Tuesday's Transfer Gossip: Alvarez, Costa, Gavi, Ronaldo, Mount, Rudiger, Caicedo

  • Chelsea will look to bring in a new central midfielder in the January transfer window, with Mexico international Edson Alvarez, 24, their main target.
  • Former Spain striker Diego Costa, 33, flew into the UK on Tuesday night to complete his surprise move to Wolves.


  • AC Milan head coach Stefan Pioli has revealed the club are set to offer 23-year-old Portugal forward Rafael Leao a new contract amid links with a host of clubs including Liverpool.


  • German champions Bayern Munich want to sign Barcelona’s Gavi, with Manchester United and Liverpool already believed to be after the 18-year-old Spanish midfielder.


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  • Napoli have denied they held any real negotiations for Manchester United’s Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, this summer.


  • Wolves fear Costa’s move to Molineux could collapse if his work permit is rejected on the grounds of his age and lack of recent international appearances.
  • RB Leipzig’s Austrian midfielder Konrad Laimer, 25, says a late move to Liver pool was never on the cards despite intense speculation during the closing hours of the summer transfer window.


  • The Blues are also keen to agree a new deal with 23-year-old England midfielder Mason Mount after compatriot Reece James, 22, committed his future to the club with an improved contract.


  • The agent of Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger says the Germany international, 29, was keen to stay at Stamford Bridge but Chelsea made “next to no effort to keep the player”.


  • Mateo Kovacic says he recommended RB Leipzig’s 20-year-old Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol to Chelsea during the recent free-spending transfer window.


  • Brighton are prepared to negotiate with Liverpool in January over the transfer of 20-year-old Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo.
  • Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, 49, is due an eight-figure compensation package if he is sacked following the club’s worst start to a season since 1983.

'Barcelona Call Ignored,  I Told My Agent It Was Real Madrid Or Nothing' Rudiger Reveals

Former chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has revealed that Barcelona were interested in acquiring his services before he made the decision to join Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer.

The Germany international said that he had no intention to join the Blaugrana and stressed that Real Madrid were the only Spanish team he was willing to join.

“There was [a call] from Barcelona,” Rudiger said during his introductory press conference on Monday.

“But I told my [agent] it was Real Madrid or nothing.”

Rudiger also admitted that his representative made contact with Real Madrid back in September and that he spoke to coach Carlo Ancelotti in April.

“The first time I got in contact, not myself but through my agent, was early September the first time,”

“The second time was when I spoke with Ancelotti in April.

I think that was the most important moment, to speak with Ancelotti and then I made my choice to play for this club and under him.”


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Rudiger later revealed that he supported Real Madrid in the Champions League final against Liverpool in Paris, as he was already aware that he would join Los Blancos ahead of next season.

“I will give everything for the club and I want to win as many trophies as possible.”

“It’s all about winning at Real Madrid. This is what they’ve demonstrated over the past years.

“We all dream of winning the Champions League and, even with a lot of doubts from outside, they did the job last year.

“I don’t know how to describe Real Madrid’s Champions League run. It was unbelievable.

“I knew by the time of the final that I was going to be a Real Madrid player, so I was rooting for them.

“It also means we can compete next season for [the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup].”

Despite Eder Militao, David Alaba and Nacho Fernandez all competing for two spots in Real Madrid’s central defence,

Rudiger acknowledged that he is confident he can become an undisputed starter at Los Blancos.

Real Madrid are stacked with very good players, in my position as well,” Rudiger admitted.

“But, I am confident. What do I bring? Competition, which is healthy for everyone and keeps everyone going.

“So, I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day, so I have to come here this first year and adapt.

I will also do my best to communicate in Spanish.”


