Transfer rumours: Man City step up Saka interest; Lewandowski admits Barcelona dream

Manchester City are hoping to beat Liverpool to the signing of Arsenal star Bukayo Saka, though neither side are expected to make a move for the England international this summer. Once an extension clause is activated, Saka's contract will run until 2024, but Gunners chiefs are hoping to tie the 20-year-old down to fresh terms.

Robert Lewandowski has admitted that he wants to join Barcelona in the next few months, revealing that "something inside me is dead" at Bayern Munich.

Mohamed Salah had informed his inner circle that he was willing to sign a new contract at Liverpool until Barcelona informed him they would like to sign him as a free agent next year.

Chelsea are looking into the possibility of signing Matthijs de Ligt after he refused to commit his future to Juventus. However, Jules Kounde remains the Blues' top defensive target.

Real Madrid are hoping to beat Arsenal and rivals Atletico Madrid to the signing of Gabriel Jesus. The Brazil forward is still deliberating over Man City's latest contract offer. However, Los Blancos are not thought to be targeting Serge Gnabry this window.

Juventus remain confident that a deal to re-sign Paul Pogba is only a formality, while they hope Angel Di Maria will spurn interest from Barcelona and also head to Turin.

Tottenham are continuing to monitor John McGinn and James Ward-Prowse as managing director of football Fabio Paratici looks to beef up Antonio Conte's midfield with experience.

Meanwhile, Spurs are standing firm on their valuation of Steven Bergwijn as Ajax continue to low-ball them with their bids. Tottenham want at least €30m for the winger, and the Dutch champions could be beaten to his signature by interested Premier League clubs.

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Sadio Mane has asked Liverpool teammate Thiago whether he could stay at his house in Bavaria should a move to Bayern Munich be completed in the coming weeks.

Newcastle's summer rebuild is proving difficult to progress with after they backed out of plans to sign Dean Henderson, while deals to bring in Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Nathan Ake are stalling.

However, the Magpies are pushing ahead with moves for Moussa Diaby and Ismalila Sarr, but long-term target Sven Botman is still keen on heading to Milan instead.

Arsenal and West Ham are interested in signing Oleksandr Zinchenko from Man City. The versatile 25-year-old has impressed most recently on international duty with Ukraine.

Billy Gilmour could join Everton on loan next season despite just completing a disappointing spell at Norwich. The young Scot was given his Chelsea debut by current Toffees boss Frank Lampard.

Source : 90min