Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are ahead of PSG and Juventus to sign a seemingly-unwanted Man Utd star, while £545million duo have preposterously been linked with a move to Old Trafford, according to Friday’s European papers.
PREM RIVALS EMERGE AS LEADING CANDIDATES TO SIGN MARTIAL
Anthony Martial will ask Manchester United if he can leave Old Trafford this summer and join a Premier League rival, according to reports in France.
The £60m-rated Frenchman has seen his first-team opportunities dwindle following the January signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal and the former Monaco man appears likely to move on this summer.
Juventus and PSG were both thought to be leading the chase for the player, but now Le 10 Sport claims he Martial is keen to stay in the Premier League and prove a point to Jose Mourinho.
According to the report, Martial will consider moves to one of Arsenal, Chelsea or Tottenham this summer, with the trio all ready to spend the £60million required to sign the 22-year-old.
Martial has scored 36 goals in 131 appearances during his time at Old Trafford, but has faded from the first-team picture in recent weeks.
And with Mourinho having blundered by allowing Mo Salah, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne to all leave Chelsea before giving them a chance to truly establish themselves, it’s suggested Martial is equally keen to prove the Portuguese coach wrong once again.
United may prefer the sale of Martial back to the continent, but may be swayed into dealing with a Premier League rival if Martial gets his wish.
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Chelsea are set to seal the transfer of £20m-rated Sao Paulo defender Eder Militao ahead of rival interest from Manchester United and Manchester City (Globesport)
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is Jose Mourinho’s ideal replacement for Martial this summer and he will ask Manchester United’s money men to launch a £200m bid for the Egyptian (El Gol Digital)
PSG forward Neymar has reportedly told Barcelona players he could join Manchester United at the end of the season, with the fee tipped to be as high as a staggering £345million (Don Balon)
Manchester United have identified Juventus star Alex Sandro as their No 1 target to replace Luke Shaw at left-back this summer (Corriere dello Sport)
Roma are interested in signing Southampton midfielder Dusan Tadic at the end of the season (Sky Italia)
Reported Arsenal target Karim Benzema looks set to join PSG this summer as a replacement for Edinson Cavani (Le 10 Sport)
Barcelona are in no immediate rush to tie central defender Samuel Umtiti to a new and improved long-term contract – boosting Man Utd’s hopes of signing the France star once again (Mundo Deportivo)
AC Milan managing director Marco Fassone claims the club will adopt a much more modest approach to the transfer market this summer and expects 90% of their stars to stay (Gazzetta dello Sport)
AC Milan have been offered a chance to sign Fiorentina captain Milan Badelj, who is also wanted by Sevilla and Tottenham (Calciomercato)
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has agreed a deal with Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian (Catalunya Radio)
Liverpool and Inter Milan will go head to head this summer to sign Roma midfield Kevin Strootman (Tuttosport)
Simone Zaza says he wants to stay at Valencia this summer after being linked with a move away (AS)
Gareth Bale would only leave Real Madrid for another “giant club”, according to his former Wales manager Chris Coleman
Reported Valencia target Alassane Plea says he will decide upon his future with Ligue 1 side Nice at the end of the season (Marca)
Rafinha, on loan at Inter from Barcelona, ‘wants to remain’ at the Milanese giants and is currently learning the Italian language (Premium Sport)
Bayern Munich will battle Tottenham and Chelsea for Jan-Fiete Arp to Bayern Munich if they Hamburg are relegated this season. The club are currently 16th in the table and have just five games to make up five points on those above them (Bild)
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak is “the best goalkeeper in the world”, according to his teammate Saul Niguez (AS)