LIVE Transfer Talk: Barcelona consider U-turn on Philippe Coutinho's future

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Laurens: Coutinho is not the missing link for Chelsea (1:47)

Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens debate whether Philippe Coutinho's rumoured transfer to Chelsea makes sense. (1:47)

The winter transfer window is closed, but now it's time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around Europe's big leagues and beyond.

TOP STORY: Barcelona might do U-turn on Coutinho

Despite reports in England stating that Barcelona are willing to part with Philippe Coutinho should any cash-plus-player offers come forward, Spanish outlet Sport claims the Catalan club is still considering the option to include the Brazil international in their squad plans for next term.

Barcelona have made no secret of the fact that they have spoken with a number of interested Premier League clubs concerning the midfielder, with a €90 million price tag reportedly set as the asking price.

Manager Quique Setien is said to be exploring a number of options amid the coronavirus pandemic. But Sport's report says it is unlikely Barcelona will manage to sell Coutinho for a figure equal to or greater than their asking price, meaning the 27-year-old's future could yet remain at the Nou Camp.

The outlet also says Setien thinks that Coutinho adds a dynamic element to Barcelona's game in midfield and can work as a creative player who fits in with the club's playing style.

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22.40 BST: That will do it for the latest edition of our LIVE Transfer Talk blog. We hoped you enjoyed following along with us and remind you to check back shortly for the latest transfer rumours, reports and completed deals. Goodnight!

22.05 BST: Cheslea's Pedro is on the record that this will be his last season at Stamford Bridge but where will the Spaniard land next?

Despite being linked with a big-money move to MLS, potentially with David Beckham's Inter Miami CF, Corriere dello Sport writes that Roma manager Paulo Fonseca remains determined to sign the 32-year-old winger.

Pedro, who has won seemingly everything there has to win in football at both club and international level, was courted by Roma in January and now has reportedly been offered a contract worth €3 million-a-year to move to the Stadio Olimpico.

21.33 BST: Leicester City have been linked with Bulgarian starlet Filip Krastev, and the 18-year-old isn't exactly shying away from the rumuours.

Speaking with Bulgarian media, the Slovia Sofia midfielder had the following to say: "I am pleased that Leicester may have an interest in me, of course. It would be great if this transfer took place, but nothing is official so far. "I watch the English league mostly because it's the most interesting. I follow what is happening with the big teams in England, what kind of players play there.

"It will be great one day to assist Jamie Vardy."

Strong words from the teenager!

20.49 BST: Mikel Arteta and Arsenal could look to upgrade the left-back position this summer with Real Madrid's Sergio Reguilon reportedly an option.

Spanish publication ABC claims the Gunners "have made contact" with Real Madrid regarding Reguilon amidst fear they could lose young Bukayo Saka after his contract expires in 2021. Reguilon, 23, has impressed this season while on loan at Sevilla but faces an uncertain future at Real Madrid, who already have both Marcelo and last summer's €48 million signing Ferland Mendy at left-back.

20.03 BST: What's up with Napoli's Dries Mertens? Is he staying? Is he going?

The Daily Mail writes that the Napoli record scorer is still an option for Chelsea and remains interested in a move to London. The Belgian, who turns 33 next week, is set to become a free agent after the season and has also been hotly linked with a move to Inter Milan.

Mertens, who can play as a central striker or out wide on the wing, has 12 goals and six assists in 29 games this season before football stopped due to the coronavirus outbreak.

19.18 BST: Given their president is one David Beckham, Inter Miami CF is projected to lure so big-name players to South Beach sooner rather than later.

James Rodriguez, Edinson Cavani, David Silva and Pedro have all been linked with the expansion MLS side over the past few months but Marca claims there was another name on Beckham's shortlist: Diego Costa. The paper understands that Beckham enquired about the Atletico Madrid forward before the COVID-19 pandemic brought football to a standstill.

The ex-Chelsea striker, 31, still has a lot of football left and if nothing else, would at least bring excitement and be must-see TV due to his theatrics and personality. Beckham is sure to make a major splash at some point, the only question now is who will it be?

18.31 BST: Ajax attacker Donny van de Beek has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid but could a couple of surprising Premier League clubs put their hats in the ring for the Dutchman?

