TOTTENHAM are said to be interested and in the process of trying to sign Juventus’ Paulo Dybala, who has confirmed he is leaving the Italian club this summer. Meanwhile, Sadio Mane is reportedly interested in a big money move to Paris Saint-Germain, while Man City have their eye on Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips.
It is said to be for that reason that the Senegal star has yet to sign a new contract with Liverpool.
Elsewhere, Kylian Mbappe has confirmed that his transfer decision on a potential move to Real Madrid is set to be announced before he jets off with the French squad.
And Tottenham are reportedly ready to nab £70m Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez from under the noses of Arsenal.
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Origi set for AC Milan switch
Liverpool icon Divock Origi has agreed personal terms with AC Milan ahead of the summer transfer window.
That is according to The Athletic, who report Milan are increasingly certain of becoming Origi’s next destination when his Anfield deal runs out in June.
However, a contract has yet to be signed with the Rossoneri and a medical hasn’t been scheduled for the forward.
The Belgium international has been keen to join the Serie A leaders for quite some time as his opportunities at the Kop have been limited this season.
Juventus plan Prem raid
Juventus chief Federico Cherubini has reportedly arrived in London as he looks to secure a deal for Chelsea’s Jorginho.
The Italian giants appear to have won the race to sign Manchester United’s Paul Pogba on a free transfer when the Frenchman’s contract expires next month.
And the 29-year-old could be lining-up alongside Jorginho when he returns to Turin next term.
Todd Boehly’s consortium hope to complete their takeover of Chelsea by the end of the month, which will finally allow them to get back in the game transfer wise.
However, a big-name departure could be the first topic of conversation, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
They state that Juventus have made Italy international midfielder Jorginho, 30, one of their top targets and have now begun their attempt to get him.
Walcott eyes MLS transfer
Theo Walcott is eyeing a switch to MLS with Southampton keen to move the veteran forward on this summer.
The ex-England international has not played a game for Saints since an FA Cup outing in February and is yet to appear in the Premier League this year.
Walcott, 33, has a year remaining on his deal but Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is happy to let him go at the end of the season.
The former Arsenal man has considered a switch Stateside before and is open to doing so if the interest is there this summer, with either Los Angeles or New York among his favoured destinations.
Bellerin set for Arsenal return
Hector Bellerin will return to Arsenal this summer with Real Betis president Angel Haro hopeful a permanent deal can be reached.
The right-back, 23, has starred during his loan spell at his boyhood club this season where he has helped the club win the Copa del Rey.
Betis president Haro has admitted he will be sad to see the defender leave, but hopes the pair’s paths will cross again in the future.
Refusing to rule out turning his temporary stay into a permanent switch, he told reporters: “Hector is a fantastic player and a very good person.
“It was a loan that we had from Arsenal, now he returns to Arsenal and from then on, we’ll see.
“It is true that he has been very caught up in everything about Betis because, in addition, his parents are Betis fans.
“Hopefully we cross paths again.”
‘No hurry’ for Jesus decision
SunSport reported last week that the Brazilian striker wants to stay in England – with his representatives trying to sort a move away from Manchester City this summer.
And now we understand Jesus’ agents are not going to rush into a decision and are keen for their player to end on a high with City before deciding on his next move.
Arsenal were seen as favourites to snap up the 25-year-old – who only has one year left on his current deal – having already initiated positive talks for a £40m-£50m move.
But there is “no hurry” to sort the player’s future after Arsenal’s Monday night collapse.
Wan-Bissaka allowed to leave Man Utd, say reports
Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be allowed to leave permanently or on loan, report Sky Sports.
Wan-Bissaka, 24, has endured a difficult campaign at Old Trafford.
The full-back has started only 25 games with Diogo Dalot being preferred of late.
SunSport exclusively revealed last week that ex-United manager Jose Mourinho is keen on Wan-Bissaka for Roma.
Crystal Palace, who sold Wan-Bissaka to United for £50million in 2019, would be open to re-signing him.
The full-back is also drawing admiring glances from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.
Dean Henderson in Newcastle to discuss move
Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is “closing in on a move” to Newcastle United.
The Manchester Evening News claim that Henderson, 25, was in Newcastle for talks on Wednesday.
Discussions have been held over a loan deal but a permanent move has “not been ruled out”.
