Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd ‘confident’ of £120m deal, Barcelona secure agreement, Chelsea | Football | Sport


Wednesday, March 25

  • Manchester United entered Jadon Sancho negotiations back in January
  • Fabrizio Romano says the Red Devils are “confident” of concluding a deal
  • Lautaro Martinez has agreed a deal in principal to join Barcelona
  • Barcelona are prepared to cut their losses and offload Philippe Coutinho
  • Real Madrid have joined the race to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Dayot Upamecano boost

Dayot Upamecano has decided to leave RB Leipzig.

That’s according to German publication SportBILD, who claim Upamecano is prepared to submit a transfer request to force a departure.

The French centre-back has a 55million release clause in his contract and will be free to leave if any club meet’s his value.

Arsenal, Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are the quartet credited with interest in the 21-year-old.

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Dani Ceballos extension

Dani Ceballos looks set to continue at Arsenal should the season run beyond June 30.

Ceballos, 23, arrived in north London on a season-long loan from Real Madrid and has since made 20 appearances for the Premier League outfit.

The Spanish midfielder was set to return to the Bernabeu at the end of the 2019/2020 campaign but it’s unclear exactly when that will be with English football suspended until at least April 30.

The Evening Standard claim Mikel Arteta’s side are ‘relaxed’ about the situation with senior officials at the club confident that Real Madrid will not object to an extension despite no formal discussions yet to have taken place.

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Wanted: Malick Thiaw

Arsenal are among several clubs interested in Schalke sensation Malick Thiaw.

That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim Premier League duo Manchester City and Liverpool are also tracking the talented teenager.

Thiaw has managed just a single minute of Bundesliga action but scouts are said to be impressed by his displays as captain for the club’s Under-19 squad.

It’s said that the 18-year-old has a £7million release clause in his contract. The report adds that other Premier League scouts have been watching Thiaw’s Under-19 centre-back partner Bradley Cross.

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Edinson Cavani decision

Edinson Cavani has informed Paris Saint-Germain that we wants to leave.

The Uruguayan striker, 33, is out of contract at the end of the campaign and will not extend his seven-year stay at the Parc des Princes – leaving him free to discuss personal terms with teams outside of France.

Boca Juniors are keen on striking a deal, as are fellow Argentina Superliga side Atletico.

However, if Cavani wishes to stay in Europe then the battle could heat up between Manchester United and Inter Milan, according to AS.

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Jadon Sancho problem

Liverpool are unlikely to sign Jadon Sancho this summer because they are struggling to navigate a serious roadblock in their pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund star.

The England international looks set to return to the Premier League this summer after nearly three years in Germany.

But the Evening Standard, the 20-year-old’s price tag is proving a real problem for the Reds.

Borussia Dortmund value their most-prized asset at around £120million and they are hopeful that a bidding war may commence at the end of the season.

The report claims that Liverpool would not be prepared to pay that kind of money for a player who would start on the bench, for now.

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Paul Pogba staying?

Manchester United are confident of keeping Paul Pogba beyond the next transfer window.

The France international, 27, is frequently linked with a mega-money departure from Old Trafford with Juventus and Real Madrid the two most likely destinations.

The European heavyweights were expected to challenge for Pogba last summer but Ed Woodward’s £180million valuation proved too much.

Now, ESPN claim there are ‘significant doubts’ that either club could finance a £100m deal in addition to the player’s £300,000-a-week salary demands.

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Fabian Ruiz battle

Manchester City have entered the race to sign Fabian Ruiz.

That’s according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, who claim Pep Guardiola has expressed interest in the 23-year-old midfielder.

The report claims City view Ruiz as a long-term successor to David Silva, who is expected to leave after 10 successful seasons at the Etihad Stadium.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are also looking to secure Ruiz’s services, that are valued at £91million.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Real Madrid

Real Madrid have joined the race to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer and they could try and lighten the financial burden by offering one player in exchange.

According to Spanish outlet Diario Madridista, Arsenal have made contact with the La Liga giants to offer up their striker.

Aubameyang will enter the final 12 months of his contract this summer and the Gunners would rather cash in now rather than let him walk for free next year.

But Real have a plan to try and get a substantial chunk of the fee knocked off by offering Dani Ceballos as part of the deal.

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Jadon Sancho negotiations

Manchester United have been speaking to Borussia Dortmund since the January transfer window shut in a bid to get a deal for £120million-rated Jadon Sancho over the line.

The Red Devils are at the front of the queue and Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano says Ed Woodward and co. are “confident” of wrapping up the deal.

But they have encountered a huge problem in that negotiations are stalling because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

“Manchester United have been in contact with Jadon Sancho’s agent for two months and are working on his contract,” Romano said during an Instagram Live video. “The coronavirus pandemic is making it hard to communicate with Borussia Dortmund. United are confident.”

Calciomercato claim Sancho’s entourage are aiming for a transfer in July.

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Lautaro Martinez agreement

Lautaro Martinez has agreed a deal in principal to join Barcelona.

That’s according to the print edition of Italian newspaper Tuttosport (as reported by Goal), who claim the Argentine striker wants to partner Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp.

The Spanish champions will now need to negotiate terms with Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan.

The Serie A challengers have already rejected Barcelona’s opening offer of £65million plus Arturo Vidal and Nelson Semedo but a follow-up bid is expected soon.

Should the Catalan giants fail to reach an agreement with their counterparts, they could opt to trigger the 22-year-old’s £102million release clause.

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Philippe Coutinho sale

Barcelona are prepared to cut their losses and offload playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazil international arrived at the Nou Camp in a deal worth £142million from Liverpool but failed to justify the expenditure.

He’s since been shipped out to Bayern Munich but the Bundesliga champions aren’t interested in exercising their £101million option to make the loan deal permanent.

The uncertainty surrounding his future has led to interest from Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.

And the Premier League trio could secure themselves something of a bargain with Spanish publication Marca claiming Barcelona are resigned to making a loss.

Transfer news LIVE: Latest gossip from Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Barcelona

Transfer news LIVE: Latest gossip from Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Barcelona (Image: GETTY)

Rio wants them both

Rio Ferdinand wants Tottenham talisman Harry Kane and Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have been linked with the English superstars in recent months but Ferdinand isn’t entirely certain either will be completed.

“Would I take Harry Kane now? Of course you would,” Ferdinand said on Instagram Live. “This geezer scores goals but I don’t see Tottenham letting Harry Kane go. And with Jose Mourinho there, I don’t see Mourinho letting him go to Manchester United.

“I would take Jadon Sancho all day… whether we’ll get him, though. Great player, great potential, English, he’s brilliant.”



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