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TOP STORY: Spurs finally ready to spend big on Ndombele
France international Ndombele is top of Mauricio Pochettino’s wish list, and the board are ready to back the manager to the tune of £60m — more than Spurs have ever spent on a single player.
Both Manchester United and Manchester City are also reported to be in the running for the 22-year-old, with Juventus interested as well, but Spurs are “the most serious about pursuing a deal.”
Lyon signed Ndombele for just £7m last summer but are now hoping for a huge profit.
11.20 BST: Arsenal are on the verge of a move for Dynamo Dresden goalkeeper Markus Schubert, according to the Independent, which says he will join the Gunners on a free transfer. The 21-year-old is then likely to be loaned out next season and could join a Championship club.
10.49 BST: Matthijs de Ligt should join Barcelona or Manchester City rather than moving to French champions Paris Saint-Germain when he leaves Ajax, Ronald de Boer has said.
10.29 BST: Wolves could make a move for Burnley’s England centre-back James Tarkowski, the Birmingham Mail reports, saying the 26-year-old “has caught the attention of Molineux officials.”
10.08 BST: Bayer Leverkusen are among the clubs chasing Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard, Bild reports, as they look to replace Julian Brandt. “He’s an interesting player for us,” Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes said. Madrid are reported not to want to sell Norway international Odegaard, but send him on another loan.
09.41 BST: PSG right-back Thomas Meunier has been speaking about his future to RTBF and said: “I will repeat myself again: my ambition is to stay in Paris. If they want me, that will be even better — we will be hand in hand. If they do not want me, then we will find a solution.”
Meunier has been linked with Arsenal and Man United in recent weeks.
09.09 BST: Sheffield United are hoping to land Bayern Munich legend Franck Ribery on a free transfer. The 36-year-old reportedly does not want to leave Europe and is not interested in moving to either Australia or Qatar.
According to kicker, Ribery has been identified as a potential star signing for the Blades, who return to Premier League next season. However, the former France international has yet to make up his mind and continues to wait for offers from bigger clubs.
08.46 BST: Brazilian forward Rodrygo bade farewell to Santos fans in Wednesday’s 1-0 league win over Corinthians.
The 18-year-old, who will join Real Madrid this summer, could not hold back the tears — though he did not feature against Corinthians he was given a send-off worthy of a star during half-time.
Rodrygo told Santos FC TV: “I have mixed feelings as I’m leaving the place where I’ve been since I was 10 but, at the same time, I feel good because I leave knowing I’ve done a good job here. Who knows, perhaps one day I will return.”
As for his next chapter at Madrid, he said: “Of course it motivates me to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world. That can also scare you but that fear is good because it motivates you even more. I want to prove why this club believed in me and signed me.”
08.25 BST: Pep Guardiola will not be taking a sabbatical at Manchester City, sources have told ESPN.
Guardiola later refuted the suggestions at a golf tournament in Spain where he said: “The news comes out, is repeated and is not checked. I have two years of contract and, if they do not kick me out, I will continue.”
08.00 BST: Denis Suarez has declared his intention to leave Barcelona this summer but hopes to remain in La Liga.
Suarez played eight games for Barca before being sent on loan to Arsenal in January, but injuries limited the 25-year-old to just six appearances for the Gunners.
A reported target for Valencia, Suarez, who is tied to Barca until June 2021, told Cadena Ser radio: “What I want is to leave Barca and play. My aim is to stay in La Liga. I’ve been two months in Barcelona recovering from an injury and no one at Barca has told me anything. Barca is trying to find a place for me. I want to play and I hope they can resolve it as soon as possible. My agent is talking to executives. I would like them to be clear. I’m not going to do anything to leave Barca on bad terms. If it didn’t work out, I will try elsewhere.”
PAPER TALK (by James Capps)
Milan told to pay up for Lovren
Lovren will turn 30 next month and his contract runs until 2021, hence the somewhat low figure for a Champions League winner.
Napoli must be sharp for Ospina signing
Ospina spent the season on loan at the Serie A club, who will be charged £3.1m should they buy him outright.
A clause in the loan deal meant that, had Ospina played 25 games last season, they would have been obliged to buy him, but he played 24 and Napoli now have until Saturday to make up their minds.
Ospina has only one year left on his contract at Arsenal, so Napoli could target him for £2m, the report says.
– Barcelona are interested in 17-year-old Watford midfielder Joao Pedro, according to Sport. The Fluminese academy graduate, tipped to become one of Brazil’s next star players, is also interesting Manchester United and Liverpool.