Manchester United are being linked with a move for Mason Mount, Bayern Munich have entered the race to sign Declan Rice, while Arsenal are set for a busy summer ahead The summer transfer window is already shaping up to be a huge one, with big-spending Premier League clubs expected to be at the forefront. Manchester United face the prospect of being stuck with the Glazers for another summer amid the club’s long-running takeover saga, but manager Erik ten Hag remains intent on signing Tottenham talisman Harry Kane. In recent days, however, the Red Devils have also been linked with Chelsea star Mason Mount. Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has put West Ham captain Declan Rice at the top of his shortlist, although the Gunners face competition from German giants Bayern Munich. Liverpool are also looking to reshape their midfield, with Brighton star Alexis Mac Allister taking Jurgen Klopp’s fancy. Stay tuned throughout Thursday as we be bring you all the latest transfer news and gossip… James Maddison has spoken to England team-mate Kieran Tripper about a potential Newcastle move, according to i The playmaker has been tipped to leave Leicester this summer if they are relegated, with the Magpies having previously been linked. Failure to beat West Ham on Sunday will see the Foxes drop down to the Championship, and a win might not be enough to secure safety. Sporting are potentially open to negotiations over Liverpool-linked Goncalo Inacio, according to A Bola (via Sport Witness). The defender, who has also been linked with Man Utd, was previously thought to only be avaiable to a club prepared to meet his €45m release clause. Now, though, it appears a lower initial bid – combined with attainable bonuses to hit the €45m mark – could be enough. Representatives from 30 clubs, including several from the Premier League, were at RB Leipzig’s win away to Bayern Munich last weekend. According to 90min, a number of those were at the Allianz Arena to watch Dominik Szoboszlai and Dani Olmo, with Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool keeping tabs. Hungary midfielder Szoboszlai joined Leipzig from Red Bull Salzburg in 2021 and has nine goals in all competitions this season. Jules Kounde has snubbed Chelsea for the second time in 12 months, declaring that he’s “not going anywhere” amid speculation surrounding his future at Barcelona. The Blues had targeted Kounde, 24, last summer but the French defender opted to sign for Barca in a move worth €50million (£42m) plus add-ons. Earlier this week, Kounde’s stay at the Camp Nou was thrown into doubt after it emerged that he wasn’t happy playing at right-back rather than in the centre of defence, his favoured position. Manchester United have been told to steer clear of a deal to sign Neymar, with their experience of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return still fresh in the memory, Neymar has been linked to United in recent times, with the 31-year-old reportedly unhappy at PSG amid criticism from the club’s fans and his future is not believed to lie in the French capital. Talks are reported to be ongoing for Neymar to join United, with Erik ten Hag strengthening his squad ahead of an expected return to the Champions League. The French international has never played in Ligue 1, having begun his career with Atletico Madrid before making a club-record move to Bayern Munich in 2019. Bayern reportedly still need to be convinced to part ways with the €80m man, who is under contract until 2024. Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has been linked with a summer exit, with his contract up in 2024. Liverpool are among those linked with the England international, and Blues boss Frank Lampard shared the latest ahead of his team’s game against Manchester United. “I think with Mason particularly as an individual, I don’t know what the solution is going to be because it’s the club and Mason’s issue,” Lampard told Sky Sports. “I don’t know where exactly Mason is at personally, he’s got a year left on his contract. I know he’s held in high regard at the club and I know the club are trying to do what they can to make him stay, but I also think that Mason, I’d never want to stand here in the modern day and talk about what a player should do because they’ll see it all from their own eyes. “I think in the old days it would be why are you leaving the club? In the modern day it’s you should move on, and we’ve got into this situation that is happening now.” According to Tuttomercatoweb (via SportBible). the Italian outfit are keen on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy at the end. Fiorentina, who face West Ham in the Europa Conference League final, are set for a mid-table league finish this term. Manager Xavi has admitted to holding discussions with the French international, with media in Spain suggesting he was keen to move after