LIVE Transfer Talk – PSG hope move for Leipzig’s Nkunku makes Mbappe stay

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 rumors, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: PSG want Nkunku return to aid Mbappe stay

Paris Saint-Germain are hoping to bring Christopher Nkunku back to the club from RB Leipzig, according to Foot Mercato.

The 24-year-old forward is one of many who have come through PSG’s famed academy before leaving without making their full impact on the first team and then going on to impress elsewhere.

Nkunku made a total of 78 appearances for Les Parisiens during his time there, including 40 from the bench, before joining RB Leipzig in 2019.

He is now one of the most sought-after players in Europe, having recorded an incredible 27 goals and 17 assists in 40 appearances across all competitions this term.

Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona are all among those interested in signing the France international, but PSG are the most serious about bringing him back to the club. The reports say that PSG have even started negotiations with his representatives ..

In addition to bringing in a talented player, PSG are also hoping that re-signing Nkunku could even persuade Kylian Mbappe to stay beyond the end of his contract this summer, despite persisting reports that have linked him with Real Madrid.

Sky Sports Deutschland reports that RB Leipzig will do all they can to keep Nkunku and are offering an improved contract extension to keep him past his deal through 2024. Leipzig would also include a release clause that could rise as high as € 65 million in an effort to show that they are willing to compromise.

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12.09 BST: Tottenham want to re-sign Brentford’s Christian Eriksensays iNews.

Inter Milan terminated the midfielder’s contract in December after he suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020 and was fitted with a heart-starting device, something that prevents him from playing in Serie A.

In January, Eriksen signed for Brentford on a short-term deal until July and has been in fine form since getting back on the pitch.

Manchester United and Newcastle have been linked with him, but the report claims “Brentford will put a long-term offer to the Denmark international,” with his former club Tottenham taking an interest.

11.09 BST: Surely not? More Manchester United transfer news? Oh go on then …

The Manchester Evening News reports that United are working on a deal to sign Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

Phillips, 26, has been a star performer since Leeds were promoted to the Premier League in 2020 and has been rated at around £ 50m after breaking into the England squad as well.

United are keen to strengthen their midfield and are also eyeing Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham, though that pair would cost in excess of £ 100m each,

Phillips is contracted to Leeds until 2024 but has yet to agree new terms.

10.44 BST: Would PSG’s Mauricio Pochettino be a better manager for Man United?

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Mark Ogden explains why Manchester United have chosen Erik ten Hag as their next manager.

09.50 BST: Inter Miami striker Gonzalo Higuain has denied his father’s claims that he will retire.

Higuain, 34, has a contract which expires in December but Miami has an option to extend it by 12 months. The Argentina international’s father, Jorge, appeared on Argentine channel TNT Sports with the claim that his won “is retiring from the sport” but Higuain Jr. said that was wrong.

“It was a misunderstanding he had with me,” he told reporters at a news conference. “I never told him I was retiring. He misspoke, and that can happen, but this is very far from reality. I am focused on my club, on fulfilling my contract and when the time comes, if that decision is made, I will be the one communicating it, only me. “

The former Real Madrid and Juventus striker added that he was not thinking about a potential date to hang up his boots: “Obviously, I’m close to that time in which I’ll stop playing football, but that’s not on my mind at the moment. “

09.17 BST: The media is awash with stories about Erik ten Hag‘s transfer plans when he joins Man United.

The Daily Telegraph says that Tottenham striker Harry KaneWest Ham midfielder Declan Rice and Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn are on his shortlist.

Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani are expected to depart, while the future of Cristiano Ronaldo remains uncertain too, and Ten Hag will need to find replacements.

08.47 BST: Brighton & Hove Albion are demanding £ 5m from Premier League rivals Newcastle United before they let technical director Dan Ashworth move to St James’ Park, the Daily Mail reports.

Ashworth resigned from his role at Brighton in February in order to take up a sporting director position at Newcastle, who appointed him shortly after the completion of the club’s takeover by the Saudi-backed PFI.

However, Brighton placed him on gardening leave, and contractually they can maintain that situation until November, the Mail reports, meaning Newcastle must pay the compensation if they want the man hired to oversee their transfer business to begin working for them in time for the summer window.

08.00 BST: Manchester United are set to finalize the appointment of Erik ten Hag as the club’s next manager, sources have told ESPN’s Mark Ogden and Rob Dawson.

Ten Hag, 52, who was interviewed by United last month, had been on a four-man shortlist alongside Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino, Spain coach Luis Enrique and Sevilla’s Julen Lopetegui. Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel and Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann were ruled out as being unattainable due to their commitment to their present employers.

Sources in England and the Netherlands have told ESPN that United have settled on Ten Hag as their new manager and that the Ajax manager is ready to leave the Dutch champions to take charge at Old Trafford at the end of the season.

United’s pursuit of a new manager has been led by football director John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher, who have reported to chief executive Richard Arnold, with joint-chairman Joel Glazer having the final decision on the appointment.

While some at United considered PSG boss Pochettino, sources have told ESPN, Arnold and Glazer are in agreement that Ten Hag is the best candidate to replace interim manager Ralf Rangnick, who has been in charge since December.

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Craig Burley sees so many problems at Manchester United and isn’t sure Erik ten Hag will be able to succeed there.

PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)

– ESPN sources say that Manchester United are close to finalizing an agreement to hire Ajax Amsterdam manager Erik ten Hag, and The Sun is reporting that the incoming manager has already started a wishlist of players to add to the squad at Old Trafford. Atop that list is Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Ruben Neves. The Red Devils have been longtime admirers of the Portugal midfielder, and the reported new boss is said to share their enthusiasm for the £ 40m-rated 25-year-old.

– Chelsea center-back Antonio Rudiger, who is set to be a free agent in the summer, is at least € 2m per season away from Juventus’ wage valuations as the player and club discuss a possible move, according to Calciomercato. If a deal is reached, the signing bonus and commissions will total € 20m, adds the report. The Germany international’s representatives are also in conversation with Barcelona, ​​PSG and Real Madrid. There is also a chance that he could stay at Stamford Bridge, depending on the Blues’ situation.

– AC Milan are close to completing a deal for Lille center-back Sven Botman, worth an initial € 30m plus a possible € 3m in add-ons, reports Calciomercato. The Serie A leaders will now wait to see the extent of the cash influx for reaching next year’s Champions League ahead of an agreement with the Dutchman.

– Rubin Kazan winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has decided that he wants to join Napoli, who are willing to sign him for € 8m and are offering a contract until 2027, reports Corriere dello Sport. The 21-year-old is playing for Dinamo Batumi in his homeland of Georgia, following FIFA’s ruling that foreign players in Ukraine and Russia are allowed to leave their clubs. There has previously been interest in him from Liverpool and Sevilla.

– West Ham United have registered their interest in signing Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, writes Football Insider. The 22-year-old has rejected various renewal proposals from the Gunners with his contract culminating in the summer. There has been heavy interest from the Bundesliga, but the Arsenal academy graduate has not signed a precontract agreement, leading to the Hammers asking to be kept abreast of developments.

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