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LIVE Transfer Talk: Juventus to offer Ramsey for Man United's Pogba

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Paul Pogba to Inter Milan: 'Don't buy it!' (2:10)

Gab Marcotti and Craig Burley aren't sold on Inter Milan's ability to land Paul Pogba for a variety of reasons. (2:10)

The winter transfer window is closed, but now it's time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around Europe's big leagues and beyond.

TOP STORY: Juventus to offer Ramsey for Man United's Pogba

Juventus have been looking to bring Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba back to Turin for some time, but are now ready to put a swap deal on the table, says Calciomercato.

Pogba, 27, is set to leave Old Trafford but sources told ESPN that United have been holding out for a fee of around £150m. However, amid the coronavirus pandemic, expectations are they will accept a lower fee and a player in return.

As a result, and to put themselves ahead of Real Madrid in the race for the World Cup winner, Juve are reportedly happy to part with some cash and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who has failed to settle in Italy since moving on a free transfer in the summer.

United lost out to Arsenal on Ramsey back in 2008 but times have changed since then and it remains to be seen if they would be interested in the 30-year-old to replace Pogba.

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23.00 BST: That will do it for the latest edition of our LIVE Transfer Talk blog. We hoped you enjoyed following along with us and remind you to check back shortly for the latest transfer rumours, reports and completed deals. Goodnight!

22.43 BST: Yesterday, we had a line from Italy regarding Man United possibly making a surprise move for Napoli's Hirving Lozano.

An update: According to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via ESPN Mexico, United are considering making a formal offer for the Mexican winger, with the report stating United would be willing to offer more than $47.5 million, more than the £45m Napoli paid PSV last fall. Lozano, 24, scored 34 goals in 59 games over two seasons in Holland but so far has struggled for form and playing time in Italy, notching just three goals over all competitions.

The Italian reports yesterday suggested that United saw potential on the field and from a marketing perspective in Lozano, citing their previous success with fellow El Tri star Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez. Lozano to United still seems an unlikely match at this stage but then again who could have seen the Red Devils signing Odion Ighalo in January?

22.01 BST: Man United and Man City to do battle over next Belgian star?

Per the Mirror, the Premier League rivals have both watched KV Mechelen teenager Aster Vranckx at least three times. The 17-year-old, who burst onto the scene earlier this year and breaking into Mechelen's first team, is a versatile midfielder and is also being tracked by Bayern Munich and Feyenoord.

A Belgium youth international, Mechelen could be forced to sell their prized asset due to the financial crunch the Belgian top flight is facing. One for the future, Vranckx's finest moment to date came against Andelrecht in February when the youngster scored a goal and lain on an assist in front of scouts from Liverpool and City.

You might not know the name Vranckx now but you will soon...

21.15 BST: According to reports in Turkey, Liverpool have emerged as surprise contenders for Croatia international Domagoj Vida.

Turkish newspaper Yeni Asir writes that Liverpool could look to sign the 31-year-old from Besiktas for centre-back cover. Vida, who has been linked with Slaven Bilic's West Brom, as well as Aston Villa, has two years remaining on his contract in Turkey and would reportedly cost around £6 million.

Vida had a standout 2018 World Cup with Croatia, partnering Dejan Lovren as Croatia made an unlikely run to the final.

20.37 BST: Could Fiorentina sell star Federico Chiesa this summer? Owner Rocco Commisso has admitted that could be a reality.

'We had a meeting before Christmas if I'm not mistaken,' Commisso recently told Radio Bruno Toscana.

'If he wants to go then I'm sorry, but we'd accommodate him providing the offer is fair. We must also see what he's worth.

'[His price] may have dropped since last year. It must suit everyone, although there's a chance that he'll stay.

'I haven't offered Federico anything. There hasn't been a proposal, it's fake news. The important thing is that a player wants to stay.

Chiesa, 22, has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan.

19.51 BST: Man United are said to be favourites to sign Sunderland starlet Joe Hugill but they are not the only club after the talented 16-year-old.

Football Insider now claims Leeds have entered the fray at the 11th hour and have submitted a big for the talented youngster. Hugill made his U23s debut earlier this year against West Ham, marking the occasion with two goals.

