Manchester City have won the race to sign Borussia Dortmund defender, Erling Haaland. The deal is now thought to be worth 8 million euros and will see the Norwegian signing a six-year contract at the Etihad Stadium this summer.
Manchester City have a deal in place for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland. The Norwegian midfielder is set to join the club on a free transfer after the end of this season.
Although the January transfer window for 2022 has closed, there is still lots of speculation about who will be heading where. Transfer Talk provides you the most up-to-date news on speculations, arrivals and departures, and, of course, completed transactions!
TOP STORY: Is Haaland being pursued by the city?
Erling Haaland is the most sought guy in sport, according to The Daily Mail, and Manchester City has agreed to sign the Borussia Dortmund striker.
According to the source, when Haaland departs Dortmund, he will prefer to play at the Etihad, and personal details have been negotiated, with the structure of the agreement set to be signed off by City officials.
The 21-year-old has a €75 million release clause, but Mino Raiola’s agency fees and a signing-on incentive are expected to push the total beyond €100 million. City, who have made the Dortmund star their top target in the summer market, can still afford it.
Barcelona and PSG have shown interest in Haaland, but City, along with Real Madrid, now look to be the leading contenders for his services. Despite this, City remain the frontrunners to acquire Haaland, and it is expected that he will join Pep Guardiola’s squad next season.
One of the major issues surrounding the current City team is whether they would benefit from having a natural striker, and Haaland is exactly that, having scored 23 goals and assisted six more in only 20 games for Dortmund this season in all competitions.
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21.42 GMT: If the current report from the Express is correct, expect a lot of new faces at the Emirates next season. According to the source, as many as 13 players, including prominent names like Bernd Leno, Granit Xhaka, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Hector Bellerin, and Mohamed Elneny, might depart the squad this summer.
This may come as a surprise since Mikel Arteta’s team is just two points behind Manchester United for the last Champions League spot, with four games in hand. Nonetheless, Arsenal seem to be on the verge of a major roster revamp when the transfer market opens in a few months, thanks to a combination of expiring contracts, aging veterans, and a desire to bring in younger players.
20:59 UTC: According to The Times, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe and club management want to re-sign midfielder Sean Longstaff. Longstaff, whose contract at St James’ Park ends this summer, is one of the lowest paid players in the first squad, according to the UK site. Everton’s long-term interest in the 24-year-old, who joined the club’s academy when he was nine years old, has further fueled Newcastle’s desire to retain Longstaff with the resurgent Magpies in the future.
20:08 UTC: According to The Manchester Evening News, Manchester United is interested in Lyon attacker Moussa Dembele. Ralf Rangnick has apparently been urged to search for a young striker, and Dembele, who is 25 years old, fits the requirement, but he is only one of several options being evaluated.
Dembele, on the other hand, seems to be content at Lyon, according to insiders, and would be more interested in a squad position than a starting place in Manchester. This season, Dembele has nine goals in 19 appearances for Lyon.
18.44 GMT: Juventus have not given up hope of luring Gianluigi Donnarumma to the club. Despite the fact that Juventus was associated with Donnarumma last summer and he instead chose PSG, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus is allegedly not given up.
According to insiders, Donnarumma’s relationship with PSG is allegedly strained, and Juventus sees an opportunity to try again. They want to try again in the next transfer window, aiming to get the 23-year-old at a reduced price since he seems to want out of Paris.
Despite the fact that Alexandre Lacazette’s current contract expires at the end of the season, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said that the club would not begin contract discussions with the attacker until the summer.
Lacazette has only scored five goals in 26 games this season, but he has established himself as one of the team’s most experienced players. Following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s relegation and eventual departure to Barcelona in the January transfer window, the 30-year-old has even assumed the captaincy.
“As you know, we have conversations, and once we know where we are at the conclusion of the season, we will make a choice as a group,” Arteta added. “I don’t want anybody else to be thinking about anything else. We decided to do it in the summer, and we’ll do it as soon as the season is through.”
When asked how Lacazette feels about the situation, Arteta replied: “That’s a question for him to answer, but we have to make choices, and we decided to finalize it at the conclusion of the season. That’s exactly what we’ll have to do.”
16:45 UTC: Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to decide whether or not to continue at Real Madrid next season, according to ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
Despite the fact that Ronaldo is just halfway through his two-year deal, interim coach Ralf Rangnick has had to face reports that he is considering leaving Old Trafford only a year after his return.
Last weekend, the 37-year-old was in Portugal with his teammates as they suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Manchester City, and he was ruled out due to a hip ailment.
Rangnick remarked, “I haven’t questioned him whether he’s happy in Manchester or at this club.” “He’s back in shape, began training yesterday, and we’ll see what formation we’ll use tomorrow.”
