Paper Talk: Man Utd to bid for Benfica star; Costa in agent talks

Date published: Saturday 29th April 2017 11:07

Diego Costa has added fuel to speculation he will leave the club this summer, while Manchester United are ready to make a bid for a Benfica midfielder, according to Saturday’s papers.

CHELSEA HITMAN’S FUTURE QUESTIONED AGAIN

Diego Costa has fuelled speculation over a move away from Chelsea after he was spotted meeting with super agent Jorge Mendes and a group of businessmen at a Knightsbridge restaurant.

The Blues frontman, 28, almost returned to Atletico Madrid last summer, while there were also strong rumours that he could have moved to the Chinese Super League in January.

The report in The Sun claims that Costa has never settled in London and open discussions like this have certainly added fuel to the fire that he may well quit the club.

A fellow diner told SunSport: “I would say there were about 10 people at the table, four Asian men on one side and then Jorge Mendes on the other with his people and then Diego at the end.

“They were all drinking large magnum bottles of red wine, including Diego, and were eating lobster pasta.

“There were lots of toasts being made and then they had pictures with Diego.

“We left the restaurant around 10pm and they were still there enjoying their dinner.”

UNITED READY TO BID FOR BENFICA STAR

Manchester United are reportedly ready to table a £17m bid for Benfica midfielder Anderson Talisca, who is currently on loan with Turkish outfit Besiktas.

According to Portuguese daily O Jogo, the 23-year-old is unlikely to return to his parent club at the end of the season, and Benfica are willing to listen to offers for the player.

Talisca, who is represented by super agent Jorge Mendes, has scored 14 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions this season and would add a new dynamic to a United midfield that Jose Mourinho is looking to revamp this summer.

AND THE REST

Arsenal legend Robert Pires has sensationally claimed the Gunners will sign highly-rated Monaco youngster Kylian Mbappe (The Sun)

David de Gea is heading closer towards a Manchester United exit as he pushes for a move to Real Madrid this summer (Daily Mail)

Manchester City stopper Joe Hart is reportedly open to a shock move to rivals Manchester United this summer (The Sun)

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 27, is a potential target for West Ham boss Slaven Bilic (Daily Telegraph)

Arsene Wenger’s side are also set to renew their interest in AC Milan hitman Carlos Bacca (The Sun)

Sam Allardyce will pocket another £2million bonus if, as looks likely, he keeps Crystal Palace in the Premier League (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea and Everton are both prepared to make a statement of intent this summer by targeting Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly (The Sun)

Antonio Conte admits he cannot guarantee Eden Hazard will still be a Chelsea player next season (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are increasingly confident of sealing a £50m deal for PSG defender Marquinhos and will hold fresh discussions with Benfica over a £40m swoop for Victor Lindelof (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea have had a £17m bid for the Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio rejected but plan to increase their offer (Independent)

Yaya Toure has revealed he tried to get Paul Pogba to sign for Manchester City instead of United (Daily Star)

Manchester United are ready to spend a mammoth £170m on a completely new attack this summer (Daily Star)

Real Madrid have offered Manchester United three star names in a bid to secure David de Gea (Daily Express)

West Brom are considering a move for Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson, 24, but are reluctant to meet the Teesside club’s £30m asking price (Daily Telegraph)

Ryan Bertrand could move back to Chelsea, with the Southampton left-back on Antonio Conte’s radar (Daily Mail)

West Ham face losing forward Michail Antonio, with the club unwilling to consider a deal nearing £100,000-a-week (Daily Mail)

Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart is a shock £10m transfer target for newly-promoted Brighton (Daily Express)

David Moyes has indicated he may leave struggling Sunderland at the end of the season (The Guardian)

Hertha Berlin’s 19-year-old defender Jordan Torunarigha has revealed that he dreams of playing for Manchester United (Bild)

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