Ronaldo asks to be released by Man Utd; Juventus close in on Firmino


Cristiano Ronaldo is so adamant on leaving Manchester United this summer that he has asked the club to release him from his contract. His deal has one year left to run and the club retain an option to extend for a further season. Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich have both distanced themselves from Ronaldo in recent days.

Juventus are said to be finalising an agreement to sign Roberto Firmino from Liverpool, which would bring an end to their pursuits of Timo Werner, Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay.

Werner and Depay have both been offered to Newcastle United in recent weeks, as have Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe and PSG playmaker Julian Draxler.

Barcelona could announce the signing of Jules Kounde as soon as Thursday after agreeing terms with Sevilla over a transfer and beating Chelsea to the defender’s signature. The Blaugrana also remain confident of signing Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso from the Blues.

Arsenal have no intention of reigniting their interest in Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo, who is likely to join Valencia on an initial loan instead.

However, a knee injury to Paul Pogba means that Weston McKennie will not be allowed to leave the Allianz Stadium this window. The USMNT midfielder had been linked to Tottenham and Southampton.

Manchester City are assessing alternate options to Marc Cucurella after baulking at Brighton’s £50m asking price, and Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo has emerged as a target.

Frenkie de Jong has informed his Barcelona teammates that he will be staying at Camp Nou this summer despite Manchester United‘s confidence of eventually completing a deal.

PSG made one final late move to try and sign Gianluca Scamacca, but he knocked it back as he had already given his word to West Ham.

Leeds United and Leicester City‘s hopes of signing Charles De Ketelaere are fading with AC Milan finally close to agreeing a fee with Club Brugge for the young forward.

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While Red Bull Salzburg will knock back any bids for striker Benjamin Sesko this summer, his preference in the future will be to sign for Real Madrid.

Everton are set to announce the signing of Dwight McNeil from Burnley after he underwent a medical on Wednesday evening.

Nottingham Forest have held talks with Real Betis regarding a summer move for William Carvalho, though Los Verdiblancos have blocked an approach for Alex Moreno.

In terms of incomings, Real Betis believe Arsenal will give up on trying to sell them Hector Bellerin and will instead release him from his contract.

Elsewhere in Arsenal’s defence, Marseille are continuing to badger the Gunners over William Saliba, but he is set to remain at the Emirates Stadium.


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