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LIVE Transfer Talk: Barcelona seek to sign Atletico striker Alvaro Morata this summer

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The January transfer window might seem like a distant memory, but that doesn't mean the rumour mill has shut down! Speculation over summer moves is heating up, so check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.

TOP STORY: Barca want Morata to bolster attack

Alvaro Morata is the latest player to be linked with a move to Barcelona, with Foot Mercato reporting that the club have set their sights on the striker who has spent the past season on loan at Juventus from Atletico Madrid.

The French outlet claims that Juventus are unable to activate the clause of €45 million to make Morata's loan permanent, which means the 28-year-old will return to Spain after registering 18 goals and 10 assists for the Italian club.

This leaves the door open for Barca, who are looking to overhaul their attack this summer and are closing on a deal for Manchester City's Sergio Aguero. Sources told ESPN's Moises Llorens that the Spanish giants have offered Aguero a two-year contract, once his current terms expire this summer, and that the Argentina international could arrive after the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea on May 29.

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has also reported that Barcelona will make an official offer to Memphis Depay. The Lyon forward has been linked with a move to Camp Nou throughout the year while maintaining good form in the Ligue 1, scoring 20 goals in 32 starts, and is available on a free transfer.

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21.25 BST: Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reports that Sergio Aguero's move to Barcelona is a done deal, with Manchester City's record goal scorer joining Argentina teammate and friend Lionel Messi on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract.

20.32 BST: Serie A side Spezia are interested in 21-year-old midfielder Chris Durkin, according to the Athletic's Paul Tenorio, with the former United States youth international and D.C. United academy product impressing at Belgian Pro League outfit Sint-Truiden.

19.39 BST: Napoli are preparing for a player exodus this summer, Gazzetta dello Sport writes. Twenty-five-year-old midfield maestro Fabian Ruiz is set to return to Spain, with Atletico Madrid said to be most serious in their pursuit; 29-year-old centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, after years of flirting with many of the biggest clubs in Europe, is unlikely to return next season; nor are 27-year-old right-back Elseid Hysaj or 29-year-old centre-back Nikola Maksimovic, with both defenders' contracts expiring this summer; and 26-year-old midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko will return to Chelsea after the conclusion of his loan.

18.46 BST: AS reports that super-agent Mino Raiola has offered Barcelona the chance to sign his client, 22-year-old AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, on a free transfer this summer. Should the Blaugrana move forward with the deal, they then would make 29-year-old No. 1 Marc-Andre ter Stegen available, in a move that could help the club raise funds through a substantial transfer fee.

17.53 BST: Barcelona have offered winger Ousmane Dembele a new contract at a reduced wage, according to Marca, citing the club's economic situation and the 24-year-old's injury history. If the France international rejects the offer, the Blaugrana intend to freeze him out of the first team in order to force his transfer out of the club this summer.

17.00 BST: Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has been speaking about his future.

Aouar, 22, almost moved to Arsenal last year when they made a €35m bid for the Frenchman, but Lyon held out for a €60m transfer fee and he stayed.

"This could be [my last match at Lyon], but it could also not be. I do not ask myself these sorts of questions before an important match like this," he said in a press conference ahead of the weekend game against Nice.

"I have not played as much as I would have liked. I struggled to come back after COVID. A pretty mixed season [for me]. I have improved in terms of managing injuries. I am happy with my statistics in the few matches that I have done, so a mixed season. I feel good, I am at 100% for this match."

16.25 BST: Spanish outlet AS are reporting that Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale could retire when his contract expires next year.

Bale, 31, is on loan at Tottenham and due to return to the Spanish capital at the end of the season. The Wales international will play at Euro 2020 this summer but after that his future is uncertain.

AS says he will return to Madrid for the final year of his contract and then look to retire when it runs out.

15.59 BST: Manchester City have already won the Premier League and could do the double if they seal the Champions League too.

And now they are ready to offer winger Raheem Sterling a new contract to ward off interest from Real Madrid, says the Telegraph.

