Arsenal are in pole position to sign a €40m Ligue 1 star, while Man Utd have contacted Real Madrid to ask about the possibility of swapping two big-name attackers, according to Monday’s European papers.
ARSENAL IN DRIVING SEAT TO SIGN NICE STAR
Arsenal are leading the chase to sign Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to reports in France.
The Ivorian midfielder came close to joining Barcelona last summer before the LaLiga giants instead opted to sign Paulinho, but remains a man in demand with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United both considering moves.
However, it is Liverpool who were thought to be leading the charge, with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said to be looking at Seri as a possible midfield partner for Naby Keita next season.
But L’Equipe claims Arsenal have moved ahead of their Premier League rivals by meeting with the player’s agent to discuss a possible move after signalling their intent to meet his asking price.
Seri has a €40m exit clause in his Nice contract so the fee is unlikely to put Arsenal off.
Confirming the exit fee in his contract, Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere told RMC SPORT last month: “Seri has a €40m clause. At that price, he’ll be free. Without it, we don’t have the intention to sell him. Even if people don’t take clauses seriously in France, they deserve some respect. If a club offers €40m for Seri tomorrow, he’ll go.”
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MAN UTD, ARSENAL LEAD CHASE FOR PAPASTATHOPOULOS
Borussia Dortmund’s contract negotiations with centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos have apparently broken down.
And German publication Kicker report that the Greece international player is now set to leave, with his contract set to expire in June 2019.
The report claims Arsenal are best-placed to sign the player, who would cost around €15-20million, but it has been claimed he has offers from other English clubs, as well as some from Serie A.
Last month Tuttosport claimed Papastathopoulos, 29, had offered his services to AC Milan, while Kicker also reported last month that he was “interesting” Manchester United.
Th Red Devils are believed to have had scouts watching the tough defender this season and were considering a summer move for him should they fail in their advances for Toby Alderweireld.
“When you are young you have time to get things, but I am not anymore and I want to win titles,” Papastathopoulos told Funke Mediengruppe last summer.
AND THE REST
Manchester United are preparing a £53m and player-swap offer with Anthony Martial for Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale (Don Balon)
Everton are ready to spend €12m to sign Besiktas playmaker Oguzhan Ozyakup (Hurriyet)
Liverpool have been given a free run at signing Roma keeper Alisson Becker after Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane (Don Balon)
Barcelona are ready to sell flop forward Ousmane Dembele to Liverpool with Antoine Griezmann close to signing (El Gol Digital)
Thomas Meunier is set to shun interest from Manchester United and stay with Paris Saint-Germain (various)
Juventus CEO Guiseppe Marotta has confirmed the club will hold talks with manager Max Allegri by next week (Rai Sport)
Manchester United are ‘well ahead’ of Real Madrid in the race to sign Harry Kane. Jose Mourinho has reportedly told United chiefs to do “everything they can” to land the £150million-rated Tottenham striker this summer (Don Balon)
Nuri Sahin, Marcel Schmelzer and Gonzalo Castro have all been told they are allowed to leave Borussia Dortmund (Bild)
Mauro Icardi will join either Chelsea or Man Utd this summer in a €105million deal if Inter Milan fail to qualify for the Champions League next season. Inter face a do-or-die showdown with Lazio to confirm Serie A’s final place this weekend (Tuttosport)
Gigio Donnarumma suffered embarrassment after Milan fans refused to take the shirt he offered them after the final whistle of their Serie A clash with Atalanta (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Simone Inzaghi has hinted that Stefan de Vrij will miss Lazio’s Champions League decider against Inter, with the Dutchman due to sign for their rivals on a free transfer this summer (Sport Italia)
Juventus have made a late move to sign Antoine Griezmann this summer and appear happy to meet his €100m exit fee – but only if they lose Gonzalo Higuain or Paulo Dybala (Calciomercato)
Chelsea will offer N’Golo Kante to get their hands on Marco Asensio from Real Madrid (Don Balon)
Colombian striker Luis Muriel is keen to quit Sevilla this summer and move to AC Milan (Calciomercato)
Andrea Barzagli has vowed to stay at Juventus after helping the club win the Scudetto for a seventh straight season (Premium Sport)
Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has spoken of his determination to win the Europa League final this week (Mundo Deportivo)
Philippe Coutinho insists he would have happily traded in his hat-trick for Barcelona beating Levante but admits the latter ‘deserved to win’ on Sunday (BeIn Sports)
Andrea Belotti has dropped his biggest hint yet that he will stay at Torino this summer (Sport Italia)
Barcelona are confident of tying down defender Samuel Umtiti, linked with a move to Manchester United, to a new contract (Mundo Deportivo)
Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele will not pen a contract extension at the Premier League giants; AC Milan are interested (Calciomercato)
AC Milan are open to talks to sign Franck Kessie’s replacement, with Sassuolo ace Alfred Duncan being linked with a move to Milan (Tuttosport)
Pablo Maffeo, 20, has left Manchester City to join Stuttgart on a permanent deal said to be worth €9million
Jose Mourinho is reportedly looking at Liverpool target and Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Vazquez (OK Diario)
Lazio will look to sign Lucas Perez from Arsenal in the next transfer window to replace Nani (Tuttomercatoweb)
Sami Khedira has held talks with Juve’s directors about his desire to leave the club for a move to the Premier League, and the Italian champions are considering granting him his wish. Liverpool have been linked (Corriere dello Sport)
Thiago Motta says Neymar is a leader at Paris Saint-Germain, despite admitting his compatriot has lost some of his ‘joy’ at playing football (UOL Sporte)
Andrija Zivkovic’s representatives are expecting a bid from Arsenal for the 21-year-old (Sport Witness)
Borussia Dortmund have joined the chase for Manchester United’s Anthony Martial (Le10 Sport)
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