LIVE Transfer Talk: Martinez to Barca will allow Aubameyang to Inter
The winter transfer window is closed, but now it's time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around Europe's big leagues and beyond.
TOP STORY: Martinez to Barca will allow Aubameyang to Inter
Martinez has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, with the Spanish giants reportedly willing to offer the 22-year-old a five-year contract.
Now, Calciomercato has said Inter will look to replace Martinez by drafting in Gabon forward Aubameyang, whose contract at the Emirates expires in 2021.
The report states that Inter coach Antonio Conte is a big fan of Aubameyang's playing style, and his €55 million price tag could be enough for Inter to do a deal. As an aside, the player himself tweeted a reply to a report which stated he has "held positive contract discussions" with Arsenal "but wants to see if the club will be playing Champions League football next season" by replying: "Why they Talk about what they don't Know."
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is another player on Inter's radar, according to the report. That is despite Giroud's failed exit from Stamford Bridge during January's transfer window.
10.15 GMT: That's all for tonight folks, come back for more of the same tomorrow.
09.45 GMT: Manchester United are pretty happy with their signing of Bruno Fernandes.
20.37 GMT: He's not yet made his debut for the first team but Arsenal have reportedly agreed to pay €16m to sign Pablo Mari permanently.
Reports in Brazil say that the defender will stay at the Emirates after his loan deal expires this summer and will leave Flamengo.
19.45 GMT: Any club looking to land Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer -- and we're looking at you, Atletico Madrid -- will be disappointed to learn that he doesn't have a release clause in his contract if the Gunners fail to reach the Champions League this season.
"I didn't know about this [agreement]. I have a contract with the club, so there is no point for me to leave if everyone is happy with me at the club," he told Sky Sports.
The Frenchman has struggled this season and has only eight goals in 24 games in all competitions.
"I am a striker but I am not only here to score goals," he added. "I'm also here to defend and help build the game. For me it is not the best when I am not scoring. There is a pressure but it's not just about me. I want to help the team and score but it is not the pressure from my transfer [fee].
"A lot of people can talk. There is always something to say but I don't think about this. If my manager, my coach and my team-mates are happy with me then this is the most important thing."
18.19 GMT: Transfers from Barcelona to Nottingham Forest don't happen that often. Marcus McGuane finally has a new club.
✍️ Welcome, @marcusmcguane58!#NFFC are delighted to confirm that Marcus McGuane has joined the club on a permanent transfer from Barcelona.— NFFC Academy (@NFFCAcademy) February 26, 2020
The highly-rated defensive midfielder signs for The Reds' Under 23 side, penning a contract until 2022. pic.twitter.com/Ykat8zWozy
With Bruno Fernandes arriving from Sporting Lisbon in January and Aston Villa's Jack Grealish a summer target, the future of the United duo is very much up in the air after they were left out of the 3-0 win over Watford last weekend.
Lingard has been linked with a move to Italy, and Roma in particular, while Pereira could head to Spain as Real Betis and Valencia have tracked him in the past.
Cucurella, 21, is on loan at Getafe and should seal a €6m switch to the club over the summer. But it could be hijacked as the Gunners are monitoring the situation.
Seri moved to the Turkish club on loan after Fulham were relegated last season and Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim is keen to land him this summer.
Perez, 22, saw his loan deal turned into an €11m permanent move by the 4-0 win against Lecce this weekend.
"I don't regret anything," he told Radio Catalunya. "It's thanks to them that I'm at Roma today. They didn't give me the explanation I thought they would give me. In the world of football, you are a product.
"I rejected many offers because I knew that I wanted. Roma signed me and paid money for me, I must prove on the pitch that I am worth what has been paid. I like the fact that they have bet on me and I want to give back for the trust. I'm a professional from head to toe."
13.24 GMT: Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette has said he is unaware of any clauses in his contract that would allow him to move from Arsenal this summer if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Multiple outlets had reported on Wednesday that the 28-year-old was looking at triggering this clause if ninth place Arsenal were unable to climb up the table.
"I didn't know about this," Lacazette said in a news conference. "I have a contract with the club so I have no point to leave if everybody is happy with me at the club."
Lacazette isn't the only Arsenal player being linked with a move away from the Emirates. Last year's Golden Boot winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been tied to Barcelona and Inter Milan.
Lacazette, however, is keen for the Gabon international to stay put: "It's really important [we keep him]. I hope he's going to stay."
12.15 GMT: Manchester United were in close contact with RB Salzburg over the transfer of striker Erling Haaland, Sport Bild have reported.
Haaland has been a hit at Dortmund since joining for just €20m in January, scoring 12 goals in eight games for the Bundesliga club -- he has scored 40 goals in just 30 games for his two clubs this season.
Speaking to Sport Bild, RB Salzburg sporting director Freund has said that United made big efforts to sign the Norway international, whose cut price was down to a release clause.
