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The Insider - Rudy Galetti: Man Utd choose Tuchel; Arsenal target 2 strikers; Slot hands Liverpool wish-list

Thomas Tuchel continues to move closer to Manchester United; Luis Alberto, a last dance with Lazio; Arsenal are looking for new strikers. Here are some of the main stories over the last few days of the transfer market from TribalFootball's transfer expert Rudy Galetti...


Manchester United are in danger of failing to qualify for a UEFA competition next season via the Premier League and all that remains is to hope for an FA Cup victory. If winning the trophy is enough to access the Europa League, it's not so obvious that the Cup will save Erik ten Hag's bench. That's why Man Utd are in contact with other coaches, considered possible replacements for the Dutch manager, especially Thomas Tuchel.

We already talked about him 2 weeks ago and, to date, the current Bayern Munich manager is the preferred profile to lead the squad next season. The German coach has repeatedly expressed his willingness to return to England and, given his farewell to Bayern at the end of the season, considers Man Utd a good opportunity to come back to the Premier with a big club. The choice of the next coach, as usual, will also influence the transfer market of the Red Devils and, among others, the future of Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood could definitely change.

A decision on both has not yet been made precisely because, with the possible farewell of Ten Hag, Jadon and Mason have expressed their interest in remaining at Manchester United without the former Ajax coach, and this could happen under Tuchel.


Luis Alberto's adventure at Lazio now seems to be nearing its end. The Spanish player, weeks ago, said publicly that he wanted to leave, then Igor Tudor did not call him up for the last match played against Empoli. A situation that seems now unsolvable, which is why Luis Alberto is already looking for a new destination.

Sevilla are interested in him again and could make a concrete move in the coming weeks. Even from Saudi Arabia, they continue to monitor him: the midfielder is now more than a year on their list and was already approached last summer, with a concrete offer set at around €6 million net per season and also Lazio received a €15 million proposal to sell the Spanish player. In the end, the midfielder decided to stay in Italy, also renewing his contract until 2027.

Now, as told, things have changed, with his departure in June very likely. However, Lazio have no intention of lowering the price tag and is willing to let him go only for offers deemed convincing. In any case, his replacement has already been identified: talks with Monza for Andrea Colpani are progressing well.


Arsenal are working to make several changes in attack in the summer. Eddie Nketiah has been on the sidelines of the squad for some time: despite a contract expiring in June 2027, the Gunners want to better monetize his probable departure at the end of the season, taking advantage of the interest of many English clubs such as Crystal Palace and Everton, who are monitoring him as a possible replacement for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Gabriel Jesus' situation is also to be defined, given that at the moment there are no certainties regarding his stay next season: Arsenal are ready to evaluate possible offers for the former Manchester City player. It's clear that with the eventual exit of both Nketiah and Jesus, Arsenal will have to purchase 2 new strikers.

Mikel Arteta is a great admirer of Joshua Zirkzee, who is also highly appreciated in Italy by AC Milan. The current Bologna striker is the Rossoneri's number one target to strengthen the attack given Olivier Giroud's departure for the USA. Arsenal are also working on other names for the attack, and looking for players with different skills than Zirkzee. That's why the Gunners are constantly monitoring Ivan Toney, while Ollie Watkins appears a complicated option. Benjamin Sesko is also in their sights, but - given the "just" 50 million euro release clause - many other top European clubs are also in the race.


Alex Sandro is ready to leave Juventus as a free agent in the summer, confirmed. Negotiations for his renewal never began and, as reported in November, the Bianconeri had already informed the Brazilian player that these would be the last months he would spend in Turin.

Alex Sandro, in recent weeks, has been approached by the Saudi League to explore the room of negotiation of a possible transfer there. In particular, one of the Saudi clubs most interested in Alex is Al Hilal: open to evaluating suitable offers for Renan Lodi in the same role, Al Hilal consider Sandro a suitable replacement if Lodi leaves. The Juventus player appreciated the attempt from Saudi and doesn't close the door to having an experience there, but at the moment - after 9 years spent in Italy - he prefers to remain in Europe.

Here, some teams are interested and, in the last days, Porto contacted the left-back: talks with the Portuguese team are going positively and some developments are expected soon. Also in Brazil, some clubs showed interest in him: Sao Paulo, above all, contacted him at the beginning of May, confirming they will to make an offer soon. So the competition for Alex Sandro is fierce: his future will be defined in the coming weeks.


Arne Slot has already made some requests to Liverpool management for the next summer transfer window. The absolute priority is for a new centre-back, preferably left-footed, also in light of the too many errors in defence throughout the season.

Several names are on Liverpool's list, including Gonçalo Inacio, who has been followed for a long time and will most likely leave Sporting CP at the end of the season. Some clubs in Europe are interested in him, also because the 60 million euro release clause in his contract is considered a fair amount. In addition to the Portuguese player, Willian Pacho of Eintracht Frankfurt - whose contract with the Germans expires in 2028 - is also on the list.

Another topic that will involve Liverpool, and Arne Slot, in the coming weeks is linked to Mohamed Salah. Al Ittihad are ready for a new attempt with a monstreoffer that could allow the Reds to self-finance most of their incoming moves. Anyway, although nothing has been decided yet, Liverpool are already monitoring some possible replacements, such as Leroy Sane - whose contract with Bayern Munich expires in 2025 - Johan Bakayoko (PSV) and Estevao (Palmeiras), who is in advanced talks with Chelsea.

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