Transfer news LIVE updates – Tuesday, April 2
- Manchester United could look to bring Toni Kroos or Gareth Bale to Old Trafford if Paul Pogba leaves for Real Madrid
- Philippe Coutinho will not be re-joining Liverpool, says Guillem Balague
- Arsenal and Tottenham are ready to fight for Bournemouth ace Ryan Fraser
- Chelsea could keep Tiemoue Bakayoko if their transfer ban is upheld by FIFA
1pm UPDATE: Saul Niguez to Man Utd, not Man City
Manchester United are interested in signing Saul Niguez, not Manchester City, it has been claimed.
Spanish outlet Carousel Deportivo have made the extraordinary claim.
Their report said: “A few days ago the interest of Manchester City came out for Saul.
“What comes to the newsroom of Carrusel Confidential from the player’s surroundings is an interest of Manchester, but of United, not City.”
Transfer news LIVE: Saul Niguez could join Man Utd, not Man City
12.30pm UPDATE: Juan Mata to be offered Man Utd role
Man Utd want to offer Juan Mata a role as an ambassador even if he leaves the club this summer.
The Spaniard has yet to sign a new contract at Old Trafford and is a free agent at the end of the season.
Arsenal have been linked with Mata as they look to strengthen under Unai Emery.
And the Manchester Evening News say even if he does exit this summer, United want to bring Mata back when he retires from the game.
Transfer news LIVE: Juan Mata could leave Man Utd in the summer
12pm UPDATE: Arsenal still want Nicolo Barella
Arsenal will have Cagliari star Nicolo Barella watched for the third time tonight with Chelsea also keen on the £43million-rated Italian midfielder.
Barella is Arsenal’s top transfer target, and the Gunners are sending a scout to watch the 22-year-old take on Juventus tonight.
They have already seen Barella twice this season as manager Unai Emery prepares for this summer’s transfer window.
Arsenal’s transfer plans may be decided by their finish to the current season.
A top four spot and Champions League football for the next campaign is likely to open doors to more lucrative signings.
Transfer news LIVE: Nicolo Barella is wanted by Arsenal
11.20am UPDATE: Philippe Coutinho in demand
Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are keen on signing Philippe Coutinho this summer.
The Brazilian midfielder has struggled this season at the Nou Camp.
Coutinho joined Barcelona from Liverpool for more than £100m in January 2018, but has failed to impress for Ernesto Valverde’s side.
Spanish outlet Sport claim United, Chelsea and PSG will look to break the bank for Coutinho this summer.
Transfer news LIVE: Philippe Coutinho continues to be linked with a move away from Barcelona
10.40am UPDATE: Raphael Varane puts Man Utd on alert
Raphael Varane is considering leaving Real Madrid this summer as he has achieved all he can at the club, according to agent Bruno Satin.
“I spoke recently with Anthony, Raphael’s brother, so we discussed a little bit about the state of the market so to speak,” Satin told Late Foot Club.
“So I think at this moment in his career he is having a profound reflection, I don’t think he has fully decided to leave Real Madrid, but he is thinking about it.
“Because he has won everything that you can at Real Madrid, because he feels like he has the feeling that he has done what was to be done over there, and there could be a new cycle.
“Aside from that, I have not spoken directly with Raphael myself.”
Transfer news LIVE: Raphael Varane could leave Real Madrid this summer
10am UPDATE: Adrien Rabiot snubs Liverpool
Adrien Rabiot has opted to join Real Madrid, snubbing Liverpool in the process.
The midfielder has rejected a number of contract offers from Paris Saint-Germain and is set to leave the club when his deal expires in the summer.
According to El Chiringuito, Rabiot has decided he wants to work with Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.
That follows photos emerging of Rabiot sitting in the stands at Anfield on Sunday as the Reds beat Tottenham in the Premier League.
Transfer news LIVE: Adrien Rabiot looks set to snub Liverpool for Real Madrid
9.30am UPDATE: Manchester United have ‘big, big job’
Gary Neville has told Manchester United they have a big, big job on their hands in the transfer window this summer.
He said: “United have a big, big job. There are four or five players that Solskjaer will want to keep that are out of contract and he needs to tie down.
“There are four or five players he will need to bring in, and there are probably four or five players that he needs to get out.
“If you think about that in terms of the job over the next two or three months, you’ve got probably 12 live situations; four players to sign new contracts, four players to get into the club, four players to get out for the most money possible.
“That needs a good ‘wheeler dealer’ behind the scenes, someone who can manage that situation.
“United haven’t been brilliant at that in the last few years.
“I think that’s the big job. That’s not Solskjaer’s job, but it will determine the outcome of his success in terms of the future.”
