Arsenal have told it will take €25million to land another Unai Emery target, while Bayern Munich look set to win the race for an in-demand France star, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
ARSENAL SEE INITIAL N’ZONZI BID REJECTED
Arsenal have seen their opening €15m offer rejected by Sevilla for Steven N’Zonzi, according to reports in Spain.
The former Stoke and Blackburn star has emerged as a major target for new Gunners boss Unai Emery, who is keen to add more bite and energy to his central midfield; a deal for Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira also appears close.
But their chances of pairing the Uruguayan up with N’Zonzi will depend on Arsenal raising their initial bid by a further €10million.
According to Spanish paper El Confidencial, that’s the price the LaLiga giants are looking for. The France star has a €40million exit clause in his contract, which expires in 2020.
But with Sevilla willing to sell this summer – the LaLiga side are looking to replace him by re-signing Grzegorz Krychowiak from PSG – it now is up to Arsenal whether they’ll meet the €25million required to prise the all-action midfielder to north London.
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Bayern Munich are set to trigger the exit clause in Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard, which becomes active in 2019. Arsenal are also keen on the France right-back (L’Equipe)
Inter Milan are working on a deal to sign Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko this summer (AS)
Borussia Monchengladbach defender Jannik Vestergaard is the subject of interest from West Ham and Southampton (Kicker)
Barcelona have decided to retire from the race to sign €90million-rated Juventus star Miralem Pjanic (Marca)
Former Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres will decide between a move to MLS club Chicago Fire and Sagan Tosu from Japan (AS)
Tottenham have made a surprise €50m bid to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic, who is a long-term target for Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United (Kicker)
Real Madrid have denied they have reached an agreement to sign Kylian Mbappe in a world record €272m deal. The PSG teenager is also being strongly mentioned as a target for Manchester United (various)
Liverpool want to sign Marco Asensio from Real Madrid in an effort to deter the European champions from pushing through with a potential move for Sadio Mane (Don Balon)
Roma will move to sign Jasper Cillessen from Barcelona for €30m – if they lose Alisson Becker this summer (Mundo Deportivo)
Alisson’s agent insists ‘nothing will happen in the next few days’ over the Roma goalkeeper’s future – with any decision on hold until after the World Cup (Tele Radio Stereo)
Manchester United have agreed personal terms with Alex Sandro ahead of a summer switch from Juventus. The wing-back is likely to cost around €60m (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Roma defender Kostas Manolas has issued a come-and-get-me-plea to Manchester United, saying they are a club he “dreams of playing for” (Sport24)
Palmeiras have confirmed they are considering a swoop for Inter Milan defender Miranda, who has also been linked with Manchester United (Globesport)
Wolves are in talks with Lazio over a €15m deal for Angolan defender Bastos (Il Messaggero)
Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has agreed terms over move to Sassuolo on a three-year contract (Bild)
Leeds have been linked with swoop for former Portugal U21 left-back Pedro Rebocho, who plays his football in Ligue 1 with Guingamp (Le 10 Sport)
AC Milan defender Gustavo Gomez is finally on the verge of a transfer to Boca Juniors for €6m – plus a 20% sell-on fee (Sky Italia)
West Ham have offered Sporting Lisbon €25m for Bruno Fernandes, though the Portuguese side are holding out for nearer €30m for a player also chased by Liverpool, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid (A Bola)
Real Betis are hopeful of signing Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho in a €20m deal (Record)
The agent of Achraf Hakimi admits the Real Madrid starlet is open to the idea of joining Napoli this summer (Radio Kiss Kiss)
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