Juventus’ sale of a star striker to Chelsea could have a positive impact on Manchester United’s efforts to land a €100m target, while Unai Emery has a huge target in mind as his sole Arsenal signing, according to Tuesday’s European papers.
JUVE TO SELL £70M ACE TO FUND MOVE FOR £87.8M MAN UTD STAR
The Italian papers have gone all out on reports that Massimiliano Allegri’s decision to stay at Juventus this summer is set to spark a huge summer transfer merry-go-round – with the Serie A champions at the heart of it.
Tuttosport claims Allegri plans to bring in seven or eight players this summer – and has a shock plan to bring Paul Pogba back to Turin.
The France star has cut an unhappy figure at Manchester United in recent months and admitted on Monday his future at the club is far from certain.
While a move to PSG looks Pogba’s first choice, there are some doubts over whether the Ligue 1 giants actually want him, with Shakhtar star Fred also on their radar.
And Tuttosport reckons it is Juventus who will cash in by launching a €100m (£87.8m) move to bring the midfielder back to his former club.
However, the Italian outlet acknowledges Juve will have to sell before they can fund a move for Pogba. They claim Allegri plans to finance the swoop for Pogba by selling striker Gonzalo Higuain, most likely to Chelsea. A fee of €80m (£70.2m) should persuade them to sell the Argentine forward, who lost his way in the closing weeks of the season.
What this all means is that Manchester United could be given a free run to move for Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who has been linked with a €100m move to Old Trafford and Juventus.
The Serbian star – wanted by Jose Mourinho as a successor for Michael Carrick – insisted nothing would be decided on his future until the end of the season.
But Lazio’s final-day capitulation at home to Inter Milan, which cost them a Champions League place, appears to have swung the pendulum firmly in United’s favour.
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Napoli are growing increasingly concerned that Kalidou Koulibaly will move to the Premier League this summer, with Arsenal now leading Chelsea and Man Utd for the £65m-rated Senegalese defender after Unai Emery named him as his No 1 target. However, any deal for Koulibaly will likely spell the end of the Emery’s summer spending, with the Spaniard ready to blow his entire budget on the player (Tuttosport)
Mauro Icardi’s new contract with Inter Milan is set to see the Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool target’s release clause raised to €160m (Calciomercato)
Zinedine Zidane insists he would not swap Cristiano Ronaldo with any player in the world, including Mohamed Salah, for whom Real Madrid have been strongly linked (UEFA)
Real Madrid have registered an interest in highly-rated Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey (ESPN)
Real Madrid are eyeing up a move for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar after a personal recommendation from captain Sergio Ramos (Diario Gol)
Tottenham lead Napoli in the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes after he dropped his biggest hint yet that he will leave the Nou Camp this summer (Mundo Deportivo)
Antoine Griezmann has informed his Atletico Madrid team-mates that he plans to stay at the club this summer (Marca)
Marseille duo Bouna Sarr and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa are being lined up for summer moves to Wolves (Telefoot)
Massimiliano Allegri will remain at Juventus for one more season and the Italian tactician has reportedly demanded the club to sign at least 7-8 new players this summer (Tuttosport)
Edinson Cavani has underlined his commitment to PSG amid claims he is being targeted by Chelsea and AC Milan (L’Equipe)
Norwich have failed in a bid to sign St Pauli striker Marvin Ducksch. This season’s top scorer in Bundesliga.2 was linked with Leeds earlier this year (Kicker)
AC Milan want to sign one of Ciro Immobile, Andrea Belotti or Alvaro Morata this summer – and will sell Carlos Bacca, Andre Silva and Nikola Kalinic to fund the move (Tuttosport)
Gianluigi Buffon is on the brink of signing for PSG on an initial one-year deal (L’Equipe)
Antonio Mohamed has signed a contract to be appointed Celta Vigo coach (TyC Sports)