LIVE Transfer Talk: Man United in for Leipzig defender Konate

The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the new rumours floating around Europe's big leagues and beyond.

TOP STORY: Man United in for Konate

Manchester United spent £80 million on central defender Harry Maguire not very long ago and obviously things have changed with the coronavirus pandemic which has engulfed the world, but the transfer talk around a new arrival at Old Trafford continues.

United are keen to get a good partner for Maguire and have been linked with a host of names over recent months, though now we can add RB Leipzig's Ibrahima Konate to the list according to Le10 Sport.

Konate, 20, is highly rated and has been linked with Arsenal, alongside his teammate Dayot Upamecano. The Frenchman has struggled with injury but is still worth a reported £40m, despite not playing much at all this season.


22.07 BST: West Ham are holding discussions with French outfit Amiens over the transfer of 24-year-old forward Serhou Guirassy, according to Le10 Sport, which adds that Chelsea and Tottenham have also enquired about the former France youth international.

21.20 BST: Valencia seek two centre-backs to shore up an aging defence, and Super Deporte reports that the club have identified four candidates to move to the Mestalla: 21-year-old Diogo Leite of Porto, 21-year-old Mohammed Salisu of Real Valladolid, 23-year-old Lucas Martinez of River Plate and 29-year-old Mateo Musacchio of AC Milan.

20.33 BST: According to Le10 Sport, Paris Saint-Germain are in search of a new central midfielder, and with holes to fill elsewhere on the pitch and big stars potentially demanding big money, finding such a player at a bargain price will be a priority. The report suggests that the €30m release clause of Roma's 23-year-old Lorenzo Pellegrini is proving attractive to the Parc des Princes hierarchy.

19.46 BST: Roma have submitted Chelsea forward Pedro a three-year contract worth €3m a year, Corriere dello Sport writes, but the 32-year-old has asked for two weeks to think it over before making a decision. The report also states that the Giallorossi have been priced out of their other free-agent targets in Dries Mertens and Mario Gotze.

18.59 BST: While the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan and Newcastle have shown interest in Real Betis playmaker Nabil Fekir, the €50m rated 26-year-old would rather remain in Seville unless an offer arrives from a club of the stature of Real Madrid or Barcelona, according to AS.

18.12 BST: Earlier in the day we brought news of Barcelona's interest in Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic, but Corriere dello Sport reports that it's Paris Saint-Germain who lead the race for the 30-year-old Bosnia international, who could be used in an exchange for Mauro Icardi, who's spent the season on loan with the French capital club, who possess a purchase option for the 27-year-old striker.

17.25 BST: Chelsea are interested in Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga, and the Dutch club's manager has given them hope.

Onana, 24, is reportedly valued at around €40m and the Cameroon international won't be blocked from leaving if his value his met, says Erik ten Hag.

"Andre is very important to us and of course we don't want to lose him," Ten Hag told Dutch paper Algemeen Dagblad. "But it's true that we have an agreement from last year about the development scenario and what steps we will take if the right club comes in at the right price."

16.04 BST: PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa is available on a free transfer this summer and that makes him hot property.

Sport reports that Barcelona are interested, but face competition from Arsenal. And there's also the chance that he re-signs for PSG too of course.

15.26 BST: Newcastle United will have to pay Tottenham £12.5m if they want to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as manager this month -- but can do so for nothing thereafter, sources have told ESPN.

PCP Capital Partners, a financial advisory firm backed by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, are closing in on a £300m takeover subject to the Premier League ratifying their agreement.

Sources told ESPN last month that the prospective new owners are keen to replace boss Steve Bruce with a high-profile manager and Pochettino is a leading candidate with some reports suggesting they could make him one of the best-paid managers in the world on £19m-a-year.

15.04 BST: Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has terminated his loan contract at Besiktas, the player announced on Monday.

Karius has ended his two-year loan deal with the club after he reported them to FIFA for allegedly not paying his wages.

"It's a shame it comes to an end like this but you should know that I have tried everything to solve this situation without any problems," Karius said on Instagram. "I was very patient for months telling the board over and over again. Same things happened already last year. Unfortunately they haven't tried to solve this situational problem and even refused my suggestion to help by taking a pay cut."

