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LIVE Transfer Talk: Liverpool see chance to swoop for Lyon star Aouar

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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: Aouar chance for Liverpool?

Lyon star Houssem Aouar could be up for grabs during the summer transfer window and Liverpool are ready to move, according to L'Equipe.

The French club are set to miss out on European football because of the coronavirus pandemic and, as a direct result of that, they'll also have to sell a few of their big names with 21-year-old Aouar falling into that category.

Aouar has reportedly been transfer listed, which could open the door for Premier League leaders Liverpool to make a move. The Reds are known to be interested in pursuing the midfielder, and while the future of the transfer market is uncertain, that isn't going to throw Jurgen Klopp off the scent.

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22.43 BST: Is U.S. international Sergino Dest bound for the Premier League?

Calciomercato claims Tottenham Hotspur are still vying for the young Ajax full-back's signature, despite recent reports from Germany suggesting Dest's dream move would be Bayern Munich. With Serge Aurier still very munch an enigma and Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth out of the fold since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, it makes sense that Spurs would target a young and attack-minded right-back.

The Dutch-born Dest has enjoyed a breakout season with Ajax, first earning a starting spot at the club and then becoming a regular playmaker (six assists). Dest looks to have a bright future but if Spurs want to sway the 19-year-old to London, they will have to outbid rivals like Bayern and Arsenal.

22.05 BST: Liverpool to go for Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka?

Football Insider writes that Liverpool have their eyes on the young full-back and want to make a real attempt to lure the teenager from the Emirates.

Saka has had a breakout campaign for the Gunners with three goals and nine assists, but the 18-year-old's contract is set to expire next July. Arsenal reportedly want to do everything they can to keep the England Under-19 international and are working on a five-year contract extension to keep the teen in North London.

That has yet to deter Liverpool, whose recruitment team have been very impressed by Saka, a player who fits the profile of a Jurgen Klopp attack-minded full-back.

Arsenal can't afford to lose Saka but with his long-term future still unresolved, the pressure in on.

21.17 BST: With Man United worried about losing loan star Odion Ighalo, the club could move for Benfica forward Carlos Vinicius.

Portugal outlet Record, via Sport Witness, suggests that United have interest in the 25-year-old, who has set the Primeira Liga alight this season. With 20 goals and 12 assists in 36 games this season, Vinicius won't come cheap, though, with Benfica valuing the Brazilian at €40 million.

United are expected to add a forward this summer with Vinicius joining a target list that includes Lyon's Moussa Dembele and RB Leipzig's Timo Werner.

20.29 BST: Santos forward Kaio Jorge is one of Brazil's hottest prospects and has even been linked with the likes of Juventus.

Despite the links to Europe, the 18-year-old is leaving all the transfer business to his agent.

"I leave these things to my agent. I don't get involved, he manages them," the 18-year-old told Corriere dello Sport.

"Right now, I'm very happy at Santos and I want to keep doing well, growing and improving my football."

Santos president Carlos Jose Peres told Calciomercato in March that "Juventus asked about him, but made no formal offer. I told them his release clause is €75m, but we are open to negotiation. We were discussing closer to €30m (£28m/$32m), but not just with Juve.

"Two other Italian teams are very active as well as a French one. However, since no news has come out in the press, I cannot reveal the names."

So far Jorge has scored just one senior goal to date but his performance at last year's Under-17 World Cup (five goals) has alerted some of Europe's biggest clubs to his talent.

19.37 BST: AC Milan are reportedly leading the race for Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer.

The 22-year-old defender has refused to sign a new contract with the Scottish club and has also been linked with Leicester City and his former manager Brendan Rodgers, according to transfer guru Nicolo Schira. AC Milan could really use a defender or two as the club's defence has been the side's biggest downfall the past few seasons.

18.56 BST: Everton figure to be big spenders this summer and the latest player linked with the club is Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

The Athletic understands that the Saints captain has an admirer in Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti and could be on the move as he approaches the final 12 months of his deal at St Mary's. The former Bayern Munich starlet is amazingly still just 24 and can be deployed in multiple positions.

Southampton's reported asking price of £35 million seems quite steep for the Danish international but with Hojbjerg unlikely to sign a contract extension, Everton would likely be able to prise him away for considerably less.

18.03 BST: Borussia Dortmund eyeing the 'next Jadon Sancho'?

The Sun claims that the German club is keen on another young English talent, this time Chelsea's Charlie Webster. The 16-year-old central midfielder, who last season was named the player of the tournament at the prestigious Kevin De Bruyne Under-15s Cup, could reportedly be available this summer.

The German club, who are known for their player development, struck gold signing Sancho from Man City in 2017 and could look to repeat the feat with the talented Webster. Webster also could be open to leave Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea have a logjam of young talent ahead of him and he could view the Bundesliga as a chance to accelerate his way to first-team football.

17.18 BST: Leicester City have been one of the stories of the season so far and with Champions League football likely, the Foxes figure to be a buyer this summer.

