Transfer news and rumours LIVE – PSG chase Cristiano Ronaldo as Kylian Mbappe replacement, Mauro Icardi to Juve
Welcome to the latest edition of Transfer LIVE! Real Madrid’s move for Kylian Mbappe will set off a chain of events, claims a report in Italy, with Cristiano Ronaldo moving from Juventus to PSG and Mauro Icardi making the opposite move. And there’s all eyes on the world of management, with Tottenham and Everton chasing new bosses.
It's claimed Giroud wants to play alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but how will the two centre forwards fit into the same side?
11:40 - Ancelotti puts three players up for sale
Carlo Ancelotti was appointed Real Madrid manager earlier this week and the Italian coach has reportedly started working out who he wants to keep and who he would like to see leave.
Marca reports Gareth Bale, Isco and Marcelo have been identified as surplus to requirements, with all three players up for sale in this summer window.
One of the key factors in this is the financial savings Real Madrid want to make this summer, with the club intent on cutting €50m from their wage bill.
Zinedine Zidane wasn't always given the freedom to shape the squad at the Santiago Bernabeu in the way he would have liked. Will Ancelotti get that freedom?
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 23: Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on May 23, 2021 in Leicester, England
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11:25 - PSG fire sale?
There has been a lot of talk about who Paris Saint-Germain might sign this summer (Gianluigi Donnarumma, Cristiano Ronaldo etc), but they might also have to sell some players too.
Leandro Paredes and Layvin Kurzawa have also been mentioned as players who could help PSG raise as much as €80m in transfer sales this summer.
Mauro Icardi con la maglia del PSG - Stagione 2020-21
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However, the priority for PSG at this moment remains signing Kylian Mbappe to a new contract extension, according to the report.
11:10 - Campos not going to Nice
Some sporting director chat now and it appears Luis Campos is not going to Nice, which opens up a range of possibilities for the highly-rated transfers chief.
RMC Sport journalist Loic Tanzi reports Campos, who is at Lille, is in talks with Arsenal and Real Madrid. He is also reportedly open to offers from other clubs.
Campos is seen as one of the best sporting directors in the game alongside the likes of Monchi and Fabio Paratici. If he's on the market this summer, there will be no shortage of offers.
10:55 - Trippier 'closes door' on United
Yet more Manchester United transfer news this morning and this time it concerns Kieran Trippier who has been linked with a move to the Old Trafford club.
Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness) claim the England international has "closed the door" on a return to the Premier League and wants to stay at Atletico Madrid.
Kieran Trippier, fundașul naționalei Angliei
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This is understandable. Why would Trippier want to return to England? In Spain, he's become a league champion and is a key figure for one of the best teams in Europe.
It's also understandable that Manchester United want a more attack-minded right back to provide Aaron Wan-Bissaka with some competition. They might just have to look elsewhere.
10:40 - Benteke signs new Palace deal
Crystal Palace have announced that Christian Benteke has signed a new two-year contract with the Selhurst Park club.
The Belgian striker had been set to leave the Eagles as a free agent at the end of his contract, but has now put pen to paper to extend his stay.
Benteke scored 10 goals in 30 appearances for Crystal Palace in the Premier League and is still a good option for the Eagles, who will also be appointing a new manager before the start of the new season.
"I’m happy and proud to commit my future to Crystal Palace," he said. "Five years already and still a lot more to come. We have a great group of players and staff, and I’m looking forward to the season ahead and playing in front of our fans again."
10:25 - United 'working on deal' for Varane
We brought you news of Manchester United's interest in Kieran Trippier yesterday and now there are reports of their interest in Raphael Varane.
The French defender has been linked with the Old Trafford club at various times over the last few years and he is once again on their radar this summer.
The Daily Mail reports United are "working on a deal" for Varane with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer embarking on a rebuild to take the club closer to the top of the English game.
Manchester United are expected to be in the market for a new centre back this summer and Varane could be on his way out of Real Madrid with the Frenchman's contract up next summer.
Raphael Varane of Real Madrid runs in the field during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Atalanta and Real Madrid at Gewiss Stadium on February 24, 2021 in Bergamo, Italy.
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10:10 - Aguero's other choice
Barcelona weren't the only ones interested in signing Sergio Aguero. The Argentine was reportedly on Juventus' radar and it's now emerged he had a slightly left-field option too.
Indeed, Real Salt Lake General Manager Elliott Fall has confirmed that the MLS club held an interest in Aguero.
It's not too surprising that an MLS club was interested in Aguero, but Real Salt Lake don't usually make many moves for big name players. It's not LA or Miami, put it that way...
09:55 - Memphis 'very close' to Barca
It's been a busy week for Barcelona. Monday, they signed Sergio Aguero, Tuesday, they signed Eric Garcia. Wednesday, they signed Emerson Royal.
Now, it appears they are close to getting a deal done for Memphis Depay with newspaper Sport claiming the Dutchman is "very close" to joining the Catalans.
Of course, this will come as no surprise to those who have been following Barcelona's long-standing interest in Memphis - he was strongly linked with a move to the Camp Nou last summer!
An announcement could come next week with the former Manchester United winger set to sign a three-year deal as a free agent.
Check out his second goal for the Netherlands against Scotland last night...
09:40 - Man Utd fall behind in striker pursuit
Ajax have overtaken Manchester United in the pursuit of FC Nordsjaelland striker Kamaldeen Sulemana according to reports this morning.
Sulemana is believed to be on the Old Trafford club's radar this summer after an impressive 2020/21 season as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to add some depth to his squad.
However, Football Insider claims Ajax have now edged ahead in the race to sign the highly-rated 19-year-old despite discussions between United and the player.
09:25 - Lukaku says he's staying!
There's been a lot of speculation about the future of Romelu Lukaku this week, but the Belgian striker has now come out and said he's staying at Inter.
Chelsea are reportedly interested in Lukaku who scored 37 goals for club and country last season. Speculation intensified after Antonio Conte's exit from the San Siro last week.
However, Lukaku has poured cold water on the transfer chat by insisting he's going nowhere this summer.
"I've already had contact with the man who becomes our new manager," Lukaku told TV station VTM.
"Maybe I shouldn't say that yet. It was a very positive conversation. There's also the challenge of doing it again (winning Serie A)."
09:10 - Bernardo on the way out at City?
Let's start with some Manchester City transfer news this morning and it seems Bernardo Silva could be on his way out of the Premier League champions this summer.
The Telegraph reports that the Portuguese midfielder could be a casualty of the club's rebuild and that a number of clubs from across Europe have already registered their interest.
City have already been quite bullish in saying they will look to spend big in the transfer window, but could that mean a number of players leaving? Raheem Sterling is also apparently up for sale.
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08:55 - Welcome!
Graham Ruthven will be here in five minutes. But first, here's a tasty line from Gazzetta in Italy, who claim Cristiano Ronaldo is part of a bumper three-way transfer involving Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi. In short: Mbappe will join Real Madrid, Ronaldo will replace him at PSG and Icardi will hop from the French capital to Juventus.
So which player do Real Madrid lose in all of this? Well, Sergio Ramos is heading out of the club, according to this morning's Paper Round. But then we have heard this before...