Frank on Eriksen: ‘I will give him a hug and a kiss every day if he stays’.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank on Christian Eriksen transfer talk: “I would love to say 100 per cent, but I’m convinced that there is a good chance that he’s wearing the Brentford shirt next season.
“I’m telling him that I will give him a hug and a kiss every day if he stays.
“I still back ourselves. I think the way we play, our environment, the role he’s given is also giving him the opportunity to flourish and play the best game he can play.
“For Christian, it’s a win-win. Either he signs with us and everybody is going to be happy and the fans will build a statue of him outside the stadium in two or three years’ time.
“Or he goes to a bigger level and the fans will applaud him and we will all say thanks for this time and go forward. Let’s see.”
Gunners saving the No14 shirt for a striker?
Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli has been handed a new shirt number in a sign that the club will bring in a striker this summer, writes Jake Lambourne.
The Brazilian winger has worn the No35 at the Emirates since arriving from Ituano in 2019.
Having chipped in with five goals and as many assists in 28 Premier League games this term, the youngster will don the No11 shirt from next season.
Martinelli had called for the No14 shirt after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left to join Barcelona earlier this year.
And fans believe that the fact the No14 has been left free means that it is being saved for a new centre-forward…
Tottenham set to be beaten by Cardiff for non-league star Tanner
Ollie Tanner, 20, is set to join Cardiff in a £50,000 deal from non-league Lewes.
Tottenham were close to snapping up the winger, 20, in January before the Isthmian League Premier Division side announced personal terms could not be agreed.
But Steve Morison’s side are primed to beat competition from Spurs, Brighton and Swansea for Tanner’s signature.
Tanner is currently undergoing a medical ahead of signing a three-year contract with the Championship club.
Relegation Battlers XI
The Premier League trapdoor will open for one more team to join Watford and Norwich this weekend, writes Anthony Chapman.
One of Everton, Leeds or Burnley will be playing Championship football next season.
Frank Lampard looked like he had turned it around with the Toffees, but a 3-2 home defeat to Brentford leaves them in big danger.
Leeds rescued a point at home to Brighton and managed to move out of the bottom three.
That was at the expense of Burnley, who fell to a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham.
And when combined together, those teams could put out a fearsome XI which would not only comfortably beat the drop, but would also challenge for a European finish.
PSG ‘tempt Mane with deal’
Sadio Mane is reportedly reluctant to sign a new Liverpool contract due to transfer interest from abroad.
Mane’s contract ends in summer 2023, and he’s yet to pen a new deal.
But the Senegal forward could be on his way out the door if reports from Bild are true.
The publication claims Mane’s being swayed by PSG who are tracking the attacker.
Arsenal face battle to tie Saka down to new deal
Arsenal reportedly face a battle to keep Manchester City target Bukayo Saka if they miss out on a top four finish this weekend, writes Anthony Chapman.
The Athletic claims the Gunners want to hand their star man a lucrative new deal this summer.
Saka, 20, has just one year left on a £30,000-a-week contract, although Arsenal have the option to extend it for a further 12 months.
Mikel Arteta is ready to make Saka one of his top-paid players after the ace struck 12 goals in all competitions this term, however Arsenal’s chances of keeping Saka could be in jeopardy.
That’s because the England international, with 14 caps to his name, is desperate to play in the Champions League.
One major suitor for the versatile winger is Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola is thought to be a big fan, and Saka could be in line to replace the ageing Riyad Mahrez.
Liverpool have also been linked with Saka this year.
And should either club come forward with a bid, Arsenal could struggle to convince Saka that his future lies in north London.
Thomas signs new three-year deal with Huddersfield
Sorba Thomas aims to complete his remarkable rise from non-league to Premier League star after signing a new three-year deal with Huddersfield, writes PHIL CADDEN.
The Wales winger, 23, committed his future – with the option of another year until 2027 – as he prepares for the Championship play-off final against Nottingham Forest at Wembley on May 29.
Thomas joined the Terriers from National League side Boreham Wood in January 2021 but is now just one game away from the top-flight after a stunning breakthrough season for club and country.
The attacker, who started his career at West Ham, produced the assist for Jordan Rhodes’ winning goal in the play-off semi-final against Luton – his 16th of the campaign – and he has also won three Wales caps.
