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The dates for the summer transfer window have not been announced yet, but with the Premier League scheduled to finish on Sunday May 23, it is most likely to reopen on Monday, June 1.


😨 FELLAINI TO TOTTENHAM?!

Not sure what Tottenham fans reeling from a Sunday evening defeat will make of this, but former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is being strongly linked with north London in some of this morning's papers.

The Belgian, 33, is a free agent after leaving Chinese Super League club Shandong Taishan.


🔴 POGBA TO STAY AT MAN UTD?

Paul Pogba stole the show in Manchester United's latest comeback win, as they fought back to beat Tottenham 3-1 in north London.

Graham Ruthven writes that it was the perfect example of how the Frenchman has become irreplaceable at Old Trafford.

This morning's papers are unsurprisingly awash with stories about the midfielder superstar.

Paul Pogba was outstanding against Tottenham


🔴 MAN UTD WANT TORRES

Not that one, or the other one. Then again you might think Torres, and immediately go to Pau.

The Villarreal and Spain centre-back appears to be edging closer to a move to Manchester United, with the Red Devils reportedly in talks with the 24-year-old's representatives.


🇫🇷 PSG CHASING MO SALAH

Probably the last thing you want you want to read as a Liverpool fan are rumours of one of your best players potentially leaving, but PSG appear to have their eyes on Mo Salah.

He notched his 28th goal of the season on Saturday to help the Reds end a six-game losing streak at Anfield in the Premier League and beat Aston Villa 2-1.

Salah has scored 122 goals for the club since joining from Roma in 2017.

CLICK HERE for Mo Salah's Infogol stats and profile


🤔 KANE TO LEAVE SPURS?

Tottenham's latest setback has continued the growing speculation that Harry Kane will ask for a move at the end of the season, should they fail to qualify for Champions League football.

The story peaked on Sunday morning ahead of Spurs' disappointing defeat by Manchester United, which left them up against it in the race for a top-four finish.

As highlighted by Richard Jolly ahead of the fixture, the England captain would be a player ideally suited to Old Trafford, something further illustrated by Edinson Cavani's strong display on Sunday evening.

READ: Would Man Utd suit Harry Kane?


⛔️ BARCA SAY NO ON BOATENG

Bayern Munich stalwart Jerome Boateng will not be Barcelona-bound this summer, according to reports claiming that the Spanish giants want long-term replacements for Gerard Pique.

Champions League holders Bayern confirmed earlier this week that former Germany international Boateng would be ending his 10-year spell at the club, leading to the centre-back being linked with clubs across Europe.

But Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has ruled out any move for Boateng and is thought to been impressed by 21-year-old Barcelona B defender Oscar Mingueza.


🔵 TUCHEL DEFENDS ABRAHAM SNUBS

Thomas Tuchel has defended his refusal to give Tammy Abraham more opportunities, arguing that he cannot base selections on the striker's previous goalscoring exploits for Chelsea.

Abraham, who is Chelsea’s top scorer with 12 goals in 30 appearances this season, has endured a difficult time since Tuchel’s appointment in January.

The 23-year-old has been linked with Everton and Arsenal.

"Tammy had a bit of a rough time," said Tuchel.

"He was twice substituted for tactical reasons at half-time. He could not have the impact he demands from himself and we wish from him."


🤔 MBAPPE LINKED WITH REAL MADRID

Kylian Mbappe has reportedly made up his mind that he wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain in order to move to Real Madrid.

The French forward has reportedly thrown his future into doubt by continuing to resist signing a new deal at PSG.


💰 HAALAND IN BEFORE MESSI OFFERED NEW DEAL

Barcelona chief Joan Laporta wants Erling Haaland signed first before negotiating a big new contract with Lionel Messi, according to reports.

As a result, Borussia Dortmund are weighing up a move for Jordan Larsson as a replacement for Erling Haaland, according to reports.


