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Friday’s transfer rumors – Chelsea target defender with a €120m release clause

Matthijs de Ligt - Netherlands
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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.

Chelsea target defender with a €120m release clause

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt is on Chelsea’s transfer list of potential defensive reinforcements to fill the void left by the departed Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

A deal won’t come cheap, though. De Ligt has a €120 million release clause in his Juve contract, which lasts until 2024. Juventus will only entertain offers close to that price for the Netherlands international. [Sky Sports]

Barcelona make their move for Lewandowski

The La Liga giants have submitted a bid worth €40 million to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. It includes an initial transfer fee of €35 million, plus a further €5 million in add-ons.

Lewandowski is adamant that he wishes to leave Bayern this summer and favors Barcelona as his next club. [Telegraph – subscription required]

Paul Pogba and Juventus settle transfer agreement

Could Ronaldo replace Lewandowski for Bayern Munich?

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly emerged as a potential replacement for Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich.

This rumor comes amid reports Ronaldo is concerned about Manchester United’s transfer business. The forward may still opt to leave the club. If that’s the case, a move to Bayern could be on the agenda. The Bundesliga champions might sell star striker Lewandowski to Barcelona and, therefore, will be on the lookout for a new frontman. [Diario AS – in Spanish]

Marseille plot a move for a second Arsenal defender

After a successful loan campaign with William Saliba, Marseille have got an eye on a second Arsenal defender in Nuno Tavares.

The French giants want to sign the 22-year-old Portuguese on loan in the upcoming transfer window. Arsenal will consider a deal, but only if the club can find a replacement. [The Athletic]

Christopher Nkunku signs a new deal with RB Leipzig until 2026

Chelsea to rival Man Utd for Antony?

The Blues have reportedly shown an interest in Ajax winger Antony, who is hot on Manchester United’s transfer radar.

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