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🚨 Chelsea pushing hard to sign Manuel Ugarte, Juventus will welcome back loanee, Newcastle join Man United in race for Napoli's Kim Min-jae, and more
Today's transfer round-up featuring Chelsea, Newcastle, Leeds, and more.
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Today’s top stories:
Despite his links to Arsenal, there have not been concrete negotiations between the Gunners and Corinthians for Pedrinho.
Granit Xhaka has played his last game for Arsenal - he is going to join Bayer Leverkusen.
🗞 Arsenal are ‘very close’ to completing the signing of Declan Rice from West Ham [Football Tranfers via CaughtOffside]
Sadio Mane wants to stay at Bayern Munich and win many titles with them. The club’s new hierarchy will confirm this soon.
Raphael Guerreiro is likely to leave Borussia Dortmund as a free agent. He has been offered a new contract but the feeling is clear - he is going to look at all his options. Atletico Madrid appreciate him but they’re not the only club interested.
Ramy Bensebaini has joined on a free transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach.
Goalkeeper Mark Flekken is a done deal - he will replace David Raya as the Bees’ number one.
Brighton and Hove Albion
Alexis Mac Allister will leave the club soon. Roberto De Zerbi has already confirmed that Moises Caicedo is probably going to leave too.
💬 Which clubs do you think the Brighton pair will join? - Drop a comment below!
Mauricio Pochettino has approved the potential signing of Sporting Lisbon’s Manuel Ugarte. PSG are also really keen on the player but Chelsea are pushing hard to win the race.
🗞 Senior figures at Chelsea want to sell Conor Gallagher [Daily Mail via CaughtOffside]
Crystal Palace are close to signing Jefferson Lerma on a free transfer from Bournemouth. The two clubs are discussing the final details; the deal could be done soon.
Hugo Larsson will sign for Eintracht Frankfurt in a €11.5m deal from Swedish club Malmo. The agreement has been signed and the player has passed his medical.
Leeds United will not trigger €34m option to buy Weston McKennie. The American is going to return to Turin this summer.
Adrien Rabiot has not signed a new deal, there is a good chance he can leave Turin on a free transfer.
Angel Di Maria will definitely leave as a free agent though.
Feyenoord have opened talks with Augsburg to sign Ricardo Pepi. There are other clubs in the mix so timing of negotiations going to be crucial.
Newly promoted Luton Town want to sign Leeds United midfielder Cody Drameh on a permanent deal - the Hatters are trying to beat Burnley to his signature.
Erik Ten Hag has spoken about what he wants the club to do in the summer transfer window. Speaking after the Red Devils’ last game of the season against Fulham, Ten Hag said: “We’ve seen it in the winter. All the clubs made huge investments and we didn't. The club knows if you want to play top-four and compete for trophies in the Premier League, then you have to invest. Otherwise you don’t have a chance because other clubs will do.”
David De Gea hasn’t signed a new contract yet but Ten Hag believes it is only a matter of time before the Spaniard pens a new deal. He wants to stay and the club want him to continue.
🗞 There is a ‘high probability’ that Mason Mount leaves Chelsea and joins Man United this summer [David Ornstein via CaughtOffside]
Newcastle United have joined Manchester United in the race for Napoli’s Kim Min-jae.
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Kylian Mbappe has confirmed that he will stay in Paris next season. He said: “There's no more links about my future? I'm very happy here at PSG and with my choice to be part of this project. I will be here at PSG next season.”
Leandro Paredes will return from Juventus but the club want him to be sold.
One of the names on Real Madrid’s summer striker list is Roberto Firmino. The club have discussed him along with four of five other possible targets.
Marco Asensio will inform Real Madrid that he wants to leave the club as a free agent. His agent has already spoken to clubs in the Premier League and PSG.
🗞 Eden Hazard could form part of a part-exchange proposal from Real Madrid to sign Tottenham’s Harry Kane [Mirror via CaughtOffside]
Theo Walcott will leave Southampton as a free agent - he wants to continue playing and will work out next step soon.
Samuel Amo-Ameyaw has a professional contract set to become active next month. The club are really hopeful he can become a future star.
💬 How well do you think Southampton will do in the Championship next season? - Drop your predictions below!
Dejan Kulusevski has spoken about his future ahead of his loan deal ending at Spurs, he said: “I don't know honestly… we will see. “I just focused on the pitch, I tried to do as good as I can and now of course it's time to speak with the club.”