Transfer news LIVE | Express Sport is on hand to bring you all the latest rumours and gossipWednesday, February 19Dortmund forward Erling Haaland wanted to sign for Manchester UnitedHaaland told Solskjaer of his desire to join Manchester United in DecemberBarcelona are favourites to sign Inter Milan forward Lautaro MartinezThe Catalan side will guarantee the Argentine star a £160k per week contractManchester United and Chelsea have received a boost in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho Transfer News: Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea gossip and latest updates (Image: GETTY)Moussa Dembele to Man Utd?Manchester United transfer target Moussa Dembele wants to leave Lyon for Old Trafford, it has been claimed.And, in a boost to the Red Devils, the Ligue 1 giants are reportedly open to selling their star asset.And Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol has claimed Dembele wants to leave Lyon for United at the end of the season. Lyon, he says, will look to sell the France international.“Manchester United will sign a striker in the summer and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele wants to move to Old Trafford,” he wrote.“Dembele will be allowed to leave Lyon at the end of the season and he wants to return to England where he started his career at Fulham.“Dembele has scored 13 times this season and injuries to key players meant Lyon were unwilling to let him leave in January.“They also wanted to keep him because they are still in the Champions League and face Juventus next Wednesday.“Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas will let Dembele leave in the summer but he will have to settle for less than his €100m (£83m) asking price.”Transfer news LIVE: Moussa Dembele could be on the move this summer (Image: GETTY)Everton eye Chris SmallingEverton manager Carlo Ancelotti is plotting a summer transfer bid for Manchester United outcast Chris Smalling.The centre-back has impressed during a loan spell away from Old Trafford with Italian club Roma and is attracting interest from Everton and Premier League rivals Tottenham.Corriere dello Sport are reporting that if Roma fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League then it will be impossible for them to afford making the 30-year-old’s deal at the club permanent.Ancelotti rates Smalling highly and is keen to make the centre-back his first summer signing at Goodison Park.Everton will face competition from Spurs with Jose Mourinho, who managed Smalling at Old Trafford, hoping to sign Smalling to bolster their defence.Both Premier League clubs would be able to offer Smalling a pay rise on his current deal at Roma which is in the region of £50,000-a-week.Transfer news LIVE: Chris Smalling is likely to leave Man Utd in the summer (Image: GETTY)Man Utd and Chelsea told to sign Jadon SanchoManchester United and Chelsea have been urged by Owen Hargreaves to do everything in their power to sign Jadon Sancho. The 19-year-old has been compared to Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar.“Sancho’s performance was like that of Neymar in its early years,” Hargreaves said after Dortmund beat PSG.“Completely detached. He could not be defended. Get your cheque books out!“Someone has to commit this boy because he is very special.“He always sounds the alarm. He is in the right place at the right time. It may be that he is only 19, but he is a merciless finisher.“The players they have are still young, but they will soon be the best in the world.”Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd and Chelsea have been told to sign Jadon Sancho (Image: GETTY)Arsenal want defenderArsenal are reportedly keen to sign Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Jonathan Tah, who has a £33million (€40m) release clause. The Gunners will attempt to bolster their defensive ranks this summer as Mikel Arteta looks to rebalance his squad.Arsenal are very forward-heavy and need to shore up at the back this summer.According to SportBild journalist Christian Falk the north Londoners are hoping to swoop for Tah.The 24-year-old has a wealth of experience racking up 210 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit.The next step in Tah’s career could be a move to the Emirates Stadium, if Arsenal follow up their interest.Falk tweeted: “Exclusive: @Arsenal is interested in @jonatah. The defender of @bayer04fussball and @DFB_Team has a release clause of 40 mil Euros @SPORTBILD.”Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal are targeting a defender (Image: GETTY)Jack Grealish to Man UtdManchester United have made Aston Villa star Jack Grealish their top target this summer.And the midfielder believes it could be the right time to make a switch to Old Trafford in his career.United are set to continue their ‘reboot’ at the end of the season with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expected to be given money to spend.Grealish has been made the priority target after an impressive campaign with Villa, despite their struggle to stay in the division.The 24-year-old has netted nine times and provided eight assists in all competitions so far this season.And The Athletic claim those close to Grealish believe it could be the right time to make a switch from Villa to United.United could have to pay as much as £80million for the midfielder but Villa may be forced into selling if they are relegated because of Financial Fair Play regulations.Transfer news LIVE: Jack Grealish could move to Man Utd (Image: GETTY)Liverpool backed on Kylian MbappeLiverpool are capable of signing any player in world football thanks to Jurgen Klopp – even Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe. That’s the verdict of club hero Peter Crouch.