Wednesday's Transfer Gossip: De Ligt, Torres, Pogba, Solomon, Hickey, Diaby

  • Chelsea hope to complete the signing of one of their two defensive targets this week, with negotiations continuing for Netherlands internationals, Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt, 22, and Manchester City’s Nathan Ake, 27.
  • Tottenham are still keen on signing Villarreal’s Spain international defender Pau Torres, 25, despite the impending arrival of France centre-back Clement Lenglet, 27, from Barcelona.


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  • Juventus have reached an agreement to re-sign midfielder Paul Pogba, 29, on a four-year deal after the France World Cup winner’s contract expired at Manchester United


  • Southampton are in talks to sign Nigeria international midfielder Joe Aribo, 25, from Rangers for £10m.
  • Leicester have opened discussions with Feyenoord for 21-year-old Turkey international midfielder Orkun Kokcu.


  • Everton have enquired about the availability of Chelsea’s Albania international striker Armando Broja, 20, as a replacement for Richarlison, who has joined Tottenham.


  • Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, 50, is eyeing a return to the Premier League after being sacked by Paris St-Germain.


  • Bournemouth want English defender Nathaniel Phillips, 25, to return on loan from Liverpool.


  • Bayern Munich have reached a verbal agreement with De Ligt in a blow to Chelsea’s hopes.


  • Fulham are close to signing Israel international winger Manor Solomon, 22, on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk. 
  • Newcastle are unwilling to meet Bayer Leverkusen’s £60m asking price for France international winger Moussa Diaby, 22.


  • Brentford expect to confirm the £18.9m signing of Scotland international defender Aaron Hickey, 20, from Bologna this week.


  • Nottingham Forest have held talks with Bayern Munich to sign English left-back Omar Richards, 24, who is available for £8.5m.

Sunday's Transfer Gossip: Kante, Hickey, Hazard, I Mane, Pogba, Lewandowski, Calvert-Lewin

  • Incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is targeting France and Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, 31, as he looks to start an overhaul at Old Trafford. (Mirror)


  • Arsenal have agreed a fee of up to 25m euros (£21.2m) for Bologna’s Scotland international full-back Aaron Hickey. (Calciomercato – in Italian)


  • Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 31, will stay at the club this summer. (Goal)


  • Fulham are interested in a permanent deal for Wales full-back Neco Williams, 21, who joined the club on loan from Liverpool in January and helped the Cottagers achieve promotion to the Premier League. (Football Insider)



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  • Lewandowski, 33, has agreed to join Barcelona on a three-year deal. (Times – subscription required)


  • Barca’s France forward Ousmane Dembele, 24, is on Bayern’s list of transfer targets. (Sky Sports)


  • Juventus are set on bringing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 29, back to the club this summer. The France international’s contract runs out at the end of the season. (Goal)


  • Newcastle have held preliminary talks with Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 25, but the England international’s preference is to join Arsenal. (Football Insider)


  • Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mane, 30, will become a target of Bayern Munich if their Poland international striker Robert Lewandowski leaves this summer. (Bild – in German)


  • Arsenal are closing on a 3.5m euro (£3m) deal to sign 19-year-old Brazilian striker Marquinhos from Sao Paulo. (ESPN)


  • Arsenal are also preparing an opening bid for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, 25. City want between 50m and 60m euros (£42.4m and £50.0m) for the Brazil international. (Fabrizio Romano)


  • Manchester City will actively seek more signings after the imminent arrival of Borussia Dortmund and Norway striker Erling Haaland, with a left-back and defensive midfielder the priorities. (Mail)


  • Aston Villa have joined the race for Nigeria midfielder Joe Aribo, 25, who plays for manager Steven Gerrard’s former club Rangers. (Sun)