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PSG linked with £60 million move for Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi

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French champions Paris St-Germain are thought to be monitoring Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi and plan to make a £60 million bid this summer, according to reports. 

Guendouzi has impressed at the heart of the Gunners’ midfield this season. The 19-year-old only joined from French second division side Lorient for £7 million in the summer.

So if PSG were to come in with an offer of £60 million, it would represent a huge profit in just a year.

However, Gunners boss Unai Emery has no plans to sell Guendouzi. “His development with us is very important and he’s playing with big consistency. He quality is very impressive.”

Emery added that he was surprised by the PSG link. “I don’t want this,” he added.

Arsenal could I’ll afford to lose another midfield star after Aaron Ramsey has announced he will join Juventus in the summer once his Gunners deal has expired.

PSG meanwhile want to bolster their midfield with Adrien Rabiot seemingly certain to leave in the summer. Guendouzi is the latest in a long list of names to be linked with the club.

Paris St-Germain to join Bayern Munich in race to sign Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi

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Paris St-Germain are said to be interested in signing Chelsea’s highly-rates youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi this summer, according to reports. 

German champions Bayern Munich offered Chelsea £35 million for the 18-year-old in January but the club rebuffed them, saying they wanted him to stay.

It is expected that Bayern will come back in with another bid for Hudson-Odoi again in the summer. But now PSG are also thought to be preparing a bid as well, according to The Sun.

Hudson-Odoi is cutting a frustrated figure at Stamford Bridge currently. He submitted a transfer request in January and it is believed he wanted to go to Bayern but Chelsea blocked his request.

At the time, it was said that if he stayed he would get more first-team action. However, since then Hudson-Odoi has played just 13 minutes in the Premier League. Manager Maurizio Sarri has yet to start him in a league match, despite the Blues’ paucity of options up front. The only match he has started since January is an FA Cup win against Sheffield Wednesday, in which he scored. He was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s cup loss to Manchester United earlier this week.

No new contract negotiations have started and whether Hudson-Odoi stays or goes may be dependent on if he gets a run in the first-team between now and the end of the season. Another factor could be if a new manager arrives – there is speculation that Sarri could be sacked soon after a run of poor results.

Real Madrid slap £131 million price tag on Gareth Bale – will it put Manchester United or Chelsea off?

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has slapped a £131 million price tag on the head of Gareth Bale as rumours about his future continue, according to reports.  

TeleMadrid made this claim with speculation that Bale could be on his way out of the Bernabeu this summer.

It was thought Bale would be one of the key men for Madrid this season after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus last summer. However, Bale has not impressed and has been mostly used as a substitute under Santiago Solari.

In addition he has been injury plagued in the past few seasons and he has also been criticised for an apparent failure to integrate into the dressing room and with Spanish life in general.

Bale has scored 6 goals in 19 La Liga appearances but the emergence of teenager Vinicius Junior has pushed him down the pecking order.

With Madrid widely expected to rebuild their squad this summer after a relatively disappointing campaign, it is thought that Bale could be one of the stars on their way out.

There would be no shortage of interest in the Welsh international from clubs around Europe. Manchester United have long been linked with him, but any bid may depend on who is manager come the summer.

Likewise Chelsea are thought to be monitoring him, but any bid may depend on who is in the manager’s seat, with Maurizio Sarri thought to be close to the sack.

However, the price tag – if accurate – could also put clubs off. Given Bale’s age – 29 – and injury record many clubs would refuse to pay a fee that would be in the top 5 of all time in terms of value.

It may be this is a signal that Perez won’t let Bale leave on the cheap – a lower fee may be enough to tempt him, but perhaps not much lower.

Manchester United target Wolves star Ruben Neves but won’t meet £100 million price tag

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Manchester United wants to bring Wolverhampton Wanderers star Ruben Neves to Old Trafford this summer but are refusing to meet their £100 million valuation. 

Neves has been pivotal in Wolves’ rise in the past 18 months. He was the standout player as the West Midlands side stormed to the Championship title last season and he has impressed again as Wolves have climbed to 7th place in the Premier League. He has scored 3 goals in 24 Premier League appearances from his largely defensive position.

United have had scouts watch him across this season, and have been impressed with what they have seen, according to The Express.

The Old Trafford club are widely expected to give their squad a major overhaul this summer – whoever is in charge, be it Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or anyone else – and a defensive midfielder is on the list, along with several other positions.

However, Wolves do not want to let go of the Neves, who has won 9 caps for Portugal, and have slapped a £100 million price tag on him to try and deter suitors. They also do not need to sell, given the wealth of their Chinese backers.

United would be unwilling to pay that much, but would look to try and negotiate a lower fee rather than walk away, according to The Sun.

Manchester United plan swoop for Juventus star Paolo Dybala – and could offer Romelu Lukaku as part of deal

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Champions League chasing Manchester United are planning to bolster their attack this summer and have targeted Juventus striker Paolo Dybala for that. 

And United are prepared to offer Romelu Lukaku as part of any deal, according to reports.

Argentine striker Dybala could be available as he has fallen out with Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri this season and has been overshadowed by the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. He also fits United’s requirements of a mobile goalscoring striker.

Dybala could cost up to £100 million, so to try and mitigate some of that cost, United are willing to offer Belgian international Lukaku as part of the deal.

Lukaku may have cost £75 million when he joined United from Everton but he has fallen down the pecking order since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as interim manager, with Marcus Rashford often being preferred.

It is reported that both Juventus and Lukaku would be open to such a deal. Lukaku would relish the chance to join the Italian champions, while they would be getting a prolific striker who is in the peak years of his career.