Transfer news and football gossip: Barcelona plotting double swoop for Tottenham duo, LaLiga return for Neymar ruled out, Lacazette and Partey swap deal mooted

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Wednesday’s papers and online…

Man City and Juventus are leading Barcelona in the race to sign £80million-rated Wolves star Adama Traore. The 24-year-old has been a standout performer in the club’s push for Champions League football with six goals and 12 assists in all competitions this term. Pep Guardiola is also an admirer and is keen to bring the Spaniard to the Etihad this summer – although City will also have to fend off interest from Juventus and his former club Barcelona to seal a move for the winger – FULL STORY HERE 
West Ham have identified Manchester United outcasts Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard as summer targets if they beat the drop this season. Both players have fallen out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and could be forced to end their long careers at Old Trafford as part of a reshuffle this summer. Hammers boss David Moyes worked with the pair during his brief spell as Red Devils manager during the 2013/14 campaign – FULL STORY HERE
Chelsea are leading the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen ace Kai Havertz as Frank Lampard continues to scour the market for attacking options. The midfielder, who joined the Leverkusen academy as an 11-year-old and worked his way up to the senior side, has been dubbed ‘the future of German football’ for his superb displays over the past four seasons. It is believed the Germany international, 21, is keen on a move to Stamford Bridge. (Goal)

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Havertz is valued at £90m by Bayer Leverkusen Borussia Dortmund have reportedly given Manchester United a deadline for agreeing a deal for Jadon Sancho. The Red Devils have the England ace on their radar this summer, with Solskjaer keen to add to his more firepower to his attack ahead of next season. The Bundesliga club want the 20-year-old’s future sorted by August 10 or they will keep him at the Westfalenstadion for at least another campaign. Reports last week claimed United had already agreed personal terms with the former Man City academy graduate, but the two clubs remain some way apart in their valuations – FULL STORY HERE

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Sancho is a target for Man United, whose attack has clicked into gear since the arrival of Bruno Fernandes Barcelona are considering bids for Tottenham duo Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon this summer. The LaLiga giants are willing to offer both players a way out of the club but only they are prepared to accept a players-plus-cash deal. Jose Mourinho is understood to have personally blocked Barcelona’s approach for Sessegnon, who is also being tracked by other top Premier League and European clubs. (Evening Standard)
Premier League trio Arsenal, West Ham and Everton are all monitoring Athletic Bilbao and Spain defender Unai Nunez. The defender has a £27m release clause and the Spanish side have long been trying to tie him down to a new deal. The centre half, 23, has made just 12 starts in the league this season. (AS, via Sport Witness)

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Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has rubbished reports the club are trying to to re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain this summer. Speculation has been rife about the future of the Brazil star, 28, who said he was open to a new challenge last summer. The winger has 13 goals and six assists in 15 Ligue 1 appearances this campaign. (RAC1 – in Spanish)
Arsenal could swap Alexandre Lacazette for Thomas Partey this summer. The striker is wanted by Atletico Madrid and they are willing to include the holding midfielder in any deal for him. The Gunners front man is 29 and has two years left on his current deal. Juventus, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid are all monitoring the forward’s situation – FULL STORY HERE 

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