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Musiala, Osimhen, Kane, Toney & Luiz: The Essential Transfer Round Up – Friday, April 12th

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Man City chasing Musiala

Although Manchester City might remain heavily linked with a move for West Ham and Brazilian ace Lucas Paqueta this summer, it appears that the Premier League giants have their sights set on another playmaker.

In what would certainly be seen as a major coup for Pep Guardiola’s side, it has been suggested that the Sky Blues are leading the chase for Bayer Munich sensation Jamal Musiala.

Since leaving Chelsea for the German giants back in 2021, Musiala has quickly blossomed into one of European football’s hottest prospects and is potentially seen as a future Ballon d’Or contender.

Set to play a leading role for Germany as the Nationalelf host this summer’s European Championships, the 21-year-old has registered 19 goal contributions across all competitions so far this season.

However, with Musiala’s current deal with Bayern set to expire in the summer of 2026, the one-time Chelsea schoolboy has shown little inclination that he is willing to put pen to paper on a new contract.

The race for Osimhen heats up

While Napoli might have endured a public domestic struggle this season, their attacking talisman has continued on another free-scoring flurry.

Firing the Italian icons to a first Serie A crown since 1990 last year, Nigerian ace Victor Osimhen has certainly cemented his spot as one of Europe’s elite marksmen.

Notching 14 goals across all competitions this season, it has been heavily suggested over the past few months that the 25-year-old could be set for a blockbuster move away from Naples when the summer transfer window opens up.

Despite putting pen to paper on a new contract extension with the reigning Serie A champions back in January, a host of European heavyweights are battling it out for Osimhen’s signature.

It has been reported this week that the trio of Arsenal, Chelsea and PSG have all made their intentions clear and are even willing to spend in the region of £110million in order to complete what would be a bank-breaking move this summer.

Kane wants to stay put in Munich

Although Harry Kane might have made a stunning move to Bayern Munich last summer in an attempt to finally get his hands on a first piece of silverware, the England skipper has suffered more title frustration with the German giants.

Relinquishing their Bundesliga crown to a high-flying Bayer Leverkusen and with it confirmed that Thomas Tuchel will be leaving the Allianz at the end of the season, there has been recent speculation that the 30-year-old could be eyeing an immediate Premier League return.

However, despite Bayern’s domestic nightmare this season, Kane has continued on a record-breaking romp since arriving in Munich last summer.

Along with bagging a seventh Champions League strike away at former arch-rivals Arsenal earlier in the week, Spurs’ former striking icon has notched 32 goals in his 28 Bundesliga appearances this year.

With three years left on his current deal at the Allianz, Kane has made it clear that he is fully focused on Bayern reclaiming their Bundesliga crown next season.

Toney could be available on the cheap

Bagging four Premier League goals since returning from his nine-month suspension back in January, Ivan Toney has made it abundantly clear that he has his sights set on a move away from Brentford this summer.

Repeatedly stating that he is desperate to feature on the European stage, the one-time Newcastle starlet also looks set to feature in Gareth Southgate’s EURO 24 squad over in Germany.

While Thomas Frank’s men might have made it clear that they want their attacking talisman to stay put in west London, the Bees are expected to cash in on Toney ahead of the 2024/25 campaign.

However, although Brentford might have previously stated that they are looking for a fee in the region of £80million for the 28-year-old, it appears that the Premier League relegation scrappers have lessened their expectations.

With continued speculation surrounding a potential move to both Chelsea and Arsenal, there are reports that the Bees could more realistically earn between £30-40million for the two-cap England international.

Luiz wants a new Liverpool deal

With Jurgen Klopp shockingly announcing back in January that he will be ending his nine-year stint in charge at Anfield at the end of the season, there is plenty of speculation that a number of Liverpool’s first-team superstars could be following Klopp out the exit.

Although there might be real concern around the red half of Merseyside that Mohamed Salah could be the next heavyweight name to make a big-money move to Saudi Arabia, Luis Diaz has also had plenty of speculation over his long-term future at Anfield.

While there might have been muted interest from French icons PSG over the past month, it has been reported that the Colombia international is demanding a new deal with the Premier League title chasers.

However, although Diaz might have three years remaining on his current deal with Liverpool, it has been suggested that the Reds are not amused with how links to other clubs have emerged.

Although Liverpool might remain keen on extending Diaz’s current contract, other issues may take priority and Klopp’s side are in no rush.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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