“Complete opposite,” Crouch said. “I’m looking at players like Mbappe and top, top class players who will want to come to Liverpool.“They see how harmonious the group is, they’re winning every single game, they look like they’re playing with a smile on their face.“Everyone in world football would want to work under Jurgen Klopp. He has built the club off of what Brendan Rodgers’ did, he did very, very well.“Not only has he bought top-class players, he’s improved all of those players and they’re playing at the top of their game now.”Transfer news LIVE: Kylian Mbappe has been linked with Liverpool (Image: GETTY)Real Madrid want PSG duoReal Madrid are prioritising a move for either Kylian Mbappe or Neymar over Paul Pogba, according to reports.The French midfielder is wanted by Madrid and Juventus, though it seems the Old Lady could have an advantage.Madrid have been long-term admirers of both Mbappe and Neymar, and were believed to be close to signing the Brazilian last summer.It seems when the summer transfer window rolls around, they will pause their Pogba efforts to sign Mbappe or Neymar, claims the Daily Mail.PSG duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are in demand (Image: GETTY)Pogba valuation slashedReal Madrid have slashed their valuation of Paul Pogba, according to reports.The wantaway Frenchman is expected to leave Manchester United during the summer, but the Red Devils could be forced to sell at a reduced fee.The Daily Mail claims Madrid value Pogba at just £50m, lower than the initial £89m paid for him by United in 2016.Real Madrid have slashed their valuation of Paul Pogba (Image: GETTY)Neymar slams PSG chiefsWantaway PSG forward Neymar has criticised club officials after forcing him to play against Borussia Dortmund after some time off.The Brazilian has been out through a rib injury, and didn’t play in 17 days before the trip to Germany. And after the game, he said: “It was difficult to stay four games without playing but unfortunately it was not my choice.“It’s a choice of the club, of the doctors. They made that decision and I didn’t like it.”Neymar has criticised PSG chiefs (Image: GETTY)Juve to sell playersJuventus will have to sell big-name players in order to finance a move for Paul Pogba, according to reports.The Frenchman is keen to leave Manchester United during the summer, and is believed to want a return to Italy.However, the Italian giants will have to sell big-name players during the summer in order to fund a move, claims the Daily Mail.Jude Bellingham interestChelsea remain interested in Birmingham youngster Jude Bellingham.Bellingham, 16, has attracted plenty of attention having made 29 Championship appearances this season with Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid all credited with interest.Birmingham may have to consider selling their sought-after teenager, whose contract expires in June 2021.However, Goal claim Pep Clotet’s see want at least £50million for the talented central midfielder.Transfer News: Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea gossip and latest updates (Image: GETTY)Kylian Mbappe to Real MadridReal Madrid may not be able to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe in the summer, according to Luis Figo.Real have been big admirers of Mbappe, who has already won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles as well as a World Cup trophy and has been tipped as football’s next big star.Figo told RMC Sport at the Laureus Sports Awards in Berlin: “Mbappe is a young player, one of the best in the world, one of the most expensive too.“He is in a team that has no financial problems, I do not know if it will be possible to sign him. But he would be a great signing for Real Madrid.”Transfer News: Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea gossip and latest updates (Image: GETTY)Done deal: Can signsBorussia Dortmund have announced the permanent signing of midfielder Emre Can from Juventus.The 26-year-old, formerly of Liverpool, joined the German club on a six-month loan deal on transfer deadline day with a view to a permanent transfer.And after Can made just three appearances for them, Dortmund have activated that clause to sign the Germany international on a four-year deal.Dortmund tweeted: “Borussia Dortmund has activated the transfer of Emre Can from Juventus on a 4-year contract! Cheers to many more, Mr. Can.”Transfer News: Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea gossip and latest updates (Image: GETTY)Kai Havertz considerationBayer Leverkusen will evaluate Kai Havertz this summer.That’s according to the club’s sporting director Rudi Voller, who has confirmed interest in the talented Germany star.Havertz, 20, has attracted interest from some of Europe’s biggest sides with Liverpool, Manchester United and Barcelona among those looking to secure his services.“I am glad that we still held [on to Kai Havertz] this year,” Voller said on the TV programme ‘100% Bundesliga – Football at Nitro’.“We’ll see how it looks in summer. He still has a contract until 2022 – these are, of course, the classic facts. There was already interest in the summer, but we told him that it would be good for him to stay with us for another year. And that was the right decision.”Transfer News: Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea gossip and latest updates (Image: GETTY)Timo Werner latestLiverpool have been backed to complete the signing of Timo Werner by Norwegian journalist and former Premier League striker Jan Aage Fjortoft.The claim comes after Bayern Munich were linked with a move for the German striker, something Fjortoft was keen to shut down.He tweeted: “The «Timo Werner to Bayern» – rumor is again doing it’s round in the media -carrousel. There is still NO sign that Bayern is going for Werner.