The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.
TOP STORY: Liverpool still keen on Sancho
Klopp earlier this week revealed that City refused to negotiate the winger’s exit to Anfield because they didn’t want to sell to a Premier League rival, saying: “We are not blind – we saw him, we liked him and then we think ‘Can we get him?’ No. Because English clubs don’t sell to other English clubs.
“I don’t know exactly what the reason is for that but they don’t do it. Now they can go to Germany which is a wonderful league.”
However, Klopp feels he might have more luck now that Sancho is in Germany and at the club he used to manage.
Sancho is also reportedly attracting Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea, but whoever signs him might have to break the bank. Dortmund sold Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona for £100 million in 2017, a fee that could rise to £135m, and the Bundesliga leaders would be looking to cash in on their latest hot property for a similar amount.
Paratici said the Bianconeri had made enquiries about Icardi before signing Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, and he added that “questions about Icardi may be on the agenda again, or not, next summer.”
12.36 GMT: The agent of Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic has refused to deny speculation linking his client with Juventus.
“His contract with Atletico expires in 2022,” Zarko Pelicic told Tuttomercatoweb when asked about interest from Juve, ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League round-of-16 first leg between the two clubs. “He’s happy in Madrid.
“We will see, however, what happens in the future. That’s all I can say right now. The rumours about Savic don’t surprise me because they’ve always existed.”
11.38 GMT: Ex-Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has joined FC Zurich as a player-coach.
However, the 38-year-old will not be available for the Europa League round of 32 second leg clash away at Napoli, which the Swiss side trail 3-1.
Florent Malouda, der ehemalige 80-fache französische Nationalspieler und mehrjährige Stammspieler bei Olympique Lyon und dem Chelsea FC, wird ab 1. März 2019 vollamtlicher Mitarbeiter beim #FCZ:
👉🏽https://t.co/TxqMrh29oo #fczuerich #stadtclub pic.twitter.com/G7mC24gNLC
— FC Zürich (@fc_zuerich) February 19, 2019
It seems almost impossible to imagine but, at 31, the end of his career is far nearer than the start — you would think at least.
Bartomeu said Barca will be looking at the “three great schools of footballers — the Brazilian, the Dutch and the French.”
Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus did something similar when he left Palmeiras for the Etihad Stadium in 2016.
08.50 GMT: Real Madrid left-back Marcelo met with sporting director Jose Angel Sanchez on Monday to express his disappointment over his current situation at the club and the possibility that he could leave Los Blancos in the summer, according to Cadena Cope.
Marcelo has been at Madrid for 10 years but has lost his starting place this season.
The Brazil international did start in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Girona and came under heavy criticism from the Madrid faithful for his under-par performance.
08.05 GMT: Real Madrid has almost wrapped up the signing of Porto defender Eder Militao, according to Marca.
The Spanish sport daily reports that the Brazil international only have to sign on the dotted line to complete a move to the Bernabeu for around €40m.
Militao, 21, is a versatile defender who can play at right-back or in the heart of the defence.
PAPER TALK (by Nick Judd): Arsenal to restart Banega chase
The Gunners reportedly hoped to land the 30-year-old in the January window, but they didn’t have the funds necessary to seal the deal. That should change in the summer, when they could afford to trigger his £17m buyout clause.
Emery has twice worked with the Argentine, first at Valencia and then Sevilla, where the pair won the Europa League together in 2015 and 2016.
Spurs on hunt for new defender
With Mauricio Pochettino expected to be shopping for a new centre-back this summer, Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi‘s name is the latest to be linked with a move to North London.
According to El Desmarque, both Spurs and Arsenal are tracking the 27-year-old, who so far has made 34 appearances in all competitions for the Spanish side this season and who is set to make his century of appearance in the next few weeks since his move to the club in 2016.
A central defender who also can play as a full-back on either side, the Algerian international has been in impressive form this season. His versatility would suit Spurs, but they would have to meet a £26m release clause to secure his signature.
Race hots up for Bundesliga’s top striker
Serbia international and Eintracht Frankfurt frontman Luka Jovic is a wanted man. The scorer of 19 goals in 29 appearances has seen Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern Munich all monitor his services, but Goal is reporting that Barcelona are at the front of the queue.
Frankfurt are said to be hopeful of completing the permanent signing of the Benfica loanee this summer for around £5.5m before then looking to get around 10 times that amount for his signature.
– West Ham United’s rising star Martin Samuelsen is set to return to Norway and join FK Haugesund, according to Haugesunds Avis. The Hammer has been recalled from his loan spell at VVV-Venlo in the Eredivisie after just 400 minutes this term, and he reportedly is looking for more first-team action in his homeland.
– Stoke City are keen to offload striker Saido Berahino following his latest arrest, according to the Daily Mail. Berahino was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in the early hours on Monday, and the striker’s antics are said to have angered club officials who are now keen to sell as soon as transfer window opens.
– Romain Saiss is set to sign a new deal at Molineux, according to the Telegraph, ending reports linking him with a move away from the Midlands. Saiss, 28, is the latest player said to be committing his future to Wolves, following the contract extensions for Conor Coady and Matt Doherty last week.