The summer transfer window is approaching, and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Lewandowski won’t renew at Bayern
Lewandowski, 33, wants a new challenge, with financial incentives playing little role in his decision making. He has already won 19 trophies with Bayern, as well as the Best FIFA Men’s Player, while he has scored 49 goals and assisted seven more in 45 matches across all competitions this season.
Despite Bayern wanting to keep the Poland international, his current stance may see them let him depart in the summer for around €40 million to avoid losing him as a free agent next year.
Barcelona are doing all they can to sign the striker and he wants the move to Camp Nou, hoping to make it in the summer rather than having to wait.
It could be difficult for Barcelona to complete the deal due to their financial situation, but Lewandowski hopes that Bayern will take into account what he has done for the club to help fulfil his wishes.
Bayern face VfL Wolfsburg in their final game of the Bundesliga season on Saturday, and if Lewandowski gets his way it could be his final game for the Bavarians.
08.55 BST: Real Madrid are readying an improved contract offer to Vinicius Junior, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Vinicius Jr, 21, has 21 goals and 20 assists in 50 games this season and is one of the top young players in Europe.
The Brazilian forward is still on the same wages as when he moved to Spain for €45m from Flamengo in 2018 but his new status as a first-team regular means he is in line for a pay rise.
08.18 BST: Aston Villa have completed the permanent signing of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, the two clubs announced Thursday.
Barcelona said they had accepted a €20m transfer fee with Barca also inserting a sell-on clause of 50% for any future transfer. Coutinho, who joined Villa on loan in January, became Barcelona’s record signing when he joined from Liverpool for €160m in January 2018.
In a statement, Barcelona said they “would like to publicly state their thanks to Philippe Coutinho for his commitment and dedication, and wish him success and all the best for the future.”
Sources told ESPN earlier this week that Villa had an option to sign Coutinho for €40m at the end of the season but were not willing to invest so much money.
08.00 BST: Manchester United are monitoring midfielder Frenkie de Jong‘s situation at Barcelona as they look to bolster their midfield this summer, sources have told ESPN.
Erik ten Hag knows the 25-year-old from their time together at Ajax. However, sources have told ESPN that Ten Hag is not a particular pull for De Jong, and there is an acceptance at Old Trafford that it would be a difficult deal to get over the line.
United are in the market for a central midfielder and have been alerted to the possibility Barcelona may need to offload De Jong to fund other summer business.
Sources have told ESPN that De Jong’s preference is to stay at Barcelona, but if he was told he was surplus to requirements at Camp Nou he would prefer to join a club where he would play Champions League football.
United already know they will not qualify for next season’s competition after a disappointing campaign in the Premier League.
Julien Laurens explains why he thinks Inter Milan should sign Paulo Dybala on a free transfer.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)
– Manchester City‘s Raheem Sterling will wait until after the UEFA Nations League fixtures in June before discussing an extension of his contract or making a decision on his future at club level, according to The Athletic. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been linked, but the England international — whose contract ends in 2023 — could look to move on this summer as he seeks a more regular spot in the first team. For now, though, he isn’t entertaining talk about his future.
– Gabriel Jesus‘ agent has told The Sun that the Brazil international wants to remain in the Premier League past the summer. There has been interest from clubs in Spain, Germany and Italy, but he is said to see England’s top tier as the “NBA of football.” The agent confirmed Arsenal’s interest in Jesus earlier this week, with City looking for between £40m-£50m for his transfer.
- Barcelona and Arsenal are both looking to sign Alvaro Morata in the summer, as reported by AS. The striker’s future is currently uncertain, with his loan spell from Atletico Madrid to Juventus ending in the summer and the latter unwilling to pay his €35m release clause. Morata’s current priority is ensuring he’s in the best possible position to represent Spain at the 2022 World Cup.
After missing out on Manchester City-bound Erling Haaland, Real Madrid are looking to sign the next big attacking talent, with Marca offering a list of the players they are considering. Palmeiras‘ Endrick, Borussia Dortmund‘s Youssoufa Moukoko, Benfica‘s Henrique Araujo, FC Salzburg‘s Roko Simic and Real Sociedad‘s Alexander Isak are all mentioned.
– Internazionale are looking to sign a midfielder in the summer transfer window and Calciomercato have offered a list of the names they are considering. As well as a possible return for Lucien Agoume, who is on loan at Brest, they are aiming to bring in Nice‘s Kephren Thuram, Sassuolo‘s Davide Frattesi, Lecce‘s Morten Hjulmand or TSG Hoffenheim‘s Florian Grillitsch.