Transfer Talk: Man City lead race for Bayern’s Jamal Musiala


The summer transfer window won’t reopen in Europe for a while yet, but there are plenty of moves in the works and gossip swirling around. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Man City lead the way to sign Bayern’s Musiala

Manchester City are leading the race for Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Jamal Musiala, reports the Independent.

Pep Guardiola’s side are reported to be one of multiple sides in Europe tracking the 21-year-old, though it is said that their interest is at a more advanced stage than rivals, with Liverpool, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain also interested.

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Musiala is one of two key signings that the Citizens want to make in the summer as they look to strengthen their attack, and there is belief that he could be open to leaving the Allianz Arena, where he is looking for guarantees that the Bundesliga side will be able to compete at the top level.

He has remained a key player for manager Thomas Tuchel this season, having contributed to 16 goals in 23 league games, but he will enter the final two years of his contract in the summer, with his deal set to expire in the summer of 2026.

PAPER GOSSIP

– Napoli striker Victor Osimhen remains on the radar of Paris Saint-Germain, reports Ben Jacobs. The 25-year-old is believed to be high on their shortlist of players they are looking at to help replace Kylian Mbappé amid his expected departure in the summer, but the Ligue 1 side are currently keeping their options open. He has scored 12 goals in 19 Serie A appearances this season.

– Barcelona are planning to hand midfielder Pedri a new contract, reports Fabrizio Romano. Discussions are said to be set to take place in the next few months, with the Blaugrana looking to make him a key part of their future project. The 21-year-old has previously been on the radar of Paris Saint-Germain.

– Napoli are unlikely to activate the permanent option clause to sign on-loan midfielder Hamed Traoré, reports Calciomercato. Currently on loan from Bournemouth, the 24-year-old hasn’t done enough to convince the Serie A club to keep him beyond this summer, with the permanent clause believed to be worth €25 million. He has made eight appearances across all competitions since joining in January.

– A move is being explored for FC Utrecht goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas by Sevilla, reports Mundo Deportivo. The 29-year-old is believed to be one of several players being considered by the LaLiga side as they look to sign a goalkeeper, and with his contract set to expire in June, they could look to sign him on a free transfer through a pre-contract agreement.

– Three clubs in Italy are monitoring the situation of Juventus defender Facundo Gonzalez, reports Nicolo Schira. Bologna, Hellas Verona and Frosinone are all believed to be interested in the 21-year-old, who has been a standout performer in Serie B while on loan with Sampdoria this season. He has also previously represented the Uruguay under-20 side.

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