Highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

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The major European leagues have concluded for the 2020/21 season, with the focus now switching to the summer transfer window where clubs will be looking to wheel and deal in preparation for the next campaign. In this live blog, we will be bringing you all the latest transfer stories from across the globe, so stay tuned for frequent updates as they happen.

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Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

22:00 CEST: This Thursday’s transfers summary

Here comes a summary of the main transfer storylines that we’ve covered on this Thursday’s transfer market live blog:

  • The race for Jules Kounde heats up as Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are linked.
  • David Luiz could return to Brazil, to Flamengo.
  • Manchester United are said to be keen on Raphael Varane and Kieran Trippier.
  • Pep Guardiola no longer wants Bernardo Silva.
  • Romelu Lukaku has insisted that he wants to stay at Inter.
  • Jordi Alba has said he hopes to end his career at Barcelona.
  • Lucas Vazquez has signed a three-year contract extension.

21:10 CEST: Gattusso wants Bakayoko

Gennaro Gattuso is the new coach at Fiorentina and he wants to bring Tiemoue Bakayoko, who he has worked with at Napoli, to his new club. This is according to Fabrizio Romano, who says the Serie A side are looking at a loan, but that the player’s salary would be very high.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

20:50 CEST: Tottenham are speaking to Conte

According to Fabrizio Romano, Tottenham are “in direct contact” with Antonio Conte over their vacant head coaching role. With bringing Mauricio Pochettino back looking difficult, Spurs have turned to the Italian.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

19:25 CEST: Koeman is staying

Joan Laporta has confirmed that Barcelona will keep Ronald Koeman on as coach for the 2021/22 season. The president outlined his reasoning in detail, in a piece that you can read right here.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

18:50 CEST: Guardiola no longer wants Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva could be on the move this summer. According to The Telegraph, Pep Guardiola no longer considers the Portuguese a key player and he could move on this summer. There are said to be interested clubs in Spain, France and Italy, although no specific clubs are mentioned.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

18:15 CEST: David Luiz said to have an agreement with Flamengo

David Luiz could be ready to return home to Brazil. The current Arsenal player is said to have an agreement with Flamengo, according to various Brazilian media outlets. He was also believed to have offers from the MLS, but is set to move to Rio de Janeiro.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

17:30 CEST: Sporting CP to keep Pedro Porro

Pedro Porro just had the season of his life and is set to stay with Sporting CP, who will reportedly trigger the clause of 8.5m euros to turn his loan from Manchester City into a permanent transfer.

17:00 CEST: Odegaard and Ceballos end loan spells at Arsenal

Arsenal have confirmed that Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos will return to Real Madrid after their loan spells came to an end. In the same announcement, the Gunners also revealed that they are not keeping Mat Ryan on a permanent basis, and David Luiz is not having his contract renewed.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

16:30 CEST: Lazio want to lure Ilicic to Rome

Josip Ilicic has been one of the key players in Atalanta’s rise in recent years, but Lazio hope to tempt the 33-year-old away from Bergamo, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Ilicic had several disagreements with Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini during the season and a move could be possible.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?
Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

16:00 CEST: Liverpool identify Wijnaldum replacement

Georginio Wijnaldum will leave Liverpool when his contract expires on June 30, with the Dutchman expected to join Barcelona, but the Mirror claim that the Reds have already identified his replacement: Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus. The 24-year-old has already had to deny that he is heading to Bayern Munich, while Real Madrid are also fond of him.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

15:30 CEST: Dembele could stay at Atletico

Moussa Dembele struggled for game time during his six-month loan spell at Atletico Madrid last season, but Foot Mercato report that Los Rojiblancos are keen to keep hold of the Lyon striker. There was a clause to buy Dembele for 33.5 million euros included in the loan, but Atletico hope to negotiate this figure down.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?
Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

15:15 CEST: Emerson could extend deal at Barcelona

Barcelona have only just announced the signing of Emerson Royal from Real Betis, but the Brazilian right-back could extend his deal at the Camp Nou. The idea is for him to stay at Barcelona and they plan to offer him a contract until 2026, with his representatives at the club’s offices to undergo negotiations.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

