'Messi must follow his heart & return glory to Barca'
Lionel Messi should follow his heart and stay with Barcelona this summer in a bid to restore the Blaugrana to their former glories, according to his former Argentina team-mate Franco Di Santo.
Speculation around Messi's future continues to swirl, with the mercurial No.10's contract set to expire at the end of June following his public falling-out with the club's hierarchy in the summer of 2020.
That means that Saturday's meeting with Real Madrid at Estadio Alfredo di Stefano would be his last-ever Clasico if he does choose to leave Camp Nou behind.
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No deadlines set for Haaland transfer talks - Zorc
Borussia Dortmund are relaxed about transfer interest in Erling Haaland and have not set a deadline to decide his future, says sporting director Michael Zorc.
The 20-year-old Norwegian is currently one of the most in-demand players in world football, with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Manchester United all vying for his signature.
Dortmund have repeatedly said they have no plans to sell the striker this summer, with Zorc revealing he has reiterated the club’s stance to his agent Mino Raiola.
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Chelsea join race to sign Kounde
Chelsea have joined the race to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde - according to La Corniva De Nervion.
Manchester United have also been linked with the 22-year-old, who has been tipped to leave Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium this summer.
Chelsea are looking at Kounde as a potential long-term replacement for Thiago Silva, with the 36-year-old now approaching the latter stages of his career.
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'Jorginho is interested in Juve, Inter & Milan'
Jorginho "wants to return to Italy", according to his agent Joao Santos, who says the Chelsea star is interested in Juventus, Inter and Milan.
Chelsea forked out £50 million ($69m) to bring Jorginho to Stamford Bridge from Napoli in July 2018, and he has since established himself as a key member of the squad.
However, the Italian midfielder has been tipped to make his way back to Serie A this summer, with his agent now claiming that he would welcome the chance to embark on the next chapter of his career in his homeland.
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Prem trio eye Anderson
Manchester United, Tottenham and Leicester are interested in Fulham's on-loan defender Joachim Andersen, according to the Telegraph.
Anderson has impressed since joining on a season-long loan from Lyon last summer but the Cottagers do not have an option to make the move permanent.
The French side are open to selling the Denmark international for around £25 million ($34m) at the end of the season, but may Fulham may miss out to one of their rivals even if they avoid relegation.
Dembele ready to stay at Barca
Ousmane Dembele is ready to sign a new contract at Barcelona having been persuaded to stay by boss Ronald Koeman, according to Marca.
The France striker's current deal expires at the end of the season and he had previously been reluctant to sign fresh terms after struggling for regular first-team football and suffering from a number of niggling injuries.
However, the 23-year-old appears revitalised after being given more game time by Koeman and is now ready to stay - though tough negotiations lie ahead regarding his wages, with Barca still looking to reduce costs where possible.
Drinkwater targets Chelsea return
Danny Drinkwater says he's targeting a return to Chelsea but has also admitted his Blues career has been "nothing but frustrating" up to this point.
The one-time England international has struggled since joining the Blues for £35 million ($48m) from Leicester in 2017 and now finds himself on loan at Turkish club Kasimpasa, but he hasn't yet given up on making the grade at Stamford Bridge.
"I want to continue with Chelsea. I feel like I have unfinished business with this club," he said during an interview with Hany Hathout on the Elmatch Program.
Galaxy sign Cabral
LA Galaxy have signed winger Kevin Cabral from Valenciennes on a five-year contract.
The 21-year-old will be added to the club's roster as a Young Designated Player.
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Liverpool urged to sign 'perfect fit' Dembele
Ousmane Dembele is a perfect fit for Liverpool, according to John Barnes, who has urged the Reds to sign the Barcelona winger this summer.
Dembele is currently enjoying his best season yet at Barca, having finally put the injury problems that plagued him at the start of his Camp Nou career behind him.
"Of all the players linked with Liverpool, he is a player that fans should be excited about," said the former England winger.
Milan meet with Insigne's agent
Milan officials have met with Lorenzo Insigne's agent over a possible transfer - according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
The Rossoneri are eager to pounce on the Napoli captain's uncertain contract situation as he approaches the final year of his current deal.
