Thursday’s Transfer Gossip: Bale, Silva, Eriksen, Salah, Fernandez, Paqueta, Ocampos

Thursday's Transfer Gossip: Bale,  Silva, Eriksen, Salah, Fernandez, Paqueta, Ocampos

  • Tottenham and Cardiff are joint favourites to sign Wales forward Gareth Bale, 32, when his Real Madrid contract expires in June. (Wales Online)


  • Ex-Manchester City and Spain midfielder David Silva is expected to sign a one-year contract extension with Real Sociedad, but the club want him to take a salary cut. The 36-year-old is out of contract this summer. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)


  • Newcastle want to make Brentford’s Christian Eriksen their ‘flagship’ summer signing and will compete with Tottenham, Everton and West Ham for the 30-year-old Denmark midfielder, while the Bees are keen to extend his contract in west London. (Northern Echo)


  • Corinthians, Botafogo and Flamengo have approached Manchester City captain Fernandinho about a summer move after the 36-year-old’s shock announcement that he intends to leave the Etihad. But the Brazil midfielder prefers a return to his former side Athletico Paranaense. (Globo Esporte)


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  • Edinson Cavani could be Manchester United’s secret weapon in signing fellow Uruguay striker Darwin Nunez from Benfica this summer, with forward Cavani, 35, having given the Red Devils a good reference on the 22-year-old. (90 Min)


  • Both Arsenal and Newcastle are linked with Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta, 24. The Brazil international was previously linked with Paris St-Germain and has a price tag of around £58m. (Chronicle)


  • Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst wants to bring Sunderland and Scotland striker Ross Stewart, 25, to Ibrox. (Daily Record)


  • West Ham and Wolves will have to pay Sevilla 70m euros (£58.1m) to trigger the release clause of Argentina winger Lucas Ocampos, 27, with the Spanish side eager to extend his contract by one year and increase the release fee to 90m euros (£74.7m). (Super Deporte)


  • Arsenal are preparing a 20m euros (£16.6m) offer for Galatasaray’s 23-year-old Turkey winger Kerem Aktürkoğlu. (Star Gazetesi – in Turkish)


  • Manchester City face competition as they continue to monitor River Plate’s Argentine midfielder Enzo Fernandez, 21. (Ole – in Spanish)


  • Fernandez has already held talks with Manchester United and Real Madrid and currently has a release clause of 20m euros (£16.6m). (Express via Cesar Luis Merlo – in Spanish)


  • Aberdeen have been linked with a move for Ipswich Town’s 31-year-old Czech keeper Vaclav Hladky, who previously played under Dons boss Jim Goodwin at St Mirren. (Record)


  • Newcastle are poised to sign 17-year-old Irish defender Alex Murphy from Galway United. (RTE)

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