Barcelona 'could be very close' to Kounde cut price deal, Real Madrid in '£78m Bellingham bid' – transfer news live | The Sun

BARCELONA 'could be very close' to gazzumping Chelsea to sign Jules Kounde, according to reports from Spain.

And should the deal go through, Barca will reportedly be able to secure the Frenchman for a discount £47m fee.

This is because they have a number of players that interest Sevilla, including full-back Sergino Dest.

Elsewhere, Bayern Munich are said to be edging closer to landing an incredible deal for Liverpool ace Sadio Mane.

Personal terms will reportedly be agreed soon and the Bundesliga champions are preparing a fresh bid in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, Yves Bissouma seems set to join Tottenham this summer with the final details being thrashed out between both parties.

And Real Madrid have reportedly launched a £78 million bid for England star Jude Bellingham.

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  • Alex Cole

    Morning, Football fans

    Paul Pogba is nearing a return to Juventus, according to reports.

    The Italian giants are close to agreeing a contract with the 29-year-old worth £7million-a-year claims journalist Fabrizio Romano.

    The Frenchman will officially leave United at the end of this month when his contract expires.

    The deal between the player and Juventus is “just a matter of final details” being completed.

    PSG and Real Madrid have also reportedly been in contact Pogba but Massimiliano Allegri’s side appear to have won the battle to sign him.

    Meanwhile, Inter Milan made an opening bid for Romelu Lukaku yesterday, according to reports.

    The Belgian is eager to return to San Siro, just one year after his £97.5million return to Chelsea.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, Inter offered just £4.3m to loan Lukaku back for the season.

    The bid was quickly rejected by the Blues, but the striker will continue to push.

    Lukaku has informed Todd Boehly and Thomas Tuchel that he only wants to return to Inter.

    In other news, Tottenham are reportedly monitoring Gareth Bale's situation over a potential third spell at the club.

    But the Welshman is also attracting interest from other Premier League clubs as he assesses his options during the summer window.

    According to the BBC, Spurs have cooled their interest in recruiting him again, although director of football Fabio Paratici is still thought to be monitoring him.

    And there are other Premier League teams who are being linked with Bale's services.

    Newcastle and Aston Villa are both muted as potential destinations for the ex-Southampton man.

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    Wales ace in demand

    Rabbi Matondo is at the centre of a SIX-CLUB summer transfer fight, writes SunSport's Phil Cadden.

    Premier League trio Brentford, Leeds and newly-promoted Nottingham Forest are all admirers of the Wales forward.

    Matondo, who was on loan at Cercle Brugge last season but is contracted to Schalke, has also attracted interest from Ligue 1 clubs Lens, Brest and Troyes in France.

    The 21-year-old did not find an agreement with Belgian club Brugge, where he scored nine goals last term, but is available for £3.5million.

    Matondo has just one year left on his deal with the Bundesliga outfit.

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    BREAKING – Inter make Lukaku bid

    Inter Milan have made an opening bid for Romelu Lukaku today, according to reports.

    The Belgian is eager to return to San Siro, just one year after his £97.5million return to Chelsea.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, Inter offered just £4.3m to loan Lukaku back for the season.

    The bid was quickly rejected by the Blues, but the striker will continue to push.

    Lukaku has informed Todd Boehly and Thomas Tuchel that he only wants to return to Inter.

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    Eriksen breaks silence on transfer

    Man United target Christian Eriksen has admitted that Champions League football isn't essential to his next move.

    Speaking to Viaplay, the Dane said: "I have different offers and options, which we are considering, and then we make a decision.

    “I would love to play Champions League football again. I know how much fun it is, but it isn’t essential for me.”

    The Red Devils are competing with Spurs, who can offer Champions League football, for the midfielder's signature – as well as Brentford.

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    Chelsea in defender hunt blow

    Jules Kounde is closing in on a move to Barcelona, claim Spanish paper Sport.

    The Frenchman is among the Blues’ top targets to replace Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen this summer.

    Reports in Spain, however, suggest that Barcelona are in “very advanced” negotiations with Sevilla for the Frenchman.

    The fee could be around £50million, with Sergino Dest moving in the other direction a possibility.

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    Forgotten man to return

    Andreas Pereira will return to Old Trafford this summer.

