LIVE Transfer Talk: Barcelona, Bayern eye Liverpool’s Wijnaldum

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The January transfer window might 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: Barcelona, Bayern eye Wijnaldum

It has long been reported that Georginio Wijnaldum will be leaving Liverpool when his contract expires at the end of June. According to Sky Sports, that future could be found at either Barcelona or Bayern Munich.

Barcelona have been regularly linked with the midfielder since reports emerged throughout the season that he would likely be leaving as a free agent. The club have also been linked with various other players who would not command a transfer fee, including Manchester City pair Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia.

However, it seems the Catalans may not get everything their own way when it comes to the 30-year-old, who is expected to captain Netherlands at Euro 2020.

This comes with Bayern Munich also looking to move for the former Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven and Newcastle United man when his time at Anfield comes to an end. It is also stated within the report that there are four more unnamed clubs who are hoping to bring him in.

Wijnaldum will be occupied by the Euros, but the midfielder has a decision to make regarding his future at club level over the summer and he certainly has plenty of options.

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08.58 BST: Bruno Lage is in talks to take over the Wolves hotseat, according to Record.

Wolves are looking for a new manager after the club announced last week that Nuno Espirito Santo would depart after four seasons at the helm. Nuno signed a new three-year deal in September but will leave the club by “mutual consent.”

Lage, 45, has been out of a job since leaving Benfica in June 2020 after a unsuccessful 18-month spell. The former Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday assistant coach has reportedly turned down several offers to return to coaching since leaving Lisbon last summer.

08.33 BST: Real Madrid have joined the race to sign Flamengo midfielder Gerson, according to ESPN Brasil, while the former Roma player is also a target of Lyon.

Gerson, 24, has a contract with the Brazilian giants until December 2023 and Lyon made an offer to Gerson but have yet to reach an agreement with Flamengo over a transfer fee.

Gerson’s father and agent is looking to travel to the Spanish capital to meet with Real Madrid representatives and listen to offers. Madrid must first move on some players before they can sign Gerson.

The Brazilian arrived at Flamengo in 2019 and was part of the squad that won the Copa Liberadores and the Brasileirao tournament that year. He also helped Flamengo win this year’s Campeonato Carioca.

08.00 BST: Premier League side Southampton want to sign Barcelona left-back Junior Firpo but will face competition from Italy, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN.

Firpo, 24, is one of a number of players Barca will allow to depart this summer as they look to rebuild their squad after finishing outside the top two in La Liga for the first time since 2008.

Sources have confirmed Southampton are among the clubs to have shown an interest in Firpo, although talks are still in the very early stages. The Saints are in the market for a new left-back after Ryan Bertrand recently confirmed he will leave the club next month when his contract expires.

Several Italian teams have also shown an interest in Firpo. There were talks in January regarding a move to AC Milan and Napoli have also been linked in the past.

Barca signed Firpo, a former Spain U21 international who was born in the Dominican Republic, from Spanish side Real Betis for around €20m in 2019.

In two years at Barcelona, he’s made 41 appearances for the club. However, just 18 of those came this season, with his last coming in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Eibar, when he was taken off at half-time.

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Gab and Juls discuss the future of Ronald Koeman at Barcelona after his comments this weekend.

PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)

– Having failed to secure Champions League football for next season, Napoli could see three of their most talented players leave in the summer, reports Calciomercato. Defender Kalidou Koulibaly could go for at least €40m, helping to bring in needed finances while also lowering the wage bill. They could also lose midfielder Fabian Ruiz, who is the subject of interest from Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Finally, striker Lorenzo Insigne is going into the final year of his contract and it is suggested the Italian will either sign a new contract or be offloaded.

– There are questions around Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona future and the outcome could impact their transfer hopes. According to Sport, if the Dutchman is in charge, then Lyon forward Memphis Depay is willing to take a wage cut to join them. Should Koeman depart, the free agent forward could look elsewhere, with Internazionale, Juventus and Atletico Madrid interested.

West Ham United fear that Manchester United will block Jesse Lingard from making his loan to the Hammers permanent, opting to keep him at Old Trafford, reports the Sun. The 28-year-old has impressed this season, helping David Moyes’ side reach the Europa League, but it is suggested there have been no further discussions between the two clubs despite West Ham making their intentions to sign the midfielder clear.

– The chances of Gianluigi Donnarumma signing a contract extension with AC Milan are dwindling, meaning the Italian will be free to leave them in the summer, according to Calciomercato. They also suggest that this has led to the Serie A outfit moving quicker to bring in Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan, with it being stated that an agreement of €15m plus add-ons has been made for the 25-year-old, who will join on a three-year contract.

Football Insider have suggested that Tottenham Hotspur will let midfielder Dele Alli depart in the summer, despite the England international having started the last five games. They are hoping somebody will come in to sign the 25-year-old permanently and will listen to offers.



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