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LIVE Transfer Talk: Man United all-in to keep Rashford; Sessegnon to arrive?

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TOP STORY: Rashford key to Man United, is Sessegnon too?

It has been a chaotic season at Old Trafford, but Manchester United are intent on ensuring that Marcus Rashford goes nowhere despite speculation linking him with a move, the Sun reports.

United are desperate for Rashford to put pen to paper on a contract that will take him beyond the next two years, but the Sun says the 21-year-old England international is unsure about committing his future to United.

Keeper David De Gea has been similarly noncommittal, with clubs including PSG keen on snatching him from United, and the thought of losing either player would give most United fans nightmares.

The Daily Record claims Barcelona backup keeper Jasper Cillessen is the man to replace DDG if he departs.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports reports that United have made contact with Fulham over signing left-back/winger Ryan Sessegnon, who has also been on Tottenham’s radar and is reported to want to stay in the Premier League after Fulham’s relegation.


14.53 BST: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said he wants Leroy Sane to stay but added that the Germany winger is no closer to signing a new contract. Bayern Munich have been linked with a summer move for Sane, 23, who has two years remaining on his deal.

14.25 BST — DONE DEAL: And just like that…

13.59 BST: Sky Sports reports that Bournemouth are poised to make their first foray into the summer transfer market and have agreed a £13m fee with Championship club Bristol City for defender Lloyd Kelly.

13.35 BST: Arsenal could make a move for 20-year-old Lorient forward Alexis Claude-Maurice, according to the Mirror, which reports that newly-promoted Norwich City are also interested in the France under-20 international.

12.43 BST: Everton forward Richarlison has had a great season and, although he has been linked to Barcelona, Inter Milan are also in the running, according to Tuttosport.

The 22-year-old’s 14 goals in 38 games mean he might cost upwards of £40m, but Inter are evidently willing to offer midfielder Joao Mario in a part-exchange.

12.08 BST: Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo has been attracting attention from Chelsea, Man United, Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich, but the Daily Mirror reports that Tottenham are lining up a £40m move for the 19-year-old.

Tottenham fans might be super excited for their club to actually sign a player, but perhaps they shouldn’t get too into it — Zaniolo recently said: “I still have four years left on my contract, and I am happy here.” 

11.34 BST: The Daily Record reports that “in recent weeks, Manchester United have made attempts to sign two men from the most exciting team in European football.” Yes, that’s Ajax.

First up, the Dutch club reportedly rejected a move for young goalkeeper Andre Onana, while centre-back and captain Matthijs de Ligt made it clear he wants to go elsewhere.

10.56 BST: Adam Lallana‘s future at Liverpool is up for discussion. He’s not first-choice under Jurgen Klopp and, hampered by injuries, has struggled to replicate the form that saw the club pay £25m for him from Southampton in 2014.

The Daily Express reports that the midfielder is keen on a move back to the south coast and that “Southampton are aware of Lallana’s feelings and are monitoring his situation.” Liverpool’s asking price is evidently around £13m, which isn’t prohibitive, and the 31-year-old could be on the way in the summer.

10.13 BST: Top Macedonia players don’t come around all that often, but 19-year-old midfielder Elif Elmas is one of them. The Fenerbahce star has been attracting interest from Manchester City and Tottenham, but the Daily Mail reports that Manchester United are also pondering a move.

If they do land him, at least nobody will have to give up their shirt number: he wears No. 99.

09.39 BST: Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel says signing Antoine Griezmann is not a “realistic” goal because the French champions are looking to bolster their defence.

“Griezmann can play with every team in the world. It would please any coach, but right now it’s not realistic [for PSG],” Tuchel said on Friday. “We are looking for players with certain profiles — it must be realistic. We need defensive profiles and we have to start with that.”

09.00 BST: Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has been attracting attention — remember all that talk of him moving to Chelsea for £50m in January? — but it’s Everton who are planning a £35m bid for the England international, says the Sun.

Everton have spent a lot in recent seasons, so might have to sell before they can buy this time around. That means clubs are on alert for news of Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye‘s availability.

PAPER TALK (by Richard Edwards)

No resting on laurels at City

Pep Guardiola likes to keep his squad on their toes — and he is at it again on the eve of the FA Cup final.

The Telegraph reports that Manchester City’s title-winning manager is preparing to spend big to keep his squad hungry for success, with a number of potential signings on the cards.

On the wish list are Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri and Crystal Palace prodigy Aaron Wan-Bissaka, a full-back also likely to be targeted by Manchester United.

The exit door at the Etihad could also be working overtime, with Danilo, Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph thought to be among those who could be packing their bags.

Italian clubs might bail Ramires out of CSL

It always seemed a transfer that could end in tears — and now it has.

Former Chelsea favourite Ramires has been released from his contract with Jiangsu Suning six months early, and hasn’t kicked a ball for them since May 2018.

That news has started a scramble for his signature, with clubs from Italy, Portugal and Brazil preparing to make a move for the Brazilian, according to Globo Esporte.

Ramires has played 71 competitive matches for the Chinese side since his move east in 2016 after costing them £25 million.

Inter Milan and Lazio are vying for his services, although they face a battle with Brazilian sides Cruzeiro, Palmeiras and Atletico Mineiro and Portuguese giants Benfica.


According to the Mail, Everton are after Jonas Lossl following his release from Huddersfield after their relegation. The Merseysiders want cover for Jordan Pickford, and Lossl is available as a free agent.

– Paris Saint-Germain’s Timothy Weah has said he wants to establish himself with the French champions next season after returning from a loan spell at Celtic. The U.S. international said it was his dream to play alongside Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.

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