14.45 BST: Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal could be the perfect signing for David Beckham's MLS franchise.

13.49 BST: Calciomercato reports that Inter Milan want to sign Victor Moses permanently.

Moses, 29, is at Inter on loan -- his fifth loan spell in his last six years -- and, as he has a contract which expires in the summer of 2021, he is likely to be sold.

Inter are keen on a permanent move, but they'll need Chelsea to lower their £10m asking price for the Nigerian.

13.30 BST: Turkish TV personality Acun Ilicali, who is a friend of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, has been speaking about Fenerbahce's hopes of landing the German.

Ozil, 31, has been linked with a move to Turkey as his contract expires in 2021 and he has come under fire for his performances at the Emirates.

Ilicali said during an Instagram live, reported by Sporx: "I receive lots of questions about Mesut Ozil. I believe in the future the good things will happen. I'm not in a position to give details but I know our president is also working hard for this.

"When his contract with Arsenal will expire, the favourites would be Fenerbahce. We are also working on that front. I really wanted to tell you in more detail, but I cannot. We'll talk about these things when the time comes."

12.41 BST: More from Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici, who has seemingly confirmed the club has held informal talks with Barcelona regarding Brazilian midfielder Arthur.

"We speak among us, among the big clubs that is, because it's going to be a particular summer," Paratici tolfd Sky Italia when asked if an agreement had been reached with Barca regarding a swap deal between Arthur and Miralem Pjanic. "We need ideas, agreements that involve swap deals and something new in the summer transfer window. We don't only talk about players, but also about what will happen in the future but right now it's just chats. "

Paratici also confirmed that Juve veterans Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini will remain at the club beyond their current deals, which expire in June 30. Moreover, that Paulo Dybala, whose contract expires in June 2022, will be offered a long-term contract.

Asked about the new contracts, he replied: "Chiellini's and Buffon's [contracts] are on their way to being completed. And I think also for Dybala. This pause [due to the coronavirus pandemic] has interrupted a little bit communication but our wish is to keep him with us for as long as possible."

12.12 BST: Liverpool could be just a couple of signings away from total dominance.

11.25 BST: Barcelona are big fans of Kevin De Bruyne, but Mundo Deportivo reports it would be almost impossible for them to sign the Manchester City midfielder should he become available this summer.

The Belgian put Europe's biggest clubs on red alert last week when he suggested he could leave City if their two-year Champions League ban is upheld. However, Barca believe a move for the Belgian is "unviable" at the moment due to the financial fallout expected to be caused by the coronavirus crisis and their need to invest any money they do have in other positions.

Another midfielder who Barca like is Napoli's Fabian Ruiz, although they may be put off by the €60m Mundo Deportivo says they've been quoted. The Spanish champions are well-stocked in midfield and, according to SPORT, are also set to give youngsters Carles Alena and Riqui Puig full first-team status next season.

10.49 BST: Mundo Deportivo reports that Neymar has turned down a bumper new deal at Paris Saint-Germain with his heart still set on a return to Barcelona.

PSG's offer is even said to have included a €100m signing on fee. However, Neymar, whose contract expires in 2022, is happy to take a hit on his salary if it means moving back to Camp Nou. The report claims he's even ready to invoke Article 17 of FIFA's transfer regulations to force a transfer.

ESPN previously explained how Barca were exploring using Article 17, which allow players to unilaterally break their contracts with their clubs in certain circumstances, with FIFA then dictating the transfer fee to be paid. But sources have told ESPN recently that Barca are more wary of going down that avenue due to the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the potential fee they would have to pay. They would prefer to negotiate with the French club and -- if possible -- include players to bring the cost down.

10.10 BST: Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu has attracted the interest of Arsenal and Chelsea, says the Express.

Kokcu, 19, is a Turkey under-21 international and is valued at around €30m, having been called "one of the best midfield players in the country" by Feyenoord boss Jaap Stam.

