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TRANSFER NEWS is picking up with the Premier League season having reached its conclusion.
With the window officially open, Man City are making the early running by agreeing a £41m fee with Bournemouth for Nathan Ake.
Follow all the latest gossip and rumours below…
WE'LL FEEL A HOL LOT BETTER
Jack Grealish and James Maddison – both linked with Manchester United – joined Dele Alli for a well-earned break in Ibiza as they put the Prem season and transfer speculation behind them for now.
Spurs star Alli, 24, and Aston Villa ace Grealish, also 24, enjoyed a few ice cold beverages in the blazing Spanish sun.
But Leicester playmaker Maddison, 23, sported a big bandage on his hip after his recent surgery.
The Foxes star missed the end of the season for Brendan Rodgers' side after going under the knife to treat a persistent tendon issue.
And how crucial he would have been as Leicester – in the top four since December – crashed out on the final day.
A 2-0 home defeat to Manchester United in a game worth £70million meant Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's snatched a Champions League spot.
MUS BE GOOD TO JOIN KOP
Liverpool have stolen a march in the transfer market and signed 16-year-old Polish sensation Mateusz Musialowski.
The Premier League champions are showing no signs of slowing down after claiming their first top-flight crown in 30 years.
And they are bolstering their academy ranks with the purchase of the teenager from SMS Lodz.
It has been reported that a deal for the attacker was completed several months ago.
He will arrive this summer and train at the club's Melwood base.
MAG YOUR MOVE
Gabriel Magalhaes' entourage are reportedly in the UK to hash out transfer talks with Manchester United and Everton chiefs.
Lille owner Gerard Lopezadmits the Brazil centre-back, 22, who has also been linked with Arsenal, is likely to move on this summer.
Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to sign a long-term centre-back partner for Harry Maguire, despite Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho sitting top of his transfer wish list.
United signed Maguire for £85million from Leicester last summer while Victor Lindelof, 26, has been at Old Trafford since 2017.
But their performances together this season have left some at United concerned and even more desperate to land a new defender.
IN WITH A SHOUT FOR COUT
Arsenal could land Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho for just £9MILLION and Matteo Guendouzi, according to reports.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is certain to continue a squad overhaul in the summer despite the uncertain economic times due to coronavirus.
And according to The Independent, Arsenal appear a likely destination in a cash plus player move.
Arteta is desperate to offload Guendouzi after bombing him out of the squad for the final few games of the season.
And Barca are reportedly keen to consider the French midfielder as a makeweight in any deal.
But with Juventus also interested in Guendouzi, Arsenal will have to play their hand carefully.
Another option to bring Coutinho to North London would be a season-long loan.
NOT AUBA AND OUT VS BLUES
Arsenal fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Mikel Arteta hassuggested the FA Cup final against Chelsea will NOT be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's last match for the club.
But the North Londoners are relying heavily on winning the FA Cup and more importantly, on nabbing a Europa League spot for next season to fund a major offer for Auba.
Auba has just one-year left on his deal and the North Londoners are desperate to renew their skipper's contract.
Boss Arteta has even urged the club to get a deal done on more than one occasion in recent weeks.
However finances have often proved a stumbling block for the cash-strapped Gunners, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
If Arsenal qualified for the Europa League, it would provide a huge financial boost to Arteta’s hopes of revamping the squad and holding onto Auba.
BETIS JOIN DANI FIGHT
Arsenal have been joined in the race for Dani Ceballos by Real Betis.
The midfielder spent this season on loan with the Gunners from Real Madrid and the North Londoners want to extend his stay.
But it now seems Mikel Arteta's men have competition from Ceballos' homeland.
Real Betis have just hired former West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini and club chief Antonio Cordon seems ready to back the Chilean in the transfer market.
Cordon told Spanish outlet Onda Cero: “We all know how good a player Ceballos is, we know his past and he's a very interesting player.
“Going forward, we're going to have a look at our staff, our squad and how we're going to play.
