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European heavyweights ‘battling to sign Torino defender’
Two Champions League quarter-finalists are among six clubs contending for the signature of Torino defender Nicolas N’Koulou, according to TuttoMercato.
The 30-year-old centre-back is a free agent at the end of the season, and PSG and Porto are said to be keen, as are Premier League outfit Leeds United.
Real Betis, Lyon and Monaco are also credited with interest in the 72-cap Cameroon international.
Milik: Door open to ‘big European clubs’
Arkadiusz Milik says he is pleased to be back in the goals after joining Marseille, but has not ruled out moving again in the summer.
Milik joined the French side from Napoli in January and has scored three goals in his first six appearances, but has been linked with several teams including Juventus.
The 27-year-old Polish international told L’Equipe: “I want to play in the biggest clubs. We’ll see. For now, I want to show myself here, and I want to be remembered in Marseille. I want the fans to remember my name.”
Man Utd set their sights on Martinez (Football Insider)
Red Devils mull over keeper raid on Villa
Emi Martinez is the latest goalkeeper to register on Manchester United’s radar, reports Football Insider.
With questions being asked of David de Gea’s future at Old Trafford, the Red Devils are now mulling over a move for an ex-Arsenal star that has impressed during a debut campaign at Villa Park.
Wolves open to re-signing Doherty
Wolves are, according to Football Insider, open to the idea of re-signing Matt Doherty from Tottenham.
The Republic of Ireland international left Molineux for Spurs in the summer of 2020 but has struggled to make an impact in north London and could be made available by Jose Mourinho in a cut-price deal a year on.
Gibbs agrees to join Inter Miami
Former Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has agreed a deal with Inter Miami, reports ESPN.
The 31-year-old full-back will move to America as a free agent when his contract at West Brom expires in the summer.
Barca & Real to battle it for Konate
Barcelona and Real Madrid are ready to battle it out for RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate, reports AS.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are also said to be monitoring the Frenchman after missing out on his club colleague and fellow countryman Dayot Upamecano to Bayern Munich.
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Chelsea and Man City to fight for Dahoud (Daily Mail)
The Dortmund midfielder’s recent form has ramped up speculation he could head to England
The Daily Mail claims Chelsea and Manchester City are among the top Premier League suitors for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud, whose long-range Champions League goal against Sevilla last month has rocketed him into a greater role in Edin Terzic’s side.
The 25-year-old has started four times this month alone in all competitions after riding the bench for most of December and January.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel helped recruit Dahoud to Dortmund in 2017, while Pep Guardiola is also quite familiar with the player from his time managing Bayern Munich.
Man Utd on alert as Celtic starlet rejects contract
Goalkeeper Vincent Angelini has rejected a new contract from Celtic, writes the Daily Record, putting Manchester United on alert.
For now, though, it appears the promising 17-year-old is most likely to train with Brighton ahead of a potential signing by the Seagulls.
Frankfurt consider Schweinsteiger for director role
Eintracht Frankfurt could make German legend Bastian Schweinsteiger their next sporting director, reports Bild.
Fredi Bobic, the man currently in charge of football operations, is expected to depart this summer.
Palmeiras make Barbosa loan agreement
Palmeiras have agreed on terms to bring in Danilo Barbosa from Nice on a one-year loan, writes ESPN.
The deal is contingent on documents being finalised, but it is expected to go through.
Charlotte FC loan out Bronico
Palhinha has no interest in Sporting Lisbon exit
Defensive midfielder Joao Palhinha has no interest in leaving Sporting Lisbon as the club coasts toward a league title, according to an interview published in the Record.
“He is very happy with Sporting, his coach and everything that is happening,” the 25-year-old’s agent said to the Portuguese news outlet.
Leicester City have been linked with a move for Palhinha, as well as Wolves.
Man Utd’s director of football responsible for Haaland flub
The person responsible for letting Erling Haaland slip through Manchester United’s fingers in 2018 was none other than recently appointed director of football John Murtough, writes Football Insider.
The identity of the club official who let RB Salzburg steal away Molde’s star striker because he had mixed up time zones had previously been unknown.
Forlan named manager of Club Atletico Atenas
Dortmund seek Origi on bargain deal
It seems unlikely Origi would serve as more than a depth piece for Dortmund considering he’s never had a double-digit league goal tally in his career and has battled knocks throughout his time at Anfield, but he does possess a great deal of experience as a substitute and was once considered one of Europe’s top attacking prospects.
Chelsea eagerly track Aguero developments (Daily Mail)
The Blues are ready to pounce if the Argentine chooses to leave Man City
It was already known that Sergio Aguero’s expiring Manchester City contract had captivated Spain’s top clubs, but the Daily Mail reports there’s also developing domestic interest in the striker, with Chelsea hopeful Aguero will want to remain in the UK beyond this campaign.
Aguero and City have still not held any talks about the future, the Daily Mail says, opening the door to a summer departure.
The forward has a long-documented injury history but remains lethal when healthy. As Timo Werner continues his inconsistent first season in the Premier League, Chelsea are perhaps in the mood to add someone with a proven track record in the competition to support their German signing.