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LIVE Transfer Talk: Real Madrid, Juventus, PSG in contact with Paul Pogba's representatives

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The 2022 January transfer window is closed, but there's still plenty of gossip swirling about who's moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Real Madrid, Juventus, PSG still have Pogba interest

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will be receiving interest from the biggest clubs across Europe this summer, and Sky Sports have offered an indication of those who are in touch with the Frenchman's representatives.

The 29-year-old's contract comes to an end in the summer, and the closer it gets to that time, the more likely it seems that the World Cup winner will leave Old Trafford for a second time.

There has been no contract offer from United since last summer, but it should also be noted that Pogba hasn't definitively ruled out staying. Despite that fact, there are various clubs in contact with those around Pogba, including Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.

Pogba has long been linked with Los Blancos, with Madrid also eyeing fellow France star Kylian Mbappe from PSG on a free transfer this summer.

PSG have also been interested in Pogba, especially as he is from Paris and would strengthen the club's French contingent.

Pogba represented Juventus between 2012 and 2016, often being linked with a possible move back since his £89.3 million departure to Old Trafford.

The report also states that two unnamed Premier League sides have been in touch regarding a possible move. Even with all of this interest, it is understood that there have not been any official offers made yet.

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21.32 GMT: Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with his contract having little more than a year left to run.

Speaking with Nicolo Schira, the Italy international's agent, Joao Santos, said: "Our priority is the contract extension with Chelsea. If Blues don't offer the renewal, Jorgi's first choice will be the return to Serie A. Juventus? The most important clubs are interested in him and would be taken into consideration."

20.59 GMT: With Juventus forward Paulo Dybala set to become a free agent this summer, Foot Mercato reports that the 28-year-old has eyed a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain, though there is said to be interest from AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur too.

20.26 GMT: AS Roma will not sanction the departure of striker Tammy Abraham unless they receive a transfer fee of £100m amid reported interest from other clubs, reports the Mail. The England international made the switch from Chelsea for a £34m fee last summer, and has scored 23 times so far. The 24-year-old is contracted to Roma until 2026, but the Blues are reported to have a clause in his deal that could see him return to Stamford Bridge next year for £67m.

19.53 GMT: Manchester City and Chelsea are interested in a move for Crystal Palace left-back Tyrick Mitchell, writes the Sun, with the 22-year-old earning his first England call-up this month.

18.47 GMT: Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba has urged teammate Ousmane Dembele to renew his contract at the club, with the winger set to be a free agent in the summer.

Speaking on El Larguero, he said: "I think they should [renew Dembele's contract], in his position, he is one of the best in the world by far. He is motivated, and I don't know what he is going to do, but I hope he stays."

18.14 GMT: West Ham United have joined the race to sign Lille defender Sven Botman, reports the Evening Standard. The Hammers are said to be looking to bolster their squad for European football again next year, with the 22-year-old a key interest, but they face competition from Newcastle United and AC Milan.

17.41 GMT: Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby has not closed the door on a move away from the Bundesliga club, amid reports linking the France international with a move to Manchester United and Arsenal.

Speaking to Le Parisien, the 22-year-old said: "Obviously, I'm thinking about it, but not too much yet. I remain focused on the end of the season. For the moment it is my only concern."

17.08 GMT: According to Sport BILD, Borussia Dortmund have already drawn up a shortlist of four potential replacements for Erling Haaland, who's widely expected to leave the club this summer. Ajax and former West Ham forward Sebastien Haller is said to be an option, with the striker scoring 33 goals across all competitions this season. Sparta Prague starlet Adam Hlozek is also said to be of interest, while compatriot Patrik Schick is another due to his impressive stint with Bayer Leverkusen, in addition to VfB Stuttgart's Sasa Kalajdzic.

16.35 GMT: Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara is available on a free transfer in the summer, with Atletico Madrid leading the race to sign him, according to Goal.

Kamara, 22, has seen interest from Manchester United, Bayern Munich, PSG, Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham. But the Frenchman is "understood to be keen on working with Diego Simeone" at Atletico.

15.49 GMT: Jordi Alba wants Ousmane Dembele to sign a new contract at Barcelona as uncertainty continues to shroud his future at the club beyond this season.

Barca told Dembele to leave the club in January if he refused to sign a new contract, with his current terms up in the summer, but the Frenchman opted to stay despite the threat of not playing again for the rest of the campaign.

Coach Xavi Hernandez did not follow through on the club's threat to exile Dembele for six months, though, instead choosing to restore him to the team. He has since played an important role in Barca's revival and set up two goals in the 4-0 win at Real Madrid last weekend.

