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LIVE Transfer Talk: PSG join Barca and Real in race for Arsenal's Guendouzi

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Olley: Guendouzi's attitude needs to be resolved (1:42)

James Olley says Matteo Guendouzi has raw talent but questions his work ethic and attitude to Arteta's plans. (1:42)

The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe's big leagues and beyond.

TOP STORY: PSG join Barca and Real in race for Arsenal's Guendouzi

Paris Saint-Germain have joined Real Madrid and Barcelona in the pursuit of Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, according to Le10 Sport.

The Frenchman has not played a game for Mikel Arteta's side since their 2-1 loss on June 20 against Brighton & Hove Albion, in which he grabbed matchwinner Neal Maupay by the throat.

Guendouzi escaped a Football Association charge for his conduct but questions have arisen about his character, meaning the 21-year-old could be set to leave the Emirates. Nonetheless, sources told ESPN's Julien Laurens and James Olley that the club have expressed their desire for Guendouzi to stay after having a stern chat with him.

This doesn't seem to have put other clubs off though, with prestigious names waiting to see how this scenario unfolds. It has been suggested within the report that Guendouzi could be allowed to leave for a fee of up to €35m.

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22.04 BST: Leicester City are the latest club being linked with Real Madrid flop Luka Jovic.

Signed for €60 million in the summer from Eintracht Frankfurt, the 22-year-old Serb has had a nightmare of a debut season at the Bernabeu, scoring just two goals in 25 appearances for Los Blancos. To make matters worse, the striker has gotten in trouble twice for violating lockdown protocols, which has further angered the Madrid brass.

Leicester City could look to cash in on Jovic's declining stock, and get the former 27-goal scorer at a bargain price. Chelsea and AC Milan are two other clubs kicking the tires on Jovic, who according to the Daily Star could potentially be had for as little as £31 million.

21.19 BST: Arsenal hoping to hit the jackpot with a free transfer?

Marca claims that the Gunners, who are expected to have a small transfer budget, have made an approach for out-of-contract Nice centre-back Malang Sarr. The Under-21 France international is available on a free transfer, and is also being monitored by RB Leipzig.

The 21-year-old would appear to be a real bargain as Sarr has already made 103 Ligue 1 appearances at his young age and would fit the centre-back need at the Emirates.

20.33 BST: Juventus and Inter Milan are both plotting a move for under-the-radar Serie A star Robin Gosens, Corriere di Torino, via Football Italia, understands.

The attacking wing-back has had a fantastic season for entertainers Atalanta, scoring nine goals and adding six assists for the wing-back position. The 26-year-old has reportedly attracted the attention of both Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte, with the former looking for a younger alternative to Juan Cuadrado and the latter looking for a Marcos Alonso-type to fit his system.

Atalanta reportedly value the German at around £20 million, but could elect to hold on to the player if the qualify for the Champions League again this season.

19.57 BST: Newcastle are hoping their £300 million takeover by Saudi investors will go through, as a completed deal would certainly do wonders for the Magpies transfer kitty.

One deal the club want to do is to make left-back Danny Rose's move to the club permanent, writes the Daily Star. The England international joined Newcastle on loan in January and has impressed on Tyneside, so much so that Steve Bruce and the club want to sign him outright.

Reports in England claim that Spurs are so desperate to get the 30-year-old off the books they could sell him for as little as £5m.

19.10 BST: Wolves reportedly lead a long list of suitors for Schalke and United States midfielder Weston McKennie, according to a report from CBS.

The report says due to financial struggles at Schalke 04, the German club might be forced to sell the American to recoup funds. Valued at £20 million, McKennie, 21, is reportedly being monitored by Liverpool, Wolves, Newcastle, Everton and others, with the Wolverhampton club thought to be the favourites.

McKennie, who has scored six goal in 19 caps for the USMNT, reportedly favours a move to a club where he can be assure of playing time, which all but rules Liverpool out.

18.28 BST: Man City are pondering a move for either Bayern Munich's David Alaba or Bournemouth's Nathan Ake, writes The Mirror.

Man City view left-back as one of the areas they need to strengthen in order to close the gap with Liverpool, and with David Alaba set to enter the final year of his contract, City are on alert. The Austrian, widely considered one of the best full-backs in the world, has yet to sign a contract with Bayern Munich and reportedly could be open to linking back up with former manager Pep Guardiola.

Alaba, who can play five or six positions at a high level, has been at Bayern since making his first-team debut in 2010 and is value by transfermarkt at €65 million. If Bayern hold on to Alaba as they hope, City could opt for the 25-year-old Ake, a cheaper alternative, who has impressed in England the last five seasons.

17.41 BST: Aberdeen star Sam Cosgrove has turned down a move to Ligue 2 outfit Guingamp, according to a report from the BBC.