There's also a new deal on the table for 36-year-old defensive midfielder Fernandinho too, says The Times.

15.17 BST: It's a tough time financially out there, so Chelsea are having to get creative if they want to sign Tottenham's £150-rated striker Harry Kane.

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14.50 BST: Bayern Munich have made contact with Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum, Sport1 reports.

Wijnaldum, 30, is a free agent this summer and the Bundesliga champions have followed him in recent weeks as they look to reinforce their squad.

The Dutchman's agent, Humphry Nijman, said his client could move to Germany and called Bayern a "brilliant club" earlier this month.

Wijnaldum has previously been linked with a transfer to Barcelona, but with manager Ronald Koeman's future unclear, he might now prefer a move to Germany.

Bayern are set to go through a transformation under incoming coach Julian Nagelsmann. Amid a difficult financial situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, they will lose three players -- David Alaba, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez -- on a free transfer and are reportedly open to offers for France international Corentin Tolisso.

14.40 BST: Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo is to leave at the end of the season, the club said on Friday.

The 47-year-old has been in charge since 2017, guiding Wolves back to the Premier League in his first season at the helm and then enjoying consecutive seventh-placed finishes.

This season has been more of a struggle with injuries and the departures of key players resulting in a bottom-half finish. They are in 12th place ahead of their final game of the season at home to Manchester United.

Nuno has been linked with a move to fill the vacant manager's job at Tottenham over the summer.

14.27 BST: Werder Bremen have set their sights on New York Red Bulls coach Gerhard Struber, according to Bild.

Struber, 44, is one of the candidates to take over from Florian Kohfeldt should the former Bundesliga champions avoid relegation.

Bremen are in a three-way race against the drop with FC Cologne and Arminia Bielefeld on the final day of the season. With just one point from their last eight league games, the club sacked Kohfeldt last weekend and handed the reins to interim coach Thomas Schaaf.

Struber, who worked at Wolfsberg in his native Austria and Barnsley in the Championship, only joined the MLS side in October 2020. However, under contract until 2023, he would still need to be convinced over the move.

14.04 BST: Bayern Munich are keen to sign American defender Justin Che on a permanent deal but are still working on a transfer fee with FC Dallas, sources have told ESPN's Tom Hamilton and Stephan Uersfeld.

Che, 17, is currently on loan with Bayern Munich II, having originally joined the club on trial back in January as part of the Bayern Munich-FC Dallas partnership. Che was one of six to be invited to train with the Bundesliga champions, and has impressed both for club and country, with Che named in the United States men's national team squad on Thursday.

Bayern still need to work on a deal with Dallas, with the Major League Soccer side keen for a transfer fee in the region of $3m, sources said. There was no original option to buy in the loan deal.

"We hoped to give him a platform in our under-19, but the season never continued," Bayern's academy director Jochen Sauer told ESPN. "So, he played for our under-23 team. "We are in talks now about what can happen in the summer. The player would like to stay, and we would like to keep him."

13.41 BST: Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha admits he wants to play for a 'top team.'

Zaha, 28, almost moved to Arsenal in 2019 but the Gunners opted to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille for €72m instead. Tottenham and Everton are reportedly keen on Zaha, who made a £15m move to Man United in 2013 but was sent on loan and returned to Palace two years later.

"I feel like I can have another shot at the top teams, because my dream is to win things," Zaha told The Face. "I'm good enough to go out there and compete with the best. If the opportunity came, I wouldn't turn it down, because I feel like I deserve it. It's so I can show my kids: 'This is what daddy won'."

"People thought I was done: going to Man United and that not working out, me going to Cardiff. But I've gone back to Palace, restarted my career, and I've stayed relevant and hot throughout this time. My name is still in people's mouths. You can say what you want but I'm still here and I'm still hot."

13.00 BST: Miguel Herrera isn't planning a big overhaul at Tigres but the new manager confirmed to ESPN Deportes that he would like to add at least two more players to the squad ahead of the new Liga MX campaign.