Portuguese outlet O Jogo indicates that Sporting Lisbon and Portugal defensive midfielder William Carvalho could be a target for Brendan Rodgers and Co. The impact of the coronavirus has lowered transfer prices around Europe, and Carvalho, who is also being linked with Monaco and Inter Milan, reportedly could now be had for around £14 million.

Leicester may be wary to deal for a Sporting midfielder, though, with Adrien Silva's -- drawn out-- move to the club proving to be an absolute headache in more ways than one!

16.40 BST: Manchester United want to find a buyer for Paul Pogba but they are running out of options.

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15.47 BST: Chelsea have been handed a boost in their €40m pursuit of Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.

"I am going to do everything to keep the players," Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas told Le Progres in France. "But players who are programmed to play in Europe could want to go elsewhere because we don't have European football."

Elsewhere, Atalanta's Robin Gosens is also a target, says Tuttomercatoweb. The 25-year-old left-back is also of interest to Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, but Chelsea have made him their first-choice, though are also looking at FC Porto's Alex Telles and Juventus' Alex Sandro.

14.55 BST: Manchester United are working towards extending Odion 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, sources have told ESPN.

United are reluctant to sign Ighalo permanently -- Shanghai Shenhua's price tag is around £20m -- and Solskjaer is aware that he may not have the 30-year-old in his squad if the Premier League gets the green light to return.

United are willing to offer a fresh loan fee but it may not be enough to tempt Shanghai. Formal discussions are yet to take place and United will hold off until a plan for the completion of the season is finalised.

14.22 BST: Barcelona have intensified negotiations with Juventus over a deal to sign midfielder Miralem Pjanic this summer, sources have told ESPN.

Pjanic, 30, is open to a move to Camp Nou, according to high-ranking executives at the club, and talks are ongoing as Barcelona try to come up with a formula that will see Juventus open the door for the Bosnia international's departure.

Barcelona are aware that any transfer hinges on Juventus accepting a player exchange deal. Sources explain the Catalan club had initially hoped to do a straight swap involving Brazil international Arthur Melo.

13.44 BST: Flamengo midfielder Gerson is being tracked by Arsenal, Tottenham and Dortmund, the player's father told ESPN Brasil journalist Jorge Nicola.

Gerson, 22, had a three year spell at Roma from 2016-19 and spent the 2018-19 season on loan at Fiorentina. He almost signed for Barcelona, but opted for an €11.8m return to Brazil with Flamengo in July last year and now has some former suitors back on his trail.

"Nobody knew about Arsenal, but now that I'm telling you so everyone will know," Marcos Santos said. "Everyone you hear there is true. But they only probed.

"We had a negotiation last year with Nice, but Gerson had just arrived at Flamengo. The idea is to build a history in the club. We were always flamenguistas. Gerson is extremely happy."

13.14 BST: Christian Pulisic has said "nobody even noticed me" at the start of his career at Chelsea and that he has had to earn the respect of the dressing room during his first season in English football.

The United States international made his move to Chelsea official last summer, after they agreed a £57.6m deal with Borussia Dortmund in January 2019 before loaning him back for the rest of the 2018-19 campaign. Pulisic's first season in the Premier League has been disrupted by injury, with six goals in 23 appearances before the coronavirus pandemic halted sport across the world.

He told the 13&ME podcast of his experiences at Chelsea: "The team had already started preseason in Japan so I flew straight there and I had to literally fly by myself and then meet the team who had flown from London. I had to go straight to the hotel and the next thing on the schedule was to go straight to training. I was tired, nervous and didn't know what to think but: 'I'm at Chelsea and this is insane.'

"I got on the bus, they had just arrived as well. Everyone is half asleep, I go and sit on the bus and nobody even noticed me. Nobody said anything. There were maybe one or two guys who said: 'Hey, hello' and I was like: 'What's going on here?'"

12.40 BST: Liverpool are keen on Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibably and it could work out.

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12.04 BST: Mundo Deportivo says Barcelona are optimistic of signing Lautaro Martinez and Miralem Pjanic from Inter Milan and Juventus respectively this summer.

The report says both players want to move to Camp Nou and that Barca are trying to negotiate deals with their clubs. The financial consequences of the coronavirus crisis on football will force the Spanish champions to be creative with their offers. However, with the players on side, they're hopeful of getting both deals over the line and could include as many as SEVEN players in return.

Arturo Vidal, Arthur Melo, Rafinha, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Carles Alena and Emerson are all players who could be added.

11.52 BST: "It's raining offers" for Barcelona defender Jean Clair Todibo, according to Diario SPORT. The report claims that German side RB Leipzig are the latest team to shown an interest in the French defender, who joined Barca from Toulouse for less than €2m just over a year ago.

Todibo, who is on loan at Schalke, has also been linked with Everton, Southampton and Inter Milan. Barca want to bring in over €20m for the centre-back and re-invest the money on strengthening their squad elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the club are considering bringing Marc Cucurella back to the club, according to a report on Catalunya Radio.

