The transfer window may be closed around Europe, but teams are looking ahead to the summer and there’s plenty of gossip swirling around. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Madrid closing in on deal for Bellingham
Real Madrid are about to finalise an agreement that will see Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham move to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, according to Marca.
The Madrid-based publication reports that there is an agreement in principle between Los Blancos and the 19-year-old England international, who chose a move to Real over interest from Liverpool and Manchester City — both of whose proposals are said to be financially superior to what’s on offer in the Spanish capital. Barring a late collapse in proceedings, Bellingham will sign a six-year contract with Madrid this summer.
Dortmund have been quite vocal that they would not accept a transfer fee of less than €150m to sanction their star player’s departure, but Madrid expect to pay a fee between €100m and €120m. Negotiations over the transfer fee reportedly aren’t expected to be a sticking point.
Real will wait for Dortmund to finish their season, which ends on May 27, before announcing the signing. With the Spanish club’s LaLiga campaign ending the following weekend, it may be until June before Bellingham to Madrid is confirmed as a done deal.
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18.09 BST: Borussia Monchengladbach are preparing to offset the loss of Lars Stindl and Marcus Thuram by looking to bring in Arminia Bielefeld winger Robin Hack, reports Sky Sport Deutschland. The 24-year-old former Germany youth international would be able to leave for free if Arminia are relegated from 2. Bundesliga, with the club currently in the relegation playoff position, and it would require a transfer fee of almost €2m to sanction his departure if they stay up.
17.36 BST: Inter Milan are in discussions with Club Brugge about a possible move for winger Tajon Buchanan, reports the Athletic. While a deal for the 24-year-old Canada international has not been completed yet, it is said that any move will require a transfer fee of more than €15m, with Inter having held a long-term interest in the former New England Revolution standout.
17.03 BST: Clubs from LaLiga, the Bundesliga and the Eredivisie are monitoring the development of Cruz Azul winger Rodrigo Huescas, according to Ekrem Konur. The 19-year-old Mexico youth international has recorded a total of four goals and five assists in 30 appearances this season.
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15.51 BST: Bayern Munich want to sign Fulham defensive midfielder Joao Palhinha, says Football Insider.
Palhinha, 27, joined for €25m from Sporting CP in 2022 and has made a real impression with his fearsome tackling in the Premier League.
Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel wants to strengthen in that area, but the Portugal international has been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United, Tottenham and Chelsea as well.
15.04 BST: Sporting CP defender Goncalo Inacio is on the radar of Man United and Newcastle United, says O Jogo.
Inacio, 21, is highly rated and United are looking to add depth to their defence after injuries to Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez.
The Portugal international’s agent Miguel Pinho also represents United midfielder Bruno Fernandes, which could help in negotiations, while a reported release clause of €45m makes the financial aspect easier too.
14.09 BST: Real Madrid are closing on a €120m move to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, says Marca.
Bellingham, 19, is the most sought after young player in Europe and Dortmund are prepared to accept a huge offer to let him go.
The England international is close to agreeing personal terms and a meeting has reportedly been scheduled to complete the deal with Dortmund.
Sources told ESPN that Liverpool will not pursue a move for Bellingham this summer, with the club instead deciding to dedicate transfer funds toward overhauling Jurgen Klopp’s squad, while Manchester City were growing confident that they could land his signature.
13.50 BST: Sport1 says that Eintracht Frankfurt do not want to lose both star players Randal Kolo Muani and Jesper Lindstrom at the same time this summer.
Lindstrom, 23, has scored nine goals in 32 games from midfield this season. He has been linked with Arsenal and Frankfurt would reportedly listen to offers around €30m.
But Kolo Muani, 24, is also attracting attention having netted 20 goals and laid on 14 assists from 40 games. The France forward has Bayern, Man United and Liverpool scouting him, with talk of a €120m move possible.
Frankfurt are hoping to keep at least one of them though.
13.14 BST: Monaco midfielder Youssouf Fofana is a target for both Chelsea and Liverpool this summer, says The Daily Mail.
Fofana, 24, has had a fine season and broke into the senior France national team to make the 2022 World Cup squad.
Monaco would be willing to let him depart when the window opens, with his contract expiring in 2025, but Paris Saint-Germain’s interest has reportedly cooled.
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11.38 BST: Chelsea striker Kai Havertz is on the radar of Bayern Munich, according to 90min.
Havertz, 23, played as an attacking midfielder for Bayer Leverkusen before his €70m move to Stamford Bridge in 2020, where he has been used as a central striker despite only scoring 32 goals in 133 appearances in all competitions.
Bayern reportedly want the Germany international as a long-term replacement for Thomas Muller and are now coached by former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.
10.56 BST: Barcelona captain Sergio Busquets says he has made a decision regarding his future and will soon inform the club.
Busquets, 34, becomes a free agent this summer and has an offer to continue at Barca for another year, with an optional second year depending on games played.
Asked if he had made a decision about his future, the midfielder said: “More or less. We now have a few days of rest and when I return I will tell the coach of my decision.”
There has been reported interest in Busquets from MLS side Inter Miami and Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr.
The former Spain international, who has made over 700 appearances for Barcelona, retired from international duty after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
10.19 BST: Ansu Fati‘s father, Bori Fati, has confirmed his son will continue to play at Barcelona next season.
Bori met with his son’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in Barcelona on Tuesday to discuss the 20-year-old winger’s future amid talk of a €70m move this summer.
