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Officially official


The return of AVB

Andre Villas-Boas is close to making a return to football as the coach of Marseille. Talks are understood to have taken place with the French club’s director of football Andoni Zubizarreta who is looking for a successor to Rudi Garcia.

-source: The Telegraph


Still uncertain

Manchester United are no closer to resolving David de Gea’s future with the goalkeeper still holding off signing a new deal, Sky Sports News understands. De Gea is out of contract next summer and can sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from January. The Spain international wants assurances that United will compete for major honors and is also keen to bring his wages into line with other top earners at the club, including Alexis Sanchez.

-source: Sky Sports News


United back in for Griezmann

While some at Camp Nou are enthusiastic about the prospect, the leadership are not unanimous about the 28-year-old and feel money could better be spent elsewhere in what is going to be a busy summer. That could leave Griezmann with a big decision to make, and sources have told The Independent that communication has been re-established with United, and a deal is possible. There is also an ongoing link due to his brother’s support for the Premier League club, with his family also influential among his entourage.

-source: The Independent


Trigger

Inter are reportedly ready to pay the €30m release clause for Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, but must now convince the player, who is also courted by Manchester United. According to FcInterNews.it, the Nerazzurri have been long-time admirers of the Italy international and are willing to offer him a five-year contract worth €2.7m a year in wages to move this summer.

-source: Football Italia


Renewal

Sassuolo have officially extended their contracts with Alessandro Matri and Gianluca Pegolo to June 2020. Both had been due to become free agents next month, but will instead be wearing the Neroverdi jersey next season.

-source: Football Italia


The return of El Tigre

Atletico Madrid and Valencia are both interested in signing Monaco striker Radamel Falcao this summer, according to reports. Diario AS cite a report in L’Equipe that both clubs are paying attention to the Colombian forward, who will play his final game for Monaco against Nice this weekend.

-source: Football Espana


Woah

The future isn’t clear for Sergio Ramos and the Real Madrid captain is considering his future at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Los Blancos suffered a forgettable season in 2018/19 and the Spaniard has been left to think about what lies ahead for him, with options opening up. El Chiringuito reported, and MARCA have been able to confirm, that he is seriously weighing things up at the moment, and is thinking about moving on to another European destination. Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have enquired about his situation, but until now the answer has always been a firm rejection. But things have now changed and he doesn’t know what’s next for him.

-source: MARCA


More sad news

Manchester United have made an offer in excess of €40 million (£35m/$45m) for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, Goal understands. The French striker, who is being followed by several Premier League clubs, has enjoyed a productive first season with the Ligue 1 side, scoring 23 goals in all competitions since his move from Celtic.

-source: Goal


Priced out

Romelu Lukaku is worried that a summer move to Inter Milan won’t happen - because Manchester United will price him out of a switch. The Belgian international striker moved to Old Trafford in a £75million deal from Everton in 2017. But he is ready to leave after being told he is surplus to requirements under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Inter are closing on Antonio Conte as their new manager, and the Italian is keen to link up with Lukaku - having been blocked from signing him at Chelsea two years ago.

-source: Daily Mirror

Manchester United will not let Romelu Lukaku leave on the cheap if Inter Milan firm up their interest with a formal bid, sources have told ESPN FC. Antonio Conte is expected to replace Luciano Spalletti at the San Siro after the final round of Serie A games this weekend. Conte is set to ask his new employers to sign Lukaku.

-source: ESPN FC


Lippi’s back


Back to Deutschland

Borussia Dortmund are reportedly looking at Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic for next season. According to Bild, Dortmund chiefs Matthias Sammer, Michael Zorc and Hans-Joachim Watzke are all keen on Mandzukic’s experience, although Coach Lucien Favre has yet to be convinced.

-source: Football Italia


Perennial scouters

Arsenal will reportedly scout Sampdoria pair Joachim Andersen and Dennis Praet this weekend. According to Gazzetta dello Sport’s Nicolo Schira, Arsenal will be keen observers when Sampdoria host Juventus in Serie A on Sunday.

