Arsenal keen on Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko

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: Man City’s Zinchenko to Arsenal?

Arsenal are considering making a move for Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko, according to the Daily Mail.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reported to see the versatile 25-year-old as a midfielder in his plans, and looks set to enquire about a possible switch from the Etihad Stadium to the Emirates.

Having made just 10 starts in the Premier League last season, the Ukraine international has seen less playing time as Pep Guardiola has utilised Joao Cancelo on the left side of defence, but he could be a key player should he move to the Gunners.

It is understood that Zinchenko has maintained that he would like to stay at City and fight for his place, but his good relationship with Arteta developed while working together when the Spaniard was assistant manager at City and could see him open to a north London move.

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09.47 BST: PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino says he only found out that Kylian Mbappe was staying at the club half an hour before the player renewed his contract.

Mbappe, 23, had an offer to join Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer, but signed a new three-year deal with PSG.

“I officially found out that Kylian would continue [with us] when the president told me half an hour before, in my locker room,” Pochettino said. “And unofficially, I was following the media reports that said he was staying. A certain secrecy is fine because it was a very personal matter, and the decision was taken at the last moment. Well, I wouldn’t say I was surprised [of Mbappe’s decision.] We trusted in what was being said that he hadn’t decided, that he was open. The decision was made at the last minute.”

Asked if Mbappe made the right decision, Pochettino said: “I don’t know if he made the right one as these are personal decisions. For PSG and the French ​league, it is very beneficial. And it is a disappointment for a club like Real Madrid.”

Pochettino also spoke about his own future, amid reports that he could leave after failing to guide PSG to Champions League glory. Sporting Lisbon’s Ruben Amorim is among the candidates reportedly being considered by PSG to replace him this summer.

“As I’ve said before, I’m 100% here,” Pochettino said. “I have one year left on my contract and I hope to continue. The challenges are there. Being in a club like PSG it’s something that always motivates any coach. We’ve won all the titles that my predecessors won. The only title we haven’t won is the only title missing at the club, that no one has won here and the one we are yet to win in its more than 50-year history which is the Champions League.

“We are ambitious, we can fight for titles. It’s obviously a big disappointment not to win the Champions League because year after year the desire grows more with the fans. But I think in the one and a half years that I’ve been here, we know the club well. Now with the experience that we have, we can contribute. Having the opportunity to have another year here gives us the opportunity not only to win domestically but also the Champions League, which is a challenge that motivates us a lot.”

Meanwhile, PSG right-back Achraf Hakimi sent a consolation message to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez after the Spanish club’s failure to sign Mbappe.

Hakimi, who came through Real Madrid’s academy, was asked on Spanish TV show La Resistencia to send a message to Perez and he said: “A lot of encouragement and I hope you go for another big signing and good luck on Saturday [Real Madrid take on Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday in Paris.]”

09.36 BST: Barcelona are set to launch a final offensive to sign Chelsea pair Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Spain internationals have no intention of remaining with the London club next season, with both hopeful of returning to LaLiga. Both their contracts expire in June 2023 and Barca remain hopeful the new Chelsea owners will be open to negotiate their departures this summer for an affordable transfer fee.

Alonso was close to joining Barcelona on loan in January 2021 but the deal did not materialise.

09.01 BST: Sevilla have reached a preliminary agreement with Aston Villa for the transfer of Brazilian centre-back Diego Carlos, subject to a medical, the Spanish club announced.

The LaLiga club has not revealed the fee that the Premier League side will pay for the Brazil international, but local reports claim it will be around €30m.

“Sevilla FC wants to thank the player for the work carried out throughout these years at the club and wishes him the best of luck in his new professional stage,” the club said.

Diego Carlos, 29, was under contract with Sevilla until June 2024. He scored seven goals and made 136 appearances for Sevilla after arriving at the Andalusian club from Nantes in the summer of 2019. He won the 2020 Europa League title with Sevilla and in the same year he helped Brazil win gold at the 2020 Olympics.

08.43 BST: AS Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni‘s transfer to Real Madrid has been held up due to a tax issue, multiple sources have confirmed ESPN.

