Transfer rumours: Araujo, De Ligt, Rice, Rudiger, Saka, Cash, Shaqiri


Manchester City are interested in signing Uruguay centre back Ronald Araujo, 22, who has halted contract renewal talks with Barcelona. (Sport – in Spanish)external-link

United are ready to rival Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the race to sign 22-year-old Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus. (Calciomercato – in Italian)external-link

The Red Devils are planning to overhaul their midfield in the summer with West Ham’s Declan Rice, 23, his 26-year-old England team-mate Kalvin Phillips from Leeds and RB Leipzig’s Mali international Amadou Haidara, 24, all on the club’s extensive list of targets. (ESPN)external-link

Chelsea failed in their latest attempt to tie Germany defender Antonio Rudiger down to a new deal despite offering the 28-year-old close to £200,000 a week amid interest from Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain. (Mail)external-link

Barcelona are interested in signing Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta on a free transfer in the summer. The 32-year-old Spaniard’s contract expires at the end of the season. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)external-link

Adana Demirspor president Murat Sancak claims the club had agreed to sign Dele Alli on loan from Tottenham before the 25-year-old English midfielder joined Everton on a two-and-a-half-year deal. (Milliyet – in Turkish)external-link

Liverpool and Manchester City could move for 20-year-old England winger Bukayo Saka if Arsenal fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League. (ESPN)external-link

Atletico Madrid remain “seriously interested” in signing Aston Villa’s Poland full-back Matty Cash, 24, before next season. (Fabrizio Romano) external-link

Leeds are still interested in signing USA attacking midfielder Brenden Aaronson, 21, despite having two bids of up to £20m rejected by Red Bull Salzburg in January. (Athletic – subscription required)external-link

Liverpool are interested in Juventus striker Paulo Dybala. The 28-year-old Argentine is out of contract in the summer. Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are also considering an offer. (Mirror)external-link

Real Madrid are looking at a deal to sign William Saliba, 20, from Arsenal. The French defender, on loan at Marseille, is yet to make a senior appearance under Gunners manager Mikel Arteta. (Express)external-link

Chicago Fire are close to signing Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 30, from Lyon. (MLS Soccer)external-link

Palmeiras’ 15-year-old striker Endrick, having already been linked with both Barcelona and Real Madrid, says all young Brazilian players want to play for Barca. (Sport – in Spanish)external-link

Watford failed with an approach to sign Manchester United’s English defender Phil Jones, 29, before the January transfer window shut. (Football Insider)external-link

Manchester City have joined West Ham and Brentford in showing an interest in Sheffield Wednesday’s 16-year-old English forward Bailey Cadamarteri. (Sheffield Star)external-link

Everton, Brentford and Watford are keeping close tabs on 18-year-old left-back Steve Ngunga, who is impressing with non-league side Rising Ballers. (Football Insider)external-link

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