Manchester United have made an increased offer to Borussia Dortmund for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, while Real Madrid plan to offer Gareth Bale a lengthy new deal, according to reports in Wednesday’s newspapers.
MAN UTD MAKE INCREASED £28M BID FOR MKHITARYAN
Manchester United have made an increased £28million move for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Daily Mirror claims United have upped the ante in their attempts to land the Borussia Dortmund midfielder with a significantly improved second offer.
And there is increasing confidence a deal for Mkhitaryan will be agreed, according to sources close to the negotiations. His agent stated earlier this week he is doing his best to engineer his player a move to Old Trafford, despite Dortmund’s resistance.
New boss Jose Mourinho has earmarked the 27-year-old Armenian as one of his next big-money targets.
And United’s determination to land Mkhitaryan for Mourinho is reflected in the size of their follow-up bid and quick response to having their initial £19m offer knocked back.
Having gone three years without the title and after missing out on Champions League qualification for the second time in three seasons, the Red Devils are in a hurry to get back to the top and determined to make sure they are ready to hit the ground running next season under Mourinho.
They also want to show they have learnt from the lessons of the last three summers when they have wasted precious time on ultimately failed pursuits of unobtainable players.
United are now focusing on more realistic transfer targets and want to move quickly to bring them in, the paper adds.
REAL MADRID MAKE PLANS FOR LONG-TERM BALE STAY
Gareth Bale will return to Spain after the European Championship to a ‘contract for life’ at Real Madrid, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
The news will scupper the interest from Premier League powerhouses but shows once again the growing presence of Bale as one of the world’s very best players.
Bale, 26, can expect a deal stretching way beyond his 30th birthday. Although it is yet to be formally confirmed, the paper claims the length of his new contract could be as long as seven years. Madrid will also make him one of the highest-paid players in the world.
He is expected to emerge as the face of Real Madrid in future seasons, ahead even of team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, who has struggled in this tournament.
Bale cost Madrid around £85million in 2013 and that made him the world’s most expensive player. That fee is expected to come under threat if and when Paul Pogba leaves Juventus this summer.
Madrid themselves are favourites to sign the France midfielder but they are eager to tie up Bale quickly.
The former Southampton and Tottenham forward has scored three goals in this tournament. With two European Cups in three years, he is set for a long career in the Spanish capital.
Manchester United have been keen on Bale for years and are hunting for a new superstar to match their commercial brand and Manchester City are also in the market for new talent. Both will be disappointed with the news.
Bale is very happy in Spain and will welcome the talks after a short holiday.
AND THE REST
Chelsea star Diego Costa is in constant contact with former club Atletico Madrid and will stop at nothing for a reunion with Diego Simeone (The Sun)
Raul Meireles is in England to begin talks over a possible move to Bournemouth, according to reports in Turkey
Chelsea have made their move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly with a £19.2m bid (Daily Mirror)
Borussia Monchengladbach have revealed they are ready to make Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen their club-record signing (The Sun)
Manchester United and Inter Milan are interested in signing Argentina and Zenit St Petersburg central defender Ezequiel Garay, 29 (Tuttosport)
Real’s re-signing of striker Alvaro Morata from Juventus means Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal will have a chance to bid for the player, with the La Liga giants keen to sell the 23-year-old Spain international on for profit (The Times)
Wales forward Gareth Bale, 26, will be given a “contract for life” at Real Madrid that will make him one of the highest-paid players in the world (Daily Mail)
Manchester City want to seal a deal for Schalke wonderkid Leroy Sane by Wednesday – but Bayern Munich are holding up the deal (The Sun)
Promoted Premier League side Hull City are set to make AFC Wimbledon’s 18-year-old goalkeeper Will Mannion their first signing of the summer (Hull Daily Mail)
Premier League champions Leicester City are set to complete the signing of 23-year-old midfielder Nampalys Mendy from Nice for £13m (The Times)
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis claims Chelsea target Kalidou Koulibaly will stay with the Italian club for the remainder of his contract (The Sun)
Blackburn Rovers are in talks to sign former Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell. The 22-year-old was released by the Old Trafford club at the end of the season and is available as a free agent (Daily Mail)
Roma have been in talks with Manchester City over the signing of Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta, 31, whose contract expires next year (Gazzetta dello Sport)
England and Newcastle winger Andros Townsend, 24, is not on Liverpool’s list of summer targets, with manager Jurgen Klopp instead keen on Southampton’s 24-year-old Senegal forward Sadio Mane (Liverpool Echo)
Swansea have made a £2m bid for Ajax’s 23-year-old centre-back Mike van der Hoorn (De Telegraaf)
Senior figures at Middlesbrough have dismissed claims that Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes is for sale. The 26-year-old striker joined Boro, who were promoted to the Premier League, for £9m in January (Teesside Gazette)
Liverpool have have had a £7m bid for Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, 19, rejected by the Premier League champions (Daily Telegraph)
Brazil midfielder Willian, 27, is set to sign a new contract at Chelsea, despite interest from Manchester United (The Sun)
Theo Walcott wants to stay at Arsenal for at least another season despite interest from Liverpool (Daily Star)
Manchester City are set to complete the £13.8m signing of Spain star Nolito (Daily Star)
Sporting Lisbon are to offer Manchester United target Joao Mario a massive new contract in order to keep him in Portugal for another year (Daily Express)
Manchester United have made a £15m bid for Brazilian youngster Gabriel Jesus, who was recently linked with Man City (Daily Express)
Mats Hummels has revealed he would have considered joining Manchester United over Bayern Munich if the Old Trafford outfit qualified for next season’s Champions League
Manchester City target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still wants to leave Dortmund this summer as Atletico Madrid entered the race for his signature (Daily Mail)
Roy Hodgson’s chances of being given a new contract after Euro 2016 have receded after Football Association executives were left unimpressed with his team selection for the 0-0 draw with Slovakia that condemned England to second place in Group B (The Times)
Russia would like Manuel Pellegrini to be their next manager, and have offered the former Manchester City boss a lucrative contract (AS)