LaLiga champions Madrid are prepared to pay around €80m to land Tchouameni, who joined Monaco for €20m from Bordeaux in 2020.

However, the Spanish treasury considers the Principality of Monaco a tax haven and are therefore expected to demand Monaco pay 24% in taxes on top of the €60m profit they stand to make from the deal.

Sources close to the negotiations have told ESPN that the Ligue 1 club hope Madrid will pay the additional money, which is just under €15m, but the Spanish side are resistant to doing so.

A source close to Tchouameni played down the issue, saying everything is progressing “as expected” and that they expect the move to be completed next week.

08.14 BST: Leeds United have signed United States men’s national team star Brenden Aaronson from FC Salzburg, the club announced.

The midfielder has joined the Premier League club for a fee believed to be €27m ($29.5m), sources have told ESPN, and on a contract until 2027.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be here at this historic club, I am really excited for the new season,” Aaronson said. “I think it was around Christmas or January that I could see there was some interest and hearing about Leeds United being interested, it was a huge moment for me and I was super excited.

“I had known a lot about Leeds at that time and what a famous club it is, the fans they have and how dedicated they are, it was just a dream place for me.

“We’re going to have a big next season and I am really excited to be a part of it. I know the team is going to be up for it, so it is going to be an important season. I am not even thinking about my off-season, I am just excited to get back into it!”

08.00 BST: Liverpool forward Sadio Mane will reveal his future plans only after Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, the Senegal international said on Thursday.

Mane, who joined Liverpool in 2016 and has scored more than 120 goals for the Premier League club, was considering leaving Jurgen Klopp’s side in search of a new challenge, British media reported.

“This question [about my future] I will answer after Champions League [final], if I’m staying or not,” Mane, who has one year remaining on his Liverpool contract, told Sky Sports. “What I want to say now is I am fully focused on the Champions League and winning it, which is far more important for me and the Liverpool fans.

“That is the answer I must give before the final. But come back to me on Saturday and I will give you the best answer you want to hear, for sure. It’s special. I will give you all you want to hear then.”



Janusz Michallik reacts to Manchester City’s fourth Premier League title win under Pep Guardiola.

PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)

– Manchester United will table an official offer for RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku next week, according to Sky Sports Germany. Ralf Rangnick recommended the 24-year-old to the Old Trafford hierarchy, but it is understood that Leipzig do not want to move him on this summer. Nkunku is expected to attract plenty of interest when the transfer window opens, having contributed to 33 goals in 34 Bundesliga appearances.

– Southampton are keen on West Ham United defender Ryan Fredericks, reports the Telegraph. With Valentino Livramento sidelined after suffering an ACL injury in April, the Saints are looking to acquire a cover option at right-back this summer. Fredericks, 29, has been strongly linked with an exit from the London Stadium, with Fulham also interested in his services.

– Manchester United are close to reaching an agreement over a contract extension for David de Gea, reveals Ekrem Konur. The 31-year-old goalkeeper was a standout performer for the Red Devils in an overall disappointing season, and it looks as though new boss Erik ten Hag has identified him as one of the players he wants to work with at Old Trafford.

– Internazionale are close to reaching an agreement with AS Roma midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, reports Gazzetta dello Sport. The Nerazzurri have been in talks with the 33-year-old in recent weeks in a bid to land him on a free transfer, and it looks as though he is prepared to make the switch to San Siro. The Armenia international made 33 appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side last season.

– Tottenham Hotspur are looking to moving on from Harry Winks in the summer, according to the Daily Mail. Newcastle United and Southampton are reported to be keen on acquiring the 26-year-old midfielder, who could be signed for a fee of £25m. Winks has seen reduced playing time since Antonio Conte took charge of the team, and could be prepared to move on in search of regular minutes.

– Juventus and AC Milan are interested in signing Man City striker Gabriel Jesus, according to Calciomercato. With City set to welcome Erling Haaland in the summer, Jesus could be allowed to leave the Etihad Stadium. Arsenal have recently been linked with the 25-year-old forward, but the latest indicates they could have competition from the Serie A sides.