Transfer Talk: Manchester United to make £50m move for Ryan Sessegnon
The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer.
TOP STORY: £50m Sessegnon to Old Trafford?
They're suggesting that United are planning on spending £50m to land the Fulham man, who is stalling on a contract extension at Craven Cottage.
Sessegnon, 18, appears to be reluctant to commit his future with the threat of relegation looming large over the south Londoners.
United already have tied Anthony Martial to a long-term deal, but Sessegnon is the right age for United, who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says won't be signing big-name players this summer. Sessegnon has failed to nail down a regular starting place under boss Claudio Ranieri.
23.13 GMT: That'll do it for Sunday's edition of Transfer Talk! Tune back in tomorrow morning for a fresh batch of transfer rumors!
23.10 GMT: According to ESPN.co.uk, MLS side Minnesota United has signed Reading goalkeeper Vito Mannone on a year-long loan.
22.40 GMT: Another shocking move is starting to gather team, and it involves perhaps the biggest name in Portuguese soccer at the moment, dubbed "The New Cristiano Ronaldo", Joao Felix.
According to the Mirror, despite all the news indicating that the world's top clubs are all crawling over each other to acquire Felix's talents, the team in pole position to acquire him is surprisingly Wolves.
20.53 GMT: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed he met with co-owner Avram Glazer after his side's 3-0 win at Fulham.
"I just spoke to him outside here. He came to the dressing room. Of course, we're all happy after winning the game," he said.
A report in The Mail suggests Solskjaer's agent Jim Solbakken spent the game in the directors box with Glazer.
19.52 GMT: It appears a fourth member of Manchester United's famed Class of 92 will begin a career in full-time manager on Monday.
Paul Scholes will be confirmed as @OfficialOAFC manager tomorrow.— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) February 10, 2019
He'll join Gary Neville, Phil Neville, and Ryan Giggs on that list.
18.57 GMT: Nimes' Faitout Maouassa, who can play at left-back or left midfield said his January move to the Premier League fell through because he felt it would have been too soon in his career.
"I admit that Newcastle, it shocked me," he said. "Because the Premier League is a dream for everybody. However, I wasn't ready [for that step up].
"I must still develop [before considering that kind of transfer]."
Newcastle eventually signed Antonio Barreca from Monaco.
17.48 GMT: A report in Il Messaggero suggests Roma will look to bring in former Milan director Massimiliano Mirabelli if Monchi leaves.
Monchi has been heavily linked with Arsenal as a replacement for Sven Mislintat.
16.59 GMT: Barcelona have completed the signing of Real Mallorca's highly-rated under-15 midfielder, Chadi Riad, according to Sport.
15.55 GMT: Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has refused to end speculation the Nerazzurri are interested in signing Ivan Rakitic.
"We don't talk about his next team," Ausilio told DAZN when asked about the Croatia international. "Right now, we only care about how our current players can improve.
"We will think about other things in the future."
14.57 GMT: Former Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins is in talks over returning to the Liberty Stadium as owner, according to The Sun.
He recently left his role as chairman, but is in talks with a consortium which would look to buy out the club's American owners.
Despite recent suggestions of a loan deal, the report claims it will be an outright transfer.
He was left out of the squad today's clash with Real Betis.
12.55 GMT: If Harry Maguire was a Manchester United target and not just the object of Jose Mourinho's affection, the club may still be in luck -- well, if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's incredible run continues.
Maguire told the Mail Online his ambition is to play in the Champions League. United reached fourth place on Saturday for the first time since the opening day of the season.
11.59 GMT: Justin Kluivert doesn't turn 20 until May and yet it feels like he's been on the scene for ages. He tells James Horncastle about why he moved to Roma.
10.08 GMT: Is Laurent Blanc holding out for the permanent Man United job perhaps?
Former PSG coach Laurent Blanc refutes recent reports that he has been approached by Marseille. He also admits that he regrets passing on some opportunities since he left PSG & sees "no reason" why he should rule out a possible return to Parc des Princes one day. #OM https://t.co/khEZAfC3Z0— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) February 10, 2019
10.32 GMT: Things might be going fine at Manchester United these days but David De Gea still hasn't signed a new contract and the Daily Mirror report that he (quite rightly) wants parity with the club's top earners.
