This week, the transfer window opens.
With the club game in Europe now finished up for the summer, clubs can get to work on improving their squads for next season and, naturally, some key names are already emerging in gossip columns and the like.
Sadio Mane’s future at Liverpool is a major concern with Bayern Munich linked, although the Senegalese forward is NOT thought to have asked to leave Anfield just yet.
As a potential replacement, Heung-min Son was said to have emerged as a target, although the fact Tottenham have qualified for the Champions League has scuppered that somewhat.
Elsewhere, the agents of Pau Torres are reported to have arrived in England amid his links with both Manchester United and Tottenham, while Chelsea are the latest leading club to be linked with a move for Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.
Gabriel Jesus has been backed for a move to Arsenal as Manchester City prepare to unveil a certain Erling Haaland.
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Chelsea enter Ousmane Dembele race
Mundo Deportivo now claim Chelsea are the latest of the leading clubs to enter the race for Ousmane Dembele.
The French forward will see his contract expire in a few weeks time and has been linked with a move to PSG, although staying at Barcelona is not thought to be out of the question.
Still, given his status as a. 100m + player and a World Cup winner to boot, Dembele is unlikely to be short of offers.
Thomas Tuchel has called for attacking signings this summer and worked with the player at Borussia Dortmund.
Now, he is reportedly keen on a reunion.
Sadio Mane: The latest
On Sunday, Sadio Mane seemed all but certain to leave Liverpool.
Plenty of reports had claimed the forward had told the club of his desire to try a new challenge, with the Champions League final loss to Real Madrid potentially his last-ever game as a Red.
However, Sky Sports now suggest Mane has NOT asked to leave just yet, despite Bayern Munich’s interest.
Pau Torres: Agents arrive to discuss Manchester United transfer
Villarreal star Pau Torres looks the leading target for Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag this summer.
With so much made of Harry Maguire’s form and Raphael Varane struggling in his first season at Old Trafford, bolstering United’s defensive ranks is thought to be a priority for the Dutchman.
According to Spanish outlet Cadena SER, Torres’ agents have arrived in England to discuss a potential move to Manchester.
Arsenal set Bernd Leno asking price
The Sun claim Arsenal have told Benfica they must pay £ 8.5m to buy Bernd Leno this summer.
The German is expected to leave the Emirates this summer after losing his place to Aaron Ramsdale, with Matt Turner set to join Arsenal ahead of next season.
Leno could be sold to raise further funds and has admirers within the Lisbon giants.
ICYMI: Liverpool want £ 35m for Sadio Mane
While it has been extensively reported that Sadio Mane has decided to leave Liverpool this summer, that certainly does not make his departure a foregone conclusion.
The Daily Mail reports that the forward has not yet officially informed the Reds about his intentions and it is believed that even though Mane only had a year left on his contract, Liverpool will demand at least £ 35m for him. They would also want a replacement lined up first.
Bayern Munich appears to be the most likely destination, though PSG are also reportedly interested.
Jose Mourinho eyes Paulo Dybala move
Paulo Dybala confirmed earlier this month that he will be leaving Juventus this summer.
It remains to be seen where his future lies though, with reports in Italy suggesting that Jose Mourinho is keen to bring the forward to Roma.
Manchester United and Tottenham are among the Premier League clubs to have been linked with Dybala in recent weeks. Plenty for the 29-year-old to decide …
Neymar confirms PSG intention
Neymar has insisted he will be a PSG player next season, despite reports in recent days that the French club would be willing to sell the Brazilian if an acceptable offer came this summer.
“My ambition is always the same: to win every title possible,” Neymar told Canal +.
“Play well and win the World Cup and the Champions League. These are my ambitions for next season.
“It has to be with Paris. I have a contract with PSG, so there is no choice. Yes, it will be with PSG. ”
Robert Lewandowski on the move?
One of the big stories this summer looks set to be Robert Lewandowski’s search for a new club.
The Bayern Munich striker has a year left on his contract with the Bundesliga champions and it looks incredibly unlikely he will extend that, with a move to Barcelona heavily reported as the most likely option this summer.
“Barca move? It depends on several factors, ”Lewandowski told Eleven Sports Poland.
“I think my situation is clear and there is no point talking about that. It’s hard to say that I will play for Bayern next season. “
ICYMI: Liverpool considered Heung-min Son bid
There’s a lot of positivity around Tottenham going into the summer, after they secured Champions League footbal.
It could have been very different though. Football.london reports that Liverpool were preparing a big-money bid for Heung-min Son if Spurs finished outside the top four, seeing him as a potential replacement for Sadio Mane.
Surely unlikely that Tottenham would have entertained a bid even if they did finish fifth, but it would have been a bid that attracted a lot of attention!
ICYMI: Ralf Rangnick leaves Manchester United
Ralf Rangnick will leave Manchester United in order to focus on his role as Austria manager.
The German was due to move into a consultancy role behind the scenes at Old Trafford following his stint as interim manager before the arrival of Erik Ten Hag.
Rangnick, hailed as a progressive appointment at the time, struggled to knit together a coherent team as United finished sixth and missed out on Champions League football.
While he had been expected to feature in this summer’s planning as Ten Hag attempts what looks like a huge rebuilding job, Rangnick will devote all of his team to managing Austria.
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