Napoli want to tie Insigne down to fresh terms, but he won't make a final decision on his future until the end of the season.
Atletico interested in Canales
Real Betis midfielder Sergio Canales is the subject of interest from Atletico Madrid - according to Fichajes.
The Rojiblancos are plotting a summer swoop for the 30-year-old, whose current deal at Betis is not due to expire until 2023.
Canales has contributed seven goals and six assists to Betis' La Liga cause across 23 appearances so far this term.
Man Utd want Rice included in any Lingard deal (The Athletic)
West Ham star touted for Old Trafford switch
Manchester United want West Ham midfielder Declan Rice included any possible deal for Jesse Lingard - according to The Athletic.
The Hammers are being tipped to bring in Lingard on a permanent basis at the end of his loan spell at the London Stadium.
United will look to use Lingard as a makeweight to bring in Rice, who David Moyes has previously said is now worth over £100 million ($137m).
Fiorentina drop price tag for Man Utd-linked Milenkovic
Fiorentina have dropped their price tag for Manchester United-linked defender Nikola Milenkovic - according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.
La Viola were originally hoping to get €40 million (£35m/$48m) for the 23-year-old, whose contract is due to expire in 2022.
However, Fiorentina are now ready to accept an offer within the region of €25m (£22m/$30m) for Milenkovic, with United poised to swoop this summer.
Madrid urged to hand new contract to Ramos
Real Madrid should do all they can to keep Sergio Ramos at the club, according to their former midfielder Hamit Altintop.
Speaking exclusively to Goal, Altintop, who spent the 2011-12 campaign with Real after joining from Bayern Munich, said: "Sergio Ramos is amazing. He’s amazing. On and off the pitch.
"He knows the rules. He knows what’s needed to get results, to win the biggest trophies. His experience is incredible. Not many players spend 15 or 16 years at Real Madrid.
"I have a lot of respect for him, and he deserves everything; all trophies, all contracts, all interest! Real would miss him badly if he left."
Jorginho makes Napoli return admission
Jorginho has revealed that he intends to return to Napoli “one day”, but the Italy international insists Chelsea will continue to get his full commitment for the foreseeable future.
Quizzed about a potential return to Napoli by Sky Sport Italia, the Blues midfielder has said: "I had a wonderful experience and I’m very fond of the city and the fans.
"Now, honestly, I’m not thinking about it because my concentration is all on Chelsea, but if there’s the possibility, one day, you don’t know when, to return, of course I would like to."Check out the full story on Goal!
Minamino surprised at Liverpool loan exit
Takumi Minamino has aired his surprise at being allowed to leave Liverpool during the winter transfer window.
Minamino has told Southampton’s official website on how his move came about: "It was the last day [of the transfer window], after training – around five o’clock, I think. Some guys called me, and it just happened.
"I didn’t expect it at all, so I was probably the most surprised of anyone when I got the call.
"It was a good feeling. For me it was a good opportunity, and I was getting a positive feeling. I wanted to take this chance, and I came here."
Arteta responds to Torreira transfer plea
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta can appreciate why Lucas Torreira is looking to secure a summer switch to Boca Juniors, but the Spaniard says no decision has been made on the Uruguayan’s future.
The 25-year-old’s father has revealed that, in the wake of his mother passing away, a return to South America - preferably in Argentina - will be sought in the next window.
And speaking ahead of the Gunners' Europa League clash with Slavia Prague, Arteta claimed that while he understands Torreira's situation, a rash decision shouldn't be made now. He said: "I understand how he's feeling emotionally. He probably feels the need and responsibility to be closer to his family.
"But it's not the moment to make any decisions and it certainly is a decision that has to be made by different parties. Now, nothing is going to change. It's just an interview with some comments. Let's see what happens."
Man Utd keen on Kulusevski (Calciomercato)
Juve forward back on Red Devils' radar
Juventus forward Dejan Kulusevski is back on the radar of Manchester United, claims Calciomercato.
