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Thorgan Hazard on the move


French outlet Foot Mercato are reporting Thorgan Hazard could join Liverpool or Borussia Dortmund this summer. 

Both clubs are said to be keen to land the 26-year-old this summer following an impressive season for Borussia Monchengladbach.

He has 12 goals and 11 assists so far this season for the Bundesliga side.

Wilson responds to Chelsea rumours


Callum Wilson has downplayed rumours linking him with a big-money move to Chelsea.

The striker was reported to be on the Blues' wishlist in January, but a transfer never materialised.

Now, the England international has responded to speculation by insisting he's happy at Bournemouth

"I signed a long-term contract, I’m happy down there – I’m playing football," he said.

"I’ve been linked (with big clubs) from a young age when I’m doing well, so I tend not to buy into it really."

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Rangers to strengthen with Championship playmaker


Rangers are looking to strengthen their squad with Greg Stewart from Birmingham City.

Football Insider are reporting the Scottish club have already offered the midfielder a contract with his existing deal with Birmingham set to expire in the summer. 

The 29-year-old is currently on loan at Aberdeen this season.

Tottenham targeting Gomez


Spurs have got their eye on Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, according to The Mail.

The north London club are looking for long-term cover for Harry Kane and they view the 22-year-old as the ideal candidate.

The striker is also said to be attracting attention from West Ham, with the Hammers also looking into the possibility of bidding for him this summer.

Camacho to depart Liverpool


Rafael Camacho is set to leave Liverpool this summer for £10 million ($13m).

That's according to Football Insider, who report the 18-year-old recently declined Liverpool's offer of a new five-year deal.

The winger has only played twice for the Reds this season, starting in the FA Cup once while also coming on as a substitue in the Premier League.

Fraser responds to Arsenal links


Bournemouth ace Ryan Fraser insists he's happy with life on the south coast despite being linked with a move to Arsenal

"Every player says they try to come away from the speculation but at the same time the best thing I can do is concentrate on the pitch," he said.

"I love it here, not just the football club but the manager and especially my teammates as well -I’m close with them all."

Man City battle United for Wan-Bissaka


Crystal Palace defender is rated at £40m

Manchester City are ready to fight local rivals United for the signature of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to the Daily Mail

The Crystal Palace right-back, 21, has a burgeoning reputation and could fetch up to £40 million should the Eagles decide to cash in this summer.

Juve idol Barzagli to hang up boots


Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli has announced that he will be heading into retirement at the end of the season.

By the time the 2018-19 campaign comes to a close, a veteran performer will have passed his 38th birthday.

He acknowledges that the time has come to take on a new challenge after 20 years as a professional.

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'Chelsea must take care of asset Hazard'


Chelsea have a “£100 million asset” on their hands in Eden Hazard, says Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, with some big decisions going to have to be made at Stamford Bridge this summer.

 The Belgium forward is approaching the final year of his contract in west London.

With no fresh terms agreed, a move elsewhere is being mooted in the next transfer window.

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Silva surprised by Walcott speculation


Marco Silva says he is surprised at speculation linking Theo Walcott with a move away from Everton, report the Liverpool Echo.

The 30 year-old has playing time limited at Goodison Park in recent weeks, leading to rumours that he could be sold by the Toffees. 

"I was surprised because just because one player doesn't play two or three games it doesn't mean he isn't an important player for us or we want to put him out or want to do something with him," Silva said.

Niasse to have showdown talks with boss Silva


Everton's Oumar Niasse will hold talks with boss Marco Silva about his future, according to the Star.

The forward has been on loan at Cardiff since January but will have showdown talks with the Portuguese to hash out whether he has a future a Goodison Park.

Villas-Boas not ruling out Celtic


Andre Villas-Boas' agent has refused to rule the Portuguese boss out of the running for the Celtic manager's job, according to the Sun.

The former Chelsea boss's representative had formerly ruled him out of contention but has since said: "Andre has the deepest affection for both Scotland and the Scottish people and the fondest memories of the time he spent there.

“But we have received no offers from Scottish clubs and no decision has been made on his future, so there’s no way a valid comment can be made on this subject.”  

Fulham hopeful of keeping Mitrovic after relegation


Fulham are hopeful of hanging on to Aleksandar Mitrovic following relegation from the Premier League, according to the Sun.

The striker has netted double figures during the Cotagers' limp exit from the top flight but the club want to keep the Serbia international as they plot a first-tike return from the Championship. 

The 24 year-old was integral to Fulham's promotion during the 2017/18 season.

Bristol City to offer Hogan a way out of Villa


Bristol City will offer Scott Hogan the chance to leave Aston Villa in the summer, report the Birmingham Mail.

The 26 year-old has struggled at Villa Park since making a £12million move and went on loan to Sheffield United in January.

City lost out to the Blades on that occasion but could return with a new bid in the summer. 

Milan targeting Sao Paulo star


AC Milan are targeting Sao Paulo starlet Antony, according to CalcioMercato.

