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Transfer news RECAP: Relive all the done deals and rumours from Tuesday

Ins and outs are happening at a fair old pace but we've got you covered with all the latest in the Record Transfer Centre.

The time is now as teams make their moves.

Celtic have been linked with the likes of Lys Mousset and Xavier Mbuyamba. Jozo Simunovic is said to be a target for Alaves.

But the Hoops' biggest decision remains on who will be in the dugout. Neil Lennon will hope he's done enough. Rafa Benitez is edging closer to remaining at Newcastle with Andre Villas Boas now the bookies favourite.

Across the city, Rangers have reportedly had a bid knocked back for George Edmundson. Jake Hastie and Jordan Jones have been signed while Greg Stewart's move is edging closer. Also, Steven Gerrard has revealed an offer has been made to extend Ryan Kent's stay.

Marc McNulty has confirmed he wants to return to Hibs next season and Steven Naismith has edged closer to a permanent Hearts deal as Norwich announced his Carrow Road departure.

Motherwell have agreed a deal for Danish international Casper Sloth.

Look back at all of Tuesday's best rumours and news.

Ash Taylor set for Aberdeen return

Aberdeen's Ash Taylor battles with Scott Sinclair

Aberdeen have held talks with Ash Taylor in a bid to bring him back to Pittodrie.

The 28-year-old travelled north for talks with the Dons on Tuesday.

Taylor has other interest and is weighing up his options before he makes a decision on his future.

The central defender is a free agent after being released by Northampton Town earlier this month.

Taylor had a successful spell at Aberdeen between 2014 and 2017 before he returned south for family reasons.

Read more here: Ash Taylor holds Aberdeen talks as defender poised for Pittodrie return

Manchester United want Rakitic

Ivan Rakitic celebrates scoring against Real Madrid
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Manchester United are working on a deal to bring Croatia international Ivan Rakitic to Old Trafford as part of close-season overhaul of the English Premier League club’s squad. Barcelona , who need to raise funds to finance their own transfer plans, are open to selling the midfielder, but value him at €55million.

According to sources familiar with the negotiations, United are pushing to secure agreement on the transfer of a player who has been central to Barcelona’s success for the five seasons since he joined the club from Sevilla, making over 50 appearances in each of them. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer requires experienced reinforcement in midfielder having lost Ander Herrera on freedom of contract, and with Paul Pogba agitating for an exit to Real Madrid.

Read more here: Ivan Rakitic a Manchester United transfer target but Barcelona want €55m

And another one for Albion Rovers

Make that the third player to pen a new will Albion Rovers today.

Declan Byrne will remain at Cliftonhill next season.

Castagne reaches Napoli 'agreement'

Timothy Castagne
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Former Celtic target Timothy Castagne is closing in on a switch to Napoli - according to a report.

The Belgium international has been a smash-hit with Atalanta and is poised to make the move to Naples this summer, claims Gianluca Di Marzio.

The rampaging right-back was wanted by Brendan Rodgers during the January transfer window but the Serie A side demanded upwards of £8million for their prized asset.

Celtic plumped for Jeremy Toljan in the end but the Dortmund loanee has failed to impress during his time in Glasgow.

Petr Cech update

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Chelsea have declined to comment on a report former goalkeeper Petr Cech will return to the club in a sporting director role.

Cech, who turned 37 on Monday, confirmed he will retire following the Europa League final between Arsenal and the Blues in Azerbaijan next week.

A report on Tuesday evening suggested Cech - who joined Chelsea from Rennes in 2002 and went on to win a string of trophies, including four Premier League titles and the 2012 Champions League - was set to take up an off-field role at Stamford Bridge.

Michael Emenalo left his role as Chelsea’s technical director during November 2017 to join Monaco.

Cech to become Chelsea's sporting director

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Petr Cech will become Chelsea’s new sporting director - according to reports.

The Arsenal keeper will retire at the end of the season and is set for a return to Stamford Bridge in a key boardroom role, claim Sky Sports.

The 37-year-old is set to face the Blues in next week’s Europa League Final in Baku.

Cech previously spent 11 seasons at Chelsea before his move across London to join the Gunners.

Lower league round-up

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There’s signings happening all over the place.

Albion Rovers have agreed new deals to keep Jason Krones and Bryan Wharton at Cliftonhill.

And Kevin Harper’s side have agreed a deal for Giuliano Morena from Brechin.

Elsewhere, Stenhousemuir have signed Chris O’Neill ahead of life in League Two.

The former Airdrie man can’t wait to get started.

I feel there is a good feel good factor at the Club. Having played against Stenhousemuir a few times over recent years I had a good feeling about the Club and it was good to hear the Managers plans. I am buzzing to get started.

