LIVE Transfer Talk: PSG ready £35m bid for Arsenal's Aubameyang
The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe's big leagues and beyond.
TOP STORY: PSG considering £35m bid for Aubameyang
Aubameyang has been linked with a move away from north London all season and now he's entering the final 12 months of his deal, Arsenal could be tempted to sell to ensure he doesn't leave for free next summer.
Edinson Cavani is set to leave the French capital this summer, while Mauro Icardi is also coming to the end of his loan spell from Inter, meaning PSG are in need of more attacking options. Aubameyang has scored 61 goals in 97 appearances for Arsenal and would have no issues settling in to life in Paris.
22.15 BST: Ajax and Benfica are interested in 27-year-old Freiburg goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow, Bild cites fellow German outlet Kicker as reporting, and adds that Schalke are also keen to add the former Germany youth international but lack the financial resources to complete a deal despite an exceedingly modest €8m release clause.
21.25 BST: With Barcelona seeking to raise funds through player sales this summer, Mundo Deportivo writes that the Catalan club could cash in on 26-year-old right-back Nelson Semedo, who has caught the attentions of several of Europe's biggest clubs: Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan.
20.08 BST: Carlo Ancelotti's interest in bringing Hirving "Chucky" Lozano to Everton -- after signing him for Napoli last summer -- has been well documented from some time, but Corriere dello Sport adds that Newcastle could be another potential destination for the 24-year-old Mexico international, and that the Italian outfit won't let the attacker go for less than €50m.
17.34 BST: Mundo Deportivo writes that Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester City have made contact with the agent of Philippe Coutinho over the prospect of ending his Barcelona nightmare and bringing him back to the Premier League, and adds that Newcastle United are also interested in the 27-year-old playmaker.
16.17 BST: Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz is of interest to pretty much every top club in Europe, but now Man City are part of the race says the Sun.
Havertz, 20, is valued at around €100m with Bayern, Liverpool and Barcelona seemingly most keen.
City will be looking to replace David Silva, 34, who will leave the club when his contract expires in the summer. Young Phil Foden has been tipped for the job, so it will be interesting to see what happens to his career if they choose to sign Havertz.
15.18 BST: Sky Italy reports that PSG "have made an opening offer of £44.7m (€50m) plus a further £8.9m (€10m) in add-ons for Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan."
Icardi, 27, has scored 20 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions for the club while on loan and there is a €70m option to buy in his contract.
14.30 BST: Jan Vertonghen is increasingly likely to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer -- and is yet to agree an extension to his contract beyond June 30, sources have told ESPN.
The Belgium international is understood to be seeking a two-year deal on his present £70,000-a-week salary but the club have so far shown no willingness to agree to those terms.
13.55 BST: Chelsea made the decision to extend Olivier Giroud's contract and it was the right one.
Rabiot, 25, is reportedly unhappy in Turin after moving there from PSG on a free transfer last summer. But Everton are also interested in the Frenchman.
Mkhitaryan, 31, is reportedly valued at €24m by Arsenal, but Roma are only willing to pay €18m. However, the Gunners would reportedly accept 21-year-old Kluivert as a part of the deal, though he is valued higher than Mkhitaryan so it would require them to pay a bit extra to sign the winger.
SportMediaset says Barca's search for a new centre-back has led them to the Italy international. Gerard Pique turned 33 in February and there are long-term doubts over Samuel Umtiti's fitness, leaving Barca in a precarious position at the back moving forward. They are said to be willing to pay Romagnoli €4m in wages annually and would be prepared to throw in Jean Clair Todibo or Emerson, on loan at Schalke and Real Betis respectively, to sweeten the deal with Milan.
Neto, backup to Marc-Andre ter Stegen, is one of the players Barca will look to sell as they look to offset the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and raise funds to invest elsewhere.
Barca signed Neto last year for around €30m as part of a deal that saw Jasper Cillessen go the other way for a similar price. But the Dutch keeper has fallen out of favour at Valencia and Los Che could look to move him on and bring back Neto. One of the reasons Neto left for Barca is reported to be a clash with former coach Marcelino Garcia Toral, who is no longer in charge at Valencia.
