TRANSFER NEWS ROUND UP AND RUMORS AROUND THE INTERNET
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will take a sabbatical from football at the end of next season if his side wins the UEFA Champions League – Daily Star
Advisers have asked Matthijs De Ligt to join a team like Manchester United where he’ll be guaranteed first-team football before trying out Barcelona in the future –
Real Madrid will not rest until they can sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United this summer as Zinedine Zidane has earmarked the French midfielder as his first choice central midfielder – Marca
Manchester United have reportedly made contact with Catalan giants Barcelona over a possible move for Croatia international Ivan Rakitic.
Chelsea are believed to have opened talks with Derby County manager Frank Lampard over a possible return to Stamford Bridge as manager after attaining legendary status as a player.
The Blues want a replacement in line should Maurizio Sarri make the move for Juventus. Meanwhile, the Italian has been urged to reconsider his future by the Chelsea board as they want him to continue – The Sun
Callum Hudson-Odoi wants assurance over his involvement in first-team football before committing his future to the Blues by signing a new contract.
Man United’s pursuit of Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Leicester’s Harry Maguire will definitely see them break their transfer record for a defender twice in a combined deal worth £130m – Evening Standard
However, they’ll turn their attention to Norwich’s 19-year-old defender Max Aarons should the deal for Bissaka prove difficult.
Arsenal have identified Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, 22, as a potential target this summer. However, they face competition from the likes of AC Milan, Inter Milan, and local rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the midfielder who has a £27m buy-out clause in his contract – Daily Mirror
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to extend his contract with Liverpool until 2023 after his return from injury.
The Red Devils are considering offering goalkeeper David Da Gea a new contract before his current deal expires next summer – Daily Telegraph
The club also have eyes on Ajax’s 23-year-old goalkeeper Andre Onana as a potential replacement for the Spanish shot-stopper if he decides to leave this summer – The Independent
Man United have reportedly begun talks to sell the Matteo Darmian as he has attracted interest from Valencia and two other Italian clubs.
Gianluigi Buffon could be set to join Porto as a replacement for Iker Casillas after his departure from Paris Saint-Germain – Tuttosport