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Thursday’s transfer rumors – Al Nassr plot to hijack Barcelona’s move for Premier League star

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Al Nassr plot to hijack Barcelona’s move for Premier League star

Fresh from their capture of Cristiano Ronaldo, Al Nassr are plotting more big-name transfers. Their latest target is N’Golo Kante.

The 31-year-old Chelsea midfielder’s contract runs out at the end of the season. Barcelona are one of several clubs interested. The Blaugrana have even made Kante a ‘priority’ for the summer. They also remain calm on Al Nassr’s interest in the player, who is still in talks with Chelsea. [Diario Sport]

Man Utd ready to make an offer for Felix

Manchester United are ready to offer Atletico Madrid around €4 million to sign Joao Felix on loan.

The deal would see Felix play at Old Trafford for the rest of the season. However, while Atletico are prepared to listen to transfer offers, they won’t accept cut-price deals. The Spanish giants want a reported €12-13 million loan fee for the 23-year-old forward. [Relevo – in Spanish]

Chelsea-Benfica talks for Enzo Fernandez stall

Saudi Arabian clubs eye Firmino

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has attracted transfer interest from clubs in Saudi Arabia.

The identity of these Saudi Arabian teams remains unknown, but Al Nassr is definitely not one of them. That said, Firmino is happy at Liverpool. The 31-year-old Brazil international is in ‘positive’ talks with the Reds over a new contract, with his current one set to expire in the summer. [Sky Germany]

Martinez is expected to join Barcelona for free

Athletic Bilbao defender Inigo Martinez has moved closer to joining Barcelona on a free summer transfer.

The 31-year-old is out of contract in June, and Athletic have not offered him an extension. Barcelona are very interested in doing a deal. The LaLiga leaders rate the experienced left-footed center-back highly. They also need to reinforce their defense after Gerard Pique’s retirement. [Diario Sport]

David de Gea is in contract talks with Man Utd

Villa reject Everton’s offer for Ings

Aston Villa have rejected Everton’s loan offer for Danny Ings.

Unai Emery’s side will only allow Ings to leave Villa Park on a permanent transfer, not a loan. The 30-year-old striker has interest from Bournemouth, West Ham United, and Southampton. His contract at Villa runs out in June 2024. [Daily Mail]