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Football Transfer Gossip

By Israel Ayedun

*Barcelona made a late bid to try to hijack Manchester United’s move for Sporting Lisbon’s Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24.(Mirror)

*Barcelona had planned to sign Fernandes from Sporting and immediately loan him to Valencia in order to secure a deal for Valencia’s 28-year-old Spain striker Rodrigo – but those negotiations are close to collapsing.(ESPN)

*Alternatively,Barcelona have ended their interest in Rodrigo due to Valencia’s asking price.(Standard)

*Meanwhile,Manchester United have made Valencia’s 23-year-old Uruguay striker Maxi Gomez, who has a release clause of £118.5m, their number one summer transfer target.(Cadena Ser – in Spanish)

*Arsenal will not allow Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, to leave for less than £50m, amid interest from Barcelona.(Express)

*Sheffield United are the only club to make an offer for Genk’s Norway midfielder Sander Berge, 21, as talks continue over a £27m move.(Mail)

*Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek, 24, wants to leave AC Milan for Tottenham before the transfer deadline.(Express)

*Tottenham are set to complete a deal for PSV Eindhoven’s Netherlands forward Steven Bergwijn, 22, by Wednesday.(Sky Sports)

*Spurs have also made contact with Chelsea’s France striker Olivier Giroud, 33, over a possible move.(90min)

*Southampton are expected to confirm the loan signing of England defender Kyle Walker-Peters, 22, from Tottenhamon Wednesday.(Mail)

*Arsenal remain in talks with Flamengo for Spain defender Pablo Mari, 26.(ESPN)

*The Gunners have agreed a deal in principle to sign Ukraine defender Mykola Matviyenko, 23, from Shakhtar Donetsk.(Team1, via Metro)

*Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 29, has admitted he is unsure if he will remain at Liverpool next season.(Talksport)

*Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has refused to rule out a move for Manchester City’s Germany winger Leroy Sane, 24.(Mirror)

*Alternatively, Bayern have turned their attention to Atletico Madrid’s 24-year-old France midfielder Thomas Lemar.(France Football). It’s optimistic they will sign Olympiakos and Portugal winger Daniel Podence, 24, before Friday’s transfer deadline.(Sky Sports)

*Wolves will complete the £21m capture of Podence in the next 48 hours.(Telegraph)

*Arsenal are considering a late move for Southampton’s 28-year-old Portugal full-back Cedric Soares.(Telegraph)

*West Ham have begun talks with RB Salzburg for 22-year-old Danish right-back Rasmus Kristensen.(Mail)

*Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane vetoed a deal for Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen before the 27-year-old’s move from Tottenham to Inter Milan.(AS – in Spanish)

*Chelsea have identified Leicester’s England defender Ben Chilwell, 23, and Ajax and Morocco midfielder Hakim Ziyech, 26, as their main summer transfer targets.(ESPN)

*Paris St-German’s Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 32, has said goodbye to his team-mates as he nears a move to Atletico Madrid.(Express)

*Manchester United could let English midfielder James Garner, 18, leave on loan until the end of the season.(MEN).

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