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The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the new rumours floating around Europe's big leagues and beyond.

TOP STORY: Juventus to battle Man United for Jimenez

Juventus are ready to battle it out with Manchester United in the race to sign Wolves star Raul Jimenez this summer, the Times has reported.

The Serie A champions are set to enquire about the availability of the Mexico international once the transfer window reopens. Wolves are reportedly open to selling Jimenez, who joined the club from Benfica in June 2018.

United are interested in bringing in Jimenez as a long-term replacement for on-loan striker Odion Ighalo, who is set to return to the Chinese Super League when his deal expires next month.

Earlier this week, sources told ESPN that United are are working towards extending Ighalo's loan at Old Trafford but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told he may have to do without the striker if the Premier League season resumes.

However, Juventus are keen to replace striker Gonzalo Higuain, and the Italian club are reportedly confident that Jimenez would join given the country's recently introduced tax law that allows new residents exemption from income tax on 50% of their salary.


22:30 BST: Is AC Milan's Diego Laxalt on his way out of Serie A? His agent Ariel Krasouski made comments to PianetaMilan that would suggest that the Uruguayan might have to move to Russia for playing. Among the clubs connected are Spartak Moscow and their city rivals Lokomotiv. Krasouski says that Laxalt has always had admirers in Russia, so it'll be worth to see what shakes out.

21.15 BST: According to Football Insider, Liverpool winger Adam Lallana may be reunited with his former Reds manager Brenden Rodgers at Leicester City. Lallana, 32, is out of contract at Anfield at the of the season but still is attracting enough interest from Premier League clubs. A move to Leicester will see Lallana have the chance of at Champions League play as well, with the Foxes in the drivers' seat for a top-four finish.

20.35 BST: Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik has previously been linked to fierce rivals Juventus, but is a move to Spain in the works? According to Il Corriere dello Sport, the Poland international is on the radar of Atletico Madrid. Napoli's asking price of €50m could give Juve cold feet, which will allow Diego Simeone's side the opportunity to swoop in.

19.15 BST: Erling Haaland's amazing return to the Bundesliga has fired up the rumour mill, especially when it comes to Barcelona and Real Madrid. But where would he fit in La Liga? Side Lowe breaks it down for ESPN.

18.30 BST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic's next club seems to be up in the air (while his statue is seemingly assured a move) but Serie A side Bologna said it would be "difficult" to get the Swede star. Ibrahimovic re-joined AC Milan in the winter and helped lift the form of the club prior to the stoppage in play, but his future in seems to up in the air.

While Ibrahimovic has always been tied with a bevy of Italian clubs, Bologna sporting director Alberto Bigon told Il Corriere dello Sport he doesn't envision the player there.

"In terms of financial figures, it wouldn't be a strategic operation for Bologna, he wouldn't be within our reach. He'd help elevate the younger players around him, but it would difficult," Bigon said.

Ibrahimovic decamped for Sweden to train with Hammarby, of which he is a part-owner, much to the continuing ire of the fans of his former club Malmo.

17.11 BST: Barcelona have agreed an unprecedented swap-deal for Juventus' Miralem Pjanic and Mattia De Sciglio, with right-back Nelson Semedo going the other way, Spanish newspaper Sport have reported.

The two clubs are said to have agreed a deal in principle for the player exchange. The deal is also said to include a €25m payment from Juve to Barca.

Sport have reported that Pjanic and De Sciglio have already agreed deals with Barca, with the move now resting on Samedo to finalise a contract with Juve. The right-back's agent, Jorge Mendes, has already has laid the foundations of what should be the final agreement of the player's contract, with the player said to be keen to join the Italian side.

16.30 BST: Manchester United have been linked with Wolves' Raul Jimenez, but ESPN FC's Danny Higginbotham believes Anthony Martial has begun to look comfortable upfront.

15.53 BST: Club Brugge's Emmanuel Dennis is set to leave the club when the summer transfer opens, with the striker linked with moves to Arsenal, Wolves and Newcastle, according to the Belgian newspaper La Dernier Heure.

Brugge boss Philippe Clement has reportedly said that the Nigeria international will likely leave the club this summer, with a number of Premier League clubs lining up for his signature.

"It is very likely that Dennis will leave," Clement said. "He can also count on a lot of interest. It is the time for him to take a new step."

