Transfer Rumours 15/04: Man United Get Rice Boost, Chelsea to Offload Ziyech, Real Madrid Join Kounde Race

Manchester United are extremely keen on signing Declan Rice
Manchester United are extremely keen on signing Declan Rice / Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

The summer transfer window is approaching fast and while the dates for the window have not been announced yet, the Premier League is slated to finish on Sunday, May 23 which may imply that the transfer window is most likely to reopen on Monday, June 1.

Top clubs across Europe are still looking to boost their squad ahead of the new season, and clear out their wage bill as well. With that in mind, here's a look at the latest transfer rumours from around the world.

Man United get Rice boost

Declan Rice reportedly asked his England team-mates Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw about Manchester United while the trio were on international duty last month.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Rice sounded out Harry and Shaw on what it is like at Old Trafford during England's camp for their World Cup qualifying triple-header last month. The report claims that Rice is keen on joining the Red Devils and specifically asked Maguire and Shaw about aspects of the club.

Chelsea to offload Ziyech

Chelsea are reportedly ready to part with Hakim Ziyech in the upcoming summer transfer window, according to AS.

The Blues want to bring in additions, especially Erling Haaland, and need to generate funds for transfers. The report also adds that Tammy Abraham and Tiemoue Bakayoko are among the others that could be offloaded.

Real Madrid join Kounde race

Real Madrid have reportedly joined the race for Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde, according to Marca.

Zinedine Zidane is eyeing the defender as a potential long-term replacement to Sergio Ramos, and the 22-year-old could represent the future heart of the Madrid defence. A number of other clubs across Europe have also been linked with a move for Kounde.

Solskjaer wants Lingard back

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that Jesse Lingard could still have a future at Manchester United following his successful loan spell at West Ham until the end of the campaign.

"Jesse has been brilliant since he left," he said. "We could have kept him because he had a part to play. Never once caused me a problem and he deserved a chance to play more football. Of course we want him back." The 28-year-old has scored eight goals and provided three assists in just nine Premier League games for the Hammers.