Transfer news LIVE: Gary Neville has told Man Utd they face a big summer in the transfer window
9am UPDATE: David De Gea to PSG latest
Manchester United will lose David De Gea to Paris Saint-Germain unless the club match his £350,000-a-week wage demands.
The Sun claim the goalkeeper is demanding a huge pay increase to remain at Old Trafford.
The reports say De Gea has stalled over signing a new deal, and the French champions are ready to go all out to sign him.
De Gea in a vital player for United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be desperate for him to remain at the club.
Transfer news LIVE: David De Gea’s future at Man Utd is still uncertain
8.30am UPDATE: Arsenal and Tottenham to battle for Michael Keane
Arsenal and Tottenham will fight it out for Everton and England star Michael Keane this summer.
That’s according to the Daily Mail who say the player is valued at £50million by the Toffees.
Representatives from both clubs watched Keane during their 2-0 win over West Ham at the weekend.
Keane has made 31 appearances for Everton in all competitions this season, impressing throughout.
Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal and Tottenham are ready to battle it out for Michael Keane
8am UPDATE: ‘Real Madrid will want Marcus Rashford’
Manchester United may face a fight to keep hold of Marcus Rashford after his impressive displays, according to Garth Crooks.
He told BBC Sport: “Regular readers of my team of the week column will have seen me state that Jose Mourinho was in danger of destroying the prodigious talent of Marcus Rashford.
“Well, I would like to state for the record that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment, along with the support of Mike Phelan, will be the catalyst for Rashford to become a world-class striker instead of just a top-class player.
“The big question is: can they keep him? If I was Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, I would pay a king’s ransom for him.”
Transfer news LIVE: Marcus Rashford could be on the wish list of Real Madrid
7.30am UPDATE: Man Utd want Toni Kroos or Gareth Bale for Paul Pogba
Manchester United could demand either Gareth Bale or Toni Kroos in any deal which sees Paul Pogba leave for Real Madrid this summer.
Rumours have swirled ever since the Red Devils midfielder has admitted it would be a dream to play for Los Blancos one day.
But now Spanish outlet AS say if Pogba is to force a move this summer United want one of two players in return.
Zinedine Zidane is reportedly looking at his squad and could be willing to let Kroos exit the Bernabeu.
And Bale is another name who has constantly been linked with United for years.
Transfer news LIVE: The latest gossip from Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool
7am UPDATE: Philippe Coutinho to Liverpool stance
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has revealed the latest on Philippe Coutinho potentially re-joining Liverpool.
“As I said, Barcelona have said we’re not getting rid of him, we’re not selling him,” he said on his YouTube channel.
“Liverpool are not interested in bringing him back either for the money he would cost.
“They said they’re not selling.
“So when Coutinho and his entourage realised they were not opening the door to him his representatives are putting out there an impression, via certain articles, that he would be willing to go.
“He’s told people in the national side that he’s willing to go and wants to test himself.
“Two things about that. One is that Barcelona don’t want to sell, you’re going to have to come round and try to improve and be the best you can be.
“Two, Barcelona are worried about Coutinho. Not because they don’t think he can play a role – but they feel he doesn’t come out of the melancholic state that he’s in.”
Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea could bring Tiemoue Bakayoko back to Stamford Bridge
6.30am UPDATE: Arsenal to hijack Tottenham
Arsenal are ready to hijack Tottenham’s scouting mission over Ryan Fraser by snapping up the midfielder this summer.
Bournemouth star Fraser has impressed this season with eight goals in 36 appearances.
The Scotland international has plenty of admirers, with the Mirror claiming Tottenham have been tracking him.
Indeed, Spurs are said to scouted the Scot along with other suitors.
And the move will likely help alleviate concerns in the Gunners camp over replacing Aaron Ramsey.
Wales star Ramsey will leave for Juventus on a free transfer when his Arsenal contract expires this summer.
Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal and Tottenham are eyeing Ryan Fraser
6am UPDATE: Chelsea return
Chelsea two-window transfer ban may mean that midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko returns to the club in the summer, according to reports in Italy.
Bakayoko went on loan to AC Milan last summer following a torrid first term with Chelsea.
It was thought that Bakayoko, who has impressed in Italy, would stay with Milan, providing the club paid the agreed £32.5m (€38m) fee for him.
But according to Italian transfer expert Alfredo Pedulla, Milan are expected to ask for a cut-price for the French midfielder – something the Blues aren’t willing to allow.
Chelsea are also wary of their transfer ban, imposed on them by FIFA, that will prevent them from obtaining new players for the next two windows.