Transfer news LIVE updates – Friday, April 5
- Richarlison has commented on rumours linking him to Liverpool on social media
- Paul Pogba will demand £500,000-a-week as Manchester United plan contract talks with the midfielder
- Arsenal previously missed out on Sadio Mane
- Romelu Lukaku has admitted he could leave Manchester United
- Tammy Abraham EXCLUSIVE: What the Aston Villa loan star wants his future to hold at Chelsea
10.30am UPDATE: Man Utd told to sign N’Golo Kante
Manchester United have been told to replace Ander Herrera with N’Golo Kante.
Dominic Matteo, speaking on the Man On The Street show, said: “[N’Golo] Kante’s been playing in that position for Chelsea.”
“But it doesn’t look like he’s going to get a game there in front of Jorginho,” Matteo said.
“For United, he would definitely be top of the list.”
Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd have been told to sign N’Golo Kante
9.45am UPDATE: Newcastle players want Rafa Benitez stay
Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles has made it clear the players want Rafa Benitez to stay at the club.
“We’ll try to do anything we can to seal this manager down to a contract,” said skipper Lascelles.
“If that means us getting the job done and getting as safe as possible, then excellent.
“We’ll just concentrate on our football and let the rest take care of itself.”
Transfer news LIVE: Will Rafa Benitez leave Newcastle?
9.15am UPDATE: Lionel Messi to be offered new Barcelona deal
Barcelona are set to hand Lionel Messi a new contract as they look to tie him down for the rest of his career.
President Josep Bartomeu has revealed they want to offer the 31-year-old another one as he heaped praise on the club’s all-time record scorer.
“We want him to have a really long career so we can keep on enjoying him,” he said.
“Lionel’s managed to break down borders. Everyone admires him and he’s applauded at other stadiums by rival fans.
“We would like to renew his contract, that’s the idea. He is young – you can see that [in his performances] – and he still has two years on his deal. He’s always improving, always innovating.
“I believe he still has many years in front of him and in the coming months we will sit down with him so that he has many more years at Barcelona.
“Messi is a one-club man. It’s more than what he does on the pitch – his relationship with Barca will last forever.
“I use the example of Pele, who was always at Santos. We want Messi to always be at Barca, whether that’s playing or linked to the club [when he’s retired].”
Transfer news LIVE: Lionel Messi will be offered a new contract by Barcelona
8.45am UPDATE: Jermain Defoe wants Rangers stay
Jermain Defoe has admitted he wants to stay at Rangers beyond his current loan spell.
He said: “I want to stay here, for sure. I want a full season to try to achieve something special here.
“Bournemouth can call me back in the summer and again in January, but I am focused on being here and scoring goals for Rangers.
“I want to help the team, it’s as simple as that. So far it’s been great.
“There have been ups and downs, but that’s football.
“However, I believe next season we can really kick on and achieve something.”
Transfer news LIVE: Jermain Defoe wants to stay at Rangers
8.15am UPDATE: Romelu Lukaku to discuss Man Utd future
Romelu Lukaku’s representative Federico Pastorello has admitted the striker will discuss his Manchester United future at the end of the season.
“At the moment he is very focused on finishing the season,” Pastorello told Sky Sports.
“The competition for third and fourth place in England is very tight so let’s see what will happen in the future at the end the season.
“It’s his second season here and he will still have three years on his contract until the end. Let’s see. He’s someone who loves to know a different culture, a different football.”
Transfer news LIVE: Romelu Lukaku will consider his Man Utd future in the summer
7.45am UPDATE: Richarlison on link to Liverpool
Everton winger Richarlison has issued a short-but-sweet response to transfer rumours linking him with a shock transfer to Liverpool.
Reports from the winger’s homeland of Brazil suggested that the player’s joint-agent, Renato Velasco, had met with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp at the manager’s house.
But now the ex-Watford forward has come out to address the speculation himself.
In a tweet in the early hours of Friday morning, Richarlison said: “I’m happy.”
The comment was posted alongside two pictures, one of him running away in celebration after scoring and another of him kissing the Everton badge in the direction of the supporters.
Transfer news LIVE: All the latest gossip from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd
7.15am UPDATE: Paul Pogba makes Man Utd demand
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba wants £500,000-a-week to stay at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils are ready to open contract talks with the World Cup winner to end interest from Real Madrid.
And Pogba wants to join Alexis Sanchez as the highest-paid player at the club.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is desperate to land Pogba as well as Chelsea winger Eden Hazard.
Transfer news LIVE: Will Tammy Abraham return to Chelsea or seal a move away permanently?
6.45am UPDATE: Arsenal missed out on Sadio Mane
Arsenal turned down the chance to sign Sadio Mane it has emerged.
Mady Toure, president of the Generation Foot Academy in Senegal has revealed how it happened.
He explained: “After the 2012 Olympic Games (in London), I offered him to Gilles Grimandi (the scout in charge of French recruitment at the time).”
Arsenal never followed up on the opportunity though and Mane now finds himself at Liverpool.
Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will look to strengthen his squad this summer
6.15am: Tammy Abraham’s Chelsea future
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham “wants to stay” at the west London club and fight for his place despite an impressive loan stay at Aston Villa this season, according to Dean Ashton.
“He’s shown at Villa that he can lead the line as a lone striker, he can score goals,” he exclusively told Express Sport.
“When you get deliveries into him he’s a real threat.
“His movement has improved a lot this season, especially compared to when he was at Swansea [last season].
“The big question is whether he wants to stay at Chelsea, which I think he does, and whether they give him a chance in the first team.
“If not, and Aston Villa were to get promoted or if they weren’t, I think it would be a good move to stay at Aston Villa.
“He’s got to play, you can only wait so long to be given a chance.”