"I think Barça should renew Dembele," Alba told Cadena Ser following reports that the club could re-open talks with the ex-Borussia Dortmund player's agents. "In his position, he's one of the best in the world by a distance. I hope he stays."

Dembele's been able to flourish on the right wing for Barca, a position previously occupied by Lionel Messi before his free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

Alba, who had a particularly good relationship with Messi, says it's been difficult to watch Messi in a PSG shirt and welcomed the idea of him returning to Camp Nou one day.

"I guess it's hard after an entire life at Barcelona to go to Paris," Alba added. "It wasn't easy for him, his teammates [at Barca] or the club, but that's football.

"It's hard to see him in another shirt. I'm sure he's not OK after the [Champions League] exit, but he's still the best in the world and still has a lot of football in him. He's the player that I have had the best understanding with and it would be nice if he returned. His departure was tough because of the friendship we have."

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15.05 GMT: Barcelona plan to meet with Ronald Araujo's agents in the coming days to discuss a contract extension with Premier League clubs Liverpool and Manchester United monitoring the situation, sources have told ESPN.

Araujo, 23, is out of contract in 2023 and initial talks to renew his terms at Camp Nou have failed to yield an agreement.

Barca want the Uruguay defender to stay at the club and will restart talks with his camp imminently in the hope of striking a deal.

Sources explain that Barca's offer is worth around €5m annually and the club remain confident Araujo will eventually renew his terms. However, as first revealed by ESPN in November, Liverpool and United remain interested in Araujo and are ready to make their move if talks with Barca stall.

14.31 GMT: In bad news for PSG, defender Achraf Hakimi is ready to leave the club, according to RMC.

Hakimi, 23, is arguably the best right-back in world football but has struggled to settle in the dressing room, with PSG's South American contingent reportedly not speaking to him much.

The Morocco international only joined from Inter Milan in the summer for €70m but is also seemingly on the lookout for a new club.

14.15 GMT: Fabrizio Romano says that Paris Saint-Germain are still planning to sign left-back Nuno Mendes from Sporting CP once his loan expires.

Mendes, 19, has a €40m option to sign permanently in his loan deal and PSG will take it up once the season ends, despite losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League knockouts.

The Portugal international defender is considered one of the top young defenders in Europe and he has made 32 appearances for PSG this season already.

13.38 GMT: Liverpool have an interest in signing Rennes winger Jeremy Doku, according to Calciomercato.

Doku, 19, has two goals and two assists in 16 games this season but the Belgium international is highly rated and Liverpool have reportedly been following his progress for some time.

12.53 GMT: Sport claims that prolific Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski wants to sign for Barcelona.

Lewandowski, 33, has 45 goals in 37 games so far this season but has yet to agree an extension to his contract which expires in 2023.

Barca want Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, who is available for a €75m release clause this year, but Lewandowski could work out as a cheaper option and Barca could be ready to hand him a four-year contract.

12.30 GMT: Man United should be looking to sign one player in particular this summer.

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11.44 GMT: Barcelona defender Dani Alves is lobbying for the Catalan club to sign Ajax forward Antony, according to UOL Esporte.

Alves, who returned to Camp Nou for a second spell earlier this season having previously left in 2016, played alongside Antony at Sao Paulo in Brazil and is encouraging Barca to sign him this summer.

Antony, 22, signed for Ajax in 2020 for a fee which could rise to €20m. He has scored 22 goals in 79 appearances for the Dutch side and has been linked with a €40m move to the Premier League this summer.

Barca are also said to be in the market for a winger, amid uncertainty over the future of Ousmane Dembele, and have also been linked witha €35m move for Leeds United's Raphinha, who is out of contract at Elland Road in 2023.

Raphinha, 25, has won seven caps for Brazil, scoring three goals, while Antony has also represented his country seven times.

11.07 GMT: Portuguese sides Benfica and Sporting Club are both keen on signing Barcelona winger Francisco Trincao this summer, according to Record.

Trincao, 22, is on loan at Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers, who have an option to make the deal permanent for €30m at the end of the season.

Any decision on Trincao's future could be linked to Adama Traore, who is on loan at Barca from Wolves. If the Portugal international returns to Barcelona from England, a return to his homeland could be on the cards next season.

Both Benfica and Sporting are said to hold an interest in signing the forward, who joined Barca from Braga for €30m in 2020.

10.28 GMT: Brentford goalkeeper David Raya has said he "isn't closing the door to playing in LaLiga" after being called up by Spain for the first time.

