The summer transfer window is approaching, and there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s going where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumors, whereabouts and, of course, deals!
TOP STORY: Barcelona seek Robert Lewandowski for the long term
Barcelona plan to do everything they can to bring Robert Lewandowski at Camp Nou this summer, according to a report from Sport.
The Spaniards are hoping to sign the 33-year-old Poland international on a three-year contract, with the striker currently weighing his options, rather than extending his existing contract with Bayern Munich, which is due to expire in 2023.
Lewandowski is believed to be looking for a new challenge, especially after Bayern’s shock Champions League exit at the hands of Villarreal. Meanwhile, Barcelona believe he has the character and leadership qualities they have been missing since. Lionel Messileft last summer.
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Lewandowski has scored 309 goals in 379 appearances in Germany but seems to have doubts about extending his stay in the Bundesliga. Although Lewandowski’s talks with Bayern are set to continue, it looks like Barca are able to offer him what he wants, which is long-term security.
Bayern are reluctant to let their talisman leave the club, but they would consider a deal if they can get around €60m. Barca are looking to part ways over €25m so there’s still a lot of work to be done between the two clubs.
– Borussia Dortmund are pushing Manchester City to make a decision on Erling Haaland, according to the Sun. They believe the German club want a decision as soon as possible so they can plan for the 21-year-old striker’s replacement. Haaland has a £64million release clause in his contract, which activates this summer, and Manchester City are leading the race for his signature ahead of Real Madrid. Dortmund haven’t given up hope of persuading Haaland to stay, but with City boss Pep Guardiola seemingly desperate to land a striker, it looks like this could finally be the summer in which the Norwegian moves on. new pastures.
– Eden Hazard will under-move this summer to prove himself at Real Madrid, according to his brother, who spoke to RTBF. It had been claimed that Hazard could be a shock signing for Arsenal this summer, but Kylian Hazard believes his brother will try to turn around his form, which has been underwhelming and beleaguered by injury since moving to the Bernabeu from Chelsea. Talks between Real and Arsenal are believed to have taken place, but it looks like Hazard doesn’t want to leave the club until he’s reached his best form.
– The Everton star Richarlison instructed his agent to find him a new club at the end of the season, according to Football Insider. The 24-year-old is currently embroiled in a relegation battle as he seeks to keep Everton in the Premier League, but whatever happens he seems keen to leave the club in search of Champions League football. The Brazilian forward has two years left on his current contract but despite tough talks between the club and the player’s representatives, it looks like he could be on the move at the end of the season.
– Barcelona are keen to get Philippe Coutinho‘s future sorted out before June so they sort out their finances and their own team upgrades, Sport report. The Catalan club hope to recover 40 million euros for the attacking midfielder, currently on loan at Aston Villa. Villa boss Steven Gerrard is keen to make Coutinho’s stay a permanent one, but Villa are unwilling to meet the asking price and instead want to negotiate a lower fee. However, Barca might decide to ask the 29-year-old’s representatives to speak with other clubs. Ultimately, Barcelona are looking to strengthen their squad this summer, but they need to move on to players such as Coutinho before they can dive into the transfer market themselves.
– Alexandre Lacazette looking increasingly likely to leave Arsenal this summer, and L’Equipe are reporting that the 30-year-old could be on his way back to former club Lyon. The France international joined the Gunners in 2017 from Lyon and is wanted by Ligue 1 president Jean-Michel Aulas, with Lacazette’s contract due to expire in June. Lyon approached Lacazette earlier in the year in hopes of persuading him to sign a pre-contract deal, but now they are hoping to complete the deal the second time around. Lyon also target Real Madrid striker Karim Benzemabut Lacazette is considered the easiest signing.