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LIVE Transfer Talk: Aubameyang ready to stay at Arsenal with Saka

Now that Bukayo Saka has penned a new deal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly ready to stay at Arsenal. Transfer Talk has the latest.
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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: Aubameyang to turn down Europe move

All those clubs chasing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer might have to concede defeat after the Gabon international hinted he might stay at Arsenal following the Gunners’ announcement that they’re set to keep teammate Bukayo Saka, the Evening Standard reports.

The North London club announced that Saka had signed a new four-year deal before the Gunners’ 4-0 victory on Wednesday against Norwich City, and the news is reported to have delighted Aubameyang.

Aubameyang was on target with a double as Arsenal put four past the Canaries, but his future has been very much under the spotlight in 2020. The striker is in the last year of his contract and so has been widely expected to leave, with Inter Milan and Barcelona among the clubs circling for his services.

However, with Saka’s signing assured, noise from the Emirates stadium from both Aubameyang and manager Mikel Arteta suggests there could be a future for him at Arsenal after all.

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12.46 BST: Speaking of Man City’s left-back issues, Bayern Munich’s David Alaba would be a good solution.

The Guardian reports that the 28-year-old is viewed as an excellent versatile addition, with the Austrian reportedly keen to leave Bayern this summer. A price of around €60m has been mooted for some time as his contract expires in June 2021.

12.10 BST: UPDATE: Everton have announced the signing of France Under-19 left-back Niels Nkounkou on a free transfer.

The 19-year-old defender left Marseille when his contract expired and has now agreed a three-year deal with the Toffees.

12.00 BST: Chelsea and Manchester City have identified Everton’s Lucas Digne as a potential solution to their respective problems at left-back, with sources telling ESPN’s Mark Ogden that both clubs see the former Barcelona defender as an alternative to Leicester’s £75m-rated Ben Chilwell.

As previously reported by ESPN, Chilwell is a long-term Chelsea target, with City manager Pep Guardiola also keen as he looks for reinforcements due to ongoing concerns over the reliability of Benjamin Mendy and the ability of Oleksandr Zinchenko to perform at the highest level.

Everton would expect a high fee for France international Digne, who cost £18m when he arrived on a five-year contract from Barcelona in 2018. But with the former Paris Saint-Germain and Roma full-back approaching his 27th birthday later this month, both Chelsea and City believe he would be a less expensive option than Chilwell.

11.46 BST: The Daily Express claims that Manchester United aren’t keen to pay Dortmund’s £100m asking price for Jadon Sancho and are ready to switch attention to Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz.

Leverkusen missed out on the Champions League places this season so the 21-year-old could be available for a lot less.

11.25 BST: Not every day you see a player turn down Juventus for Everton, but Foot Mercato claims that Marseille youngster Niels Nkounkou is set to do just that.

Nkounkou, 19, has reportedly agreed to move to England to play under Carlo Ancelotti, with the left-back excited to develop under the Italian boss.

10.49 BST: Fiorentina have reportedly started negotiations with former Arsenal boss Unai Emery about becoming their new head coach.

Emery, 48, was sacked by Arsenal last year and could move to Serie A to replace Giuseppe Iachini.

10.24 BST: Imagine if Manchester United had been the ones to sign Erling Haaland before he joined Dortmund.

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09.45 BST: Anyone thinking that Liverpool might sell Mohamed Salah now they are Premier League champions is going to be disappointed.

Salah, 28, has 92 goals in 145 games since joining Liverpool in 2017 and signed a new five-year contract in July the following year.

“I can’t describe my feelings after we won the league after 30 years,” Salah told BeIN Sports. “I’m very happy. I enjoy the atmosphere here. I love this place and I hope to stay for a long time. The atmosphere here is different to any other place.”

08.39 BST: Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed his club is among those interested in signing Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali.

Tonali, 20, has made 26 Serie A appearances for Brescia this season and is tied to the Lombardy club until June 2021, with an option to extend that deal for a further season.

Asked about Tonali, Marotta told Sky Italia: “Do I like him? I’m not the only one that likes him but other Italian football experts do. Today he is at Brescia and we have yet to discuss this even if our rapport with [Brescia owner Massimo] Cellino is optimum. There’s time to talk about the market.”

08.00 BST: Barcelona have no intention of selling Antoine Griezmann this summer, despite Mundo Deportivo’s claims that Manchester United and Manchester City are interested, according to reports.

Griezmann’s future at Barca has been called into question with the striker having started once in the last four games. The former Real Sociedad star, who joined Barca in a €120m transfer from Atletico last summer, put on a brave face and posted a photograph on Twitter where he is seen smiling with his wife and two laughing emoticons.

Barca are reportedly satisfied with Griezmann’s attitude and consider him an important player that should have a starring role in the future.

Le Parisien reports that Griezmann did not expect to play so little and that his sister and agent, Maud Griezmann, will soon travel to Barcelona to discuss the situation but at no time the option of leaving the club will be talked about.

Sport, meanwhile, reports that Barca are backing coach Quique Setien to turn things around with the La Liga title still a possibility. However, should Setien end the season empty handed, his future would be up for debate.

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Miranda on the move after return from Schalke

Barcelona are looking for suitors for youngster Juan Miranda following the 20-year-old’s return from Schalke, according to Le10Sport.

The outlet is reporting that the German club has announced they won’t be taking up their purchase option following Miranda’s loan spell at the club, while Barca themselves have also admitted they don’t see the left-back in their long-term plans.

Miranda has been with the Catalan club since he was 14 but headed to Germany in an effort to get more first-team experience. He played 12 games for the Bundesliga side, but it would appear he hasn’t done enough to earn a long-term deal.

Miranda is expected to return to Spain in the coming days, but with Barca expressing no intention of keeping him, he looks set to be on the move once again this summer. Another loan deal looks most likely.

Man United departee Ramazani on verge of Spain move

Recently departed Manchester United youngster Largie Ramazani is set to move to Spain in the summer, the Manchester Evening News reports.

They say that the Belgian striker is set to sign for UD Almeria after having left Manchester United earlier this week. Ramazani was offered a new deal at Old Trafford but has decided to pursue his future elsewhere.

Ramazani scored nine goals in 13 appearances in Premier League 2 this season and he has been free to negotiate other clubs since his departure on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old made only one first-team appearance in three years in Manchester and it is believed he is pursuing more playing time in Spain. United were unwilling to match the wage demands of a player they didn’t feel had a long-term future at the club.

UD Almeria are looking to win promotion to La Liga. They currently sit fourth in the Spanish second division.

Tap-ins

Newcastle United are believed to have joined the race for Gremio star Everton Cebolinha. That’s according to Italian outlet Area Napoli, which claims that the Magpies could be about to sign the player for €25m. Napoli, Everton and West Bromwich Albion were also rumoured to be interested, but the player would reportedly prefer a move to the northeast.

West Ham United are looking to sign Gonzalo Montiel from River Plate, Sport Witness reports. The Hammers have already tried to tempt the 23-year-old to London, and though they head the race for his signature, the player himself is waiting to see whether the Hammers can secure their top-flight status. It is believed Montiel would cost around £10m.

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