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Man United, Chelsea run for Barcelona Philippe Coutinho

The transfer window for the biggest clubs in Europe is closed, but click here for all offers and keep track of who joined the guys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the media around the world and free the correspondents to see what is on the agenda for the summer.

TOP STORY: Coutinho to return to England?

Philippe CoutinhoTeammates have gathered around the "sad" Brazilian star, but speculation continues to grow on its long-term future.

The sport reports that Coutinho's teammates are confident that the 26 year old can improve his poor form, but his performances against Valencia and Real Madrid will be a matter of concern for the boss Ernesto Valverde.

Coutinho struggled for consistency from his move to the Camp Nou, and it was hoped that his double against Sevilla – when he scored from the penalty spot and then headed home a second – would kick off his season. However, since he is disappointed, and with the French Ousmane Dembele back from an injury, Valverde could face new pressure to replace him.

Chelsea and Manchester United have been connected to the offensive midfielder, in particular the Blues, who are planning their lives without Eden Hazard in case he leaves the Stamford Bridge this summer.


09.00 GMT: Cesc Fabregas believes that Chelsea striker Eden Hazard will continue at Stamford Bridge, although he admits he knows his former teammate "like Madrid". Hazard – whose contract in Chelsea lasts until June 2020 – said this week that he "made a decision" about his long-term future, amid continued speculation that links him to a move by Real Madrid.

Fabregas, who left Stamford Bridge after four and a half years to sign for Monaco in the winter transfer window, told the Spanish radio station Cadena Ser: "If he [Hazard] said this [he had made a decision]I think he will renew his contract with Chelsea. He will never fight with Chelsea to leave. It's his big club and he won everything in England.

"I know he likes Madrid, he's very happy in Chelsea and his family is happy, he's the captain of the team, if he does not renew before the summer he'll have to make a decision, he'll be 28 and it will be the perfect time for leave, it will be a very personal decision. "

08.15 GMT: The future of Isco It has been a source of constant speculation ever since coach Santiago Solari arrived and made international Spain a fixture.

Speaking of Isco's situation, the former Real Ruben de la Red midfielder said this week: "Real Madrid is a club that does not wait for anyone, every player on the team is good enough to take your place and therefore who does not perform the required level will be left behind. "

Those comments he pushed Isco to tweet in response: "I totally agree with De la Red, but when you do not like the same opportunities as your teammates, things are different … but I keep working and fighting a lot, hoping for them … Hala Madrid !! "

It is difficult not to interpret it as an abrupt criticism of Solari di Isco. It seems increasingly likely that one (or maybe) both will not be at the Bernabeu next season.

PAPER TALK (by Nick Judd): athletic interested in Llorente

Tottenham attacker Fernando Llorente could be out of contract at the end of the current season and Athletic Bilbao sports director Rafa Alkorta told AS that his club could jump to take the 33-year-old off the hands of Mauricio Pochettino.

The long-term future of Lllorente in the north of London is uncertain and while Bilbao was tied to his signature in January, Tottenham was reluctant to let him go in the absence of the injured Harry Kane.

However, Alkorta is said to "be alert" to the situation and could return for the man who made 327 appearances with Bilbao between 2004 and 2013.

Llorente had been on the outskirts of North London in the first half of the season until Kane's heart attack, but he started seven of his last nine club games. He scored six goals in 16 games.

De Gea close to the record deal

The Metro reports that Manchester United is close to accepting a new five-year deal with the goalkeeper David De Gea.

The 28-year-old Spaniard was once more a source of inspiration for the reds, and has 18 months to keep running on his existing contract after the club kicked off an extension of 12 months before Christmas, while the talks stopped on something more long-term.

However, the negotiations resumed in January are and are said to have been more positive, with the subway reporting the Spaniard could sign an agreement worth £ 375,000 per week, which would make it the highest paid goalkeeper in the football world.

If the United States managed to keep their famous man, his new agreement would see him stay at Old Trafford until 2024.

Elsewhere, the Daily Star is reporting that United is closing a £ 50 million deal for Marcus Rashford with sources from ESPN FC who reported earlier this week that the two sides were in talks.

It could be a good week for the Red Devils.

Madrid plan for life without Godin

Atletico Madrid expects a defensive defense Diego Godin leave this summer, but they believe they have found the ideal substitute.

Godin is widely inclined to join Inter in the summer, which leaves to Atleti the seemingly impossible task of replacing a man who has led them from the back since 2010.

However, they could turn to the central defender of Gremio Walter Kannemann, as reported by Marca (referring to the rumors of the Brazilian newspaper Esporte Interativo).

The twenty-seven is nicknamed "the Viking" and was in good shape for Gremio. In addition, he has already played with Diego Simeone when the two were together in San Lorenzo. Atletico should have activated the Kannemann € 20 million release clause to get their man.

Rangers hoping to secure Kent's permanent agreement

The Rangers of Glasgow are eager to become a loan star Ryan Kent & # 39; s moving from Liverpool permanently in the summer, reports BT Sport.

The boss Steven Gerrard made no secret of his admiration for the form and attitude of the young man since he arrived on loan from his old club in the summer, and now Mark Allen, the club's football director, would also like to keep Kent at Ibrox.

Kent has scored five goals in 25 starts this season.


– Inter decided not to activate the permanent transfer of the defender Sime Vrsaljko from Atletico Madrid. Poor form and injury have come together to see Vrsaljko return to the parents' club, says La Gazzetta dello Sport.

– Bayern Munich has agreed to register with young people Jann-Fiete Arp from Hamburg, reports Bild. The nineteen year old can join the German giants this summer or spend another year with Hamburg before passing.

– The Sun is reporting that Aston Villa will increase its bid to sign the Swansea City defender Mike van der Hoorn at the end of the season. Villa was discouraged by the Welsh club's £ 10m estimate in January, but the player's contract should expire in May.


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