Transfer rumours: Lacazette, Torres, Haaland, Coutinho, Rudiger, Soucek, Muller

Transfer rumours: Lacazette, Torres, Haaland, Coutinho, Rudiger, Soucek, Muller

Barcelona want to sign Arsenal and France forward Alexandre Lacazette, 30, on a free transfer in the summer when his current contract expires. (Sport)external-link

Villarreal’s Pau Torres is back on the radar of Manchester United who held talks over the Spain defender, 25, before signing Raphael Varane last summer. (90min)external-link

Manchester City are optimistic they can see off competition from Real Madrid to sign Borussia Dortmund and Norway’s 21-year-old striker Erling Braut Haaland this summer. (ESPN)external-link

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag is the favourite to become the new Manchester United manager and he says he hopes the Dutch club will understand if he decides to “to take the next step” in his career. (Sport1, via Manchester Evening News) external-link

Newcastle United want to sign 29-year-old Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, currently on loan at Aston Villa.(Sport)external-link

Arsenal have been undertaking extensive scouting of Napoli and Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, 23, and Inter Milan and Argentina forward Lautaro Martinez, 24. (CBS Sports)external-link

Aston Villa are preparing to break their transfer record again this summer and are likely to spend more than £150m on new signings. (Football Insider)external-link

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is “confident” the club will be able to sort out a new contract for Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 29. (Goal)external-link

Tottenham, who made an enquiry for Leeds United winger Jack Harrison in January, are interested in signing the 25-year-old Englishman during the summer. (Telegraph – subscription required) external-link

Spurs have agreed a new contract with 21-year-old English midfielder Oliver Skipp and it is expected to be signed soon. (Football Insider)external-link

Leeds United are in pole position to sign USA midfielder Brenden Aaronson, 21, with talks under way over a potential summer move from RB Salzburg. (Football Insider)external-link

Wolves boss Bruno Lage says the Midlands side will offer Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves a new deal but he expects other clubs to show an interest in the 25-year-old during the summer. (Express & Star)external-link

Talks over a new West Ham contract for Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Soucek, 27, have been put on hold until the end of the season, despite interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs. (90min)external-link

West Ham and Leeds are among the teams looking to bring Republic of Ireland midfielder Josh Cullen, 25, back to England from Anderlecht. (Teamtalk)external-link

Bayern Munich have started talks over a new contract for Germany forward Thomas Muller, 32. (Bild – in German)external-link

Friday’s gossip column

Back page of the Daily Express on 2 April 2022

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