Chelsea open Lampard talks, Guardiola goes on sabbatical

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola could embark on yet another sabbatical
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola could embark on yet another sabbatical

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is considering a sabbatical from football at the end of next season if he wins the Champions League. (Star)

Manchester United have made contact with Barcelona over their 31-year-old Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic. (Sport – in Spanish)

United will have to twice break their transfer record for a defender if they are to sign England duo Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21, from Crystal Palace and Harry Maguire, 26, from Leicester for a combined total of £130m. (Standard)

United are interested in signing Norwich City‘s English defender Max Aarons, 19, if their move for Wan-Bissaka is unsuccessful. (Sky Sports)

Ajax’s Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt, 19, says he does “not know what my heart says” but will decide on his future while away on holiday. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

De Ligt’s advisors have told him to go to a team such as Manchester United where he is guaranteed starts, before moving to Barcelona later in his career. (Sport)

Chelsea want a replacement for current manager Maurizio Sarri ready by the time the Italian confirms his departure to Juventus later this week. (Mirror)

Sarri has been urged to reconsider his future by the Chelsea hierarchy as they want the Italian to stay on as their manager. (Sun) 

Chelsea have opened talks with Derby manager Frank Lampard over the former Blues midfielder returning to Stamford Bridge. (Mail)

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, wants assurances over being part of the first team before signing a new contract with the club. The England international has one year left on his current deal. (Sun)

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Real Madrid will do everything they can to sign Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, as he is Zinedine Zidane’s first choice. (Marca)

Arsenal are interested in Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, who has a £27m buy-out clause in his contract, but face competition from Tottenham, AC Milanand Inter Milan for the 22-year-old Italy international. (Mirror)

West Ham have targeted Villarreal’s Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals, 23, after cooling their interest in Celta Vigo’s Slovakian midfielder Stanislav Lobotka, 24. (Guardian)

Former Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 41, could join Porto after leaving Paris St-Germain, to replace Spaniard Iker Casillas, 38. (Tuttosport – in Italian)

Manchester United are considering making Spain keeper David de Gea, whose deal with them expires next summer, a new contract offer to break the deadlock with the 28-year-old. (Telegraph) 

United will look to Ajax’s Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana, 23, if De Gea leaves this summer. (Independent)

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will remain in charge of transfers at the club as no sporting or technical director is expected to be appointed by the Old Trafford club this summer. (Mail)

Barcelona hope to bring in at least 60m euros in player sales before 30 June with the aim of balancing their accounts for the 2018-19 season. (ESPN)

The Spanish champions are interested in West Brom’s 15-year-old England U16 striker Louie Barry. (Birmingham Mail)

England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 25, is set to extend his current deal at Liverpool until 2023. (Mail)

Portugal and Benfica attacker Joao Felix, 19, is interested in a move to Atletico Madrid. (AS – in Spanish)

Manchester United are in talks to sell Italy full-back Matteo Darmian, 29, with Valencia and two unnamed Italian clubs interested. (ESPN)

Boca Juniors sporting director Nicolas Burdisso is hopeful of bringing former Roma and Italy midfielder Daniele de Rossi, 35, to the Argentine club, despite reports he is set to join MLS side Los Angeles FC. (Closs Continental via Yahoo)

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, 32, wants Real Madrid to pay him for the remaining two years of his contract and let him go for free this summer, but the club want 20m euros for the player. (AS – in Spanish)

West Ham’s England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 27, considered retirement while recovering from injury at former club Arsenal, as his son’s seizures made him “forget about football”. (Athletes Stance)

UEFA will be urged to expand the Champions League to 40 or 48 teams rather than implement more radical reforms which have been proposed. (Times – subscription required)

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