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Premier League transfer news: Marcus Rashford, Sadio Mane, Eden Hazard

Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid look to the English top flight to bolster their squads this summer

Premier League transfer news and rumours

Rashford is on the Barca agenda

Barcelona are seeking a new striker to replace Luis Suarez and on their summer shopping list is Manchester United star Marcus Rashford.

Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo reports that Rashford is on the Barca attacking “agenda” along with Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic.

The Daily Mail says that 21-year-old England striker Rashford is a “big part” of Man Utd’s future and it will take “a huge sum to prise him away from Old Trafford”.

Meanwhile, a source at Barcelona has told ESPN that although the La Liga leaders are keen on Rashford their interest is like “wanting to date Cindy Crawford or a supermodel - it’s unlikely to happen”.

Mbappe, Hazard or Mane for Real?

France Football claims that Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has made Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe his top summer target. However, the Daily Mail reports that the Spanish club have ruled out a move for the 20-year-old French World Cup winner. That’s because Real are keen on two stars playing in the Premier League. Marca says that Liverpool striker Sadio Mane is a key target for Real and the Mail adds that Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is high on their wanted list.

Battle for Varane

While Real Madrid scour Europe for their next Galactico one of their current stars could be leaving Spain. Juventus have reportedly entered the race to sign French defender Raphael Varane while Manchester United, PSG and Bayern Munich are also keen. (Sport)

Umtiti’s future unclear

The future of another French defender based in Spain is also up in the air. Samuel Umtiti, 25, wants to stay at Barcelona but according to reports the Catalans would consider selling him to Manchester United. (The Guardian)

Herrera on his way to Arsenal?

Ander Herrera’s contract talks with Manchester United have reached a deadlock and according to reports the Spanish midfielder is wanted by Arsenal and PSG on a free transfer at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

Spurs eye Perisic

Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic has previously been linked with moves to Arsenal and Manchester United but it appears that Tottenham are in the running. Reports in the Italian media say that Inter will let the 30-year-old Croatian international leave for £30m. (The Guardian)

Lozano ready for big move

Mexico manager Tata Martino says that PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano is ready to play for one of Europe’s biggest clubs. The Mexican international starred at the World Cup last year and has been linked with Tottenham. (Sky Sports)

North London clubs want Tagliafico

Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico is a target for north London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal. The 26-year-old Argentine could be available for £15m. (The Sun)

Benfica to increase Felix’s release clause

Benfica star Joao Felix has been linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs including Manchester United, Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, the Portuguese club want to keep the 19-year-old forward and will aim to increase the release clause in his current contract. Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira said: “Right now we are not interested in selling Joao Felix, and soon we will increase his release clause. He is one of the best products to have emerged from Portuguese football since Cristiano Ronaldo.” (Tuttosport)

Upcoming Premier League fixtures and TV guide

Saturday 30 March (3pm unless stated)
  • Fulham vs. Manchester City (12.30pm, live on Sky Sports
  • Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Southampton 
  • Burnley vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers 
  • Crystal Palace vs. Huddersfield Town 
  • Leicester City vs. AFC Bournemouth 
  • Manchester United vs. Watford 
  • West Ham United vs. Everton (5.30pm, live on BT Sport)
Sunday 31 March
  • Cardiff City vs. Chelsea (2.05pm, live on Sky Sports) 
  • Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur (4.30pm, live on Sky Sports)
Monday 1 April
  • Arsenal vs. Newcastle United (8pm, live on Sky Sports)
Tuesday 2 April
  • Watford vs. Fulham (7.45pm) 
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Manchester United (7.45pm, live on Sky Sports)
Wednesday 3 April
  • Chelsea vs. Brighton & Hove Albion (7.45pm) 
  • Manchester City vs. Cardiff City (7.45pm, live on Sky Sports) 
  • Tottenham Hotspur vs. Crystal Palace (7.45pm)

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