The Scottish club had accepted a bid of £2 million for the striker on Wednesday before the player rejected the move. Consgrove, 23, has scored 44 goals over the past two seasons and has previously been linked with moves to various clubs in Europe's top five leagues.

17.00 BST: Former Barcelona forward Rivaldo is always good value in his Betfair column. This time he says he's keen for Neymar to return to Camp Nou.

"Lautaro Martinez's release clause has recently expired, so Internazionale can now ask for more money to sell him and, apparently, they want to extend his contract and keep him at the club," he wrote. "For that reason, I think Barcelona should refocus on signing Neymar this summer.

"According to recent news, Leonardo might now be interested in negotiating the Brazilian star's move from PSG. I believe Neymar joining Lionel Messi would help Barcelona become again that sensational team that won many titles several years ago.

"Neymar would be the best possible signing for Barcelona as he will cheer up the squad and give a nice alternative to decide matches, allowing Messi to take a rest occasionally."

16.23 BST: United States goalkeeper Zack Steffen will go into the new season with Manchester City, sources have told ESPN's Stephan Uersfeld.

The 25-year-old spent the 2019-20 season with Fortuna Dusseldorf but missed the second half of the season with a patellar tendon problem.

In summer 2019, Steffen returned to Europe for the second time in his career when he left Columbus Crew to join Manchester City for a reported fee of around €7m. He had previously spent 18 months with German club SC Freiburg between January 2015 and July 2016.

However, the U.S. goalkeeper did not immediately qualify for a United Kingdom work permit and was loaned out to Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf where he was first-choice.

15.41 BST: Will Lionel Messi sign a new contract with Barcelona?

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15.00 BST: Sky Sports is reporting that all the Premier League clubs will decide on the dates for the summer's transfer window at a later time.

The report reads: "All 20 clubs were expected to vote during a conference call on Thursday but have agreed to hold further talks. The Premier League are due to hold their next shareholder meeting on July 24 but a vote by clubs, who are yet to agree on a preferred start date for the 2020/21 season, is expected before then."

UEFA has set a deadline of Oct. 5 for players to be registered for the group stage of the 2021-22 Champions League and Europa League, so the window is expected to close before then.

14.32 BST: Barcelona have reassured Antoine Griezmann that he has a future at the club in a meeting with the forward's camp this week, sources have told ESPN'S Moises Llorens and Sam Marsden.

Griezmann, 29, was not in the meeting, but his sister, Maud, who also acts as his agent, was among those present following a difficult few weeks for the Barca player.

The France international was left on the bench last week for the third time in four games when Barca drew with his former side Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou last week, but started the 1-0 win over Espanyol on Wednesday.

14.04 BST: De Telegraaf reports that Real Madrid have stepped away from a €55m deal to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek.

Van de Beek, 23, has been linked with Real and Manchester United, so the news leaves the Premier League club free to make their move.

13.35 BST: Brentford winger Said Benrahma has been linked to a host of top clubs, including Chelsea and Arsenal.

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12.58 BST: Paul Pogba has said he is "happy" at Manchester United a day after manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was hopeful the midfielder will sign a new contract at Old Trafford.

Pogba has entered the final year of his deal, although the club hold an option to extend until 2022.

United have approached the France international's representatives about the possibility of agreeing fresh terms and Pogba -- fit again after ankle surgery -- has hinted he is settled in Manchester after two years of speculation linking him with moves to Real Madrid and Juventus.

"I'm really, really happy and so blessed to be back and be fully fit now, and I'm enjoying being back with the team," Pogba told United Review. "Just being back training, touching the ball and doing what I love is amazing; I missed it so much. You realise when you're out for a long time how much you really enjoy playing football and how much you love it."

Sources have told ESPN that United are relaxed about Pogba's long-term future and will exercise the one-year option in his contract next season if a new deal has not been agreed.

12.17 BST: Manchester United women have completed the signing of England international Lucy Staniforth from Birmingham City.

The 27-year-old has spent the last two seasons in Birmingham but left following the conclusion of her contract. United have secured the midfielder's services until the end of the 2020-21 season.

Staniforth was part of the England 2019 World Cup and SheBelieves Cup squads, scoring England's first goal on their road to winning their first tournament.

"I'm really happy to have signed with Manchester United; it's the biggest club in the world and I'm so proud to be part of it," Staniforth said in a statement. "I've been impressed with the performances from last season and the club's future ambitions. I wanted to come here to win trophies and make history with this club, and I'm just excited to get started."

12.10 BST: Chelsea signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax for €44m this summer.

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11.42 BST: Borussia Dortmund are preparing for life without Jadon Sancho, the club's sporting director Michael Zorc has said.

