Liverpool could beat Manchester United to the punch after making a cheeky offer for a £70m midfielder, while Lucas Torreira’s future at Arsenal has taken another twist, according to Monday’s European papers.
LIVERPOOL BID MADE FOR BRUNO FERNANDES
Liverpool are hoping to beat Manchester United to the punch in the race to sign Bruno Fernandes.
The Sporting Lisbon midfielder is a man in demand this summer and has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to freshen up his midfield.
United are yet to launch an official bid and are probably waiting to see what happens with Paul Pogba first before finalising their transfer plans. But the delay in negotiations has appeared to let in Liverpool, who have now launched a bid, claim reports in Portugal.
According to Correio da Manha, Liverpool have made a £40m offer for the prolific midfielder and have strong hopes they can cash in on United’s dalliance.
It does, however, seem unlikely Sporting will accept such an offer given the midfielder – who scored or assisted 50 goals in 53 appearances this season in the Primeira Liga – has an €80m (£71m) exit clause in his contract.
Correio da Manha, however, does claim Jurgen Klopp’s interest in the player is genuine and reckons his goalscoring abilities from midfield can improve on an area in which they have lacked efficiency in since Philippe Coutinho’s sale to Barcelona 18 months ago.
The Reds have watched the player on several occasions during the season and it would not come as a major shock to see Liverpool sneak in at the last moment and pip United to his signature.
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MAN UTD WANT POGBA SALE TO FUND TRIPLE SWOOP
Manchester United are willing to cash in on Paul Pogba for as much as possible this summer – amid reports they have identified three players they want to sign to form a new-look midfield.
Pogba’s antics this weekend in which he appeared to request a new challenge this summer have been met with anger by the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
However, despite the reports, Marca claims United will sell the player for the right price and that the posturing is little more than an effort to start the ball rolling and ensure the club receive as much as possible for the Frenchman.
And according to reports in Spain, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to form a new-look midfield triumvirate with the funds from the sale of Pogba.
According to Mundo Deportivo, United are targeting Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona to help them address their midfield issues.
Both players have been strongly mentioned as United targets but should all pieces fall into place, United want the duo brought in with Coutinho given free licence and Rakitic as one of their new holding midfielders. A double swoop on Barca would set United back €150m.
In addition, the third player Solskjaer wants to add to his midfield is Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, who impressed while on loan at Leicester.
According to the latest reports in his homeland, Belgian news outlet DH claims United have launched an opening €40m approach to Monaco for the midfielder.
If all goes to plan, and as per the reports, United could have Coutinho, Rakitic and Tielemans as their midfield trio next summer, with Pogba joining the departed Ander Herrera out the exit door, with another – most likely strugling Brazilian Fred – also tipped to move on.
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AND THE REST
AC Milan have turned to Sassuolo midfielder Stefano Sensi after Arsenal told them €40m-rated midfielder Lucas Torriera – said to be unsettled in north London – was no longer on the market (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Barcelona are hoping to offload midfielder Denis Suarez before their pre-season campaign gets underway in July 2019 and are willing to accept around €20m amid reports that Celta Vigo are keen (Mundo Deportivo)
AS Roma have bid for highly-rated Real Betis goalkeeper Pau Lopez (Sky Italia)
Sevilla and Valencia are both hopeful of landing out-of-favour AC Milan midfielder Samu Castillejo this summer (Marca)
Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has an offer on the table from an unnamed Chinese Super League club and is considering making the move with Frenkie De Jong due to arrive this summer (Mundo Deportivo)
Real Madrid have set a deadline of 1 July to sign midfielder Paul Pogba from Manchester United after expressing their wish not to be drawn into a circus surrounding the player. They also won’t pay more United’s reported €150m asking price (Marca)
Inter Milan have lined up a bid €36m plus €14m in bonuses for Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella, who is a long-term target for Liverpool (Sky Italia)
Atletico Madrid are set to smash their club record transfer in order to land Benfica star Joao Felix for €120m, with Man City, Man Utd and Juventus also keen (Marca)
Paris-Saint Germain are reportedly open to selling Neymar this summer after club owner Nasser al Khelaifi expressed reservations about his attitude (France Football)
AC Milan will launch offers for Fiorentina’s Jordan Veretout and Stefani Sensi of Sassuolo this week (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Real Betis and Sevilla are both pondering a move for out-of-favour Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos this summer (Mundo Deportivo)
Barcelona have been linked with a shock move for Fulham teenage midfielder Harvey Elliott, with Bundesliga pair RB Leipzig and and Borussia Dortmund also keen (various)
Bologna striker Mattia Destro has reportedly been offered to Lazio (RadioSei)
Mateo Kovacic has set his sights on a return to Inter Milan this summer after Real Madrid told him he can leave and Chelsea opted against a permanent deal (Corriere dello Sport)
Crystal Palace have made contact with Atalanta over a move for Belgium midfielder Timothy Castagne (Het Laatste Nieuws)
Former Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has tipped Paris Saint-Germain forward Edison Cavani for a switch to the Wanda Metropolitano (Marca)
Everton forward Richarlison has urged his Brazil team-mate David Neres to join him at Goodison Park (Goal)
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)
Inter’s hopes of signing Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku have hit a snag over wage demands (Gazzetta dello Sport)