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: Abraham targeted by Man United, Arsenal
Arsenal and Manchester United could be set to battle it out for the signing of England international Tammy Abraham this summer as they continue their search for a striker, reveals Corriere dello Sport.
The 24-year-old forward is reported to have caught the attention of a number of clubs last season, having enjoyed an impressive campaign at AS Roma with 17 goals in 37 Serie A appearances, but it is the Gunners and Erik ten Hag’s United who are leading the race.
As Abraham joined the Giallorossi for around €40 million from Chelsea last season, the Blues will have the first option to sign Abraham should they wish to bring him back to Stamford Bridge for €80m. However, any move could prove difficult, with indications that Abraham is happy in Italy and has no plans to leave the Estadio Olimpico.
Abraham reportedly enjoyed working under Roma boss Jose Mourinho last season, as he helped secure the Europa Conference League title.
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09.16 BST: Liverpool want to sign Inter Milan midfielder Nico Barella and are reportedly willing to use Naby Keita as part of the deal, claims Calciomercato.
Barella, 25, is considered one of the top young midfielders in Europe and Inter aren’t keen to let the Italy international leave.
However, the club’s financial situation could require them to move on some big stars and adding Keita to the mix could bring the Nerazzurri‘s asking price down.
08.46 BST: ICYMI – OL Reign have announced the signing of Olympic gold medal winner Jordyn Huitema from Paris Saint-German on a one-year deal.
Huitema, 21, announced on Thursday that she was leaving PSG after three seasons and it had been widely reported that she would go to the National Women’s Soccer League.
The forward’s contract also includes an option to extend her deal through the 2024 NWSL season.
“I’m really looking forward to this new chapter and opportunity with OL Reign. This team is filled with some of the most talented players from around the world and I’m honored to be a part of it,” Huitema said in a statement . “I’m eager to get started and can’t wait to contribute to the team’s success.”
08.30 BST: ICYMI – Bayern Munich have reached an agreement to sign Sadio Mane from Liverpool and end his six-year spell at Anfield, sources have told ESPN.
The Senegal international’s future at Liverpool had been in serious doubt since forward Darwin Nunez joined the Premier League side from Benfica in a club-record deal worth up to €100m.
A person familiar with the situation said on Friday that Liverpool have agreed a fee with the Bundesliga champions in a total package worth €41m.
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PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)
– Manchester United are preparing to make a new proposal to Barcelona next week, as they look to secure a deal for Frankie de Jongaccording to Fabrizio Romano. United boss Ten Hag has reportedly made the 25-year-old midfielder a key target this summer, and the Blaugrana could be prepared to move him on for around €85m as they look to raise funds to make reinforcements in other areas of the team.
– Celtic and Udinese are set to battle it out for Metz star Amadou Mbengue, writes Foot Mercato. The 20-year-old midfielder attracted plenty of interest in January from the Bundesliga, but it now looks as though more clubs across Europe will join the race for his signature. Mbengue is set to become a free agent on June 30, having yet to agree new terms with Garnets.
– Mario Gotze looks set to return to the Bundesliga, with reports suggesting he is edging closer to a move to Eintracht Frankfurt, according to Sports1. Talks are reported to be scheduled for next week, with the 30-year-old PSV Eindhoven forward reportedly choosing the Europa League champions as his next destination. Gotze also is on the radar of Benfica.
– Liverpool are interested in signing Marco Asensio, according to Sport. Despite recent reports suggesting that the Reds had concluded their transfer business this summer, the report indicates that Jurgen Klopp has identified Asensio as a target. The 26-year-old attacking midfielder made 31 appearances for Real Madrid in LaLiga last season, scoring 10 goals.
– River Plate will restart talks with Atletico Junior as they look to complete a move for Miguel Borjaaccording to Sierra Blowjob. It is reported that the Colombian club could be persuaded to allow the 29-year-old forward to leave for the right fee, with River preparing to make an offer in the next week. The Colombia international scored eight goals in 11 games in the Liga Dimayor regular season, and he has since scored twice in six matches during the playoffs.