The summer transfer window is approaching, and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Gundogan told he can leave City
Manchester City look set to part ways with Ilkay Gundogan in the summer, with the midfielder informed that he can leave the Etihad Stadium when the transfer window reopens, according to the Daily Mail.
The 31-year-old will enter the final year of his contract in June, and despite previous reports suggesting that City would look to reward his form with a new deal, it now looks as though they are ready to move on from the Germany international.
While he has made 20 Premier League appearances this season, it is understood that he is at the point of his career where he wants to be assured of a place in the starting lineup each week, and Pep Guardiola would be unable to promise the desired playing time over the course of a long-term contract.
That has seen a shift in any hopes of a new deal become unlikely, leaving Gundogan, who joined Manchester City in 2016, considering potential suitors away from the club.
08.41 BST: Sporting Lisbon have activated the option to sign Spanish right-back Pedro Porro from Manchester City on a permanent basis.
Porro, 22, joined for around £5.5m in 2019 from City’s sister club Girona. He was immediately loaned to Real Valladolid for the season and then joined Sporting on loan in 2020 for a two-year spell, with an option to buy included in the deal.
Sporting did not confirm the transfer fee they have paid City for Porro but said in a statement that the Spain international has signed a contract with Sporting until 2025 and a €45m release clause has been set.
“I’m very happy,” Porro said. “When I came here, I knew I was coming to a great club, but I didn’t expect to have achieved what I’ve done in these two years and to have created the family, the strong group, that we have now.
“From the beginning, my aim was to help Sporting CP, where I knew that the demand is of a high level. It’s a big club and I’m very happy to continue.”
08.00 BST: Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has said he is “almost” ready to announce where he will play next season as Real Madrid continue to chase his signature.
The 23-year-old’s contract at PSG expires this summer, although head coach Mauricio Pochettino said last month he is “100% sure” that Mbappe sign a new contract at the club.
Sources told ESPN that positive talks between PSG president Nasser al Khelaifi and Mbappe’s representatives took place in Doha last month with the club confident they can persuade him to stay in Paris, despite Madrid’s interest.
Speaking at the UNFP awards, where he was named Ligue 1 Player of the Year for the third consecutive season, Mbappe said: “It will be known very soon, it’s almost done. My decision is made, yes, almost.
“Why was I so slow? You have to respect all parties.
“I know that people expected a lot from me. That’s normal. I’m in a hurry too. But it’s not only about me.
“But here it is, it’s finished right now, there are just some details left.”
PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)
– Kylian Mbappe‘s future is becoming clearer, with the Athletic reporting that the Paris Saint-Germain striker has agreed personal terms with Real Madrid. The France international’s future has been up in the air since failing to agree a new deal at the Parc des Princes, and after suggestions that he was yet to make his final decision last week, the latest now indicates that the 23-year-old has decided on the Santiago Bernabeu as his next destination.
– Aston Villa are willing to meet Boubacar Kamara‘s salary demands, writes Ekrem Konur. The Premier League side have been tracking the 22-year-old midfielder in recent months, with his Marseille contract set to expire in June, and it looks as though they could now make an approach to secure his services. He is reportedly looking for a salary of around £150,000 per week.
– Xavi Hernandez has no intentions of letting Frenkie De Jong leave Camp Nou amid interest from Manchester United, according to Sky Sports Germany. The 25-year-old’s future has been linked away from Barcelona in recent weeks, with reports that Erik ten Hag wanted to bring him to Old Trafford, though the Blaugrana’s stance suggests that he will remain in LaLiga.
– Chelsea are ready to make a move for Robert Lewandowski if his switch from Bayern Munich to Barcelona doesn’t materialise, reveals the Guardian. The 33-year-old Poland international striker looks to be eyeing a new challenge in the summer, and that has seen the Blaugrana race to the front of the queue in the contest for his signature. Should that move stall, Thomas Tuchel is expected to activate a pursuit with hopes of persuading him to head to Stamford Bridge.
– Palmeiras prospect Endrick has signed his first professional deal with the club, with a contract that includes a £60 million release clause, says Fabrizio Romano. The 15-year-old Brazil youth international has signed a three-year deal with the Brasileiro Serie A side, where his progress is being watched from a number of top clubs from across Europe.