LATEST – REAL MADRID’S GAFFER ZINEDINE ZIDANE MAKES SIGNING CHELSEA’S N’GOLO KANTE A PRIORITY DURING SUMMER (NEWS, GOSSIPS, GISTS, RUMOURS, TRANSFER SPECULATIONS & UPDATES)

Manager Zinedine Zidane has made signing Chelsea’s defensive midfielder N’Golo Kanté, a Real Madrid transfer target this summer. The Frenchman has made his interest in the newly-crowned PFA Player of the Year clear to Real President Florentino Perez.

 

Real Madrid will announce the signing of Brazilian starlet Vinicius Junior, 16, from Flamengo in the coming days. The fee is reported to be in the region of £38m, and will join the club in July 2018, when he turns 18.

 

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed the club will announce their new head coach on Monday 29 May – replacing departing boss Luis Enrique.

 

Arsenal’s hopes of signing forward Alexandre Lacazette, 25, appear to have ended after Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas revealed the long-time Gunners target has verbally agreed to join Atletico Madrid.

 

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is determined to return to Stamford Bridge this summer and will reject advances from Man United to seal a dream move back to Chelsea. The Everton star has enjoyed a prolific season with the Merseyside club, netting 25 times and after leaving Chelsea in 2012, hopes to make the most of another chance.

 

Leroy Sane clearly enjoyed his Champions League goal against Monaco earlier this season. The 21-year-old Man City forward has revealed he has a tattoo of himself celebrating the strike on his back.

 

Man United are keen to sign 24-year-old defender Michael Keane for £25m but Burnley boss Sean Dyche insists the Clarets will not sell unless a suitable deal can be struck.

 

Barcelona are one of a number of teams interested in Lazio centre-back Stefan de Vrij, according to sources in Italy. The Catalans are expected to bolster their defensive options this summer and they are believed to be keen on the Holland international who has been on the books at Lazio since joining them from Feyenoord in 2014. Meanwhile, Barca aren’t the only side chasing the 25-year-old, though, with Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan all keeping tabs on the Dutchman.

 

Bayern Munich have asked Arturo Vidal about Arsenal’s 28-year-old forward Alexis Sanchez, the midfielder has revealed. Also, the Chile midfielder says he is encouraging the Bundesliga club to sign his compatriot from Arsenal.

 

Monaco Vice President Vadim Vasilyev has signalled his intent to retain 18-year-old striker and Man United and Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe for at least another season. This follows a report that Monaco have rejected a world record £103 million bid from Real Madrid for him. The 18-year-old has enjoyed a sensational season scoring 24 times and starring as the French side reached the Champions League quarter-finals.

 

Leicester City and West Brom are competing to sign Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson, 24, but could have to pay up to £20m for the Boro captain.

 

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, 28, is in talks with Turkish side Fenerbahce about a £5m move, after being frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities behind Petr Cech.

 

Newcastle are poised to firm up their interest in Burnley’s 25-year-old striker Andre Gray.

 

Sunderland manager David Moyes, 54, will hold crunch talks with owner Ellis Short in London on Monday.

 

Chelsea are targeting Ajax’s 20-year-old Colombia defender Davinson Sanchez.

 

Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti admits it will be tough for the club to replace the recently retired duo of Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso. Lahm, 33, and Alonso, 35, both played for the final time on Saturday in Bayern’s 4-1 defeat of Freiburg.

 

Ronald Koeman has revealed he will meet Everton’s board on Monday to discuss Ross Barkley’s contract situation before the club releases a statement about the midfielder’s future.

 

Stoke manager Mark Hughes wants to keep hold of both goalies Jack Butland and Lee Grant this summer. Butland put in a “match-defining” performance against Southampton on Sunday, having won back his place from January signing Grant.

 

Diego Simeone, 47, has said he wants to remain as manager of Atletico Madrid. The Argentine has guided Atletico to the La Liga title and into two Champions League finals during his six seasons in charge, and with every passing year his reputation on the continent has grown. Simeone said on Saturday he would hold talks with the Atletico board about his future in Madrid and, following the 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao that saw his side finish third, he has made a decision.

 

Departing Chelsea defender John Terry has said he hopes the club keeps the same group of players, but expects big signings in the summer. Terry was speaking after his final match with Chelsea, on the day they won a fifth Premier League title said:

We need to keep the players we have initially. The Champions League, the amount of games we need to play, I think we need to strengthen in the transfer window. I’m sure the owner will do and he will sit down with the manager and discuss. I’d be surprised if there wasn’t five or six big players coming in at least in the summer.

 

 

Pep Guardiola has said he wants both Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany to remain with Man City. Aguero scored his 32nd and 33rd goals of the season at Vicarage Road, while Kompany got the opener, and Guardiola said:

They will be at Man City next season.

They improved a lot, Vincent playing eight or nine games in a row, and we saw something special with him.

 

 

Daniel Sturridge has said he wants to remain at Liverpool but it is not up to him. It has been a difficult season for the striker, who has had a string of injuries, but looked sharp in the win over West Ham last week. Asked if he was going to be at the club next season, he said: “That is for the club to decide, for myself I am enjoying my football.

Meanwhile, West Ham are reportedly keen on partnering the forward with Andy Carroll next season.

 

Craig Shakespeare says he will wait to sit down with Leicester’s owners before discussing his future at the club, but has given no time-frame on when the meeting will be.

 

Departing Chelsea captain John Terry says he wants to carry on playing after leaving Stamford Bridge this summer.

I am going to take a few weeks off now with my family to relax before making a decision (on my future),” Terry said.

But I want to carry on playing, whether it be for one or two more years.

And that is the reason I decided to leave the club as I did not want to stand in the way of all the young players.

 

 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he will settle his Borussia Dortmund future next week after edging out Bayern Munich rival Robert Lewandowski for the Bundesliga Golden Boot. The Gabon international, who has been heavily linked with a move away from Dortmund, insists nothing has been decided and any discussions will likely wait until after next Saturday’s DFB-Pokal Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

 

Atletico Madrid have had a bid for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao rejected. The Colombian forward has enjoyed a thrilling resurgence at the head of the Ligue 1 champions’ attack, scoring 28 times in 41 appearances this season. However, Falcao has rebuffed the offer as he is settled in France.

 

Outgoing Man City defender Pablo Zabaleta was offered to AC Milan but the two clubs failed to reach an agreement, paving the way for the Argentine to join West Ham for free. Zabaleta, 32, joined City in 2008 and helped them to two Premier League titles. Meanwhile, AC Milan will launch an ambitious bid to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. The Rossoneri are prepared to place a big-money bid to try and lure the former Juventus forward back to Serie A.

 

PSG have joined the race to sign highly-rated Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo. Semedo is also a Man City transfer target and would cost around £34.3m.

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