Amid Cristiano Ronaldo drama, Manchester United could face Man City for Bayern’s Serge Gnabry


The summer transfer window is here, and there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s going where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, whereabouts and, of course, deals!

TOP STORY: Gnabry in the eyes of Man United, Man City

With the successful development that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United, the Red Devils are considering the Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry to strengthen their ranks.

Sources confirmed to ESPN on Saturday that Ronaldo had asked to leave Old Trafford to play Champions League football, with The Sun reporting that the club are potentially considering Gnabry.

However, Manchester City are also said to be interested in the Germany international. With Rahim Sterling Linked with a move to Chelsea, Gnabry could likely rise to the top of Pep Guardiola’s priority list.

Former Arsenal winger Gnabry has already turned down a new contract with the Bundesliga champions which would have been worth more than £200,000 a week. Bayern are keen to keep Gnabry but will accept €35m if they fail to reach an agreement with the winger and his representatives, due to his contract expiring next summer.

Man United are monitoring the situation closely, with Erik ten Hag still awaiting his rebuilding assignment at Old Trafford to get the boost he needs.

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11.01 BST: The Sunday Mirror and the Mail on Sunday report that Manchester United have edged out Arsenal in the signing race Lisandro Martinez of Ajax.

Martinez, 24, appears to be the No.1 central defensive transfer target for both Premier League clubs but former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is now the favorite to reunite with the Argentina international after he lodged a £39.6million transfer offer. €35.3m upfront with a further £4.3m in guaranteed top-ups. Ajax are expecting a package worth £43million.

Arsenal have so far tabled a transfer offer worth £34m, rising to £38m, less than United’s last offer.

United, meanwhile, remain confident of signing Tyrell Malacia of Feyenoord despite a delay caused by an issue surrounding the defender’s representation, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.

10:20 a.m. BST: Barcelona president Joan Laporta has insisted the club have no intention of allowing Manchester United to sign Frankie de Jong this summer.

Sources told ESPN earlier this week that United had agreed an initial €65m fee with Barca for the Dutch midfielder, although it was said there were still hurdles “important” to overcome.

De Jong, 25, is United manager Erik ten Hag’s top summer target but is also wanted by other clubs.

“Frenkie de Jong is a Barca player and he is considered one of the best players in the world,” Laporta told reporters. “We know other clubs want him, not just [Manchester] United and we have no intention of selling him. I have the feeling that the player wants to stay.

“He is happy at Barca and I will do everything I can to ensure Frenkie stays.”

09:41 BST: Atletico Madrid consider move for Paris Saint-Germain Presnel Kimpembereports AS.

On Friday, Foot Mercato reported that PSG are set to demand a transfer fee of €50m if they were to let the defender leave this summer, with interest also coming from Chelsea and Juventus.

Kimpembe has been a key player in recent seasons, having made 30 Ligue 1 appearances last year, while he is also a regular in the France squad.

The latest report says Atletico are ready to join the race for the 26-year-old, who has two years left on his contract.

09:00 BST: Calciomercato report that Juventus are waiting for Chelsea to move on Matthijs de Ligtand the Serie A club are expecting a ‘mega’ transfer offer in the region of 70 million euros.

De Ligt, 22, would welcome a move to the Premier League after spending three seasons in Turin. Chelsea need to rebuild their defense Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have left at the end of their contract and the Dutch international is seen as a player who could be a long-term solution.

The player has a €120m release clause but Chelsea won’t pay that much. Juve have quoted 100m euros but Chelsea are looking for a negotiated deal. Other reports suggest they could offer Juve either Timo Werner or Christian Pulisic as a counterweight in the transfer. Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also linked.

GOSSIP PAPER

– Arsenal are due to meet Ajax next week to discuss Lisandro Martinez as the battle to sign the defender intensifies amid interest from Manchester United, report The Athletic. Both Premier League sides believe the Argentine wants to join them and personal terms shouldn’t be an issue, while Ajax would like to guarantee €50m. If they get that, it will be up to Martinez to decide who he joins.

– There is a new contract in sight for Barcelona and Ousmane Dembele, Diario Sport report, although the Frenchman is now a free agent after his contract expired last week. Small differences of opinion over the financial details of a potential deal remain between the two sides but they could be ironed out and the winger could sign a two-year deal if an agreement is reached on a pay cut.

Paulo Dybala is a wanted man after leaving Juventus when his contract expired, with Serie A newcomers Monza making a shock bid to sign him. While insisting that Inter Milan remain the favourites, AS have hinted that Napoli are also hoping to land the Argentine star and have made contact with their representatives.

Andrea Belotti wants a move to AS Monaco to be his next step, according to Calciomercato, with the striker now a free agent following the completion of his contract in Turin. There are options to stay in Italy as AC Milan, Atalanta, AS Roma and Fiorentina have all shown interest in the 28-year-old, but it looks like he’s decided to move to France.

– Lazio are asking for at least 25 million euros for Luis Alberto amid interest from Sevilla, as Sky Sports Italia report. The LaLiga side have already offered just over €15m but that was rejected as Lazio will have to pay 30% of any transfer fee to Liverpool.

– According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Atletico Madrid are looking to bring in a free agent Federico Bernardeschi after the end of his contract with Juventus. Napoli have also expressed their interest in the attacking midfielder but negotiations have not been completed, allowing Diego Simeone and his team to make their choice.

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