Wednesday's Transfer Gossip: Watkins, Coutinho, Mane, Rudiger, Tielemans, Osimhen

  • West Ham are lining up a summer move for Aston Villa and England striker Ollie Watkins, 26, with the Midlands club likely to demand a £50m fee. (Guardian)


  • Barcelona are targeting Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, who has been linked with Bayern Munich. Aston VillaThe 30-year-old Senegal international is reportedly interested in a move to the Nou Camp to improve his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or. (Mundo Deportivo, via Mail)


  • Leicester City expect Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans to leave the club this summer and the Foxes are prepared to listen to offers of £40m for the 25-year-old, whose contract runs out in summer 2023. (90 Min)


  • Arsenal are one of the clubs being linked with Tielemans but their hopes of signing him are set to depend on whether they can finish in the Premier League top four and secure a Champions League berth. (Standard)


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  • Manchester United and Newcastle United are interested in signing Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen but Napoli want at least 100m euros (£85.5m) for the 23-year-old. (Calciomercato, via Football Italia)


  • Lazio president Claudio Lotito says he turned down a 140m euro (£120m) offer 27-year-old Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, a target for Manchester United and Paris St-Germain. (Rai Sport, via Talksport)


  • Manchester United are ready to meet the £38m asking price for Sporting Lisbon’s Portuguese defender Goncalo Inactions, 20. (A Bola – in Portuguese)


  • Newcastle United have made contact with Philippe Coutinho in a bid to thwart Aston Villa’s attempts to sign the 29-year-old Brazil attacking midfielder on a permanent deal from Barcelona. (Goal)


  • Barca are also ready to offer Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta £11m a year in wages, but are hampered by financial fair play rules so cannot offer any significant transfer fee for the 32-year-old Spain defender. (Goal)


  • Real Madrid have added a £340m buyout clause to Antonio Rudiger’s contract after the 29-year-old Germany defender signed a four-year deal with the Spanish giants worth £315,000 a week, on a free transfer from Chelsea. (Mail)


  • Leeds United and Brazil winger Raphinha, 25, has given Barcelona his word that he will agree a move to the Nou Camp if Jesse Marsch’s side are relegated. (Todo Fichajes)


  • Tottenham look likely to beat Manchester United to the signature of West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, 29. The England international, who started his career at Old Trafford, would be back-up to Hugo Lloris at Spurs. (Standard)


  • Spurs are also considering offering former Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, 38, a coaching role when he completes his Uefa badges. (Standard)


  • Manchester United are getting close to agreeing a contract with Ajax assistant manager Mitchell van der Gaag to join Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford (Fabrizio Romano)


  • Sevilla could sign Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe, 26, in the summer, with the Ivory Coast international valued at around £25m. (Super Desporte, via Mirror)


  • AC Milan are interested in Arsenal and France defender William Saliba, 21, who is on loan at Marseille. (Mirror)


  • Despite reports that the Gunners have begun talks with 29-year-old Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny, counter reports claim he has agreed a deal in principle with Galatasaray. (Fanatik – in Turkish)


  • France midfielder Paul Pogba will have to take a pay cut if he rejoins Italian club Juventus when his contract at Manchester United runs out in the summer. Paris St-Germain have offered the 29-year-old more, while Real Madrid are monitoring the player’s situation. (Alfredo Pedulla, via Football Italia)

Tuesday's Transfer Gossip: Messi, Rudiger, Mbappe, Rice, De Jong, Origi

  • PSG will keep Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 34, for one more season but are open to letting Brazil forward Neymar, 30, leave. (Sky Sports News)


  • Real Madrid are close to agreeing a free transfer deal for Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, with the 29-year-old Germany defender ready to move to the Bernabeu on a contract worth at least £200,000 a week. (Guardian)


  • Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe, 23, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer, but the France international will not make an official announcement regarding his future until after his club’s last game of the season against Metz on 21 May. (Marca)


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  • Norwich City have entered the race to sign Bristol City’s English midfielder Alex Scott, with Tottenham and Leeds already monitoring the 18-year-old. (Football League World)


  • Barcelona would be willing to let Frenkie de Jong, 24, leave for a fee of 70m euros (£58m), with Manchester United interested in the Netherlands midfielder. (El Chiringuito)


