Germany Under-21 centre-back Thilo Kehrer is set to join Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain from Schalke after the two clubs reached an agreement on a deal.
Kehrer, 21, excelled as his nation won the UEFA European Under-21 Championship last month and also played 27 Bundesliga matches in 2017/18 as his club finished runners-up to Bayern Munich.
“The economic dimension, in other words the transfer fee for a player whose contract expires next year, is why we accepted this move,” said Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel.
German daily Bild reported that the Arena AufSchalke-outfit will receive €37 million (Dh155.2m)
Brazil captain Thiago Silva, compatriot Marquinhos and France’s World Cup 2018 winner Presnel Kimpembe offer competition for a spot in head coach Thomas Tuchel’s XI.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde wants back-up goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen to stay at the club, despite speculation linking him with a move away in the transfer window.
The Netherlands shot-stopper is an understudy for first-choice Marc Andre ter Stegen and has been used mainly in Copa del Rey competition in each of the past two seasons following his switch from Ajax in August 2016.
But, ahead of the new season, Barca are adamant they want to keep the 29-year-old.
“We value him a lot, so we want him to stay,” said Valverde, who was speaking before his team’s Spanish Super Cup clash against Sevilla.
The 23-year-old Frenchman has been deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and failed to win over new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.
Jorginho’s emergence against Huddersfield in an already stacked engine room department means the former Monaco man has slipped further down the pecking order.
Bakayoko’s representatives are now thought to be thrashing out terms over a season-long loan move with the Rossoneri.
That deal is likely to include a purchase option at the end of his stay, though the two clubs are haggling over the fee, believed to be in the region of £35m.