    The Brazilian has spent the last two seasons out on loan, at Lazio and then Flamengo.

    The latter have turned down an option to buy worth around £9million.

    Erik ten Hag will get a chance to look at the midfielder during pre-season, although Fabrizio Romano reports that United will be "open to sell" Pereira this summer.

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    Blues striker shortlist revealed

    Chelsea have compiled an attacking wishlist, with Romelu Lukaku likely to leave.

    According to the Telegraph, Inter Milan have opened talks with the Blues over bringing the Belgian back to San Siro.

    They add that Raheem Sterling, Ousmane Dembele and Christopher Nkunku are among their top targets.

    While Manchester City ace Gabriel Jesus is claimed to have been offered their way.

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    England star wants Man City

    Kalvin Phillips has allegedly told Leeds United that he wants to leave them to join Manchester City.

    We reported yesterday that the Cityzens were reportedly ready to step-up their pursuit of the 26-year-old midfielder.

    Now they have turned their attention to securing the services of the England star and want it completed before they head to America on pre-season tour next month.

    As Sun Sport reported last week, City will now officially approach Leeds after he finished his England duty.

    And now Football Insider have claimed that the Elland Road academy graduate has told his boyhood club that he wants to sign for City.

    A transfer fee of around £50m is widely-believed to be enough to get a deal over the deal.

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    Maat's the matter with you?

    Chelsea are in danger of losing ANOTHER defender as young prospect Ian Maatsen is reportedly being eyed up by Feyenoord.

    The 20-year-old left-back made his debut for the Blues under Frank Lampard in 2019 during a 7-1 League Cup win over Grimsby.

    According to Voetbal International, Feyenoord are now eyeing up the possibility of bringing him back to the club – nine years after they let him go as a youngster.

    Maatsen is under contract with Chelsea – with the Blues announcing two years ago that he had penned a new deal which will run until at least the summer of 2024.

    But a lack of game time could see the Holland U18s defender look elsewhere for the benefit of his career.

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    Gunners in Man Utd transfer battle

    Arsenal have joined the race to sign Porto star Vitinha, according to reports.

    The midfielder, 22, is attracting attention from some of Europe's biggest clubs after some glittering form Portugal and the Champions League.

    Barcelona and Manchester United are credited with interest but it could be Arsenal who make the first move.

    Vitinha is available for £34million due to a clause in his contract with the Gunners ready to pounce according to Portuguese outlet Record.

    Mikel Arteta is targeting several additions to his squad this summer but signing a midfielder appears to be his priority.

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    Spurs keeping tabs on Bale

    Tottenham are reportedly monitoring Gareth Bale's situation over a potential third spell at the club.

    But the Welshman is also attracting interest from other Premier League clubs as he assesses his options during the summer window.

    According to the BBC, Spurs have cooled their interest in recruiting him again, although director of football Fabio Paratici is still thought to be monitoring him.

    And there are other Premier League teams who are being linked with Bale's services.

    Newcastle and Aston Villa are both touted as potential destinations for the ex-Southampton man.

    And newly-promoted outfit Nottingham Forest are also keeping tabs on him with Welsh coach Steve Cooper at the helm.

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    Man Utd target ‘should join Chelsea’

    The West Londoners should move for Man United target Robert Lewandowski to replace Romelu Lukaku, claims Shaun Wright Phillips.

    He told Genting Casino: “Robert Lewandowski would be the perfect replacement for Romelu Lukaku if Lukaku does leave.

    “No matter what team he plays in, he always scores goals. Chelsea would just have to make sure they play to his strengths.”

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    Sterling 'should snub Gunners'

    Arsenal target Raheem Sterling should snub the Gunners to stay at City, claims former Etihad star Shaun Wright Phillips.

    He told Genting Casino: "Raheem Sterling is still happy at Man City and the club still wants him. I want him to stay, but at the same time, all footballers want to play games and at the top clubs there is so much competition and rotation.

    "His heart seems to be at Man City, it just depends where his mind is.

    "Even if he went to a club like Arsenal, he wouldn't play every game because they have players like Emile Smith-Rowe and Bukayo Saka.

    "All the top clubs are going to have at least two good players in each position. He would play more at Arsenal and the more important games but he would still be rotated."