The Swede, who the Bianconeri are reluctant to part with at this stage, has been linked with the Red Devils in the past and faces fierce competition for places in Turin.
Hoffenheim want to retain Richards
Hoffenheim are discussing a deal that will allow them to keep Chris Richards on their books, reports Sport1.
A permanent agreement with Bayern Munich is being sought for the American defender, but another loan could be pushed through.
Brighton confident on keeping White
Brighton remain confident that interest from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United in Ben White can be fended off.
The Brighton and Hove Independent reports that any approaches for the versatile defender will be knocked back in the next transfer window – with Leeds having failed to do a permanent deal for their former loan star in 2020.
Howe not set for Celtic but Palace are keen
Eddie Howe is not on the verge of linking up with Celtic but Crystal Palace are keen on securing his services, claims the Daily Mail.
The former Bournemouth boss has been without a club since severing ties with the Cherries at the end of the 2019-20 campaign.
Barca want fresh terms for Pedri
Barcelona are, according to Sport, eager to see Pedri sign a new contract at Camp Nou.
The 18-year-old playmaker has enjoyed a memorable debut campaign in Catalunya and could now be in line for lucrative fresh terms.
Szalai keen on move to Leicester
Fenerbahce defender Attila Szalai is keen on securing a summer move to Leicester, reports Blikk.
The 23-year-old Hungarian is said to be valued at around £23 million ($32m).
Villa keen on Liverpool legend Gerrard
Aston Villa hold “strong interest” in Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, according to Football Insider.
A Liverpool legend has led the Gers to Scottish Premiership title glory this season, with a return to England now being mooted.
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Griffiths could leave for free
Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is waiting to hear whether the club will activate a one-year extension clause in his contract or let him leave on a free transfer in the summer, The Scottish Sun reports.
It is claimed that the deadline for activating the clause is April 30 and is worth close to £1 million for the frontman.
The report claims that Griffiths could link up with Hoops captain Scott Brown when he moves to Aberdeen at the end of the season, or attract interest from former side Hibernian.
Dortmund consider Larsson move amid Haaland exit rumours
Borussia Dortmund are weighing up a move for Spartak Moscow forward Jordan Larsson amid intense speculation over the future of star striker Erling Haaland, Goal can confirm.
The Bundesliga side may have a battle on for his services, however, as West Ham are also monitoring the Sweden international.Read the full article on Goal
Leeds priced out of Madueke move
Leeds have been told it will take between £20-25 million to sign Noni Madueke from PSV, with that price seemingly too steep, according to Football Insider.
The attacker, 19, is also said to have attracted admiring glances from Bayern Munich and Crystal Palace.
PSG retain interest in Bellerin
Barcelona's interest in Hector Bellerin has cooled since signing Sergino Dest, but Paris Saint-Germain remain as keen as ever in the Arsenal right-back, the Daily Star reports.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is said to be ready to clear out more deadwood in the summer transfer window as he seeks to build a team capable of challenging for titles and the cash raised Bellerin's sale would go straight into acquiring new players.
Celtic make contact with Favre
Celtic have, according to Football Insider, sounded out former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre.
The Scottish giants had been keen on bringing in ex-Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, but he intends to wait until the summer before making a decision on his future and the Hoops are eager to get someone in now.
Leipzig looking to land another striker
RB Leipzig are already well-stocked for attacking talent, but Bild reports that they are looking to bring in another striker.
Patson Daka from RB Salzburg, Sasa Kalajdzic of Stuttgart and Boulaye Dia from Reims are said to be among the options being considered by Julian Nagelsmann.
Buendia remains an option for Arsenal
Norwich playmaker Emi Buendia remains an option that Arsenal are willing to consider in the summer transfer window, claims Express Sport.
With there no guarantees that loan star Martin Odegaard will be sticking around at Emirates Stadium, alternative targets are being lined up by Mikel Arteta.
Leeds expect permanent deal for Harrison
Leeds are confident that a permanent deal for Jack Harrison will be pushed through this summer.