The Bundesliga club would like Sancho to stay at the club for another season but Manchester United have expressed a keen interest in signing the England international.

The German transfer window opens on Oct. 5 and Zorc confirmed they have a plan in place should they need to replace Sancho.

"Should Jadon leave, we'll make additions in our attacking department," Zorc told kicker. "There is certainly one or the other players on our radar."

11.01 BST: Celtic's Kristoffer Ajer is just one player in a €75m summer spending spree for AC Milan, says the Scottish Sun.

Ajer is valued at over £20m himself, with new manager Ralf Rangnick looking to bring in the defender as he can't afford RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano.

Dominik Szoboszlai of FC Salzburg is also on Milan's shortlist.

10.22 BST: The Daily Express reports that Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is of interest to Spanish club Sevilla.

Bellerin, 25, has also been linked with former side Barcelona in the past, while a move to Italy has been mooted as Juventus and Inter Milan are also reported to be interested in the right-back.

10.02 BST: Liverpool have won the Premier League in some style but evidently a rebuild is still needed.

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09.20 BST: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful Paul Pogba will sign a new contract.

Pogba has entered the final year of his deal at Old Trafford, although the club hold an option to extend until 2022. United have tied down Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic with new deals and Solskjaer is keen for Pogba, who has been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Juventus, to follow in putting pen to paper.

"I can't comment on discussions between a player and the club but of course we want to keep the best players around the club," said Solskjaer. "We want to build a squad for the future and Scott and Nemanja are in a similar position but at different stages in their careers. One at the start, one really experienced one. We also need players in the mid-range group. Hopefully we can do something [with Pogba]."

08.52 BST: Tottenham are interested in a £25m deal for Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, says the

Zouma played under former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who is now coach of Tottenham, and the France international could move on from Stamford Bridge this summer as Frank Lampard looks to rebuild his defence.

Everton, who signed Zouma on loan last season, are also reportedly considering a bid.

08.30 BST: Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli has cooled reports that his club are closing in on the signing of Lille forward Victor Osimhen.

Osimhen, 21, has attracted the attention of top European clubs after scoring 18 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions. Napoli are among those keen to acquire the highly-rated Nigeria international this summer.

But Giuntoli told Sky Italia: "With regards to the Lille striker, there are currently no negotiations. He is an interesting prospect but we don't have an agreement with him or the club. He came to visit the city and see what it's like and that means we are in the race."

Osimhen is tied to Lille until June 2024.

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Havertz hopeful for Real Madrid move over Chelsea

Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz is among a host of youngsters who is hoping for an offer from Real Madrid, according to Marca.

The German star has a contract that runs until 2022 but reportedly has shown no interest in renewing his deal. Sources told ESPN on Wednesday that Chelsea are pushing through for a deal for Havertz, but it is suggested within Marca's report that he has his heart set on a transfer to Los Blancos.

Bayern Munich have already pulled out of the running, with several other clubs reluctant to commit around €100m on one player.

Real Madrid retain an interest but have not yet shown a willingness to make a formal offer. The Spanish giants have been hit financially by the coronavirus outbreak, and may need to rethink their strategy, but it is clear that they still have the attention of some of Europe's best young talent.

The La Liga leaders have also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe, Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland, and Stade Rennes' Eduardo Camavinga.

Lacazette in Juventus talks

Arsenal may be looking to keep hold of their striker, Alexandre Lacazette, but Calciomercato have suggested that Juventus are looking to take him away from North London.

It has been claimed that the Italian giants have already begun conversations with Lacazette's agents, with the Frenchman unhappy about the lack of starts he has been given this campaign. Juventus see the 29-year-old as an alternative option to Napoli frontman Arkadiusz Milik, who is also being watched by Atletico Madrid.

Lacazette's contract with Arsenal runs until the summer of 2022, with the Gunners trying to extend the stay of both him and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Tap-ins

- Midfielder Niklas Dorsch missed out on promotion to the Bundesliga with Heidenheim, but he could still be taking a step up, according to Sky Germany. It is suggested that Belgian outfit KAA Gent are looking to sign the 22-year-old, who has a release clause of €3.5m in his contract. The move would see him join a club who are due to play in the Champions League qualifiers.

- Salomon Kalou is open to moving to Brazilian side Botafogo, reports Fogaonet. The former Chelsea man has spent the campaign with Hertha Berlin, but it seems as though he is destined to leave the Bundesliga club. A deal has not been signed but the Ivorian has responded positively to advances from the Rio de Janeiro club.

- Anthony Knockaert's loan move from Brighton to Premier League hopefuls Fulham has been made permanent. The winger has signed a contract that will see him playing at Craven Cottage until 2023, with the 28-year-old having recorded four goals and five assists across all competitions so far this term.