Saturday's Transfer Gossip: Dembele, Bennacer, Ronaldo, Martinez, Brobbey, Paqueta, Ziyech, Raphinha

  • Barcelona boss Xavi wants to re-sign France winger Ousmane Dembele, 25, who is a free agent after his contract at the Nou Camp expired. However, the club’s sporting director Mateu Alemany would prefer a move for Leeds’ Brazilian attacker Raphinha.
  • Arsenal are interested in re-signing Algeria midfielder Ismael Bennacer from AC Milan with the 24-year-old having left the Gunners to join Empoli in 2017.


  • Amid intense speculation over 37-year-old Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s future, Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has recognised the need to strengthen his team’s attacking options, while the Dutchman remains keen on adding a right-back and centre-back.


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  • Chelsea’s Moroccan playmaker Hakim Ziyech, who has been linked with AC Milan, has announced his decision to part ways with agent Nakhli Mondial after 12 years with the 29-year-old saying he wants to “take full control of my professional future”.


  • Roma are considering making a bid for Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 29.


  • Bournemouth are in talks to sign Tottenham’s 23-year-old English defender Japhet Tanganga, who has also attracted interest from Napoli and AC Milan.


  • Nigeria midfielder Joe Aribo, 25, is close to joining Southampton from Rangers for an initial £6m.
  • Millwall have agreed to sign Leeds United’s English midfielder Jamie Shackleton, 22, on loan.
  • Southampton are interested in signing Manchester City and Burkina Faso defender Issa Kabore, 21, on loan.


  • Barca have submitted a ‘final offer’ of £47m for 25-year-old Raphinha, who has also been linked with Chelsea and Arsenal.


  • Manchester United have made an improved £43m offer for 24-year-old Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez in a bid to beat Arsenal to the Argentina centre-back’s signature.


  • Ten Hag hopes to foil his former club Ajax’s attempts to re-sign Dutch striker Brian Brobbey from RB Leipzig for £13m. The 20-year-old came through the Eredivisie side’s academy before joining the Germans in 2021, but returned to Ajax on loan for the second half of last season, scoring seven goals in 11 league games.
  • West Ham are weighing up a £13m move for Roma’s Netherlands forward Justin Kluivert, 23.