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Monday’s transfer rumors – Man Utd revive interest in signing Serie A midfielder for free

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Man Utd revive interest in signing Serie A midfielder for free

Manchester United have set their sights on signing Adrien Rabiot from Juventus on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old midfielder’s contract in Turin runs out this summer. United almost signed him last year. They agreed on an initial £15 million fee with Juventus, but the deal fell apart as Rabiot allegedly desired an ‘obscene’ salary. [L’Equipe – in French]

Pochettino to sign a three-year Chelsea deal

Mauricio Pochettino appears all set to become the next Chelsea manager.

The 51-year-old Argentine has accepted personal terms and will fly to London from Barcelona to sign an initial three-year contract this week. He then intends to begin planning for the next season. [Telegraph – subscription required]

Alejandro Grimaldo to leave Benfica for Bayer Leverkusen

Two Premier League clubs compete for Dembele

The race to sign Lyon striker Moussa Dembele is heating up in the Premier League. Both Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are looking to secure his signature.

While Aston Villa were previously thought to be in the lead for the 26-year-old’s services, it appears Crystal Palace are ready to challenge them. Dembele is set to be available for a free summer transfer when his Lyon contract expires. [Football Insider]

Barcelona close in on Gundogan deal

Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan is nearing a free transfer to Barcelona.

The 32-year-old midfielder is willing to take a pay cut in exchange for a longer contract. Barcelona’s manager, Xavi Hernandez, has pinpointed him as a key addition to their search for a new midfielder this summer. The Blaugrana’s hierarchy has expressed a willingness to meet Gundogan’s contract demands, which could lead to the Germany international signing a three-year deal at Camp Nou. [Sport – in Spanish]

Chelsea plan to sign a new striker this summer

Real Madrid don’t need Mbappe

Real Madrid have decided to halt their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.

Despite recurring rumors of a summer transfer bid, Real Madrid are unlikely to make a move. The LaLiga club is content with the potential of their talented winger, Vinicius Junior, and feels no need to pursue Mbappe, who publicly rejected a move to Real Madrid last year by extending his contract with PSG. [Marca]