Football transfer rumours: Man Utd plot Watkins swoop; Slot asks Liverpool for £51.5m signing

  • Raphael Varane denied dream Real Madrid return
  • Barcelona discuss swap deal with Atletico Madrid
  • Plus updates on Conor Gallagher, Xavi Simons and more
Watkins and Olmo are in Thursday's headlines
Watkins and Olmo are in Thursday's headlines / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images, Mateo Villalba/Getty Images

90min rounds up the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip circulating around the world...

Manchester United are lining up an audacious move for England forward Ollie Watkins, though recognise a deal may be hard to pull off given he recently signed a new contract and Aston Villa sealed Champions League qualification earlier this week. (talkSPORT)

The entourage of Raphael Varane have held informal talks with Real Madrid over a return to the Santiago Bernabeu, but Los Blancos do not appear to be interested in a reunion. Varane will leave Man Utd when his contract expires this summer. (Fichajes - Spain)

Though Varane is unlikely to return to Real Madrid, he is a target for Chelsea, Juventus and Al Nassr. (Fichajes - Spain)

Barcelona are unlikely to be able to bring Xavi Simons back to the club from PSG this summer, boosting Arsenal's chances of signing the Dutchman. (SPORT - Spain)

Arsenal have also added Benfica's Joao Neves to their list of midfield targets, though Real Sociedad's Martin Zubimendi remains their number one option. (TBR Football)

Incoming Liverpool head coach Arne Slot has asked the club to pursue the signing of RB Leipzig attacking midfielder Dani Olmo, whose contract contains a release clause worth £51.5m. Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Newcastle United are also interested in the Spain international. (El Nacional - Spain)

Liverpool are also looking to bring in a dynamic winger and have identified Leeds United's Crysencio Summerville as a potential target. (GIVEMESPORT)

Jeremie Frimpong
Frimpong could be on the move / Stefan Matzke - sampics/GettyImages

Manchester City have spoken to Bayer Leverkusen's Jeremie Frimpong over a return to the club. The wing-back spent nine years in City's academy. (HITC)

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher has no intention of joining Newcastle this summer despite continued rumblings about his uncertain future at Stamford Bridge. (Football Insider)

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have discussed the possibility of a swap deal involving Vitor Roque and Joao Felix. (Fichajes - Spain)

Tottenham could turn to Feyenoord's Santiago Gimenez in their search for a new striker this summer, with Richarlison likely to be sold. (GIVEMESPORT)

PSG have joined the race to sign in-form Crystal Palace striker Jean-Philippe Mateta, who has scored 16 goals for the Eagles in all competitions this season. (The Sun)