Transfer Talk: Barcelona have Neymar, Martinez in sights
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: Barca eye double forward swoop
Barcelona are looking to revamp their forward line following injuries to Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele, and Calciomercato claims the Catalan giants have all but confirmed Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar as their primary targets.
The Italian publication believes the double deal is reliant on the La Liga champions selling Antoine Griezmann, who has failed to set the world alight since signing from Atletico Madrid almost a year ago, and reports in recent days have linked the Frenchman with a move to Inter Milan.
The 22-year-old Martinez has emerged on the Barca radar in the past six months, and has continued to impress in an excellent season that has seen him score 16 goals in all competitions. Neymar, meanwhile, is itching for a return to Spain after growing increasingly disillusioned with life in the French capital.
Buckle up folks, last summer's endless saga looks set for a reboot in 2020.
20.29 GMT: AC Milan have confirmed the sacking of Chief Football Officer Zvonimir Boban after his public spat with the Serie A club's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ivan Gazidis. Read the full story.
18.42 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to meet Serie A-leading Lazio's €100m asking price for midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
16.55 GMT: A Botafogo chief has told ESPN Brasil that the prospective deal to sign Yaya Toure remains "hot."
Former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder Toure, who played for Chinese club Qingdao Huanghai last season, had been the subject of interest from the Brazilian club but the deal appeared to have been declared off by all parties.
However, former president and current member of the club's executive football committee, Carlos Augusto Montenegro, said of signing the 36-year-old: "He has a contract in hand for 20 days. If he signs, he comes to Botafogo. He has no more talk, he has a contract."
Montenegro, keeping his feet on the ground and taking a cautious stance when talking about the subject, added: "It's hot, it may be boiling, it may be cold ... But now it's hot. He said he never said no, but he never said yes. It can be announced in half an hour, in 30 days or never."
16.04 GMT: Real Madrid and Barcelona are both considering summer moves for Chelsea's young midfielder Billy Gilmour, the Daily Star reports.
Gilmour, 18, earned rave reviews for his eye-catching display in Chelsea's FA Cup win over Liverpool in midweek. The Scot completed his first full 90 minutes for Chelsea in that 2-0 victory, having previously earned starts in two Carabao Cup games earlier in the season.
Gilmour signed a four-year contract with the Blues in September but Real and Barca remain interested in the youngster, who may get more first-team appearances soon with Jorginho suspended and N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic struggling with injuries.
14.43 GMT: Tottenham have joined Liverpool and Manchester United in the race to sign Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell, according to the Daily Express.
Cantwell, 22, has been a leading light for the Canaries this season following their promotion up from the Championship. The England U21 international has scored six goals this term, most memorably in the shock 3-2 win over Manchester City in September.
The Express reports that, while Liverpool would be favourites to sign Cantwell if they moved for him this summer, Spurs hope that the promise of more game time in north London could swing the balance in their favour.
13.45 GMT: Arsenal may feel they have to sell captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang unless the striker reduces his £300,000-a-week wage demands, the Daily Mail reports.
Aubameyang, 30, is in talks over a new deal as his current contract is due to expire at the end of next season.
The Gaon international has been consistently linked with interest from Barcelona, and his desire for a 30% increase on his salary may force Arsenal's hand this summer.
12.58 GMT: Zinedine Zidane has admitted he can't guarantee he'll be coaching Real Madrid next season -- but denied any contact with Juventus about taking charge there.
The Daily Mail had linked the 47-year-old manager with a move to the Italian giants this summer as they consider replacing Maurizio Sarri. Zidane spent five years in Turin as a player before joining Real Madrid in 2001.
"No, no... no one has contacted me and I don't know anything" Zidane said, speaking in a news conference on Saturday ahead of Real Madrid's game at Real Betis in La Liga. "You know what it's like, people say a lot of things."
However the French coach was less confident when asked if he'll in charge at the Bernabeu next season, whatever happens this campaign.
"It's not like that. Knowing what comes next doesn't exist" he said, when questioned about his future. "I feel supported by the club, yes, that's clear. The people that work here, we're all pulling in the same direction. But after all that, I know how this works. I'm coach of Real Madrid today but tomorrow that could change."
12.23 GMT: Manchester City plan to open new contract talks with star duo Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling soon, according to The Times.
