Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian are confident they will sign Diego Costa from Chelsea for a fee of £75m this summer. Billionaire owner, Shu Yuhui, has told the media in the country he has verbally agreed deals with “two or three stars“. It’s believed that a £650,000-a-week deal is on the table which would make the 28-year-old Spain international the world’s highest-paid player.
Man United manager Jose Mourinho says he will rest players for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Arsenal. United’s 1-0 Europa League semi-final first-leg win at Celta Vigo on Thursday was their 10th game since 1 April.
Sevilla will not let coach Jorge Sampaoli leave without someone activating his buy-out clause, according to club president Jose Castro. Sampaoli is the front-runner to become the next manager of the Argentine national team, with reports in Spain suggesting the Argentine Football Association (AFA) will look to appoint him at the end of the season. The Spanish side are happy with their coach, who is in his first season at the club, and insist he will not be allowed to leave unless his clause is activated.
Leicester City are interested in Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, according to reports. The 21-year-old centre-back, who is coming to the end of a two-season loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach from Chelsea, is allegedly surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
AC Milan are close to signing a deal for Villarreal’s Mateo Musacchio. They will receive around €18million for the defender and they are also close to securing a move for Chelsea transfer target, Franck Kessie from Atalanta.
Borussia Dortmund striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, met with PSG officials in Paris on Wednesday to discuss a possible €70million move this summer. The Man City transfer target spoke with sports director Patrick Kluivert over a deal worth €14million per season, it is understood.
Arsenal have lined up Malaga youngster Pablo Fornals as the man to replace Santi Cazorla. Cazorla, 32, has been out of action for the majority of the season and is it unclear whether he will extend his contract, which expires next month. Arsenal need a long-term successor for the Spaniard and they have lined up his compatriot Fornals, who has impressed at Malaga this term. He would be available for a fee of around €12m. However, the Gunners are not the only side interested in the 21-year-old – Valencia are also looking to secure his services.
Jose Mourinho is eyeing up AC Milan teenager Gianluigi Donnarumma and Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid, as potential replacements for keeper David de Gea who could leave for Real Madrid in the summer.
Slaven Bilic’s future at West Ham will be reviewed at the end of the season, Sky sources understand, but the Hammers boss would not be drawn on whether he will be offered a new deal. He said:
“It’s not the time to talk about it. It’s not about individuals it’s about the club. I am calm and focused on the next game.
“I don’t know, the only thing I’m thinking about is the game against Spurs.”
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil says his Arsenal future does not depend solely on Arsene Wenger staying on as manager. Ozil’s Arsenal deal – like that of Alexis Sanchez – expires in the summer of 2018 and the Germany international has previously hinted his future is linked to Wenger’s, who brought him to the Emirates from Real Madrid in 2013.
“It [my future] does not only depend on the manager,” Ozil said. “Of course he was the one who convinced me to join Arsenal and he was a main factor for me to come here.”
Man City have informed Monaco they are ready to spend £94m on 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe, after Man United’s £72m bid was rejected. However, Mbappe’s team-mate Radamel Falcao says the France international could join Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Former Man United midfielder Ryan Giggs, 43, is on the shortlist to become the next permanent manager of Middlesbrough.
Tottenham are ready to consider offers for unsettled England defender Kyle Walker, 26.
Bayern Munich and Brazil right-back Rafinha, 24, is open to a Premier League move, amid reported interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.
Chelsea are interested in Celtic forward Michael Johnston, 18, who is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Scottish champions.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is hoping to add experience to his squad in the summer by signing Chelsea defender John Terry, 36, and Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, 34.
Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez is likely to leave the Foxes in the summer because the 26-year-old Algeria international wants to play Champions League football. Meanwhile, the Foxes’ England Under-21 winger Demarai Gray, 20, will consider his future this summer after growing increasingly frustrated over a lack of game time.
Chelsea will listen to offers for 28-year-old Brazil winger Willian this summer. The Blues hope to sign Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale, 31, this summer after his contract runs out at the Seagulls.
Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano, 32, is planning a big-money move to China before returning to Argentina and ending his career at River Plate.
Argentina legend Diego Maradona has put himself forward as a possible successor to Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.
Chelsea fans have started a petition to name a stand at their new stadium after club legend John Terry, who is set to leave at the end of the season after 19 years.