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: Man United to move for Brentford’s Eriksen
Manchester United have plenty of issues to solve this summer and new manager Erik ten Hag has already hatched a plan to bring Brentford’s Christian Eriksen to the club, according to the Daily Star.
Eriksen, 30, has impressed back in the Premier League this season after he suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020. In a remarkable comeback, the midfielder, who previously played for Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham Hotspur before spending a year at Inter Milan, signed a short-term deal with Brentford that ends this summer.
Ten Hag’s Ajax allowed Eriksen to train with them earlier this year as he sought to land himself a contract after proving his fitness, and the Dutch manager is keen to bring him to Old Trafford on a free transfer when his contract expires.
Tottenham are also keen on bringing Eriksen back to the club as he has managed one goal and three assists from seven games so far, while Brentford are also hopeful they can persuade him to stay on.
Bees boss Thomas Frank told Sky after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Spurs: “I would love to say that I am confident, I am very positive and very hopeful that he will stay but it will be a decision at the end of the season.
“I will do what I can but it’s down to Christian, where it’s like everything if you decide to go to one club or another, you buy that house or another house, you take that job or another job. There must be pros and cons and I always say if you make it an eight-two decision, where you have eight pros and two cons, then you are in a good position.
“I hope Christian makes the right choice for him and his family and I really hope it will be us.”
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09.48 BST: Leicester City are targeting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahim Sangare as a summer signing if Youri Tielemans leaves the club, according to The Sun.
Sangare, 24, impressed during the recent Europa Conference League quarterfinal between the two clubs, which Leicester won 2-1 on aggregate thanks to their second-leg victory in the Netherlands.
But the Ivory Coast international showed enough over the course of the tie to convince Leicester he would be worth the £30m transfer fee PSV would want for him.
Tielemans is out of contract at the end of next season, and the Belgium international has said in the past that he is keeping his options open amid interest from top clubs in the Premier League and in Europe.
09.00 BST: Antonio Rudiger is set to leave Chelsea at the end of the season with Real Madrid favorites to sign the defender on a free transfer, sources have told ESPN’s James Olley.
The 29-year-old is out of contract this summer and has rejected the offer of a new deal, which is understood to have reached in excess of £200,000-a-week.
Chelsea’s ability to negotiate has been hampered by restrictions imposed following the UK government imposing sanctions on outgoing owner Roman Abramovich over his ties with Russia president Vladimir Putin.
Under a special license granted to the club to continue operating while a sale is negotiated, Chelsea cannot agree any fresh contracts with any players which created a window of opportunity that Real and other clubs have looked to exploit.
Sources have told ESPN that Rudiger has offers on the table in excess of the terms Chelsea were offering and an extension was complicated further by agent demands over a high fee for his representatives and a signing-on fee in the region of £10m.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Jon Molyneux-Carter)
– Bayern Munich and Manchester United are interested in signing RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimerclaims journalist Nico Schira. The Austria international has a contract which expires in 2023, and has previously attracted the interest of Liverpool. At 24, the defensive midfielder has plenty of potential to improve and United’s current interim manager Ralf Rangnick reportedly recommended Laimer to the board.
– Arsenal will be looking to strengthen their strikeforce this summer as Alexandre Lacazette and Edward Nketiah are set to depart on free transfers. train chelsea striker Tammy Abrahamwho is now playing under Jose Mourinho at AS Roma, is one name on the club’s shortlist, says the Daily Star, though the England international would cost in the region of €60m if a deal is to be done.
– Leicester City are keen to sign PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahim Sangare, according to The Sun. Sangare, 24, played against Leicester in both legs of the Europa Conference League quarterfinal earlier this month and has also been linked with a move to Aston Villa. However, Brendan Rodgers is keen to get his man first and will reportedly offer a transfer fee of around €35 million.
– Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Rodrigo DePaul could make a loan move from Atletico Madrid to Inter Milan this summer. De Paul moved to the LaLiga champions over the summer for around €35m from Udinese, but hasn’t settled in Spain and wants to return to Italy. The Argentina international is keen to move on, but Inter may only be able to offer him an initial loan move as they have financial issues.
• Tottenham are ready to offer around €25m to sign Inter Milan right-back Denzel Dumfriessays journalist Ekrem Konur. The 26-year-old Netherlands international has been a key player for the Italian club this season but Inter need to raise funds and would reportedly be willing to accept a €40m bid. Tottenham want to sign a new right-back this summer and Torino’s Wilfried Singo has also been linked with a switch to London.