LIVE Transfer Talk: Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs circling for Achraf Hakimi
April 9, 2020
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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: London's top clubs battle for Real Madrid's Hakimi

The top Premier League clubs in London -- Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur -- are among seven in Europe falling over themselves for the signature of right-back Achraf Hakimi, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The 21-year-old Morocco international has been a revelation during his two-year loan spell at Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid, which has prompted Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain to take notice. Dortmund are also keen to keep the player on a permanent basis.

Mundo Deportivo suggests that though Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is keen to sit down with Hakimi about his Los Blancos future, the player himself has said he'll move on unless he moves above Dani Carvajal in the pecking order.

Hakimi's contract is due to run out in June 2022 and has a release clause of around £50 million. He has played 36 games this season, scoring seven goals.


23.30 GMT: That will do it for the latest edition of our LIVE Transfer Talk blog. We hoped you enjoyed following along with us and remind you to check back shortly for the latest transfer rumours, reports and completed deals. Goodnight!

23.19 GMT: James Rodriguez needs a new lease on life but where could he find it?

Spanish paper AS writes that Rodriguez -- no longer part of Zinedine Zidane's plans -- is almost certain to leave Madrid for the second time this summer, and that Man United, Juventus, Napoli and Everton are queueing up for the Colombian.

The paper cites Rodriguez's friendship and shared agent (Jorge Mendes) with Cristiano Ronaldo as a reason he could land at Juventus. United, meanwhile, will likely need to replace Paul Pogba with a marquee central midfielder, something that Rodriguez, has been at various stages of his career. Everton might prove the most interesting case, as new manager Carlo Ancelotti is a huge admirer or Rodriguez, and coached him during the Colombian's best season (2014-2015).

With James desperate for a chance for regular playing time and Madrid keen to cut his wages from their exorbitant bill, it is believed the Spanish club would be willing to drop their asking price from €40 million to €30m in order to get a deal done. That could prove to be a shrewd bit of business for a 28-year-old who not so long ago was one of the most coveted players in world football.

22.35 GMT: Sticking with Spurs... the London club have been handed a blow in their rumoured pursuit of goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.

Gazzetta Dello Sport, though, understands the Lazio and Albania No. 1 is close to securing a new deal that will keep him in Rome through 2025. The 25-year-old, who is in his fourth season as the No.1 shot-stopper at Lazio, has had a banner season between the posts for Lazio. helping them to a surprise Scudetto challenge before the coronavirus-forced shutdown.

It looks as if Spurs will need to look elsewhere to find a long-term replacement for 33-year-old Hugo Lloris.

21.43 GMT: An update on reported Tottenham and Everton target Geoffrey Kondogbia...

Spanish paper El Desmarque, via claims that Valencia are willing to listen to bids of £61 million or greater for the central midfielder. The ex-France turned Central African Republic international was reportedly a Spurs target last summer before Tottenham elected to sign Lyon's Tanguy Ndombele.

With Ndombele having looked in over his head so far in the Premier League, and Jose Mourinho now manager, Spurs have reportedly rekindled interest in the 27-year-old. Consistently one of La Liga's top tacklers, Kondogbia has previously had stops at Inter Milan, Monaco, Sevilla and Lens.

20.57 GMT: Napoli are expected to be one of this summer's biggest sellers with Fabian Ruiz, Kalidou Koulibaly, Arkadiusz Milik and Jose Callejon among the stars who could leave the San Paolo once the transfer market reopens.

If Napoli reshuffles their pack as expected, West Ham's Felipe Anderson could be one of the players to come in the other door, according to Corriere dello Sport. The paper suggests that the Partnopei are monitoring the ex-Lazio attacking midfielder as a replacement for the 33-year-old Callejon.

Anderson, who often dazzled in his debut campaign in England (nine goals, four assists), has just one league goal this season and Napoli could look to seize on the Brazilian's downturn in form or potentially West Ham's relegation. The report also mentions Sassuolo's Jeremie Boga, Werder Bremen's Milot Rashica, Everton of Brazilian side Gremio and AZ Alkmaar's Oussama Idrissi as other potential winger targets.

20.02 GMT: Lionel Messi to Inter Milan?

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner has just rubbished those links on Instagram, calling rumours he could move to the Serie A club "the first lie."

While not all is well in the relationship between Messi and Barcelona at the moment, the Argentine has consistently reaffirmed his loyalty to the club and his desire to remain at the club which he recently called his home. Messi is under contract through 2021 but reportedly has a clause in it that would allow him to leave at the end of this season should he so choose.

Nothing to see here, back to your social distancing, then.

19.19 GMT: Roma have had success with Premier League castoffs in recent seasons -- Mohamed Salah, Chris Smalling, Henrikh Mkhitaryan -- and are reportedly hoping to test their luck with another: Chelsea's Pedro.

The Spanish winger, who turns 33 in July, is out of contract at the end of the campaign and has confirmed he will leave Stamford Bridge after five seasons. Roma, who have been able to negotiate with the winger since January, reportedly have a £2.7 million-a-year contract plus bonuses offer currently on the table for Pedro. 

Pedro, who has won almost everything there is to win in football -- the World Cup, Champions League (x3), La Liga (x5), Copa del Rey (x3), Premier League, FA Cup, Europa League and the European Championships -- is also reportedly a target for Major League Soccer in the U.S.

18.31 GMT: After two-injured ravaged seasons, Corentin Tolisso has become almost a forgotten man at Bayern Munich.

The World Cup winner, who was signed from Lyon for an initial €41.5 million in the summer of 2017, has started just eight Bundesliga games over the past two seasons, having missed almost the entire 2018-19 season due to an ACL tear. Looking to reignite his promising career, Tolisso could be in search of a fresh start, with Arsenal, Man...
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