Barcelona lead race for 19-year-old French centre-back

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Toulouse centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo has attracted interest from several clubs but Barcelona are favourites to land him, according to Marca.

The 19-year-old has refused to renew his contract with the French outfit and will leave when his deal expires at the end of the season.

Todibo is expected to sign an agreement this month and make the move in the summer with the deal all but wrapped up.

La Gazzetta dello Sport report that Juventus have withdrawn their interest in the Frenchman.

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Real Madrid close in on River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios according to player's agent

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Real Madrid are closing in on River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios with the player’s agent suggesting that a move to the Bernabeu is nearing completion.

The European champions are front-runners for his signature after talks were held while both clubs were in UAE for the Club World Cup and the player could make the switch in the summer.

“The leaders of River got together with Real Madrid in Abu Dhabi,” Renato Corsi, the player’s agent told La Oral Deportiva de Radio Rivadavia.

“In the coming days there will be a formal offer and the operation is quite advanced.

“The family, Exequiel and I want him to go in June and Real Madrid don’t have a problem with him staying at River until then.

“A deal could move to the next stage as early as Monday, with talks already being advanced.

“Real Madrid want him and supposedly River will sell,” he added.”They agree, so between Monday and Tuesday the formal proposal will be presented.”

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Transfer news: Solanke finalises permanent move to Bournemouth

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Dominic Solanke.

Bournemouth have signed Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke in a £19million deal.

The 21-year-old had attracted interest from Crystal Palace in recent weeks, but after they cooled interest, the Cherries moved swiftly and Press Association reported extra payments have been factored into the transfer on top of an initial fee.

Solanke’s arrival, likely to be the first of two moves from Anfield to the Vitality Stadium with defender Nathaniel Clyne set to join on loan until the end of the season, will pave the way for Jermain Defoe to join Rangers on an 18-month loan.

Solanke, who moved to Anfield in the summer of May 2017 for an undisclosed compensation fee as a former academy player, and made 27 appearances in his first season but has yet to feature in the current campaign.

The 21-year-old is keen to play first-team football, having left Chelsea for exactly that same reason and with little chance of displacing the trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah in the near future has decided to look elsewhere.

Speaking to afcbTV, Solanke said: “I think the club is going somewhere. Over the past few years, they have been really good in the Premier League and had some good positional finishes as well. I think it’s a good club to be at, especially for someone of my age.

“I spoke with the manager this morning (Friday). He is a really nice guy. From playing and watching the Premier League, I know the sort of manager he is. I was excited to meet him and am really looking forward to working with him and seeing what he’s about.

“My main target is to score goals and, being a striker, hopefully I can get a few for the team and help the team get wins. Playing in the Premier League, every game is tough and together we can try to do as well as we can.”

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes Solanke can make a major impact on his squad.

“Dominic is technically gifted, very athletic and has the physical profile that will give us something different in our front line,” the Cherries boss added.

“He has done very well for England at various age groups, has a huge amount of potential and I’m really excited about working with him.”

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