Transfer news LIVE updates | Sunday, April 19
- Borussia Dortmund will offer Jadon Sancho a huge new deal to fend off Premier League transfer interest
- Newcastle have been tipped to hire Mauricio Pochettino after their takeover
- Philippe Coutinho is keen on a move to Chelsea from Barcelona in the summer
Arsenal to sell Aubameyang and Lacazette
Arsenal are willing to cash in on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette this summer.
Arsenal are leading the £25million race to land Celtic hitman Odsonne Edouard as they look to replace Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gunners are set to sell the experienced duo this summer and former Paris Saint-Germain youngster Edouard is at the top of their wanted list.
Edouard, 22, has scored 62 goals in 126 appearances for Celtic and has got several big European clubs mentoring his progress.
The French under-21 international has got both Lille and Lyon interested in taking him back to France while Borussia Dortmund and Red Bull Leipzig have also watched him.
But The Gunners head the queue of clubs which also includes Everton who want to bolster their front line this summer.
Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal are set to sell their two star strikers
Ben White to Leeds EXCLUSIVE
Leeds United could tie up a deal for on-loan centre-back Ben White from Brighton this summer and they could do it at a lower price than expected due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Kieran Maguire.
He told Express Sport: “I think in respect of the teams coming up they will probably spend a little bit less but that’s partly due to the fact they will be able to buy the players slightly cheaper.
“Leeds have had Ben White on loan from Brighton this year.
“Now, I think Brighton would have been looking for a very high price for Ben White because he’s probably one of the best centre-backs in the Championship.
“I’ve got some friends who support Leeds who say he’s the best centre-back they’ve had since Rio Ferdinand.
“In the market in the sort of mid-tier clubs I think there will be a decline in value so they may be able to get him for £4-5million less than they initially thought. Similarly, Brighton would be able to do exactly the same.
“There will be a bit of a merry-go-round but I think the gross cost will come down for clubs that are promoted and therefore they will be in a strong position to negotiate in the market.
“But if they were looking to sell players and I think Leeds have one or two players that have interested clubs in the Premier League, they too will have to drop their asking price so I think it will impact everybody.
“I don’t think Leeds will be worse off as a result of the pandemic than before apart from the general hit they are going to have from the start of the lockdown to the end of the season.”
Transfer news LIVE: Ben White has impressed at Leeds this season
Chelsea open transfer talks
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is set to open talks with SC Freiburg about a possible £20million deal for German forward Luca Waldschmidt in the summer transfer window.
The 23-year-old is a versatile attacker and while his main position is as a centre-forward, the youngster is capable of playing on both wings.
Waldschmidt was in fantastic form at last year’s European Under-21 Championship in Italy, where scored seven goals in four games.
This season he has found the back of the net six times in 16 appearances in all competitions.
However, his campaign has been hindered by a knee injury which sidelined him for two months during the winter.
Waldschmidt’s performances have seen him compared to West Germany’s legendary striker Gerd Muller, whose clinical finishing saw him score 68 goals in just 62 caps for his country.
The youngster’s performance in Italy saw him dubbed ‘il bomber’ in reference to Muller, who was nicknamed ‘Der Bomber’ for always hitting the target.
According to The Sun, Lampard has been monitoring Waldschmidt and wants to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea want to sign Luca Waldschmidt
Liverpool to miss out on Philippe Coutinho money
Liverpool will miss out on £35million should Philippe Coutinho leave Barcelona this summer. The Reds are still expecting to receive an additional payday because of performance-related add-ons in Coutinho’s Barcelona contract.
The Brazilian is seemingly heading towards the Barcelona exit door after failing to live up to his potential in his first two seasons at the Not Camp.
Coutinho is still hoping for a second chance under new boss Quique Setien, but that’s unlikely to materialise given the Barca board’s strong desire to sell.
Barcelona are even said to be willing to reduce their asking price to around the £75m mark to offload Coutinho this summer, with the Premier League his most likely destination.
His loan spell with Bayern Munich has not been entirely convincing, meaning there are question marks surrounding the Bavarian’s £109m option to buy at the end of the season.
Should Barcelona be able to offload Coutinho, it will mean they do not have to pay the full £142m fee that was agreed with Liverpool in 2018.
According to the Daily Mail, they still owe the Reds £35m in performance related add-ons.
Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool could miss out on some Philippe Coutinho money
Borussia Dortmund to offer Jadon Sancho new deal
Jadon Sancho will be offered a huge pay rise by Borussia Dortmund if he agrees to stay at the Bundesliga club and resist a move back to the Premier League summer with several clubs interested.
They will bump his salary up from six million to 10 million euros a year, and make the young England star the highest paid player at the club behind only captain Marco Reus.
It is a sign the German outfit are increasingly confident that Sancho is ready to stay for at least one extra year and be part of their thrilling team.
This is exactly the tactic Dortmund used to persuade both Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to remain at the club for another 12 months when they seemed certain to depart.
Manchester United have been leading the chase to bring 20-year-old Sancho back to this country, but they have also been linked with many other players at high transfer fees.
Liverpool and Chelsea also keen on the England forward, but viewed as far less likely to spend big this summer.
Transfer news LIVE: Jadon Sancho has been linked with a move to Man Utd
Mauricio Pochettino to Newcastle?
A £300million Newcastle United takeover has been agreed, subject to Premier League approval and the club have been tipped to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager if the deal is completed.
That is the view of former Toon skipper and Ireland international Mick Martin.
“While I was a big fan of Benitez, I wouldn’t be chasing him for the job,” Martin said. “He jumped ship and went to China for the money, and I was hugely disappointed.
“Steve came in and I was one who was saying, ‘It’s going to be hard work for him’. But I could understand him taking the job because he’s a Geordie.
“I have to stress, I think Steve has done a great job and the players have responded well to him.
“But if the takeover happens, I think Steve might be vulnerable. I think there could be huge changes.
“If so, I might be looking at the likes of Pochettino. He knows big players, he knows South America and he knows Europe. He’s a big name in the game.
“If you’re looking for trophies, you look to tempt big players, like Kevin Keegan did when he was manager here first time around. He signed people like Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and David Ginola.’’
Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to be busy this summer
Philippe Coutinho’s stance on Chelsea transfer
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wants to strengthen his attacking options in the upcoming transfer window and the club are keen to sign Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho – but what does the Brazilian think about a move to Stamford Bridge?
Coutinho had struggled to win over fans in Barcelona since joining from Liverpool for £142million in January 2018.
The 27-year-old was sent out on loan to Bayern Munich this season but the Bundesliga club are not planning on activating the option to make the move permanent.
Instead, they are focusing their efforts to sign Manchester City winger Leroy Sane when the window opens.
As a result, Barcelona are exploring the market and Lampard is interested in adding Coutinho to his squad, with the Brazilian also keen on the move, according to Bleacher Report.
Barca know they will not be getting the full amount back that they paid for Coutinho and a price of around £57million (€65m) have been reported.