DONE DEAL! Motherwell sign Casper Sloth

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Motherwell have announced their fourth signing of the summer after agreeing a deal for Danish international Casper Sloth.

He will head to Scotland once his deal expires with current club Silkeborg at the end of the June.

The 27-year-old has been capped eight times by his country and follows Jake Carroll, Liam Polworth and Declan Gallagher in agreeing deals at Fir Park.

The midfielder told the club’s official website he cannot wait to get started. at his new club.

I am very happy to be coming to play for Motherwell,” said the player on signing on at the club.

I have heard a lot about the club and Scottish football. It is the perfect place for me to come to play.

My immediate focus will be on establishing myself in the team and bringing my experience to help the club push higher.

The club announced 19 players have left the Motherwell as Stephen Robinson shakes up his squad.

Shay Logan pens Aberdeen extension

Shay Logan has penned a new two-year deal at Aberdeen to heep him at Pittdorie until 2021.

The right-back was already under contract for next season but has signed fresh terms to remain with Derek McInnes’ side.

Logan has been a regular since joining from Brentford in 2014 and has made 241 appearances for the club.

The Dons are set for a summer of change with Graeme Shinnie joining Derby and Gary Mackay-Steven pondering a move to New York City,.

It’s a boost for McInnes to tie down the Englishman to a new deal as he believes Logan’s influence in the dressing room is a major boost for his team.

Shay loves it here at Aberdeen, which I think is clear for all to see and he has been desperate to commit himself further to the club.

He has been a very consistent performer and is an important player in the dressing room.

His desire to stay will hopefully mean he can continue to be a positive influence here at the club.

Real Madrid suffer Mane blow

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Superstar Gareth Bale is heading for the exit door and that will open up a space for another galactico to join Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, who is all but certain to make the move to Madrid this summer.

Perez loves a summer splurge but he was probably left choking on his paella with the news Liverpool will demand an eye-popping £175million for their Senegalese star Sadio Mane.

Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda claims that’s the asking price for the Premier League top scorer but the Bernabeu remain hopeful of agreeing a deal for a more realistic fee.

Read more here: Real Madrid suffer transfer blow over £175m asking price but receive major galactico boost

BVB make Toljan decision

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Jeremy Toljan will not feature in Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre’s plans next season - according to a report.

The full-back has spent the second half of the season on-loan at Celtic but has been restricted to a bit-part role, making only four starts.

He’s expected to depart the club following the Scottish Cup Final at the weekend.

And it appears he could soon be on the lookout for a new, permanent home, as reported by weltfussball.de.

Valencia heading Stateside?

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Antonio Valencia has spoken with Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he considers a move to the MLS.

The long-serving Manchester United star is set to leave at the end of the season and is believed be in dialogue with a number of US sides.

Valencia, who has spent 10 years at Old Trafford, is expected to make a decision before the end of the month, reports the Manchester Evening News.

United chose not to trigger an extension in the Ecuadorian’s contract following a poor season, plagued by injuries and a loss of form.

19 leave Well

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Nineteen players will leave Motherwell at the end of the month, the club has announced.

We revealed earlier today Carl McHugh is away and he is one of eight stars to have either not been offered a contract or told the Fir Park outfit they wish to leave.

McHugh is joined by Elliott Frear, Alex Rodriguez Gorrín, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, George Newell, Christian Mbulu, Curtis Main and Rangers-bound Jake Hastie.

Reserve players Shaun Bowers, Liam Brown, Shea Gordon, Kyle MacDonald, Neil McLaughlin, Akeal Rehman and Broque Watson will also depart.

Finally, four loan players – Tom Aldred (Bury), Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest), Ross McCormack (Aston Villa), Conor Sammon (Heart of Midlothian) – will leave, too.

Norwich confirm Naismith exit

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Norwich City have confirmed the departure of Steven Naismith as he edges closer to a permanent deal at Hearts.

The striker revealed last week he was on the verge of signing a contract with the Jambos.

His exit from Carrow Road has been anticipated for some time and the club have now announced their list of released players following the end of the season.

The list also includes Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes following a loan spell from Sheffield Wednesday, but he could yet return to the Canaries having proved popular as second choice behind prolific ex-Celtic striker Teemu Pukki.

It’s been reported that Norwich want to thrash out a cut-price deal for Rhodes as he enters the last 12 months of contract with the Owls.

Partick Thistle announce restructuring plans

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Partick Thistle have announced they’re in discussions with non-footballing staff members as they begin a “rigorous restructuring programme’, which could boost the playing budget.

The Firhill side narrowly avoided relegation to League One last season and released a string of players, including club icon Kris Doolan, earlier this month.

The CEO has started discussions with seven out of 14 staff across non-footballing departments of the club, as part of a rigorous restructuring programme.

The staff involved fulfil a combination of part-time and full-time positions. The aim is to realign roles to the club’s needs, with all options being considered to create a more efficient operation going forward.

