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

TOP STORY: Saint-Maximin a man in demand

Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin is a transfer target for both Arsenal and Napoli, according to Le10Sport.

The 23-year-old has scored four goals and added seven assists in all competitions in his first season at England after signing from Saint-Etienne, including a hat trick of assists in last week's 4-1 win over Bournemouth.

Such form has seen a number of clubs consider a bid for his services. Paris Saint-Germain are also reportedly interested in the Frenchman.

Saint-Maximin has five years left on his contract, and Newcastle are reportedly unwilling to listen to offers below £30 million.

Representatives of all clubs interested are said to have made contact with Saint-Maximin, though none have made an official approach yet.


21.51 BST: Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are all ready to bid on 25-year-old Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, which adds that the Servia international could be sold for as little as €80m, when his price tag was as high as nine digits last summer.

20.37 BST: Borussia Dortmund are the hunt for another English talent in Ben Godfrey, according to the Sun.

With Norwich's relegation all but confirmed, several players will be looking for transfers out of the club and Godfrey is said to have caught the attention of the German side.

Dortmund will have competition, however, as the 22-year-old is reportedly also being monitored by both Manchester clubs and RB Leipzig.

Norwich have valued the England international at £25m. The defender has played in 25 of Norwich's 33 Premier League games this season and has largely impressed.

19.00 BST: Liverpool's Harvey Elliot has signed his first professional contract with the club after becoming the youngest debutant in Liverpool's history.

Elliott has made eight first-team appearances with his first appearance coming against MK Dons in the EFL Cup last September.

He was eligible to agree professional terms after turning 17 in April.

"I think since the first day I've walked in, it's been an indescribable journey so far," he said.

"I think now to top it off with my first professional contract is a dream come true for me and my family. I'm excited to see what the future holds and I'm just excited to give everything to the club and the fans."

Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham in July 2019.

18.13 BST: Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has said Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is "a good player" but refused to be drawn on whether he is interested in signing the midfielder.

The 24-year-old Denmark international hasn't played for Southampton since the defeat to Arsenal after picking up an injury.

"I know Hojbjerg, he's a good player," Ancelotti said.

"He is playing for Southampton, so I don't want to talk about another Premier League player and that we are playing against soon.

"I can give an opinion about him at the end of the season."

Spurs are also reportedly interested in the player.

17.27 BST: Danny Rose has said he fears he has no future at Tottenham is over and he is "playing for my future" on loan at Newcastle.

Rose made the move to Newcastle in January and said that Mauricio Pochettino leaving Spurs made life "difficult" for him.

"First and foremost, I am playing for my future," Rose said.

"I don't think I need a bigger motivation than that. I have settled in very well, I love the lads, and staff and the fans.

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that my days are numbered at Spurs. I am playing for my future -- no bigger motivation.

"When my old manager [Pochettino] lost his job, that was pretty much the end for me.

"I spent November not playing, December not playing, and then I joined here in January. It was very frustrating. I wasn't needed in the manager's plans at the moment in Tottenham."

16.54 BST: Chelsea have increased their interest in England international Declan Rice, according to the Times.

Head coach Frank Lampard is looking to strengthen his defence this summer and has identified the 21-year-old West Ham midfielder as a potential target.

Rice spent seven years at Chelsea's academy but was released when he was 14.

Despite predominantly playing in midfield for West Ham, he has shown versatility when played in defence and Lampard reportedly believes he could join the club as a centre-half.

Chelsea have already signed Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner

16.01 BST: Bayern Munich could not only lose Thiago Alcantra this summer, but still must brace for David Alaba's exit.

The Austria defender, under contract until 2021, has yet to commit his future to the Bundesliga powerhouse.

Following a season which has seen him turn into one of Europe's best centre-backs, the 28-year-old's position on the market has improved.

"I hope we can convince him to sign for Bayern Munich," coach Hansi Flick said following the 4-2 German Cup final win over Bayer Leverkusen.

"In the end, he is a very important player for us, the heart piece. He's not only an absolute world class player, but also important off the pitch."

15.23 BST: RB Leipzig are set to sign Germany right-back Benjamin Henrichs from AS Monaco on a loan with a view to a permanent transfer, according Sport Bild.

The 23-year-old had already been linked with the German Champions League side during the last two transfer windows, and it appears that the deal will now finally go through.

Henrichs joined Monaco from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee in the €20m region, but never fully impressed at the Ligue 1 club.

14.37 BST: Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta has reiterated that Inter have no intention of selling Lautaro Martinez or any of their top stars this summer.

The Argentina forward is a target for Barcelona and the Catalan club have until Tuesday to acquire the former Racing star for €111m before that clause changes.

Martinez's current deal runs to June 2023.

Asked about Martinez, Marotta told Sky Italy: "But beyond dates or other binding stakes, the most explicit consideration to make is that Inter does not want to sell its young champions, Lautaro himself has not asked for the transfer.

