Transfer Talk: Barca dealt blow in race for Bayern star Kimmich

We still have some time before the summer transfer window reopens in Europe, but there are plenty of moves in the works and gossip swirling around. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Bayern hopeful of keeping Kimmich

Barcelona’s hopes of signing Joshua Kimmich have taken a hit, with Bayern Munich ready to begin talks with the 29-year-old over a new contract, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The midfielder has been a long-term target for Barca, though the Spanish club are hamstrung by their ongoing financial issues. However, with the player openly expressing his frustrations with Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel, combined with the way the season has panned out for Bayern — with the reigning champions looking increasingly likely to finish second to Bayer Leverkusen — whispers over a departure for Kimmich had intensified into a roar.

However, new Bayern sports manager Max Eberl reportedly believes that the situation between the Germany international and the club will improve now that Bayern have confirmed that Tuchel will be leaving at end of the season.

Kimmich, whose contract ends in 2025, has also been linked to the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United.

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– Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has acknowledged on several occasions that he wants to keep midfielder Conor Gallagher, but the club remains likely to fast-track his departure to help stave off financial fair play issues. That’s according to Teamtalk, which believes that the Londoners will look to move Gallagher off the books before June 30.

– AC Milan are hoping to persuade their rising star Francesco Camarda to sign his first professional contract with them, but the Rossoneri face huge pressure from Paris Saint-Germain, among others. Footmercato reports the French side are among a number of clubs tracking the 16-year-old striker who has so far scored nearly 500 goals in under 90 matches for Milan’s various age groups.

– Lazio failed in their attempt to sign Jack Clarke from Sunderland in January, but the Italians are hoping for better luck in their pursuit of the winger, along with his teammate Jobe Bellingham, in the summer, according to Corriere dello Sport. Sunderland were reluctant to let 23-year-old Clarke leave for Italy in the winter transfer window, and it’s easy to see why: the winger has scored 15 goals and added four assists in 33 Championship matches this season.

– Five European clubs have been tracking highly rated Tottenham Hotspur youngster Callum Olusesi, but Fabrizio Romano reports that the 16-year-old is set to sign a new professional contract with the north London club. Tottenham were aware of interest from a number of clubs last summer, but they’re now confident of keeping the teenager for two more years at least, with the Nigerian set to sign a deal Monday that would keep him at the club until June 2026.

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