“My understanding is still that Liverpool is the most likely destination if player leaves RB Leipzig.”Transfer News: Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea gossip and latest updates (Image: GETTY)Dayot Upamecano revelationDayot Upamecano has opened the door to a summer exit from RB Leipzig.The Frenchman has caught the eye of several clubs including Barcelona and Arsenal with a string of impressive displays for the Bundesliga outfit.When pressed about his future during an interview with RMC Sport, Upamecano said: “As I said, first I focus on Leipzig and afterwards, I know that I am being courted, that there are clubs that want me.“I will talk well with my agents and my parents at the end of the season. And we will make the right decision.”Transfer News: Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea gossip and latest updates (Image: GETTY)Erling Haaland U-turnErling Haaland wanted to sign for Manchester United.That’s according to The Athletic, who claim Haaland told manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward of his desire to join Manchester United in December.It’s said that Haaland informed the pair of his decision when the pair flew to visit him in Salzburg on December 13.However, the Norwegian striker changed his mind and opted for Borussia Dortmund, where he’s notched nine goals in his first six appearances for the club.Transfer News: Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea gossip and latest updates (Image: GETTY)Lautaro Martinez planBarcelona are favourites to sign Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez.That’s according to Italian publication Calciomercato, who claim the two European giants share a ‘very good’ relationship having held productive discussions when Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio visited Barcelona last October.Ausilio and Barcelona chiefs discussed Martinez and Italian international Stefano Sensi during those talks.Now, the Spanish champions are focused on getting a deal over the line for Martinez, who they view as the ideal long-term successor to Luis Suarez.Calciomercato claim Barcelona will guarantee the Argentine star a £160,000 per week contract but will NOT meet Martinez’s £92million release clause.Instead, Barcelona intend to stagger their payments and offer players including Arturo Vidal in return.Transfer News: Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea gossip and latest updates (Image: GETTY)Jadon Sancho boostManchester United and Chelsea have received a boost in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho as Borussia Dortmund appear resigned to losing their star man.Sancho is expected to return to the Premier League, three years after he left Manchester City, when the transfer window reopens.United and Chelsea are thought to be leading the race for the 19-year-old’s signature despite the £100million price tag on his head.Dortmund have given English clubs a boost as they have reportedly begun lining up a replacement.According to German news outlet Deichstube, Lucien Favre’s side are hopeful of signing Werner Bremen’s Milot Rashica.Transfer News: Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea gossip and latest updates (Image: GETTY)Martin Braithwaite latestLeganes forward Martin Braithwaite is Barcelona’s first-choice signing, Sky Sports claim.The Catalan giants have been given the green-light to sign a striker outside of the transfer window following injuries to Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.And with only players playing in Spain or free agents – Braithwaite in the top target.The Denmark international, who played for Championship Middlesbrough, has a £15m release clause in his current contract.Transfer News: Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea gossip and latest updates (Image: GETTY)Bukayo Saka contractArsenal are looking to reward starlet Bukayo Saka with a new contract, according to The Athletic.With Kieran Tierney out injured Saka has shone in his absence having been asked to play left-back by Mikel Arteta, forging ahead of Sead Kolasinac in the pecking order.Although he is in a more defensive role, the 18-year-old is still showing his attacking prowess as he added another assist to his haul in the 4-0 romp over Newcastle, with an outrageous piece of skill to nutmeg Valentino Lazaro and then tee up Nicolas Pepe.His exploits have attracted interest from Liverpool and Manchester United, but the Gunners hope to avoid any interest by tying the teenager to a five-year deal.Transfer News: Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea gossip and latest updates (Image: GETTY)Boubakary Soumare pursuitManchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their bid to sign £50million-rated Boubakary Soumare from Lille.Soumare’s manager Christophe Galtier has admitted that there is “tension” between the defensive midfielder and the club, which is why he was left out of Sunday’s crunch clash against Marseille.Express Sport understand that his impressive performances have led to intense interest from a raft of different clubs, including United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and AC Milan.“There is a situation at the club that I do not comment on,” Galtier told L’Equipe. “In seasons, there can be tension between a player and his club. We’ll settle this internally and find a solution.



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