"Manchester United were very interested in Erling. We talked for a long time," Freund said. "The first person from Dortmund to make contact was [sporting director]Michael Zorc.
"There were talks between BVB and the agent before that. Many clubs were interested, but it appears that Dortmund just had the best arguments. BVB were looking for exactly that type of player and as you can see it was a good decision."
11.31 GMT: RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is attracting some serious attention around Europe's biggest clubs...but where should he go?
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol believes that Liverpool would be a perfect home for the Germany international.
10.50 GMT: Inter Milan will attempt to permanently sign Manchester United loanee Alexis Sanchez unless his performances improve, according to Italian news outlet Calciomercato.
Sanchez, 31, joined Inter on a season-long loan deal in August but has failed to make an impression. The Chilean international has made just eight league appearances this season in an injury-plagued return to Serie A, scoring a single goal.
The Italian club reportedly have reservations over the cost of making Sanchez's deal permanent and do not believe that his performances have warranted the potential outlay.
Mascherano, who now plays for Agentine side Estudiantes, told ESPN that he believes his former Barca teammate Messi is destined to return to the country, as well as saying that Andres Iniesta is the one player that he would most want his club to sign.
08.58 GMT: Willian says his contract talks with Chelsea regarding a new deal are at an impasse. The 31-year-old, in his sixth season at the London club, becomes a free agent in the summer.
Asked about his contract negotiations with Chelsea, the Brazil internatoinal told Esporte Interativo after Tuesday's 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League round-of-16 first leg: "It's a difficult situation because Chelsea have offered me two years and they are not going to change what they have offered me. I spoke and told them I wanted a three-year contract and we are in a difficult situation because of this. I don't know if it's going to be possible as Chelsea offered two and I want three.
"My aim is to continue to work and focus on the season so that Chelsea can win games for the remainder of the season. I'm calm and focused on the end of the season."
The attacking midfielder, who came on in the 61st minute, said of the loss to Bayern: "Everyone saw it. The game said it all. Bayern Munich were far superior to us and deserved the win. There's little to question."
08.26 GMT: Interesting line from David Villa, who has told the BBC that he was in talks to join Arsenal in 2013 but the move from Barcelona fell through. Atletico Madrid stepped in to scupper then boss Arsene Wenger's plans and after a season there, the Spain legend went on to play for New York City FC, and Vissel Kobe in Japan.
"We were in a lot of meetings and a lot of calls," Villa said. "I felt 90% in that moment that I [would] go to Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. But in that moment we didn't arrive to the deal.
"I love the Premier League. In my career I always watched a lot of games in the Premier League. I always thought about going there one time, but in the moment that all these offers arrived to me or to my agent, I made another decision. Why? I don't know."
Villa, 38, retired last season after a glittering career that included winning Euro 2008 and the World Cup in 2010 with Spain.
08.00 GMT: Welcome to another edition of Transfer Talk LIVE! Kicking things off this morning is Sergio Busquets, who is not happy with Barcelona's squad planning. Quique Setien's men drew 1-1 at Napoli in their Champions League round-of-16 first leg on Tuesday night but his already stretched squad has been depleted further, with Busquets and Arturo Vidal missing the second leg through suspension.
Gerard Pique also limped off through injury and Busquets said: "We hope Pique's injury is nothing serious but we will take on the second leg with what we have. We don't have a deep squad because, unfortunately, that's how it was planned."
PAPER TALK (by Shaun Reynolds): Chelsea eye Oblak as Kepa remains in limbo
With Frank Lampard starting 38-year-old journeyman Willy Caballero in Tuesday's trashing to Bayern Munich over record-signing Kepa Arrizabalaga, it appears Chelsea are set to go a different direction in goal.
Oblak, a Slovenia international, is widely considered one of the top goalkeepers in the world and would be a major upgrade on the error-prone and short-of-confidence Spaniard.
Juve eye Aouar
And the Serie A giants are understandably set to up their pursuit to capture the 21-year-old should the likelihood of snapping up first-choice transfer targets Paul Pogba of Manchester United and Brescia's Sandro Tonali decrease. Aouar has been valued between €60m and €70m by Lyon.
- Real Madrid have a €70m offer ready to submit to Napoli for the services of Fabian Ruiz, says Calciomercato. The Spanish midfielder is also linked with a move to Manchester City. But Madrid hopes the high sum will lure away the threat of either City or Barcelona poaching the 23-year-old's signature from under their nose.
- Former Chelsea and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been linked with a return to the Premier League by Turkish media. The 30-year-old is currently playing for Trabzonspor in the Turkish top flight, and now Fotospor is reporting that Aston Villa are keen to return Sturridge to his hometown of Birmingham this summer. Sturridge has played 13 games in Turkey this season, scoring four goals.