"If then the player wants to leave, then we will evaluate it together. Otherwise I think that, given his young age, he would have the opportunity to improve himself by continuing to wear this shirt. Being an Inter player means being a player of a great team and is a source of great pride.

"The most explicit consideration to make is that Inter does not want to sell its young champions. Lautaro himself has not asked for the transfer. In the event that the player wants to leave, then we will evaluate it together.

"Otherwise, I think that, given his young age, he would have the opportunity to improve by continuing to wear this jersey. Being an Inter player means being a player of a great team and is a source of great pride."

14.02 BST: Schalke 04 do not believe that Weston McKennie will leave the club.

Sources told ESPN last week that the U.S. midfielder does not rule out leaving the Royal Blues if they wanted to cash in on one of their assets, but the club have now insisted they want to keep the 21-year-old at the Veltins Arena.

"He is our player. I'd like to strongly think that he will remain our player," Schalke sporting executive Jochen Schneider said on Sport1 on Sunday.

Last week, the Bundesliga club announced they will need to reduce their squad costs amid reports they were to introduce a salary cap at the club.

McKennie's contract at the Veltins Arena is valid until 2024. He has been linked with Newcastle United, Everton, Hertha Berlin and VfL Wolfsburg.

13.21 BST: Borussia Dortmund have told Manchester United to either pay €120m for Jadon Sancho or accept not signing him.

The fee is "non-negotiable" according to local outlet Ruhr Nachrichten and the paper added that the Bundesliga want a decision one way or the other by early August.

Dortmund made it clear that if the England international goes into pre-season with Dortmund, he will remain a BVB player until the end of the 2020-21 season.

12.49 BST: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said the club will hold contract talks with striker Alexandre Lacazette, but "we will do it in the right moment."

Lacazette whose current deal expires in 2022, has been supplanted in the starting lineup by Eddie Nketiah in recent weeks but came off the bench to score a crucial second goal int he 2-0 win against Wolves on Saturday.

"We have to have a chat about the next step with him and get his ideas and his feelings. As I said, I am really happy with him," Arteta said. "He's a player that I've always liked, even when I wasn't here, because of what he brings to the team: his qualities, his ability, his work rate. So let's see.

"Now we are in a crucial moment. It's no time to talk about a lot of contract situations. We still have time and we will do it in the right moment."

12.25 BST: Bayer Leverkusen will not give any "corona discount" for Germany international Kai Havertz, the club's sporting executive Rudi Voller has said.

Leverkusen finished the Bundesliga season outside the Champions League ranks and can only return to Europe's top-flight by lifting the Europa League trophy in August. Havertz, one of the biggest talents in European football, meanwhile, has been linked with several top clubs.

Last week, Chelsea reportedly joined the list which also includes the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Liverpool and Real Madrid. But as things stand, no club has come forward and said they are prepared to pay the €100m transfer fee Leverkusen want for the 21-year-old.

And the Bundesliga club are not willing to lower their asking price amid the coronavirus pandemic, sporting executive Rudi Voller said at the weekend.

Meanwhile, the Daily Express reports that Chelsea are looking to sell six players in order to find a move for Havertz with Marcos Alonso, Michy Batshuayi, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kenedy, Danny Drinkwater and Emerson Palmieri all on the market.

11.59 BST: Bayern Munich are braced for a battle to keep hold of David Alaba this summer.

The Austria defender, under contract until 2021, has yet to commit his future to the Bundesliga champions.

Following a season which has seen him turn into one of Europe's best centre-backs, the 28-year-ol remains an attractive proposition for Europe's top clubs.

"I hope we can convince to sign for Bayern Munich," coach Hansi Flick said following the 4-2 DFB-Pokal final win over Bayer Leverkusen. "In the end, he is a very important player for us, the heart piece. He's not only an absolute world-class player, but also important off the pitch."

11.23 BST: Mexico manager Gerard "Tata" Martino told ESPN show "Futbol Picante" he feels striker Raul Jimenez should join Manchester United in the future.

The Wolves forward has 15 goals in the Premier League this season as his side sit five points off a Champions League place, with United one place above them.

Juventus have been mooted as possible destination for Jimenez, but Martino said he thinks the former Benfica man would be a better fit for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side as they do not have anyone like him.

"Looking at it from the outside today I cannot see a specialist No. 9 like Raul at United," Martino said. "There are many forwards like [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial and the boy who now plays as right winger: [Mason] Greenwood but since Romelu Lukaku left I can't see a pure number nine like Raul.

"At Juventus he will have more of a fight because [Cristiano] Ronaldo shares the inside of the pitch with whoever plays alongside him, with [Paulo] Dybala or with [Gonzalo] Higuain and maybe he has a tougher fight there."

