilled to finish the season with a title. Actual Madrid have remained near me all through the season, not simply now. I am grateful for that. I spoke to the Actual Madrid president Florentino Perez, who has congratulated me for the title.
“From in the present day, I’m a Actual Madrid participant and I am pleased about that. Actual Madrid have an necessary recreation in opposition to Manchester Metropolis and from then on, I’ll discuss to the membership and focus on my future. It is clear that Actual Madrid have nice gamers. They’ve gained an important title this season, which is La Liga. I would like to speak to the membership and can achieve this after [Real Madrid’s game] in opposition to [Manchester] Metropolis and consider what’s greatest for me. Subsequent 12 months there’s the European Championship and the Olympics and I need to get pleasure from football, to be pleased and play a minimal of 35 video games, that’s my purpose.”
Ceballos, 23, is tied to Los Blancos till June 2023.
10.07 BST: Barcelona are open to promoting Ivan Rakitic to his former membership Sevilla, in response to Mundo Deportivo.
The Croatian midfielder joined Barca from Sevilla in the summertime of 2014 and is tied to the Catalan outfit till June 2021. A reported goal of PSG, Rakitic has been positioned on the transfer record prior to now two home windows.
The 32-year-old was reluctant to go away Barca in January, however now he desires to finish his skilled profession at Sevilla and Barca are prepared to grant him that want at a value. Barca don’t have any intention to permit the participant to go away without spending a dime and are prepared to just accept a price within the area of €10m.
09.55 BST: Watford striker Troy Deeney is on the radar of Tottenham, in response to the Every day Mail.
Deeney, 32, was relegated with the membership this season however has proven he can play on the highest degree and Spurs are on the lookout for a dependable backup to Harry Kane.
Tottenham will even have been impressed at how a lot Deeney hates rivals Arsenal.
09.24 BST: AC Milan sporting director Paolo Maldini stated that he sees Zlatan Ibrahimovic as part of the membership for subsequent season.
After struggling within the first half of the season, Milan have misplaced solely twice since Ibrahimovic’s arrival in January from MLS facet LA Galaxy. Nonetheless, the 38-year-old’s contract expires on the finish of the season and it will likely be as much as the membership administrators to barter an extension.
“We have now created one thing this season which wants continuity. Zlatan is a part of this mission,” membership legend Maldini stated. “It will not be any simple negotiation however we need to transfer ahead with him. In assault with him we really feel content material, then there are Ante Rebic and Rafael Leao in addition to different younger gamers who can develop exponentially with him. That’s our line.”
09.00 BST: Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi solely signed a brand new contract earlier this 12 months, having been repeatedly linked with a transfer to Bayern Munich. However now Manchester United are reportedly .
Hudson-Odoi, 19, has slipped down the pecking order at Chelsea and the Manchester Night Information stories that United are eager.
Nonetheless, with Willian and Pedro departing Stamford Bridge without spending a dime this summer season, the Blues will not let one other winger go cheaply.
Steve Nicol does not see David Alaba leaving a rising Bayern Munich team for Pep Guardiola’s Man Metropolis.
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PSG put together £27m for Liverpool goal Alcantara
French champions Paris Saint-Germain are making ready to bid £27 million for Bayern Munich midfielder and Liverpool goal Thiago Alcantara, in response to Le10sport.
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The price is believed to be Bayern’s asking value for the 29-year-old, whereas Thiago is eager to strive his hand someplace new after seven profitable years within the Bavarian metropolis.
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Thiago has been heavily linked with Jurgen Klopp’s side for some time as the Reds look to strengthen their midfield, but PSG’s offer could see Les Parisiens get the upper hand in the chase for the seven-time Bundesliga champion.
Liverpool may have cooled their interest due to the emergence of Curtis Jones and the improvement of Naby Keita. Thiago has one year left on his contract, and PSG appear happier to pay a premium in an effort to rebuild their side.
Barca and Juve return for another swap deal
The coronavirus pandemic has forced many clubs to think outside of the box in an effort to refresh their playing squads without parting with hefty fees, and Barcelona and Juventus could be about to embark on their third swap deal of the year, according to Calciomercato.
The Italian title is suggesting that Barca and Juve are in discussions about a deal that would see Ivan Rakitic head to Italy and Rodrigo Bentancur in the other direction.
Rakitic has one year left on his contract at Barcelona and the Catalan club are keen to sell him this year, while they see Uruguayan Bentancur as a potential replacement for Sergio Busquets.
Barca would have to pay €30m to make the deal happen.
The two clubs have already concluded swap deals involving Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic this summer, and Alejandro Marques and Matheus Fernandes in January.
Mayoral could be first Madrid player to leave
Real Madrid are planning a busy summer and the first player to move through the revolving door could be Borja Mayoral who is set to join Lazio, according to Marca.
Mayoral has been on loan at Levante this season but Madrid are hoping to recoup around €20m for the striker as he heads to Italy.
Madrid are planning their own spending spree and so any money in the bank will be helpful, while Lazio are hoping Mayoral can challenge Ciro Immobile in attack and offer greater strength in depth.
Immobile won the European Golden Boot this season, but Lazio need more options going forward.
Madrid will have first refusal and so will be able to re-sign the forward if they want to, but more important for them right now is getting money in to help them strengthen. As well as Mayoral, they’re also looking to bring in another €20m for left-back Sergio Reguilon as well.
– AC Milan are in the market for a new right-back and Sky Sport Italy is reporting that they are concentrating on Tottenham Hotspur’s Serge Aurier. Discussions are believed to have began between the 2 golf equipment however the Rossoneri should half with between €12m and €15m to safe the Frenchman. Milan are additionally preserving tabs on Barcelona’s Emerson Royal and PSV Eindhoven’s Denzel Dumfries.
– Manchester Metropolis defender Eric Garcia has reportedly made it clear that he desires to return to his former membership Barcelona, in response to Sport. The Spanish title is suggesting that the transfer is simply “a matter of time,” and that an settlement may very well be reached on the finish of this 12 months’s Champions League marketing campaign. Garcia is integral to Pep Guardiola’s defence however the younger Spaniard appears intent on battling for a spot at Camp Nou.