LIVE Transfer Talk: Barcelona, Real Madrid enter chase for Dortmund's Jadon Sancho

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Laurens: Man United leading the race for Jadon Sancho (2:10)

Julien Laurens gives the latest on Manchester United's pursuit of Borussia Dortmund and England's Jadon Sancho. (2:10)

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 and Real Madrid enter Sancho race?

Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid could crash the party in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund youngster Jadon Sancho, Bild reports.

For the longest time it seemed as if Manchester United were in the driving seat in the pursuit for Sancho's signature, but now it appears as if both Real and Barca are willing to throw their names into the conversation.

Real's interest is said to have been ongoing for quite some time, whereas Barcelona have only recently entertained the idea as they aim to shake up the look of their attack.

Sancho, 19, is one of Europe's hottest young players (and comes in No. 2 on ESPN's list of 36 players under the age of 21) while he is valued at around €120m.

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23.00 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!

22.19 BST: Belgian side Sint-Truidense have agreed a $1.1m fee for D.C. United midfielder and U.S. U20 international Chris Durkin, the Washington Post reports, with the MLS side negotiating a 25% sell-on fee.

21.32 BST: AC Milan have made contact with the representatives of Marseille attacker Florian Thauvin, according to Le10 Sport, to understand his plans as he enters the final year of his contract with the storied French club.

20.45 BST: As a means of raising funds for a summer of spending, Barcelona are prepared to listen to offers for 20-year-old centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo, currently on loan at Schalke, Mundo Deportivo writes. The German club, however, are unable to afford the France U21 international's €25m purchase option, which has alerted a host of clubs trying to take advantage, led by Roma: Everton, AC Milan, Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen, Southampton and Watford.

19.58 BST: Chelsea have been linked with Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana for some time now, but if they were to successfully recruit the 24-year-old Cameroon international, what would become of the Blues' No. 1 and world's most expensive keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga? Our Craig Burley weighs in.

19.11 BST: Manchester United have made contact with the entourage of RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahim Konate to gauge the 20-year-old France U21 international's interest in leaving the Bundesliga for Old Trafford, according to Le10 Sport.

18.24 BST: Gianluigi Donnarumma has little more than a year remaining on his contract at AC Milan, and the Rossoneri are loathe to lose the 21-year-old goalkeeper for nothing in 2021, so Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the Italian club are preparing to offer the Italy international a one-year extension while the coronavirus pandemic hinders any market of prospective clubs keen to land Donnarumma this summer.

17.37 BST: Juventus are keen to bring Paul Pogba back to Turin, but would they be willing to send Paulo Dybala to Manchester United to make it happen? Our Gab Marcotti weighs in.

16.50 BST: Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Leicester's Wilfred Ndidi, as they search for a new central midfielder in the summer transfer window, with Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey and Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko also considered options, sources have told ESPN.

Ndidi, 23, was in fine form for Champions League-chasing Leicester before the break due to the coronavirus outbreak and became the subject of interest from some top European clubs.

And PSG, through their sporting director Leonardo, are positioning themselves to make a move. The Nigeria international arrived at Leicester in 2017 from Genk for £15 million and still has another four years left on his contract. His value is estimated at around £45-50m.

15.31 BST: Gareth Bale has said he would "definitely be interested" in playing in MLS in the future.

The Real Madrid forward, who has a contract at the Bernabeu until 2022, came close leaving the club last summer, before a move to China broke down.

"I really like the league. It's grown so much over the years," Bale told the International Champions Cup's 'The Hat-Trick' podcast. "When we come over and play now in preseason, the games are difficult. The standard is a lot better. All the clubs are improving, the facilities are improving, the stadiums are improving.

"It's a league that's on the up and still rising, and I think a lot more players want to come over to America now to play. I'd definitely be interested in it. I love going to Los Angeles on holiday."

14.45 BST: Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo is attracting strong interest from Manchester City, says Sport.

The club are willing to swap Joao Cancelo to make the deal happen as one Portugal defender for another.

Cancelo, 25, is one year younger than his compatriot though, so would Barca be getting the better of this one?

13.39 BST: Real Betis midfielder Nabil Fekir almost joined Liverpool a few years back, before he headed to Spain. But Marca claims that both AC Milan and Arsenal want the France international now.

Fekir, 26, would cost around €30m but the player himself has reportedly told Betis that he wants to stay for now.

13.10 BST: Should star striker Carlos Vela stay in MLS?

12.33 BST: Defender Yan Couto has told ESPN Brasil that an intervention from Pep Guardiola led to him turning down Barcelona in favour of a move to Manchester City at the 11th hour.