Le10Sport understands that both Everton and Newcastle also have eyes on Van de beek, with the latter now interested following their high-profile Saudi takeover. Van de Beek has been linked with some fantastic clubs but with Everton and Newcastle both full of ambition and hungry for a return to European football, could one of the English clubs swoop in for the tricky 23-year-old?

Stay tuned...

17.45 BST: The Express reports that Celtic have revealed their asking price for stark striker Odsonne Edouard.

The Scottish club are asking for £25 million for the 22-year-old striker, who has bagged 27 goals and 19 assists in 45 games so far this season. The French striker, who has been linked with Arsenal, Everton and former coach Brendan Rodgers' Leicester City, is widely expected to leave Parkhead this summer.

With Arsenal expected to lose star frontman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, could Edouard be the remain to replace him at the Emirates next season?

17.04 BST: PSG captain Thiago Silva is out of contract this summer and the Brazil international's future has been a hot topic of speculation.

However, the 35-year-old's agent Paulo Tonietto has stated that his client wants to continue the current Champions League adventure with PSG.

"Thiago wants to play in the Champions League with PSG," he told TuttoMercatoWeb.

"I will speak with Leonardo about it. We have an excellent relationship. We will see. This situation is new, so we need to think about how we overcome this."

16.46 BST: PSG sporting director Leonardo wants to replace both Thomas Meunier and Layvin Kurzawa when their contracts end this summer, according to A Bola.

To strengthen on the left when the France international leaves, the Ligue 1 giants want Porto's Alex Telles for €22m.

An offer is expected to be tabled shortly and the Portuguese club are expected to lower their initial asking price of €40m as the 27-year-old is approaching the final 12 months of his deal.

A Bola add that it is Porto's final chance to land a significant fee for Telles.

16.18 BST: Arthur Melo has said he wants to stay at Barcelona but sources have told ESPN the club are open to listening to offers for the midfielder or using him as part of a player-exchange deal.

The midfielder is valued at €60m by Barcelona, €30m more than he was bought for in 2018, and various teams have expressed an interest in him in recent weeks including Tottenham and Juventus.

There have been conflicting reports on whether Arthur will stay or go. A source close to the player told ESPN that Barcelona are happy to keep him.

"If Barca had told him he can speak with other clubs it would be because they don't want him, but that's not happened and Arthur is 100% convinced he will continue where he is," the source said.

"He is at the best club in the world and a move to [Juventus] in Italy is not in his plans. He wants to stay where he is and Barca have said they're counting on him."

However, that contrasts with what sources at Barca have told ESPN. The club need to raise funds to finance a move for Lautaro Martinez or Neymar this summer and are open to offers for any players except Lionel Messi, Frenkie de Jong and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

15.54 BST: According to Fotomac in Turkey, Fenerbahce are hoping to secure PSG's Edinson Cavani on a free transfer this summer.

Atletico Madrid are longtime admirers of the 33-year-old Uruguay international, while Boca Juniors, Juventus and Inter Milan are also linked with El Matador.

However, Fotomac claim that Turkish giants want to reinvigorate themselves -- particularly in attack -- so have made Cavani a priority signing.

Former PSG and Fenerbahce man Diego Lugano has reportedly brought the two parties closer, although Cavani would need a significant salary and several bonuses to sign on.

13.17 BST: Newcastle's prospective new owners have made former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino their No. 1 target if they successfully takeover the club, Sky Sports have reported.

Paperwork is being finalised for the sale after an agreement was found last week between Mike Ashley and PCP Capital Partners, the Saudi-backed consortium.

Despite experience Premier League boss Steve Bruce still in charge at the club, the prospective new owners reportedly want a new high-profile manager in the hot seat for next season.

Sky Sports report that the new consortium would be willing to pay Pochettino £19 million a year to take charge of the club.

12.30 BST: Could Juventus cancel striker Gonzalo Higuain's contract? ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti weighs in.

11.42 BST: Tottenham Hotspur are open to selling midfielder Tanguy Ndombele this summer if an acceptable offer is tabled, according to French news outlet TF1.

The France international and his coach Jose Mourinho have a difficult relationship, which has led the 23-year-old to consider a move away from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Spurs will reportedly not stand in Ndombele's way if the right offer comes in and Juventus, as well as Barcelona, are listed as having asked after the former Lyon man.

PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi is also a fan of the player, although sporting director Leonardo is said to prefer other options.

10.50 BST: DONE DEAL!

Watford have completed the signing of French midfielder Pape Gueye from Ligue 2 side Le Havre AC.