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    Blues willing to pay Kounde clause

    Chelsea and Newcastle are both reportedly willing to meet the release clause in the contract of Sevilla’s Jules Kounde but Barcelona are also interested.

    Barca, due to financial difficulties, may not be able to afford the £69million it will take to buy Kounde.

    Therefore, Xavi’s side are weighing up alternative options such as offering players as part of the deal.

    Mundo Deportivo claim full-back Sergino Dest is one man that Barcelona would be willing to send to Sevilla to help lower the fee for the centre-back.

    Kounde has also reportedly expressed his desire to play for the Catalan giants over any other team.

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    Villa ace nears exit

    Trabzonspor have tabled a £3.4million bid for Aston Villa's winger Trezeguet – however Villa are holding out for £4.3m, writes SunSport's Graeme Bryce.

    The 27-year-old Egyptian spent a successful loan spell with Istanbul Basaksehir after returning from injury in January.

    Trezeguet scored six goals and provided four assists in 13 league games to attract interest from rival Turkish clubs, headed by Trabzonspor who also face competition from other clubs on the continent.

    They are gearing up for a crack at the Champions' League after winning the Turkish Super Lig for the first time since 1984.

    Manager Abdullah Avci is already closing in on Rangers' Croatian left-back Borna Barisic and wants Trezeguet to beef up his attacking options.

    Turkish sources say Villa refused to loan the winger out again and Trabzonspor failed with an initial bid worth just under £3.5million plus add-ons to be paid in installments.

    Villa boss Steven Gerrard needs to raise cash to fund more buys and the club's money-men are digging their heels in for a fee north of £4million.

    Trezeguet accepts he is unlikely to shift Philippe Coutinho, Leon Bailey and Emi Buendia and is keen to move to Trabzonspor, who can offer him Champions' League football.

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    Flop nearing Serie A return

    Romelu Lukaku is reportedly closing in on a return to Inter Milan from Chelsea.

    The striker has informed Blues chiefs that he has his heart set on a move back to Italy after a disastrous season at Stamford Bridge.

    And the two clubs are now set for face-to-face talks as they aim to wrap up a deal as soon as possible.

    Lukaku has been pining for a reunion with Inter for months after going off the boil in London.

    The Belgian is ready to take a 50 per cent pay cut to force through a move.

    But Inter are unable to afford a permanent deal and want Chelsea to accept a loan offer.

    Fabrizio Romano claim the Blues are receptive to Lukaku’s exit, however, they want a £17m loan fee or a player in exchange – with the likes of Lautaro Martinez and Alessandro Bastoni admired by Thomas Tuchel.

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    Arsenal take hard line approach

    The Gunners are telling miserly rivals to put up or shut up after pulling the plug on Lucas Torreira’s cut-price move to Fiorentina, writes SunSport's Mark Irwin.

    The Emirates hierarchy are fed up with European clubs trying to sign their unwanted players on the cheap.

    And they have ruled that the days of the great Gunners giveaway are now a thing of the past as they look to get greater value for money in the transfer market.

    They are particularly irked by Fiorentina pleading poverty during negotiations for Torreira just months after using Arsenal’s interest in Dusan Vlahovic to squeeze £65million from Juventus for the striker.

    Fiorentina had agreed a £12.5million option to sign Torreira when they took him on loan last season.

    But they reneged on that pledge when it came to negotiations for a permanent deal and said they would go no higher than £7million.

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    Spurs flop returning to Europe

    Vincent Janssen is wanted by Marc Overmars and Mark van Bommel at Antwerp, writes SunSport's Phil Cadden.

    The Holland striker, who turned 28 on Wednesday, plays for Mexican side Monterrey after leaving Spurs in 2019.

    But Janssen is set for a return to Europe with the Belgian club, who have ex-Arsenal star Overmars as technical and former Netherlands midfielder van Bommel as coach.

    Janssen said: "There has been contact with Marc Overmars and Mark van Bommel. I hope we get out, but I can't say more about it.

    "I had three great years in Mexico and I'm still happy there. But we'll see in the coming days."

    Janssen started for Louis van Gaal's Holland in their 3-2 Nations League win over Wales on Tuesday night and hopes to make the Dutch squad for the World Cup.