⚪️ AGUERO ON HIS WAY TO SPURS?

Sergio Aguero would reportedly consider a move to Tottenham when his contract expires in the summer.

The Argentina international is City’s record goal-scorer having amassed 257 goals in 384 appearances since arriving from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011 and is the highest-scoring overseas player in Premier League history.


🔴 IBRAHIMA KONATE COULD BE RED NEXT SEASON

RB Leipzig reportedly phoned Liverpool to discuss their intentions to sign Ibrahima Konate but the Reds have now informed them that they won't be pursuing the transfer.

However, Manchester United are reportedly considering whether to hijack Liverpool's bid to land RB Leipzig defender in the summer.


⚒ DAWSON TO STAY AT HAMMERS

West Ham have announced that their on-loan defender Craig Dawson will join the club on a permanent deal from Watford at the end of the season.

The 30-year-old moved to the Hammers on loan in October and has scored three goals in 15 Premier League appearances this term.

He will remain at London Stadium until summer 2023.


🔴 ODEGAARD OFFERED TO ARSENAL RIVALS

On-loan Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard has reportedly been offered to Arsenal's rivals by Real Madrid.

The Norweigan midfielder has impressed in flashes since arriving in England in January, and as many as three Premier League clubs are after his signature.


🧤 DE GEA ON THE MOVE

David de Gea is being offered to Europe's top clubs by his representatives as the Spain goalkeeper prepares to leave Manchester United this summer.

The Spaniard has had a running battle with Dean Henderson for the no.1 jersey this season, and it appears as though Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has opted to stick with Henderson after he performed well while de Gea was absent.


🔮 MOURINHO HAS NO INFLUENCE OVER KANE FUTURE

Jose Mourinho says he has no influence over Harry Kane’s future at Tottenham, but that his door is always open if the striker wants to discuss it.

Speculation has intensified over what might lie in store for Kane over the last few weeks after Spurs’ season threatened to implode following their embarrassing Europa League exit and Manchester City’s need for a new frontman in the wake of Sergio Aguero’s pending departure.

“I’ve nothing to speak with him (about). Three years of his contract (remaining). I have nothing to speak with him,” said Mourinho.

“Unless he wants to speak with me about it and until now he never approached me in relation to anything.”


🦊 RODGERS KEEN FOR IHEANACHO TO SIGN NEW DEAL

Brendan Rodgers is keen for Leicester to make a new contract for Kelechi Iheanacho a priority this summer.

The 24-year-old has been in superb form of late, named Premier League player of the month for March having scored nine goals in as many games for the Foxes since his strike at Fulham in early February.

But with his current deal up at the end of next season, Rodgers wants to agree new terms with the Nigeria international soon.

“He’s definitely someone you want to have,” Rodgers said. “You see the development and the improvement, and that’s what you aim to have – a squad that is developing and can contribute for you.

“I’m pretty sure there’ll be something organised between him and his representatives.”


🤞 HASENHUTTL HOPES INGS WILL STAY AT SAINTS

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl hopes fit-again Danny Ings will provide an extra cutting edge for the rest of the season – and then commit his future to the club.

Saints' leading scorer Ings has been stepping up his recovery from a leg injury over the international break.

The former Liverpool forward has been linked with a protentional big-money summer move away from St Mary’s Stadium.


✍ NEW VILLA DEAL FOR KONSA

Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa has signed a contract extension keeping him at the Premier League club until 2026.

The 23-year-old has become a key part of a defence which has kept 14 clean sheets in the league this season.

Since signing from Brentford in July 2019, the former England Under-20 World Cup winner has made 58 appearances in all competitions for Villa.


💰 MAN CITY CAN'T AFFORD HAALAND

Erling Haaland’s heavily-rumoured switch to Manchester City has been thrown into doubt after City boss Pep Guardiola said the Premier League club signing a striker this summer would be “impossible”.

