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Liverpool closing in on young Dutch defender?

Liverpool near a deal for PEC Zwolle’s 17-year-old centre-back Sepp van den Berg, according to a report. Liverpool are reportedly nearing a deal for PEC Zwolle centre-back Sepp van den Berg. The Netherlands Under-19 international will not turn 18 until later this year but has already made 22 first-team appearances for his Dutch club. Van den Berg appeared on 15 occasions in the Eredivisie during the 2018-19 campaign under the management of former Manchester United centre-back Jaap Stam. According to Goal.com, Liverpool are hoping to complete the signing of the teenager, although Bayern Munich, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Sampdoria have also all been credited with an interest. Although largely a centre-back, Van den Berg also played on the right side of the defence for Zwolle last term. J...

Juventus, Napoli to fight for Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier?

Juventus and Napoli are reportedly ready to battle it out for the summer signing of Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier. Juventus and Napoli are both reportedly ready to up their interest in Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier. A mixed campaign – which saw Trippier make 36 appearances in all competitions – has allegedly led to Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino being prepared to part ways with the right-back this summer. The England international is not short of admirers, but The Mirror suggests that Juventus and Napoli are most likely to do battle for the 28-year-old. Spurs are said to be looking for a fee in the region of £25m, although each of the Serie A giants are seemingly prepared to meet the Premier League side’s valuation. A position could open up for T...

Arsenal eye swoop for Torino defender Armando Izzo?

Torino defender Armando Izzo’s agent will meet with Arsenal over the next couple of days to discuss a summer move, according to a report. Arsenal will reportedly meet with the agent of Torino defender Armando Izzo over the next couple of days to discuss a potential swoop for the Italian in this summer’s transfer window. Izzo, who made his senior debut for Italy in March, contributed four goals and one assist in 39 appearances for his Serie A club during the 2018-19 campaign. According to Tuttomercatoweb, Arsenal boss Unai Emery has identified the 27-year-old as a key transfer target and the Gunners are due to hold talks with the centre-back’s agent in London over the next couple of days. That said, the report claims that Torino are desperate to keep hold of Izzo – s...

Barcelona see bid for AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli rejected?

Barcelona reportedly fail with an offer to sign AC Milan defender Alessio Romangoli, who is regarded as an alternative to Matthijs de Ligt.

Real Madrid make late move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt?

Real Madrid reportedly make a late bid for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, who has been strongly linked with a switch to either Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain. Real Madrid have reportedly identified Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt as a potential summer signing. A number of clubs – including Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain – have been linked with the centre-back since the turn of the year after the 19-year-old’s impressive form for the Dutch giants. PSG are allegedly the frontrunners to push through a deal in the coming days, but it now appears that the Ligue 1 champions could face competition from Real. According to RMC Sport, Real have asked the youngster’s representatives whether he would entertain a move to the Bernabeu if an official approach was made in the ...

Everton open talks with Chelsea for defender Kurt Zouma?

A report claims that Kurt Zouma is at the centre of transfer talks between Chelsea and Everton, with the Toffees keen to add him to their squad on a permanent basis. Everton are in discussions with Chelsea about signing Kurt Zouma on a permanent deal, according to a report. The Toffees took the France international on loan for the 2018-19 campaign and are keen to add him to their squad on a full-time basis. Having already reached a £22m agreement with Barcelona to keep hold of Andre Gomes, The Telegraph claims that Everton are now looking to shake hands with Chelsea over a deal for Zouma. The Blues are currently banned from signing any new players for the next year, however, which could see them block the 24-year-old’s exit, particularly as Antonio Rudiger looks set to miss the start...

Leicester City defender Harry Maguire ‘yet to decide on future’

Leicester City defender Harry Maguire is yet to make a decision on his future, despite speculation regarding a move to Manchester City or Manchester United. Leicester City defender Harry Maguire is reportedly in no rush to make a decision regarding his future at the King Power Stadium. Maguire – who was a £17m signing from Hull City in 2017 – has made a total of 69 starts in the Premier League across the last two seasons, impressing enough to frequently find himself linked with a switch to a bigger club. Manchester City and Manchester United are said to be ready to launch an approach for the England international this summer, although Leicester’s valuation is allegedly higher than that of the two North-West giants. However, the Manchester Evening News has claimed that the...

Manchester United agree deal for Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka?

Manchester United reportedly reach a deal with Crystal Palace for England Under-21 international Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Manchester United have reportedly made the breakthrough in negotiations for Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The right-back was one of Palace’s most impressive performers this season, making a total of 35 starts in the Premier League. Wan-Bissaka’s form inevitably led to interest from elsewhere, and United have been attempting to agree a deal for the Eagles man since the end of the campaign. According to the Daily Record, United are on the brink of bringing in the England Under-21 international after agreeing to pay Palace a fee of £55m. The report suggests that Palace may also receive more money in the way of add-ons over the coming years, potentially t...

Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt ‘turns down Barcelona move’

Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt reportedly turns down the opportunity to sign for Barcelona this summer. Barcelona have reportedly failed in their attempt to push through a deal for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt. The 19-year-old has been linked with a number of top European clubs since the start of 2019 after starring for Ajax throughout this campaign. Barcelona were long considered to be the frontrunners for the Netherlands international before Paris Saint-Germain allegedly showed a willingness to hand the centre-back a more lucrative contract. According to El Larguero, De Ligt has now informed the Catalan giants that he will not be making the switch to Camp Nou this summer. The report adds that the youngster told president Josep Maria Bartomeu that he would ‘respect the decision of...

Liverpool, Arsenal interested in Southampton defender Matt Targett?

Liverpool and Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Southampton defender Matt Targett during the summer transfer window. Southampton defender Matt Targett has reportedly emerged as a transfer target for Liverpool and Arsenal. Targett has come through the academy setup at the South-coast outfit to make 63 appearances for the first team, which includes 36 starts in the Premier League. However, the 23-year-old has never established himself as first choice at St Mary’s, leaving him as a potential departure ahead of next season. According to teamTALK, Liverpool and Arsenal have started to contemplate an approach as they look to strengthen at left-back. Alberto Moreno and Stephan Lichtsteiner are leaving the Merseyside giants and Gunners respectively on free transfers at the end of ...

Manchester City to buy back PSV Eindhoven defender Angelino?

Manchester City are reportedly keen to re-sign former player Angelino, who spent last season at PSV Eindhoven. Manchester City are reportedly ready to sign Angelino this summer by activating a buy-back clause in the PSV Eindhoven defender’s contract. Angelino was with City between December 2014 and June 2018 – in which he made just three appearances – before being allowed to join PSV on a full-time basis. However, City only gave the green light to a sale on the basis that they were provided with the option to re-sign the left-sided player for a fee of £11m. According to the Daily Mail, Pep Guardiola is contemplating whether to meet that requirement in order to strengthen his options on the flank. The report suggests that Guardiola has been left impressed by Angelino’...

Arsenal ‘contact father of Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe’

A report claims that Arsenal have contacted Presnel Kimpembe’s father as they step up their interest in the Paris Saint-Germain defender. Arsenal have reportedly stepped up their interest in Presnel Kimpembe by contacting the Paris Saint-Germain defender’s father. The 23-year-old struggled to hold down a place in PSG’s starting lineup last season and may be allowed to move on this summer. Unai Emery worked with the France international at the Parc des Princes and SoccerLink claims that he is keen on a reunion. Arsenal are said to have been in touch with the player’s father to ascertain whether a deal is possible. Kimpembe has spent his entire career with PSG, but he is rumoured to be open to a switch to North London. Read Next: Meunier too expensive for Arsenal? >...

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