Transfer news LIVE – Thursday, April 4
- Manchester United plan major transfer overhaul and eye Jadon Sancho
- Barcelona want Paulo Dybala from Juventus in a swap deal for Philippe Coutinho
- Arsenal have a three-man wish list including Bournemouth ace Ryan Fraser
- Liverpool have been told to sign Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld
- Wolves have completed the permanent signing of Raul Jimenez for £32million
1pm UPDATE: Wolves sign Raul Jimenez
Wolves have completed the signing of Raul Jimenez for £32million, making his loan move permanent.
Kevin Thelwell, Wolves sporting director, said: “The impact Raul has made during his short time at the club has been fantastic and we’re delighted that he’ll be part of the club’s long-term future.
“From the second he walked through the door, he settled straight into the group, and that reflects in his performance, with Raul providing assists and overall selfless performances, as well as obviously goals.
“His goals in the Premier League and FA Cup have been vital to this season’s success and we’re looking forward to seeing him contribute even more during what will be an exciting end to the season in both competitions.
“Raul’s permanent signing shows the ambition of this football club and the determination to make sure the future is an exciting one.”
Transfer news LIVE: Raul Jimenez has completed a permanent move to Wolves
12.30pm UPDATE: Maurizio Sarri confident on Callum Hudson-Odoi
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes Callum Hudson-Odoi can make it at the club.
“He’s a good boy. Of course, now, he can risk stopping to improve because he can risk thinking that he is a player at 100 per cent, but that’s not true. It’s impossible to be at the top when you are 18,” he told Sky Sports.
“He needs to improve, he can improve, and I want him to improve. He can become one of the best players in Europe.
“Callum is ready to play in every match, even the most difficult matches. He improved a lot over the season. I am really happy for him. Not only in attack, but in defence. For this team, the future is could be good with Callum.”
Transfer news LIVE: Steven Gerrard has warned his Rangers players they are playing for their future
12pm UPDATE: Steven Gerrard warns his Rangers players
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has sent a transfer warning to his players.
“100% there are still players here playing for their future, people dropping standards or getting comfortable is not acceptable,” he said.
Gerrard is unhappy with the level of consistency shown by the squad and believes they need to improve, admitting he will be looking to the transfer market to add in key areas.
“The players are aware of the standards we are looking for, we have often achieved this level but the problem has been finding this consistently and drawing games we should have won,” he said.
“We will continue to try and strengthen our squad and eleven moving forward to improve this. The likes of Jermain who know what is expected at big clubs.”
Transfer news LIVE: Keylor Navas could leave Real Madrid in the summer
11.30am UPDATE: Keylor Navas admits he could leave Real Madrid
Keylor Navas has admitted he could leave Real Madrid in the summer.
“If the coach tells me to go, that’s what I’m going to do,” he said.
“But I have a contract and my present is at Real Madrid. I will always try to give my best and convince the coach that I should play.
“I have a contract and I want to be here, but let’s see what happens. Let’s focus on finishing the season well. We have to, for the honour of the badge, go out and win the remaining [eight] matches.”
11am UPDATE: Man City eye Rodri
Manchester City have added Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri to their summer wish list.
The Daily Mail claim Pep Guardiola is interested in the former Villarreal man.
Rodri only joined Atletico last summer and Diego Simeone will not let him leave unless his £59.8million release clause is met.
Rodri has made 39 appearances in all competitions for Atletico this season.
Transfer news LIVE: Manchester City are interested in signing Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri
10.30am UPDATE: Man Utd hold Matthijs de Ligt talks
Manchester United have held discussions with Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, transfer expert Guillem Balague claims.
“A good place to start would be with a top class centre-back,” Balague told Football Index.
“Matthijs De Ligt has had conversations with the club, although he looks to be favouring a move to Barcelona.
“Ajax have already made it clear that they will not be auctioning the player but rather let him go where he would prefer to play.”
Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd have held talks with Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt
10am UPDATE: Fulham resigned to losing Ryan Sessegnon
Fulham are resigned to losing Ryan Sessegnon following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.
The 18-year-old has just one year left on his contract.
And the Mirror say Tottenham, could renew their interest after chasing his signature last summer.
Fulham were demanding around £50million but with less time on his contract they may have to settle for less.
Transfer news LIVE: Ryan Sessegnon is set to leave Fulham this summer
9.30am UPDATE: Ryan Fraser flattered by Arsenal links
Ryan Fraser has admitted it is nice to be linked with Premier League giants Arsenal.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s very nice. It means you are are doing something right,” he told Sky Sports News.