Barca have an option so re-sign the left-back, who has excelled in a more advanced position for Getafe, for around €15m. Catalunya Radio explain that, in effect, the real cost will be €9m, as Getafe previously paid €6m to make Cucurella's stay at the club permanent. Barca are in the market for competition for Jordi Alba -- although any signings are dependent on being able to sell Junior Firpo, who joined from Real Betis last summer for an initial €18m.

11.21 BST: Odion Ighalo's dream move to Manchester United has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic, but the Nigerian is expected back in China in July, says Sky Sports.

Ighalo, 30, moved on loan to United from Shanghai Shenhua in January but with the new Chinese Super League season scheduled to start in a few months, the club want him to return rather than seal a permanent move.

10.43 BST: Swap deals are all the rage at the moment and Liverpool could be about to upset Arsenal's move for Thomas Partey.

The Gunners are keen to land the Atletico Madrid for his €50m release clause, but Liverpool are set to offer forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as part of a deal, according to The Sun.

10.07 BST: Reported Juventus and Inter Milan target Federico Chiesa says he is only focusing on the present and not on rumours regarding a possible move away from Fiorentina.

The Italy international has attracted the attention of several clubs after scoring six goals and setting up five more in 23 league appearances. "In the past year I have spoken a lot to the club president," Chiesa told Corriere dello Sport. "But the only thing I'm focused on is the present. I'm just thinking about the day to day work, the immediate aims and to defend our status. The rest we shall see."

Asked if Juve and Inter were to call, he said: "My aim is to improve. I still have to improve, be more consistent in front of goal."

Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso said Chiesa could leave the club this summer if it received the right offer.

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09.32 BST: Claudio Ranieri will continue at the helm of Sampdoria next season, says club sporting director Carlo Osti.

Reports in Italy had claimed the former Leicester coach could leave in the summer, despite having signed a two-year deal back in October. Samp were 16th in the Serie A standings with seven wins, five draws and 13 loses before the competition was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Ranieri has a contract and we are happy to have him," Osti told Sky Italia. "He has understood in a brief space of time the team he had. He is pragmatic and is doing a great job that we hope can continue next season."

08.35 BST: Newcastle have yet to finalise their £300m takeover by a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium, but Marca reports that signing Gareth Bale from Real Madrid will be a priority once they do.

Bale, 30, left Premier League side Tottenham for Madrid back in 2013 and the London club had a first option to buy him back included in his contract, though that expired last June.

Newcastle are keen on bringing in former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, but Bale is the player they want to show they are serious.

08.00 BST: Timo Werner would be a better fit at Liverpool than at Real Madrid, his former coach Ralf Rangnick has told Bild.

Werner, 24, has been linked with a move away from RB Leipzig for months and the striker reportedly has a release clause in the region of €55m to €60m.

"The question is: Where can he win the most minutes? And Timo is someone who needs trust. He only gets it if the coach knows him and banks on him," former Leipzig boss Rangnick told Bild, adding that he would love him to stay with the Bundesliga side.

"Timo made progress in that field under [RBL coach] Julian Nagelsmann. But his most important weapons are his transition play and his finishing. That's why he would for instance be a better fit at Liverpool, who have similar playing style to ours."

When asked whether that meant that Werner would suit Liverpool rather than a club like Real Madrid, Rangnick said: "I think he's best where a team directly goes into the transition play or the gegenpressing when losing a ball."

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Everton, Man United in contact over Rabiot

Manchester United and Everton are both in the running to try to sign Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, Calciomercato reports.

United are looking at the former Paris Saint-Germain star as someone who could take part in an exchange deal involving Paul Pogba, with the Frenchman being on the verge of departing Old Trafford this summer.

The Toffees, on the other hand, could use the added influence of new boss Carlo Ancelotti to try to lure him to Goodison Park, with Rabiot's representatives being in talks with both.

Upamecano to stay at RB Leipzig?

RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano is set to stay at the club beyond the summer, Evening Standard reports.

During a recent interview with Sport 1, Upamecano's agent revealed that a big move in the next few months isn't likely. It initially seemed as if Manchester United and Arsenal would make respective €60m bids, but that all changed after the coronavirus pandemic brought global football to a halt.

Upamecano has attracted a great deal of interest from across European football so far this season, but it doesn't appear as if that'll translate into a move away.

Tap-ins

- Chelsea could be interested in making an offer for West Ham United star Declan Rice, The Mirror reports. However, while the England international is clearly an intriguing midfielder to keep an eye on, the potential interest from the Blues will stem from whether or not Real Madrid are successful in trying to sign N'Golo Kante, who has been heavily linked with a move to Spain this summer.

- Napoli will demand at least €50m if they are to sell Hirving Lozano to Everton, Gazzetta dello Sport reports. The Italian side signed Lozano from PSV Eindhoven last year, but after struggling to make an impact in Serie A, the Toffees are sniffing around as they attempt to improve their chances of European qualification in the Premier League.