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    United preparing a bid for Bennacer

    Manchester United are preparing a renewed bid for AC Milan star Ismael Bennacer, according to reports.

    The Algerian midfielder was part of the Rossoneri’s Serie A title winning squad, making 31 league appearances and scoring two goals.

    But the 24-year-old has just one year left on his contract at the San Siro and he’s yet to sign a new deal.

    And reports in the Algerian press suggest the player is unhappy about losing his place in the Milan starting line-up to Frank Kessie and Sandro Tonali.

    Old Trafford officials are thought to have spoken to their Milan counterparts about Bennacer.

    Milan want £43million for Bennacer but may have to accept less.

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    Forest in talks for Henderson

    Manchester United are in talks with Nottingham Forest over a proposed loan move for Dean Henderson, according to reports.

    The goalkeeper, 25, is out of favour at Old Trafford and has been heavily linked with a move away.

    Premier League new boys Forest are in need of a shot-stopper after play-off hero Brice Samba announced he wants to leave the club.

    Henderson has been eyed as his replacement with Forest seeking a loan deal that could be made permanent for £20million, reports Fabrizio Romano.

    Negotiations are reportedly ongoing with Henderson said to be open to the switch.

    The keeper made just five appearances for United last season and with the World Cup looming he will be hoping for regular game time to impress Gareth Southgate.

    Henderson was left out of England’s Nations League squad after falling behind Aaron Ramsdale and Nick Pope in the Three Lions pecking order.

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    Pulisic would be a ‘really good signing’ for Liverpool, says Johnson

    Former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson believes Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic would be a good signing for his former club.

    Johnson spoke to Bettingodds.com said: “I like him. He’s gone to a big club and I think he’s done okay.

    “I don’t think he’s set the world alight but I do like him and he’s a good squad player. When he’s on form he’s fantastic.

    “If he was to go to Liverpool then I think that would be a really good signing.

    “He’s the sort of player that Jurgen likes, so yes I could see him fitting in there well.”

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    Lukaku swap deal still an option

    Chelsea and Inter are in talks to get a deal which is favourable for both parties.

    A swap deal for striker Lautaro Martinez is still on the table.

    Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports tweeted: “Lukaku will have to take a wage cut and accepts this.

    “Chelsea are exploring both a traditional loan and a swap-deal.

    “Inter don’t want to let Martinez go. They see his relationship and friendship with Lukaku as key.

    “Chelsea sources have always distanced themselves from Martinez and say a swap-deal is just ‘one possibility'”.

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    Tielemans a ‘top priority’ for Arteta

    Arsenal are hopeful they can seal a deal for Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans before the end of the month, according to reports.

    Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports said: “Arsenal remain confident and on course to sign Youri Tielemans before the month is out.

    “Interest from Tottenham was never too advanced. But Bissouma’s incoming arrival will allay fears Spurs could hijack the deal.

    “Tielemans is one of Arteta’s top priorities.”

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    Toon enter the chase for Areola

    Newcastle have reportedly opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, writes Alex Smith.

    The 29-year-old stopper spent last season on loan at West Ham and reports suggest he is now looking for a permanent move.

    RMC Sport now claim Newcastle have entered the battle to sign him.

    However, a deal may prove difficult as West Ham appear in pole position to sign Areola as they have the option to buy him for a rumoured £11million.

    The Frenchman is also in the process of negotiating with David Moyes' side with West Ham wanting to accelerate talks now the player is back from international duty.

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    Botman ‘resisting’ Newcastle offer for Milan move

    Sven Botman is "resisting" Newcastle's transfer offer as he is holding out on a dream move to AC Milan, according to reports.

    The Dutchman looks certain to leave Lille this summer and is attracting interest from a number of top clubs from across Europe, writes Joshua Mbu.

    Milan and Newcastle appear to be frontrunners for the 22-year-old defender, with the Magpies able to offer big wages.

    However, according to La Gazetta dello Sport, Botman is "resisting" Newcastle's offer and is holding out on a move to Milan.

    Botman is said to have already agreed personal terms with the Serie A champions.

    But Milan are yet to tempt Lille into selling, with their £28.5million offer coming up short of the £34m asking price.

    The centre-back is willing to wait for Lille and Milan to agree terms.

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