  • United could offer Barca their 24-year-old England forward Marcus Rashford and 29-year-old Brazilian left-back Alex Telles in exchange for De Jong. (Fichajes)


  • New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will hold one-to-one Zoom meetings with every member of the squad to assess who he wants to keep or let go before he takes charge in June. (Mirror)


  • Manchester City are mulling over a move for West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice, 23, who has also been a long-term target for rivals Manchester United and Chelsea. (Telegraph, subscription required)


  • One player definitely leaving Old Trafford is Paul Pogba, 29, and the France midfielder has also left the team’s WhatsApp group after receiving offers from Real Madrid and PSG. (Mirror)


  • AC Milan are close to reaching a deal with Liverpool and Belgium striker Divock Origi, 27. (Calciomercato)


  • Juventus are in talks to sign Argentina winger Angel di Maria on a free transfer in the summer after PSG opted not to extend the 34-year-old’s deal with them. (Goal)


  • West Ham will open talks with Hull City to sign English forward Keane Lewis-Potter. Hull have knocked back a £12m offer from Brentford, valuing the 21-year-old at £18m. (Athletic, subscription required)


  • Stade Reims will let 19-year-old French striker Hugo Ekitike leave the club for 35m euros (£30m) in the summer and Newcastle are expected to revive their interest after talks with the youngster in January. (Shields Gazette)


  • Ekitike has also had interest from Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United. (Goal)


  • Ilkay Gundogan, 31, says he would be happy to end his career at Manchester City, but the Germany midfielder would also be interested in a move to the Turkish Superlig or MLS when his contract ends in 2023. (Sport 1, in German)


  • Neco Williams says he does not know where he will be playing football next season. The 21-year-old Wales right-back is currently on loan at Fulham from Liverpool. (Wales Online)


  • Udinese want to sign Arsenal’s Spanish defender Pablo Mari, 28, on a permanent deal, following his loan spell. (Football London)


  • Newcastle have Eintracht Frankfurt’s 22-year-old French defender Evan Ndicka on their radar. (Bild – in German, subscription required)

Sunday's Transfer Gossip: Abraham, Sangare, Eriksen, Mbappe,  Belotti, Rudiger, De Jong

  • Arsenal are set to renew their interest in England striker Tammy Abraham, 24, this summer and will offer Roma £50m in an attempt to seal a deal. (Star Sunday)


  • Leicester want to sign PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahim Sangare, 24. The Ivory Coast international would cost at least £30m. (Sun on Sunday)


  • West Ham will attempt to sign centre-back Michael Keane, 29, from Everton if the Toffees are relegated from the Premier League this season. (Star Sunday)


  • Tottenham and Leeds have scouted Bristol City’s £10m English midfielder Alex Scott, 18. (Sunday Mirror)


  • Arsenal will focus on signing “one or two” players this summer, says technical director Edu. (Evening Standard)


  • Crystal Palace are eyeing a move for 18-year-old English striker Malcolm Ebiowei, who will be a free agent at the end of the season after leaving Derby. (Sun on Sunday)


  • Brentford are competing with West Ham to sign Hull City’s England Under-21 forward Keane Lewis-Potter, 21. (Football Insider)


  • West Ham have joined the bidding for Torino and Italy striker Andrea Belotti, 28. (Fichajes – in Spanish)


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  • Real Madrid are leading the race to sign Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 29, who will leave Chelsea at the end of the season. (Goal)


  • Rudiger turned down an offer of £200,000 per week to stay at Stamford Bridge. (Sunday Telegraph)


  • Talks between Kylian Mbappe’s representatives and Paris St-Germain over a new contract for the 23-year-old forward are moving in a positive direction. (ESPN)


  • Barcelona manager Xavi says he wants to keep Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 24, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United that would reunite him with former boss Erik ten Hag. (Manchester Evening News)