Certain roles may be made redundant on the back of this process, with existing staff able to apply for any of the new roles that may be created. Any cost savings made will be added to the playing budget.

The Thistle Weir Youth Academy will remain unaffected.”

Mourinho in cryptic message

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Jose Mourinho has given a cryptic message about where he could end up.

The Special One has been linked with the Celtic job as well as Juventus.

And speaking on beIN Sports, Mourinho hinted he has been talking to Cristiano Ronaldo, who told him to forget about being hated by Juve fans.

The former Inter Milan boss said: “One of the players that I have a great relation with, he plays for a team and he told me, ‘You should come here next season’, and I told him, ‘They don’t love me’.

“He told me, ‘You win three matches and they will start loving you’.”

O'Dea to join East Kilbride

Darren O'Dea could soon be an East Kilbride player
Darren O'Dea could soon be an East Kilbride player

Former Celtic and Dundee defender Darren O’Dea is set to put his retirement plans on hold to join Lowland League champions East Kilbride, writes Paul Thomson.

The 32-year-old announced he would be quitting full-time football last week after leaving relegated Dundee to take on his first coaching role with Motherwell’s under-18s.

However, the Irishman, who lives a stone’s throw from Kilby’s home ground at K-Park, has had informal talks with the club.

READ MORE: Darren O’Dea to put retirement on hold for East Kilbride

Chelsea unveil Pulisic

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Chelsea have paraded Christian Pulisic at Stamford Bridge today.

The Blues signed the American in January for £58million but he was allowed to remain at Borussia Dortmund.

However, he has now been unveiled.

Hamilton confirm eight departures

Hamilton's Tony Andreu scored a priceless penalty winner at Dundee
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Hamilton have announced eight players have departed the Hope CBD Stadium after confirming their Premiership status for another season.

Brian Rice’s side confounded the critics once again after a dogged win over St Johnstone on the final day of the season. That secured a 10th place finish to avoid the dreaded relegation playoff.

Lenny Sowah, Jacob Marsden, Matthew Kilgallon, Tom Taiwo, David McMillan, Delphin Tshiembe, Tony Andreu and Hamish Morrison have all exited the club.

They join the retired Dougie Imrie and the previously announced James Keatings who to leave the Lanarkshire side this summer.

Dundee provide manager update

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Dundee insist they have been inundated by applications for their managerial vacancy.

The Dens Park side will play in the Championship next season and Record Sport exclusively revealed earlier today John Robertson is a target.

But Inverness have knocked back their approach but it’s unclear if Dundee will make another move for the former Hearts boss.

The club confirmed they are looking at candidates who are already in employment.

The club can provide the following update on the current manager situation.

We have been inundated with applications since the role became available and in the past week have narrowed down our list of potential targets for the first round of interviews which will take place this week.

Some of the candidates are currently employed by other clubs and we requested permission to speak to them as part of the initial process.

The overall process is ongoing and we are striving to have the best man in place in the very near future.

Benitez 'reaches agreement' with Ashley

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Rafa Benitez has reached an agreement with Mike Ashley to remain as Newcastle manager - according to a report.

The Toon boss has been locked in talks with the club owner over the past several days as they look to decide his future.

There’s been no news of an agreement from English media as yet, but Italian outlet Tuttosport claims a deal has been struck for the Spaniard to stay on - a claim which is being disputed down south.

Benitez has been linked to the vacant Celtic job via the bookies continually slashing odds on his appointment, although there’s been no word of official interest from Parkhead.

Lowe delivers Dons verdict

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Max Lowe insists he’s grateful for the opportunity to play for Aberdeen as he reflected on his season with the Dons.

The on-loan Derby County defender scooped Players’ Player of the Year at the club’s annual awards night following an impressive campaign at left-back.

Derek McInnes hasn’t closed the door on bringing Lowe back next season, going as far as saying the player himself had expressed a desire to return.

Rangers are also interested and are expected to try and hijack any move from Aberdeen.

Lowe spoke to the dcfc.co.uk and says he’s loved every minute at Pittodrie.

I loved my time at Aberdeen.

I was a bit hesitant going up to Scotland at first, moving away from home for the first time but I felt like I was at the age to kick on and get games under my belt.

It took me around a month to adapt. The gaffer started me in the first two games, then I was in and out for a bit. It took me a while to get used to the pace and the physicality of the league but as soon as I settled down, I was fine.

The boys were good in the changing room, they are a great group and the gaffer helped me with my game in training sessions so I felt like I was part of the team straight away. That stability gave me consistency in my performances as well so it was good.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to do that at Aberdeen. It is a big club; we had a good season and I’m just happy to play 40+ games for them.