“The boss [Pellegrini] has a lot of ideas.”
CLOSER TO SAN UTD
Jadon Sancho's move to Manchester United has edged a step closer – with Borussia Dortmund willing to accept an initial £60million fee, according to reports.
The Bundesliga giants kick-off their pre-season preparations for the 2020-21 season in less than two weeks.
And with the club keen to resolve Sancho's future one way or the other, in order to line-up a replacement if needed, they're said to have accepted a cut-price sum.
United finally look set to land their No1 target after a year-long pursuit.
And having once demanding over £100m, Dortmund are said to be willing to accept £60m plus add-ons, say the Independent.
However, the additional, incentivised fees could see the overall transfer fee rocket beyond £100m.
RIGHT TYPE OF RAYAN IN MANCHESTER?
Manchester United and City have both reportedly made offers for Angers' left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri.
The 19-year-old made 17 appearances in the French top flight this season.
His form is said to have attracted attention across Europe, with interest from Manchester increasing.
According to Foot Mercato, United and City have both approached Ait-Ait-Nouri's agent, Jorge Mendes and offered the defender a deal.
It is claimed Mendes travelled to England with his client on Tuesday andvisited the facilities of several clubs, including United and City.
Ait-Nouri could potentially become the most expensive player in Angers’ history.
Former Arsenal midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide holds their record after he moved to Lyon for £28million in 2019.
Atletico Madrid, Wolves, Leicester, PSG, Crystal Palace and Monaco are also said to be interested in signing Ait-Nouri.
NAPOLI BAG UTD TARGET VICTOR
Victor Osimhen has completed his move from Lille to Napoli despite Manchester United's rumoured late hijack attempt.
Red Devils chiefs are claimed to have made an 11th-hour phonecall to the Nigerian's agent in a bid to gazump Napoli's £46m move.
Journalist Ciro Venerato told CalcioNapoli24: “A few hours ago Manchester United phoned Osimhen’s new agent to find out if he had signed with Napoli.
“If an offer from United comes, there would not be many possibilities because they have an economic power superior to that of Napoli.”
But Osimhen, 21, rejected the last-gasp play from United and has officially linked up with the Serie A giants.
The former Lille striker now teams up with Lorenzo Insigne, Hirving Lozano and Dries Mertens in a fearsome-looking attack.
GUNNERS AND KOP EYE TEEN KEEPER
Arsenal and Liverpool are chasing 17-year-old keeper Ricardo van der Laan, reports say.
The Portugal Under-18 starhas drawn admiring glances from around Europe with his displays for Belenenses' academy sides this season.
Having come onto the radar with his youth-team performances, van der Laan earned the step up to the Liga NOS side's Under-23 team.
According to O Jogo, the two Premier League giants head a lengthy queue to secure the hot prospect's signature.
And with just a year remaining on the youngster's contract, Belenenses are facing a tough ask to keep hold of him.
RIGHT CALL IS TO MOVE
Callum Wilson has reportedly told his Bournemouth team-mates he needs to move back to the Premier League to keep his spot in the England squad – with Tottenham leading the race.
The Three Lions striker, 28, was relegated with the Cherries on the final day of the Prem season.
Now Wilson has explained to club pals he will have to follow Man City-bound Nathan Ake out of the club, according to the Telegraph.
City agreed to a £41million deal for Ake earlier this week to help solve their defensive woes.
And now Spurs are set to raid the south coast club with a cut-price £10m bid for Wilson.
The Bournemouth star scored eight Premier League goals in 35 games last season.
LEEDS LINKED TO ENGLAND TRIO
James Milner, Fabian Delph and Danny Rose are rumoured Leeds targets.
Liverpool's versatile star Milner, 34, 30-year-old Everton midfielder Delph and Spurs' Newcastle loanee Rose, also 30, are all ex-England internationals who might feel they would play less often for their current clubs next season.