-source: Football Italia


Good luck, Spurs

Tottenham contacted Real Madrid this week to enquire about Marco Asensio. The reply could not have been more blunt: Asensio is not for sale, Jugones reported - and Diario AS can confirm. General Director at Real Madrid José Ángel Sánchez made it clear that any club who is serious about signing Asensio must honour the the buy-out clause in the player’s contract - 700 million euros.

-source: Diario AS


Where did Pool come from?

Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt is yet to accept an offer from Barcelona and has superior economic offers elsewhere, report El Mundo Deportivo. Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all offered more money for the in-demand defender who is yet to commit on his future for next season.

-source: Football Espana


Laurent to leave, Umtiti to replace him


BVB unstoppable


Shifting targets

Crystal Palace’s expected valuation of Aaron Wan-Bissaka is forcing Manchester United to consider turning to Thomas Meunier. United have held fresh talks over a move for Paris Saint-Germain’s Belgian right-back Meunier this week due to concerns they will be priced out of a move for Wan-Bissaka.

-source: Daily Mail


United in for Rabiot

Manchester United are still monitoring Adrien Rabiot as he prepares to leave Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. Rabiot, 24, has not played for PSG since December amid his refusal to sign a new contract and the MEN understands United remain interested in signing the France international as he decides on his next club.

-source: Manchester Evening News


More news

Napoli are in pole position to sign Kieran Trippier from Tottenham Hotspur this summer. The England right-back will be allowed to leave White Hart Lane for the right offer, and the Italian side are confident of reaching a deal for a fee of roughly £25m.

-source: The Independent

Napoli have made an approach to sign Nathaniel Clyne from Liverpool, Goal has learned. The Serie A side are in the market for a new right-back this summer, and have made contact with the Reds over the England international.

-source: Goal


Restructure

Darren Fletcher is in line for a return to Manchester United as part of the club’s restructure. The MEN understands Fletcher, 33, attended a high-profile meeting earlier this week as a guest in anticipation of his appointment. The likelihood is Fletcher could sit on an advisory panel to establish transfer targets and take decisions on internal players’ futures.

-source: Manchester Evening News


Mitrovic replacements

Fulham have identified Dwight Gayle and Britt Assombalonga as possible replacements for Aleksandar Mitrovic if the Serb leaves Craven Cottage. Mitrovic is expected to exit Fulham this summer following their relegation from the Premier League, with West Ham and Crystal Palace both interested in a move for him.

-source: Evening Standard


Firm up interest

Arsenal plan to firm up their interest in Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser after next week’s Europa League final against Chelsea, with the 25-year-old one of Unai Emery’s transfer targets this summer.

-source: The Independent


Obstacle

Barcelona are piecing together a plan to lure Matthijs de Ligt to Camp Nou from Ajax that avoids the need to deal with his agent Mino Raiola or increasing their current €75 million (£66m/$84) bid, Goal understands.

-source: Goal


Teenage star

Arsenal are one of several clubs keeping close tabs on Reading’s teenage striker Danny Loader, Goal understands. The 18-year-old was part of England’s Under-17s World Cup winning team in 2017 and ended last season making 22 appearances for the Royals in all competitions as they avoided relegation from the Championship.

-source: Goal


Official


To Sevilla

Former Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui is on the Sevilla shortlist for their vacant managerial position, report ABC de Sevilla. Lopetegui has been out of work since being dismissed by Madrid at the end of October following a 5-1 El Clasico loss against Barcelona – leaving the club languishing in ninth place in La Liga after ten matches.

-source: Football Espana


Going away

Experienced Atletico Madrid full-back Juanfran Torres has confirmed he has played his final game for the club due to his contract expiring. The 34-year-old, who began his career at Real Madrid, has amassed over 300 appearances for Los Rojiblancos since a January 2011 move from Osasuna.

-source: Football Espana


Pricey

Raul de Tomas has had a 35 million euros price tag put on his head by Real Madrid after enjoying a fruitful campaign on loan at Rayo Vallecano, despite being unable to prevent them from relegation. The striker has returned to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu after his year away and while he wants to convince Zinedine Zidane that he can contribute at Madrid, clubs are sniffing around.

-source: MARCA


Convince


The James decision


Not contemplating


Confirmed


Watford to Schalke with love