  • Napoli want at least 80m euros (£67m) if they are to consider selling 23-year-old striker Victor Osimhen, who is among Arsenal’s targets for the summer. (CBS Sports)


  • Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodrigo de Paul, 27, wants a move back to Italy and is being tracked by Inter Milan. (La Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian)


  • Celtic are in talks to sign Tottenham centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers, 24, on a permanent deal. (SBI Soccer)


  • Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 30, is wanted by incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag. Eriksen is currently on a six-month deal at Brentford that concludes at the end of the season. (Star Sunday)


  • Juventus have made contact with the representatives of 34-year-old ParisSt-Germain winger Angel di Maria. (Gianluca di Marzio – in Spanish)


  • Aston Villa have stepped up their plans to sign Marseille centre-back Duje Caleta-Car after manager Steven Gerrard went to watch the 25-year-old play. (Football Insider)

Wednesday'sTransfer Gossip: Rudiger,   Kane,  Nunez,  Sterling, Rudiger, Torres, Matic, Zaniolo

  • Real Madrid and Barcelona are both interested in signing Chelsea and Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 29, who is out of contract at the end of the season but is keen to stay at Stamford Bridge. (The Athletic – subscription required)


  • Tottenham are confident of keeping England forward Harry Kane, 28, this summer and are considering a move to bring Brentford and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 30, back to the club. Spurs are also keeping tabs on 24-year-old Leicester and Belgium midfielder, Youri Tielemans. (Times – subscription required)


  • Newcastle are set to end their interest in Benfica’s Darwin Nunez, 22, as the Uruguay forward wants to join a Champions League club, with Brentford’s English striker Ivan Toney, 26, viewed as an alternative. (Telegraph – subscription required)


  • Arsenal and France defender William Saliba, 21, says there is a chance he could stay on loan at Marseille beyond the end of the season. (Le Parisien – subscription required)


  • However, Atletico Madrid are keen on signing Saliba, who joined Arsenal in 2019 from Saint-Etienne. (L’Equipe – subscription required)


  • Arsenal’s England Under-21 forward Eddie Nketiah, 22, wants regular first-team football and has been linked with Leeds, Crystal Palace and West Ham. (The Beautiful Game Podcast)


  • Brighton have made an approach to sign Arsenal forward Khayon Edwards, 18, who has scored 17 goals and provided six assists in 22 appearances for the academy. Edwards is also wanted by Chelsea. (Mirror)


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  • Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling, 27, is on a list of players AC Milan want to sign amid reports of a potential £850m takeover of the 18-time champions of Italy. (Gazzetta dello Sport via Mail)


  • Manchester United will have to qualify for the Champions League if they want to sign RB Leipzig and France forward Christopher Nkunku, 24. Nkunku is on United’s radar after 30 goals in 44 games this season. (Sport Bild – in German)


  • Meanwhile, Manchester United have have revived their interest in signing Villarreal’s Spain defender Pau Torres, 25, this summer. (Manchester Evening News)


  • Former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is keen to bring Nemanja Matic to Roma after the Manchester United and Serbia midfielder, 33, announced he was leaving Old Trafford (Tuttomercatoweb – in Italian)


  • Crystal Palace’s Spanish keeper Vicente Guaita, 35, wants to return to Valencia, where he came through the academy, before he retires from playing. (AS – in Spanish)


  • Former Norwich boss Daniel Farke has emerged as a contender to replace Sean Dyche at Burnley while ex-West Ham and West Brom boss Slaven Bilic is also interested in the job. (i Paper)


  • Tottenham are keen on signing Roma and Italy midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, 22. (Calciomercato – in Italian)


  • Bayern Munich are close to completing a deal to sign Ajax and Morocco right-back Noussair Mazraoui, 24. (Fabrizio Romano)

Friday's Transfer Gossip: Ronaldo,  Aarons,  Kane, Ronaldo, Bergwijn, Rudiger, Carlos, Botman

  • Erik Ten Hag has made it clear to the Manchester United hierarchy that Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, will not suit his style of play. (Star)