Huddersfield head coach Carlos Corberán said: “Sorba’s new contract is very good news for the club. It shows that the mentality of our club is to keep growing, year-by-year, by keeping the players who have made important contributions to our first team.”
Man City ‘expecting striker to make transfer request to leave’
Manchester City are reportedly expecting Arsenal target Gabriel Jesus to submit a transfer request in his bid to depart the Etihad, writes Jake Lambourne.
And it has also been claimed that the Gunners are set to make a £35million offer for the Brazilian striker as Mikel Arteta eyes up a reunion at the Emirates.
Jesus has one year left on his deal at the Etihad and has no desire to extend his stay with the Premier League leaders.
The ex-Palmeiras ace believes he will struggle for minutes next season following the arrival of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
And City are now prepared to offload him to avoid losing the ace on a free transfer in 2023.
According to ESPN, the Citizens are now expecting Jesus to ask for permission to leave.
They even state that Pep Guardiola will not stand in the way of him departing the club.
Pogba to re-join Juve, say reports
Juventus have reportedly offered Paul Pogba £120,000-a-week wages to re-join them this summer, writes Anthony Chapman.
But the Manchester United exile could scupper a free transfer as he seeks a higher salary from his former side.
Goal claims Juventus have a three-year contract on the table for Pogba, 29 – despite the Italians claiming they have a “gentleman’s agreement” to talk with United first.
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The midfielder spent four years in Turin between 2012 and 2016, winning four titles and two Italian Cups.
And fallen giants Juve, guaranteed to finish fourth on Saturday, want Pogba 2.0 to resurrect their Serie A ambitions next term.
However, issues remain over the Frenchman’s wage demands.
Leicester set to enquire over £50m-rated Sanchez
Leicester are reportedly set to enquire about £50million-rated Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, writes Anthony Chapman.
The Telegraph claims Brendan Rodgers is looking to launch a bid for the Spain international amid doubts over Kasper Schmeichel’s future.
The Dane, 35, is out of contract in 2023 and was dropped for Danny Ward in the 5-1 win at Watford.
Schmeichel is one of Leicester’s top earners on around £130,000-a-week.
And he is now set to hold talks over his future at the Midlands club.
But boss Rodgers is considering replacing him with Sanchez, 24, this summer, it’s claimed.
Rodgers is said to be a huge fan of Sanchez but Graham Potter is expected to demand at least £50m for Sanchez’s services.
Saints go marching in
Southampton are eyeing a similar raid on Manchester City’s academy to the one they launched on Chelsea’s last summer, writes TOM BARCLAY in a SunSport exclusive.
The South-Coast side are mulling over transfer targets for when the market opens, with City whizkids Liam Delap, 19, and Gavin Bazunu, 20, on their shortlists for striker and goalkeeper.
Highly-rated striker Delap is the son of former Southampton star Rory Delap and was born in Winchester in 2003, when his father was playing for Saints.
Injury has restricted him to just three substitute appearances for City this term.
It remains to be seen whether Southampton would attempt to loan or buy the youngster.
Bazunu, who saved a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo when playing for the Republic of Ireland in September, has had a solid season on loan at Saints’ arch-rivals Portsmouth in League One.
Saints are likely to move for a new stopper if Fraser Forster’s contract, which is up at the end of next month, is not renewed.
Man Utd transfer target Antony sends message to Ten Hag
Manchester United transfer target Antony promised to “always stand” with his Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.
The Dutch manager has taken charge of his final match with the Amsterdam giants.
as revealed by SunSport, winger Antony could be top of the Man Utd wishlist.
In a farewell video message for the departing boss, Antony – who is reportedly keen to test himself in England – said: “I want to wish you all the best at your new club.
“I also want to thank you for everything you taught me.
“I am thankful all the opportunities and learning every day.
“Know that I will always stand with you if you need me.”
Ten Hag brought Antony to Ajax in 2020 and the forward, 22, has racked up 22 goals and 20 assists in his 79 appearances as well as two Eredivisie titles.
Di Maria to join Juventus, say reports
Angel Di Maria has agreed to join Juventus on a free, according to reports.
Di Maria, 34, is said to be intent on leaving Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires next month.
Goal have confirmed that the midfielder has agreed to a one-year contract at the Turin club.