With record-goalscorer Sergio Aguero leaving at the end of the season, Manchester City have been linked with the 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund forward, with the Bundesliga club likely to command a transfer fee well in excess of £100 million.

"Listen, with these prices we are not going to sign any striker," said Guardiola.

"We are not going to sign any striker, it’s impossible – we cannot afford it. It’s impossible. That’s not going to happen, no."

CLICK TO READ: Pep says Haaland deal impossible


🔴 BAYERN MUNICH IN FOR SON

Current World and European champions Bayern Munich are targeting a move for Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-Min Son amid negotiations stalling over a new Spurs contract, according to reports.

Son has been a key player for Spurs this season, scoring 13 goals while assisting nine, with his expected goal involvement per 95 minutes (xGI/95) of 0.64 among the leagues elite.


🤔 HAALAND IN BARCA TALKS?

Various reports are claiming that Erling Haaland's representatives have arrived in Barcelona for talks with club president Joan Laporta.

Haaland's agent Mino Raiola and the Dortmund striker's father Alf Inge are in Spain and were greeted at the airport by members of Laporta's team.

Laporta was elected as Barca president last month and it is reported that they will meet for talks about a potential move to the Camp Nou.


🇦🇷 AGUERO HEADING HOME?

Sergio Aguero's former club Independiente will launch a shock free transfer bid for the out-of-contract Manchester City star.

The Argentinian, who is set to have a statue built outside of the Etihad in honour of his services at City, has struggled for fitness this season, but is expected to have plenty of suitors come the summer, including Barcelona.


🔍 KONATE A TARGET FOR LIVERPOOL

Liverpool have a five-man shortlist including RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate and Ozan Kabak as they look to strengthen at centre-back this summer.

France U21 international Konate reportedly has a buyout clause of around 40m euros (£34m).

While the Reds are yet to make a decision on Kabak who is currently on-loan from German side Schalke.

They have an option to buy him for £18m - with add-on clauses - but do not need to activate it until June.


🤑 HAALAND TO EARN 600K A WEEK

Manchester City will have to fork out a mind-blowing £600,000-a-week to land Erling Haaland in a package costing over £300m.

Haaland, who has 49 goals in 49 games for Dortmund since his 2020 move to the German club, could serve as the perfect replacement for outgoing forward Sergio Aguero.

City's record scorer will not stay at the Etihad beyond the summer which suggest a high-profile replacement could be making a switch to Manchester when the transfer window reopens.


❌ REAL DON'T WANT BALE BACK

Real Madrid are adamant they don't want Gareth Bale back at the club, according to reports.

The Welshman, who has got himself back fit and firing at Tottenham, has netted five Premier League goals this season while averaging 0.50 xG/95, as he continues to get in good scoring positions.

Madrid have turned a corner themselves, recently qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Champions League while closing the gap at the top of La Liga, but these reports come just days after Bale said he never planned on staying at Spurs.

CLICK TO READ: Gareth Bale never planned to stay at Spurs


⚪️ TOTTENHAM IN THE MARKET FOR GK

Tottenham are on the hunt for a goalkeeper.

Nick Pope is reportedly on their shortlist, but with Burnley wanting in excess of £30m for England stopper, Spurs could look elsewhere.

Wolfsburg's Koen Casteels and Lille's Mike Maignan are both options for Mourinho's side, who look set to lose captain Hugo Lloris.


🇺🇸 GIBBS HEADING TO THE STATES

West Brom Albion left back Kieran Gibbs will join MLS side Inter Miami when his contract expires at the end of this season.

He will join David Beckham's franchise, coached by Phil Neville, in the summer, and will link up with fellow Englishman Ryan Shawcross, French World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi and former Real Madrid and Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain.


🔴 ARSENAL IN FOR BETIS MIDFIELDER

Arsenal are reportedly looking at activating Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez's £68m release clause.

The Argentinian has been a mainstay in Manuel Pellegrini's side, as they have climbed the table into the European conversation, currently occupying sixth.

