Manchester United have come to an agreement with Paul Pogba over his prospective contract while Tottenham plan to bolster their midfield, according to Thursday’s newspapers.
RED DEVILS HOLD POGBA TALKS
After The Guardian revealed that Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has met Paul Pogba’s agent, sources in Italy have suggested the details of the midfielder’s contract have now been agreed.
According to Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio, everything is in place for the 23-year-old to return to Old Trafford and now Manchester United will focus on the next stage of the transfer – which is to agree a fee with Juventus.
With the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund confirmed, Jose Mourinho now has just over a month before the start of the Premier League campaign to land his “fourth specialist” signing of the summer.
TOTTENHAM TOLD TO UP WIJNALDUM OFFER
Tottenham’s frustrations in the transfer window look set to continue after Newcastle told the North London club that they would have splash out £25million if they want to sign Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum.
The report in the Daily Mirror says the Championship outfit want to make a profit on the attacking midfielder, but Spurs are ready to explore other options unless the asking price is significantly lowered.
One alternative could be Wijnaldum’s team-mate Moussa Sissoko, according to the Daily Express, but his price tag at a reported £21.5million it appears that Newcastle are under no pressure to sell their star players as they try and make an immediate return to the Premier League.
AND THE REST
The Hammers are looking to hijack Crystal Palace’s move for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, 25 (The Sun)
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan says the club were priced out of a move for Boca Juniors forward Carlos Tevez, 32. They offered him £150,000 a week but the Argentine asked for £250,000 a week to return to his first English side next season (Daily Mail)
Another Liverpool player potentially on the move is winger Jordon Ibe, 20, after Bournemouth submitted a £15m bid (The Sun)
Middlesbrough are considering a move for Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie, 32 (Daily Mail)
Manchester City will have to spend more than £100m if they are to capture Leonardo Bonucci and John Stones (The Times)
Juventus are considering a £17 million bid for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, who could be surplus to requirements with the Blues (Daily Mirror)