Transfer Talk: Liverpool plot move for Kenedy; Man United join Bellerin chase
Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window. Transfer Talk has updates on all the latest rumours.
Liverpool want Kenedy
Chelsea winger Kenedy has emerged as a surprise target for Liverpool after impressing during his loan spell at Newcastle, claims the Daily Mirror.
The 22-year-old has made only 15 Premier League appearances since moving to Stamford Bridge in 2015, but he has proved his talent under former Reds boss Rafa Benitez at St James' Park.
Newcastle are keen to complete a permanent move for the Brazilian at the end of the season, but Kenedy's head is likely to be turned by Liverpool's interest.
He has claimed two goals and two assists in 11 games for the Magpies since arriving on loan in January.
Man United join Bellerin race
Hector Bellerin is a man in demand as Manchester United become the latest club to be linked with the Arsenal full-back, according to Spanish outlet Sport.
Barcelona dropped their long-term interest in the 23-year-old last summer when they brought in Nelson Semedo from Benfica, but Juventus remain on his trail after rivalling the Catalan giants for his signature.
And the Serie A champions have now been joined by Premier League duo United and Chelsea, who are both weighing up €40 million offers for Bellerin at the end of the season.
With Arsene Wenger soon set to depart, Arsenal's rivals could take advantage of the uncertainty at the Emirates Stadium to try and tie up a deal for Bellerin right at the start of the transfer window.
DC United plot superstar signing
MLS side DC United are planning to bring in a big-name signing to celebrate moving into a new 20,000-seat stadium in July, reports The Sun.
Carlos Tevez and Fernando Torres reportedly lead DC's wish list, while Mario Balotelli is another name being considered to kick-start the new era at the Audi Field stadium.
Now 34, former Liverpool striker Torres could be the easiest target to acquire, having confirmed he will leave Atletico Madrid when his contract expires in June.
Tevez only recently returned to Boca Juniors following an unhappy spell in China, but it's thought he could be tempted for one last stint abroad in the U.S.
- Thibaut Courtois has set his sights on a move to Real Madrid when his Chelsea contract expires in 2019, claims Calciomercato. The 25-year-old has reportedly told the Blues of his intention to reject a new deal and leave for the Bernabeu on a free transfer.
- Speedy Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey is the latest name to be linked with Manchester City, according to the Manchester Evening News. The 20-year-old, who shares similarities with Leroy Sane, could be signed in a part-exchange deal that sees Claudio Bravo head to Germany.
- Bailey could be joined in England next season by teammate Benjamin Henrichs, with the Daily Mail reporting that the defender is a target for Chelsea. The 21-year-old, who also has been tracked by City and Man United, has a £31m release clause in his contract.
- Burnley are planning a £6m swoop for Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan, reports The Telegraph. Sean Dyche is eager to strengthen his squad early in the window with the Clarets expected to take part in the Europa League qualifying rounds in July.
Matthew Stanger covers European football for ESPN and is the editor of The Set Pieces. Twitter: @MatthewStanger