The 21-year-old's contract at the French club is set to expire at the end of the season, so he has signed a 5-year deal with Watford and will join the Premier League club in July.

09.58 BST: Newcastle United could soon have one of the biggest transfer budgets in football if their proposed Saudi Arabian takeover is completed, but ESPN FC's Frank Leboeuf is not sure that the world's top players will immediately start arriving in Tyneside.

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Could Juventus cancel Gonzalo Higuain's contract?

Gab Marcotti debates whether Gonzalo Higuain will return to Juventus from Argentina when football returns.

09.25 BST: Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic promised at the weekend to sign one international talent and one international star player in the upcoming transfer window. And, according to a fresh report in Sport Bild, the Bosnian still wants to sign Manchester City's Leroy Sane.

The outlet reported that the sporting director and Bayern coach Hansi Flick disagreed on making a move for Sane in the past, but things have now changed following a 30-minute long phone conversation between the Manchester City star and Flick, who had previously been sceptical.

The Bayern coach, however, reportedly liked what he heard and could now imagine signing Sane as the club continues to plan its future.

08.42 BST: Valencia right-back Alessandro Florenzi says he does not know which club he will play for next season.

Florenzi, 29, joined Valencia in January on loan from Roma for the remainder of the season, with no purchase option included in the deal.

Tied to the Serie A club until June 2023, Florenzi was quoted as saying in Superdeporte: "It's not clear if FIFA will allow loan contracts to be extended or not. In theory my contract with Valencia ends on June 30 and I don't know what decision they will take or if they will extend it until the league is completed."

After making 18 league appearances for Roma this season, the Italy international moved to Valencia in search of more playing time to boosts his chances of playing at Euro 2020.

Lorenzi, who has made three league appearances for Valencia, is expected to return to Roma this summer but only temporarily with the Giallorossi set to put him on the transfer list.

08.00 BST: Mesut Ozil's future at Arsenal looks increasingly uncertain with the club yet to offer an extension on his contract which expires in 2021, sources have told ESPN.

Ozil was informed he could leave the Gunners last summer as relations soured with former Arsenal boss Unai Emery but the midfielder enjoyed a renaissance under Mikel Arteta, starting all 10 Premier League games since the Spaniard took charge in December.

However, it is understood that revival has not led to a change in stance from the club's hierarchy, who are yet to open talks over prolonging Ozil's stay in north London-- heightening the possibility he could either leave either at the end of this season or on a free transfer once his existing deal expires.

PAPER TALK (by Shaun Reynolds): Bayern confident in poaching teenage talent Hepburn away from Celtic

The Sun has claimed that Scottish sensation Barry Hepburn will be targeted by Bayern Munich this summer.

The 16-year-old Celtic winger, who still has another year left to run on his youth registration with the Hoops, is believed to have rejected a professional contract with Neil Lennon's side -- much to their frustration.

German giants Bayern are now reportedly closing in on securing the teenager's services, with the Bundesliga club confident an agreement can be reached this summer.

Dalbert and Biraghi are caught in the middle

Fiorentina will look to purchase Dalbert from Inter Milan this summer after being impressed by the left-back's efforts while on loan this season, but permanent contract negotiations are likely to hit stumbling blocks, suggests Calciomercato.

That's because Cristiano Biraghi, currently on loan at Inter Milan from Fiorentina, was effectively part of a loan swap when Dalbert joined La Viola temporarily last summer. The Italian outlet says Fiorentina and Inter were due to meet this month to discuss the future of both players, but that meeting had to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The report adds that Fiorentina's wish to buy Dalbert outright from Inter Milan will be made easier should Inter chief Antonio Conte choose to add Biraghi to his squad. Both clubs are expected to reopen negotiations in the coming months, with all scenarios reportedly still open to negotiations.

Tap-ins

-- Southampton are open to selling out-of-favour Norway winger Mohamed Elyounoussi this summer, and are likely to demand at least £8m for his signature from interested clubs. Celtic are one club interested in the 25-year-old, with Real Sociedad also keen to lure Elyounoussi away from St Mary's.

-- AC Milan are hunting for a new goalkeeper after confirming Pepe Reina is unlikely to be part of the club's plans next season. A report by Calciomercato says Reina's €3m-per-year contract at the San Siro is taking too much out of Inter boss Conte's wage budget.