The highly-rated winger has spent two seasons on loan at Elland Road from Manchester City, and LeedsLive claims another agreement will be put in place during the next window.
Atleti to rival Real for Hernandez
Madrid rivals Atletico and Real are, according to El Gol Digital, set to go head-to-head in a battle to sign Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez.
The Frenchman spent 12 years with the Rojiblancos before heading to Germany and those at Wanda Metropolitano are determined to prevent their neighbours from doing a deal.
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Huntelaar opens door to Schalke stay
Klaas Jan Huntelaar had been expected to play at Schalke only through the end of the season, but he has now said via Kicker that he could stick with the embattled club in the German second division next year in the likely event they go down.
The 37-year-old striker believes he still has the fitness to keep going, claiming he feels "very good" physically.
Sunderland pursue Ipswich winger
Sunderland want to buy Ipswich Town winger Gwion Edwards, writes Football Insider, but they will be competing with Preston North End for his signature this summer.
The Black Cats are in contention to be promoted to the Championship, sitting in third place of League One as they try to claw their way back from obscurity.
Hibs bracing for Premier League bids for Doig
Hibernian owner Ron Gordon has said his side are ready for bids for teenage left-back Josh Doig.
The 18-year-old has been linked with a move to Leicester City and Manchester City after turning in a strong season in Scotland.
“For a kid like Josh, the ability to play for a team like Leicester City is something we have to be behind and encourage," Gordon said. “There is a time for everyone. This is just his first year, so let’s wait and see.
“I’d hope he won’t go cheaply! I don’t think we should undersell our players. Josh is a great player, we are trying to be reasonable but we don’t want to undersell our assets as a club. But we need to find the right balance of what’s good for the club and what’s good for Josh."
Arsenal renew interest in Zaha
Arsenal have renewed their interest in Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, according to 90min.
The Gunners were keen on Zaha two years ago but saw Palace reject their £40 million ($55m) bid.
Palace are more open to letting Zaha depart this summer, as they recognise their window to secure a major fee for the 28-year-old may be closing.
Tottenham step up Vestergaard chase
Tottenham are stepping up their pursuit of Southampton centre-back Jannik Vestergaard, says the Express.
Spurs have also been targeting Inter defender Milan Skriniar, but are concerned the Serie A leaders won't let him depart.
Vestergaard is expected to cost around £18 million ($25m).
Manchester City tracking loan star Herrera at Granada
Manchester City are keeping a track of on-loan Granada star Yangel Herrera with the possibility of bringing him into Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad next season.
Premier League rivals Southampton and West Ham and a number of Liga clubs are also monitoring the situation of the Venezuela midfielder, whose two-year loan ends in the summer.Read the full story on Goal
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Roma and AC Milan set for Belotti duel
Both Roma and AC Milan want to sign Torino striker Andrea Belotti, writes Corriere dello Sport, as they look to add a new leader to their front lines.
Belotti, 27, has notched double-digit goal tallies in each of his six seasons at Torino and could jump at the chance to play at a club pushing for a European place.
Man City want to extend Foden and Sterling (Eurosport)
The club locked down Kevin De Bruyne on Wednesday and will now move on to secure other important players
With Sergio Aguero set to depart this summer, they want to maintain continuity elsewhere in the attack given the success they've had so far this year.
Sterling is still just 26 and Foden is 20, meaning they can theoretically be extended without paying for their post-prime seasons.
Toronto secure short-term Singh move
Toronto FC have secured defender Luke Singh from their USL affiliate on a short-term deal ahead of their Concacaf Champions League tilt with Club Leon, the club announced on its website.
Singh signed with Toronto FC 2 in March 2019, spending the rest of that season on loan with Denmark's Brondby IF.
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Man Utd slap £30m price on Lingard (Mirror)
The Red Devils are set to cash in on the loanee's West Ham resurrection
Manchester United want to take full advantage of West Ham's desire to buy Jesse Lingard this summer and have put a firm £30 million ($41m) price tag on the attacker, according to the Mirror.
Lingard has been exceptional since joining the Hammers in January, scoring six goals and recording three assists in just eight Premier League games.