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Friday’s transfer rumors – Two Man Utd defenders set to leave after Martinez coup

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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.

Two Man Utd defenders set to leave after Martinez coup

Manchester United defenders Eric Bailly and Ethan Laird could transfer to other clubs following Lisandro Martinez’s arrival from Ajax.

The Red Devils are in talks with Watford over a season-long loan deal for Laird. The 20-year-old spent the 2021/22 campaign on loan at Bournemouth. Bailly, meanwhile, has attracted interest from Serie A. Reigning champions AC Milan and AS Roma are keeping tabs on him. [The Athletic]

Sanchez to join Marseille?

Marseille have opened talks over signing Alexis Sanchez from Inter Milan.

The 33-year-old forward is out of favor at San Siro, and with only a year left on his contract, he could leave earlier than planned. [L’Equipe – in French]

Barcelona announce Jules Kounde agreement

Alonso alternative named for Barcelona

If Barcelona cannot sign Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso, they may turn their attention to Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilon.

The former Real Madrid man has fallen out of favor under Spurs manager Antonio Conte. His agent, Kia Joorabchian, was seen having dinner with Barcelona directors Mateu Alemany and Jordi Cruyff in Miami on July 19. [AS – in Spanish]

Ronaldo’s agent is in contact with Sporting

Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has held talks with Sporting CP over a potential transfer deal.

Sporting finished second in the Primeira Liga last season and, therefore, are in the Champions League. Ronaldo started his professional career at the Portuguese club as a teenager. [The Athletic]

Nuno Tavares closes in on Marseille loan move

Barcelona could send De Jong out on loan

The Blaugrana may consider sending midfielder Frenkie de Jong out on loan.

The 25-year-old’s reluctance to join Manchester United has caused a transfer to the Premier League club to stall. He could, therefore, leave Camp Nou on loan instead. Chelsea and Bayern Munich are touted as potential destinations. [Diario Sport – in Spanish]

Tomori is set for a new AC Milan contract

AC Milan are set to hand defender Fikayo Tomori a new contract until June 2027.

The 24-year-old Englishman joined AC Milan from Chelsea last summer on a permanent transfer after impressing on loan. He played a key role in the Rossoneri’s Serie A title triumph in 2021/22. [Gianluca Di Marzio – in Italian]