Transfer news LIVE: All the latest gossip from the Premier League and around Europe.
Wednesday, May 2
Salah to stay at Liverpool
09:15: Alan Shearer reckons Mohamed Salah will stay at Liverpool next season despite interest from Real Madrid.
“There is sure to be interest in Mo Salah this summer from the leading European clubs but I will be very surprised if they gave in as easily as they did with Philippe Coutinho,” Shearer told Coral.
“A lot obviously depends on the player and what he wants to do. Coutinho wanted to leave so they had to get the best deal for him. I expect Salah to be there next season at Liverpool.
“He is gunning in on Ian Rush’s club record for the most goals in a season. The problem he may have now is he could be rested for the next couple of league games.
“The form he is in, he has the opportunity to smash every record going. You have to admire him as he isn’t even playing as an out-and-out centre forward, which shows how good he is.”
Gerrard to Rangers latest
08:20: Just in case you missed it last night, Steven Gerrard confirmed he is in talks with Rangers over replacing Graeme Murty.
“Yeah there’s truth in the rumours,” Gerrard said.
“I’ve held initial talks with Rangers and the plan is to pick them up in a couple of days time. We’ll see (if it happens).
“Yeah there is (an interest), as I said I’ve held positive talks with them.
“The plan, obviously I’m busy for a couple of days now, but I’ll pick it up on Thursday and see if I can progress it.”
Chelsea eye Martial
07:45: Chelsea are considering a summer move for Manchester United misfit Anthony Martial – but the Red Devils don’t want to sell.
Antonio Conte is expected to leave at the end of this season after just two years in charge, but Roman Abramovich has already made it clear that moves to bring in players must start as soon as possible.
Martial is unhappy at Old Trafford and looking for a move to reignite his career.
The France forward has one more year left on his contract, with an option for a further year, and United look likely to cash in on a player who they paid £58m to sign from Monaco in 2015.
Chelsea are looking to strengthen their forward positions in particular this summer, and Martial’s versatility has attracted their attention.
Abramovich could face competition for the 22-year-old, with both Juventus – who have indicated they are prepared to pay around £45m – and Tottenham interested.
Salah won’t leave
07:30: Mark Lawrenson believes Mohamed Salah will still be a Liverpool player next season but admits a big-money offer from Real Madrid could be hard to resist.
“Unfortunately, there’s been a history of player sales and that’s just how the football club is – but I really don’t see it at all,” said the former defender, who made 241 appearances for the Liverpool during the Eighties,
“He loves playing for Jurgen Klopp, he loves his team-mates and he gets the whole Liverpool thing.
“He’ll already be on big money. Unless Real Madrid say they’ll treble his wages I don’t think he’ll go, but I suppose you never really know.”
07:00: Manchester United are reportedly confident of striking an agreement with Barcelona for Samuel Umtiti in the coming weeks.
mtiti’s future at the Nou Camp remains uncertain with the Frenchman locked in talks over a new deal, less than two years after joining.
Umtiti has a £52million release clause in his current contract and is thought to be demanding a huge wage increase to sign a new deal.
United are ready to take advantage of the situation and offer him a way out though.
Spanish publication Sport claim Mourinho is pushing ahead with his plans to secure Umtiti’s signature and talks have been held.
They go as far to say they expect talks to continue in the coming weeks with an agreement set to be reached between all parties before the World Cup gets underway next month.
06:30: Arsenal and Manchester United are both ready to pounce for Dries Mertens.
The Napoli star has a release clause of just £25million and both Premier League sides are interested in the forward.
Reports in Italy suggest Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has made sorting Mertens’ contract a priority.
But negotiations have been going on for a while, leaving the door open for a move to either the Emirates or United.
Calciomercato report that Napoli are looking to hand Mertens a new £3.5m-a-year contract.
But with talks stalling, Arsenal and United could both offer him a way out this summer.