The 19 year-old winger is contracted at the Brazilian side until 2023, but Milan may come up against difficulties owing to Financial Fair Play rules if they decide to make a bid for the player.

Milan sporting director Leonardo has already made contact with Antony's representatives. 

United to offer new Darmian deal


Manchester United will offer Matteo Darmian a new four-year deal in order to avoid losing him on a free at the end of next season, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The 29 year-old wants to move back to Italy but United are keen to put a deal in place to ensure they command a transfer fee for the player. 

Génésio resigns as Lyon boss


Lyon manager Bruno Génésio will step down from his role at the end of the season, the club have confirmed. 

"For a while now, I have been facing a negative climate towards me, which has become negative for the players, the club," said Génésio.

"I will not be continuing next season with Lyon... All of this has been decided in the best interests for the club, the institution... I hope that this will lead to a better environment for the rest of the season, to qualify for the Champions' League."

Godin set to sign for Inter


Diego Godin is "90% certain" to join Inter Milan, report ESPN

The Uruguay international will take up Inter's offer of a three-year deal when his current contract at Atletico Madrid expires in the summer.

The 33 year-old has been the subject of interest from Manchester United, AC Milan and Juventus.

Nicolas Pepe would be good for PSG - Lille boss


Lille coach Christophe Galtier believes star winger Nicolas Pepe would be a good signing for Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.

The winger has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Bayern Munich, but PSG are also said to be eyeing up the winger, who has 19 goals to his name this season.

And Galtier feels PSG would be smart to move for him and says he would need no time to adapt to the capital club.

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Lyon boss tells players he's leaving


Lyon coach Bruno Genesio has told his players that he will leave the club at the end of the season, RMC Sport reports.

The 52-year-old took over at the helm of the Ligue 1 side in 2015, his first senior coaching role. Genesio's contract expires at the end of the season and he has admitted to his squad that he will not renew his deal.

Lyon are expected to make an announcement on Saturday to confirm his imminent departure.

Everton midfielder wanted by Fenerbahce & Besiktas


Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic is being tracked by Turkish giants Fenerbahce and Besiktas, according to The Daily Mail.

The Toffees are open to letting 26-year-old Bosnia international leave at the end of the season when his loan spell at Middlesbrough ends.

The Championship side are eager to land him in a permanent deal, but face competition from the Super Lig. Everton are expecting a fee of around £9 million for Besic.  

Barcelona to return for Chelsea's Willian


La Liga leaders had bid rejected last year

Barcelona are weighing up another bid for Chelsea winger Willian, The Telegraph reports.

The Catalan side saw a bid rejected by the Premier League side last summer but the Brazil international will be available for a lower price with his contract expiring in 2020.

Chelsea may want to hold on to the 30-year-old, however, after FIFA hit them with a transfer ban.

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Diouf wants to leave Stoke because fans are 'worst' in England


Mame Biram Diouf is considering leaving Stoke this summer to get away from the supporters, who he said are the "worst" in the country.

The 31-year-old forward has been at Stoke for almost five years and is tied to the club until next summer.

But he could be on the way out before then as he is considering a move, saying the fans are too demanding. 

"The English public is demanding, but frankly our fans are the worst," he told So Foot. "They're real fans, but they do not encourage their players, you just miss a pass they boo, it's really hard."

Arsenal make N'Zonzi top priority


Arsenal are determined to reunite coach Unai Emery with his former player Steven N'Zonzi this summer, having made the midfielder their number one transfer target.

N'Zonzi enjoyed his most successful season under the Spanish coach during their time at Sevilla, winning the Europa League in the first year.

The Frenchman moved to Roma last summer and although he is a regular starter, the club are considering offloading him as they try to improve their squad for next term.

Daily Star claims Arsenal are eyeing him up and hope to bring him and former Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery together again.

Barcelona offer De Ligt five-year contract


La Liga giants jump ahead of Juventus and Man City

Barcelona have offered Matthijs de Ligt a five-year contract as they look to win the battle to sign the Ajax defender.

The Catalan side have been leading the race for the 19-year-old superstar, but face intense competition from Manchester City, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.

The Blaugrana are hoping to get the deal over the line immediately, though, as Sport says they have offered him a deal that runs until 2024.

Conte now Roma's first choice to replace Ranieri


Roma have made Antonio Conte their first choice to take over as head coach this summer, Il Tempo reports.

The Giallorossi are eyeing a permanent replacement for Claudio Ranieri, who took over from Eusebio Di Francesco until the end of the season.

Roma reportedly held talks with Jose Mourinho over a return to the Italian top-flight, but it is ex-Juventus, Chelsea and Italy boss Conte they want to take charge.

Juventus plot big bid for Benfica star Joao Felix


 Juventus are preparing a summer bid for Benfica star Joao Felix, Tuttosport claims.

The 19-year-old sensation is one of Europe's hottest prospects and interest in him will only have increased in the wake of his Europa League hat-trick this week.

