Transfer rumours: Raphinha, Depay, Rice, Tierney, Maitland-Niles

Transfer rumours: Raphinha, Depay, Rice, Tierney, Maitland-Niles

by Emily Smith
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Barcelona have reached agreement with Brazil forward Raphinha, 25, over a move from Leeds United this summer. (Sport – in Spanish)external-link

Barcelona are set to release seven players this summer as they look to reinforce, with Chelsea’s Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta, 32, and Danish centre-back Andreas Christensen, 25, both linked with moves to the Nou Camp. (AS – in Spanish)external-link

Tottenham are leading the race to sign Netherlands forward Memphis Depay, 28, from Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)external-link

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, 23, is in the frame as a future England captain, according to Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate. (Mirror)external-link

Real Madrid are preparing a £50m bid for Arsenal and Scotland defender Kieran Tierney, 24. (Sunday Post)external-link

Premier League clubs are set to be on alert with versatile Arsenal and England international Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 24, not expected to be retained by loan club Roma beyond the summer. (Mirror)external-link

Chelsea have been boosted in their pursuit of Aurelien Tchouameni after the agent of the 22-year-old Monaco and France midfielder denied they have an agreement with Real Madrid. (Le Parisien, via Fabrizio Romano)external-link

Barcelona and Spain midfielder Pedri, 19, says he wants Lionel Messi to rejoin Barcelona after the 34-year-old Argentine’s difficult first season at Paris St-Germain. (La Vanguardia, via Goaexternal-linklexternal-link)

Derby County boss Wayne Rooney, 36, says he rejected a move to Manchester United when he was 14 because he wanted to play for Everton. (Sunexternal-link)

Barcelona’s Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 29, is willing to take a pay-cut to make his loan move to Aston Villa permanent. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanishexternal-link)

Prospective Chelsea owners have been given a deadline of 11 April to submit final bids for the club. (Talksport)external-link

Napoli have set a price tag of £83m for their 23-year-old Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen. (Corriere dello Sport, via Sun)external-link

Norwegian rising star Andreas Schjelderup, 17, says he turned down the opportunity to sign for Liverpool, but the midfielder has left the door open for a potential move in the future. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

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