Tigres have already complete the surprising signing of World Cup 2018 winner Florian Thauvin as a free agent to bolster the attack and have appointed Herrera to replace Ricardo Tuca Ferretti. Herrera was unveiled as new manager on Thursday and confirmed that he wants to build upon the team inherited from Ferretti.

"Internal competition will make this team continue to grow, we will add new people to strengthened the squad, we are not going to make an overhaul, we are going to strengthen and achieve what Tuca did: an extraordinary decade," Herrera told ESPN. "Florian Thauvin arrival is very good, but we are aware that we need two or three more."

12.14 BST: Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone are discussing a new contract for the Argentinian coach, regardless of whether they win La Liga this weekend, sources have told ESPN's Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez.

Table-topping Atletico will be crowned Spanish champions for the first time since 2014 -- a title also won under Simeone -- with a win away at Real Valladolid on Saturday.

Both parties are keen to strike a deal on a renewal and an agreement is expected soon. Simeone's contract, which makes him one of the highest-paid coaches in world football, expires in June 2022.

Atletico would like to extend that until 2024, and the club are "delighted" with Simeone's management, sources told ESPN.

12.02 BST: Will Real Madrid axe Zinedine Zidane, or might he even just leave himself, after the weekend's final La Liga games are done?

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11.21 BST: Sergi Roberto is not in Barcelona's plans for next season and the club will listen to offers for him this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo. Roberto is out of contract in 2022 and talks over an extension have broken down.

Barca president Joan Laporta said earlier this week that the club will make a string of changes to the squad this summer. To do that, they need to let some players go first, and Roberto is a player they would like to shift if possible.

Mundo Deportivo reports that Barca believe the midfielder, who can also play at right-back, will be sought after as they look to reduce the wage bill to accommodate a number of signings ahead of next season.

Roberto, 29, has spent his whole career at Barca after coming through the club's academy. Injuries have limited him to just 20 appearances this season and the Blaugrana are ready to move him on now given he could leave for free next year when his deal expires.

11.05 BST: French side Nice will execute their option to sign defender Jean-Clair Todibo from Barcelona when the season finishes, Marca reports.

Todibo, 21, joined Nice on loan in January and the Ligue 1 team can make the deal permanent this summer for an initial fee of €8.5m, with another €7m due in potential add-ons.

Barca signed Todibo from Toulouse on a free transfer in 2019 but the centre-back has made just five first-team appearances for the club. He spent 2020 on loan at Schalke and Benfica before joining Nice earlier this year.

10.36 BST: Real Madrid's hopes of signing PSG forward Kylian Mbappe this summer wouldn't be hit by Zinedine Zidane leaving the club, Diario AS reports.

"Mbappe is totally set on wearing the Madrid shirt, whoever his next coach will be," the newspaper claims.

There's a mutual admiration between Mbappe and Zidane, whose presence at the Bernabeu has been seen as a significant factor in Madrid's chances of landing the 22-year-old. Zidane has refused to confirm he'll still in charge next season, though, despite having a year left on his contract.

According to AS, Mbappe's decision to refuse a new PSG deal is a bid to force a move that "transcends which coach is on the (Real Madrid) bench."

The newspaper says that -- in what seems a fairly major caveat -- "all that's lacking is for PSG to accept" he will leave this summer, with his contract expiring in 2022.

10.04 BST: Gremio are set to complete the signing of Douglas Costa on a season-long loan, with an option to extend it two-and-a-half years, according to ESPN Brasil pundit Rodrigo Bueno.

The 30-year-old winger has been on loan at Bayern Munich but he is still a Juventus player. Bueno says that the agreement with Gremio is almost done but there has been a delay in the negotiations because his loan at Bayern won't expire until June 30.

09.40 BST: Chelsea are willing to offer several different players including Tammy Abraham and Kepa Arrizabalaga in a player-plus-cash offer for Harry Kane but fear Tottenham will not do business with them, sources have told ESPN's James Olley.

The Blues are ready to join the race for the 27-year-old along with Manchester United and Manchester City after news emerged on Monday evening that Kane wants to leave the club.

