Transfer Talk: Liverpool step up surprise interest in Turkish keeper Cakir

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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: Liverpool on brink of signing Thiago

Liverpool are not expected to make too many moves into the transfer market this summer, but Sport is reporting that a surprise move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara is close to being agreed.

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The 29-year-old, who has been at Bayern for seven years, wants a new challenge and negotiations are said to be very advanced between the two clubs and the player.

Bayern have asked for €35 million to allow the player to head to the Premier League, though Liverpool are hoping to agree a more structured transfer fee.

Meanwhile, according to Talksport, Liverpool are looking to strengthen their goalkeeping options with Trabzonspor‘s Ugurcan Cakir.

The Reds are hoping to strengthen in an effort to protect their Premier League trophy and were linked with a move for Cakir in January. Klopp would like to send the player out on loan immediately with Cakir cited as a player for the future. One Turkish news outlet also suggests that Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Leicester City are also interested.

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09.51 BST: Manchester United have turned down AS Roma‘s offer to extend Chris Smalling‘s loan spell for a further season, according to Sky Italy. As it stands, Smalling returns to United at the end of the Serie A season on Aug. 2 and does not have an extension to play in the Europa League later that month. Roma reportedly offered United €3m to keep Smalling for the 2020-21 campaign and include a €14m purchase option to be made effective in the summer of 2021.

However, United want to sell Smalling this summer. Roma coach Paulo Fonseca hopes Smalling can remain Roma for at least another season. Smalling, 30, made his 24th league appearance for Roma in Thursday’s 2-0 defeat at Udinese. He is tied to the Red Devils until June 2022.

09.15 BST: This week’s Insider Notebook has a look at Paul Pogba‘s future at Manchester United. He’s rarely been happier and is keen to stay at the club, sources have told ESPN, with the turnaround in his mood in part due to his relationship with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

08.30 BST: We’ve been waiting for this one, a full year in fact, but it’s finally a done deal. Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has completed his move to Bayern Munich. Sane has signed a five-year contract with the German champions after a €49 million (£44.2m) deal was agreed with City. The fee could rise to €60m and also includes a 10% sell-on clause.

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Sevilla lining up Kepa loan deal

Following the reports from France on Thursday that Chelsea are contemplating a move for Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan, the Blues could be set to send Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan to Sevilla FC, according to the Sun.

Kepa conceded three goals against West Ham United earlier in the week and so finds himself under fresh pressure, with his future in southwest London unclear.

The Sun are reporting that Kepa may be willing to accept a loan move away from the club in an effort to try and build his confidence, or even move in a permanent deal.

Sevilla, who are fourth in La Liga, are keen to add the Spaniard’s services to their squad but his £150,000-a-week wages could be a potential stumbling block. Moreover, with four years left on his six-year contract, a permanent fee is likely to be sizeable.

Chelsea may have to consider paying a proportion of Kepa’s salary if they’re keen to offload their record goalkeeper this summer.

Zouma linked to Everton return amidst PSG interest

Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma could return to his old loan club Everton, according to French outlet Le10Sport.

The 25-year-old defender spent the 2018-19 season on loan at the Toffees and Carlo Ancelotti was obviously suitably impressed. A return would suit Zouma too, with the player in and out of the Chelsea side this season.

Zouma would appear to be behind Fikayo Tomori and has subsequently dropped down the pecking order.

However, Ancelotti is not alone in his admiration. Paris Saint-Germain are also interested, while Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be keen.

Frank Lampard is said to be thinking about letting Zouma go as he looks to refresh his own squad, while Zouma himself is keen to get more first-team football.

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RB Leipzig are keen to sign Manchester City left-back Angelino on a permanent deal, according to RB Live. Angelino was a regular under Pep Guardiola but has impressed after moving to Germany at the end of the January transfer window on loan. However, though the Bundesliga side are keen to keep him, the two clubs are said to be far from a final agreement.

Jude Bellingham finally looks set to be announced as a Borussia Dortmund player this week with the German club confident they’ve landed the exciting youngster for an initial £20.7m, as revealed by ESPN last week. Bellingham is expected to agree a five-year deal, much to the disappointment of Manchester United, who were also keen to land the 17-year-old.

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