Transfer Talk: Man United among clubs eyeing Madrid’s Rodrygo

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

TOP STORY: Four Premier League clubs want Madrid’s Rodrygo

Four clubs from the Premier League are interested in Real Madrid winger Rodrygo, according to Sport.

Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Manchester United are all reported to be keen on the 23-year-old, though they are aware that a move to secure him could be difficult. Los Blancos aren’t currently looking to discuss a transfer for the Brazil international, but there is hope that they could be persuaded to negotiate if they receive an offer in the region of €100million.

Rodrygo, aware that uncertainty could emerge over his future after the arrival of Endrick and potential signing of Kylian Mbappé, is believed to be focused on continuing at the Santiago Bernabeu, where he signed a new contract in November that keeps him at the club until the summer of 2028.

He has contributed to 22 goals in 41 matches across all competitions this season.

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PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)

– An early advantage has been gained by Chelsea in the race for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, reports Calciomercato. The 25-year-old is continuing to be linked with a move away from the Serie A side this summer, and while Paris Saint-Germain are reported to be interested, it is the Blues who are said to be in “pole position” for his signature.

– Barcelona want to keep hold of on-loan Atlético Madrid forward João Félix this summer, says Sport. The Blaugrana are reported to be prioritising keeping the 24-year-old over João Cancelo, who is on loan from Manchester City. They are believed to be considering a new loan deal for the Portugal international, but this time with a clause that obliges them to sign him on a permanent basis.

– Lazio are eyeing a move for Napoli striker Giovanni Simeone, reveals Calciomercato. As uncertainty continues to surround the future of Ciro Immobile, new manager Igor Tudor is said to have identified Simeone, 28, as an ideal successor. He has scored just one goal in 21 Serie A appearances this season, but did enjoy bright form when playing as a starter for Verona in the 2021-22 campaign, when he contributed to 22 goals in 35 matches.

– Contact has been made by Chelsea for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Heorhii Sudakov, reports TeamTalk. The Blues are reported to be one of three Premier League teams in the race for the 21-year-old, with Manchester United and Arsenal also keen on his signature. It is believed that an offer worth €100million would be enough to secure him on a permanent deal.

– Manchester City have made a €15million offer for Liverpool Montevideo forward Luciano Rodríguez, according to Sport890. The 20-year-old has been a standout performer in the Primera Division Apertura this season, while also impressing for Uruguay at U23 level. He has previously been named in Uruguay’s senior squad, and it looks as though his performances have been capturing the attention of clubs in Europe.

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