Today’s Football Transfer Recaps


Chelsea are favourites to sign Argentine striker Sergio Aguero when he leaves Manchester City in the summer as the 32-year-old is determined to remain in the Premier League.

Portuguese club Benfica are the latest club linked with a move for Aguero since it was announced on Monday that he will leave Man City at the end of the season.

Arsenal and Independiente, the Argentine club where Aguero started his career, are also said to be among the host of clubs – including Barcelona, Juventus and Paris St-Germain – keen to sign him as a free agent in the summer.

Liverpool could “muscle in on” Barcelona’s pursuit of 27-year-old Lyon and the Netherlands striker Memphis Depay, who will be a free agent in the summer.

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, and his agent Mino Raiola are set for meetings in London with Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool on Friday about a move for the Norwegian 20-year-old. The pair have already met with Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Liverpool, however, are not expected to further pursue any move for the sought-after Haaland and Chelsea remain the most likely English club to land his signature.

Dortmund want at least 150m euros (£128m) for Haaland, which would make him the third most expensive player of all time after PSG duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

England striker Harry Kane, 27, will be staying at Tottenham this summer because the club will not let him join a Premier League rival and do not expect a European side to offer their £175m asking price.

Argentine forward Lionel Messi, 33, has issued Barca president Joan Laporta a list of demands of what it will take for him to sign a new contact at the Nou Camp.

Arsenal and Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 25, who is on loan at Atletico Madrid, says he wants to return to South America following the death of his mother and is determined to join Argentine side Boca Juniors to fulfil a promise he made to his father.

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce wants on-loan Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher to remain at the Hawthorns if they can avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the future of French striker Alexandre Lacazette will be addressed in the summer, by which time the 29-year-old – who has been linked with Roma, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla – will be into the final 12 months of his current deal.

Sheffield United have put Alexander Blessin, boss of Belgian side Oostende, on their list of possible replacements for Chris Wilder.

Olympiakos are considering a loan move for Arsenal’s 21-year-old English winger Reiss Nelson.

Arsenal’s versatile 23-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles expects to leave the club this summer after finishing his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion.

Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos says the 29-year-old Italy midfielder, who has been repeatedly linked with a return to Napoli, will “100%” remain at Chelsea beyond the summer.

Crystal Palace are planning a £50m squad overhaul this summer that could see them replace Roy Hodgson with a new manager to lead the rebuild.

Arsenal are set to renew their interest in RB Leipzig’s 23-year-old French midfielder Christopher Nkunku this summer.

Aston Villa’s Belgian defender Bjorn Engels could return to his native country in the summer, with Royal Antwerp interested in the 26-year-old having failed to sign him in January.

Atalanta’s Colombian striker Duvan Zapata, 30, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea and Liverpool, has spoken about “one day” playing in the Premier League and revealed he grew up as an Arsenal fan.

Everton full-back Thierry Small, 16, is willing to turn down a three-year professional deal in order to pursue first-team opportunities elsewhere, with Manchester United, Arsenal, Brighton and Brentford among those keen on his services.


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