SPURS DETERMINED TO KEEP STAR DUO
Manchester United are ready to make a £40million bid for Tottenham striker Harry Kane, according to the Daily Mirror and Telegraph.
The Red Devils will also move for Hugo Lloris as soon as David de Gea completes his move to Real Madrid, but the Telegraph says Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has assured Mauricio Pochettino he has no plans to cash in on either player this summer.
There is also said to be ‘no chance’ of Kane pushing to leave White Hart Lane once United firm up their interest, while Spurs remain in talks with the representatives of midfielder Nabil Bentaleb over an improved contract.
CITY READY TO SHOW TRANSFER HAND
After already having a £30million bid rejected for Raheem Sterling, Manchester City are ready to test Liverpool’s determination to keep hold of the unhappy star by tabling a new £40million offer, according to several newspapers.
Sterling, Paul Pogba and Kevin De Bruyne are named as City’s top three targets for the summer, but they are also ready to compete for Marseille’s £22million-rated midfield enforcer Giannelli Imbula if the Daily Mirror is to be believed.
Pogba, meanwhile, will cost a minimum of £60million, according to The Sun, with City apparently confident they are in pole position to beat Chelsea and Barcelona to the signing of the sought-after 22-year-old.
Manuel Pellegrini is said to want all of his top targets secured in time for the start of pre-season training next month.
ARSENAL CLOSING ON £11M CECH
Arsenal have made a formal approach to Chelsea over Petr Cech, reports the Daily Mail, and hope to complete the signing of the goalkeeper by the end of next week.
The Gunners were apparently initially unsure whether Chelsea would agree to sell Cech to a rival, but Arsene Wenger is said to be ‘increasingly confident’ of concluding a deal for the 33-year-old.
Chelsea, however, are said to want around £11million for a player Jose Mourinho has made it clear he would prefer to keep at Stamford Bridge.
Paris Saint-Germain have also enquired about Cech, but his preference is to remain in London to avoid uprooting his family.
Arsenal, meanwhile, who will not offer Chelsea any players as part of the deal, are also set to tie Theo Walcott down to a new contract following successful talks over the past week.
The 26-year-old has been linked with Liverpool but now looks set to remain at Emirates Stadium after receiving assurances over his playing time next season, according to the Mail.
AND THE REST
– Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is battling with Newcastle for Spanish international Juanmi (Daily Mirror)
– West Ham have told Newcastle that only a permanent deal would allow boss Steve McClaren to take former Magpies striker Andy Carroll, 26, back to St James’ Park (The Times)
– Slaven Bilic is trying to bring former Tottenham star Vedran Corluka to West Ham (Daily Mirror)
– Chelsea midfielder Jon Mikel Obi, 28, is wanted by Turkish club Fenerbahce (Daily Express)
– New West Ham manager Slaven Bilic wants to make Paris Saint-Germain’s former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 29 – who is also a target for Crystal Palace – his first signing (Daily Star)