TOP STORY : Man United move Pedro Neto
Manchester United are preparing a £50m takeover of Wolverhampton Wanderers star Pedro Neto, reports The Sun.
The Red Devils have made the right winger a priority this summer and Neto, 21, is now seen as a more realistic option than Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
Neto has shown impressive form this season and would cost half the price of England international Sancho.
Manchester City are also said to be interested in Neto, but it seems they prefer Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.
As well as Portuguese international Neto, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are also said to be interested in Leeds United winger Raphinha and Sporting Lisbon’s Pedro Goncalves.
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By beating Jadon Sancho, Manchester United have turned their attention to Wolves winger Pedro Neto. Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images
14:50 GMT: It’s not the first time, of course, but Le Parisien is once again linking Paris Saint-Germain with a takeover of Memphis Depe at the end of the season.
Depay, 27, will undoubtedly be a highly sought after player who can be obtained for free when his contract at Lyon expires. Barcelona have been tracking the striker for months, but have competition from PSG for his signature.
With all clubs being hit financially by the coronavirus pandemic, the Dutch international is seen as a quality acquisition without a transfer fee.
14:06 GMT: According to Calciomercato, AC Milan are considering getting Darwin Nunez from Benfica to refresh their forward line, which includes veterans Mario Mandzukic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Nunez, a 21-year-old striker, is valued at €50m by the Portuguese club after scoring 12 goals in 34 games since his transfer from Almeria last summer. But Benfica could be forced to complete a deal for the Uruguayan international if they fail to secure European football for next season.
13:20 GMT: Barcelona reportedly want to get rid of Philippe Coutinho this summer to avoid Liverpool having to pay another large sum for the deal that brought the Brazilian international to Camp Nou.
Mundo Deportivo reports that Barca will have to pay 20 million euros to Liverpool after 100 games. The midfielder moved to La Liga for €120 million, plus €40 million in variables. So far, €15 million in additions have been triggered by Barca’s performance and qualification for the Champions League.
Coutinho, 28, has played 90 games for the Blaugrana, who have 11 games left to play in La Liga this season. He was loaned out to Bayern Munich for a season after failing to live up to his high transfer fee, and it now looks like he could be loaned out again to save an impoverished Barca even more money.
12.36 GMT: Leeds United are likely to sell Helder Costa this summer after he fell behind the impressive Rafinha in Marcelo Bielsa’s team, reports Football Insider.
Costa, 27, was loaned by Wolves to Leeds two years ago and made the permanent switch last summer. The striker, who cost Leeds £15 million, played almost every game during Leeds’ promotion to the Premier League. But in his first season, he returned to the top flight just 14 times.
11:50 GMT: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is determined to get Edinson Cavani to sign a new contract at Old Trafford. Cavani, 34, signed just a one-year contract with Manchester United earlier this season and is strongly linked with a move to Boca Juniors. But Solskjaer hopes the striker will dedicate his future to the club.
We’ll talk to Eddie, Solskjaer said. Edinson is a top striker and we will see what he does. He and I have a good dialogue.
We need a competitive team, and we need someone to score goals for us. So we’re looking into it.
11.03 GMT : Arsenal, Leicester City, Leeds United and Sevilla are all reportedly looking for Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu. The Spanish newspaper La Razon reports that the price has been halved.
The 20-year-old could now be available for £10million, after Feyenoord sought to double their bid last summer. Due to the financial pressure, the Eredivisie club is willing to complete a deal for the Turkish international.
I have a contract until 2025, but things have changed, Kokku said recently. The club is aware of its financial situation and it is clear that this is not a good thing.
So if a club makes a good offer for me and the person can put up a good amount, I think they will listen.
10:16 GMT: As reported by the Times on Sunday, Georginio Wijnaldum has agreed to a preliminary contract of 1. July under contract at FC Barcelona.
The Dutch international’s contract at Liverpool expired at the end of the season and attempts to persuade the 30-year-old to stay at Anfield have failed.
The midfielder has been linked with the Nou Camp for months and would be the first signing of Joan Laporta’s second term as president of Barca.
Wijnaldum joined Liverpool from Newcastle five years ago for £25m.
0930 GMT: Luke Shaw has been in the form of his career at Manchester United this season and the Daily Mirror believes he will be rewarded with a new contract.
The 25-year-old left-back, who came to United from Southampton for £34m seven years ago, has overcome a string of injuries and fitness problems to regain his form and help England into the starting line-up for their World Cup qualifiers against Albania, Poland and San Marino.
Shaw’s contract expires in the summer of 2023, meaning United will have to begin negotiations on an extension to reward his services.
North London Derby for Vazquez
Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez has had his offer for a new contract rejected and Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have been approached to see if they are interested, reports the Daily Mirror.
The 29-year-old turned down a three-year contract at the Bernabeu, which included a 10% pay cut, and is now looking for a new challenge.
Vazquez has asked his representatives to find a new club in the Premier League, and having worked under Spurs manager and ex-Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, Tottenham is the most obvious place to start.
Arsenal have also been approached and Vasquez is keen on a move to London. The only problem is that the winger wants a four-year contract with a Champions League club, and neither Spurs nor Arsenal are currently in a position to offer him that.
Vasquez can play on the right side of midfield and on the right side of defense.
Inter are in the race for Aguero
Internazionale have joined Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona in the race for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, reports The Sun.
The contract of the Argentine star, all-time top scorer at City, expired this summer and he is yet to agree a new deal.
The 32-year-old has no intention of staying in England, but it seems he has decided to join one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Inter are also reportedly monitoring Edinson Cavani’s situation at Manchester United. Cavani, 34, has an option to extend for a year at Old Trafford but is also reportedly in talks with Boca Juniors.
– Real Madrid have offered David Alaba £165,000 a week and a bonus of a whopping £17 million to lure the Bayern Munich player to the Bernabeu. This is according to ABC Deportes, who claim Alaba has verbally agreed to join Madrid after more than a decade in the German league. During his time in Germany he won nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League titles. It now looks like the future free agent will join the 13-time European champion in Madrid.
– Where will Erling Haaland be now? It’s a multi-million dollar contract, and Marka says Haaland would rather go to Real Madrid. Madrid believe the Norwegian superstar wants to move to the Bernabeu and that his manager, Mino Raiola, will help facilitate the transfer.
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