Arsenal have made a firm move to sign an in-demand Bayern Munich star, while a Chelsea and Man Utd target has dug his feet in over his Real Madrid future, according to Monday’s European papers.
ARSENAL RIVAL MAN UTD FOR BIG MONEY BAYERN STAR
Arsenal are set to do battle with Manchester United to sign Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich, Kicker believes.
The Bundesliga champions have put a €50m (£44.5m) price tag on the centre-back, who is also wanted by Paris Saint-Germain.
Boateng, a six-time Bundesliga winner with Bayern, is no stranger to the Premier League, having spent a year at Manchester City earlier in his career.
Arsenal are looking to offload Calum Chambers to Fulham, Lucas Perez to West Ham and Danny Welbeck to either Newcastle or Everton to help finance the move for the Germany defender and Kicker believes they have already contacted the player to see if he’d be tempted to move to north London.
United, meanwhile, are also in the hunt for a new defender and are believed to have made Toby Alderweireld their No 1 priority.
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SPURS CLOSE ON DEAL FOR NEW MIDFIELDER
Tottenham have emerged as late favourites to sign Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka in a €35million deal.
The Slovakian midfielder is a man in demand this summer, with the likes of PSG, Napoli and Inter Milan all linked with moves for the player.
Celta had previously insisted the 23-year-old would not leave for a penny less than his €40m exit fee, but with none of his suitors coming forward with a concrete move, Spurs have been left with a free run at the midfielder.
Spanish paper El Desmarque now believes the player will sign for Tottenham before Thursday’s deadline, with the club having tempted the LaLiga side with a €35m offer.
He admitted earlier this summer he was open to a move away from the club, telling Diario Pravda: “The possibility (of leaving) always exists.
“I do not rule it out if there is an interesting offer that allows me to go one step further in my career.
“But right now, nothing has changed and I’m preparing for the new season.”
Lobotka joined Celta in a €5m deal from FC Nordsjaelland last summer, signing a five-year deal for the club.
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AND THE REST
Chelsea and Manchester United target Mateo Kovacic has decided to stop training with Real Madrid until his future is resolved (Marca)
Jasper Cillessen admits he remains unsure on his future amid growing talk he will join Chelsea as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois (various)
AC Milan have emerged as frontrunners in the race to sign PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Martin Montoya has told Valencia he wishes to leave the club and be allowed to join Real Betis, his agent has confirmed (ABC de Sevilla)
Valencia have told Real Madrid they must pay Rodrigo’s full £107m release clause if they want to sign him (Marca)
Everton have finally reached an agreement with Barcelona over the €32m signing of defender Yerry Mina (various)
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has told Maurizio Sarri that he wants to be allowed to leave the club (ESPN)
Lyon are set to beat West Ham to Le Havre youngster Harold Moukoudi (France Bleu)
Borussia Dortmund have announced the signing of Axel Witsel from Tianjin Quanjian after activating his €20m release clause.
Man Utd will use the sale of Pogba to fund a move for long-term target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who could now leave Lazio for a fee of around €100million (Corriere dello Sport)
Lazio have already lined up Papu Gomez of Atalanta as a replacement for Milinkovic-Savic (LaLazioSiamoNoi)
Real Madrid have identified Miralem Pjanic as their No 1 target to replace Luka Modric – and are willing to meet Juventus’ €100m asking price (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Inter Milan are to offer Real Madrid midfielder Modric the chance to finish his career in the Chinese Super League. The Nerazzurri will offer the Croatian a four-year deal before a pre-planned move to Jiangsu Suning (Corriere dello Sport)
Manchester United have opened talks over a £44m deal to sign Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng (Bild)
The agent of Arsenal forward Lucas Perez has confirmed West Ham are leading the chase to sign the Lazio target (Calciomercato)
Napoli have beaten Southampton to the signing of Lille full-back Kevin Malcuit, with the player travelling to Italy for a medical on Monday (Calciomercato)
West Ham United have targeted Real Betis star Antonio Sanabria, who is rated in the €14m bracket (Sport)
Arsenal are considering a late move for AC Milan full-back Ricardo Rodriguez (TransferMarketWeb)
Real Madrid have rejected a €5m offer from Bournemouth for teenage defender Sergio Lopez (Marca)
Roma are in talks to sell Maxime Gonalons to Torino for €12million (Tuttosport)