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Transfer news: Arsenal 'agree terms' with Rice back-up, Kane to Real, Benzema quits – Express

Declan Rice and Pep GuardiolaTransfer news is hotting up as top clubs in the Premier League begin their summer business. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are already lining up potential deals for the upcoming window, while Manchester United and Liverpool are sure to be busy too.
Arsenal are set to prioritise midfield signings this summer. However, we have the latest on reports that they are set to miss out on top target Declan Rice.
Chelsea are set for a major overhaul following the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as the club’s next permanent boss. We will bring you rumours of Pochettino’s potential first signing.
Manchester City are also closing in on their first acquisition following their FA Cup triumph on Saturday.
Express Sport keeps you updated with the latest transfer news and gossip from across the Premier League and Europe…

The transfer news is expected to hot up this week. 
You can follow all the latest updates on Monday in our new LIVE transfer blogDeclan RiceHuge amounts of speculation had indicated that Zlatan Ibrahimovic was considering one final fling in the Premier League at the age of 41, to be a target man for one of many suitors.
It was known that the self-proclaimed ‘Lion’ of football was to leave AC Milan at the end of the season… but now it’s all over entirely.
An adoring San Siro gave Zlatan a send off fit for a king, before the man himself broke down in tears and confirmed that his boots will now be hung up on a peg for the final time.
Liverpool aren’t the only big name who missed out on Champions League qualification this season.
Over in Italy Juventus endured one of the worst seasons in recent history, and have been left in a perilous financial situation as a result.
They need to sell off big names and quickly. Jurgen Klopp has a plan in mind to help them out…
Life in England has not taken off for Wout Weghorst, but his disappointing Manchester United spell has not stopped teams making advances for his signiture.
United are poised to say goodbye to the Dutchman this summer, but the former Burnley man looks set to make a swift return to the top flight and will face the Red Devils next season.
A first hint has been dropped by Brazilian ace Fred that his Manchester United career is over.
The diminutive star made little impact in the FA Cup final at Wembley, as Man City overpowered their neighbours to seize the oldest trophy in world football and take a step to the brink of finally replicating the Treble.
Speaking in the aftermath of United’s defeat, Fred’s failure to offer assurance on his future spoke major volumes.
FULL STORY HERE.Fred has suggested he is on the brink of walking away from Man UtdThe French giants are desperately searching for the right formula to impose themselves and become a European power.
For many years they have spent and recruited, and yet it still hasn’t quite happened.
Now, the latest roll of the dice appears to be Thierry Henry. 
Despite failing before in top flight management with Monaco, PSG are said to be undeterred and are considering football legend Henry as a replacement for Christophe Galtier.
As Express Sport explains, this could actually spell very bad news for Arsenal.
He’s the most exciting youngster to break through at Old Trafford in years, but Manchester United are playing a very dicey game.
Garnacho literally could not be doing more to stake his claim for a place in the starting XI, yet the summer transfer window is set to be extremely pivotal for the young Argentine.
Ten Hag reportedly wants a new left winger at the club, and is wasting no time in his pursuit of top targets.
Both the teenager and Marcus Rashford can play there but Ten Hag, it seems, feels more is required as he looks to guide his side to Premier League title glory next season.
Ben Chilwell hopes Mason Mount has a change of heart and stays at Chelsea.
Mount is said to have agreed personal terms with Manchester United after failing to finalise a new contract with the Blues.
Chilwell as at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday and stated his desire for Mount to stay put.
He told Sky Sports News: “It’s none of my business personally but I’d love him to stay. He’s my best mate, so personally I’d love him to stay.
“But it’s none of my business, I can’t really comment on that.”
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has made Harry Kane his top target to replace Karim Benzema, reports claim.
Benzema’s departure was only announced on Sunday morning but the Spanish giants have immediately installed the Tottenham man as his ideal successor.
Kane is a long-term target for Real but has always seen a move to the Bernabeu blocked by the presence of Benzema.
TalkSPORT claims Ancelotti wants Kane to fill the void the Frenchman will leave.
Kane would prefer to stay in England, with Manchester United desperate to sign him.
Arsenal have already agreed personal terms with Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo, reports claim.
However, Chelsea are said to be ready to offer Brighton more in terms of transfer fee for the player.