  • Norwich right-back Max Aarons is a target for United and Arsenal, while Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are also monitoring the 20-year-old Englishman. (Sun)


  • Sevilla’s Brazilian centre-back Diego Carlos, 29, could be a viable option for Newcastle United this summer if another January target, Dutch centre-back Sven Botman, 22, chooses to leave Lille for AC Milan. (Chronicle)


  • Manchester City have made Monaco’s France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, 22, their number one target this summer to replace the outgoing Fernandinho. (Football Insider)


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  • Ten Hag is considering moving for Tottenham’s Netherlands winger Steven Bergwijn, 24, when he takes over at United.(Mail)


  • The Old Trafford club have been handed a boost with Barcelona’s bid for Chelsea’s out-of-contract Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 29, having stalled. (Sun)


  • Leeds United have stepped up their interest in versatile Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol having gone close to signing the 20-year-old when he left Dinamo Zagreb for RB Leipzig in 2020. (Football Insider)


  • Manchester City are still waiting to hear back on their new contract offers to Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 31, England forward Raheem Sterling, 27, and Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus, 25. (Teamtalk)


  • Brentford have spoken to Shakhtar Donetsk about signing Ukrainian pair, 21-year-old winger Mykhaylo Mudryk and left-sided defender Mykola Matviyenko, 25, this summer. (90min)


  • Borussia Dortmund have broken through in their pursuit of Red Bull Salzburg’s 20-year-old German forward Karim Adeyemi, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool. (Sky Germany – in German)


  • Tottenham retain an interest in signing Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez this summer after trying to sign him in January, although they are set to face competition from Atletico Madrid for the Argentina striker, 24. (Football Transfers)


  • Villarreal are opening talks with Tottenham about a permanent move for Giovani lo Celso having had the Argentina midfielder, 26, on loan since January. (Football Insider)


Monday's Transfer Gossip: Akanji, Rudiger, Phillips, Haaland, Araujo, Martinez, Fabianski

  • Manchester United target Manuel Akanji, 26, wants to leave Borussia Dortmund and the Switzerland defender is considering a move to the Premier League. (Sport1)


  • Barcelona are unwilling to meet Antonio Rudiger’s initial financial demands but will have another meeting with the Germany centre-back, 29, over a free transfer from Chelsea this summer. (Sport – in Spanish)


  • Aston Villa will attempt to secure a permanent transfer for Anwar El Ghazi this summer, but Everton have no plans to sign the Netherlands winger, 26, when his loan spell with the Toffees expires. (Football Insider)


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  • Derby County could bag a sizeable fee for 15-year-old goalkeeper Jack Thompson, with Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea all interested in the England youth international. (Sun)


  • Birmingham City are bracing themselves for interest from Premier League and European clubs in their England Under-18 midfielder George Hall, 17. (Mail)


  • Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in Lautaro Martinez but Inter Milan will only sell the Argentina striker, 24, if they receive a bid of more than 80m euros (£67.3m). (Calciomercato – in Italian)


  • West Ham will reward Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, 36, with a new contract for next season. (Mail)


  • Barcelona want to agree a contract extension for Ronald Araujo, who has received an offer from Manchester United, but the Uruguay centre-back, 23, has not taken kindly to Barca’s pursuit of Rudiger and Chelsea’s Denmark defender Andreas Christensen, 25. (Sport – in Spanish)


  • Aston Villa will push for a £60m move for Leeds United’s England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 26, this summer. (Telegraph – subscription required)


  • Borussia Dortmund’s Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21, will decide by the end of April if he will join Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester City this summer. (Sport – in Spanish)


  • Everton will let Allan leave in the summer, despite the Brazil midfielder, 31, having another year left on his contract. (Sun)


  • Former Armenia international midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is out of contract in the summer, but after an upturn in form, Roma are set to open talks over a new deal for the 33-year-old this week. (Fabrizio Romano on Twitter)


