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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: Real Madrid ready move for Mbappe

Real Madrid are set to make an enquiry to Paris Saint-Germain over the availability of Kylian Mbappe amid reports of a growing rift between the France striker and coach Thomas Tuchel, according to Marca.

This week L'Equipe reported that PSG has written to the French Football Federation to oppose Mbappe being called up for this summer's Olympics Games, despite the forward publicly stating his desire to help his country win gold in Tokyo.

The 21-year-old has also has several run-ins with Tuchel this season, regularly expressing his frustration at being substituted.

Mbappe is a long-term target for Madrid, and Marca says the Spanish club is "aware of the situation" as they plot their next move.


22.28 GMT: Bayern Munich are undecided on whether they will make Philippe Coutinho's loan move permanent, so Barcelona are preparing their next move for the Brazilian playmaker, according to Sport. The Catalan outlet writes that the Blaugrana have ruled out the 27-year-old returning to the Camp Nou, with Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain mooted as potential destinations - the latter potentially in a deal that would bring Neymar back to Barcelona.

21.01 GMT: The Mail writes that Arsenal have begun talks with Feyenoord over the potential transfer of 19-year-old attacking midfielder Orkun Kokcu in a move that could cost £23m. The Dutch side would prefer to extend the Turkey U21 international's contract, which still has another three years left to run, but reportedly accept that they may have little choice but to cash in on the prospect this summer.

19.34 GMT: MLS outfit FC Dallas have signed 21-year-old right-back Reggie Cannon to a new four-year contract, amid reports since the end of the 2019 season suggesting the U.S. international has drawn interest from multiple Premier League clubs.

18.07 GMT: Everton are in talks with Lille over the transfer of 22-year-old centre-back Gabriel, according to the Independent, and the Toffees are now "one of the frontrunners" for the former Brazil U20 international's services. Arsenal had been heavily linked with the player during the January window, when Everton also expressed their interest.

16.50 GMT: Speaking of young Brazilians ... Everton are tracking Benfica defender Morato, according to O Jogo.

Morato, 18, has a reported release clause of €60m, despite only having made a single appearance for Benfica's first team.

The report claims Everton scouted him against Liverpool in the UEFA Youth League earlier this week and were impressed by what they saw.

15.39 GMT: Santos starlet Kaio Jorge has caught the eye of Juventus, says Goal.

Jorge, 18, has European clubs on alert after making a name for himself at the same club as Neymar, Robinho and Gabriel Barbosa.

Evidently the forward has a €50m release clause in his contract and Juve are looking to get ahead of the chasing pack.

14.48 GMT: It's barely been an hour since our last update on the subject, but Arsenal are already moving on from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ...

Goal reports that Gent striker Jonathan David, who has scored 23 goals in 39 games this season, is the €20m man to replace Aubameyang if he doesn't sign that new deal.

14.41 GMT: Besiktas striker Cyle Larin is a target for Leeds United, says Fotospor.

Larin, 24, moved to Turkey from Orlando City in January 2018 and has scored nine goals and made 11 assists in 32 games on loan at Belgian side Zulte Waregem this season across all competitions.

Zulte can reportedly sign the Canada international for €2.5m at the end of his loan in the summer, but Leeds (and an unnamed Premier League club) are prepared to offer up to €12m to seal the deal themselves.

13.55 GMT: Arsenal fans will be pleased to hear manager Mikel Arteta's stance on striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang getting a new contract.

"We will have to do that [sit down with him] at some stage before the end of the season," he said. "I want to keep him in any circumstances."

13.31 GMT: Arsenal are closing on AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, according to Calciomercato.

Kessie, 23, has impressed for for Stefano Pioli's side this season despite the club sitting in seventh place. The Ivory Coast international's future will be discussed at the end of the campaign and the Gunners have reportedly made it clear that they are interested if he becomes available.

12.51 GMT: Most clubs focus on buying players ... the owners of Manchester City are looking at buying up another club: French Ligue 2 side AS Nancy.

Nancy president Jacques Rousselot told L'Est Republicain on negotiations with the City Football Group: "As I have said publicly on several occasions, I have been speaking with possible buyers for a while. The sale of the club is advancing well and things have accelerated and intensified with the City Football Group, who are very sharp and very meticulous in their analysing of the club, we have to see. But it is premature to announce anything."

12.12 GMT: Manchester United goalkeeper Lee Grant has made two appearances in two seasons at the club. And now he's got a new contract.

The 37-year-old told the club website: "I love being here and clearly somebody likes me being here also, so it's good to have it sorted. I'm just looking forward to being part of next year and part of watching the football club grow and move forward, which for me, has been happening clearly over the last 18 months anyway. But seeing those seeds that have been planted and getting the chance to hopefully see the fruits of that next year will be nice."

12.00 GMT: Erling Haaland has hit the ground running at Borussia Dortmund since moving from FC Salzburg in January for just €20m.

Haaland, 19, has scored 12 goals in nine games for his new club but his father, Alf Inge, has told AS that a future in Spain might be on the cards.

"I am very happy for him and Borussia Dortmund, although for me the most important thing is to keep growing as before," he said.