Hugill has signed an initial scholarship with United but Leeds are hoping to nick the youngster from the Red Devils at the final hurdle.

19.02 BST: Everton are looking to take the next step as a club, with owner Farhad Moshiri and manager Carlo Ancelotti both speaking vocally about the club's ambitions.

The latest reports are linking the club with a pair of South American talents: Gremio winger Everton and River Plate attacking midfielder Nico De La Cruz. Pianeta Milan claims Everton are preparing a £31 million bid for the player of the same name, who they have been linked with for over a year now. The Brazil international, 24, is keen to make the jump to Europe and Ancelotti reportedly personally contacted the player last year.

De La Cruz, 22, is a less-known name in European circles but Argentine newspaper Ole writes that Everton are considering triggering the midfielder's £19m release clause. The Uruguayan has factored in 10 goals in 17 games this season for River and is on Everton and an unnamed German club's radar, according to the report.

Exciting times at Goodison Park!

17.56 BST: Liverpool are in safe hands with Alisson as there No. 1 goalkeeper but as Adrian's up-and-down performances have shown, the club could use a new steady No.2.

Former Trabzonspor and current Golcukspor coach Sadi Tekelioglu told Turkish outlet Ajannspor that Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Caki has told him he will be signing for Liverpool this summer.

"Liverpool will transfer Ugurcan Çakır at the end of the season. Trabzonspor will not say no to Liverpool's offer. I met with Ugurcan. He told me that Liverpool took care of him."

The 24-year-old Cakir, who has been linked with a move to Anfield in recent months, has established himself as one of the best 'keepers in the Turkish Super Lig and has been capped twice for the Turkish national team.

17.10 BST: Hannover 96 have confirmed that United States youth international Sebastian Soto will be sold in the upcoming window.

The 19-year-old, who scored four goals at the 2019 Under-20 World Cup, had made just five senior appearances for Hannover, and is desperate for more playing time. Hannover sporting director Gerhard Zuber told Sportbuzzer that "it's a bit of a shame" that Soto's time with the club is nearing its end and that a club in England will likely purchase the youngster.

Soto was prolific for Hannover's U19s scoring 17 goals in 24 matches, but even after a strong U20 World Cup, was not given many chances with the senior 2. Bundesliga club.

16.23 BST: Roma want Arsenal to pay a chunk of Henrikh Mkhitaryan's £180,000-a-week wage to complete a permanent move, sources have told ESPN.

The 31-year-old is surplus to requirements at Emirates and wants a switch to Italy, having joined the Serie A side on loan in September. The two clubs are yet to agree a fee with the Gunners understood to be holding out for around £10m.

Mkhitaryan has just over a year remaining on his contract and sources close to negotiations have told ESPN that Roma are unwilling to match his current salary and have indicated they want financial assistance from Arsenal to complete a deal.

15.30 BST: Angel Di Maria's wife launched an astonishing attack on the city of Manchester, its culture and its women when discussing the Paris Saint-Germain forward's ill-fated time at Manchester United.

Di Maria moved to Old Trafford for a then British transfer record £59.7m in 2014 but endured a difficult season at the club before he was sold to PSG. The Argentine's spell in Manchester was marred by a break-in at his home where armed raiders eventually fled empty-handed.

Speaking on Los Angeles de la Manana, Di Maria's wife Jorgelina Cardoso discussed the Argentina international's problems in Manchester.

"I remember Angel coming up and saying, 'An offer from Manchester United has come in. Maybe we'll be a little more financially secure.' It was horrible. Manchester is the worst. It is all horrible in Manchester. In fact, I fought a lot with Angel about it. We lived in Madrid, Angel played in the best team in the world which for me is Real Madrid. We were perfect, the weather was perfect, the food was perfect. And suddenly he said that there was a proposal to go to Manchester. I told him, 'Not a chance. You are going alone.'"

14.37 BST: Atletico Madrid plan to make minimal changes to their squad this summer, AS claims, with only the departure of key players like Thomas Partey or Saul Niguez likely to change that.

The suspension of La Liga has left Atletico in a precarious financial situation, with players taking a 70% pay cut and other club staff affected by a cost-cutting, government-backed 'ERTE' scheme.