Juventus will have the option in the summer of 2023 to extend it by another year.
Negotiations have escalated over the past 24 hours and Di Maria will prepare to depart for Italy after seven years in Paris.
After 294 appearances, 92 goals and 118 assists in PSG’s colours – Di Maria is “set to embark on a new challenge” at the Allianz Stadium.
Crown Jules – Kounde target
Chelsea have “put in place” plans to sign Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde after reaching a verbal agreement, according to reports.
The Blues are set to lose Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen for FREE this summer to Real Madrid and Barcelona, writes JOSHUA MBU.
And according to Goal, Chelsea have put plans in place to sign long-term target Kounde from Sevilla as soon as Todd Boehly’s takeover is completed and sanctions end.
The 23-year-old has a verbal agreement in place for a move this summer and wants a move to Stamford Bridge after talks collapsed last summer.
Sevilla are also said to be keen to do a deal as early as possible to allow them to sign a replacement.
The LaLiga outfit want a fee or around £59million for the France international, who can play both centrally and at right-back.
Arteta handed transfer warchest
Arsenal are set to hand boss Mikel Arteta another huge transfer warchest despite missing out on Champions League qualification, reports claim.
The Spaniard spent £150million on fresh talent last summer, as he attempts to rebuild his squad, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.
The Gunners looked set to achieve a surprise top four finish – only to blow it in the final weeks of the season.
Should Tottenham avoid defeat at Norwich on Sunday, Arsenal will be consigned to the Europa League.
According to the Telegraph, however, failure to reach Europe’s premier competition won’t affect the North Londoners’ spending power.
Club chiefs view the upcoming window as a “major opportunity” to bolster their squad.
Despite missing out on a lucrative Champions League payday, many of Arsenal’s targets will remain the same as if they had qualified.
Whether they will still be able to attract that high class talent, remains to be seen.
First Dybs for Spurs?
Tottenham are reportedly in talks to sign Juventus free agent Paulo Dybala, writes ANTHONY CHAPMAN.
Transfer guru Pedro Almeida claims Spurs have joined Manchester United and Arsenal in the race for the Argentina forward.
And Antonio Conte’s Juve links could seal the deal, with sporting director Fabio Paratici already holding talks with Dybala’s representatives.
The versatile attacker, 28, has confirmed he will leave Turin when his contract expires next month.
Dybala has been at Juventus since 2015 after a move from Palermo.
And he is regarded as one of world football’s top talents, having won five Serie A titles and four Italian Cups.
Ten Hag in London
Erik Ten Hag has arrived in London on a private jet and could attend Manchester United’s final game of the season, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.
The Dutchman flew in on Wednesday afternoon alongside assistant Mitchell van der Gaag.
The duo had previously been working for the Red Devils remotely, so as not to distract from Ralf Rangnick’s preparations for United’s final game of the season against Crystal Palace.
According to the Mail, Ten Hag and Van der Gaag could be in attendance at Selhurst Park to watch their new side in action.
Both men are expected to meet with Red Devils colleagues today.
Rangnick, however, will continue preparing United for Sunday’s final match.
Good morning footy fans
Jose Mourinho wants to link up with Nemanja Matic for a third time by bringing the midfielder to Roma, according to reports in Italy.
Mourinho, who previously managed the Serbian at both Chelsea and Manchester United, has made no secret of his admiration for Matic.
The 33-year-old is out of contract at Old Trafford this summer, and looks nailed on for a move to the Italian capital on a free.
Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund are preparing to make an offer for young Chelsea defender Ian Maatsen, according to BILD.
The Bundesliga club want to bring the 20-year-old Dutchman in on loan initially with a view to a permanent move if he impresses at Signal Iduna Park.
Maatsen has spent a successful year on loan at Coventry, making 40 appearances as the Sky Blues registered their highest league finish in 16 years.
Meanwhile, West Ham United are considering a £20million move for Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis.
The Mirror believe that the Londoners are looking to bring in a new striker as competition for Michail Antonio, and are seriously considering the Nigerian hitman.
Finally, Raheem Sterling has been tipped to stay at Man City and snub Arsenal’s advances.
That’s the view of Steve McManaman, who reckons Sterling won’t want to leave City for Arsenal if the Gunners aren’t in the Champions League next season.
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