The summer transfer window may not yet be open in Europe, but teams are preparing for it, and there is a lot of chatter going around. Transfer Talk provides you with the latest news about rumours, the comings and goings and of course closing deals!
Important story: Gundogan City is close to signing a deal with Barcelona
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan He is getting closer to reaching an agreement with Barcelona, according to sports.
And the 32-year-old, who scored two goals and an assist in City’s 3-0 win over Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, is reported to be willing to accept a lower salary in exchange for a longer contract. Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez described him as a major boost in the search for a new midfielder this summer.
This could see the Germany international signing a three-year contract at the Camp Nou, with BlogranaThe hierarchy is ready to fulfill its last demands.
However, the Mirror He understands City boss Pep Guardiola is “desperate” to keep Guendogan but with just over a month left on his contract at the Etihad Stadium.
Barcelona secured their 27th La Liga title with a 4-2 victory over Espanyol on Sunday night.
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09.36 GMT: Brighton & Hove Albion manager Roberto De Zerbi admits the club is likely to lose stars like Alexis McAllister And Moises Caicedo this summer.
Brighton beat Arsenal 3-0 on Sunday to keep alive their hopes of securing a place in Europe and ending Arsenal’s Premier League title bid.
Arsenal tried to sign Caicedo in January, and while Brighton hung on for the Ecuadorian midfielder, they saw Leandro Trossard leave for the Emirates Stadium. Meanwhile, McAllister has been the subject of interest from major clubs since winning the World Cup with Argentina six months ago.
“We are working to become a great team,” De Zerbi said. “We’re not a big team yet, but if you want to compete with a big team like Arsenal and qualify for Europe, we have to develop our mentality.
“The players are the most important thing. I’m lucky to have players at this level. I work on giving them my ideas and my mentality but without good players you can’t achieve these results.
“We’re going to lose some players, maybe Caicedo or maybe McAllister. We need to bring in some other good players. [Kaoru] Metoma And [Pervis] EstupinanThey need to stay with us. I don’t know if they are ready to play with big teams. You have to be prepared in the head and we can give them a chance to improve.”
– Ole: Arsenal’s title hopes were certainly dashed by high-flying Brighton
08.43 GMT: Real Madrid have joined the race to sign the Celta Vigo midfielder Jabri Vegaaccording Cadena Cobb.
Los Blancos are willing to offer €30m, which is €10m less than Vega’s release clause. Celta president Carlos Moreno has reiterated that Vega, 20, will only leave Celta this summer if his release clause is met.
Vega is under contract with Celta until June 2026 and has attracted the attention of Liverpool and Manchester United among other top European clubs.
If Real Madrid succeeds in signing Vega, the player will join Los Blancos only temporarily as he will be sent on loan for the 2023-24 season to a club playing in European competition.
Can Pochettino help Chelsea close the Premier League gap?
Craig Burley’s reaction to the news of Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment as Chelsea’s new manager.
08.00 GMT: Mauricio Pochettino He will return to London this week to finalize his appointment as Chelsea’s new manager and sign a three-year contract at Stamford Bridge, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Sources told ESPN’s James Uley on Saturday that Pochettino and the club have agreed terms for the deal, and while a contract has yet to be signed, it is now considered a formality with an official announcement expected in the coming days.
Caretaker boss Frank Lampard is set to remain in charge with Pochettino taking over at the end of the season.
Pochettino’s staff is expected to include his longtime assistant, Jesus Perez, as well as first-team coach Miguel D’Agostino, goalkeeper coach Tony Jimenez and his sports scientist son, Sebastiano.
Although Pochettino, 51, will not make his official debut for several weeks, he is expected to discuss summer transfer targets with controlling owners Todd Bohle and Baghdad Ighbali ahead of what is likely to be a busy window at Stamford Bridge.
The club need to offload several players as they have 31 first team members excluding those who are set to return to London from loan spells.
Sources told ESPN that Pochettino will be involved in determining which players are deemed surplus to requirements.
Paper Gossip (by Adam Brown)
– Paris Saint-Germain is set to conduct an investigation into the Napoli winger Khvisha KvaratskheliaHe writes Akram Connor. PSG are looking at the 22-year-old as a possible replacement for either of them Neymar or Lionel Messi, who saw doubts about the future in the Parc des Princes. It is reported that clubs in both the English Premier League and La Liga have also expressed interest in Kfaratskhelia.
Benfica full-back Alejandro Grimaldo He is set to join Bayer Leverkusen on a free transfer, he understands Fabrizio Romano. Grimaldo has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe recently, with many looking to capitalize on his contract status. And the latter reveals that the 27-year-old has agreed terms to join coach Xabi Alonso’s team. It is also said that the rumors that he is linked to Barcelona are not true.
– Internazionale is considering discharge Joaquin CorreaHe says Calciomercato. The 28-year-old arrived at San Siro from Lazio for €33m, but with just three goals in 25 Serie A appearances, his time with Nerazzurri It could be coming to an end. It is reported that his salary of €6.5m per season means that only top clubs will be able to meet his demands.
Two Premier League clubs are vying to sign the Lyon striker Moussa Dembeleaccording Football from the inside. Reports previously said Aston Villa are leading the race for his signature, but the latest suggests Crystal Palace will now challenge them for the 26-year-old this summer. Dembele is set to become a free agent in June, with no indications of talks over a possible new deal in France.
– Atletico Madrid is close to contracting with the Racing Club Montevideo defender Santiago Morenoreveal Relevo. The 21-year-old Uruguayan is expected to arrive in the Spanish capital soon to complete his move there. Los Colchonerosalthough they are currently considering sending him out on loan to gain more experience before integrating him fully into the first team.