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Bayern ahead of Man Utd, PSG, Milan for Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku

The summer transfer window is approaching, and there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s going where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumors, whereabouts and, of course, deals!

TOP STORY: Bayern to bring Nkunku from Leipzig

Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann will try to sign the talismanic attacking midfielder from RB Leipzig Christophe Nkunku during the summer transfer window, according to Pedro Almeida.

The France international has captured the world’s attention this season, scoring 30 goals and assisting another 20 in 48 appearances in all competitions.

This includes the 24-year-old who has directly contributed to 12 Champions League and Europa League goals this term, helping Leipzig to the Europa League semi-final, where they hold a 1-0 advantage over Rangers with the return match to be played on Thursday.

Nkunku’s performances have made various clubs interested in his signing, including Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and AC Milan among those who were linked before the summer.

Having once again confirmed their status as Bundesliga champions, Bayern also seem keen to bring in Nkunku.

This comes as the Bavarian club are known for attracting the biggest talents in the Bundesliga, such as transfers from Marcel Sabitzer of Leipzig in 2021 and Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund in 2014.

RB Leipzig have shown their determination to maintain Nkunku beyond the current campaign, and the Frenchman’s current contract does not end until the summer of 2024.

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09.26 BST: Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino has said Lionel Messi was judged unfairly in what has been a transitional season for the former Barcelona captain.

Messi was among PSG stars booed by the club’s supporters the day after the side were knocked out of the Champions League knockout stages by Real Madrid in March.

PSG’s ultra-supporters have not forgiven Messi or his team-mates for this debacle and walked out of the stadium early in protest instead of staying and celebrating the league title after their 1-1 home draw with Lens.

“To judge Messi in this way is unfair,” Pochettino said. “You can’t talk about Messi that way. It’s like when I talk about Maradona. I’m not talking about an ordinary player. Messi is on the same level as Diego Maradona.

“I have no doubts about his quality. Messi has enough talent to do what he has to do. He will do it. Next season will be completely different for him. It was a learning year, and not only at the professional level to come. at Paris Saint-Germain, in a new league and with new team-mates, but also at the family level. We must take this into account. It is a major upheaval that can affect a player.

Messi, 34, has scored just nine goals and 13 in 31 appearances in all competitions after joining PSG as a free agent in August following his 20-year career at Barcelona. In his final season with the Catalan giants, Messi tallied 38 goals and 14 assists in 47 appearances.

The Argentine captain still has a year of contract with PSG.

08:43 BST: Valencia denied agreeing to leave the midfielder Carlos Soler join Barcelona this summer for a fee of 20 million euros.

Reports in Spain on Monday said Barca have reached an agreement with Valencia and the player on a transfer, while adding that any deal hinges on Frenkie de Jong being transferred first.

“Don’t lie,” Valencia wrote on Twitter in response to the report, adding in a separate statement that they “deny the existence of any agreement – or any ongoing negotiations – with Barcelona for the transfer of Soler.”

Soler, 25, is out of contract in 2023 and sources close to Barca have told ESPN he is an interesting player for the Catalan club, who are targeting players in the later years of their contract.

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08:00 BST: Jesse Lingard is likely to have last played at Old Trafford as a Manchester United player with AC Milan and Juventus leading the hunt to land the England midfielder on a free transfer this summer, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.

Lingard is out of contract at the end of the season and bid farewell to United fans after Monday’s 3-0 win over Brentford at Old Trafford.

It will end a career at the club that spanned 20 years and more than 200 senior appearances. He was part of the team that won the 2011 Youth Cup and went on to score in two finals for United – the 2016 FA Cup final and the 2017 League Cup final. He also scored in the 2016 Community Shield and was part of the team that won the Europa League under Jose Mourinho in 2017.

Milan and Juventus have both expressed an interest in signing the 29-year-old ahead of next season, but there is competition from clubs in the Premier League and abroad. Lingard is keen on the move in a bid to find more regular first-team football and work his way into the England squad ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, which begins in November.

Lingard is one of several players set to leave United on free transfers this summer, including Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Edinson Cavani and Nemanja Mátic.

PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)

– Lazio are looking to offload Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer to fund the rebuilding of their squad, but are unwilling to let the Serbia international leave for less than €80million, Sky Sports Italia reports. Manchester United and PSG are the two clubs that have inquired about the midfielder so far.

– Speaking of the above Robert Lewandowski, fabrice romano claimed that Barcelona still haven’t given up on signing the Bayern Munich striker, despite official statements from both clubs. The Poland international is said to be Barca’s priority in the transfer window and they are ready to offer him a three-year or two-year deal with the possibility of getting another one. Bayern still want the prolific striker to stay with them.

– Juventus hope to sign PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes during the summer transfer window, report Tuttosport, who add that it could take €20m to land the Argentine. The two clubs have been in contact to discuss a potential move as Paredes is someone PSG could be willing to move on.

– Borussia Mönchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter will join SC Freiburg, having played for them in 2014, according to Sky Sports Deutschland. The 28-year-old’s contract comes to an end this summer and clubs across the continent have shown interest in signing the Germany international. However, he is set to join his first professional football club.

Dries Mertens will take a pay cut to stay with Napoli after his current contract comes to an end this summer, as reported by Calciomercato. The Belgian has shown his worth on the pitch this season with 11 Serie A goals so far, but is ready to see his salary rise from his current rate of €4.5m per season to €1.2m euros.


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