Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Chelsea to push ahead of Man Utd & Barca for Alderweireld

Chelsea to challenge Man Utd & Barca for Alderweireld

Chelsea are ready to gain an advantage on Manchester United and Barcelona in their pursuit of Toby Alderweireld, The Mirror reports.

The Belgium international has been dropped by Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino in recent weeks and is expected to be benched for their trip to Chelsea on Sunday.

The Blues are hoping to talk Spurs down from their £55 million asking price and are willing to pay closer to £40m.

Liverpool offered £70m and Coutinho for Bale

Gareth Bale Wales

Liverpool tried to offload Philippe Coutinho as part of a swap deal for Gareth Bale, according to a new book published in France.

Although Barcelona were in pursuit of the Brazil international, it is claimed in ‘PSG: Revelations of a Revolution’ that the Reds offered £70 million and Coutinho to Real Madrid in an attempt to bring Bale back to the Premier League, only to see their offer knocked back.

The 25-year-old ended up staying at Anfield until January, when he made a £142m move to Barca.

West Ham want Man Utd player

Sam Johnstone Aston Villa Manchester United

West Ham have identified Sam Johnstone as the man to replace Joe Hart and will try to buy him from Manchester United at the end of the season, according to The Mirror.

While Hart continues to struggle, the 25-year-old Johnstone has convinced the London side of his ability while on loan at Aston Villa this season and the Hammers are happy to pay the £4 million to land him.

Man Utd to lose young goalkeeper

Dean Henderson

Dean Henderson will leave Manchester United this summer in search of first-team football, The Mirror reports.

The England Under-21 international has impressed on loan at Shrewsbury this season and United are hoping to convince him to stay with a new contract offer.

But the 21-year-old has made his mind up and will entertain offers from other clubs, with Arsenal said to be keeping an eye on him.

Arsenal, Atletico & Napoli want Leno

Bernd Leno Bayer Leverkusen Germany

Arsenal are hoping to challenge Atletico Madrid and Napoli to lure Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, says Kicker.

Atletico are said to have repeatedly scouted the Germany international, while Serie A side Napoli have reportedly made an approach for him last summer.

But Arsenal have turned to the shot-stopper in their search for Petr Cech’s replacement and see the 26-year-old a viable option. 

Everton & West Ham told to pay £25m for Wilson

Callum Wilson Bournemouth

Bournemouth are demanding Everton and West Ham pay £25 million if they wish to sign Callum Wilson in the next transfer window, The Sun claims.

Coach Eddie Howe hopes to hold on to the striker, who has eight goals in all competitions this term, but Premier League rivals are lurking in the shape of Sam Allardyce and David Moyes’ sides, and an offer could come this summer.

PSG make Oblak top target

Jan Oblak Atletico Madrid

Paris Saint-Germain are considering offering €100 million to sign Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid in the off-season, reports RMC Sport.

Atletico have no interest in letting the Slovenia international go and he is contracted to the club until 2021, but PSG are said to be willing to match the €100m release clause to force the Spanish side’s hand. 

The French side are not alone in showing an interest in Oblak, however, as Chelsea and Arsenal are reported to have looked at him.

James wants Bayern stay over Premier League move

James Rodriguez, Bayern Munich

James Rodriguez has suggested he is happy to extend his stay at Bayern Munich instead of look for a move to the Premier League.

The Colombia international is expected to make his two-year loan deal at Bayern permanent instead of returning to Real Madrid, but has attracted interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.

However, he told The Sun that he is “fine at Bayern” and is not considering a switch to England.

PSG see Tuchel as ideal Emery replacement

Thomas Tuchel

Paris Saint-Germain have identified Thomas Tuchel as their top target to replace Unai Emery this summer.

The French side will let Emery go at the end of the season after his failure to progress in the Champions League and see the former Borussia Dortmund man as the new front runner to take over.

However, Joachim Low and Luis Enrique also remain options for the Ligue 1 leaders.

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Messi wants Alaba at Barca

David Alaba Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has advised Barcelona to sign Bayern Munich star David Alaba to help improve their defence, Diario Gol reports. 

The Liga leaders are likely to make a move for Antoine Griezmann in the summer, but Messi also wants to see the Austria international join the club. 

Lewandowski will stay at Bayern – Heynckes

Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes expects Robert Lewandowski to stay at the club for long enough to move above him in the all-time Bundesliga goalscoring charts.

Lewandowski continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season, despite Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insisting the striker is not for sale .

Heynckes has dismissed the transfer talk as mere speculation and has tipped the Poland star, who has 174 goals in Germany’s top flight, to move beyond his tally of 220 in the coming seasons.

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Guardiola keen to secure Sterling’s Man City future

Raheem Sterling Manchester City

Pep Guardiola would welcome Raheem Sterling signing a new contract at Manchester City and knows the winger’s form could attract the attention of rival clubs.

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Sterling has two years left to run on his current deal but is reportedly keen for talks over fresh terms to commence, with team-mates Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi having all been rewarded with renewals this term.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Everton, Guardiola maintained the matter was one for director of football Txiki Begiristain but underlined Sterling’s importance to the City cause following recent speculation of interest from Real Madrid.

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