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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: PSG join Bayern, Barca in tracking Dest

Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are reported to be interested in signing Ajax winger Sergino Dest, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The 19-year-old American has been attracting admiring glances this season and as well as PSG and Barca, German rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are also both said to be keen on securing his signature.

Dest was recently named Ajax's 'Talent of the Year,' an accolade won by other such luminaries as Christian Eriksen and Matthijs de Ligt.

The right-back is expected to cost around €20 million and though Barca have a number of full-backs already, the expected departure of Nelson Semedo could free up a space on the right flank as they look to freshen up their defensive options.


21.16 BST: Twenty-three-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach centre-back Nico Elvedi has attracted the attention of Bayern Munich and Arsenal, according to Le10 Sport. And with just a year remaining on his contract, if 'Gladbach can't negotiate an extension for the Switzerland international they could be forced into a sale this summer.

19.59 BST: Marca cites Gazzetta dello Sport as reporting that Valencia have offered 33-year-old Napoli winger Jose Callejon a two-year contract worth €3.5m a season, a financial package more appealing than what's been proposed by Sevilla, who are also interested in the former Real Madrid man.

18.42 BST: With Carlo Ancelotti keen to be reunited with 29-year-old Napoli midfielder Allan at Everton, Corriere dello Sport reports that the Italian club have begun scouting potential replacements, including 22-year-old Teun Koopmeiners of AZ Alkmaar, 20-year-old Enzo Le Fee of Lorient and 18-year-old Samuele Ricci of Empoli.

17.25 BST: Dries Mertens' Napoli contract is set to expire at the conclusion of the season, and amid reports that the 33-year-old Belgium striker could team up with compatriot and friend Romelu Lukaku at Inter, the Partenopei have given Mertens seven days to decide whether he'll remain with the club he joined in 2013, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

16.08 BST: Speaking of Caglar Soyuncu ... his former agent says the Leicester City defender could end up at Barcelona, Liverpool or Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

Mustafa Dogru told Diario AS that Barca first tried to sign the Turkey international in 2016 and suggested that they could make another move for him at the end of the current season.

"It's possible that he could go to play for Barcelona this summer," Dogru said. "Barça wanted to sign him when he was at Altinordu. We negotiated with them and they presented their project. But we thought it would be best to go to a team where he would play every week and develop properly [Freiburg]."

The agent said the only Premier League club who would be able to sign Soyuncu is Liverpool "because of his economic conditions" and he also suggested that PSG are interested. "They could be the surprise," he added.

15.32 BST: Altinordu's young defender Ravil Tagir has caught the eye of Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund, according to Turkish newspaper Takvim.

Tagir, 17, has impressed since making the breakthrough into the first team and Fenerbahce are monitoring the situation. A Turkey U17 international, he has (of course) been dubbed "the new Caglar Soyuncu" as the two players began their careers at Altinordu.

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13.58 BST: Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has attracted interest from MLS clubs after leaving Turkish side Trabzonspor in March, says Goal.

Sturridge, 30, is in the midst of a four-month ban from all football-related activities due to breaching betting rules, but that finishes in June and he has been training in America in a bid to earn a contract in MLS once the league restarts.

DC United and Inter Miami are reportedly keen to add the Englishman as a designated player.

13.21 BST: Inter Milan will rival Juventus for the signing of Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo, a report in Gazzeta dello Sport says.

Sources have told ESPN that Barca are open to selling Arthur, although the Brazilian has reiterated in recent weeks that his desire is to remain at Camp Nou. However, the speculation surrounding his future continues. Inter boss Antonio Conte wants to beat rivals Juve to the player, who the Catalan club would reportedly be willing to include in deals for Juve's Miralem Pjanic or Inter's Lautaro Martinez.

12.33 BST: Arsenal have agreed a new one-year contract with promising young goalkeeper James Hillson, sources have told ESPN.

The 19-year-old's previous deal was due to expire at the end of the season and although the Gunners had an option to extend by a year, they have decided instead to hand him a fresh contract.

This new agreement includes a substantial pay increase and an option to retain him for the 2021-22 campaign if he continues his current rate of progress.

ESPN understands Hillson is due to train with the first-team squad this week should they return to group sessions after impressing head coach Mikel Arteta with his attitude and application.

Hillson is yet to make a senior appearance and is expected to be sent out on loan next season to gain experience, once the coronavirus pandemic subsides and clubs have a clearer outline of their plans. Leeds, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Luton and Barnsley are among the clubs to have so far expressed an interest in the Englishman.

12.07 BST: Barcelona goalkeeper Neto is drawing interest from Arsenal, according to The Express, which claims the Premier League side want to bring him in to provide competition to first-choice stopper Bernd Leno.

The same report says Chelsea -- as well as Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Real Betis and AC Milan -- have also enquired about the former Valencia man. The Express add that Arsenal could be priced out of a move, though, while Neto, 30, may prefer an offer where he's guaranteed first-team football following a season as backup to Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

11.30 BST: Manchester City are confident David Silva will agree to a short-term contract extension to allow the midfielder to see out the remainder of the season, sources have told ESPN.

Silva was due to leave the Etihad Stadium on June 30 and had held talks with former club Valencia about a return. However, with games set to continue through the summer to make up for time lost because of the coronavirus pandemic, City have moved to secure the 34-year-old until the end of the campaign.

