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Premier League transfer news: Paul Pogba, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Philippe Coutinho

Real Madrid launch ‘Operation Pogba’ and also eye Chelsea No.1 Kepa

Premier League transfer news and rumours

Kepa and Pogba on Real’s target list

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard is not the only Premier League star who is being linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid.

According to TeamTalk Real may not bother with the pursuit of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and could decide instead to go after Hazard’s Chelsea team-mate Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Spanish stopper Kepa joined Chelsea for £72m last summer but Real could offer the 24-year-old a route out of Stamford Bridge.

Also on the Real radar is Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba. Spanish newspaper Marca reports that Real have launched “Operation Pogba” to bring the Frenchman to the Bernabeu.

Marca says that at the request of Real head coach Zinedine Zidane, Los Blancos will “do everything possible” to sign World Cup winner Pogba “but not at any price”.

Coutinho happy in Spain

Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho has been linked with moves to Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea but the former Liverpool man insists that he is happy at the Camp Nou. The Brazilian said: “This is my second season here. I have won titles but I am always an ambitious and demanding player. So, I want more and more. But I’m happy. I wanted to play in Spain and I’m at the best club in Spain.” (Daily Mirror)

Rice on the menu

Manchester United are ready to “break the bank” to sign Declan Rice from West Ham United. The 20-year-old midfielder recently made his England debut after switching allegiance from the Republic of Ireland. (Irish Independent)

Ole’s £200m transfer budget

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be given £200m to spend this summer. As well as West Ham star Declan Rice, other players on Solskjaer’s hit-list include Jadon Sancho, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. (Football365)

Spurs also linked with Wan-Bissaka

Man Utd are not the only team interested in Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The Crystal Palace right-back is also being linked with Tottenham. (The Guardian)

Hammer time for Dzeko

According to reports in Italy Roma striker Edin Dzeko is set for a move to West Ham this summer. The Bosnian, 33, won two Premier League titles with Manchester City, including one under current West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini. (ESPN)  

Bundesliga move for Tammy?

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, who is currently on loan at Championship side Aston Villa, is being linked with RB Leipzig. The German club are lining up a £30m move for 21-year-old Abraham. (Football Insider)

Rodri to leave Atlético?

It’s being reported in Spain that Atlético Madrid midfielder Rodrigo Hernández Cascante has submitted a transfer request to the La Liga side. The 22-year-old, who is commonly known as Rodri, has a £60m buyout clause in his contract. (AS/Sky Sports)

Sarri keen to keep Kovacic

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri would like to make Mateo Kovacic’s loan from Real Madrid a permanent move. Sarri said: “In my opinion, Kovacic could become a very good central midfielder.” (ESPN)

Mitrovic in demand

Following Fulham’s relegation from the Premier League striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is likely to leave the west London club this summer. The 24-year-old Serbian is being linked with Tottenham, but Everton, Leicester City, West Ham, Southampton and teams in China are also interested. (The Guardian)

Premier League results and fixtures

  • Southampton 1 Liverpool 3 
  • AFC Bournemouth 1 Burnley 3 
  • Huddersfield Town 1 Leicester City 4 
  • Newcastle United 0 Crystal Palace 1 
  • Everton 1 Arsenal 0
Fixtures Monday 8 April
  • Chelsea vs. West Ham United (8pm, live on Sky Sports)
Friday 12 April
  • Leicester City vs. Newcastle United (8pm, live on Sky Sports)
Saturday 13 April (3pm unless stated)
  • Tottenham Hotspur vs. Huddersfield Town (12.30pm, live on Sky Sports) 
  • Brighton & Hove Albion vs. AFC Bournemouth 
  • Burnley vs. Cardiff City 
  • Fulham vs. Everton 
  • Southampton vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers 
  • Manchester United vs. West Ham United (5.30pm, live on BT Sport 1)
Sunday 14 April
  • Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City (2.05pm, live on Sky Sports)
  • Liverpool vs. Chelsea (4.30pm, live on Sky Sports)
Monday 15 April
  • Watford vs. Arsenal (8pm, live on Sky Sports)


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