A transfer is not straightforward given Kane has three years remaining on his Spurs contract and chairman Daniel Levy is likely to demand a fee in the region of £150m.

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09.26 BST: Gareth Bale is planning to return to Real Madrid this summer to see out the last year of his contract before retiring from football, according to AS.

The Madrid-based newspaper reports that Bale, 31, has prioritised avoiding injury at all costs while on loan at Tottenham Hotspur this season to be able to lead Wales at the European Championships in the best possible condition.

The report is somewhat undermined, though, by a closing admission that "with Bale, everything is unpredictable" and that sources close to the player won't comment on a possible post-Madrid retirement. Bale has previously spoken favourably of a switch to MLS, saying he'd "definitely be interested" in a future move to the United States.

08.43 BST: Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is leaving Juventus at the end of the season but he could continuie his career in Italy, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Buffon, 43, played the final game of his second spell at Juve on Wednesday when he helped them beat Atalanta 2-1 in the Coppa Italia final.

Among the various proposals, Buffon could be tempted by Serie B side Monza who have reportedly made an offer for the 2006 World Cup winner.

08.00 BST: Tottenham captain Harry Kane has fuelled speculation that he could leave the club this summer and reiterated his stance that he doesn't plan to stay at the club for the rest of his career.

On Monday, sources told ESPN that Kane had informed Spurs of his desire to depart after another trophyless season with Premier League clubs Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all interested in the striker.

Speaking with former United captain Gary Neville on The Overlap earlier this month, Kane said his ambition is to become one of the best players in world football.

"I don't want to come to the end of my career and have any regrets," he said. "I want to be the best I can be. I never said I'd stay at Spurs for the rest of my career and I've never said I'd leave Spurs.

"People might say: 'He's desperate for trophies, he needs trophies,' but I still feel like I've still got almost another career to play. I've got seven, eight years, kind of what I've already had in the Premier League. So I'm not rushing anything, I'm not desperate to do anything.

"I'm not afraid to say I want to be the best. I want to try and get on the level [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi got to. That's my ultimate goal -- to be winning trophies season in, season out, scoring 50, 60, 70 goals season in, season out."

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PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)

- Barcelona are looking to reacquire Adrian Bernabe, who left the Spanish club to join Manchester City in 2018, according to Mundo Deportivo. The 19-year-old midfielder, who can also play left-back, is out of contract in the summer and could join City defender Eric Garcia, who has also been rumoured with a return to Camp Nou.

- The race for Carney Chukwuemeka is heating up with a number of clubs interested in the Aston Villa winger. Bild reports that Borussia Dortmund are among the clubs monitoring the situation of the 17-year-old, who made his Premier League debut on Wednesday against Tottenham Hotspur, with the belief that he can follow in the footsteps of Jude Bellingham.

- Another from Fabrizio Romano here, who claims that Lyon centre-back Joachim Andersen is receiving interest regarding a potential transfer back to the Premier League. The Denmark defender spent the past season on loan at Fulham and is reported to want to stay in the England's top flight, with Spurs at the front of the line to secure the services of the 24-year-old.

- Leeds United are reportedly looking to add another Brazilian to their ranks with Matheus Cunha of Hertha Berlin hot on Marcelo Bielsa's radar. That's according to Kicker, which reports that the English club have intensified their pursuit for 21-year-old attacker. Cunha predominantly plays on the left side, which could see him lining up on the opposite flank to Raphinha, who moved to Elland Road in October.

- Arsenal's shortlist of attacking midfielders is growing stronger with Dortmund's Julian Brandt the latest candidate to replace Martin Odegaard. Kicker claims that the North London club are still very much interested in the 25-year-old Germany international, though the Dortmund hierarchy could demand a notable fee with Brandt contracted until 2024.

- Everton would be prepared to part ways with Moise Kean for a fee in the region of €45m, Romano also reports on his Here We Go podcast. The Italian attacker has spent the past season on loan at Paris Saint-Germain after struggling to get game time in the Premier League, but he could remain in France after the forward scored 17 goals during his PSG loan spell.