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Tribal Trends - Transfers: Zidane wants Mane; Man Utd secure Lyon whizkid; Chelsea trio await decision

It's that time of year again, who's excited?!

With only a few games of football left in the season, most of the attention has turned to the summer transfer market.

There are stories and speculation swirling around everywhere. Sometimes it feels overwhelming.

But please don't stress, because here at Tribalfootball we will summarise the biggest stories throughout football each week and let you know whether you should believe the paper talk or not…

Sadio Mane - Liverpool

Clubs Interested: Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane is looking to bring Sadio Mane to the Santiago Bernabeu as part of his major squad overhaul following Real Madrid's below-par performances this season.

Mane, 27, was one of Liverpool's most influential players over the course of the recently concluded 2018/19 season having bagged 22 league goals and ended the campaign tied with his teammate Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the League's Golden Boot award.

Zidane's pursuit of Mane doesn't appear to be going according to plan though, with reports from Okdiario's chief pundit Eduardo Inda suggesting that Florentino Perez is at odds with Zidane's transfer recommendations.

"Zidane has differences with the board about (Thibaut) Courtois, as he wanted to continue with Keylor (Navas)," said Inda.

"(Manchester United midfielder Paul) Pogba, who is closer than we think, and Mané, for which Liverpool has asked €200m and Florentino has said no."

Zidane is keen on acquiring Mane's signature regardless of how over-the-top his transfer fee may be, but with the other players on Real Madrid's radar, Florentino Perez isn't too interested in pursuing such a deal.

Likelihood: Real have other priorities this summer


Players interested in: Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal), David Neres (Ajax), Maxi Gomez (Celta Vigo), Nicolas Pepe (Lille)

Liverpool are set to discontinue their pursuit of Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez in a bid to prioritise signing young players capable of giving those in the first team a run for their money.

According to reports, Jurgen Klopp has his sights set on Ajax's David Neres and Villareal's Samuel Chukwueze.

The German tactician is said to also be interested in Lille star Nicolas Pepe.

Their interest in Gomez, though, at this point can be said to be non-existent.

The Reds will continue to be linked with players this summer as they look to improve on their second placed Premier League finish.

However, it is more likely they will sign only one or two of the above.

Likelihood: Not all of these players will arrive at Anfield

Ryan Cherki - Lyon

Clubs interested: Manchester United

Manchester United are currently looking to sign 15-year-old Lyon starlet Ryan Cherki, as they are reportedly in talks with the youngster's parents considering he is yet to commit to commit to any pro terms before he turns 16 in August.

According to French news outlet Le 10 Sport, the youngster's parents were at Manchester United's Carrington training ground to meet with United officials and tour the facility.

Lyon are aware of the interest and are pushing hard for Cherki to agree terms.

OL president Jean Michel Aulas said: "He's going to be 16 years old. We are delighted with the discussions we've had with the family directly.

"We have a very personalised training and contract programmed to look to the future, but there is nothing signed. Personally, I am very confident because I trust the Cherki family."

Given United's financial clout and pedigree, Cherki could be lured to England this summer.

Likelihood: Probable

Marcos Llorente and Adrien Rabiot

Clubs offered:Arsenal

Arsenal have been offered Marcos Llorente and Adrien Rabiot by Real Madrid and PSG respectively with both players currently out-of-favour at their clubs.

Adrien Rabiot has been frozen out of PSG's squad for quite a while and will leave the club as a free agent in June.

There will be a number of teams vying for Rabiot's signature. For Arsenal, securing Champions League football will be vital for their chances of signing the youngster.

Marcos Llorente's chances of breaking into Madrid's first team are quite slim considering their quality within their ranks as well as the players who are currently on their radar.

Both players would bolster Arsenal's squad, especially Rabiot, but it remains to be seen if Unai Emery will be keen on acquiring them. And if so, whether they will be tempted to join the Gunners if they fail to beat Chelsea on Wednesday.

Likelihood: It rests on Baku

Kurt Zouma, Tammy Abraham and Reece James

Clubs concerned:Chelsea

Chelsea's transfer ban looks set to make the upcoming season a difficult one for them especially considering the fact that they're likely to lose their key player Eden Hazard.

In an attempt to restrict the damage the transfer ban will cause to the team next season Chelsea are looking to retain the services of Kurt Zouma, Tammy Abraham and Reece James all of whom spent the 2018/19 season out on loan.

With Crystal Palace reportedly keen on James and ready to offer him regular playing time it remains to be seen whether Chelsea can retain his services.

The future of the young Blues trio all rests on the transfer ban.

If it is not overturned, Maurizio Sarri will likely keep the three promising loanees for his own team.

Likelihood: See what the CAS decide

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