Rodriguez, 26, would bolster the midfield ranks at Arsenal, and provide more competition as Mikel Arteta continues his rebuild.


🇫🇷 LLORIS HEADING BACK TO FRANCE?

Nice are reportedly ready to offer France's World Cup winning captain, Hugo Lloris, a way out of Tottenham this summer.

Lloris started his career with Les Aiglons, and has recently come under pressure due to poor individual and team performances, most recently after their Europa League exit in Zagreb, where Lloris launched a scathing attack on his team.

Jose Mourinho and Hugo Lloris did not hold back after Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League


⚪️ RAMOS LEAVING MADRID?

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos appears increasingly likely to end his 16-year spell at the club and leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Ramos, who has won every trophy with Los Blancos, has been a stalwart of Madrid's starting XI, and last season finished as the club's second top scorer in La Liga, as Real won the title.

Europe's elite will be on high alert if Ramos fails to agree to a new contract.


🤔 WHO SHOULD HAALAND SIGN FOR?

Erling Haaland is likely to be a man in demand come the summer, so Richard Jolly dissects his numbers before assessing who the Norwegian striker should sign for.

His Champions League numbers are crazy!!

Erling Haaland Next Club Odds (Sky Bet):

  • Manchester City - 11/8
  • Chelsea - 9/2
  • Real Madrid - 7/1
  • Manchester United - 8/1
  • Barcelona - 16/1
  • Bayern Munich - 20/1

Odds correct at 18:45 GMT (23/03/21)

Click to read Richard Jolly's analysis of Haaland, and who he should sign for


👑 BALE PLANNING FOR REAL RETURN

Gareth Bale says he plans to end his Tottenham stay at the end of the season and return to Real Madrid.

Wales captain Bale rejoined Spurs on loan in September. The 31-year-old’s Madrid contract runs until the end of the 2021-22 season.

“I think the main reason I came to Spurs this year was to play football first and foremost, he said.

"The original plan was to do a season at Spurs and after the Euros still have a year left at Real Madrid. My plan is to go back, that’s as far I have planned.”

Gareth Bale enjoyed quite the turnaround in February after a poor season to that point


🔄 ONE IN ONE OUT AT EVERTON?

Everton are the latest team to be linked with Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly this morning - a deal would reunite him with former boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool have all been strongly linked over the past year.

Meanwhile, Moise Kean's permanent departure from Goodison is now looking like a distinct possibility, with Juventus drawing up a list of options for a possible player-plus-cash deal having seen their former striker thrive on loan at PSG.


🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 DARLOW FOR WALES?

Karl Darlow is considering switching national allegiance from England to Wales.

The Newcastle goalkeeper missed out on a place in Gareth Southgate's latest squad despite some strong form, pipped by West Brom's Sam Johnstone.


🤞 ARSENAL GROWING CONFIDENT ON ODEGAARD

Arsenal are becoming increasingly hopeful that Martin Odegaard could stay with them beyond the end of his loan deal.

The midfielder is set to return to Real Madrid in the summer.

But Mikel Arteta, who spoke in glowing terms of the Norwegian after Sunday's comeback at West Ham, now thinks a permanent transfer could be on the cards.


👋 BROWN TO LEAVE CELTIC FOR ABERDEEN

Aberdeen are set to confirm Stephen Glass as their new boss, with the bigger shock being that Celtic's legendary captain Scott Brown will join him at Pittodrie.

It will be the former Scotland captain's first foray into coaching, and end his 14-year spell at Celtic Park.

It could be all change at Parkhead, with John Kennedy still in interim charge following Neil Lennon's sacking, and several players reportedly on their way out.

But Kennedy has played down rumours that former West Ham striker Albian Ajeti is set for an exit alongside the highly-rated Thomas Robert.


🧤 SPURS CHASING LLORIS REPLACEMENT

Tottenham could be forced to replace captain Hugo Lloris this summer.