Raya's form in the Premier League -- after winning promotion from the Championship last season -- led Luis Enrique to select him ahead of Manchester United's David de Gea in a squad that will face Albania and Iceland during this international break.

"I'm not one to close any doors," Raya told Marca in an interview from the Spain camp on Thursday. "You have to look at opportunities and what options are the right ones... I'd like to experience Spanish football, but I'm really enjoying myself at Brentford and in the Premier League. Football will decide."

09.57 GMT: Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso has said he would "love to play in LaLiga."

Alonso, 31, was a Real Madrid youth product but only made one league appearance for the club back in 2010 at the start of a career that took him to Bolton, Sunderland and Fiorentina before moving to Stamford Bridge in 2016.

"I've always wanted to play in Spain," the defender, who is on international duty with Spain this week, told AS in an interview on Thursday. "But the circumstances have been different, and it hasn't depended on me. For now I'm focused on this season and what will be, will be... I have a contract for this season and next season."

09.33 GMT: West Ham's Declan Rice would "prefer a move to Chelsea over Manchester United," according to the Evening Standard.

Rice, 23, has attracted attention for his performances in midfield and West Ham have placed a £150m valuation on him to ward off interest from Europe's top clubs.

United are keen to sign the England international as they look to replace Paul Pogba this summer, but Rice is reportedly more interested in heading back to London to join up with friend Mason Mount, having been released by Chelsea at age 14.

Rice has two years left on his contract, with a club option to extend by a further year until 2025, and aren't keen to see him depart.

08.46 GMT: Bruno Fernandes' contract renewal talks with Manchester United are progressing well, according to O Jogo.

Talks between the Portugal international's agent, Miguel Pinho, and the club have intensified in recent weeks and the midfielder is expected to soon sign a new deal.

Fernandes' contract expires in 2025, but he is expected to sign a two-year extension. He has been a key player for United since arriving at Old Trafford in January 2020 from Sporting CP in a deal that could be worth up to €80m and has scored 49 goals in more than 100 appearances for the Red Devils.

The new deal will see Fernandes' salary increase to €15m per year, matching that of Paul Pogba but still far from the €20m that his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo receives.

08.00 GMT: With Manchester United a long way from recapturing the Premier League trophy they once almost took for granted, the club's struggles to even secure a top-four finish this season suggest that it's going to take more than just a few transfers to catch up to the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.

However, the United squad needs quality reinforcements as soon as possible and to compete with Europe's elite again they need to bring in proven talents who can perform straightaway. They'll need deep pockets for transfer fees and wages, but paying extra for established stars that can have an immediate impact is more cost-effective than a cheaper alternative who won't offer much of an upgrade on what they already have.

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PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)

- Porto are monitoring Cristiano Ronaldo's situation at Manchester United and could make a move in the summer if given signs of encouragement, according to Football Insider. They are said to be cautiously optimistic that the 37-year-old would be interested in a return to Portugal, having last played in his homeland during his time with Sporting CP before first joining the Red Devils in 2003.

- Bayern Munich are progressing in talks with Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch, according to Fabrizio Romano, with the terms of a potential contract not set to be an issue. However, with talks between Bayern and Gravenberch's agent Mino Raiola in their early stages, the Bavarian club will need to up their offer of €15m plus €10m in add-ons if they are to reach a deal.

- AS Roma want to sign Sassuolo's Giacomo Raspadori as a replacement for Nicolo Zaniolo, as reported by Gazzetta dello Sport. Zaniolo is expected to leave Roma, with Juventus among the clubs interested and it is felt that Raspadori could prove an effective partner for striker Tammy Abraham. There will be competition for the 22-year-old, who is valued at around €30m, but it is hoped that Roma's positive relationship with Sassuolo will help them complete the signing.

- Barcelona have made their first firm offer of €35m to Leeds United for Raphinha, reports Diario Sport. The Blaugrana are moving early to get ahead of competition such as Liverpool and Bayern Munich who have both shown recent interest. It is claimed that Barcelona are confident of completing a deal, though there is no word on Leeds' response after they turned down West Ham United's €55m offer in January.

In a separate report from Diario Sport, it is mentioned that Barcelona are also working on renewing the contracts of Gavi and Ronald Araujo but will not stretch themselves financially to keep them.

- Espanyol are close to completing the signing of Joselu, who will join from Alaves on a three-year deal, reports AS. They are preparing to potentially lose Raul de Tomas and will be hopeful that Joselu can replace the Spain international's goals, with Joselu's LaLiga tally of 12 goals this season making up over half of Alaves' total.