The summer transfer window is approaching, and there's plenty of gossip swirling about who's moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Man Utd keen on Napoli's Osimhen
Newcastle United were the first English club to show their hand with a bid of £84 million in January, which was rejected, and now the Red Devils appear to have moved ahead of the Magpies after opening talks with Osimhen's agent Roberto Calenda.
The 23-year-old's goals have helped Napoli stake a claim in the top four in Serie A and though he still has three years remaining on his contract after signing from Lille in 2020, it would appear as though his would-be suitors believe they can get a deal done to bring him to England.
Calenda is leading the negotiations over any potential move, and he is believed to have held "a summit" with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli and Osimhen himself.
Napoli are reluctant to lose the star but hope a bidding war will at least drive up his fee.
United's bid will be reliant on getting the green light from new manager Erik ten Haag, while Arsenal appear to be the best suited to offer Champions League football.
21.33 BST: Benfica's Darwin Nunez is one of the most sought after strikers in world football at the moment, and Ekrem Konur says that Manchester United are willing to pay his release clause to get ahead of the plethora of big clubs trying to sign the Uruguayan.
Nunez is top of Erik ten Hag's list of transfer targets, which also includes Napoli's Victor Osimhen and Juventus' Paulo Dybala.
21.06 BST: Olympique de Marseille and Angers are close to reaching an agreement for the transfer of 18-year-old striker Mohamed-Ali Cho, reports Le 10 Sport.
The fee is expected to be around €12m and include add-ons, with Cho's current contract running out in 2023 leaving Angers concerned that they could eventually lose him for nothing. Marseille still need to reach an agreement with Cho and his representatives and could face competition from across Europe.
20.30 BST: Barcelona are working to extend the contract of Nico Gonzalez with his current deal lasting until 2024, according to Marca.
A meeting has reportedly been held regarding a new contract that Barcelona allows to keep Gonzalez until 2028, with the club feeling the midfielder can be an important player moving forward. They will also reportedly continue to work on new deals for Gavi and Ousmane Dembele.
19.49 BST: Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia has caught the eye of Olympique Lyonnais chief scout Bruno Cheyrou, according to a report from Foot Mercato, which says that any transfer could require at least €10m.
The Ligue 1 outfit are looking for a left-back due to Emerson Palmieri's loan from Chelsea reaching its culmination at the end of the season, also holding an interest in Stade de Reims' Ghislain Konan and keeping others under consideration.
19.20 BST: According to prolific tweeter Fabrizio Romano, Manchester City are working to complete the details of a new contract for Phil Foden as soon as possible. His current deal comes to an end in 2024, but the plan is for the new contract to include a salary increase and run until 2027.
18.40 BST: Atletico de Madrid are preparing to make Flamengo an €8m offer for Joao Gomes, according to Ekrem Konur. The defensive midfielder has made 20 appearances across all competitions this season, providing one assist.
18.09 BST: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Roma and AC Milan are all interested in signing 16-year-old Barcelona defender Iker Cordoba, reports Diario Sport. Cordoba is yet to appear for the first-team but is highly regarded and only has a contract until the end of June.
The Blaugrana are aware of the interest from abroad and have held talks with the defender's representatives, though there has not yet been an agreement with the other clubs offering much more money than they have. Cordoba's plan is still to stay with Barcelona.
17.31 BST: Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig are both vying to sign 16-year-old Hertha Berlin defensive midfielder Noel Aseko Nkili, according to Sky Sports Deutschland. The Germany U17 international - who has a contract until 2023 - is yet to make a first-team appearance for Hertha but is said to currently be one of the most sought after talents in the league.
16.59 BST: Napoli are interested in signing Hellas Verona midfielder Antonin Kabak, who is set to move in the summer, reports Nicolo Schira. Verona are asking for between €20m and €25m for the Czech Republic international, who has scored 10 Serie A goals and provided four assists this season.
16.33 BST: Antonio Rudiger will earn €9m after tax per season at Real Madrid when he joins on a free transfer from Chelsea, Marca reports, and will receive an €8m signing-on fee, while the club will also have to pay €15m in commission.
ESPN reported earlier this week that Madrid had reached a preliminary agreement with the Germany international defender to move to the Bernabeu on a four-year contract, with the final details of the deal now being worked on.
According to Marca, Madrid consider the centre-back "a magnificent market opportunity" bringing height, experience and leadership to the defence and allowing for the possibility of switching David Alaba to left-back.
15.39 BST: United States defender Sergino Dest has managed to turn his situation around at Barcelona and is now likely to stay at the club beyond the summer, sources confirmed to ESPN's Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens.
Barca were open to offers for Dest during the January transfer window following the signing of Dani Alves, with coach Xavi Hernandez unconvinced by the former Ajax right-back at first.
However, Dest, who always wanted to stay at Barca, has managed to change Xavi's mind through working hard in training and performing when being given a chance.
Dest, 21, has made 13 appearances since the January window closed and had begun to re-establish himself as the first choice right-back before sustaining a hamstring injury in March.
He returned briefly earlier this month but another hamstring injury -- this time in the other leg -- has sidelined him for around six weeks, ruling him out of Barca's final five games of the season.
Due to their financial situation, Barca remain open to offers for most of their squad if the money is right, but sources told ESPN that Dest has been informed he remains part of their long-term plans as planning for the new campaign gets underway.
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14.57 BST: Jurgen Klopp has said his new Liverpool contract extension will not influence the futures of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane at the club.
On Thursday, Klopp put pen to paper on a new two-year deal that will see him remain at Anfield until 2026 amid speculation he was set to leave and take a sabbatical in 2024.
Liverpool have yet to agree new contracts with star forwards Salah and Mane but Klopp said his new deal will not have an impact on the players' decision.
"I think that's a question for the boys," he told a news conference on Friday. "My relationship with both players is great.
"If it's a positive sign for the boys then great, but I don't think this will be a decisive factor. But the players who want to be here now know what they can expect."
Both Mane and Salah's existing contracts run out in 2023 and earlier this month, Salah said the issue on him signing a new deal is not all "about the money" and is unsure if an agreement will be found.
Earlier on Friday, the Egypt international scooped the prestigious Football Writers' Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year award for a second time.
14.12 BST: Barcelona's hierarchy met with Jorge Mendes' right man in the Catalan city this week, with Mundo Deportivo reporting they discussed the potential signing of Celta Vigo left-back Javi Galan.
Jijantes first revealed on Thursday that Barca president Joan Laporta and director of football Mateu Alemany were joined at dinner by Hugo Valdir and several other people who work alongside Mendes.
Mendes has a number of clients that are either relevant or of interest to Barca, including Adama Traore, Francisco Trincao, Ansu Fati, Joao Felix and Ruben Neves, among others.
However, Mundo Deportivo claim the meeting mainly focused on Galan, who is not officially represented by Mendes, who has reportedly sounded out the player's camp with regards to acting as an intermediary in the deal.
Barca are keen to add another left-back to the squad this summer to provide competition for Jordi Alba, although money remains tight and they have other areas of the team that need strengthening first.
13.30 BST: Ralf Rangnick has said he will urge Manchester United to sign younger players in the future rather than focusing on signing established star names.
Earlier on Friday, Rangnick was named as Austria's new head coach and signed a contract until 2024.
The 63-year-old will advise on recruitment and said his preference would be for United to target young players while moving away from a philosophy that has seen the club spend heavily on the likes of Angel Di Maria, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba.
"My opinion is the club should try to find future top players and try to develop them," Rangnick said. "We just need to look into the other top clubs in England and also in other countries in Europe and what players did they sign in the past and you get the answer.
"It is obvious the club and team needs new players. Some players have no contracts and some might want more game time and are on loan already. "It is obvious the club needs quite a few new players. You need mentality, quality, physicality and skill -- the full package."
12.43 BST: Mauricio Pochettino has not yet been told by Paris Saint-Germain he is being sacked at the end of the season, sources told ESPN's Julien Laurens, but the expectation is he will leave this summer.
Sources added that Pochettino's days in Paris are numbered and discussions over his exit have taken place recently.
Zinedine Zidane is the club's No. 1 choice to replace Pochettino while Tottenham manager Antonio Conte is also said to be keen on the job.
Pochettino is preparing as normal for PSG's game away at Strasbourg this weekend, with the club crowned Ligue 1 champions for the 10th time in their history. But the former Spurs boss is likely to pay the price for an underwhelming season in the French capital. PSG may have won the league at a canter but their humiliating exit at the hands of Real Madrid in the Champions League weakened Pochettino's position at the club.
Pochettino was defiant at his prematch news conference on Thursday, when he insisted that he is "100%" sure both he and Kylian Mbappe will remain with the club next season.
"One hundred per cent in both cases. Today," he said. "That's just how I feel today, what I can see and what I can tell you," he added when asked whether he had talked to Mbappe about a new contract. "I can't say anything else because it is really what I feel and what I see. This is football, we never know what can happen. But I have to answer your question based on what I feel today and this is what I feel."
11.58 BST: Southampton will do all they can to ward off interest in midfielder James Ward-Prowse from Premier League rivals Tottenham hotspur and Newcastle United this summer, the Daily Mail reports.
Saints captain Ward-Prowse took his career Premier League tally of free-kicks goals to 14 in Sunday's 2-2 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion, putting him four behind David Beckham's all-time record.
The England international, 27, has a contract at St Mary's that runs until 2026, and the Mail reports that Southampton are determined to keep hold of the player who has been with the club since 2003 for the foreseeable future.
11.12 BST: Ralf Rangnick says Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United future will be one of the topics up for discussion when he finally gets a chance to meet new manager Erik ten Hag.
Rangnick insists he will "definitely" take up his consultancy role next season despite sources telling ESPN the 63-year-old is set to accept an offer to take over as coach of Austria's national team.
Ronaldo scored United's equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Thursday -- his 23rd goal of the season -- but Rangnick accepts the 37-year-old's future remains up in the air.
"We will have to speak about it between us; with Erik [ten Hag], myself and the board," said Rangnick when asked whether Ronaldo will stay at Old Trafford next season.
"Cristiano has another year of contract and it's also important to see and find out what Cristiano wants to do and see if he wants to stay.
"I haven't been able to speak with Erik so far and it doesn't make sense to speak about it [Ronaldo' future] right now."
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10.25 BST: Luka Modric has agreed a new contract at Real Madrid, according to AS, which would see the veteran midfielder stay at the Bernabeu for the 2022-23 season with the option of a further year after that.
The second year would be dependent on performance, AS reports, meaning that if Modric, 36, repeated this season's form next year -- he has made 38 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals, and contributed assists against both Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in the Champions League -- his deal would automatically be extended until 2024.
Madrid would then be open to the possibility of the Croatia captain continuing at the club in an off-field role -- whether coaching or elsewhere, depending on his preference.
Klopp's deal was set to expire in 2024, with the expectation that he would take a sabbatical, but he has committed to a new contract. Klopp's assistants, Pepijn Lijnders and Peter Krawietz, have also signed extensions through 2026.
Klopp, 54, has enjoyed a successful stint at Anfield since taking charge in October 2015. He guided Liverpool to the first Premier League title in the club's history in 2020 after they lifted the Champions League trophy the previous year. He has also won the Super Cup, Club World Cup and Carabao Cup during his time on Merseyside.
Liverpool are in contention for a historic Quadruple this season. They have already won the Carabao Cup and will face Chelsea in the FA Cup final while still being in the race for the Premier League title and Champions League.
Mark Ogden sees a period of sustained success at Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp extended his contract with the club until 2026.
08.48 BST: Four Premier League clubs are among a host of top European sides to have made contact with Paulo Dybala's representatives over a potential free transfer this summer, sources told ESPN's James Olley.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle have all asked to be kept informed of the situation while Tottenham made contact some time ago through the club's managing director of football, Fabio Paratici.
The 28-year-old striker is expected to leave Juventus when his existing contract expires at the end of the season after talks broke down over an extension. ESPN has also been informed that unnamed clubs in Italy and Spain have sounded out Dybala's camp with the player expected to assess his options in the coming weeks as the prospect of staying at Juventus looks increasingly unlikely.
Juventus were thought to have offered Dybala a new deal worth around £160,000-a-week after tax but then sought to change the terms following the January arrival of Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina. Sources insisted there are as yet no advanced talks between any club and Dybala. Arsenal are in the market for at least one striker this summer with Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus also under consideration.
Meanwhile, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli believes it would have been disrespectful to have offered Dybala a new contract that didn't reflect "his level." Agnelli said: "[Dybala] is a great player, but certain decisions are taken at a given time. In December I would have said that it was impossible to have Vlahovic in January, resources are limited and you have to choose where to invest. There is also the rejuvenating aspect, having invested in Dusan, [Matthijs] De Ligt, [Federico] Chiesa, [Manuel] Locatelli. I can only reiterate the words of [Juventus CEO] Maurizio Arribavene, that to have made an offer to Paulo not suited to his level would not have been correct."
08.00 BST: Ralf Rangnick is considering an offer from the Austrian FA to coach their national team, but has told Manchester United he could still fulfil his role as consultant even if he takes the job, sources have told ESPN's rob Dawson.
The outgoing interim manager at United has a two-year contract to begin an advisory role at Old Trafford from the summer and confirmed at a news conference on Wednesday that he would take up the position.
But sources have told ESPN that he has also held talks about becoming coach of Austria's national team.
Following United's 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Premier League on Thursday, Rangnick said: "Let us speak tonight about Manchester United, this is the issue. I can confIrm I will definitely continue in the consultancy role.
"So far me and Erik [ten Hag] haven't spoken. But I am more than happy and willing to help and change things for the better.
"It would leave space for another job. but that is what we agreed in November last year."
PAPER GOSSIP (by Nick Judd)
- Bayern Munich are making plans to replace Serge Gnabry in case the winger doesn't extend his contract, and they have their eyes on FC Salzburg's Karim Adeyemi, according to Kicker. The 20-year-old left Munich's youth system in 2012 but could make a sensational return after scoring 25 goals in just 65 games in Austria. However, Bayern face competition for the Germany international's signature, with Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona also interested.
- Antonio Rudiger's move to Real Madrid from Chelsea will be confirmed and his contract signed in the next few days in a deal that will see the 29-year-old defender join the Spanish giants until 2026, says Fabrizio Romano. Rudiger failed to agree new and improved terms to stay at Chelsea and despite being linked with Bayern Munich, he will head to the Bernabeu instead when his contract expires in June. Rudiger has played almost 200 times for the Blues and has won the Champions League, FA Cup, Europa League and Club World Cup.
- Darwin Nunez is one of the most wanted men in Europe, and Abendzeitung believe he is more likely to join Paris Saint-Germain than Bayern Munich. The German outlet believes that PSG are planning to sign a replacement for Kylian Mbappe in case the Frenchman decides to join Real Madrid, and Nunez is seen as a more viable option than either Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski, Romelu Lukaku or Rafael Leao.
- Arsenal are planning a £45m move for Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford this summer, according to Football Insider. The 24-year-old England striker has been in and out of the United side this season and much has been made about his long-term future at Old Trafford. The Gunners, meanwhile, are keen to add a striker that can fit into Mikel Arteta's system, and they've identified Rashford as a leading candidate for the role.
- Borussia Dortmund are planning for life after Erling Haaland and as such they have identified several young targets they believe have a similar physical presence to the Norwegian, according to Kicker. Dortmund are particularly keen to identify a player in form but yet to reach their peak -- and so have a low transfer price -- and their list includes 19-year-old striker Adam Hlozek from Sparta Prague, 19-year-old Frenchman Hugo Ekitike from Stade Reims, and 18-year-old Benjamin Sesko from FC Salzburg. Hlozek looks to be the most prolific of the three, with eight goals and 12 assists in the league.