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Friday’s transfer rumors – Arsenal name their top summer target

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Arsenal name their top summer target

West Ham United captain Declan Rice tops Arsenal’s list for summer transfer targets.

Midfield reinforcement is a priority for Arsenal. The Premier League leaders have cooled their interest in Leicester City star Youri Tielemans. They are also unlikely to be able to afford Borussia Dortmund’s £150m-rated star Jude Bellingham, leaving the path clear for Rice. [Football.London]

Min-jae is Man Utd’s latest defensive target

Manchester United want to strengthen their defense in the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils have shortlisted Napoli center-back Kim Min-jae as a potential target. The 26-year-old South Korean has a €48 million release clause in his Napoli contract, which expires on June 2025. [Corriere dello Sport – in Italian]

Chelsea close in on Ecuadorian gem Kendry Paez

Premier League quartet chase Gvardiol

Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Manchester City may all pursue Josko Gvardiol this summer.

The 21-year-old defender has publicly stated he would like to play in the Premier League. His club, RB Leipzig, wants to keep him for another season. Manager Marco Rose has also said the Croatian will be part of the squad for the 2023/24 campaign. [Telegraph – subscription required]

Saka is set for a new bumper deal at Arsenal

Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka is close to signing a new long-term contract with the Premier League leaders.

While nothing is signed yet, both parties feel an agreement is close. Saka’s current deal expires in June 2024. The academy graduate’s new contract is worth a reported £10 million a year and will keep him at the Emirates until June 2028. [BBC]

Ruben Selles to continue as Southampton’s interim manager

Inter Miami confirm Messi and Busquets pursuit

Inter Miami manager Phil Neville has confirmed that the MLS club hopes to sign Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets.

Following the retirements of Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi, Inter Miami have space in their salary cap, with Neville saying: “I’m not going to deny [it and say] there isn’t truth in the speculation that we’re interested in Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets. We want to bring the best players in the world to this football club. Messi and Busquets are the two that stand out more in recent years.” [The Times – subscription required]