Manchester United are said to be courting the Portuguese talent, but Juventus are eyeing him up too and believe they can benefit from their relationship with his compatriot and fellow Jorge Mendes client Cristiano Ronaldo to improve their chances.

Benfica, however, are not going to let him leave for a low fee and could hold out for the €120 million in his release clause.

Draxler predicts Neymar & Mbappe stay


Julian Draxler says he expects Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to stay at Paris Saint-Germain despite constant links to Real Madrid.

The attacking pair are being courted by the Spanish champions as they look to refresh their squad and find a new star player.

PSG are not ready to let them go, though, and Draxler is confident they will remain in the French capital for at least another year.

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Solskjaer: Man Utd have to be ruthless in transfers


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it is "survival of the fittest" at Manchester United as the club have to be "ruthless" when it comes to offloading dead weight. 

Many Red Devils have been linked with a summer move and the coach confirmed that captain Antonio Valencia is set to leave while Ander Herrera is being linked with a free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain as his contract nears expiration.

And Solskjaer says only the best will remain at Old Trafford as a few more players may be shoved out the door: “It's going to be survival of the fittest or survival of the best,” he said. “That's how ruthless we have to be. 

“We need players here who are going to be able to take us forward. That means culture in the dressing room, what we do every single day here to make us challenge again. 

Liverpool and City are too far head at the moment for what we like. We played against a Barcelona team that sets the standard in European football."

Benitez urges Newcastle spending


Rafa Benitez has once again calimed that Newcastle have the potential to contend for the Premier League, but only if the club will "do the right things."

While the Spanish boss doesn't expect his club to pay out massive cash, he has made a sly plea to the club to add more players who can make a difference in a match. 

"We have to have a team who can compete," he told Sky Sports. "This city, the club has potential. It's massive. I'm not looking to spend £200 million, but doing the right things.

"You can do everything right with your tactics, but the other team has one player that can make the difference. You'd have to pay £30m to buy a Leicester player."

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Bournemouth considering cashing in on Fraser


Bournemouth are considering cashing in on Ryan Fraser rather than losing their star man for free next year. 

The Mirror claim the Scotland star wants to play for a top-six club, and with Arsenal lurking the Cherries are considering letting him leave this summer rather than risking losing him for nothing when his contract expires in 2020. 

Canadian Premier League strikes broadcasting deal


The Canadian Premier League is making strides in raising its buying power with a broadcasting deal. 

The Northern Tribune reports that the startup league has landed a deal with CBC to broadcast matches, though the exact details of the late-coming offer are sketchy at best. 

Even so, a broadcast deal should offer the league more revenue and in turn more chances to land quality players in their aim to compete with other tier one leagues in Concacaf. 

Timbers chasing Necaxa's Fernandez


The Portland Timbers are looking to land Necaxa forward Brian Fernandez as the club's next designated player. 

According to The Record, the club have been chasing a new DP to play up front and have zeroed in on the Liga MX star. 

The 24-year-old has seemingly found a home in Mexico after a troubled start to his career in his native Argentina and in Europe. 


Italian duo eye van de Beek


Milan and Roma are interested in Ajax youngster Donny van de Beek but fear they may be priced out of a move this summer, report Calciomercato.

Van de Beek is among a clutch of talented youngsters to impress during Ajax's Champions League run, most recently in Wednesday's 1-1 quarter-final first leg draw against Juventus.

Milan and Roma have tracked the 21-year-old for some time but such is his progress Ajax have increased their asking price to around €40million (£36m/$45m), which may be out of their price range.

Botafogo sack Mannarino


Botafogo have sacked coach José Ricardo Mannarino after just eight months in charge of the club.

The 47-year-old was only appointed in August but departs after his side were knocked out of the Copa do Brasil by Serie C side Juventude.

Rangers eye Hearts defender Souttar


Rangers will make a move to sign Hearts defender John Souttar this summer, report the Daily Record.

The Scotland international is believed to be their number one defensive target after impressing director of football Mark Allen.

Steven Gerrard is keen to sign a replacement for Joe Worrall, who is set to return to Nottingham Forest when his loan deal expires at the end of the season.

Pogba unaffected by transfer talk


Red Devils midfielder continues to be linked with Real Madrid

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Paul Pogba has been unaffected by speculation he could join Real Madrid in the summer.

Pogba has been heavily linked to Madrid and Solskjaer fears there may be a concerted campaign being devised by the Spanish giants to unsettle the midfielder.

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Barca put Jovic move on hold


Rashford and Griezmann among alternative targets

Barcelona have decided to put their attempts to sign Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic on hold and will instead pursue four other targets, report Marca.

Barca officials are reluctant to enter into a bidding war for Jovic, with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich also rumoured to be interested in the 21-year-old.

As a result, they will now consider alternatives including Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, Valencia's Rodrigo Moreno, Lille forward Nicolas Pepe and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann.