LIVE Transfer Talk: Liverpool, Manchester United eye Leicester's Barnes

The January transfer window may seem like a distant memory, but that doesn't mean the rumour mill has shut down! Speculation over summer moves is heating up so check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.

TOP STORY: Barnes wanted by Liverpool, Man United

Leicester City are focused on getting Harvey Barnes to sign a new contract amid interest from Manchester United and Liverpool, according to the Mirror.

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Barnes, 23, has been one of the star performers for Brendan Rodgers' side that hopes to secure Champions League play for next season.

With 13 goals and four assists for the Foxes, Barnes has now garnered attention from some of the bigger clubs who are in need of more scoring threats.

Barnes' deal at Leicester runs for three more seasons, but a new contract is likely needed to fend off suitors.


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21.36 GMT: AC Milan have been impressed with on loan defender Fikayo Tomori and reportedly want to have talks over making his move from Chelsea permanent.

Milan currently have a £26 buy option on Tomori but the Italians believe that fee is a little steep.

"Tomori is a good talent and we have a buy-option clause," AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini told Sky Sports Italy ahead of their clash at Roma on Sunday.

"The price is very high. AC Milan will decide at the end of this season and we will discuss it with Chelsea's board."

Maldini has been impressed with the 23-year-old's pace and intensity and if anyone has the credentials to rate defenders it is Maldini.

20.49 GMT: Blackburn have slapped a £25 million price tag on 20-goal scorer Adam Armstrong, according to the Sun.

West Ham are thought to be favourites to land the 24-year-old, who is a free agent in 2022. Wes Ham initially hoped to land the ex-Newcastle ace for £10 million but that is not going to happen given Armstrong's form this season in the Championship.

Blackburn need to recoup a big fee for the forward, as 40% of any sale goes to Newcastle.

20.01 GMT: Could Alexandre Lacazette soon be headed back to Ligue 1?

The Mirror has learned that AS Monaco are monitoring the Frenchman's situation, with Lacazatte out of contract at the end of the season. The 29-year-old has 11 goals in all competition this season and previously played in Ligue 1 with Lyon between 2010-2017.

19.04 GMT: NYCFC are reportedly close to making their biggest move of the offseason.

South American journalist Reinaldo Romero, via MLSsoccer.com claims that the club is close to signing Joao Rojas from Emelec. The 23-year-old, who has been capped three times by Ecuador, has amassed 15 goals and 17 assists in 105 games with Emelec. NYCFC have lost Alex Ring, Ronald Mataritta and Gary Mackay-Steven this offseason and previously loaned out Romania international Alexandru Mitrita to SaudI Arabian side Al-Ahli.

18.29 GMT: Neymar and PSG have been 'nearing a contract extension' for some time so what is taking so long?

PSG director Leandro has confirmed that he believes a deal will still get done.

"We are on the right track. The contract is not yet signed. We arrive at a good time with him. The goal is to get to the end as quickly as possible," Leonardo told media in France.

Despite links with Barcelona and Real Madrid last season, the 29-year-old is expected to sign a new four-year deal with the Les Parisiens.

17.45 GMT: Andrea Belotti is close to signing a contract extension with Torino but don't rule out a move for the highly-rated striker.

Calciomercato lists AC Milan as a club who have interest in the Italy international, adding that the club would be willing to spend up to €30 million on the player. Belotti, 27, has been rumoured to leave Torino for a few seasons now but yet to this stage remains a Toro player. Belotti has scored 103 goals in 215 career games for Torino, inlcuding 11 in 21 games this season.

17.03 GMT: David Beckham's Inter Miami will begin their second Major League Soccer season in April, now managed by former Manchester United teammate Phil Neville. And Beckham has been speaking of his desire to eventually attract some of the games biggest stars to the club -- including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Speaking at the launch of the new jersey for the 2021 season, Beckham said: "I have said from day one that our academy system is a massive part of this club and if we can bring players through here that have lived and breathed Inter Miami then that is the goal.

"But we also know that being in Miami, our fans want to see the big stars. We already have players like Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi who add to the glitz and glamour but also going forward we want to have the opportunity to bring some great names in.

"Leo and Cristiano have been mentioned, they have been at the top of their game and been the best for the last 15 years because of hard work. There is very little luck behind it.

"Sir Alex Ferguson was the master at choosing the right player, he didn't always bring the best player in the world, he brought the right player for the club and that is one of the things that I have taken into this place."

16.12 GMT: Jurgen Klopp says there is no chance that Mohamed Salah will leave Liverpool at the end of the season. Salah has plundered 24 goals in 35 games in all competitions this campaign.

"It is very important that Mo stays here with us," Klopp said. "It is not often that I have to praise my own players, which of course I always like to do. But in Mo's case the numbers just speak for themselves.

"But Mo is not only a goal scorer. He is developed football-wise as well,and is a very, very important player for us. And hopefully he will be that for a very long time, of course."

