Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd deal practically done, Chelsea agreement, Arsenal, Liverpool
Transfer news LIVEPaul Pogba’s move from Manchester United to Real Madrid is practically doneChelsea have agreed a £115m transfer fee with Real Madrid for Eden HazardLiverpool and Manchester City are interested in signing Ajax captain Matthijs de LigtArsenal are leading the race to sign Saint-Etienne star William Saliba
19:10 UPDATE: Sarri tipped to leaveMaurizio Sarri is almost certain to leave Chelsea regardless of how the Europa League final goes.That’s according to Martin Keown, who said: “I think it’s almost inevitable at that football club.“They’ve won 15 trophies under Abramovich and nearly as many managers. It’s been an okay first season if you compare it to Guardiola, it’s even better than his first season.“But actually there has been previous Chelsea managers, Conte and Mourinho, who have won the Premier League in their first season, so it’s difficult for him.“
16:35 UPDATE: Maddison to Tottenham?Tottenham have earmarked James Maddison as a summer target thanks to his stunning debut Premier League season with Leicester.Maddison has left scouts from across the country taken aback thanks to his impressive performances at the King Power Stadium.Now Tottenham are being linked with the attacking midfielder by The Mirror, who say Leicester will demand a mega fee for Maddison.The 22-year-old could be a replacement for Christian Eriksen, who Real Madrid are keen to get on board this summer.
14:55 UPDATE: Mane on Real Madrid linksLiverpool star Sadio Mane has called rumours linking him to Real Madrid a ‘pleasure’.“This is always part of football so we have to deal with it but for me the most important thing is Liverpool and I’m happy here,” he said. “I’m preparing for one of the biggest games for the club and the fans and the players as well, so let’s focus on this one first and win it. “It’s always a pleasure that this kind of team wants you but don’t forget Liverpool. We beat big teams.”
14:25 UPDATE: Lukaku exit not agreedInter Milan are yet to agree a deal for Man Utd star Romelu Lukaku.Calciomercato have rubbished reports a deal between the Italian giants and Lukaku has been agreed.However, they add that Inter face competition for Lukaku this summer.Calciomercato say Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are chasing the Belgium international, 26.
13:55 UPDATE: Salah transfer demand?Mo Salah has revealed he would love Liverpool to sign Daniele De Rossi this summer.“He is a legend of the club and of Italian football, not just because he is a great friend of mine,” Salah told Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.“I don't know what to say, I saw the game and the affection of the fans who saluted him.“He made many sacrifices for his team, I would like to thank him, he is one of the best of which I have played with. Good luck for the future.“A future for him in the Premier League? It would be beautiful, but I don't know if it's possible.“It would be pleasing for me to play with him again, he is an optimal player.”
13:25 UPDATE: Giggs backs James dealRyan Giggs has backed Daniel James to shine at Man Utd next season.When asked if the United target is ready to move to Old Trafford, he said: “Yes. He was good before Christmas and then kicked on another level after that. “I was at the Swansea vs Stoke game and it was as good a wing performance as I’ve seen in a long time. He got two lads sent off and scored a worldy.“It showed what he is capable of. If you go to United or any big club there is pressure on you.“When you meet up internationally you’re then used to that pressure and there are so many benefits to playing at a higher level.“He was obviously fantastic for me in the last game. When you’ve got speed like his as well as the talent he has, he can play anywhere.”
12:55 UPDATE: Hazard to Real Madrid announcementReal Madrid plan to unveil Eden Hazard on June 3.The Chelsea star has agreed a deal to join the Spanish giants.Real president Florentino Perez confirmed this week he’s confident of landing the Belgium international.Hazard will play his last game for Chelsea in the Europa League final against Arsenal.
12:25 UPDATE: Man Utd change plansManchester United have changed their transfer plans.ESPN say Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has cooled his interest in signing a new centre-back, with United eyeing a new right-back instead.Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe will all be given a chance to impress in pre-season.Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Crystal Palace tops United’s wishlist at right-back.
11:55 UPDATE: Coutinho to Tottenham?Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho could be thinking about a SHOCK move to Tottenham in the summer transfer window. That’s according to South American football expert Tim Vickery.“He did very well at Liverpool, but also remember that relationship with Mauricio Pochettino at Espanyol?” he said. “Is there a little light flashing there?”