  • Newcastle are lining up a £20m offer to Brighton for Spain goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, 24, in the summer and also targeting Watford’s Senegal winger Ismaila Sarr, 24. (Sun)

Saturday's Transfer Gossip: Coutinho, Osimhen, Lacazette, Torres, Haaland, Coutinho, Rudiger, Muller

  • Newcastle United want to sign 29-year-old Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, currently on loan at Aston Villa.(Sport)


  • Arsenal have been undertaking extensive scouting of Napoli and Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, 23, and Inter Milan and Argentina forward Lautaro Martinez, 24. (CBS Sports)


  • Leeds are in pole position to sign USA midfielder Brenden Aaronson, 21, with talks under way over a potential summer move from RB Salzburg. (Football Insider)


  • Talks over a new West Ham contract for Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Soucek, 27, have been put on hold until the end of the season, despite interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs. (90min)


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  • West Ham and Leeds are among the teams looking to bring Republic of Ireland midfielder Josh Cullen, 25, back to England from Anderlecht. (Teamtalk)


  • Bayern Munich have started talks over a new contract for Germany forward Thomas Muller, 32. (Bild – in German)


  • Barcelona want to sign Arsenal and France forward Alexandre Lacazette, 30, on a free transfer in the summer when his current contract expires. (Sport)


  • Villarreal’s Pau Torres is back on the radar of Manchester United who held talks over the Spain defender, 25, before signing Raphael Varane last summer. (90min)


  • Manchester City are optimistic they can see off competition from Real Madrid to sign Borussia Dortmund and Norway’s 21-year-old striker Erling Braut Haaland this summer. (ESPN)


  • Aston Villa are preparing to break their transfer record again this summer and are likely to spend more than £150m on new signings. (Football Insider)


  • Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is “confident” the club will be able to sort out a new contract for Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 29. (Goal)

Friday's Transfer Gossip: Ronaldo, Tielemans, Luiz, Rudiger, Vestergaard, Dest, Spence, Garner

  • Manchester United expect Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, to leave the club at the end of the season, halfway through his two-year contract. (Football Insider)


  • Leicester City hope to persuade Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, 24, to sign a new contract, despite interest from Manchester United and Arsenal. (Team Talk)


  • Brazil midfielder Douglas Luiz, 23, could leave Aston Villa this summer as boss Steven Gerrard has placed a holding midfielder at the top of his list for next season. (Mail)


  • RB Leipzig are set for contract talks with France midfielder Christopher Nkunku, 24, this summer, but will listen to offers in excess of 75m euros (£63.3m). Manchester United, Liverpool, Paris St-Germain, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Arsenal and Bayern Munich are all monitoring his situation. (ESPN)


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  • Tottenham have submitted a £2m bid for Oxford United’s Irish centre-back Luke McNally, 22. (Football Insider)


  • Liverpool are set to sign 16-year-old Scotland youth international winger Ben Doak from Celtic for £600,000. (Goal)


  • Barcelona have made a bid to take advantage of the sanctions placed on Chelsea by trying to sign three of the club’s Champions League-winning defenders – Germany’s Antonio Rudiger, 29, Spain’s Cesar Azpilicueta, 32, and Denmark’s Andreas Christensen, 25. (Telegraph – subscription required)


  • Everton are plotting a summer move for Leicester City’s Denmark centre-back Jannik Vestergaard, 29. (Football Insider)


  • Leeds United are looking at signing Barcelona and United States full-back Sergino Dest, 21. (Team Talk)


  • Middlesbrough right wing-back Djed Spence, on loan at Nottingham Forest, wants a Premier League move – as Arsenal and Tottenham line up a £20m summer bid, and Manchester United also interested in the 21-year-old England Under-21 international. (Mirror)


  • Nottingham Forest want to turn 21-year-old English midfielder James Garner’s loan from Manchester United into a permanent transfer, but any deal could depend on whether they win promotion to the Premier League. (Football Transfers)