The January transfer window may seem like a distant memory, but that doesn’t mean the rumour mill has shut down! Speculation over summer moves is heating up, so check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.
TOP STORY: Real Madrid add Kane to shortlist
Real Madrid have identified Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane as a summer transfer target, as an alternative to Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, reports SER Deportivo.
Madrid are keen to land a marquee striker this summer and, while Dortmund’s Haaland and PSG’s Mbappe both remain big targets for Zinedine Zidane, the Los Blancos hierarchy believe Kane may be an easier deal to get over the line, says the report.
Kane has scored 27 goals in all competitions this season and has also provided 16 assists and, with Spurs underperforming, many believe this could be the summer the 27-year-old finally decides to move on from north London in the pursuit of silverware.
The England international has reiterated his desire to stay at Spurs, but his loyalty could be tested if the club fails to win the Carabao Cup after having recently been dumped out of the Europa League. Spurs also face the prospect of finishing outside of the top four in the Premier League.
Haaland and Mbappe are both expected to require fees in excess of £100 million, so Kane may well shift from third in Real’s pecking order to first if deals for the other two prove too steep.
Spurs fans will be desperate their side beats Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on April 25 (stream live on ESPN+ in the U.S.), not only to lift some silverware, but also to prevent their talismanic striker from considering his future elsewhere.
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10.32 GMT: Tigres star Andre-Pierre Gignac has revealed that he turned down offers from Liverpool and Valencia when he was playing at Toulouse in 2010 to fulfil his dream of playing for Marseille.
“I was born in Martigues, 40 kilometres away from Marseille. I was a Marseille fan all my childhood. My family, they were all OM fans. It was my dream although you have to know that I had two contracts in my hands. It was Marseille or Liverpool in 2010,” the French striker told RMC.
“Before signing for OM, I rejected Valencia and Liverpool. Valencia tried to convince me by sending me a plane with good ham. They made you want to go with a good Iberico ham but finally I refused. Then my agent Jean-Christophe Cano came and told me: ‘Andre, you have Liverpool or Marseille.’ I replied: ‘You can break Liverpool’s contract. We’re going to Marseille.'”
09.48 GMT: Martin Odegaard has spoken to Norwegian newspaper VG about his future while on international duty with Norway in Marbella.
Odegaard, 22, has a contract with Real Madrid until June 2023 but has scored two goals in 12 appearances on loan at Arsenal and is reported to be keen to make it a permanent deal in the summer.
“I have not thought about what will happen this summer,” he said. “My contract with Arsenal lasts this season. We’ll see what happens this summer. But I have said things before that I still stand for: Stability and development are key words.”
He also added about his experience at Arsenal, as reported in Europa Press: “I think it has been good since the start. I adapted very well to the style of play. At the beginning I felt a certain lack of confidence, but I feel that as the days go by, I’m getting stronger.”
09.23 GMT: Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has denied he has reached an agreement to sign for Barcelona next season.
Wijnaldum, 30, has not signed a contract extension with Liverpool and becomes a free agent this summer. According to The Times, the experienced midfielder has signed a preliminary agreement with Barca and will become the club’s first summer signing.
Currently on international duty with the Netherlands, Wijnaldum said, as reported in Cope: “There is always going to be talks about this [market] and about my future, but as I’ve said in the past, I have no news yet.”
08.48 GMT: Gareth Bale has said he intends to return to Real Madrid once his loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur expires this summer.
The Wales captain re-joined Spurs on a season-long loan in September in search of regular playing time, having moved from the north London side to the Bernabeu for then world-record £85m fee in 2013.
“It’s [future] no distraction for me coming into the Euros,” Bale told a news conference on Tuesday ahead of Wales’ opening 2022 World Cup qualifier in Belgium.
“I think the main reason I came to Spurs this year was to play football first and foremost but going into the Euros, I want to be match-fit.
“The original plan was to do a season at Spurs and after the Euros still have a year left at Real Madrid. My plan is to go back and that’s as far I’ve planned to be honest.”
08.00 GMT: RB Leipzig’s squad could be overhauled in the summer, says Sport Bild. Indeed Marcel Sabitzer, Marcel Halstenberg, Willi Orban and Emil Forsberg are set to enter the final years of their contract and could all leave.
The German club are also bracing for offers for Dani Olmo, Christopher Nkunku and Nordi Mukiele, while goalkeeper Peter Gulasci, Ibrahima Konate and Angelino have release clauses — the latter only for his former club Manchester City.
Having already signed defenders Josko Gvardiol and Mohamed Simakan to replace Bayern-bound Dayot Upamecano, as well as Ajax attacker Brian Brobbey who will arrive on a free transfer, Leipzig are also reportedly interested in Groningen left-back Gabriel Gudmundsson and Stuttgart attacker Sasa Kalajdzic, who has been linked with Juventus.
Shaka Hislop reacts to Gareth Bale’s comments about returning to Real Madrid after his Tottenham loan.
– Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is keen to reignite his interest in Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, according to Calciomercato. Conte tried to sign De Paul in January, but had to pull out as a result of Christian Eriksen staying at the San Siro. De Paul’s versatility makes him a perfect signing for Conte, and the 26-year-old is keen to play Champions League football. De Paul is contracted until 2024, and would cost Inter €35m to sign.
– Manchester United are considering a move for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris this summer, according to L’Equipe, with Manchester United considering replacing David de Gea with the Tottenham skipper, who has been linked with a move away from north London at the end of the season.
– Manchester City are close to signing Fluminense wonderkid Kayky, according to the Sun. City have been locked in talks with the 17-year-old forward’s representatives and it is believed the player who has drawn comparisons in style to Neymar is close to signing a deal worth £21.5m.
– Lucas Vazquez is out of contract at Real Madrid this summer, and Bayern Munich are the latest club to hold talks with the versatile winger, says Spain outlet AS. Vasquez, 29, has been waiting for Madrid to offer an improved deal which hasn’t been forthcoming, and talks with Bayern are said to be positive, yet far from a final agreement.
– With Real Madrid midfielder Isco out of favour at the Bernabeu, Inter manager Conte is reportedly keen to take him to the Italian capital. The 28-year-old is out of contract in 2022 and Madrid may be willing to do business this summer to avoid him leaving on a free 12 months later, according to Sport. A renewal seems out of the question, but Inter may face difficulties because they still owe Madrid some cash for right-back Achraf Hakimi.
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