Thursday’s Transfer Gossip: Dest, Danilo, Diallo, Neymar, Leao, Alvarez, Gvardiol, Tielemans, Gakpo

Thursday's Transfer Gossip: Dest, Danilo, Diallo, Neymar, Leao, Alvarez, Gvardiol, Tielemans, Gakpo

  • Barcelona full-back Sergiño Dest will join AC Milan on a season-long loan, with the option to turn the move into a €20m permanent switch. The USA defender had been linked with a move to Manchester United.


  • Arsenal have submitted a £20m offer for Palmeiras midfielder Danilo, 21, but the club want a higher fee for the Brazilian.


  • Paris St-Germain’s Senegal defender Abdou Diallo, 26, who has been linked with a move to Aston Villa, will fly to Germany on Thursday for a medical before a proposed switch to RB Leipzig.


  • Birmingham City are in talks with Manchester United in a bid to sign 22-year-old Netherlands midfielder Tahith Chong on a permanent deal.


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  • Newcastle United have entered the race to sign Leicester City’s Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, 25.


  • Arsenal have been tracking Tielemans throughout the transfer window, but another “mystery club” is now ready to table a bid as Leicester set a £30m price tag.


  • Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez, 24, is keen to push through a move to Chelsea as owner Todd Boehly launches a £50m bid for the Mexico international.


  • The Blues have bid £43m for Alvarez as Chelsea aim to sign a forward and a midfielder before the transfer window closes.


  • Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Neymar, 30, as Paris St-Germain bid to offload the Brazil forward to avoid falling foul of Uefa’s Financial Fair Play guidelines.


  • But while Chelsea are interested in striking a deal for Neymar, in an apparent u-turn, Paris St-Germain are now refusing to sell.


  • PSV Eindhoven have agreed a £34m deal for Gakpo as Southampton prepare to smash the club’s transfer record.


  • Fenerbahce have entered the race to sign Paris St-Germain forward Mauro Icardi, 29, with the Argentina striker already garnering interest from fellow Turkish side Galatasaray.


  • Denmark and Nice forward Kasper Dolberg, 24, is in Spain to complete a loan move to Sevilla.


  • Former Everton forward James Rodriguez, 31, is interested in playing for La Liga side Sevilla – the Colombian is currently at Qatari club Al-Rayyan.


  • AC Milan forward Rafael Leao, 23, and Dinamo Moscow midfielder Arsen Zakharyan, 19, have been linked with Chelsea in a potential double swoop. Russia’s Zakharyan would cost £12.6m but a reported £126m price tag could scupper any move for Portugal’s Leao.


  • Brentford hope to hijack Arsenal’s move for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhaylo Mudryk, 21, but would have to smash the club’s transfer record to sign the £25m-rated Ukrainian forward.


  • Barcelona have turned down a player-plus-cash offer from Chelsea for Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 33. They bid €15m (£13m) plus Spain full-back Marcos Alonso, 31, but negotiations continue.


  • Chelsea are closing in on a £77.7m deal to sign Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol, 20, but would be willing to let him remain at RB Leipzig on loan for the 2022-23 season.


  • Leeds United are preparing to table an offer for Sheffield United’s Republic of Ireland defender John Egan, 29, but face losing Wales winger Dan James, 24, to Tottenham.


  • Southampton are ready to up their offer for Netherlands winger Cody Gakpo, 23, after PSV Eindhoven rejected an initial £21.4m bid.

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