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Daily transfer news and rumours roundup - 23rd May 2017

Zinedine Zidane wants Kante to add steel in his Real Madrid midfield
Sumedh Pande
Modified 23 May 2017, 18:58 IST

Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's latest transfer news and rumours roundup. Today's stories feature the latest update on some of the major happenings in world football which may change the complexion of a few clubs. So let's head right in and take a look at the major happenings across Europe that made headlines on May 23, 2017.

Zinedine Zidane wants Premier League's player of the year

Real Madrid manager has set his sights on acquiring Chelsea's Ngolo Kante in the summer and has reportedly made him his number one transfer target. Don Balon claims that Zidane wants to have an upgrade on the club's present defensive midfielder, Casemiro.

The Brazilian has struggled this season with form and discipline with Real Madrid ready to sign an upgrade on him in the form of Kante. Chelsea won't let go of their valuable asset easily and Los Blancos might have to make an offer which Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovic cannot resist. 

Arsenal to sign young Belgian sensation

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at Bet365 Stadium on May 13, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Arsene Wenger wants 19-year-old Belgian starlet, Henry Onyekuryu

According to Sky Sports, the Gunners want to sign 19-year-old striker Henry Onyekuru. The youngster is currently playing for the Belgian side KAS Eupen and is also the top scorer of the Belgian league.


With 20 goals to his name, Onyekuru has attracted a lot of interest from top clubs with manager Arsene Wenger keen on developing him at the Emirates. With the out of favour striker, Lucas Perez set to depart in the summer and this youngster can take up his place for the next season. 

Manchester United to offload senior player

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - MARCH 19:  Chris Smalling of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Manchester United at Riverside Stadium on March 19, 2017 in Middlesbrough, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Chris Smalling’s time at Old Trafford might soon be over

Jose Mourinho is reportedly unhappy with his defensive options and wants an upgrade in the centre back position. ESPN reports that Phil Jones is set to receive another chance to prove his worth to the club but Mourinho is ready to call time on Chris Smalling's United career.

Despite making 35 appearances this season, Smalling has been twice publicly criticised by the manager as his journey with the Manchester club is set to end soon. 

European giants interested in Kyle Walker

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26:  Kyle Walker of England prepares for a throw in during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between England and Lithuania at Wembley Stadium on March 26, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Kyle Walker is wanted by Manchester City and Bayern Munich

Mauricio Pochettino's decision to rotate his fullbacks has apparently not gone down well with Kyle Walker. He wants to shift loyalties in the summer as Manchester City seem very much interested in the right back. Goal claims that Bayern Munich have now earmarked Walker as the perfect replacement for the just retired Philipp Lahm and are ready to shell out £40 million for the fullback.

Published 23 May 2017, 18:55 IST
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