Ecuadorian outlet Tera Deportes says Caicedo has heard about the project Mauricio Pochettino is putting in place at Stamford Bridge.
Caicedo is set to make a decision about his future in the coming days.
His destination could become clear next week, with Liverpool also admirers.
Chelsea star Reece James admits it would be sad to see Mason Mount leave the club.
Mount is heavily linked with a move to Manchester United after failing to agree a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
Reports claim the midfielder has agreed personal terms with United over a possible move.
James was asked about his team-mate’s possible departure while attending the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.
James told Sky Sports News: “Yeah of course, if he goes everyone will be sad to see him go.”Reece JamesAston Villa are the favourites to sign Harry Maguire if he leaves Manchester United.
Bet365 still say Maguire is more than likely set to stay at Old Trafford beyond the summer window.
That is despite him starting just eight games in the Premier League this season and being an unused sub in Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat.
But if he does go, Villa are best placed at 3/1.
West Ham are second in the running at 4/1, followed by Newcastle, Tottenham and Roma.
Real Madrid have officially confirmed Karim Benzema will leave the club.
The 35-year-old’s contract at the Bernabeu expires at the end of this month and he will not sign an extension.
It brings to an end a glittering 14-year spell in Madrid for the striker.
Benzema is set to play his final game for Real in the La Liga match against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
Part of the club’s statement reads: “Real Madrid is and will always be his home, and he wishes him and all his family the best in this new phase of his life.”
Benzema is widely expected to be moving to Saudi Arabia, with a transfer to Al-Ittihad on the cards.Karim BenzemaBarcelona could be set to miss out on re-signing Lionel Messi.
Reports claim the Argentina superstar could finalise a move to Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal inside the next week.
Messi played his final match for PSG on Saturday and was booed by sections of the home support.
French journalist Sebastien Denis claimed after the game that Al Hilal are hugely confident of completing a deal for Messi.
Barca want to re-sign the 35-year-old and he wants to move back to the Nou Camp but a deal is complicated for financial reasons, so a switch to Saudi Arabia could be on the cards.
READ MORELionel MessiPSG are set to complete the signing of Marco Asensio.
Asensio is set to play his final game for Real Madrid on Sunday against Athletic Bilbao.
However, his contract at the Bernabeu expires this month and he will leave on a free transfer.
PSG have been strongly linked with the Spain winger and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano says a deal is now in place.
Asensio will pen a contract at the Parc des Princes until 2027 after his farewell to the Madrid fans.
Mauricio Pochettino has proposed a swap deal in a bid to land Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana.
French outlet Foot Mercato claims Onana is the top goalkeeper target for the incoming Chelsea boss.
Pochettino has seemingly decided Edouard Mendy does not have a future at Stamford Bridge.
The report claims the Argentine is willing to offer Mendy plus cash for Onana.
Onana’s final game for Inter could be the Champions League final against Manchester City next Saturday.
READ MOREAndre OnanaManchester City are set to make Mateo Kovacic their first signing of the summer.
Chelsea gave Kovacic permission to speak to City last week.
TalkSPORT now claims the Croatia star has agreed personal terms with the Premier League champions.
A fee is yet to be agreed between the two Premier League giants but Chelsea want at least £30m.
Kovacic could be a direct replacement for FA Cup final hero Ilkay Gundogan, who looks set to leave.
An announcement over Chelsea’s purchase of Manuel Ugarte could be imminent.
Portuguese outlet Record claims the Blues have closed a deal to sign the Uruguay international.
PSG have shown a strong interest in Ugarte and are claimed to have offered a higher salary than Chelsea.
But Ugarte wants to challenge himself in the Premier League and play against some of the best teams in the world, despite Chelsea not being in any European competition next season.
Chelsea have told Sporting Lisbon they will trigger Ugarte’s release clause of just under £52m, with the 22-year-old set to become the first signing of the Mauricio Pochettino era.
Arsenal are reportedly set to miss out on West Ham captain Declan Rice.
Rice is the Gunners’ top target this summer and they have been confident of securing a deal.
But Marca transfer reporter Jose Felix Diaz claims Bayern Munich are set to sign the England star.
Rice has spoken to Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel and the conversations appear to have been successful.
Feliz Diaz tweeted: “The @FCBayern about to close the signing of Rice. Great signing.”
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