11.02 BST: Diario SPORT says Juventus will hand over two players plus €25m in cash in exchange for Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo. The report claims Miralem Pjanic and Mattia De Sciglio are the two who will head to Camp Nou as part of the deal for the Portuguese defender.

Sources told ESPN last week that Barca had intensified their interest in midfielder Pjanic, while De Sciglio would arrive as a direct replacement for Semedo. However, sources, while acknowledging ongoing talks between Barca and Juve, said there is no agreement between the two clubs yet over any sort of swap.

10.45 BST: Paul Pogba's brother Florentin will join French Ligue 2 side FC Sochaux-Montbeliard.

The former Atlanta United and Saint-Etienne defender, 29, will join the club on a free transfer having been released by Atlanta in November.

10.25 BST: ICYMI - Chelsea are ready to offload several first-team players to help fund a summer rebuild but are expected to resist any offers for midfield duo N'Golo Kante and Jorginho, sources have told ESPN.

09.47 BST: Club Brugge striker Emmanuel Dennis is likely to leave the club, according to his boss Philippe Clement.

Dennis, 22, has impressed since moving from Ukrainian side Zorya Lugansk in the summer of 2017 and is valued at around £22m. The Nigerian has been linked to Arsenal, Wolves, Newcastle and Leicester.

"It is very likely that Dennis will leave," Clement told La Derniere Heure. "He can also count on a lot of interest. It is the time for him to take a new step."

09.19 BST: Manuel Neuer is "optimistic" that he can reach an agreement with Bayern Munich over a new contract.

The Germany captain has been in talks over a new deal with the Bundesliga champions for a while now. He has just 12 months left on his contract and there had been some confusion after the signing of Schalke keeper Alexander Nubel, who will join on a free transfer once the transfer market opens this summer.

C33%A4ngerung__rummenigge_und_neuer_sind_beide__optimistisch_" target="_blank">But speaking to Sky following the 2-0 win at Union Berlin on Sunday, the 34-year-old Bayern Munich captain said: "I am delighted to play at FC Bayern. We are optimistic, but nothing is done yet."

In a prematch interview, CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also stated he is confident. "Neuer knows what he has in FC Bayern and we know what we have in him. It's a marriage which will also hold in the future," he said.

09.00 BST: Bologna executive Walter Sabatini says the signing of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer is "beyond their reach."

Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic was keen to lure Ibrahimovic to Bologna before the Swedish striker decided to re-join AC Milan on a six-month contract back in December. Mihajlovic reportedly said that he doesn't believe Ibrahimovic will continue at Milan next season and the question is whether he will join Bologna or return to play in Sweden this summer?

Asked about Ibrahimovic, Sabatini told Sky Italia: It's a deal that can happen only because of a thing of friendship and esteem. In terms of figures, it's not a strategic operation for Bologna, it's beyond our reach. It would certainly help the young players grow around him but I see it as difficult. I really don't believe it's possible."


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Arsenal gunning for Guirassy

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is looking to add Amiens forward Serhou Guirassy to his squad this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

Guirassy emerged as one of the stars of season in France despite his side struggling at the foot of the table. He scored nine goals after joining from Cologne for £5m last summer, and now he's got a number of Premier League clubs after his services, with Arsenal leading the way.

West Ham United and Bournemouth are also reported to be interested, but it's believed the 24-year-old prefers a move to the north London club.

Guirassy could prove something of a bargain this summer, which would perfectly suit Arsenal's limited transfer funds. The Gunners are in the market for swap deals and bargains, and Guirassy would fall into the latter category, costing just £15m.

PSG join the list of admirers of Aouar

Lyon star Houssem Aouar appears to have played his last game for the club, but his next destination remains unclear.

Manchester City, Manchester United, and Juventus have all expressed an interest in the 21-year-old, and Le10sport believes PSG have joined the race for his signature. And Italian site Calciomercato believe that the price that all of the above clubs will have to pay to get him is a fairly substantial €70m.

The report states that Lyon chief Jean Michel-Aulas is not keen to sell his prized asset and is unwilling to negotiate on the midfielder's price. That pricetag would rule out Manchester United and Juve, who have other priorities and are looking at swap deals and bargains instead, but Manchester City and PSG have bigger pockets.


- Tottenham are considering a move for free agent Ryan Fraser this summer. The Bournemouth winger's contract runs out on June 30 and he could have his pick of several sides. Arsenal and Liverpool are also reported to be keen, but the Daily Mirror believes Fraser fancies Spurs as his top priority. Fraser is expected to be hot property as a result of his situation, with many clubs looking for out-of-contract bargains.

- AC Milan are interested in signing right-back Denzel Dumfries from PSV Eindhoven, reports Calciomercato. PSV are asking for €20m but Milan believe they can get him for far less as a result of the effect the coronavirus is having on the transfer market. Dumfries is reported to have a number of clubs interested in his services, but his agent Mino Raiola, who already represents a number of Rossoneri players including Gianluigi Donnarumma, believes he can thrive under potential new Milan boss Ralf Rangnick.

- Melbourne Victory frontman Ola Toivonen could be on his way back to Sweden, according to Sport Express. The Swedish outlet says that the 33-year-old is keen to return to Malmo FF, where he scored 17 goals in 51 appearances over a decade ago.