“They are a huge club, a massive club. When you see your name thrown around you always think to yourself that you are a Bournemouth player and you try to do well.
“I’m not going to lie, you do feel good, especially when it’s a massive club.”
Transfer news LIVE: Unai Emery is interested in signing Ryan Taylor
9am UPDATE: Adrien Rabiot close to Real Madrid agreement
Liverpool transfer target Adrien Rabiot is close to reaching an agreement with Real Madrid, it has been claimed.
The Paris Saint-Germain ace has refused to sign a new contract and is expected to leave at the end of the season.
Liverpool have been linked with the 24-year-old who has not played for the French champions since December.
French journalist Geoffroy Garetier claims Rabiot is finalising terms with Real Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane is looking to overhaul his squad this summer and the midfielder looks to be on his way to the Bernabeu.
Real want a long-term replacement for Luka Modric and Rabiot fits the bill.
Transfer news LIVE: Adrien Rabiot is close to an agreement with Real Madrid
8.30am UPDATE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no agreement with Ed Woodward
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has failed to reach an agreement with Ed Woodward over his transfer budget this summer.
During discussions last month because of uncertainty over United’s top four position no final amount was decided.
If the Red Devils do qualify for the Champions League Solskjaer will receive and extra £60million to spend, according to the Metro.
If United are not in Europe’s elite competition they could struggle to attract the likes of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
Transfer news LIVE: Ed Woodward has not agreed a summer budget with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
8am UPDATE: Wolves to sign Raul Jimenez
Wolves will complete the permanent signing of Raul Jimenez in the next 24 hours.
Sky Sports claim the deal will be worth £30million with the 27-year-old impressing at Molineux this season.
Jimenez has netted 15 goals in all competitions and helped Wolves to seventh in the Premier League table.
The forward has been on loan from Benfica but has agreed a four-year deal with the club.
It will break Wolves’ transfer record which was the £18m they paid for Adama Traore last summer.
Transfer news LIVE: Wolves are set to complete the signing of Raul Jimenez
7.30am UPDATE: Man Utd transfer plans uncovered
Manchester United have conceded the need to give their squad a bigger than expected summer shake up after losing further ground in the race for a top four finish.
Both new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward had originally intended to stick to a “three in, three out” summer window.
But with evidence mounting that the current squad is not fit for purpose to meet ambitious targets, the board are ready to sanction a bigger overhaul than had originally been planned.
United are well aware they need defensive reinforcements with one of Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Raphael Varane or Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly potential targets.
Further forward United remain interested in England starlet Declan Rice from West Ham and keen to bring Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund to Old Trafford.
United are also thought to have considered a move for Ivan Rakitic, who looks set to lose his starting spot at Barcelona to new arrival Frenkie de Jong.
Transfer news LIVE: All the latest from Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool
7am UPDATE: Barcelona eye Philippe Coutinho swap
Barcelona are open to the idea of a swap deal which would see Philippe Coutinho leave for Juventus with Paulo Dybala coming to the Nou Camp.
The former Liverpool midfielder has failed to impress at the Catalan club since he made a move in January of last year.
And Dybala is also ready to quit Juventus with Cristiano Ronaldo getting preferential treatment since his switch from Real Madrid, according to Calciomercato.
Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are all interested in Coutinho as well.
Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will overhaul his side
6.30am UPDATE: Arsenal shortlist
Arsenal are plotting their summer transfers, with Bournemouth star Ryan Fraser at the top of their wish list.
Football London add that Leandro Trossard of Genk and Boca Juniors ace Cristian Pavon are also on Arsenal’s shortlist.
However, it’s claimed the Gunners will not commit to anything until they know their budget for the summer window.
Emery will have more of an idea of his budget once the Champions League spots are decided in the Premier League.
Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal are eyeing Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Fraser
6am UPDATE: Liverpool told to sign Toby Alderweireld
Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has revealed who he would love to partner Virgil van Dijk in defence.
“One hundred per cent this guy’s going,” Nicol said of Tottenham ace Toby Alderweireld.
“We just don’t know where it is.
“Again, this is a player who I think most teams in the world would want as their centre-back.
“I wouldn’t mind him at Liverpool alongside Van Dijk, I think that would be a great pairing.
“So yes, he’s going to leave. Where does he go? I guess it’s up to him.
“If he wants to move for money, he will go for the highest bidder regardless.
“But if he wants trophies, and you’ve got someone like Varane wanting to leave Real Madrid, I wouldn’t be shocked if that was where he turns up.
“Yeah [he will have a lot of teams to pick from], no question.”