Barcelona are ready to turn to a Tottenham star to replace Samuel Umtiti amid claims he could be set to join Man Utd, while PSG are plotting a sensational €322m swap deal, according to Monday’s European papers.
BARCELONA EYE ALDERWEIRELD AS POTENTIAL UMTITI REPLACEMENT
Barcelona are reportedly plotting a move to sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham amid growing claims that Manchester United could trigger a deal to sign Samuel Umtiti.
The giant French defender has been locked in talks with Barcelona over a new deal, but his existing contract makes him vulnerable to poachers given it only contains a £53m release clause.
And Don Balon have once again claimed on Monday that United are looking to exploit that this summer and bring Umtiti to Old Trafford and pair him up with Eric Bailly in a no-nonsense central defensive partnership.
However, it’s also claimed Barcelona are themselves considering a summer swoop for Tottenham’s Alderweireld as Umtiti’s replacement.
Alderweireld’s current Tottenham contract is set to expire in the summer of 2019, though his deal also contains an option for a further year.
However, the complex terms of the proposed extension would see the Belgian’s release clause drop to just £25million, as long as any interested clubs agreed to pay the entirety of the clause at least 14 days before the close of the transfer window.
The player has an army of admirers looking to exploit the loophole and it’s believed Barcelona are the latest looking to recruit the defender, who has already spent time in Spain with Atletico Madrid.
ARSENAL, MAN CITY IN HUNT FOR ADLI
Arsenal and Manchester City are among a group of clubs looking to sign PSG starlet Yacine Adli, reports L’Equipe.
The 17-year-old is out of contract in the summer and would cost a nominal fee in compensation – a deal right up Arsene Wenegr’s street.
Barcelona are also interested in the attacking midfielder, with the report suggesting France U17 star Adli would prefer not to move to the Premier League.
PSG WANT COUTINHO IN A SWAP TO KEEP NEYMAR HAPPY
PSG are hatching an incredible plan to bring Philippe Coutinho to the Parc des Princes this summer, according to a sensational report in France.
Le 10 Sport, via El Pais, claim PSG are ready to make a spectacular attempt to bring the former Liverpool man to the club this summer and plan to offer Barcelona Kylian Mbappe in a straight swap.
While the talk sounds quite fanciful to say the least, it’s claimed PSG are confident a deal can be arranged, given Barcelona’s willingness to sign Mbappe over the summer.
Mbappe scored 26 times last season during his breakout season with Monaco and already has 16 goals and 11 assists to his name this term.
But it’s suggested they would be willing to sacrifice the teenager if it meant they could get their hands on Coutinho. It’s claimed they want to sign the Brazilian playmaker in an effort to appease Neymar and amid mounting talk he wants out at PSG and make a return to Spain.
The report indicates that a PSG director has already discussed the incredible scheme to president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
Coutinho cost Barcelona €142million when they signed him from Liverpool last month and while that is cheaper than the €180m PSG will spend to make Mbappe’s switch permanent in the summer, it’s said they are prepared to write off the difference in a bid to sign the Barca star and in a double deal that will be valued at an eye-watering €322m.
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AND THE REST
Christian Eriksen’s agent Martin Schoots says interest in his client is a compliment: “I don’t comment on rumours much. But when clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United are mentioned, it’s always a compliment.”
Juventus have cooled their interest in Liverpool target Nicolo Barella. (Calciomercato)
Napoli would want Liverpool target Piotr Zielinski’s €65m release clause to be met before they consider a sale. (Corriere dello Sport)
Robert Lewandowski’s decision to change agents is motivated by his desire to leave Bayern Munich with Chelsea and Man Utd both linked. (Bild)
Borussia Dortmund fear they could miss out on signing Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on a permanent deal this summer because his form has alerted several other teams (Kicker)
Former Chelsea and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has rejected the chance to move to China. (Marca)
Man City could be set to make a summer move for Kylian Mbappe. (El Pais)
Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is interesting Real Madrid ahead of the summer transfer window (RMC Sport)
Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos – rated at €35million – has reportedly repeated his wish to join Liverpool this summer following a meeting with Floretino Perez (Marca)
Real Madrid are ready to fly to Munich to open negotiations for No 1 defensive target and Bayern star David Alaba (Diario Gol)
Chelsea will battle Barcelona to sign Inter Milan winger Yann Karamoh this summer (Diario Gol)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is said to be ‘in love’ with Real Madrid attacking midfielder Marco Asensio and prepared to pay around €150m to beat Arsenal and Chelsea to his signature (Don Balon)
Lazio have denied receiving an offer from Real Madrid midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The Serbian is already on the radar of Manchester United, PSG and Juventus and could set his suitors back €100m (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Real Madrid will re-sign Frankfurt midfielder Omar Mascarell in a surprise deal this summer. The player has a €4m buy-back clause in his current deal with the Bundesliga club (AS)
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has told Juventus he needs time to consider their offer, amid talk Bayern Munich could yet trump the Italians’ package (Tuttosport)
Bayern Munich have opened talks with the representatives of Tottenham and Arsenal target Malcom, who value appears to have risen to £52m (Bild)
Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi could be set to leave the club in the summer amid reported interest from Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Juventus (Sport MediaSet)
Rino Gattuso says he won’t sign a new deal with AC Milan just yet (Calciomercato)
Newcastle United face a battle from Lyon to land €16million-rated Galatasaray winger Garry Rodrigues (Milliyet)
Inter Milan would want at least £70million for defender Milan Skriniar, who has been linked with Manchester City and Barcelona (Tuttosport)
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has reportedly told team-mates this will be his last season at Napoli (Il Mattino)
Atletico Madrid winger Nicolas Gaitan is set to join Chinese side Dalian Yifang (AS)
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has called on his team to win ‘all our remaining matches’ due to their current strong form (AS)
Planet Sport quiz: Test your knowledge on the ATP Tour’s No 1 singles rankings. (Tennis365)