15.25 GMT: Tuttosport says that Memphis Depay could be one of Juventus' main transfer targets at the end of the season. Depay is out of contract at Lyon and will be available on a free transfer. The Netherlands international is seen as a more viable option than Arkadiusz Milik, who was tracked as his Napoli contract ran down last summer. However, a deal could not be struck for Milik, and he signed for Marseille in January.

While Milik has a clause in his contract that will allow him to move on again, Tuttosport reckons he is more likely to remain at Marseille. So Depay is both cheaper and easier for Juve to acquire.

14.39 GMT: Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has batted away questions about the future of captain Sergio Ramos, who is out of contract in the summer.

"You always ask me, it's amazing," Zidane said. "What else can I say now? Before I was saying we think about the game tomorrow [vs. Real Sociedad]. I want it to be sorted out as soon as possible. But from there, nothing. Tomorrow we have a game."

13.50 GMT: United States centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers looks to be on his way out at Tottenham Hotspur, reports Football Insider. The 23-year-old is in his sixth loan spell away from Spurs, this time in the Championship with Bournemouth. However, his contract is up at the end of the season and he will not be offered new terms after being at the club since the age of 11.

13.06 GMT: It looks like there could be a battle for the signature of 19-year-old Wigan Athletic striker Kyle Joseph. The Sunday Mirror reports that Arsenal, Rangers and Celtic have all scouted a player who has scored five goals in 14 appearances for the struggling League One club.

Wigan remain in administration and Joseph is out of contract in the summer. Arsenal would have to pay a higher compensation figure then either of the two Scottish clubs.

12.20 GMT: Abdallah Sima was one of the stars of Slavia Prague's shock Europa League win over Leicester City, scoring their second goal in a 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium. Now Football Insider reports that Everton have the 19-year-old striker on their radar.

The Senegalese player was only promoted to the first team last summer and has had a brilliant impact, scoring 11 goals in 14 league appearances with four more in the Europa League.

However, as he has not played international football he may struggle to get a work permit.

11.33 GMT: Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus has been linked with Liverpool in recent days, but he says he is ignoring the rumours and sticking to his football.

"I have a contract until 2024 and I have very big goals for this season. That's what I'm concentrating on now," he told Kicker. "It's really not a big issue for me now.

"I play for Borussia, I have a contract and we as a club are still pursuing very big goals this season. I can't say what will happen in the summer at the moment. I'm also very relaxed about the future."

10.47 GMT: Chelsea face Manchester United on Sunday with Bruno Fernandes in hot form for the Red Devils. New Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed he tried to sign the Portuguese star for Paris Saint-Germain before he moved to Old Trafford just over a year ago.

"With my first sporting director in Paris, Antero Henrique, a Portuguese sporting director, and he knew [Fernandes] very well," Tuchel said. "We fought hard to have a connection to him and to bring him to our team. I got made aware of him more in detail, so we watched more and more games about him and followed him and tried to be in touch with him to make it happen.

"Obviously, he decided [to sign for Man Utd] and I was never personally in touch with him, but we tried and he went another way. [It is] bad for us that we have to play against him."

10.00 GMT: Manchester City are tracking Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak, according to the Sunday Mirror. The 21-year-old has scored 12 goals this season, and Blues boss Pep Guardiola believes he could be a good addition to his strike force. Sociedad paid just £6m to sign the Sweden international from Borussia Dortmund two years ago and they are now in line to make a big profit.

The report states that BVB have the right to re-sign the player for around £25m, but he does not want to return to German football.


Bailly set for talks for a new Man Utd deal

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is set for talks with the club over a new contract, the Sun reports.

The centre-back has just 16 months left on his current deal, and while some wouldn't mind seeing him leave, others believe he hasn't been able to fully showcase his potential thus far during his Old Trafford tenure.

It comes after Bailly received interest from clubs in both Italy and Spain, although this new agreement would extend over three years -- locking him down to a solid future in Manchester.


- A time zone mix up cost Manchester United the chance to sign Erling Haaland in 2019, the Mirror reports. The report indicates that the plan was for a United representative to ring Haaland's agent Jim Solbakken at 9am to arrange a deal that would've seen him move from Molde to Old Trafford for £3 million plus add-ons. However, Molde thought it would be 9am Norwegian time -- and by the time it hit 10, they'd already agreed to a deal with FC Salzburg.

- Liverpool are planning to let Xherdan Shaqiri leave the summer this summer, according to Football Insider. The Reds signed Shaqiri back in 2018 for a fee of around £13m, but the club hopes to get £23m for the Swiss star's services.

- Celtic are expecting to receive interest in defender Kristoffer Ajer, according to caretaker manager John Kennedy. Speaking at a news conference, Kennedy made it clear that Ajer's future could easily lie away from the Scottish giants. "With his profile of speed, size, technique and ability -- there's going to be interest in him. When that comes it'll be the club and Kris himself making that decision."