09.27 BST: Kevin De Bruyne's comments about his future at Manchester City have raised some eyebrows.

09.04 BST: Bayer Leverkusen have signalled their interest in Barcelona full-back Emerson.

Emerson, 21, joined Real Betis from Atletico Mineiro last summer in a deal involving Barcelona, who hold the transfer rights for the Brazilian.

Kicker reports Emerson could be recalled early from what effectively is a loan at Betis by Barcelona and then moved to another club to free funds for potential summer signings. The Catalans are reported to hold out for a fee between €20-30m.

08.29 BST: Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici is hopeful that Gonzalo Higuain will complete his contract with the Turin giants.

Higuain was allowed to return to his native Argentina during the lockdown in Italy to be close to his cancer-stricken mother.

The 32-year-old forward, who is tied to Juventus until June 2021, is reportedly considering remaining in Argentina and not returning to Italy in order to be closer to his mother.

"Higuain left and he was very worried in general," Paratici told Sky Italia. "Gonzalo is a very sensitive person and this has affected him a lot. We are close to him, he has had an extraordinary season. We hope he can continue with us, the remaining year he has left in his contract."

08.00 BST: Bayern Munich remain interested in Timo Werner despite the RB Leipzig attacker stating he wants to move abroad should he leave this summer. The German champions believe Werner's comments were of a "tactical nature," according to kicker.

Werner, 24, has been strongly linked with Liverpool, but kicker said that the Reds have yet to discuss financial details with the player.

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane continues to be Bayern's top target this summer, kicker added.

Former Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, meanwhile, has told Welt am Sonntag that he believes a transfer fee in the €100m region for Sane would not be justified.

"He's not had his breakthrough as an absolute top player yet," the 75-year-old, who led Bayern to the treble in 2013, said. "He's a player at the crossroads. Will he continue to work hard or will he continue to be just a very exceptional talent. He must be prepared for the next step. It's worth nothing to have talent and show it occasionally."

PAPER TALK (by Harry Kettle)

Juventus can't afford Pogba?

Sky Sport Italia is reporting that Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has made a startling revelation regarding a potential switch back to Turin for Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman's move back to Manchester United was considered to be a defining moment in his career when it took place back in 2016, but it always felt as if there was a chance he could return to the Old Lady once again someday.

Unfortunately, while they may clearly be interested in pursuing a deal, Paratici has noted that no club would realistically be able to afford Pogba's wage demands in the current climate due to the coronavirus pandemic, saying: ""Pogba is a great player, but logically the salary demands someone of his level would've had before is now more difficult to get hold of, or at least he'll have fewer clubs prepared to pay that money."

Manchester United want Hugill

Manchester United are interested in trying to sign Sunderland youngster Joe Hugill, The Sun reports.

The 16-year-old has was said to be at the top of Jose Mourinho's wishlist at Tottenham this summer, but as a result of the delay in them trying to get a deal over the finish line, United are believed to have jumped to the front of the queue.

With the Red Devils struggling to get something going in their pursuit of Birmingham City star Jude Bellingham, this could be the silver lining that they've been searching for.

Arsenal ready to sell Mkhitaryan

Arsenal are ready and willing to sell Henrikh Mkhitaryan in order to raise funds this summer, The Mirror reports.

The Armenian has enjoyed a successful loan spell in Serie A with Roma this season, and with one year remaining on his contract, it's not exactly surprising that Roma wants to make the move permanent.

A player-plus-cash deal could be struck between the two clubs, although the Gunners are hoping to receive a fee of around £10m for the former Manchester United star.


- Alexis Sanchez could be interested in returning to Italy for a loan spell with Roma, Sky Sport Italia reports. The Manchester United flop has failed to impress during his time out on loan with Inter Milan and, with Roma aiming to strengthen their squad ahead of next season, the Chilean could be offered yet another route out of Old Trafford.

- The Mirror reports that Sporting Lisbon have given West Bromwich Albion an extra 30 days to come up with the £8.25m necessary to secure the permanent signing of Matheus Pereira. Following a successful loan spell at The Hawthorns it seemed inevitable that he'd stay in the West Midlands, but the ongoing pandemic has added a layer of uncertainty to proceedings.