LIVE Transfer Talk: Man Utd plot Kane move to appease angry fans

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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: Man United plot £90m Kane move

Manchester United are looking to sign Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Harry Kane for around £90 million to placate the fans following protests against the Glazer family, reports The Sun.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate for a world-class striker and the report says that Kane would be interested in a move to Old Trafford.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would rather negotiate with a non-Premier League club, but a bid of £90m may test his resolve.

Kane, 27, has scored 31 goals and provided 16 assists this season, but with Spurs likely to miss out on the Champions League, this summer may provide the best opportunity to find a club that could offer him silverware.

Levy has previously stated he has valued Kane’s contract at £170m, but the COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on the transfer market.

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14.23 BST: Bruno Fernandes says he wants Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani to stay at Manchester United next season.

Pogba will enter the final year of his deal in the summer, while Cavani is yet to agree to an extension, but Fernandes is hopeful both will remain at Old Trafford.

“Of course, as we said before, they are really important for us,” the midfielder told a news conference on Wednesday. “The qualities they have, it is difficult to find on the market for a good price. I think everyone knows the team is growing up and with their help too. It’s important for us that we keep our best players and keep improving as a team.”

14.06 BST: Manchester City did well to land Ruben Dias for €68m last summer.

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Gabriel Tan discusses the likelihood that Al Sadd manager Xavi leaves the Qatari club at the end of his current contract.

13.34 BST: You may have heard that Jose Mourinho has a new job after being sacked by Tottenham, but the new Roma coach isn’t looking far for his new signings.

Football.London says that Mourinho wants to sign Tottenham stars Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura for Roma in the summer.

Neither player has been a regular for the London club and could be persuaded to move on.

12.59 BST: Arsenal centre-back David Luiz has yet to sign a new contract and his representatives are starting to look for other options, says CBS.

Luiz, 34, could leave the club when his deal expires this summer and various MLS teams, as well as Serie A side Lazio, have shown an interest.

12.20 BST: Zinedine Zidane has said Real Madrid’s Champions League semifinal second leg with Chelsea is “a really good moment” for injury-prone forward Eden Hazard to show what he can do against his former team.

The Belgium international, 30, has struggled in Madrid since leaving the Premier League club in July 2019, with a string of ankle and muscular injuries limiting his impact.

Hazard is finally fit after overcoming his latest issue, a calf muscle strain — having come off the bench against Real Betis in La Liga and then Chelsea in the first leg, and started against Osasuna on Saturday — and is in contention to feature from the start on Wednesday night. “It’s a really good moment for him,” coach Zidane said in a prematch news conference. “He’s come here prepared, that’s the good thing. We’ll need Eden, we know the player he is. He’ll help the team for sure.”

Hazard has scored just three times in La Liga and once in the Champions League — a penalty against Internazionale in the group stage last November — since signing for Madrid for a €100m reported fee that could rise to €160m.

“We know the player Eden can be,” teammate Toni Kroos said. “It’s a shame he hasn’t been able to show it in recent months with the injuries. He’s a bit better now physically which is really important for him, to play at his level.

“He’s a player for these matches, who can help us a lot. He’s played one game as a starter, that isn’t much, but for the opposition defence he can be a dangerous player, however many minutes he plays.”

11.50 BST: Belgian outlet Voetbal Belgie reports that Genk striker Paul Onuachu wants to move to Arsenal.

Onuachu, 26, has 32 goals and three assists in all competitions this season and is the form of his life. The Nigeria international signed from FC Midtjylland for €6m in August 2019 and has turned into a fine player since.

Genk are reportedly willing to listen to offers around €30m, with Arsenal looking to strengthen in attack with doubts over the futures of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah.

11.13 BST: Jose Mourinho is set to become the new Roma manager. But how will things play out for him?

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Gab Marcotti looks into the future as he discusses Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Roma’s next manager.