15.00 BST: Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has said he hopes his players whose deals are set to expire in June, including Willian and Olivier Giroud, will agree to short-term contract extensions should the 2019-20 Premier League season resume.

The FA announced earlier this week that clubs unanimously agreed to be allowed to enter into short-term contract extensions with players whose deals are due to expire on June 30. The agreement must be mutual, with the deadline to agree an extension set at 23 June.

"We have big players in that position so that's obviously something I'm looking at very carefully," Lampard told the club's website.

"The ones out of contract here have been great servants for the club and actually have a lot of feeling for the club, but of course they will be concerned about themselves in terms of how they are now, and if preseason is rushed they'll want to make sure they're alright.

"So it's going to have to be something we look at. Hopefully we can have that arrangement so they can stay with us because if we play again I would love the squad to look as it's looked all season, but we'll have to see how that works."

14.23 BST: Barcelona legend Xavi has said that Liverpool forward Sadio Mane and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would not fit in at the Spanish club, the Metro have reported.

Xavi, who was offered the chance to return to Barca as manager in January, said that the Premier League stars' style of play would not be compatible with La Liga leaders.

"Mane and Aubemayang can kill you in open space. But Barcelona need players who know how to move in small spaces.I am thinking about a player who would adapt to Barcelona and it's not easy to find one. Samuel Eto'o was perfect as is Luis Suarez right now."

Xavi also said that he hopes PSG star Neymar returns to the club, after the Brazil international left the club for a world-record €222 million in 2017.

"Football-wise, he is among the three or five best in the world. I hope that he returns to Barcelona," he added. "He was his teammate. He would add a lot. A positive character. It would be an extraordinary signing to become a difference-maker."

13.30 BST: How would you rate Dortmund's January signing of young sensation Erling Haaland? ESPN FC's Steve Nicol has said he believes the Norwegian striker is "generational talent."

12.42 BST: Chelsea star Willian has denied holding transfer talks with former boss Jose Mourinho, according to the Mirror.

The Brazil international is set to be out of contract next month, although is reportedly open to signing a short-term extension should the 2019-20 Premier League season resume.

The Mirror have reported that Tottenham Hotspur manager Mourinho is interested in signing Willian with speculation surfacing that the pair had been in contact regarding the situation.

However, Willian has rubbished claims that he had any contact with the Portuguese boss regarding a possible transfer.

11.56 BST: It would be a risk for Leroy Sane to leave Manchester City and manager Pep Guadiola in favour of joining Bayern Munich, Owen Hargreaves has said.

The Germany international's contract expires in June 2021, and he has been the subject of interest from Bayern.

"If he wants to go back home and has the opportunity to play for the biggest team in Germany, then I can understand that," Hargreaves told BT Sport. "But to leave Manchester City and the football they play under Pep Guardiola is a tough choice.

"Football-wise, it doesn't get much better than Manchester City. I think Leroy wants to be the best -- and if you have the best manager in the game then that makes it a tough decision.

"I remember interviewing Leroy and he was saying that the detail Pep gives you is something else. He will tell you to stand a yard or two from where you normally stand when the ball is on the other side of the pitch. If you tell a young player to stand in a certain space and it comes off they think, 'How did he know that?' That's what players love about Pep.

"His attention to detail is off the charts. All players have talent, but Pep maximises it. Once you've had a manager who gives you that, it's hard to go backwards."

11.14 BST: Former Wales boss Chris Coleman has said that Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey would be a perfect fit at Manchester United, according to the Mirror.

Juventus are reportedly willing to sell the Wales international, and Coleman said he believes Ramsey would be an ideal signing to help in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's rebuild project at Old Trafford.

"I've been fortunate to see the best of Aaron when I was manager of Wales," Coleman said. "He's at his best when he's under a bit of pressure, when he's playing against the best teams and when he's playing in the big games.

"When you play for a club like Manchester United the jersey is much heavier than when you are with a smaller club in the Premier League.

"If you play for a big club you've got to handle that extra weight. He certainly has the appetite for that."

10.37 BST: Manchester clubs to battle for Argentina kid Manchester United and Manchester City are going head to head for the signature of rising Argentine star Thiago Almada, reports the Sun.

