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Friday’s transfer rumors – Barcelona plot to poach Real Madrid’s top target

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The latest transfer rumors from around the footballing world, including Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and much more.

Barcelona plot to poach Real Madrid’s top target

The Catalan giants are plotting a sensational bid for Real Madrid’s top transfer target Kylian Mbappe.

Despite reports frequently tipping Mbappe for a free transfer to Madrid, Barcelona are not deterred. The Blaugrana view the PSG forward as a more economical option than Erling Haaland.

After all, Haaland could cost Barca up to €300 million when all fees and add-ons are taken into account if he leaves Borussia Dortmund. [L’Equipe – in French]

Juventus table an offer to Rudiger

The Italian giants have offered Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger a contract.

The 29-year-old German is set to leave Chelsea on a free transfer when his contract ends in the summer. He hasn’t ruled out staying at Stamford Bridge. But the situation depends on the resolution of the ownership at Chelsea.

Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, and another unnamed Premier League club are also interested in Rudiger. [Sky Sports]

PSG remain confident of Nuno Mendes deal

Fernandes set for new Manchester United contract

Bruno Fernandes is on the brink of signing a new five-year contract at Manchester United until June 2027.

The Portugal international’s salary will more than double, jumping from £100,000 per week to a whopping £240,000 per week. He will, therefore, become one of the club’s biggest earners behind David de Gea and Cristiano Ronaldo. [Telegraph – subscription needed]

Gavi & Araujo reject new Barcelona contract offers

Midfield sensation Gavi and defender Ronald Araujo have rejected new contract offers from Barcelona.

The club tabled improved offers to the pair, but they both still consider them insufficient. Their current deals at Camp Nou expire in 2023. [Marca – in Spanish]

Bayern Munich to pay €300k to sign 13-year-old striker

Mertens set for Napoli summer exit

Napoli forward Dries Mertens is set to leave the club once his contract expires at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old Belgian is being linked with a free transfer to Serie A sides Lazio and Inter Milan. He has spent the last nine seasons at Napoli, registering 144 goals and 89 assists across 389 appearances. [Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian]

Akanji rejects Dortmund contract offer

Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji has rejected a new contract offer from the club.

The 26-year-old Swiss will be out of contract at Signal Iduna Park in June 2023. Manchester United have expressed an interest recently, and Dortmund may try to sell him in the summer transfer window. [Bild – in German]