10.45 BST: The Daily Telegraph has a couple of snippets here.

– Club Brugge winger Noa Lang, who impressed on loan from Ajax before agreeing to sign permanently this summer, is attracting attention from Leeds. The 21-year-old has 14 goals and eight assists in the Jupiler Pro League this season and will sign a contract until 2024. However, that hasn’t stopped other clubs from keeping an eye on him.

– RB Leipzig striker Hwang Hee-chan, 25, is on the radar of West Ham and Crystal Palace. The South Korea international’s contract is valued at around €12m and West Ham may turn to him if they are priced out of a move for Tammy Abraham of Chelsea.

10.02 BST: Everton are keen to sign Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to provide competition for Jordan Pickford, says Tuttojuve.

Szczesny, 31, is first-choice at Juventus but the club may be looking to the future with a move for Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is available on a free transfer this summer. If so, Juve could sanction a €10m move for Szczesny, who still has three years left on his contract.

The report says that Everton are unlikely to keep Robin Olsen after his loan deal from AS Roma expires this summer.

09.11 BST: Valencia have no intention of letting left-back Jose Luis Gaya leave, amid reports that Juventus are interested in his services, according to Superdeporte.

Juve reportedly want to sign Gaya to replace Brazilian Alex Sandro, who is expected to depart this summer after a disappointing season.

A youth product of Valencia, Gaya has made 31 appearances in all competitions this season and is under contract until June 2023. Valencia have been in talks in recent months with Gaya’s agent to extend the defender’s contract and will not allow him to go.

However, Juve are not the only club interested in Gaya as Barcelona continue to monitor him.

08.30 BST: Brandon Williams has seen his progress stall this season, partly by the emergence of Luke Shaw as Manchester United‘s undisputed first-choice left-back but also due to added competition from the signing of Alex Telles.

Williams made 36 appearances in all competition last season — 17 of those in the Premier League — but this campaign he has only 11 matches under his belt, only two of them league games.

The 20-year-old is set to go out on loan next season to boost his top-flight experience, and newly promoted Norwich City are leading the chase, according to The Sun.

Southampton and West Ham United are also said to want the England Under-21 international for the 2021-22 campaign.

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Jan Aage Fjortoft sets the stage for a big summer transfer window involving Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.

PAPER GOSSIP

– It looks as though Real Madrid will win the race to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, but they’ll need to wait a year to bring him to the Bernabeu, according to AS. Madrid will instead focus their efforts on landing PSG striker Kylian Mbappe this summer, with a view to partnering the Frenchman with Haaland in the 2022-23 season. Haaland is believed to have told Dortmund officials that he’ll be staying for another season, and they’re happy for him to switch to Spain in 12 months’ time when his contract has a €75m release clause.

– Man United are said to be considering re-signing goalkeeper Tom Heaton from Aston Villa to replace David de Gea, who is set to leave for Paris Saint-Germain on loan. Sources have told ESPN that United are keeping tabs on West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone, but the Daily Star reckons that they might instead move for Heaton, now 35. Heaton hasn’t started a game for Villa in 16 months, though he has been out injured for an extended time.

Tottenham Hotspur will be stepping up their search for a new striker whether or not Kane leaves the club this summer, with strike partner Carlos Vinicius set to return to Benfica, according to Sky Sports. Vinicius, 26, joined Spurs on a season-long loan and while he scored goals in the cup competitions has failed to make an impact in the Premier League, scoring once in nine games. Spurs will reportedly turn down their option to trigger a £36m permanent transfer.

Chelsea are set to battle Liverpool and Manchester United for the signature of Jadon Sancho this summer, according to Bild. Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is set to raid his former club in an effort to bring Sancho to west London, with a fee of £78m said to be enough for Dortmund to let the 21-year-old leave the Westfalenstadion.

Juventus are planning an overhaul of their squad this summer, and that includes the departure of full-back Alex Sandro, according to Calciomercato. Juve are looking for a transfer fee of £25m for the Brazilian as they look to freshen up their squad after a disappointing season, and Chelsea are said to be interested. The Blues are willing to offer Emerson Palmieri in exchange.



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