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Transfer Talk: AC Milan plan surprise swoop for Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino

An emotional support officer was on hand outside the new stadium as fans arrived for the first Premier League game.

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer.

TOP STORY: Milan to move for Mauricio?

AC Milan are set to launch an ambitious swoop for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, according to the Mirror.

Rossoneri legend Gennaro Gattuso appears likely to leave the San Siro after a disappointing season, and new Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis is set to offer Pochettino £300 million in transfer funds in an attempt to lure him to Serie A.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has attempted to fend off interest in Pochettino from Manchester United and Real Madrid in recent months and hopes his club's move to a new state-of-the-art stadium will be enough to ward off any further moves.

But with Gazidis given a mandate to wrest the Serie A trophy from Juventus, a move for the Spurs boss is seen as essential in the Milan boardroom.

Mauricio Pochettino looks on during Tottenham's Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund.
AC Milan look set to launch an ambitious swoop for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.


22.53 GMT: That's going to do it for Sunday's live edition of Transfer Talk. Be sure to check back in a few short hours when we return with the latest gossip pulled from Monday's back pages.

21.16 GMT: Calciomercato cites Le Parisien as reporting that Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Fiorentina's 26-year-old full-back Cristiano Biraghi, who's attracted interest from both Milan and Inter in the past.

19.39 GMT: Watford striker Troy Deeney, whose 94th-minute penalty kept his side in the FA Cup as they produced a dramatic semifinal comeback to beat Wolves 3-2, told BT Sport after the match: "If anyone's watching I'd like a new deal, thank you!" Deeney, however, is under contract at Vicarage Road until 2021.

18.42 GMT: Reports in Germany suggest Bayern Munich are interested in trying to sign former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan from Manchester City, with Gundogan struggling for regular playing time this season.

17.05 GMT: Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden is a target for West Bromwich Albion, and the Birmingham Mail reports that he has boosted West Brom's hopes by telling the Magpies he "has to leave the club this summer."

16.21 GMT: And more -- Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon, strongly linked with Tottenham in recent windows, is emerging as an increasingly key target for Borussia Dortmund, according to reports in Germany.

15.44 GMT: Stand by for plenty of speculation about the future of Fulham players following their relegation to the Championship. Here's some: striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is reportedly interesting a number of clubs in the Chinese Super League.

15.11 GMT: Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri has said he expects Olivier Giroud to stay at Stamford Bridge and believes the striker wants to do so. Giroud's contract expires in June, with the club holding the option of a 12-month extension, and Sarri said: "Do I get the impression he wants to stay? I think so."

14.30 GMT: As speculation linking Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser with Arsenal grows, Cherries manager Eddie Howe has indicated that the winger could leave. Speaking after his side's defeat to Burnley, How said: "There is no doubting Ryan's quality and how highly we think of him. He is an outstanding talent, but it is a two-way prospect to sign a contract so let's wait and see. Who knows in the summer?"

13.41 GMT: And staying with Everton's midfield, reports in France say Idrissa Gueye remains a target for Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel, who is also looking at Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.

13.06 GMT: Everton's Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy, who had hoped to make a loan move in January as he looks for more first-team football, could now seek to leave Goodison Park permanently in the summer, the Irish Times reports.

11.40 GMT: Liverpool could turn to a former Manchester United player to bolster their attack if Sadio Mane leaves for Real Madrid -- Memphis Depay.

L'Equipe reports that Lyon forward Depay -- who joined the French club in 2017 for £15m after an unsuccessful two seasons at Old Trafford -- is being monitored by Liverpool.

Mane has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu following his recent hot scoring streak -- the Senegal international has 12 goals in his last 14 appearances.

10.55 GMT: Even though Manchester United are intent on prioritising keeping David De Gea (see below) they are still ensuring they have a suitable replacement lined up in case he chooses to leave.

The Sunday Express reports that Everton's Jordan Pickford and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak are among the players manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified as potential No. 1s at Old Trafford.

England international Pickford joined Everton from Sunderland for £25m in 2017 and, despite the 25-year-old's form dipping this term, United could still expect to pay double that for him this summer.

Oblak, meanwhile, is yet to sign a new contract at Atletico, with the Slovenia international's current deal due to expire in 2021. United may feel they can take advatange of that impasse, though they would have to compete with many of Europe's top clubs to sign him and pay around £90m.

09.45 GMT: Despite having had a year-long transfer ban imposed on them by FIFA, Chelsea are pressing ahead with plans to sign more attacking options in case Eden Hazard leaves for Real Madrid.

The Sunday Mirror reports that the Blues are looking to bring in two strikers from Germany -- Bayern Munich veteran Robert Lewandowski and Borussia Dortmund youngster Alexander Isak.

Lewandowski, 30, scored his 200th Bundesliga goal in the 5-0 humbling of Dortmund on Saturday, and the Blues see him as the top-class centre-forward to fill the gap left by Diego Costa.

Meanwhile, Isak is seen as one for the future, despite his £17m move to Dortmund from AIK in his native Sweden so far not working out. The 19-year-old has been on loan at Willem II in the Eredivisie, where he has scored 11 goals in as many appearances.

PAPER TALK (by James Capps): United to prioritise futures of current stars

Manchester United have made the futures of Paul Pogba and David De Gea their main priorities.

Pogba has been linked with Real Madrid in recent weeks, but the Mirror says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told him he is staying at Old Trafford. France international Pogba has two years left on his contract at United, with the option of a 12-month extension.

De Gea, meanwhile, is locked in contract talks as he looks to establish parity with teammate Alexis Sanchez's £500,000 weekly salary.

Hitches in the talks have alerted Paris Saint-Germain, but United are prepared to bide their time as they attempt to strike a deal before De Gea's deal runs out in 2020.

Bale boos add fuel to departure talk

Gareth Bale's relationship with Real Madrid fans took a further tumble on Saturday when he was booed just three minutes into the 2-1 win over Eibar, according to the Mail.

The Wales international was through on goal in the opening stages at the Bernabeu but spurned the opportunity, leading to a chorus of jeers.

Bale has been linked with a move back to Tottenham, as well as a potential switch to Manchester United, and asked about his future coach Zinedine Zidane said only: "We will see. Gareth is a Real Madrid player with two years left on his contract."


- Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has revealed that he failed in an attempt to lure Alvaro Morata to the Nou Camp from Chelsea in January, with striker opting for a loan move to Atletico Madrid instead, according to the Star.

- Douglas Costa has had a difficult season in Italy with Juventus, and Calciomercato reports that he could be set for a switch to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

- Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a string of European clubs, but the Mirror says he has no plans to leave Camp Nou. That will come as a blow to Manchester United and Chelsea.


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