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Arsenal shelve Lacazette contract talks

2022-02-24T22:00:00.000Z

Arsenal have shelved talks with Alexandre Lacazette over a contract extension - according to The Sun.

The Frenchman's future won't be discussed again until May so that the Gunners can focus on qualifying for the Champions League, despite his current deal expiring at the end of the season.

Lacazette, who has been linked with a return to Lyon, has hit three goals in 18 Premier League appearances for Arsenal so far this term.

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Abraham has heart set on Chelsea return

2022-02-24T21:30:00.000Z

Roma striker Tammy Abraham has his heart set on a return to Chelsea - according to Corriere dello Sport.

The 24-year-old spent five years with the Blues before joining the Giallorossi for £34 million ($45m) last summer.

Chelsea inserted a £68m ($91m) buy-back clause in Abraham's contract which becomes active next year, and he is hopeful that they elect to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.

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Newcastle eyeing cut-price Rabiot deal

2022-02-24T21:00:00.000Z

Newcastle are eyeing a cut-price deal for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot - according to Calciomercato.

The Bianconeri are ready to let the 26-year-old go in the summer transfer window for as little as £12 million.

Rabiot only has 17 months left on his contract and Juve won't be handing him a renewal, with Newcastle now poised to swoop for his services.

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Dest's agent: Barca wanted USMNT star more than Bayern

2022-02-24T20:30:00.000Z

Maradona's son: I am convinced Messi will return to Barca

2022-02-24T20:00:00.000Z

Diego Maradona's son Diego Sinagra has expressed his belief that Lionel Messi will return to Barcelona - perhaps even as soon as in the summer transfer window.

Messi began his career at Barca back in 2004 and went on to help the club win 34 trophies, including 10 La Liga titles and the Champions League.

The Argentina international also won seven Ballon d'Or awards at Camp Nou while becoming the club's all-time top goalscorer, but they had to let him go due to a financial crisis last summer - with Paris Saint-Germain subsequently snapping him up on a free transfer.

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Houston Dynamo interested in Atletico star Herrera

2022-02-24T19:30:00.000Z

Atletico Madrid midfielder Hector Herrera is the subject of interest from the Houston Dynamo - according to Tom Bogert.

The MLS outfit have submitted an official offer for the 31-year-old, and sent general manager Pat Onstad to watch him play against Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Houston Dynamo are looking to sign Herrera on a free transfer when his contract with Atletico expires in the summer.

Boca winger Pavon set to join Atletico Mineiro

2022-02-24T19:00:00.000Z

Boca Juniors winger Cristian Pavon is set to join Atletico Mineiro - according to Cesar Luis Merlo.

The 26-year-old is in the final stages of talks with Mineiro, who hope to announce his signing in the coming days.

Pavon has spent the last eight years of his career at Boca, scoring 36 goals in 136 games.

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PSG join race for Reims forward Ekitike

2022-02-24T18:30:00.000Z

Paris Saint-Germain have joined the race to sign Reinms forward Hugo Ekitike - according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Milan and Newcastle have also been linked with the 19-year-old, whose current contract is not due to expire until 2024.

Reims won't let Ekitike go cheaply in the summer but PSG could look to beat their rivals to his signature.

Neymar: I was set to play for Real Madrid

2022-02-24T18:00:00.000Z

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has revealed that he was set to play for Real Madrid in his early teenage years, but decided against joining the Spanish giants after getting too "homesick".

Neymar is widely regarded as one of the top players of his generation, having learned his trade at Santos before going on to win La Liga and the Champions League at Barcelona alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

PSG broke the world transfer record to sign the Brazilian for €222 million (£185m/$247m) in 2017 and he is also the second-highest goalscorer in his country's history behind Pele, but he has now confirmed that he turned down the chance to play for Madrid in his youth.

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Barca & Bayern talking to Christensen

2022-02-24T17:30:00.000Z

Chelsea consider Gnabry swoop (BILD)

2022-02-24T17:00:00.000Z

Former Arsenal star touted for Premier League return

Chelsea are considering a swoop for Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry - according to BILD.

The 26-year-old's current contract expires in 2023 and the German champions are struggling to tie him down to fresh terms.

Chelsea could look to capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding Gnabry's future this summer and offer him the chance to return to the Premier League, six years on from his Arsenal exit.

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Roma to revive Xhaka interest in summer

2022-02-24T16:30:00.000Z

Roma are planning to revive their interest in Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka this summer - according to Calciomercato.