The club may look to recruit a left-back, but after that recruitment would be limited to a low-cost midfielder, if Partey were to depart, or a forward if Diego Costa leaves.

13.59 BST: It will be "almost impossible" for Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale to move to the United States this summer, report Diario AS, given his salary and the financial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week the forward said he would "definitely be interested" in playing in MLS in the future. But AS says that Bale's net salary is four times as much as the current MLS top earner, Chicharito of the LA Galaxy.

A transfer to China would also prove difficult for Bale, claims the newspaper, since the government's imposition of a salary cap there.

13.25 BST: Remember some of the worst transfer deals in Premier League history? Even the greatest managers made a few mistakes...

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12.33 BST: Wolfsburg would not resist any offers north of €20m for United States international defender John Brooks, Sport Bild reports.

Brooks, 27, is one of many players who could leave the Volkswagen-Arena this summer, but the club are hoping for interest from England -- a league the left-footed centre-back has reportedly dreamed of playing in ever since he made the breakthrough with boyhood club Hertha Berlin.

11.50 BST: Arsenal are clearly on the lookout for a bargain more than they usually would be and Bild reports they have landed on young Bayern Munich midfielder Angelo Stiller.

Stiller, 19, is a left-footed defensive midfielder, but he has only played for the youth teams and has a contract which is set to expire in 2021.

Having played against the Gunners during preseason last summer, the German is firmly on their radar, but negotiations could be hindered by reports that Bayern will only sell if they are able to insert a buy-back option into his contract.

11.04 BST: Liverpool have been chasing RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner but would he even make their first team?

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Would Timo Werner get in Liverpool's starting XI?

Don Hutchison and Steve Nicol agree Timo Werner would be an excellent signing for Liverpool.

10.32 BST: Man United are going to be busy enough with their own players as Sky Sports reports they are yet to decide the future of Sheffield United loanee Dean Henderson. The goalkeeper has impressed on loan, but isn't yet deemed ready to replace David De Gea as the club's No. 1.

United will also reportedly make a last-ditch contract offer to Chelsea target Angel Gomes, according to the Sun.

Gomes, 19, is out of contract in the summer and could move on. However, United are offering the England Under-20 international midfielder around £30,000-a-week to stay.

10.00 BST: FIFA is investigating after Sampdoria lodged a complaint against Sporting Lisbon following Bruno Fernandes' £47m transfer to Manchester United in the summer.

Sampdoria, who sold Fernandes to Sporting in 2017, claim they are owed around £4m by way of a 10% sell-on clause -- so far allegedly unpaid -- prompting the Italian side to ask world football's governing body to launch a probe. Sources have told ESPN that Sporting deny the claim and believe they are innocent of any wrongdoing, while there is no indication United are liable for any of the money.

Fernandes spent one season at Sampdoria before joining Sporting for £7.5m. After scoring 64 goals in 137 games in Lisbon, the 25-year-old moved to United for an initial £47m, although the deal could end up costing more than £67m is a series of clauses are met.

09.35 BST: RB Leipzig are ready to accept bids of around €40m for Dayot Upamecano as they realise this summer could be their last chance to cash in on the centre-back.

Upamecano, 21, has been linked with Arsenal, Man United, PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, though the German club reportedly recently ended their interest in the defender.

The Frenchman has been one of the stars of the Bundesliga season but has €60m release clause. However, he is only under contract at Leipzig until 2021 and the club do not want to lose him for free, so are willing to lower the asking price to just €40m.

"It's important to us that no player leaves us on a free transfer," sporting director Markus Krosche told Sport Bild, with the German outlet adding the club still hope Upamecano decides to sign a new contract at the Zentralstadion.

08.39 BST: Bayern Munich are closing in on Leroy Sane but are hoping to sign the Manchester City winger on a cut-price deal, German outlet Sport Bild reports.

Sane and the Bundesliga champions have reportedly agreed on a five-year contract. However, Bayern and City must still negotiate a transfer fee for the 24-year-old and the German club have reportedly lodged a first bid, offering just €40m for the Germany international.

The reigning Premier League champions last summer had been holding out for a fee of over €100m. But Bayern believe they have good arguments for only paying less than half of that amount.

