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Saturday’s transfer rumors – Dortmund eye surprise Haaland replacement

Marco Asensio, Erling Haaland, Reece James
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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.

Dortmund eye surprise Haaland replacement

Borussia Dortmund may make a move for Anthony Martial if Erling Haaland leaves in next summer’s transfer window.

Martial has failed to impress at Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo’s return has seen him slip down the pecking order. Therefore, the club chiefs are open to selling the forward for the right price.

Dortmund could throw their hat in ring as Haaland’s release clause becomes active next summer. The German giants believe they can kick-start Martial’s career. [90min]

Rudiger to become one of the highest-paid defenders ever?

Antonio Rudiger is a man in demand with Bayern Munich and Juventus prepared to make mega offers.

The German, who currently earns £130,000 a week at Chelsea, will be out of contract next summer. If he chooses to leave London, he could earn as much as £400,000 per week elsewhere. [Mirror]

Manchester United eye Rice alternatives

Given West Ham’s £80-90 million valuation of Declan Rice, Manchester United are searching for alternatives.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains a fan of Rice, although the club’s recruitment team don’t feel the same way. They aren’t convinced the 22-year-old midfielder can improve the squad yet.

The Red Devils have, therefore, instructed their scouts to find other suitable options in time for next summer’s transfer window. [ESPN]

Chelsea to focus on two Kounde alternatives

After missing out on Sevilla defender Jules Kounde in the previous transfer window, Chelsea are ready to move on.

The Blues have made Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt their top transfer target for the summer of 2022. Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos was also a defender of interest until recently. [Star]

Arsenal had an offer for Real Madrid star rejected

Real Madrid rejected a £34 million (€39.7m) bid from Arsenal for Marco Asensio in the summer.

The 25-year-old, who scored a hat-trick in the 6-1 win over RCD Mallorca on Wednesday, has struggled for regular opportunities given the intense competition upfront at Real Madrid.

Serie A giants AC Milan were also interested, while Tottenham made an inquiry about Asensio. [Cadena Ser – in Spanish]

Real Madrid to swap 4 players for James?

Los Blancos are reportedly keen on Chelsea and England right-back Reece James.

The 21-year-old has emerged as a potential long-term replacement for Dani Carvajal at Real Madrid. While Thomas Tuchel would be reluctant to sell James, Chelsea could ask for one of four players in return.

Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy, Marco Asensio, and Vinicius Junior are the players that might interest the Blues. [Express]