10.13 BST: Antoine Griezmann only signed for Barcelona for €120m last summer but he's been regularly linked with a move away from Camp Nou during the coronavirus lockdown.
Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Newcastle are the latest clubs to be credited with an interest in the France World Cup winner. However, Mundo Deportivo claims Griezmann will be going nowhere, despite Barca's need to bring in cash.
A report says the former Atletico Madrid striker returned to training last week in great shape and maintains the club's total confidence. He has scored 14 goals in 37 games in his debut campaign at Barca and the club are convinced he's going to get even better following a season of adaption.
09.28 BST: ESPN's Insider Notebook is back with plenty of transfer insight.
- Ligue 1 side Monaco have 64 players on their books, including 24 on loan. The club wants to sell or let go at least 30 of them.
- Manchester United's owners, the Glazer family, will risk further criticism from the club's supporters next month when they receive an £11m dividend payment, despite the announcement this week that United's debt has climbed £127.4m to £429.1m in the space of 12 months.
Bayern signed Perisic on a season-long loan from Inter Milan last summer and have a buy-out option of €20m. The German giants are reportedly unwilling to pay the full fee but would be happy to take him on loan again next season, which would save Inter having to pay his wages.
"Perisic has only just recovered from a foot injury. I have a really good rapport with [Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe] Marotta," Rummenigge told Gazzetta dello Sport. "We will talk once he [Perisic] plays a few games because I also imagine the player wants to know where he will play [next season]. It hasn't been decided yet."
Perisic scored four goals and set up five more in 16 league appearances for Bayern this season and is tied to Inter until June 2022.
08.00 BST: Vasco de Gama presidential candidate, Leven Siano, has announced on Instagram that he has reached an agreement for Yaya Toure to play at the club if he wins the elections.
The elections are set to take place later this year with no date yet set. In the video, Toure appears and says: "I want to thank Leven for inviting me to this project. I can't wait to see all the Vasco fans soon."
Toure, 37, was a target of Brazilian club Botafogo but the deal did not materialise. The former Manchester City and Barcelona star joined China League One side Qingdao Huanghai in July but become a free agent in January.
PAPER TALK (by Nick Judd)
Madrid on the hunt for Havertz
Kai Havertz is a man in form, which makes him a wanted man all over Europe, and while the queue of clubs lining up for his services continues to grow longer, OK Diario suggests Real Madrid are ahead of the pack.
Florentino Perez has made it no secret that he's looking to freshen up the Los Blancos squad next season. Yet with football finances uncertain and a volatile transfer market looming, he's looking to find the best value.
At around €100m, Havertz could be expensive, though he is young. He has been in sensational form for Bayer Leverkusen and the one advantage Madrid -- or any other non-German club -- has is that the Leverkusen hierarchy would rather their star asset move abroad than join rivals Bayern Munich.
Madrid and Leverkusen are also said to have a good relationship, while Havertz himself has hinted he's ready to join a big club outside of Germany.
Hakimi getting attention from Inter
Achraf Hakimi has been in such sensational form at Borussia Dortmund that he has become a top target for many clubs around Europe, with Mundo Deportivo suggesting Inter Milan are keen to sign the Moroccan.
However, Hakimi's agent suggests there is "no such offer" and that the right-back will return to Real Madrid.
With Hakimi in such consistent form, he has every right to believe he's in contention for a starting place in Madrid's starting line-up should he stay at the Bernabeu, though Dortmund will also want to keep him beyond his loan spell.
What's clear is that at this stage his future remains uncertain, and Hakimi's name will be continually linked with moves to clubs around Europe. PSG and Chelsea are two clubs who have also been linked with the 21-year-old.
- Gonzalo Higuain is preparing for the return of Serie A after having finished his quarantine, but his future beyond this season at Juventus is unclear. He has another season left to run on his contract but the list of offers for the Argentine continues to grow, particularly from the MLS. Calciomercato believes €18m is the fee that could get the Bianconeri to sell him this year, while they're also keen to listen to potential swap offers.
- Arsenal are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji for £25m this summer, reports the Daily Mail. The 24-year-old is contracted until 2022 and cost the German club £15m last summer, but Arsenal believe his solidity in either of the two central positions make him a perfect addition to the Gunners squad.