The latest transfer news including updates on Paul Pogba, Kai Havertz, Thiago Alcantara and more!
CAN ARSENAL SECURE SARR SIGNING?
Arsenal are interested in signing Nice defender Malang Sarr, according to The Sun.
The Gunners are hoping to secure the 21-year-old’s signature and have reportedly held talks.
Arsenal face competition though, with Sarr’s availability on a free transfer attracting interest from clubs in Italy and Germany.
HARRIS COMMITS TO UNITED
Martha Harris has signed a new contract with Manchester United until the end of the 2020/21 season with the option to extend for a further year.
The 25-year-old full-back joined the club when Manchester United Women was formed in July 2018 and has made 38 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal.
“I’m so happy to be signing a new deal with the club,” said Harris. “I’ve loved every minute of the journey here so far and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
“It’s an exciting time to be at the club, we did well last season and I know we can push on further and really compete with the top teams in the league. I am just really happy to be back training and putting in the hard work ahead of next season.”
CITY AGREE TORRES TERMS
Manchester City have agreed personal terms with Valencia winger Ferran Torres, reports Eurosport.
Representatives of the 20-year-old Spain international are claimed to have reached a “total agreement” with City on Wednesday.
All that remains is for City to reach an agreement with Valencia for the sale and Torres, who has a year remaining on his existing contract.
Champions Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were interested in Torres, but his desire to play under Pep Guardiola has seen City win the race for his services.
THIAGO TO LIVERPOOL?
Thiago Alcantara is “very sure” Bayern Munich will sell him this summer and is said to be confident of completing a move to Liverpool, according to reports in the Daily Star and Daily Mirror.
The 29-year-old Spain international, who has been linked with Manchester United, has turned down the offer of a new contract at the Allianz Arena and wants to trade the German champions for the champions of England.
HAVERTZ HEART SET ON CHELSEA
Bayer Leverkusen have conceded defeat in their bid to keep Kai Havertz, who has decided he wants to join Chelsea, reports the Daily Star.
Leverkusen have accepted the 21-year-old Germany international has his heart set on a move to Stamford Bridge this summer, but the Bundesliga club want to delay his departure until August.
MOYES: ANTONIO EXTENSION AVAILABLE
Michail Antonio is set to remain at West Ham beyond 2021 after boss David Moyes revealed the club can trigger a one-year extension to his current deal.
Antonio is coming up to five years as a West Ham player following his 2015 move from Nottingham Forest and was widely thought to have entered the final 12 months of his contract at the London Stadium.
But Moyes is confident the club are in a strong position to dictate the 30-year-old’s future, and told Sky Sports News: “He’s got a year to go [on his present contract] and, as far as I know, he has got a built-in extension, so I don’t think there is any real panic [about Antonio’s future].”
NEW POGBA DEAL?
Paul Pogba is close to agreeing a new five-year contract at Manchester United, according to The Sun.
The 27-year-old hadn’t appeared for United since Boxing Day prior to lockdown but has enjoyed a renaissance at Old Trafford since the restart, featuring in all of United’s matches as the club stretched their unbeaten run to 19 games in all competitions.
And the France international is reportedly set to commit to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s project long term with a bumper new contract that will ward off interest from Real Madrid and Juventus.
HASENHUTTL COY ON HOJBJERG FUTURE
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was asked about the future of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg following his side’s 1-1 draw at home to Brighton.
It was reported by The Times on Thursday night that Everton have tabled a £14m bid for the Danish midfielder.
Tottenham are also interested and want to include Kyle Walker-Peters in any deal, but Hasenhuttl said: “I cannot confirm anything because I don’t want to comment on speculation or rumours. He’s our player and under contract, and we’ll see what happens in the summer.
“We’re hopeful of finding a solution that’s for the best.”
PEARSON: I WANT TO STAY AT WATFORD
Nigel Pearson hopes to remain in charge of Watford next season but will wait for their relegation battle to play out before discussing his own future.
The 56-year-old signed a deal until the end of the season when he took over in December, since when he has engineered a remarkable turn around in the Hornets’ fortunes.
They head to West Ham on Friday knowing a win over their fellow strugglers will all but secure another season of top-flight football, at which point a new deal for the manager might quickly move up the Vicarage Road agenda.
Asked if he would be in charge next season, Pearson said: “Hopefully yes, but now is not the time to be talking about me. I’ve been speaking to the club, we’ve got an agreement and that’s fine by me, but now is not the time.
“We’ve got three games left and it’s important we do everything we can to pick up as many points as possible.
“The future is not something I feel the need to talk about. I’m very comfortable with my relationship with the club and how we’ve both dealt with the situation, so we’ll look at that when we need to but not now.
“I’m enjoying working here. I don’t always enjoy being in a tough scrape, but it’s been a good experience.”
ANCELOTTI REFUSES TO DISCUSS HOJBJERG LINK
Everton have also been linked with Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg but manager Carlo Ancelotti refused to be drawn to the reports following his side’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.
SOUCEK’S AIMS: KEEP WEST HAM UP, SIGN PERMANENT DEAL
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, on-loan midfielder Tomas Soucek has said he hopes to help West Ham to Premier League survival and then sign a permanent deal to join the Hammers from Slavia Prague.
“My ambition number one is that I want very quickly to get safety for the club. When we are safe we will help West Ham – and I will sign a contract with them too. It is two in one!”
SPURS WANT WALKER-PETERS IN HOJBJERG DEAL
Tottenham want to include Kyle Walker-Peters in a deal to buy Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton.
The Saints, however, are yet to decide whether they want to sign the young right-back on a permanent deal, as they continue to assess his performances while on loan for the rest of the season.
The clubs are in active discussions over the potential summer transfers of these two players, with Spurs keen to land Hojbjerg to strengthen their midfield – but they have not yet met his valuation of £25m.
Another Premier League club has, however, but it is understood the 24-year-old would prefer to join Jose Mourinho’s squad.
BELLINGHAM AVAILABLE FOR BIRMINGHAM RUN-IN
Jude Bellingham, who has travelled to Germany for a medical at Borussia Dortmund ahead of his proposed transfer there from Birmingham City, is still expected to be available to play in the Blues’ final two Championship games of this season, including this Saturday against Preston.
Having travelled to Germany and back, the player doesn’t need to quarantine because of the travel corridor between Germany and the UK
Whether the youngster is selected to play, however, will be down to the coaching staff to decide.
MAN UTD CLOSE IN ON THIAGO
Manchester United are close to signing Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara ahead of this summer’s transfer window, according to reports in the Express.
The Spain international, who is also understood to be interesting Liverpool, is expected to leave the Bundesliga champions before the start of next season.