Manchester United are ready to smash the world transfer record for Paul Pogba, while Manchester City want to make a statement purchase, according to Sunday’s papers.
MAN UNITED EDGE CLOSER TO POGBA
Manchester United have told Juventus that they have the necessary funds in place to complete a sensational swoop for their former midfielder Paul Pogba.
The 23-year-old left Old Trafford four years ago after a falling out with then manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and now the Daily Mail report that the Red Devils are ready to make him one of the best-paid players in the world.
Real Madrid, PSG and Manchester City have reportedly been scared off by the nine-figure price tag, leaving Manchester United as the only contender left in the running.
The Glazer family are said to be desperate to get Manchester United back into the Champions League and will continue to open the chequebook in order to return to the pinnacle of European football.
PEP PLANS BIG-MONEY SIGNINGS
Not to be completely out-done by their rivals, the Daily Mirror report that Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos are both on Pep Guardiola’s wishlist at Manchester City this summer.
Manchester City have already completed moves for Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito, but Guardiola still wants to make a ‘wow’ signing and not be completely overshadowed by Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, who has added Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to his squad.
Kroos worked with Guardiola at Bayern Munich for a year before being sold to Real Madrid, but with four years left on his current contract it will mean that the Spaniard will have to meet Kroos’ minimum fee release clause of £63m.
Suarez, meanwhile, whose agent is Guardiola’s brother Pere, would cost at least £85m, which is £20m more than what Barcelona paid for the 29-year-old in 2014.
AND THE REST
Former England captain Steven Gerrard is to be offered a coaching role with the national side and will be consulted over the appointment of the next manager (Sun)
Ligue 1 side Paris St-Germain have agreed a deal to sign Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, 26, for £22m (Marca)
Liverpool will go head-to-head with rivals Everton to sign midfielder Axel Witsel, 27, from Zenit St Petersburg after missing out on first-choice target Krychowiak (Daily Mirror)
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is refusing to be knocked back in his bid to land Torino star Bruno Peres for £15m (Daily Star on Sunday)
Referee Mark Clattenburg will not be able to referee the Euro 2016 final if Wales get there as Uefa rules prevent him from officiating in games involving Home Nations sides – barring derby games such as the Wales-Northern Ireland tie (Sunday Telegraph)
Liverpool have placed a £14m valuation of midfielder Joe Allen following his performances for Wales at Euro 2016 (Mail on Sunday)
Former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, 32, could return to the Premier League after being offered to West Ham and Crystal Palace by his current side Fenerbahce (Sun)
Chelsea have won the race to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 25, for a £30m fee (Daily Mirror)
Yannick Bolasie could be heading for the exit door at Crystal Palace in the wake of Andros Townsend’s switch to Selhurst Park, with West Ham keen on him (Daily Star on Sunday)
Tottenham are prepared to offer £38m for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, 23, and have sent representatives to Italy to agree a deal (GianlucaDiMarzio)
Meanwhile, Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 29, is a £35m target for La Liga giants Real Madrid (Daily Mirror)
And Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is ready to sell midfielder Ryan Mason, 25, with Hull keen to sign him for £10m (Sun)
Watford midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado, 30, has been linked with a £2.1m move to La Liga side Espanyol to reunited with former Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores (Fichajes)
Swansea are ready to launch a bid to sign Euro 2016 hero Hal Robson-Kanu, but they face competition from Celtic (Sunday Express)
Swansea will also open contract talks with Gylfi Sigurdsson as soon as the Iceland international returns from Euro 2016 (Sunday Express)
Stoke boss Mark Hughes has launched a last-ditch bid to hijack Nani’s £7m move to Valencia (Daily Star on Sunday)
Middlesbrough will complete a £11.75m deal for Atalanta midfielder Marten de Roon, 25, next week after agreeing personal terms on a four-year deal (Gazette)