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Manchester United said to be closing on Hummels, Pogba says no to PSG

The rumours are gaining momentum and, in many instances, credibility. Transfer Talk has the latest news as the summer window nears...

United closing in on Hummels?

It's no secret that Manchester United have had their eye on Mats Hummels for some time, and they were given a little encouragement earlier this year. After ESPN FC was told Dortmund were open to offers back in March, the Germany centre-back confirmed that he was considering his future at the Westfalenstadion.

United's hopes looked to have been dashed after Thomas Tuchel was announced as Jurgen Klopp's successor as Dortmund coach, though, with the new man apparently desperate to keep Hummels, and the club then saying they had every intention of keeping him.

But, in a longer article about Dortmund's hopes of making the Europa League next season, German publication Sport Bild has claimed that a deal to take Hummels to United is drawing ever closer.

ESPN FC has also been told that United retain an interest in Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who has asked to leave Dortmund this summer, and Sport Bild has reported that Manchester City and Arsenal are also in the race.

While Bayern Munich, Juventus and Barcelona are also said to be contenders for his signature, there will be no competition from Wolfsburg, who have dismissed any suggestion they want the Germany international.

Pogba to Prem or La Liga?

There may be no place like home, but for French international and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba it doesn't necessarily mean you won't to go back there. The latest from the Daily Mail suggests Pogba has turned down a preliminary offer from Paris Saint-Germain and will continue to test the market.

Said market is pretty hot for the 22-year-old former Man United player right now, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid all said to have legitimate interest. If any of those teams expect to land Pogba in the summer, they'll need to come strapped with cash. Juventus are rumoured to be seeking north of £58 million for their prized possession and the rejected offer from PSG was said to be for £210,000 a week.

Benitez plays down exit plans

With his team set to take on Dnipro in the Europa League, Napoli manager Rafa Benitez had this to say about his rumoured departure at the end of the season:

Clement in line at Newcastle?

From the Telegraph, the list for John Carver's replacement at Newcastle is growing and near the top of that list is Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement.

Newcastle have been in utter free fall in recent weeks and bad came to worse last weekend for Carver, who publicly called out his players after their loss to relegation rivals Leicester City.

Magpies owner Mike Ashley reportedly has interest in taking with Clement about the job, as the Englishman is thought to be leaving Madrid at season's end to pursue his career as a manager.

The Paulo Dybala soap opera may soon be coming to a close.

Tap-ins

- Chelsea No. 2 Petr Cech will most likely be leaving Stamford Bridge for first-team football somewhere this summer, but according to recent reports it won't be to another Premier League team. That's bad news for Liverpool and Arsenal, both of whom had been rumoured to be interested in the Czech international.

- Transfer fans will soon have closure on one of 2015's hottest rumours. The shroud of mystery surrounding the next club for Palermo starlet Paulo Dybala will be lifted in the next 10-15 days, says the Serie A club's president Maurizio Zamparini. Dybala is Palermo's leading scorer with 13 goals and is thought to have attracted the attention of top European clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea, PSG and Juventus.

- Wolfsburg have every intention of holding on to two of their star players, says director of sport Klaus Allofs. Neither Bas Dost nor Nicklas Bendtner will be for sale this summer, according to Allofs.

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