10.57 BST: Manchester United have announced that midfielder Nemanja Matic has signed a new contract at the club committing him to Old Trafford until 2023.

The Serbia international, 31, joined United from Chelsea in 2017, since when he has made 114 appearances.

"I am very happy that I will continue to be part of this great club," Matic told the club's official website. "As a player, I still have a lot more to give and achieve in my career and to do that with Manchester United will be a huge honour.

"This is a really exciting team to be part of, we have a good balance of youth and experience within the squad and there is great comradery amongst the group.

"This is a key part of the season and we are playing well. We will continue to fight to finish the season on a high and make our amazing supporters proud."

10.31 BST: Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta has denied reports his club has started negotiations to sign Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri.

The Italy international has struggled to cement a regular place in the first team since moving to Stamford Bridge from Roma in January 2018, particularly under Frank Lampard this season.

Inter are among the clubs reportedly keen to sign the 25-year-old, who has made 19 appearances for Chelsea this season.

"I understand that at this time the market and the competition have to coexist," Marotta told Sky Italia when asked about Inter's reported interest in Palmieri.

"I can only say that we have not started any negotiation. We are doing evaluations, the most important ones we will do so after the nine games we have left to play in the competition this season."

10.08 BST: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu also played down a claim from Cadena Ser in midweek that Lionel Messi is considering leaving the club when his contract expires in 2021.

"I won't go into details about [negotiations] but Messi has said many times he will end his career at Barca," he said. "He has explained he wants to continue and the club and we're going to have him for many more years."

09.40 BST: RB Leipzig are confident they can sign centre-back Dayot Upamecano to a new contract and avoid losing the Arsenal target on a free transfer in 2021, CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has said.

Upamecano, 21, can leave Leipzig for a set fee of €60m this summer. However, the pandemic's financial impact on football makes it less likely a club will commit to such a fee for the defender.

This could mean that the French youngster could leave Leipzig on a free transfer next summer, but the German club are confident to avoid such a scenario.

"I'd like to think that he will play for us next season," Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff told kicker. "We are in good talks to find a solution to prevent a free transfer next summer. It already worked with Timo Werner and I'd like to think we get our homework done with Dayot as well."

09.00 BST: Napoli are closing in on the signing of highly-rated Nigeria international forward Victor Osimhen from Lille.

Osimhen is Napoli's top target this summer and the Serie A club are looking to complete his transfer in the coming weeks. The 21-year-old, tied to Lille until June 2024, has attracted the attention of top European clubs after scoring 18 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions.

Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli told Sky Italia: "Will it be completed by next week? We are very interested in the player. We shall see."

PAPER TALK (by Nick Judd): Inter hoping for Martinez to stay as deadline looms

Inter Milan are hoping striker Lautaro Martinez will shun a move to Barcelona and instead accept a new deal when his release clause expires on Tuesday, according to Tuttosport.

The Argentine striker has been linked with a move to Camp Nou for most of 2020, and he has a release clause in his contract of £97m that can be activated only by non-Italian clubs by Tuesday.

And with just two days remaining of his current contract, Inter are hoping the deadline will pass, enabling them to offer the forward a new and improved deal.

It is rumoured that Inter will attempt to double Martinez's salary from £2.5m a year to £5m.

Barcelona are keen to partner Martinez with Lionel Messi as they look for a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez. However, given the current financial uncertainty amid the pandemic, they've been struggling to find a way to finance a tangible bid for the 22-year-old, and Inter have been unwilling to budge on the price.

Juve consider Jorginho move

Juventus are considering a move for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, according to Calciomercato.

Jorginho has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and hasn't featured in any of the Blues' past five games, of which Frank Lampard's side have won four and lost only once.

Juve boss Maurizio Sarri is known to be a huge fan of the Brazilian, having coached him at Stamford Bridge as well as previously at Napoli. It is believed Chelsea would want €50m, though that figure is considered too high by the Italian league leaders.

There is plenty of time to negotiate, but Juve could also consider using a player as a makeweight to reduce the cost, with Douglas Costa, Federico Bernardeschi and Alex Sandro all options.

Jorginho wants to play more first-team football and he likely would be given that opportunity under his old boss.


- Marca says European clubs have been put on red alert after Mario Mandzukic rescinded his contract at Al-Duhail to become a free agent. The striker has called time on his move to Qatar after just six months. The 34-year-old joined the club from Juventus in January and scored one goal in seven games, but he has terminated his contract by mutual consent. Manchester United were linked with Mandzukic before signing Odion Ighalo.

- Barcelona are keen to sell Ivan Rakitic before he's able to leave on a free transfer next year, and the Catalan club are even open to reducing his fee to force through his exit this summer. Sport reports that Rakitic is in no rush to leave and instead is happy to see out his contract, which is why Barca are hoping a drop in price will help facilitate his departure. Sevilla are currently the front-runners to sign the Croatian.