Roma have asked Chris Smalling to play hardball with Manchester United as they try to wrap up his transfer.
The centre-back has been on loan with the Serie A side since last summer and both player and club are said to be keen on making the move permanent.
But with the two clubs yet to agree a fee, Smalling is set to return to Manchester next month meaning he will not be available for Roma's Europa League fixtures.
However, Roma chiefs have asked Smalling to stay close to Rome and tell United if they make him return to England that he will not move anywhere else, according to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport.
While Smalling is keen to stay in Italy, he is said to have remained coy on whether he will heed Roma's request.
The 30-year-old has been a revelation in Rome, instantly becoming a popular figure at the Stadio Olimpico, but with United reportedly unwilling to budge on their £18million valuation, a stalemate appears to have been reached.
Roma would prefer to pay around £16m for the 31-cap England international.
Chelsea winger Willian reportedly has a number of offers on the table ahead of his contract expiring.
At the end of the season, the Brazilian will have his pick of several top clubs – plus a big money deal in the States.
According to Sky Sports, Barcelona, Inter Miami, Arsenal and current club Chelsea all have deals on the table.
The largest in terms of salary is said to be David Beckham's MLS side Miami, who joined the league this year.
That contract would run until the end of their 2023 campaign, with Barcelona also meeting the three-year minimum requirement set out by the player himself.
Willian's agent, Kia Joorabchian, has stated that as many as five teams want to sign the 31-year-old when his contract expires.
Bayern Munich have warned there won't be any cut-price deals for Liverpool target Thiago Alcantara despite accepting he wants to leave.
The Premier League champions are believed to have been told to cough up £36million for the 29-year-old.
The Spanish midfielder has just one-year left on his deal and Bavarian chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had already confirmed he wants to leave.
And now, as reported by Sky Sports, the Bayern bigwig says the club will only allow the midfielder to part ways on their terms and they will not be forced into a quick sale.
He said: “We have a contract with Thiago that is still valid for one year and if he reaches an agreement with any club then that club should pay a transfer fee of a certain amount,
“No club has contacted us to date and wants to have concrete discussions with us.
“We will only starting negotiating for their (Thiago and Alaba's) sale from a certain amount. There will be no summer sales at FC Bayern.''
MART MY WORDS
West Ham and Everton are in talks with Barcelona about a move for their striker Martin Braithwaite, according to reports.
The Danish forward only moved to the Nou Camp in February but he looks set to depart just six months after the controversial transfer.
Barca were allowed to swoop for the 29-year-old as an emergency signing from Leganes just six months ago.
But having scored just once from 11 LaLiga appearances since, he could be lining up for West Ham or Everton next season, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.
Other Spanish clubs are said to be interested but Barca have admitted his future likely lies in the Premier League.
The Catalan giants already have a good relationship with the Toffees while the Hammers are said to have been tracking the Danish international since before his Nou Camp switch.
Barcelona have made Manchester City star Eric Garcia their No1 defensive transfer target, according to reports.
The defender, 19, left the LaLiga giants in 2017 to move to the Etihad.
And the Catalans are determined to bring him back this summer, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.
Barca are also said to be keen on Bayern Munich's David Alaba and Paris Saint-Germain's Juan Bernat, but they have reportedly prioritised the pursuit of City's young Spaniard.
Barca view the teen as the ideal long-term replacement for Gerard Pique, but City are reluctant to lose the impressive youngster.
Negotiations over a new contract stalled due to the coronavirus pandemic but will resume again now the league season has finished.
He could treble his wages by penning a five-year deal worth £40,000-a-week plus bonuses.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to sign a new double-your-money £104,000-a-week contract at AC Milan, according to reports.
And the new deal could see him playing until he is FORTY.
The Swedish star, 38, returned to the San Siro at the turn of this year on a six-month deal and has already scored 10 goals from 19 games in all competitions cementing his place as a fan favourite at Milan.
And the club's hierarchy have decided to reward him with a new one-year contract with an option to extend for a further year, according to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport.