choosing Barca over Chelsea last summer. A renewed bid from the Blues had been floated, but the ex-Sevilla man has quickly poured cold water on talks of a move. “To make it clear: at no time did I ask to go out, so I’m not going anywhere,” Kounde wrote on social media. Liverpool have made enquiries over a move for Benjamin Pavard, according to Kicker (via Sport Witness). The French international is out of contract in 2024, and Bayern Munich have been tipped to cash in this summer. Versatile defender Pavard, who has also interested the likes of Man Utd, was part of Les Bleus’ squad for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Chelsea are prepared to match Paris Saint-Germain’s £52m offer for Manuel Ugarte, according to reports in Portugal (via The Express). The Sporting star has been in high demand, with Liverpool also keen on a summer move. Kim Min-jae is on the brink of wrapping up a move to Man Utd, according to Corriere dello Sport (via The Sun). The South Korea international, signed by Napoli last summer as a Kalidou Koulibaly replacement, is expected to fly to the UK when the transfer window opens. A release clause is due to come into force in July, though reports on the amount are conflicting, with United expected to pay somewhere between £40m and £55m. Sadio Mane is expected to leave Bayern Munich this summer, with former Bayern favourite Lothar Matthaus unable to see a way back for the ex-Liverpool star. “Maybe the relationship was a mistake, maybe one of the many mistakes Bayern have done in the last 12 months,” Real Madrid have been offered the chance to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane this summer in a deal that could see Eden Hazard go the other way. Kane, 29, is out of contract in North London next summer and this is likely to be the last opportunity Spurs have to cash in on the striker before risking him leaving as a free agent. Their preference is to sell him to a club outside of England and not to a direct rival. The England international is on Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag’s target list this summer as he is on red alert to sign a central striker at Old Trafford. United are desperate to sign an elite central striker and believe Kane’s contractual situation will mean that a deal is possible. Dutchman Slot has committed his future to Feyenoord after being heavily linked with the vacant Spurs job. Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has now become the bookies’ red-hot favourite and it is believed he would be open to taking a Premier League job and is highly ambitious. Postecoglou has enjoyed a hugely successful spell at Celtic, winning back-to-back titles and his future is unlikely to become clear until after the Scottish Cup Final. Slot was on Tottenham’s radar as they look to appoint a new manager this summer after his impressive work at Feyenoord. But Slot has now insisted he is going nowhere after crunch talks with Feyenoord on Wednesday, having led to the Dutch title this season. Sporting Lisbon boss Rúben Amori is another on Tottenham’s list of potential names but he may have reservations about the current set-up at Spurs. Tottenham have made it clear they are not interested in former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann who is available this summer. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will be anxious to avoid a repeat of the summer of 2021 when they went through a host of names before ending up with former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo and that ended badly. Victor Osimhen has been snapped in the German capital, checking into a five-star resort with his girlfriend and daughter. His presence in Berlin is set to heighten links to Bayern Munich, who have a long standing interest in the Napoli ace. The Italian club recently claimed the Serie A title but could be persuaded into selling Osimhen for the right price. Cristiano Ronaldo has doubled down on claims that the Saudi league could be among the best in the world, whilst dropping an intriguing hint on his future. The veteran forward explained: “We are much better. In my opinion, the Saudi League is getting better. Next year will be even better. “Step by step I think this league will be in the top five leagues in the world but they need time, they need players, they need infrastructure but I believe that this country has amazing potential. They have amazing people and the league will be great in my opinion.” Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Manuel Ugarte after Paris Saint-Germain triggered the £52million release clause in his contract. Ugarte, 22, has been linked with a move to Anfield as Jurgen Klopp tries to bolster his midfield options this summer. The Portugal international has impressed for Sporting this season, making 46 appearances across all competitions and also excelled as they beat Tottenham in the Champions League. However, according to Correio da Manha, Ugarte has agreed a mega-money move to PSG on a five-year contract. Chelsea were also keen on signing the midfielder, but his future is set to be at the French champions after they triggered the release clause in his contract. Granit Xhaka is gearing up to play what many believe will be his last game in an Arsenal shirt on Sunday as the midfielder prepares to bid farewell to the Emirates after a seven-year stay. The Switzerland international has divided opinion throughout his time in north London but has won over a large portion of the Arsenal faithful in recent seasons off the back of his drastically improved performances under Mikel Arteta. Some may question why now of all times, just as he starts to become a fan-favourite, has Xhaka opted to call time on his Arsenal career. However, reports suggest that his family have a desire to leave London and return to Germany, where the 30-year-old has a history from his time at Borussia Monchengladbach. According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are keen on signing Rice alongside Arsenal and Chelsea. Manchester United are set for a busy summer transfer window and are pushing for deals to sign Mason Mount from Chelsea and Tottenham striker Harry Kane. Kane, 29, is on United boss Erik ten Hag’s target list this summer as he is on red alert to sign a central striker at Old Trafford. United are desperate to sign an elite central striker and believe Kane’s contractual situation will mean that a deal is possible. Mount is aware that Chelsea want to sell him this summer and he has expressed a preference for joining United in that instance. Like Kane, he is also out of contract in the summer of 2024 and as such is likely to be available at a reduced price this summer. Sir Jim Ratcliffe is building for the future at Nice as he has concerns about his proposed bid to buy Manchester United and sees ex-Chelsea boss Potter as the perfect fit. Kylian Mbappe will not sign the one-year contract extension in his Paris Saint-Germain contract as Real Madrid reignites their plan of signing the superstar striker. Mbappe was said to have had a verbal agreement in place to join Madrid last season and the striker had previously hinted at a move to the Spanish capital after a eye-opening interview suggested that he had been open to leaving France. However, that move did not materialise as he committed his future to the French capital. The striker penned a new three-year contract in Paris last May – although the final year of that deal is an optional renewal on the player’s behalf. Ange Postecoglou has emerged as a contender for the vacant Tottenham job following the news that Arne Slot will not be leaving Feyernoord this summer. That’s according to the Independent, who report that Tottenham are considering Celtic boss Postecoglu as someone who could take over. Andres Iniesta is set to leave Vissel Kobe this summer – but does not want to retire. Asked about his future, Iniesta said: “I have to tell you the truth, I don’t know. “I want to keep playing football. I feel like I am capable of still playing. But as this chapter closes, we’ll see what’s possible. I want to finish my career on the pitch playing, and this is what I’m hoping to do.” According to L’Equipe, Viera has had three offers from Premier League clubs following his departure from Crystal Palace in March. Manchester United have enquired about the availability of Benfica star Goncalo Ramos, as per The Athletic. Barcelona boss Xavi has held talks with Jules Kounde over his future amid fresh links with Chelsea. The Blues were strongly linked with a move for the French defender last summer as Todd Boehly attempted to bolster his side’s defence. In the end, Chelsea were beaten to the punch by the Catalan giants. Barcelona signed the centre-back for a fee of €55million (£47.7m) from Spanish rivals Sevilla, with Kounde then putting pen to paper on a five-year contract at the Camp Nou. However, fresh claims have surfaced over the past few days that he may be looking to move on after just 12 months. Tottenham managerial target Arne Slot has announced he wants to stay with Feyenoord in what is another brutal blow for the North London side. Daniel Levy has been on the hunt for a new permanent boss since late March following Antonio Conte’s acrimonious exit. Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason have been put in interim charge in the meantime. Those appointments have certainly not worked with Spurs having fallen out of contention for a Champions League place, whilst they could miss out on a European spot totally on the final day of the campaign. They have been scouring the footballing landscape for a new permanent manager and it appeared that they had found their man in Feyenoord boss Slot. 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