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Thursday’s transfer rumors – Arsenal hold talks with Uruguayan goal machine

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Arsenal hold transfer talks with Uruguayan goal machine

The Gunners have held ‘background talks’ with the agent of Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.

The 22-year-old Uruguayan has 26 goals in 33 outings across all competitions this season, including 20 Primeira Liga goals and four Champions League goals. His progress has caught Arsenal, West Ham, and Newcastle’s interest.

Arsenal are also monitoring Napoli striker Victor Osimhen and Southampton loanee Armando Broja. [Express]

Barcelona make their first offer for Raphinha

The Catalan giants have made a transfer offer worth €35 million for Leeds United winger Raphinha.

Barcelona plan to get a head start on the competition amid interest from Liverpool and Bayern Munich in Raphinha.

Xavi’s men are confident of getting a deal done, although they’ve yet to hear back from Leeds. [Diario Sport – in Spanish]

Gareth Bale to decide his next career move in May

Rice would prefer Chelsea over Manchester United

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice would prefer a transfer to Chelsea rather than Manchester United if he leaves the club in the summer.

But West Ham remain adamant the 22-year-old Englishman is not for sale and have slapped a £150 million (€180m) price tag on him. They hope this will fend off interest from their Premier League rivals. [Evening Standard]

Ronaldo to join Porto?!

FC Porto are monitoring Cristiano Ronaldo’s situation at Manchester United.

If given signs of encouragement, Porto may try to sign Ronaldo in the summer transfer window. The Portuguese giants are cautiously optimistic the 37-year-old would consider a return to his homeland. [Football Insider]

Marcelo Brozovic signs new deal at Inter Milan

The Croatian midfielder has signed a new four-year contract until 2026. The deal includes a salary of €6 million net per season.

Neymar won’t be joining Newcastle

Newcastle United won’t make a move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar.

The Magpies have ruled out making expensive superstar signings this summer. They’ll be working with a restricted transfer budget, which may be less than the £90 million spent in January. [Telegraph – subscription required]