Couto, 17, was on the verge of joining Barca from Coritiba in January when Man City coach Guardiola phoned him and convinced him to change his mind.

Sources told ESPN that City's financial package for the Brazilian right-back was also higher than Barca's, with the Premier League side paying an initial €6m rising to €12m.

11.51 BST: Wolves star Raul Jimenez has said that a chance to join Barcelona or Real Madrid would be too good to turn down as he refused to rule out a move away from the club, the striker told ESPN Deportes.

The Mexico international, who has scored 22 goals in 44 games in all competitions during his second season at the Molineux Stadium, has said that he is open to staying in the Premier League but would find it difficult to reject the chance to join the Spanish giants.

11.00 BST: Manchester City should still try to sell Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich this summer.

10.12 BST: Atletico Madrid face competition from the Premier League to sign Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu, sources have confirmed to ESPN.

The 21-year-old centre-back has impressed in La Liga this season and has a bargain release clause of just €12m.

Atletico have spoken to both Salisu and his club to discuss a potential transfer, although sources at Valladolid insist no formal offer has been made.

Five Premier League teams have made inquiries, with at least three of them seriously interested, and Valencia have also made contact. Manchester United have been linked with a move for Salisu in recent days, with the Ghanaian being represented by the father of midfielder Juan Mata.

09.24 BST: Roma have reportedly joined Everton in the chase for Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo, says Mundo Deportivo.

Todibo, 21, only joined Barcelona from Toulouse in January 2019 and has been on loan to Schalke. The France U21 international has struggled with injuries, leading Barca to put a price of €25m on him.

08.50 BST: ESPN's Insider Notebook is back and has some interesting transfer lines:

- Inter Milan are preparing themselves for the unwanted possibility Mauro Icardi could return from his loan at Paris Saint-Germain, which would have painful repercussions on the club's budget.

- Things could have been very different for Bayer Leverkusen forward Kevin Volland had Unai Emery remained in charge of Arsenal. Sources have told ESPN that Arsenal regularly scouted the star during 2019 and had even reached out to intermediaries to sound both the club and player out over their interest in a possible transfer.

- There could be a bargain for someone this summer in the shape of Lyon's Memphis Depay. The Dutch forward is out of contract in June 2021 and he has not responded to any of the offers put on the table by his club, sources have told ESPN.

08.00 BST: Barcelona coach Quique Setien has praised Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez and believes it wouldn't be difficult to lure the player to Camp Nou as everyone wants to play with Lionel Messi.

Martinez, who scored 16 goals in 31 games for Inter this season, is reportedly Barcelona's top summer target as he has a release clause of €111m. The 22-year-old has been tipped as Luis Suarez's long-term successor.

"Lautaro Martinez is a great footballer," Setien told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Does Messi like him? We should ask him. All the good players can attract Barcelona's interest. Moreover, the fact is that for many to play with Leo (Messi) represents a great incentive."

Tied to Inter until June 2023, Martinez joined Inter from Racing Club in July 2018 for a reported €22.7m.

PAPER TALK (by Harry Kettle)

Manchester United prefer Grealish to Maddison

Manchester United are leaning toward a deal for Jack Grealish as opposed to James Maddison, Manchester Evening News reports.

While the Red Devils have been tracking the Leicester City sensation for quite some time now, the Foxes believe their valuation of him would not be met by United in the midst of what is bound to be an unsteady summer transfer window.

On the other hand, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could get his hands on Grealish for a good price if Aston Villa wind up slipping back down to the Championship.

Inter Milan want permanent Moses deal

Inter Milan are willing to turn the loan spell of Victor Moses from Chelsea into a permanent deal, Calciomercato reports.

Antonio Conte, who was familiar with the Nigerian's work before heading to the San Siro due to their time together at Stamford Bridge, is more than happy to bring Moses on board, but he wants the Blues to drop their €12m price tag.

With this being Victor's fifth loan deal since joining Chelsea, and with him being set to turn 30 later this year, it might finally be time to say goodbye.

Tap-ins

-- As reported by Manchester Evening News, Santos star Yeferson Soteldo informed Gazeta Esportiva of his desire to play for Manchester United during a recent interview. The 22-year-old was previously linked with a move to Everton in January, but even after initially committing his future to Santos, it seems as if he's putting himself back out on the market.

-- Bayern Munich are interested in signing Hearts teenager Aaron Hickey, the Daily Record reports. In addition to watching footage of the 17-year-old, Bayern also have been analysing his play extensively during the lockdown period. With Hickey going into the final season of his contract, it could be the perfect time for them to strike.