If United want to make use of the #Davesaves hashtag beyond next year then they'll reportedly need to stump up at least £350,000-a-week. See, that's what happens when you sign players like Alexis Sanchez on a free and give them £400,000-a-week.
09.47 GMT: Richarlison has hit the ground running at Everton since his move from Watford but with the inconsistent Toffees not able to offer him a decent chance of silverware or Europe, he's being linked with a move to various other top clubs.
Chelsea are ahead of the rest, according to the Daily Star, but others keen on the 21-year-old forward are AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid.
09.00 GMT: Clubs are looking ever younger to find their next star and the Sun claim that Manchester City are ready to spend £200,000 on Sunderland's 14-year-old midfielder Morten Spencer.
Presumably before selling him to Dortmund in a few years where he'll play regularly and suddenly be worth £50m.
PAPER TALK (by Nick Judd)
Costa adds weight to Manchester United rumours
Juventus wide man Douglas Costa has been linked to both Manchester United and Chelsea over the past few days, but Costa's social media activities in the past 24 hours have accelerated the Red Devils rumours.
An initial story linking Costa with a move to Old Trafford was released by Calciomercato, but it was a follow-up story by Sport Musing that was liked -- and quickly deleted -- by Costa on Twitter. The Sun says that has sent United fans' hearts aflutter at the prospect of landing the £60 million man.
Costa has started just seven of his 17 appearances this season and appears to be out of favour with Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri.
Arsenal interested in adding Gbamin
Arsenal are reported to be interested in signing Philippe Gbamin from FSV Mainz 05 this summer, reports RMC.
The 23-year-old Ivorian has been in impressive form in the Bundesliga this season, and Gunners boss Unai Emery is said to have been monitoring the player with a view to lodging a bid at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.
Gbamin can play in defence or in midfield, and Arsenal might have to go above and beyond the £31m an unnamed club is rumoured to have bid for his services in January.
While that bid was rejected, Gbamin's head appears to have been turned; he has added fuel to the rumours by stating he feels "ready for the next step."
Arsenal also are being heavily linked with Nicolas Pepe from Lille. The French club are rumoured to be prepared to sell for £50m.
Liverpool planning summer spend
It appears that Jurgen Klopp is looking to strengthen his squad this summer regardless of whether or not he ends the club's 29-year wait for the league title.
Rabiot was a target for many clubs in the January transfer window, Tottenham included, but he decided to delay a move following the death of his father. And now Liverpool are said to be stepping up their interest, with Barcelona and Arsenal also sounding out a move for the PSG outcast.
Moreover, Liverpool also are being linked with Leeds winger Jack Clarke, according to the Express. Klopp is rumoured to have scouts keeping tabs on the Elland Road sensation. Clarke's availability might depend on whether or not his side can win promotion to the Premier League.
Toffees have Rakitic in their sights
Under-fire Everton boss Marco Silva is said to be planning a summer spend in light of his side's recent poor form, and wantaway Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic could top his list.
Rakitic is said to be looking to leave Camp Nou in the summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, and Everton director of football Marcel Brands is under pressure to deliver a top signing after Everton's failure to climb despite spending big in recent seasons.
Brands has previous experience with Barca after bringing Andre Gomes to Goodison Park on loan from the Catalan giants, and he might use his contacts to try to tempt Croatian star Rakitic to Merseyside.
One thing is for sure: If Rakitic does leave Barca, there won't be a shortage of suitors. The 30-year-old has scored 34 goals in 247 appearances and is said to also be interesting Inter Milan, among others.
- Staying in the blue half of Merseyside, Silva could be lucky to be in a position to buy anyone, should reports from the Express come to fruition. They're suggesting that Everton are lining up a sensational move for Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa.
- Leicester City boss Claude Puel has hinted he could be in the market for a striker in the summer. With Jamie Vardy out of form, Puel told the Leicester Mercury that he might need to reinforce his attacking options.
- Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt has been linked to pretty much every club in England's top six in the past few months, but England's finest are said to be put off for a move for the youngster as a result of his links to agent Mino Raiola -- that's according to the Mirror.