Manchester United have made contact over what would be a hugely-surprising deal for a France midfielder, while a Real Madrid man wants guarantees from Jurgen Klopp before joining Liverpool, according to Monday’s European papers.
MAN UTD MAKE CONTACT OVER BAKAYOKO DEAL
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to bolster his Manchester United with the surprise signing of unwanted Chelsea man Tiemoue Bakayoko, claim reports in France.
The former Monaco man spent the 2018/19 season on loan with AC Milan, and while he impressed after a slow start, the departure of Gennaro Gattuso as manager appears to have ended his hopes of making the move permanent.
The France midfielder is now back at Chelsea for pre-season training, but is set to be allowed to move on with Chelsea last week completing the signing of Mateo Kovacic on a permanent deal.
Now RMC Sport claims an unexpected move to Old Trafford could be on the cards as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks to replace Ander Herrera in his midfield.
The French outlet claims Bakayoko’s physicality, energy and tenacity in midfield appeals to Solskjaer, who – against his players’ better judgements – has been working hard on his players’ fitness in pre-season training.
Nothing is mentioned about the sort of fee Chelsea would seek for the midfielder, though they were ready to let him move to Milan for a fee of around €40m and it’s likely they would accept a similar fee, despite selling direct to a would-be top-four rival.
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ARSENAL AGREE SALIBA DEAL, TURN ATTENTION TO NKUNKU
Arsenal are reported to have agreed a deal with St Etienne for defender William Saliba – but the teenage defender won’t be making the move to Emirates Stadium this summer.
Gunners boss Unai Emery was hoping to bring the 18-year-old to north London with immediate effect, but the Ligue 1 side’s determination to keep the player has led to a compromise arrangement between the sides.
According to reports in France, as per the London Evening Standard, Arsenal will pay around €30m for Saliba, with talks now ongoing between the clubs about the breakdown of those payments.
And while a move to Arsenal is expected to go through, the deal will be delayed until next summer – with Arsenal securing the player on a delayed deal in much the same way Liverpool did when they agreed to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig in 2018.
And staying at St Etienne for another season was always on Saliba’s mind as their club’s president Roland Romeyer explained: “He will stay at the club this season.
“It is an imperative condition should we come to an agreement for his transfer. It’s also William’s wish.”
As such, Arsenal are expected to give St Etienne a very small downpayment this summer, with the rest of the payments to be agreed.
The delayed deal will instead allow Arsenal to turn their focus back towards PSG midfielder Christopher Nkunku.
The Gunners are long-standing admirers of the young PSG midfielder, but were thought to have missed out when he Leipzig agreed a €15m fee for his services.
However, with the deal yet to go through, L’Equipe claims the player is holding out for a switch to Emirates Stadium instead, with Emery poised to swoop.
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AND THE REST
Real Madrid star Marco Asensio will seek assurances from Jurgen Klopp over his role in the Liverpool side amid talk a move from Real Madrid is close (Diario Gol)
Everton have launched a €35m bid to Barcelona for unwanted Brazilian winger Malcom (RMC Sport)
Ajax have handed 30-year-old playmaker Dusan Tadic an incredible new seven-year deal – though the playing side is limited until 2023 (various)
Manchester United have told Inter Milan to forget it if they try and sign Romelu Lukaku on loan this summer with an obligation to buy. United are only looking at a straight cash sale for the Belgian (Tuttosport)
Real Madrid are reportedly considering offering Italian legend Francesco Totti an ambassadorial role at the club (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Atletico Madrid are set to complete the signing of Benfica striker Ivan Saponjic in the next few days (Marca)
Genoa defender Cristian Romero will have his Juventus medical on Tuesday, but then go out on loan, most likely to Atalanta (Sky Italia)
Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller has distanced himself from talk he could be targeted by Man Utd or West Ham (Kicker)
Real Madrid have set a €30m price for Arsenal and Inter target Lucas Vazquez, although no concrete offers have arrived yet (Marca)
Talks between Inter Milan and Roma over a deal for Edin Dzeko have stalled (Sky Italia)
Atletico Madrid have been linked with a summer move for Napoli midfielder and Spain Under-21 star Fabian Ruiz (AS)
Real Betis goalkeeper Pau Lopez will join Roma on July 8 for an initial €20m fee, after completing a medical with the Serie A side (Sky Italia)
Gianluigi Donnarumma has told AC Milan he wants to stay at the club this summer amid links to PSG and Manchester United (Calciomercato)
Veteran Brazil captain Dani Alves is considering offers from former side Barcelona and Atletico Madrid this summer (Globe Esporte)
James Rodriguez would prefer to join Atletico Madrid than Napoli this summer as he plots an escape from Real Madrid (AS)
Lucas Paqueta has ruled out a move away from AC Milan and is excited about the prospect of playing under new coach Marco Giampaolo (Tuttomercatoweb)
Man Utd are yet to make a bid for long-term target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who has an offer from PSG (Gazzetta Dello Sport)
Mauro Icardi is house-hunting in Napoli as he considers a €10m-a-year proposal from Carlo Ancelotti’s side, while Lorenzo Insigne could move the other way (Corriere Dello Sport/Tuttosport)
Schalke are close to signing Atalanta defender Robin Gosens, with the price tag set at €12m (Gazzetta Dello Sport)