A number of Premier League clubs have scouted a €50million Netherlands star, while a £62m midfielder is open to a Spurs move, according to Sunday’s European papers.
LIVERPOOL, MAN UTD IN FOR AJAX MIDFIELD STAR
Liverpool are among the clubs who have extensively scouted Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, according to one Dutch journalist.
Midfielder Van de Beek, who is rated at €50million, was one of the stars of Ajax’s season as they clinched a league and cup double and came within seconds of reaching their first Champions League final since 1996 before heartbreak against Tottenham.
The 22-year-old ended the campaign with 17 goals and 13 assists in all competitions, the sort of form that has seen him linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
“This is probably the biggest chance of a move happening this summer. If I had to put my money on a player leaving, it would be Donny van de Beek,” Marcel van der Kraan said.
“He is a perfect backup for many clubs. He is not the No 1 for most clubs – I have seen scouts from Tottenham, Manchester United, Everton, Liverpool and Newcastle at Ajax Amsterdam Arena watching him a number of times.
“He is an ideal player for the Premier League, he has the skills, like most Ajax players, and a big tank so he can run all day. But all these clubs have a priority list and Van de Beek seems the perfect backup for the big clubs.
“I think he is keen on the Premier League, more than the Bundesliga or Serie A and if I had to put my money on a player leaving this summer, it would be Van de Beek.”
Van der Krran previously stated that the Netherlands international has his heart set on a move to Old Trafford this summer, amid links with United.
AND THE REST
Manchester United have tabled a bid for 16-year-old French midfielder Hannibal Mejbri – despite a legal dispute between the player and Monaco. (Le Parisien)
Liverpool have made a concrete bid for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe. (Le10 Sport)
Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba is ready to go on strike in order to force through a move to Real Madrid. (ABC)
Maurizio Sarri wants a Juventus midfield of Paul Pogba, Sergej Milinković-Savić and Adrien Rabiot next season and also wants to add Mauro Icardi to his attack, as well as Marquinhos and Marcelo to his defence. Paulo Dybala, Mario Manzukic, Douglas Costa and Joao Cancelo will all leave to help fund the deals (Tuttosport)
Kostas Manolas has agreed personal terms ahead of a surprise move to Napoli from Roma (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Roma are ready to swoop for Salomon Rondon, as the striker has only one year left on his West Bromwich Albion contract after a one-season Newcastle United loan (Calciomercato)
Inter Milan will allow Mauro Icardi to leave with Antonio Conte wanting to sign Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella (€35m), AS Roma striker Eden Dzeko (€15m) and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku (€70m) this summer (Corriere dello Sport)
Inter’s hopes of signing Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku have hit a snag over wage demands. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele – valued at €70m – has revealed that he is interested in a summer switch to Tottenham Hotspur. (Telefoot)
Brentford forward Neal Maupay is in talks with La Ligaclub Sevilla. (L’Equipe)
Napoli and Real Madrid have agreed a loan fee for James Rodriguez, but haven’t reached a deal for an option to retain the Colombia international permanently. (TuttoNapoli)
Richarlison has urged his Brazil team-mate David Neres to join him at Goodison Park. (Goal)
Manchester United target Hirving Lozano has agreed a deal to join Napoli worth €4.5m a year to the Mexican. A deal worth around €50m is now expected to be agreed with PSV Eindhoven (Sky Italia)
Crystal Palace have made contact with Atalanta over a move for Belgium midfielder Timothy Castagne. (Het Laatste Nieuws)
Chelsea and France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko says he wants one day to play for Paris St-Germain. (L’Equipe)