Tuesday’s gossip column

Chelsea are prepared to break their transfer record to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland, 20, this summer, despite the Norway striker’s 75m euro (£66.6m) release clause not becoming active until 2022. (The Athletic – subscription required)external-link

Paris St-Germain sporting director Leonardo insists the club remain keen to sign 33-year-old Argentina forward Lionel Messi, whose contract ends with Barcelona this summer. (Sport)external-link

PSG expect a decision this week on their bid to sign Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli, 24. (Mirror)external-link

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 28, is hinting he wants an improvement to his Liverpool contract, which runs until 2023, but the Reds have no plans to offer him a new deal at the moment. (Mail)external-link

AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini says a loan move for Chelsea’s England defender Fikayo Tomori, 23, is close but could still yet fall through. (Sky Sports)external-link

Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign Bayern Munich’s Austria defender David Alaba, 28, in the summer. (Marca – in Spanish)external-link

Manchester United’s 28-year-old England midfielder Jesse Lingard, who has been linked with clubs including Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Marseille and Inter Milan, is keen to on a move but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reluctant to let him leave this month. (ESPN)external-link

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says “life will go on” if England striker Danny Ings leaves Southampton for a bigger club this summer because the Saints cannot afford the 28-year-old’s contract demands. (Mirror)external-link

Arsenal would need to offer up to £50m to tempt Norwich City into selling Argentine midfielder Emiliano Buendia, 24. (Sky Sports)external-link

Derby County have angered Manchester City by blocking their attempt to sign goalkeeper Scott Carson on a permanent deal. The Championship club want to collect a loan fee for the 35-year-old Englishman this month. (Mail)external-link

Leicester City are ready to challenge Arsenal, Roma and AC Milan for the summer signing of 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder Otavio, who looks set to leave Portuguese side Porto when his contract runs out. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Galatasaray and Senegal striker Mbaye Diagne, 29, is on the list of strikers West Bromwich Albion are interested in signing this month. (Express & Star)external-link

However, Newcastle United’s English forward Andy Carroll, 32, is not on Baggies boss Sam Allardyce’s list of targets. (Talksport)external-link

AC Milan and West Ham have enquired about a move for Barcelona’s out-of-favour Spanish left-back Junior Firpo, 24. (ESPN)external-link

The Hammers have also made a bid for Sevilla’s Morocco forward Youssef En-Nesyri, 23. (The Athletic – subscription required)external-link

The future of Borussia Dortmund’s England winger Jadon Sancho, 20, is unlikely to be resolved this month, but a move could materialise in the summer. (Sky Sports)external-link

Inter Milan have agreed to sign Udinese’s 26-year-old Argentina midfielder Rodrigo de Paul, who has been linked with Liverpool and Leeds United. (Tuttosport – in Italian)external-link

Fulham failed with a surprise move for their former striker Moussa Dembele before the 24-year-old Frenchman joined Atletico Madrid on loan from Lyon last week. (Football Insider)external-link

Crystal Palace are considering a bid for Mainz’s French striker Jean-Philippe Mateta, 23. (Independent)external-link

Former Watford boss Vladimir Ivic is the frontrunner to take over as Sheffield Wednesday manager, although Doncaster Rovers’ Darren Moore is also being considered. (Mail)external-link

Several clubs are monitoring Chelsea’s 19-year-old English midfielder Marcel Lewis, who is out of contract in the summer but has yet to agree extended terms. (Football Insider)external-link

The Premier League will become the first competition to introduce permanent concussion substitutes for matches from the middle of next week. (Times – subscription required)external-link

Manchester United remain confident that Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek will be a success at Old Trafford, according to former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, chief executive at the 23-year-old’s former club Ajax. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

United have received interest from clubs about taking Wales midfielder Dylan Levitt, 20, and English centre-back Teden Mengi, 18, on loan until the end of the season. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

LutonTown manager Nathan Jones says he would be keen to re-sign Brighton’s former England Under-21s goalkeeper Christian Walton, 25, who spent a loan spell with the Hatters in the 2016-17 campaign. (The Argus)external-link

Uefa chiefs are pushing ahead with plans to hold the climax of Euro 2020 at Wembley Stadium after being reassured by the scale of the UK’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. (Times – subscription required)external-link

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