Asked if his son will stay at Barca, Bori told COPE: “Yes, sure. We are very happy.”
Bori revealed earlier this year that he wanted his son to leave Barca this summer due to a lack of playing time under Xavi. Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Tottenham are closely monitoring the Spain international, who is under contract with Barca until June 2027.
09.47 BST: Real Sociedad want 37-year-old David Silva to continue at the club next season.
The Spanish midfielder, who has scored two goals and set up seven more in 32 appearances across all competitions to help the club to fourth in LaLiga this season, becomes a free agent this summer and has not made a decision regarding his future.
“We are very lucky that he [Silva] is with us and he will renew whenever he wants to,” Real Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil said. “We hope he continues here. He is very happy and I have no doubt, that if he wants to, we will have David here with us next year. But it depends on him.”
Silva is in his second season at Real Sociedad, the club he joined in 2020 after 10 years at Manchester City.
09.03 BST: Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni doesn’t know where Lionel Messi will play next season and says he only wants the player to be happy on the pitch.
Messi, 35, becomes a free agent this summer and will reportedly not be offered a new deal by Paris Saint-Germain (see above). The Argentina captain is a target of former club Barcelona, but his international boss offered no clues as to his next destination.
“His future is managed by him,” Scaloni said. “I hope he continues to be happy on a pitch, regardless of what club he is at. I think that’s what’s really important. That he finds the place where he can be happy within a playing field. Let him enjoy as far as he can.”
Scaloni added that wherever Messi goes, he’ll bring joy to fans.
“He is a player who moves a lot, and everyone enjoys watching him play,” he said. “I don’t know what will happen in the future, if he will return to Spain or if he will stay in France or go to another country. Any coach would like to have him.”
08.38 BST: Sam Allardyce could earn more than £3m for just four matches in charge of Leeds United if he can lead the club to Premier League survival, The Times reports.
Sources told ESPN’s Mark Ogden on Tuesday that Leeds are set to appoint Allardyce, 68, to replace Javi Gracia as manager in a desperate bid to avoid relegation.
Sources said Gracia, who replaced Jesse Marsch on Feb. 21, was dismissed on Sunday following a five-match winless run, culminating in a 4-1 defeat at Bournemouth.
Allardyce is set to be announced as the club’s new manager on Wednesday morning ahead of taking training for the first time, sources added.
The Times reports that Allardyce will earn a bonus of more than £2.5m if he can keep Leeds up, on top of his £500,000 basic salary.
Leeds are one place above the relegation zone on goal difference with games against Manchester City, Newcastle United, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur left to play this season.
08.00 BST: Barcelona have announced that director of football Mateu Alemany will leave the club at the end of the season to embark on a new professional project.
Sources have told ESPN that Alemany is set to join Unai Emery at Premier League side Aston Villa.
Barca said they will “announce changes in the football executive structure” in due course, with sources adding that sporting director Jordi Cruyff’s long term future is also uncertain. Jesus Angoy and Antonio Cordon are among those being considered as possible replacements, but nothing has been decided at this stage.
Alemany, 60, joined the club in 2021 when Joan Laporta was elected president and oversaw a frantic transfer window last summer, when Barca sold club assets to fund the singings of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde, among others. Working alongside Cruyff, the transfer guru has received plaudits for putting together a squad which has Barca on the brink of a first LaLiga title since 2019.
Barca said he will leave the club on June 30, making clear it is his decision. However, as his contract with Barca was supposed to run until 2024, the Blaugrana say Alemany is committed to completing the upcoming transfer window if necessary.
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PAPER GOSSIP (Danny Lewis)
– Real Madrid are the latest club to show an interest in Eintracht Frankfurt striker Randal Kolo Muani, as reported by Le10 Sport. Bayern Munich are the most serious about the 24-year-old, although Manchester United and PSG are also keen to sign him, with Eintracht set to demand at least €100m for the France international’s transfer.
– Tottenham Hotspur are set to rival Arsenal in their efforts to sign Crystal Palace centre-back Marc Guehi in the summer, reports the Evening Standard. Spurs have held a long-term interest in the 22-year-old and could move, with Clement Lenglet likely to return to Barcelona after his loan and Davinson Sanchez facing an uncertain future, while the Gunners have identified him to add depth to their backline.
– Internazionale see Fulham centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo as a possible replacement for Milan Skriniar, according to the Daily Mail, with Skriniar set to leave Inter Milan for PSG when his contract expires at the end of the season. Inter are said to be impressed by the way the 25-year-old Adarabioyo dealt with Manchester City striker Erling Haaland last weekend.
– Arsenal could return in the summer to make a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Pedro Neto after long-term links with the 23-year-old, according to Football Insider. This comes with the Gunners looking to bring in a back-up option for Bukayo Saka, and they are monitoring the Portuguese as he makes a full return from the injury that kept him out for five months earlier this season.
– AS Roma are open to letting Tammy Abraham leave but not for under €45m, reports Calciomercato, a figure that is much less than Chelsea‘s €80m option to re-sign the striker. Aston Villa have been repeatedly asking about the 25-year-old’s future, while Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and PSG have all sent scouts to watch him.