De Ligt drops hint

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Matthijs de Ligt has dropped a major hint at where he wants to play his football next season.

The Ajax captain is perhap’s European football’s hottest property after a storming campaign in the Champions League.

At just 19, de Ligt led the Dutch side on an unlikely run to the semi-final.

The centre-back’s Ajax team-mate Frenkie de Jong has already agreed to join Barcelona and de Ligt has admitted he’d like to keep playing alongside his pal next term.

I think he (de Jong) has developed very well this year, he deserves the move to Barcelona.

It would be nice to play with Frenkie in a team, but I don’t know if it will happen.

Morton release eight

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Greenock Morton will release eight players and are waiting on several others to decide their futures as David Hopkin’s reign gets under way.

The former Livingston boss signed up at Cappielow last week following the departure of Jonatan Johansson.

The Ton will part company with Derek Gaston, Lee Kilday, Rory McKeown, Jack Iredale, Charlie Telfer, Denny Johnstone, Gary Oliver and Ben Armour when their deals expire on June 10.

Meanwhile, they’ve made contract offers to Michael Tidser, Lewis Strapp, Bob McHugh, and Robert Thomson and are waiting on Chris Millar, Jim McAlister, Reghan Tumility and Gregor Buchanan to decide whether to activate extension clauses in their current contracts.

DONE DEAL! Gardyne extends

Michael Gardyne has extended his contract at Ross County until 2021.

The experienced midfielder commits to the Staggies’ Premiership as they prepare for life in the top flight once again next season.

Gardyne is the club’s record appearance holder and his extension follows the signing of Joe Chalmers from Inverness on Monday.

And the 33-year-old is buzzing for another tilt at the top division.

It’s a club that means so much to me and I’m desperate to help us all be successful this up and coming season.

Chelsea 'want Lampard as boss'

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Chelsea have identified club legend Frank Lampard as the man to replace Maurizio Sarri, according to reports abroad.

Italian media believe Sarri is keen on a return to his homeland and has emerged as a contender to take over from Max Allegri at Juventus, following his sudden departure last week.

Sky Italia say the Blues have ‘decided’ they want to bring Lampard back to the club.

The former midfielder has steered Derby County to the Championship play-off final is his first season as a manager.

Meanwhile, striker Olivier Giroud has penned a one-year extension to his current deal, keeping him at Chelsea until the end of next season.

Big rebuild? Big deal!

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Derek McInnes remains defiant in the face of a huge summer rebuild.

The Aberdeen boss has lost captain Graeme Shinnie and Gary Mackay-Steven could go, too.

Loan players such as Max Lowe may not return either but McInnes is unfazed.

It’s my job to build a squad that is ready for Europe, if Celtic win the cup, and ready for next season anyway.

The rebuilding job after the Rogic final (in 2017), when he scores in injury time and five players leave me. All starters.

Last season, it was the same, another four or five, Christie, McLean, O’Connor – important players for us. So this isn’t new to me. Everyone is saying this is my biggest rebuilding. I understand that because we’re losing a big character in Shinnie.

But the rebuild is something we do, something we have to deal with here. We go again.

Gutman in USA squad

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New Celtic signing Andrew Gutman has been handed a surprise call-up to the United States’ preliminary squad for this summer’s Gold Cup.

The 22-year-old joined the Hoops in January – despite having a brief trial with Rangers – but was sent out on loan to USL Championship outfit Charlotte Independence.

Gutman has been a mainstay under the watchful eye Charlotte boss - and ex-Bhoys coach - Jim McGuinness and has done enough to catch the eye of national team manager Gregg Berhalter, earning a place in his initial 40-man group.

It represents a first ever call-up for Gutman, who is the only player from out-with the top-tier of U.S. soccer to get selected. He is rubbing shoulders with the likes of Chelsea new-boy Christian Pulisic, American legend Michael Bradley and ex-Celtic target Darlington Nagbe.

The final 23-man squad for the tournament, which runs from June 15 to July 7 in the U.S., Mexico and Costa Rica, is due to be confirmed by June 6. The U.S. are the defending Gold Cup champions and are in Group D with Panama, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.

Latest on Rangers and Connell

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Rangers will not be able to land Luca Connell on the cheap if they pursue a move for the Republic of Ireland call-up.

It has been reported financially-stricken Bolton Wanderers have extended the 18-year-old’s scholarship to achieve as big a transfer fee as they can.

Rangers have been credited with an interest in Connell along with Tottenham and Leeds.

But Wanderers have tied the defender/midfielder down for another 12 months, according to Bolton News.

Rekeem profiled

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Celtic target Rekeem Harper was likened to Patrick Vieira by West Brom.

The midfielder is wanted by the Scottish champions, as exclusively revealed by Record Sport this morning.

And you can find out much, much more about him in this profile HERE.

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