The France number one may be on the lookout for a new club should Spurs fail to qualify for the Champions League for successive seasons.

Dean Henderson, Nick Pope and Sam Johnstone - all of whom were included in the most recent England squad, have been lined up as as potential signings.


🥧 PSG AND BARCA TO BATTLE FOR DEPAY

Barcelona may not have it all their own way this summer as they look to complete a deal for Memphis Depay.

The Lyon winger almost joined on deadline day in February, with ex-Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman keen to recruit is his former international player.

But Paris Saint-Germain will reportedly rival Barca for the former Manchester United man's signature when the window reopens.


🏖 MIAMI A DRAW FOR RONALDO AND MESSI

David Beckham is convinced he can bring some of world football's star names to Inter Miami, with the lifestyle a big pull.

His MLS franchise have been linked with scores of top players, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and Beckham is refusing to play it down.



🔵 MAN CITY WANT INGS

Danny Ings: Attracting interest from the Big Six

Manchester City are reportedly chasing Southampton striker Danny Ings.

They view him as a possible replacement for Sergio Aguero, who is likely to leave on a free transfer this summer.

City had been linked with Dortmund striker Erling Haaland...


💓 ARTETA LOVES ODEGAARD

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta saluted his “influential” playmaker Martin Odegaard after Norwegian’s starring role in their remarkable comeback at West Ham.

Odegaard, signed in January on loan from Real Madrid, was instrumental as the Gunners came from 3-0 down to snatch a point.

In the second half the 22-year-old had a hand in both Craig Dawson’s own goal and Alexandre Lacazette’s equaliser.

It was a display which will have had Arsenal fans praying they can sign Odegaard permanently at the end of the season.

“I think he had an incredible performance,” said Arteta. “I think he was very intelligent the way he read the game, the way he affected the game and again he showed how much he wanted to win."


🔲 CR7 GOING NOWHERE

Juventus insist that 'the best player in the world' is staying put.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the current Serie A leading scorer, has come in for criticism of late after some poor performances from his team.

Juve were knocked out of the Champions League by Porto, and last Sunday lost at home to relegation threatened Benevento.


🔴 UNITED IN FOR PEDRO NETO

Wolves winger Pedro Neto is attracting the attention of Manchester United.

The Portuguese star has had a breakout season in the Premier League, being Wolves' standout player thanks to registering five goals and five assists.

It is being reported that United would have to part with £50 million in order to get their man.


🇫🇷 MARTIAL FOR SALE?

Manchester United are ready to listen to offers for Anthony Martial this summer, according to reports.

The Frenchman has scored just four Premier League goals this season, and has a battle on his hands at the striker position, with Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood impressing this season.


🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 WALES' LEDLEY JOINS NEWPORT

Wales midfielder Joe Ledley has joined Newport for the rest of the season.

Ledley is his country’s eighth-most capped player with 77 appearances and helped the Dragons reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

The 34-year-old has played over 500 games for Cardiff, Celtic, Crystal Palace, Derby and Charlton in a 17-year senior career.

Ledley had a short spell in Australia earlier this year with Newcastle Jets, told Newport’s website: “It’s a privilege to be here.


⚪️ CR7 SET FOR SENSATIONAL RETURN?

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly tasked his agents to begin working on a deal to take him back to Real Madrid this summer.

The Portuguese star has faced criticism since Juventus were knocked out of the Champions League by Porto, despite having netted 29 goals in all competitions this season.


🟢 EUROPE’S ELITE IN FOR SPORTING YOUNGSTER

Sporting Lisbon’s young star, Nuno Mendes, is attracting attention from the best teams on the continent.

Mendes, 18, has been a regular in Sporting’s side this season, helping them open a 10-point gap at the summit of the Primeira Liga.

Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and the rest of Europe's elite are reportedly battling to land the £63m-rated youngster.


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