Because of an anterior cruciate ligament tear, Sane has not featured in a competitive match in nine months. The coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing instability of the European football system is set to lead to prices dropping significantly on the transfer market.

The Germany international is also set to enter his final 12 months of his contract at City and has shown no intention to commit his future beyond that date to the Premier League side, which is currently fighting a two-year Champions League ban for breaches of UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations.

Regardless of a possible Sane transfer, Bayern Munich have reportedly ended their interest in Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, 20, and Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, 21.

08.00 BST: Barcelona fear the costs involved in signing Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez could be driven up as Europe's biggest clubs circle around the Argentine striker, sources have told ESPN.

ESPN reported in February that both Manchester United and Real Madrid want to sign Martinez, although the Premier League side acknowledged at the time their pursuit is likely to end in disappointment due to the competition in the striker.

Sources at Barca, who have been in talks with Inter regarding a deal for months, believe a number of the continent's wealthiest sides, from England, Germany and France, have also been tracking Martinez.

Barca are worried their hand could be weakened due to the interest in Martinez around Europe. They don't want to become embroiled in a bidding war, with other clubs likely to be able to offer Inter a better package and the player a bigger salary.

Martinez, 22, has a release clause of €111m which is active for the first two weeks of July. However, Barca have always been loathe to pay that much and have proposed various swap deals to Inter.

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Steve Nicol's cat doesn't want Liverpool to add Timo Werner

Steve Nicol believes Timo Werner would be a good fit at Liverpool, but his cat does not agree.

PAPER TALK (by Shaun Reynolds)

Man United disrupt Werner's possible Liverpool move

Manchester United will attempt to hijack Liverpool's bid to bring in RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner after opening talks with the German concerning a possible move.

German outlet Bild reported on Monday that Liverpool remains Werner's preferred destination, but the coronavirus pandemic has plunged Jurgen Klopp's hopes of attracting the 24-year-old to Anfield into doubt.

The report came after The Guardian's claim that Liverpool asked Werner's representatives for more time concerning his possible Premier League move.

Bild has also reported that the Red Devils have entered talks with Werner's agent, with Chelsea also said to have held negotiations.

United plan Ighalo permanent bid

Manchester United plan to extend Odion Ighalo's loan stay at Old Trafford with a view to launching a £15m bid for the striker in the future.

That's according to The Standard who have outlined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans concerning the Nigerian after his time in Manchester was prematurely cut due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Ighalo was due to return to parent club Shanghai Shenhua at the end of May. But because the Premier League hopes to resume in June, Solskjaer is keen to keep the 30-year-old until the end of the current season -- should it be finished.

Solskjaer's wishes could be crushed, though, as Shanghai are reportedly reluctant to allow Ighalo to remain at United amid hopes the Chinese Super League can resume shortly.

The reports adds that Moussa Dembele and Raul Jimenez are other strikers still on United's radar.

Inter want Chelsea to lower price on Moses

Victor Moses could play for Inter Milan longer than first thought after the Serie A giants declared their interest in signing the winger on a permanent deal from Chelsea.

Moses joined Inter on loan in January after his spell with Fenerbahce ended at the turn of the new year. Inter manager Antonio Conte, who previously worked with Moses at Chelsea, has now expressed his interest in the 29-year-old.

But, according to Calciomercato, Conte is unwilling to part with the €12m fee that Chelsea are currently demanding for Moses. Inter are said to be willing to negotiate a deal in the hope that Moses can provide Inter's academy starlet Tibo Persyn with a player to look up to.

The report adds that Conte wants to invest in the right side of midfield to boost his squad's threat once play resumes after the coronavirus pandemic ends.

Tap Ins

- Premier League clubs are set to face strong competition from Celtic in the race to land young Stoke City sensation Mohamed Sankoh, according to Football Insider. Sankoh, 16, has already attracted the interest of Everton and Chelsea. And now Celtic could be set to prize the youngster away from the Bet365 Stadium for a maximum fee of £300,000.

- Telefoot is reporting that Championship promotion rivals Fulham and West Bromare wrestling over the right to sign breakout FC Lorient midfielder Yoane Wissa this summer. The 23-year-old Wissa has turned heads in Ligue 2 this season with 15 goals and four assists in 28 games, and previously had a brief spell in Ligue 1 with Angers.