City boss Pep Guardiola is hoping he has the upper hand when it comes to landing the Velez Sarsfield midfielder after having chased the youngster for a year. However, he has a battle on his hands, and a potential auction, with United also said to be interested in the 19-year-old.

The Sun believes that Almada will cost around £15 million plus add ons, which is more than City offered for the player this time last year.

However, City will be keen to see off competition from their cross-city rivals and it's reported that Almada is keen to join City having been inspired by compatriot Carlos Tevez's time at the Etihad Stadium.

09.51 BST: Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian has told Spanish radio station Onda Cero that he does not know yet if Loris Karius will be returning to the club.

Karius had his loan at Turkish club Besiktas terminated earlier this month, meaning the 26-year-old could return to compete with Adrian for the No. 2 spot behind first-choice Alisson.

"I have not seen him," said Adrian, who has made 18 appearances this season since joining Liverpool as a free agent last summer. "I spoke to the goalkeeper's coach and he told me that Besiktas had not paid him for six or seven months, that Karius had reported it and terminated his contract unilaterally.

"He is under contract with Liverpool but I don't know if he will return and train with us this month or if he will look for another destination."

09.00 BST: Former Liverpool sporting director Damien Comolli has told ESPN he believes that, once the world returns to some form of normality and the transfer window reopens after the coronavirus pandemic, football clubs will have to find ways to be creative when it comes to transfers as the financial crisis hits the sport hard.

"I think the next [transfer] window will be very strange," Comolli said. "I think we will see a decrease in transfer fees. We might see players being swapped rather than cash being exchanged. There will be a lot of loans."

Comolli added that top clubs will begin to stockpile the most promising young players. He said: "I think the clubs that have got money, and the ones that are clever, could absolutely kill the market in terms of acquiring emerging talent. A player who was worth £20m in January is maybe going to be worth £8-10m in the summer. Some clubs could stockpile very talented young players for half, or a third, of the market value [they were worth] 12 months ago or six months ago."

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PAPER TALK (by Nick Judd): Inter close in on Mertens

Inter Milan are close to signing Napoli star Dries Mertens, reports La Repubblica. The news means that current Inter striker Lautaro Martinez's move to Barcelona could be edging closer.

The Italian newspaper believes that Saturday has been a pivotal day in Inter's pursuit of Mertens to the extent that a two-year deal, and his salary, has been agreed. Mertens' existing deal at Napoli comes to an end next month and despite interest from Chelsea, the Belgian star was eager to stay in Italy.

Napoli had attempted to convince Mertens to stay, but it looks as though he'll leave the club as the joint-highest scorer alongside Marek Hamsik, should Serie A fail to restart, and go on join compatriot Romelu Lukaku in attack.

Mertens will suit Antonio Conte's 3-5-2 formation, but his arrival also frees up Martinez to join Barcelona. Martinez has been a target for the Blaugrana all year.

Milinkovic-Savic to disappoint both PSG and Man United

Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have both been targeting Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, but the wanted midfielder's hefty mooted fee may see hm stay in Italy.

PSG have seemingly already lost out on Miralem Pjanic and are still in the hunt for a midfielder, but judging by the news coming out of Gazzetta dello Sport they'll need to cross Milinkovic-Savic off their list.

The Serbian recently extended his contract to 2024 but was still heavily linked with a move away from Rome. However, he looks set to receive a worthwhile loyalty bonus for staying and could cost up to £100m, if the Lazio president gets his way.

And it's that price which could scare off his would-be suitors, particularly with clubs looking at cut-price deals as a result of the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus.


- Newcastle United are plotting a move for Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha, if their planned Saudi takeover goes through, reports the Sun. The Magpies are planning a squad overhaul with their potential new-found wealth, and Zaha is near the top of their shopping list. Palace have valued Zaha at £60m and though the talented winger wants Champions League football. However, he could be tempted to head north, particularly if it's to play under Newcastle's alleged managerial target Mauricio Pochettino.

- Manchester United are conducting background checks on Jack Grealish ahead of a summer move for the Aston Villa star, but they may have to stump up to £80m to get him, reports the Mirror. They say that the Villains are demanding £80m even if they're relegated. Villa are still hoping to keep their talisman, but relegation would leave the player with a difficult decision, particularly with United so interested and able to offer him top-class football.