11:25 UPDATE: Balague on De LigtBarcelona are “not very optimistic” about their bid to sign Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt, according to transfer expert Guillem Balague.“I think De Ligt is right in just being calm about the situation,” Balague said on his YouTubechannel.“Right now, for me, Barcelona are the favourites but Barcelona are not very optimistic - not as optimistic as they were a month ago.“These are just impressions. They have told De Ligt what they offered, they have told Ajax what they offered. They’re just waiting for an answer.”
10:55 UPDATE: Griezmann furious with BarcelonaMan Utd have received a transfer boost regarding Antoine Griezmann with the France international reportedly furious at Barcelona.Barcelona are the player’s preferred destination, a year after the Catalan giants were snubbed by the striker.Yet Catalan newspaper Sport say Griezmann is furious with the La Liga giants and their players.He is outraged at members of the locker room who have been telling Barcelona chiefs NOT to sign the star. Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi have both failed to talk up the Atletico Madrid hitman.And Griezmann feels Barcelona stars are going out of their way to stop him from joining.Sport say he has tried to reach out to members of the locker room in order to win them round.
10:25 UPDATE: De Ligt stance changesMan Utd have received a major boost in their pursuit of Ajax star and Barcelona transfer target Matthijs de Ligt.Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo claim the United target is no longer as keen to play at the Nou Camp as he once was.And, with agent Mino Raiola offering his client around Europe’s elite, that may see him reject a move to Catalonia.That would leave the door open for United to secure the teenager’s arrival.
10:05 UPDATE: Klopp slams exit rumoursJurgen Klopp has reassured Liverpool fans that he has no interest in leaving the club as he branded rumours linking him with a move to Juventus as "bulls**t".“Of course it's a league that I like, Italy is a beautiful country, but these rumours about me going to Juventus are bulls**t,” he said.“There's nothing true about it, I'm not going to leave Liverpool.“I know Serie A very well, I follow it and I like it but I am going to stay at Liverpool.”
09:30 UPDATE: Aston Villa plansAston Villa boss Dean Smith held talks with the club hierarchy last night to discuss transfer plans.Sky Sports claim chief executive Christian Purslow and sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch were both present.They reckon Villa will try to sign Tyrone Mings, Tammy Abraham and Axel Tuanzebe permanently after impressing on loan at Villa Park.Decisions will also be made on Albert Adomah, Mile Jedinak, Alan Hutton, Glenn Whelan and Tommy Elphick, who are all out of contract this summer.
08:55 UPDATE: Man Utd to land De Ligt?Man Utd have told Ajax they are willing to blow Barcelona out of the water regarding a possible transfer for Matthijs de Ligt.Ajax have promised De Ligt he can move wherever he wants, insisting they will not entertain a bidding war.Yet TV3 claim United are ready to blow Barcelona out of the water by paying ANYTHING for the teenager.Price will supposedly be no barrier when it comes to a transfer.And that will be a blow to Barcelona, who are unable to compete with United when it comes to a financial dogfight.
08:30 UPDATE: Man Utd exit ‘practically done’Paul Pogba’s move from Manchester United to Real Madrid is practically done, Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda claims.“Pogba is practically done,” he said. “The first to appear will be Hazard and the next will be Pogba.“He has agreed to lower his Manchester United salary: from £13m net per year to £10m.“Adidas is pressing a lot because he is one of the two franchise players of the brand.”
08:05 UPDATE: Chelsea agree Hazard dealChelsea have agreed a £115m transfer fee with Real Madrid for Eden Hazard.The Sun say Real are confident of landing the Belgium international, who will earn around £400,000-a-week at the Bernabeu.Chelsea will receive £100m with a possible £15m in add-ons.The Sun add that Blues owner Roman Abramovich ordered the sale as opposed to losing Hazard for free next summer.
07:40 UPDATE: De Ligt updateLiverpool and Manchester City ARE interested in signing Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles.“We should factor in here that Manchester United are not the only Premier League club that Mino Raiola will try and sell the player to,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.“There has been talk of Liverpool’s interest which I think is correct.“Although I don’t think there need is as great, certainly not as great as Manchester United.“What I do know is that Manchester City have pursued De Ligt for a long time.“I know that, several months ago, before Barcelona went in strong for De Ligt, that people at Ajax felt City was his most likely destination.”
07:15 UPDATE: Arsenal planArsenal boss Unai Emery is ready to battle it out with Manchester United for Saint-Etienne star William Saliba.And French publication Le 10 Sport say the Gunners lead the race to sign the defender this summer.Saint-Etienne only recently tied down the youngster to a new deal which keeps him at the club until 2023, but are still open to a transfer for the right price.It is believed a fee of around €30million (£26m) would be enough to allow talks to take place.