Paper Talk: Four Man Utd targets named, plus €70m old fav now available; Liverpool move for free agent
Four “preferred targets” have been named by one paper as Manchester United look to build on their Europa League final defeat, while Liverpool are moving in on a free agent to replace Gini Wijnaldum, all in today’s gossip.
MAN UTD HAVE QUARTET IN MIND
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said earlier this month that his team were already working on transfers ahead of the summer.
“We are looking at the squad, the players who are going to stay, those who might be leaving and I hope that we’re going to strengthen with a few.. two or three players that we definitely need to challenge higher up in the table,” said the Norwegian boss.
And The Guardian know just who Ole wants, apparently. He is looking for a new centre-back, a wide attacker, a midfielder and a new No. 9.
And Pau Torres, Declan Rice, Jadon Sancho and Harry Kane are “among his preferred targets” report the paper.
After United’s Europa League final defeat to Villarreal, transfer talk has ramped up.
Solskjaer may even require a new goalkeeper if David de Gea moves on. Tom Heaton is set to arrive in the summer after agreeing a deal with the club, according to Sky Sports. But United will look for more competition for Dean Henderson.
And The Sun report they will make an ambitious move for Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak.
United officials will attempt to swap Oblak for De Gea. Oblak, 28 is rated at around £70m, but United will try and lower that fee by sending De Gea in the opposite direction.
Meanwhile, United are also in the race to sign long-term target Saul Niguez. The midfielder is said to be determined to leave Atletico Madrid this summer after winning the LaLiga title.
Marca report Juventus lead Manchester United in the race to sign him. Saul wants to take “another direction in his career.”
Atletico wanted €70m for Saul in 2019, but now they’re open to offers that “satisfy all parties”.
LIVERPOOL TARGET CALHANOGLU
Hakan Calhanoglu appears likely to leave AC Milan this summer as the end of his contract nears. Liverpool are said to be interested (Calciomercato)
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is confident he can pull off Mauricio Pochettino’s sensational return. (The Sun)
Jesse Lingard called in police after his watch was stolen from West Ham’s dressing room during a game. (The Sun)
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David de Gea ignored his penalty cheat sheet as Manchester United lost their Europa League final penalty shootout against Villarreal. (The Sun)
Paris Saint-Germain have approached AC Milan with an offer for left-back Theo Hernandez (Footmercato)
BARCA WANT PEP
Barcelona president Joan Laporta confident he can persuade Pep Guardiola to return to the club (AS)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be backed with a new contract and summer signings in the transfer market, spearheaded by outgoing executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, despite Manchester United finishing the season without a trophy. (Telegraph)
Stoke City could become the next Championship club to be forced into selling their stadium to avoid breaching financial rules, after recording huge pre-tax losses of £88million. (Telegraph)
Manchester City have made Jack Grealish their No.1 midfield target and are prepared to make the Aston Villa star English football’s first £100million player. (Daily Mail)
Ryan Mason is ready to become a full-time manager following his promising spell in caretaker charge of Tottenham. (Daily Mail)
The Premier League has moved a step closer to using automated technology to decide offside calls after a successful trial at a top-flight club. (Daily Mail)
NKETIAH-BISSMOUMA SWAP TALK
Brighton & Hove Albion are keen to land Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, which could see midfielder Yves Bissouma move in the opposite direction (The Sun)
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust have launched a scathing attack on UEFA and accused the governing body of ‘intentionally’ preventing fans from being able to attend this weekend’s Champions League final. (Daily Mail)
England’s players will enter another tournament with a division in the squad’s commercial arrangements this summer as the FA is yet to complete the long-running process of taking all its promotional work in-house. (Daily Mail)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set for a new three-year contract at Old Trafford, despite United’s Europa League final defeat by Villarreal. (Telegraph)
Juventus will sack manager Andrea Pirlo and replace him with former boss Massimiliano Allegri. (Guardian)
Allegri could sign a contract with Juventus in the next 24 hours. (Sky Sports)
Allegri had been Real Madrid’s preferred choice to replace Zinedine Zidane, who left the club on Thursday. The Spanish giants will now target Paris St-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino instead. (Goal)
Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who left Inter Milan on Wednesday, is interested in the Tottenham job. (Guardian)
Spurs are considering a move for Conte, but could yet target Zidane. (Telegraph)
RANGERS CHASE MCBURNIE
Rangers are looking to strengthen their ranks with Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie (Daily Mail)
Simone Inzaghi is expected to be appointed as the new Inter manager after leaving Lazio. (Athletic)
Former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is set to be appointed as West Brom’s new manager. (Mirror)
Antonio Conte’s departure from Inter could help Arsenal sign 22-year-old Morocco right-back Achraf Hakimi from the Serie A champions. (Express)
Chelsea and Tottenham are interested in signing Borussia Monchengladbach’s German midfielder Jonas Hofmann, 28. (Kicker)
CHELSEA IN TALKS
Chelsea are in talks with 22-year-old Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who will leave AC Milan for free next month. (90min)
West Ham are in talks to complete a £14m deal for Spartak Moscow’s 23-year-old Czech midfielder Alex Kral. (Idnes via Express)
Former Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho wants to make Arsenal’s Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, 28, his first signing at Roma. (Sky Italy)
Arsenal would want around £21.5m for Xhaka – but Roma are hoping to pay closer to £10m. (Sky Sports)
Sacking manager Ronald Koeman would cost Barcelona almost £10.3m. (RAC1 – in Spanish)
English goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 35, will aim to challenge David de Gea and Dean Henderson for the number one spot when he joins Manchester United on a free transfer once he leaves Aston Villa next month. (Sky Sports)
Chelsea’s German defender Antonio Rudiger, 28, came close to leaving Stamford Bridge last year after “serious talks” with interested clubs. (Mirror)
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