Manchester United will want a player in return if Real Madrid try and sign David De Gea this summer, while Everton are keen on a Southampton star, according to Thursday’s papers.
MAN UNITED EYE SWAP DEAL WITH REAL FOR DE GEA
If David De Gea moves to Real Madrid this summer, Manchester United will reportedly want Germany midfielder Toni Kroos in return.
There are growing rumours that De Gea will return to Madrid this summer, having seen a potential switch to the Bernabeu fall through in the summer of 2015.
United are already on the lookout for a replacement for the Spain international, with Inter Milan’s Samir Handanovic and AC Milan starlet Gianluigi Donnarumma both linked with a move to Old Trafford, while talk also persists over a big-money move for Tottenham stopper Hugo Lloris.
Indeed, it would seem that United are coming to terms with the fact that the 26-year-old will move on but they want Real star Kroos to move the other way, according to a report in the Independent.
Kroos, 27, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for some time and is seen a long-term successor to Michael Carrick in the United engine room.
A midfield duo of Kroos and Paul Pogba would certainly give Premier League rivals something to think about as Jose Mourinho looks to get United back in the title mix next season.
EVERTON ENTER RACE FOR SOUTHAMPTON STAR
Everton will make a move for Virgil van Dijk this summer but the Southampton defender is expected to be at the centre of a transfer tussle, with Chelsea and Manchester City also keen on his services, according to reports.
Ronald Koeman is looking to strengthen the heart of Everton’s defence and sees van Dijk as the perfect long-term replacement for Phil Jagielka, who will turn 35 in August.
The Toffees chief will have a battle on his hands for the Dutchman, however, as Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola are both admirers.
Everton could also be priced out of a move for the 25-year-old, with Saints wanting £55million for the centre-half, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.
AND THE REST
Liverpool have held contract talks with Paris St-Germain’s 17-year-old defender Mahamadou Dembele (Daily Express)
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not sign a new contract at Old Trafford if they fail to win this season’s Europa League (Daily Mirror)
Tottenham have been given fresh hope in their chase to land Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace, with Eagles manager Sam Allardyce admitting his club would find a big offer hard to turn down (Daily Express)
Arsenal are in talks with Juventus boss Max Allegri, as uncertainty over Arsene Wenger’s future at the club continues (The Sun)
Chelsea are watching £25m-rated Sporting Gijon defender Jorge Mere with a view to a summer swoop (Daily Star)
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was dropped for Sunday’s win at Sunderland because of a disagreement with boss Jose Mourinho and not because the goalkeeper was injured (The Sun)
Newcastle have made Stoke centre-back Ryan Shawcross their top transfer target if the Magpies secure promotion to the Premier League this season (Independent)
Galatasaray will fly to England this weekend to try and seal a deal for Wilfried Bony, who cannot get a game for Stoke (The Sun)
Ryan Sessegnon, a target for Liverpool and Tottenham, will reject a Premier League switch by signing a pro deal with Fulham next month (The Sun)
Arsene Wenger looks set to stay at Arsenal, informing his closest aides at the club’s London Colney HQ about his plans to sign a new two-year deal (Daily Mail)
Manchester City will turn down Torino’s bid for Joe Hart but they are still looking to sell the 29-year-old England international this summer (Daily Mail)
Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez has ruled out a move for Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara (Daily Express)
Real Madrid and Spain striker Alvaro Morata sees himself playing under Chelsea boss Antonio Conte (Guardian)