The Giallorossi tried to sign the 29-year-old last year but were unable to finalise a deal.

Jose Mourinho remains a keen admirer of Xhaka and will make another attempt when the transfer market reopens.

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Lukaku wants Chelsea stay

2022-02-24T16:00:21.000Z

Romelu Lukaku is determined to be a success at Chelsea, according to the Mirror.

The Belgian has struggled to replicate the form he had at Inter and caused plenty of controversy in an Italian interview in which he said he didn't want to leave the Nerazzurri in the first place.

He was then dropped recently for Chelsea's 2-0 Champions League win over Lille on Tuesday and is now sweating over whether he will play a part in the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool on Sunday.

Regardless of what happens at the weekend, however, Lukaku is determined to win back his place as an automatic starter and find his best form at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea want Ousmane Dembele (Sport)

2022-02-24T15:30:41.000Z

Talks already in motion for Barca star

Chelsea have given up on signing Bayern Munich's Serge Gnabry and are instead focusing on Ousmane Dembele, Sport reports.

It is claimed that talks have already begun with the attacker's entourage.

Dembele himself would prefer to stay at Barcelona, but the club simply cannot afford his wage demands.

Chelsea, meanwhile, would be willing to pay him a large signing-on bonus, as well as covering his salary request.

Manchester United and Juventus are also said to be monitoring the situation closely.

Pioli expects Ibra to play on

2022-02-24T15:00:28.000Z

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has said that he expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to continue playing at the club next season.

Ibrahimovic's current deal runs out this summer but his manager thinks he will still be around for the 2022-23 campaign.

“I feel he wants to continue [to play football next season], this is my expectation,” Pioli said. “It's only up to Ibrahimovic, he will decide – you should ask him.”

Conte not planning on leaving Spurs

2022-02-24T14:30:00.000Z

Antonio Conte is not planning to leave Tottenham despite recent comments, talkSPORT says.

The Spurs boss said after the Burnley loss: "I came in to try to improve the situation but maybe in this moment, I don’t know. I’m not so good to improve it. It is very frustrating.

"I’m trying to do everything but the situation is not changing.

"In the last five games, we are playing like we are in relegation - this is the reality. Maybe there is something wrong. I want to take responsibility, if I have that, I’m open for every decision, I want to help Tottenham from first day I arrive. Also to take my salary. It is not right at this moment."

However, the report claims Conte's words were a rallying cry to his players, not a statement of intent to quit his job.

Arsenal delay talks on Lacazette’s future

2022-02-24T14:00:00.000Z

Arsenal have, according to Standard Sport, shelved talks regarding a new contract for Alexandre Laczette until the end of the season.

The French striker is due to become a free agent this summer, as his current deal runs down, but the Gunners are prepared to take a risk on his future and delay extension talks until the 2021-22 campaign comes to a close.

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Real tell Haaland to spend another year at Dortmund (SER Deportivos)

2022-02-24T13:40:00.000Z

Real Madrid have, according to SER Deportivos, told Erling Haaland to spend another year at Borussia Dortmund before joining them in 2023.

The Blancos are prioritising a deal for Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe this summer and believe it will be difficult to land the World Cup winner and a prolific Norwegian striker in the same window.

West Ham want Nice striker Gouiri

2022-02-24T13:20:00.000Z

West Ham are weighing up an approach for Nice striker Amine Gouiri, claims Calciomercato.

The France U21 international has registered 10 goals and seven assists in Ligue 1 this season, bringing him to the attention of a Premier League club desperately searching for more firepower.

Barcelona monitoring Saul’s situation (Sport)

2022-02-24T13:00:00.000Z

Saul Niguez has found the going tough during a loan spell at Chelsea, but he is still highly regarded back in Spain and Sport claims that Barcelona are mulling over a summer swoop for his services.

The expectation is that a talented midfielder will be returned to Atletico Madrid once a spell at Stamford Bridge comes to a close, leaving a path clear for him to talk terms with La Liga heavyweights at Camp Nou.

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Liverpool & Spurs-linked Bremer prefers Inter

2022-02-24T12:30:00.000Z

Liverpool and Tottenham have been linked with Torino defender Gleison Bremer, but he is said to be favouring a move elsewhere.

According to Calciomercato, the Brazilian has already given a green light for a switch to Inter to be made this summer.

Man Utd table offer for €30m Akanji (SportBild)

2022-02-24T12:00:00.000Z

Manchester United have, according to SportBild, tabled an offer for Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji – who is said to be valued at around €30 million (£25m/$34m).