“It’s pointless to reflect on the events of the last six or seven days. What matters is what occurs the next day. Tomorrow, he and Edi are both accessible.”
15.38 GMT: Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has suggested that if the team makes “significant progress,” he may extend his contract.
Conte signed a contract that runs through the conclusion of the 2022-23 season when he was hired in November, but he has made statements on multiple occasions that cast doubt on whether the option to extend that term would be used.
When asked whether he would commit to the club beyond the end of next season to send a message to his present team and possible new arrivals, Conte said: “Right now, there is only one truth, and that is that I am dedicated to this club for another year.”
“The club requested this circumstance, and I agreed since it was important for us to get to know each other first.” After four and a half months, both the club and I had a good understanding of each other. We have three months till the conclusion of the season to continue to develop our mutual understanding and then find the best option for all parties.
“It’s a pleasure to work with this organization. My goal is to fight in order to be competitive and to win. This is something I know my soul, heart, and intellect want. I’m hoping we’ll be able to match these two scenarios.
“It will be critical to have excellent eyesight. We demonstrated in January that we had only just begun to ameliorate the situation. To compete for the league title or to remain in the top four, we must make significant improvements, which we have begun to achieve with these players. We’ve made significant progress. However, you will need to take other critical measures in the future. And to be ambitious with facts rather than just words.”
According to Marca, Kylian Mbappe, a striker for Paris Saint-Germain, will sign a deal with Real Madrid next week.
Following Paris Saint-relegation Germain’s from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid, talks between the two sides have heated up in recent days.
Mbappe’s signature is expected on Friday, however Madrid will not make a formal announcement until the end of the season.
Mbappe, a long-term Real Madrid target, has yet to sign a new deal with PSG and will be a free agency this summer.
PSG has not given up hope of keeping the France international, with sports director Leonardo recently stating that the club would do “all necessary” to keep him.
Last summer, the French club spurned down a €200 million deal from Real Madrid for Mbappe.
Mbappe scored in both legs against Real Madrid, but PSG was knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16 3-2 on aggregate.
Sources tell ESPN’s James Olley that rival clubs are becoming confident that they can wrest Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, and Cesar Azpilicueta away from Chelsea despite the upheaval surrounding owner Roman Abramovich.
The United Kingdom government levied penalties on Abramovich on Thursday in a surprise move, essentially freezing Chelsea as one of Abramovich’s assets. The club’s sale is on hold, and they are unable to sign new players to new contracts as a result of the freeze.
Despite the fact that a sale cannot take place as things stand, sources told ESPN that Abramovich might file for a license to facilitate a transfer, which the UK government would examine.
Any such license would prevent Abramovich from profiting from the club’s sale while he is under penalties, and no offers have come close to matching the club’s $3 billion worth.
Several Chelsea players, including manager Thomas Tuchel, female players Ji So-Yun, Maren Mjelde, Jonna Andersson, and Drew Spence, as well as the men’s three, expressed reservations about Christensen’s future this week.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich are among the teams interested in signing the Danish centre-back. Barcelona are also hoping to sign Azpilicueta, who has been linked with Atletico Madrid, while Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Newcastle United are all interested in Rudiger.
Chelsea has been granted a special license by the government to continue operating, which includes playing fixtures, paying employees, and allowing season-ticket holders to attend home matches. This will be maintained under review until May 31, or until Abramovich buys Chelsea, whichever comes first, and there is optimism around Stamford Bridge that all three will be retained for the next season and beyond.
Prior to Thursday’s revelation, Barcelona had been becoming confident in their ability to sign Christensen and Azpilicueta, and although Rudiger was regarded to be more likely to remain, his future is now more uncertain than ever.
Ralf Rangnick has instructed Marcus Rashford to forget about the possibility of leaving Manchester United until at least the summer, and instead concentrate on helping the club finish the season strong by regaining his best form.
After United’s 4-1 derby loss to Manchester City, Rashford has been linked with a transfer away from Old Trafford. Despite United’s absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani, who will both return for Saturday’s encounter against Tottenham Hotspur, the 24-year-old sat on the bench until the second half.
Rashford has worries about his future, according to ESPN’s Rob Dawson. He’s under contract until 2023, with a one-year extension option, but he’s not in any hurry to sign it.
Rangnick, United’s interim manager, claimed he has talked to Rashford since then and that he is “glad,” but he also warned the England striker that now is not the time to speak about a move.
Rangnick told a press conference on Friday, “I talked with him yesterday [Thursday] and the day before yesterday, so I don’t know anything about it [wanting to leave].”
“He didn’t say anything to me, but he told me he’s still pleased and that he wants to do well for the club.” There was no indication that he was unhappy at this location.
