The summer transfer window is approaching and there is a lot of gossip floating around about who is going where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumors, whereabouts and, of course, deals!
TOP STORY: PSG want Nkunku back
Paris Saint-Germain hope to bring Christophe Nkunku return to the club from RB Leipzig, according to Foot Mercato.
The 24-year-old is one of many to have come through PSG’s famed academy before leaving without making his full impact on the first team and then impressing elsewhere.
Nkunku has made a total of 78 appearances for The Parisians during his time there, including 40 on the bench, before joining RB Leipzig in 2019.
He is now one of Europe’s most sought-after players, having registered an incredible 27 goals and 17 assists in 40 appearances in all competitions this season.
Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona are all interested, but PSG are the most serious about signing the France international.
Reports say that PSG have even started negotiations with their representatives ahead of a possible move.
As well as bringing in a talented player, PSG are also hoping Nkunku’s re-signing could even persuade Kylian Mbappe to stay this season, despite persistent reports that have linked the World Cup winner with Real Madrid.
Sky Sports Deutschland report that RB Leipzig will do everything in their power to keep Nkunku and offer a contract extension to keep him beyond his contract until 2024, which would see the attacking midfielder receive a raise of salary.
Leipzig are also said to include a release clause of up to €65m in a bid to show they are ready to compromise.
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08:00 BST: Manchester United are expected to finalize the appointment of Erik ten Hag as the club’s next manager, sources have told ESPN’s Mark Ogden and Rob Dawson.
Ten Hag, 52, who was interviewed by United last month, was on a four-man shortlist alongside Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino, Spain coach Luis Enrique and Sevilla’s Julen Lopetegui. Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel and Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann have been ruled out as unreachable due to their commitment to their current employers.
Sources in England and the Netherlands have told ESPN that United have chosen Ten Hag as their new manager and that the Ajax manager is ready to leave the Dutch champions to take charge of Old Trafford at the end of the season.
United’s search for a new manager was led by director of football John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher, who reported to chief executive Richard Arnold, with co-chairman Joel Glazer having the final decision on the appointment.
While some at United considered PSG boss Pochettino, sources have told ESPN, Arnold and Glazer agree that Ten Hag is the best candidate to replace caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick, who has been in charge since December .
PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)
– ESPN sources say Manchester United are close to finalizing a deal to sign Ajax Amsterdam manager Erik ten Hag, and The Sun reports the new manager has already started a wishlist of players to add to the squad. Old Trafford team. At the top of this list is Wolverhampton Wanderers Ruben Neves. The Red Devils are longtime admirers of the Portuguese midfielder, and the announced new boss is said to share their enthusiasm for the 25-year-old.
– Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger, who is expected to be a free agent this summer, is at least €2m per season off Juventus’ salary assessments as the player and club discuss a possible move, according to Calciomercato. If a deal is reached, the signing bonus and commissions will total €20m, the report adds. The German international’s representatives are also in talks with Barcelona, PSG and Real Madrid. There’s also a chance he could stay at Stamford Bridge, depending on the Blues’ situation.
– AC Milan are close to agreeing a deal for the Lille centre-back Sven Botman with an initial value of 30 million euros plus a possible 3 million euros in add-ons, reports Calciomercato. The Serie A leaders will now wait to see the extent of the influx of money to reach the Champions League next year before an agreement with the Dutchman and the signing of the contract.
– Rubin Kazan’s winger Khvisha Kvaratskhelia decided to join Napoli, who are ready to sign him for €8m and offer a deal until 2027, Corriere dello Sport report. He plays for Dinamo Batumi in his native Georgia following FIFA’s ruling that foreign players in Ukraine and Russia are allowed to leave their clubs. There has already been interest in him from Liverpool and Sevilla.
– West Ham United have expressed interest in signing the striker from Arsenal Eddie Nketiah, writes Football Insider. The 22-year-old has rejected various renewal offers from the Gunners, with his current deal coming to a close this summer. There has been strong interest from the Bundesliga but the Arsenal academy graduate has not signed a pre-contract, leading the Hammers to ask to be kept informed of developments.