The Swiss star, who has rejected the offer of fresh terms in Germany, has been presented with a contract proposal from the Red Devils as they seek to win the race for his signature.

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Leicester & West Ham keen on Carter-Vickers

2022-02-24T11:32:26.562Z

Leicester and West Ham are two of the five Premier League clubs to be keeping a close eye on Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers as he impresses on loan at Celtic, claims TEAMtalk.

Wolves, Burnley and Watford are also monitoring the 24-year-old centre-half, who has a purchase option in his deal at Parkhead which is worth over £10 million ($13m).

Mbappe rejects PSG 'blank cheque'

2022-02-24T11:00:00.000Z

Real Madrid fighting hard to sign French forward

Kylian Mbappe has rejected PSG's latest contract offer, with Marca having claimed that the Frenchman was essentially given a 'blank cheque' to remain with the Ligue 1 champions.

Real Madrid are fighting hard to land the forward, who, as it stands, can leave on a free transfer in the summer.

PSG's latest proposal reportedly asked Mbappe to agree to two more years, although with the freedom to leave at any time, should he wish, after the 2022 World Cup.

Chelsea step up talks to land Dembele

2022-02-24T09:35:00.000Z

PSG also in hunt for Barcelona winger

Chelsea are continuing talks with Ousmane Dembele as they attempt to land the Barcelona winger on a free transfer, 90min reports.

Dembele's current deal with Barca expires in the summer of 2022, with it reported that it's not likely that he'll extend his stay at Camp Nou, unless he lowers his demands.

Thomas Tuchel's side have had a long-standing interest in the Frenchman although Paris Saint-Germain are also reportedly trying to sign the winger.

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Barcelona join the race for Gravenberch

2022-02-24T09:00:00.000Z

Barcelona have joined Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the race for Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The Netherlands international is expected to be on the move this summer, with big-money bids being readied by leading sides across Europe.

Newcastle to move for Carlos again in the summer

2022-02-24T08:30:00.000Z

Newcastle failed to put a deal in place for Sevilla defender Diego Carlos during the winter transfer window, but the Daily Star reports that he remains a top target.

The Magpies are said to have got nowhere near meeting the Brazilian’s asking price in January, but they will look to re-open talks in the summer.

Man Utd & Chelsea told Nkunku asking price

2022-02-24T08:00:00.000Z

Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and ever other suitor of Christopher Nkunku have been informed of the 24-year-old’s asking price.

Fichajes reports that Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig will be demanding at least £63 million ($85m) from any deal involving the highly-rated French midfielder.

Newcastle to listen to offers for Almiron

2022-02-24T07:30:00.000Z

The Chronicle reports that Newcastle will listen to offers for Miguel Almiron when the summer transfer window opens.

The Paraguay international forward continues to struggle for end product with the Magpies and, with more additions expected to be made at St James’ Park, will be allowed to leave if a suitable bid is tabled.

Chelsea discussing Hazard loan with Real (Radio Marca)

2022-02-24T07:00:00.000Z

Chelsea are, according to Radio Marca, discussing a loan deal with Real Madrid that could see Eden Hazard return to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Belgian playmaker has struggled for form and fitness since leaving west London for the Spanish capital, but he may be about to retrace those steps on a season-long agreement.

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Atletico Madrid plot Wijnaldum move (Fichajes)

2022-02-23T23:55:00.000Z

The midfielder desires a quick exit from PSG

Atletico Madrid are plotting a move for Georginio Wijnaldum, who could leave Paris Saint-Germain after just one season, writes Fichajes.

Newcastle, West Ham and Aston Villa are also said to be interested in the midfielder.

Inter line up Bremer signing

2022-02-23T23:40:00.000Z

Inter have lined up the signing of Torino centre-back Bremer and have reached an initial agreement with the player, writes Calciomercato.

The 24-year-old has started 23 matches in Serie A this year.

Conte 'can't improve' Spurs and considering future

2022-02-23T23:30:54.000Z

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte admits he is frustrated with his side's current slump as they fell to defeat once more at the hands of Burnley, and he says he is considering his future options.

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AC Milan monitoring Bergwijn

2022-02-23T23:10:00.000Z

AC Milan are monitoring the status of Tottenham's Steven Bergwijn ahead of a potential summer move, according to Calciomercato.

They expect Spurs will put a discount price on the player and believe they can get the best out of him at San Siro.

Carlisle make Simpson interim manager

2022-02-23T23:00:00.000Z