15:00 CEST: Inter have their new coach

Inter have officially appointed Simone Inzaghi as their new coach on a two-year contract. He achieved a lot of success at Lazio, but they could only finish sixth in Serie A last season.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

14:30 CEST: Lucas Vazquez renews at Real Madrid

Real Madrid have announced that Lucas Vazquez has put pen to paper on a new three-year contract at the club. Read more about it HERE.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

14:00 CEST: Andre Silva is a wanted man

Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva has caught the eye of Manchester City and Atletico Madrid, say Sport Bild, after his scoring 28 goals and providing eight assists in 32 Bundesliga games last season.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?
Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

13:30 CEST: Changes coming at Lazio

Lazio have lost head coach Simone Inzaghi to Inter, with Maurizio Sarri set for talks with the Biancocelesti, and La Gazzetta dello Sport that the club may ‘sacrifice’ playmaker Joaquin Correa in order to generate funds for the former Chelsea manager. It is thought that Correa could bring in around 30 million euros, with interest from Premier League clubs and Sevilla. Lazio are keen to keep hold of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Ciro Immobile, Francesco Acerbi and Luis Alberto.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?
Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

13:00 CEST: Late interest in Giroud

Olivier Giroud seemed set to join AC Milan on a free once his contract at Chelsea comes to an end on June 30, but CalcioMercato claim that both West Ham and New York City have made an offer to the 34-year-old.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

12:30 CEST: Zeki Celek has a lot of suitors

Zeki Celek was one of Lille’s stars as they won the Ligue 1 title in the 2020/21 season, which has led to a lot of interest in the Turkish right-back. Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Inter are all tracking Celik, and now the Evening Standard report that Arsenal are considering him as a potential replacement for Hector Bellerin.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

12:00 CEST: Italy players with uncertain futures

There are several members of Italy’s squad for Euro 2020 that have uncertain futures at club level. Corriere dello Sport note that Gianluigi Donnarumma is closing in on a free-agent move to Paris Saint-Germain, although Juventus are waiting in the wings; Manuel Locatelli has been strongly linked with a transfer to Juventus; Emerson Palmieri and Alessandro Florenzi could be allowed to depart Chelsea and Roma respectively; and Andrea Belotti has been linked with Roma and Atletico Madrid.

El '9' de Italia durante el reciente partido de los Azzurri ante Polonia.

El ‘9’ de Italia durante el reciente partido de los Azzurri ante Polonia.AP

11:45 CEST: Changes coming at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta is keen for Arsenal to part ways with Willian, David Luiz and Granit Xhaka this summer, say the Mirror, while he wants to keep Real Madrid playmaker Martin Odegaard on a permanent basis. The Spanish coach is keen for Arsenal to make a move for Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling and Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, too.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

11:30 CEST: Manchester United eye additions

Manchester United’s interest in Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is well known, which the Daily Mail once again highlight, but they also mention that the Red Devils have their eye on two defenders: Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane and Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier. In addition, Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Tom Heaton on a free.

El central franc

El central francs del Real Madrid, durante el ltimo partido de esta temporada disputado ante el VillarrealPABLO GARCA

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

11:00 CEST: The race for Kounde heats up

Barcelona and Real Madrid have both shown interest in Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde, but the Sun now report that there are three Premier League clubs keeping tabs on the France international: Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. His release clause is 80 million euros.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

10:30 CEST: Alba keen to end career at Barcelona

Jordi Alba is one of the big-name players that Barcelona may have some interest in moving on this summer, but the left-back stated in an interview on TVE that he hopes to end his career at the Camp Nou.

Thursday's  transfer market highlights: Premier League moves for Varane, Trippier and Kounde?

10:00 CEST: Lukaku wants to stay at Inter

Several teams, including Chelsea, had been linked with a move for Inter striker Romelu Lukaku, but the Belgian has made clear during an interview with HLN that he wants to stay put in Milan.

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