"He was always a top scorer, but he also gives many assists. Obviously, I am proud. Dortmund told us that they needed someone like him and that the goal is as high as possible. He is at a team that fights for the Bundesliga and is growing in European competitions. It is perfect to continue training.

"We were linked to more than 100 teams, but it is true that the Spanish one is a very good league for my son, with great teams. You never know if he will play in Spain. What has to happen, will happen."

10.41 GMT: Marca reports that MLS side Atlanta United are interested in signing Villarreal's Colombian striker Carlos Bacca.

According to the publication, Atlanta United are looking for a replacement for injured Josef Martinez, who tore his right ACL at the weekend.

Bacca is tied to Villarreal until June 2022 but has played only 412 minutes in La Liga this season and could be tempted to leave in search of more playing time. The 33-year-old has scored four goals in 16 appearances in all competitions this season.

09.50 GMT: Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claims that Serie A title chasers Lazio want to sign Lyon winger Memphis Depay.

Depay, 26, is entering the final 18 months of his contract and Lazio want him to provide service to Ciro Immobile up front.

The Dutchman failed to impress at Manchester United but has 53 goals in 133 games since leaving Old Trafford in 2017.

09.11 GMT: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested that striker Odion Ighalo could yet earn a permanent move to Old Trafford.

Ighalo arrived at United in January on a loan deal from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the English season, and Solskjaer has opened the door for the 30-year-old to extend his stay.

"It doesn't hurt [living the dream] but he's here on merit, he's here because he is a goal scorer and a different type of striker for us," Solskjaer told Sky Sports ahead of Thursday's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Derby County (stream live at 2:45 p.m. on ESPN+ in the U.S.). "We might get to the summer and think we want to extend this, who knows?

"He's come in as a breath of fresh air as well. He had chances in his five minutes against Chelsea, he scored against Bruges, he had chances against Watford, he had a very good save [from a shot] against Everton -- there have been good saves, he doesn't miss the target very often.

"Even for Anthony [Martial], Mason [Greenwood] and Marcus [Rashford] to learn that it is where the sharks are swimming. It's comfortable outside the box and you can have a few shots. It's in there where it might be a bit tougher and you might get hurt -- that's where you get goals."

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08.00 GMT: Barcelona will offer Marc-Andre ter Stegen an improved contract before the end of the year to reflect his growing importance at the club, multiple sources have told ESPN.

Barca are finalising their plans for the summer, when they will invest heavily in the squad, with Neymar and Lautaro Martinez among their top targets, before turning their attention to renewing some of the team's key players.

Sources have told ESPN that president Josep Maria Bartomeu, whose mandate runs until 2021, wants to ensure that both Lionel Messi and Ter Stegen have signed new deals by the time he leaves his role.

Messi's terms run until 2021 but he could leave the club for free in the summer if he chooses to. However, he recently said that he is happy at Barca, where he has spent his whole career, while the club are optimistic of agreeing a new contract with him soon.

Ter Stegen, meanwhile, has two years to run on his deal, which expires in 2022, but his role at the club has greatly changed since he signed his last renewal in 2017. After Messi, many people now feel the goalkeeper is the most important player in Quique Setien's team.

The Germany international is happy at the club but Barca will have to show him how much they value him to ensure that remains the case.

PAPER TALK (by Shaun Reynolds)

Liverpool worried over big-name departures

Liverpool are expected to ramp up their efforts to sign RB Leipzig's Timo Werner this summer amid fears that frontmen Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino cannot be constantly relied upon.

The Athletic reports that Jurgen Klopp sees the gap between his proven forwards and his fringe players as far too great and the team could be left short of options if any of the trio is injured or lured away.

Reds fans can therefore expect the runaway Premier League leaders to mount a serious bid for Werner this summer, particularly given that Mane and Salah will miss a month of next season because of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Werner has scored 27 times for Leipzig this term as they battle Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title.

Inter line up move for Chelsea's Alonso

Inter Milan are continuing to monitor the progress of Chelsea full-back Marcos Alonso with the hope of signing him in the summer.

Italian media outlet Calciomercato reports that the 29-year-old Spanish defender, who is under contract at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2023, could be on his way out of the Premier League.

The report states that Chelsea's €30m price tag for Alonso has prevented Inter from signing him in the past.

However, Inter boss Antonio Conte is seemingly prepared to step up his game in order to prize Alonso, whom he managed at Chelsea, away from west London given that Cristiano Biraghi and Victor Moses are set for moves away from Milan this summer.

Griezmann offer could lure PSG into Neymar sale

Barcelona could sacrifice the services of Antoine Griezmann to win back Brazilian sensation Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, according to a report by Spanish outlet Deportes Cuatro.

Neymar departed Camp Nou in favour of a move to Paris in the summer of 2017. He since has made 78 appearances for the French club, scoring a remarkable 67 times in addition to providing 39 assists.

But the report suggests Barcelona are missing the 28-year-old and adds that Griezmann could be offered in hope that the Parisians will give up Neymar.

Griezmann has struggled for form since arriving from Atletico Madrid in the summer, scoring 14 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions for the Catalan club.


- Willian reportedly has turned down a two-year contract offer from Chelsea and could now complete a sensational move to Tottenham, according to Brazilian outlet UOL, which claims the winger has interest only in a three-year deal and speculates he already has started considering a possible move to the London rivals.