Tuesday’s Transfer Gossip: Rice, Messi, Zubimendi, Hojlund, Fati, Mbappe, Kovecic

Declan rice close in on arsenal move transfer Gossip


  • Arsenal are close to agreeing a £100m deal to sign Declan Rice as West Ham willing to sell the England international and Arteta determined to wrap his signature up quickly.


  • Lionel Messi was stopped at Beijing airport after using his Spanish passport instead of his Argentinian one.


  • Martin Zubimendi has made clear he has no interest in joining Barcelona ahead of another summer of transfer speculation around the Spanish midfielder.
  • Atalanta forward Rasmus Hojlund has admitted that a move to Manchester United would be “huge”.


  • Barcelona and Spain forward Ansu Fati, is at odds with his agent Jorge Mendes and does not want to leave Barcelona for Wolves in a swap deal with Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves.


  • Crystal Palace foward Wilfried Zaha, is set to turn down a £30m-per-year offer to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr, with Paris St-Germain and Marseille interested in signing the Ivory Coast forward on a free transfer this summer.
  • PSG could demand a world-record fee for Mbappe this summer, despite the fact he would have just 12 months remaining on his current contract.


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  • Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic is a leading target at the Etihad Stadium but there has been little movement on the deal to take him to Manchester in recent days.


  • Mason Greenwood is reportedly delighted with some of his Manchester United team-mates and manager being open to his return.
  • Brendan Rodgers is weighing up the biggest decision of his life after receiving a personal intervention from Dermot Desmond to lure him back to Celtic.


  • RB Leipzig will want a fee of at least £75m if they are to sell Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol, to Manchester City.


  • Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who was a target for Manchester United last year, expects to be playing for Barcelona next season and the 26-year-old is likely to be key to manager Xavi’s plans.
  • Liverpool target Goncalo Inacio has brought discussions over a new deal at Sporting to a halt, according to reports, in a move that could save the Reds millions of pounds in transfer fees this summer.
  • Aston Villa have agreed terms with Monchi to become their sporting director after confirming the departure of the chief executive Christian Purslow.

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