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Saturday’s transfer rumors – Arsenal eye €40m Lacazette replacement

Saturday's transfer rumors - Arsenal eye €40m Lacazette replacement
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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.

Arsenal eye Silva as a Lacazette replacement

The Gunners have reportedly begun work on a transfer deal for Andre Silva.

The Portuguese striker is in demand after scoring 28 goals in 32 Bundesliga games. Eintracht Frankfurt have slapped a €40 million price tag on their prized asset, but may be forced to sell him for less. RB Leipzig, a fellow German club, are also interested in Silva.

But Arsenal have told Silva they’re keen to do a deal, but must sell first. The player that could be sold is Alexandre Lacazette. The club’s top scorer of last season is out of contract in 2022. [The Transfer Window podcast]

Real Madrid turn down Duro signing

Despite impressing on loan for the Castilla team last season, Hugo Duro won’t remain at Real Madrid for 2021/22.

The 21-year-old’s parent club, Getafe, were unwilling to send him out on loan again. Therefore, Real Madrid had two options – either sign Duro on a permanent €4 million transfer deal or drop their interest.

The Spanish giants went for the latter option as implications from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to limit their finances. [Marca]

PSG ready to renew interest in Pogba

With only a year left on his contract, Paul Pogba’s future is in doubt again ahead of the summer transfer window again.

The Frenchman remains locked in talks with Manchester United over a new deal. His agent Mino Raiola, however, has met Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al Khelaifi. PSG are allegedly keen to renew their interest in Pogba. [Le Parisien – in French]

Chelsea set for Lacroix battle

After Fikayo Tomori’s exit and Kurt Zouma’s uncertain future, Thomas Tuchel is reportedly eyeing a new central defender.

Maxence Lacroix, who starred for Wolfsburg in his debut Bundesliga campaign in 2020/21, has caught the Chelsea manager’s interest. The Blues, though, could face competition from several clubs if they pursue a deal.

Wolfsburg have already rejected a €20 million offer from RB Leipzig and may only sell for around €30m. [Foot Mercato – in French]

Tierney agrees on new five-year Arsenal contract

Kieran Tierney has verbally agreed on a new five-year contract and will put pen-to-paper on it in the coming days.

The 25-year-old left-back was one of Arsenal’s standout performers last season and is viewed as a future captain. The Gunners, though, still intend to pursue a back-up for Tierney this summer.

Emile Smith-Rowe, meanwhile, is expected to commit to a new contract but is far from ready to do so at the moment. [Football.London]

Ex-Dortmund manager could join Crystal Palace

Lucien Favre has emerged as a surprise candidate to succeed Roy Hodgson as the next Crystal Palace manager.

The Eagles could make an approach for the former Borussia Dortmund coach after talks with former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo collapsed. [Sky Sports]