Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Barcelona close in on Alaba

Barcelona close in on Alaba

Barcelona are close to sealing a deal for Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba, reports Don Balon.

Barca and Real Madrid have emerged as suitors for the 25-year-old Austrian, who could command a fee as high as £70 million.

According to the report, however, the Blaugrana are in pole position to land Alaba, and talks over a move are in an advanced stage.

Shaw set to leave Man Utd

Luke Shaw Manchester United

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw appears ready to leave the club after more criticism from manager Jose Mourinho, according to the BBC .

Shaw was taken off at half-time of United’s 2-0 win over Brighton in the FA Cup on Saturday, with Mourinho  harshly criticising the defender after the game . 

It wasn’t the first time Shaw has been slated by Mourinho, and the 22-year-old reportedly has had enough and will seek a move away from Manchester. 

Chelsea and Madrid could swap Hazard for Asensio 

Eden Hazard Chelsea

Chelsea star Eden Hazard could be headed to Real Madrid in the summer, with Marco Asensio going the other way, reports Diario Gol.

Asensio is concerned about a lack of first-team minutes at Madrid, and reportedly considers Chelsea a dream destination.

Madrid have a long-standing interest in Hazard, making a swap a potentially appealing option for both sides. 

Madrid searching for Modric replacement

Luka Modric Real Madrid

Real Madrid have made a long-term replacement for Luka Modric a top summer priority, according to Marca

At 32, the Croatian presumably doesn’t have much time left at the highest level, meaning the Blancos are starting to plan for a successor to the Croatian. 

With a possible move for Neymar appearing complicated, Madrid are turning their focus to finding a player of a similar profile to Modric. 

Dortmund make €33m bid for Martinez

Lautaro Martinez Racing Club Huracan Superliga 02042018

Borussia Dortmund have made a €33 million bid for Racing striker Lautaro Martinez, according to  TyC Sports.

The 20-year-old has been strongly linked to Inter, but the German side hope they can hijack the striker’s move to Serie A. 

Martinez recently earned his first call-up to the Argentina national team, and has been compared to Sergio Aguero and Mauro Icardi. 

Nice concede Balotelli will likely leave

Mario Balotelli Nice Lokomotiv Moscou UEFA Europa League 15022018

Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere and coach Lucien Favre have acknowledged that striker Mario Balotelli will likely depart the club this summer. 

The 27-year-old’s contract is set to expire after this season, and his resurgent form has led to interest from all over Europe. 

Read what Rivere and Favre said about Balotelli right here!

Juventus to pay Nzonzi buyout clause

Steven Nzonzi Sevilla Real Madrid La Liga

Juventus are willing to pay Sevilla midfielder Steven Nzonzi’s €30 million buyout clause, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The 29-year-old has one more year on his contract, and will reportedly weigh up a move abroad in the summer with reported interest from Spain, Italy and England. 

Though the report states Barcelona have taken an interest in Nzonzi, the Frenchman’s age means the Blaugrana are unwilling to pay his buyout clause. 

Tottenham eye Mawson move

Alfie Mawson Swansea City

Tottenham are considering a move for Swansea City centre-back Alfie Mawson, according to  The Sun .

Spurs boss Maurico Pochettino has been monitoring the 24-year-old, who recently was named in the England squad.

After Swansea paid £5m for Mawson in 2016, the former Barnsley defender could be set for a move worth at least five times that amount. 

Valverde can only wait on Iniesta answer

Andrés Iniesta Barcelona La Liga 01282018

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde would like Andres Iniesta to stay “forever” but admits he can now only wait on the midfielder to decide his next move. 

Iniesta has set a deadline of the end of April to determine if he will stay at Barca, amid rumours of a big-money move to China.

And Valverde has said there is nothing left to do but wait and see what the 33-year-old decides.

Messi wants Barca to sign Alonso

Marcos Alonso

Lionel Messi has urged Barcelona to move for Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso, according to Don Balon.

Messi reportedly was impressed with Alonso’s performance against Barca in the Champions League, and would like the Spain international to help provide cover for Jordi Alba. 

I wanted Lewandowski at Man Utd – Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal

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Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that he tried to sign Robert Lewandowski while in charge at Old Trafford. 

Van Gaal did not add a forward during his time in Manchester, instead signing wingers Memphis Depay from PSV and Anthony Martial from Monaco.

Read why Van Gaal couldn’t land Lewandowski right here!