His salary could reach double what he is earning now – seeing him pull in £104k-a-week if certain appearance and performance related targets are met.
Arsenal have been dealt a bitter blow in the race to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano after the defender signed a new deal until 2023.
The 21-year-old's deal was set to expire in June 2021, leading the Gunners to believe a deal could be reached.
But he has now committed his future to the German side.
Newcastle chief Lee Charnley insists the Saudi Arabian-backed deal may not be dead in the water.
The Magpies have been silent ever since a £300m deal was agreed with owner Mike Ashley in April.
But this morning, MD Charnley said “never say never”, and reiterated that Ashley is determined to sell up.
The Saudi Public Investment Fund, Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers dramatically withdrew their offer yesterday.
They lay the blame squarely at the door of the Premier League for taking so long, as well as jealous Prem rivals.
And Charnley said: “We acknowledge yesterday’s statement.
“Never say never, but to be clear Mike Ashley is 100% committed to this deal (sale).
“However our current focus must now be on supporting Steve Bruce in the transfer market and on the preparations for the new season.”
Leeds are preparing for a major summer in the transfer market with reports suggesting the newly-promoted side will swoop for two old favourites.
Amid rumours of a bid for James Milner, two more academy products are also described as on Marcelo Bielsa's radar.
Daily Star name Danny Rose and Fabian Delph as major targets for Leeds.
The Yorkshire-born duo are both out of favour at their current clubs and could reportedly be signed for around £5million each.
Delph, 30, featured prominently at Elland Road while the club were down in League One before spells with Aston Villa and Manchester City.
A summer move to Everton has not gone to plan with the midfielder struggling to reach regular fitness, failing to appear at all since February.
James Maddison have been dealt a bitter blow in their pursuit of James Maddison after the Leicester ace built a rooftop bar at his luxury pad.
The one-cap England star, 23 has been on the radar of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all season, along with the likes of Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho.
But having recently put pen to paper on a new five-year contract at the King Power Stadium, Maddison appears dead-set to stick around in Leicester.
And he's taken his commitment to the Foxes to another level – by installing a rooftop bar at his Midlands home.
Maddison shared the incredible pictures of the work in progress to his Instagram.
The snaps show mini-fridges to keep drinks cool, a grill, a bar – complete with stools – and a relaxing seating area covered by stylish wooden beams.
A clearly-thrilled Maddison captioned his post: “Got the team at Leicestershire Garden Design working on this at the moment.
“Can’t wait to see it.”
EXCLUSIVE – John Stones could be set for a reunion with former boss David Moyes at West Ham as Manchester City begin a clear-out.
City have seen their £40million bid for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake accepted.
That means England defender Stones, 26, looks certain to leave City – and he could be available for just £20milion.
That has sparked interest from West Ham, who are managed by ex-Everton chief Moyes.
Stones joined Everton from Barnsley in a £3m deal in January 2013 but Moyes moved to Manchester United a few months later.
Despite signing for City for £47.5million in 2016, Stones’ career at City looks over and his contract runs out in 2022.
Arsenal are also interested but the London club will have to sell before they can buy.
Inter Milan are to open talks with Tottenham over a deal to land wantaway flop Tanguy Ndombele, according to reports.
The Frenchman is deemed surplus to requirements under Jose Mourinho and is open to leaving the club this summer.
Ndombele, a club-record £53.8million last year, endured a miserable debut campaign in North London making just 12 league starts.
His relationship with Jose Mourinho also hit rock-bottom last month when they had a row at the club's training ground.
And now Sky Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano claims Antonio Conte's Inter are ready to reignite his career.
He writes that the two clubs are locked in talks with ex-Chelsea boss Conte eager to bolster his midfield to help close the gap on title winners Juventus.
Inter are looking at the possibility of a cash-plus-player deal to help get the transfer over the line, especially with the coronavirus pandemic having a huge effect on transfer budgets.
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