Alex Crook gives us the inside info on some potential Premier League deals this summer in his latest Transfer Notebook…

Manchester United’s interest in Barcelona ace Frenkie de Jong is partly being driven by the fact they are struggling to land any of their Premier League-based targets.

De Jong is on Manchester United’s radar this summer

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De Jong is on Manchester United’s radar this summer

Incoming United boss Erik ten Hag has identified De Jong as a possible replacement for Paul Pogba, although talks between United and Barca are not yet at an advanced stage.

United’s dream midfield signing would be West Ham captain Declan Rice but the fact they are not in the Champions League next season means he is not pushing for the move.

The Hammers are confident of keeping Rice at least until next summer despite him turning down a lucrative new EIGHT-year contract, as revealed by talkSPORT’s Jim White earlier this week.

The Red Devils have also expressed an interest in Kalvin Phillips but the England international is reluctant to tarnish his legacy with hometown club Leeds by joining their bitter rivals.

De Jong made his name playing under ten Hag at Ajax and United will have to pay at least £65m to prise him away from the Nou Camp.

Schmeichel could follow Tielemans out of Leicester

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is braced for a summer of change at the King Power Stadium – with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel a potential big-name departure.

talkSPORT has been told Rodgers is planning a reshuffle of his squad after the injury-hit Foxes fell short of their aim to qualify for Europe this season.

Stalwart Schmeichel – one of the few survivors from Leicester’s miracle Premier League title win – is out of contract next summer and is keen to play regular European football.

Talks between the 35-year-old club captain and management are due to take place once the season finishes.

Newcastle are keen to sign a new number one and are tracking Schmeichel’s situation but the Dane would also be open to a move abroad.

One player definitely coming to the end of his Foxes career is midfielder Youri Tielemans.

Arsenal are confident of completing a deal for the Belgium midfielder once their top-four spot is wrapped up.

Schmeichel has been at Leicester for 11 years and has been among the Premier League’s most consistent performers

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Schmeichel has been at Leicester for 11 years and has been among the Premier League’s most consistent performers

Wolves to cash in on Jimenez

Wolves are open to offers for striker Raul Jimenez – and will consider selling for as little as £15m.

There is a feeling among the Wolves hierarchy that fans’ favourite Jimenez, 31, needs a change of scenery after four years at Molineux.

Jimenez has scored 54 goals in all competition since signing from Benfica in 2018, initially on loan before a £33m permanent transfer.

The Mexican has netted just six Premier League goals since returning from a career-threatening head injury in August.

Jimenez would be willing to return to Spain, where he began his European club career with Atletico Madrid.

Jimenez could be on the move this summer

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Jimenez could be on the move this summer

Cahill let go by Bournemouth as Chelsea youngster eyed

Bournemouth’s plans for how to attack their Premier League return are beginning to take shape – with an emphasis on signing up-and-coming young British players.

Teenage Chelsea defender Levi Colwill, 19, who has played a starring role in Huddersfield’s run to the Championship play-offs, is a name on the Cherries’ list of targets.

Centre-back Colwill, who has been compared to John Terry, could take the place of another Chelsea legend Gary Cahill, who is set to depart with his contract expiring.

Cahill, signed after leaving Crystal Palace last summer, struggled to hold down a place in Scott Parker’s side in the second half of the season but was a big influence in the dressing room.

Cahill won’t be offered a new contract by Bournemouth

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Cahill won’t be offered a new contract by Bournemouth

Bournemouth, meanwhile, had a £3.5m bid for Blackburn midfielder Joe Rothwell rejected in January and will step up their attempts to bring in the 27-year-old now he is a free agent.

Stoke’s England under-21 goalkeeper Joe Bursik is also a potential target as Parker’s men look for competition for Supporters’ Players of the Year Mark Travers.


Hear more from Alex Crook, alongside Darren Bent and Darren Ambrose, on The Bootroom this Sunday from 5pm and read his Transfer Notebook every Thursday on talkSPORT.com

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