The futures of the two attackers and City's other key players has come under fresh scrutiny following the club's two-year ban from UEFA competition, which begins next season pending an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
De Bruyne 28, is reportedly on £350,000 a week on his current deal while Sterling is on £300,000 a week.
Sterling, 25, recently addressed reported interest from Real Madrid in an interview with Spanish outlet AS in which he said: "When you see the white shirt you know exactly what the club stands for, it's massive.
"Right now I'm at City and I'm really happy. But I say Real Madrid are a fantastic club."
10.58 GMT: Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea will be the subject of fresh interest from Real Madrid this summer, The Sun reports.
According to the paper, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane wants the Spain international to replace current Bernabeu No. 1 Thibaut Courtois for next season.
United would demand £70m for De Gea, is reportedly on a wage of £375,000 a week after signing a new long-term contract in September.
De Gea came close to joining Real in 2015 only for a deal, which would have seen Keylor Navas move in the opposite direction, to break down late on deadline day.
10.10 GMT: Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is already looking to the summer and the additions to the squad he needs to make after a spate of injuries to key players.
Forwards Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min are expected to miss much if not all of the remainder of the season, while midfielder Moussa Sissoko and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris are also absentees.
"We know that we have to build a squad more balanced for next season," Mourinho said ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Burnley. "You have to be ready to cope with these unpredictable things."
He added: "Obviously people are tired of listening to it but the run of injuries this club had this season is something really crazy.
"We have to prepare ourselves for something similar to happen again and we have to build a squad that protects against this kind of situation.
"But I believe that any club that loses four fundamental players at the same time, doesn't matter the squad you have, any team would always feel a situation like this."
09.00 GMT: Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has signed a new contract that commits him to Goodison Park until 2025, the club announced on Friday.
Calvert-Lewin, 22, has seen his career take a major upturn since Carlo Ancelotti arrived, scoring eight goals in 11 games since the Italian took over as manager.
"I am in a very privileged position to be Everton's No. 9, I wear it with pride and enjoy it every time I pull on the shirt," Calvert-Lewin told evertontv. This is a very proud day. It is emotional, really.
"I wasn't born here but I love where I am and the position I am in and I love playing for Everton Football Club."
PAPER TALK (by James Capps): Ciao Bella as Chelsea lead chase for German ace
The Sun claims Chelsea are in talks to sign highly-rated German youngster Armel Bella-Kotchap from Bundesliga 2 side VfL Bochum.
The 18-year-old has earned rave reviews for his performances in the German second tier, and his form has seen his value rise to around £6.5 million over the course of the season.
Chelsea have established themselves as the favourites to secure the Paris-born teenager's signature after making contact with the player's representatives in recent weeks. However, Frank Lampard's side also face competition from fellow Premier League big-hitters Manchester City and Tottenham, as well as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Despite Bella-Kotchap recently signing a new deal at Bochum, reports claim the second-division strugglers are willing to cash in on their prized asset in the summer.
Milan to move for Myron
The 19-year-old Dutchman has had a stunning season for the Eredivisie side, scoring 20 goals and assisting on 13 others in all competitions, in a run of form that has helped propel his side to a tilt at the league title.
The forward fits perfectly with AC Milan's long-term strategy of signing young players from abroad, and the Rossoneri are hoping that their close links with super agent Mino Raiola will help seal a deal for the Dutch international.
A move for Boadu, who netted on his senior debut for the national side in a 5-0 hammering of Estonia last November, is expected to cost in excess of €20m.
- Reports at Calciomercato claim Lazio, Crystal Palace and Borussia Dortmund are interested in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud. The 33-year-old's contract at Stamford Bridge looks set to expire at the end of the season and he is free to talk to clubs outside of England about a free transfer in July.
- Corriere dello Sport claims Napoli are set to launch a summer bid for Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout. The Aston Villa flop was believed to be the subject of tentative interest from Gennaro Gattuso's side in January, but reports in the Italian media suggest a bid in the close season is likely to be more concrete.
- Juventus are applying the finishing touches to a €55m offer for Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, according to reports in Italy. Complications in Roma's attempts to tie down the 20-year-old to a new long-term contract at the Stadio Olimpico mean the Giallorossi could now be set to cash in on the player.