Chelsea have agreed to pay €60m for a new striker, while Tottenham have made a €50m bid for a long-term Liverpool wing target, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
CHELSEA CLOSE ON HIGUAIN RAID
Chelsea have agreed to sign Gonzalo Higuain for a club-record fee, according to reports in Italy.
The Juventus forward, who has struck 282 goals in 556 career appearances, has given his verbal agreement on a deal with the transfer set to be rubberstamped as soon as Maurizio Sarri’s appointment as manager is confirmed.
According to Sport Mediaset, Chelsea will pay €60million (£53m) for Higuain, with a further €10m in add-ons – breaking their previous record spend of £58m on Alvaro Morata.
Morata could yet return to Juventus this summer, though the two deals will be kept separate, the report adds.
Argentina striker Higuain thrived under Sarri at Napoli, where he scored 91 goals in 151 matches.
His signing is expected to soon be followed by his Juve teammate Daniele Rugani, who is expected to cost €35million, though the Serie A champions will insert a buy-back clause in any deal for the Italy defender.
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AND THE REST
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)