“Right now, the window is shut. Even if he and his agents or family consider switching clubs at any point over the summer, he may do it, but only during the summer. The window has now been closed.
“It has nothing to do with the game tomorrow or the game on Tuesday.”
10.41 GMT: Conor Gallagher, a Chelsea loanee, has said that he has yet to make a decision on his future next season and is focused on a successful conclusion to his loan stay at Crystal Palace.
The 22-year-old had a fantastic season away from his home club, scoring eight goals and adding five assists to earn Premier League Young Player of the Year at the London Football Awards last week.
According to ESPN, Palace manager Patrick Vieira wants to retain Gallagher next season, but Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is open to reintegrating the midfielder into his first-team set-up at Stamford Bridge.
When asked whether he had considered his intentions for next season, Gallagher told ESPN’s James Olley, “No, no, not at all.” To be honest, I basically take each game as it comes. I haven’t given much consideration to the future.
“I don’t believe we can afford to look too far forward at this time of the season and where Palace are as a club.”
“We’ve got a crucial finale of the season ahead of us, with us in the FA Cup quarter-finals [against Everton] and requiring points [in the Premier League] as well.”
Vieira was in virtually daily contact with Chelsea last summer, according to ESPN sources, in an effort to attract Gallagher to Selhurst Park.
09.48 GMT: Internacional has announced that winger Wanderson has joined the Brazilian club on a season-long loan from Russian club Krasnodar.
Wanderson, who has a contract with Krasnodar until June 2024, will join the Porto Alegre club for the rest of the season. For an unknown sum, Internacional has the option to sign the 27-year-old on a permanent move.
Due to the conflict in Ukraine, FIFA has announced that international players contracted to Russian teams might temporarily stop their contracts. He was free to join another club on a temporary basis after joining Krasnodar in 2017 from Red Bull Salzburg, but he chose to return home.
He remarked, “I’m really thrilled to be here and to be a member of this club.” “It was simple for me to approve Inter’s concept once I saw it. I’m ecstatic to be a member of such a storied organization.”
9:00 a.m. GMT: Manchester United’s board of directors is becoming anxious that the club’s search for a new permanent manager is being harmed by the tumultuous conclusion of the season, according to ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
United has begun the process of choosing their new manager, with intermediaries being contacted to check the availability of desired candidates. However, there are concerns that a spate of bad results and the prospect of losing out on Champions League football, as well as uncertainties about senior players’ futures and tales of dissatisfaction within the group, are slowing down the process.
According to ESPN, at least one coach in the running for the position has used his own connections to measure the atmosphere in the locker room and analyze how committed important players are to staying at Old Trafford in order to determine the size of the reconstruction necessary. Candidates have also discussed what constitutes short-term success at the club, amid concerns that it may take years for United to become a genuine Premier League and Champions League competitor.
Mauricio Pochettino of PSG and Erik ten Hag of Ajax are the frontrunners for the job, but United has pledged to conduct a thorough search that would involve a variety of applicants. According to ESPN, the club hopes to make an announcement before the conclusion of the season so that the new guy may participate fully in the summer recruiting process. Managers and the recruiting department at Old Trafford have veto power over signings.
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GOSSIP ON PAPER (by Danny Lewis)
– Speaking of Haaland, Diario Sport has named four players Barcelona is considering if they are unable to sign the Norwegian international. Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad, Karim Adeyemi of RB Salzburg, Lautaro Martinez of Internazionale, and Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich will all be keeping an eye on the latter’s contract status.
PSG might face an exodus this summer, according to Foot Mercato, with Julian Draxler, Layvin Kurzawa, Mauro Icardi, Leandro Paredes, and Angel Di Maria among those who could be driven away. Then there’s Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Lionel Messi, all of whom might depart the Parc des Princes following a dismal season for various reasons. As if all of those names weren’t enough, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Gianluigi Donnarumma may be on his way to Juventus, despite the fact that the trade would be difficult to accomplish.
– While Jurgen Klopp has urged patience in the case of Mohamed Salah’s contract, Fabrizio Romano reports that the Egypt international and his agency have no intention of accepting the conditions provided. Salah’s first objective is to remain at Anfield beyond his current contract, which expires in 2023, but discussions have been deadlocked since December, and things will only change if the Reds make a better offer.
– According to Ekrem Konur, Barcelona and Juventus are both interested in signing Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo. The 26-year-old came via Barca’s La Masia program and is now under contract with Benfica until the summer of 2023.
– According to The Daily Mail, Wolverhampton Wanderers have offered Romain Saiss a contract extension, with his current term expiring in the summer. The Moroccan international has made an impression in Bruno Lage’s defense, attracting interest from all across Europe. Wolves are seeking to retain Saiss, and his representation want to make him one of the club’s best earners.
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