Manchester United are making moves to bring in two of Europe’s most exciting attackers, while Liverpool and Tottenham have been told a striker target can leave for €50m, according to Monday’s European papers.
MAN UTD STEP UP INTEREST IN GRIEZMANN, DYBALA
Manchester United are being tipped to make firm approaches for two of European football’s star attackers in Paulo Dybala and Antoine Griezmann, according to various reports.
Griezmann has played his final match for Atletico Madrid and has confirmed he leave the Wanda Metropolitano this summer when his exit clause reduces to €104m.
A move for Barcelona is widely expected, but reports in Spain over the weekend claim a number of the Catalan club’s senior stars are opposed to his signing this summer and have already voiced that opinion to the club’s hierarchy.
And according to Sport, that will let Manchester United in through the back door with the Red Devils ready to activate his release clause and finally bring the Frenchman to Old Trafford, having come so close to signing him two summers ago. As such, it’s claimed United are readying an approach to the France forward’s agent.
The 2018 World Cup winner, who scored 21 times for Atletico during the 2018-19 season and he is seen as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dream replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
Meanwhile, United continue to be linked with Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, with reports again suggesting an approach is imminent from the Old Trafford outfit.
Dybala’s brother and agent confirmed last week the Argentinian forward would leave Turin this summer, with Cristiano Ronaldo touted as the main reason.
And his brother has been speaking again, this time telling Futbolemico: “I can’t say where he’ll go, but there is a strong chance Paulo will leave.
“Of course he’s not happy there. Paulo’s not the only one, there are many players who are uncomfortable at Juve.
“He won’t be the one who will leave Juve this summer.”
Dybala is rated at around €95m by Juventus and is seen as a long-term successor to Alexis Sanchez.
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AND THE REST
Celta Vigo have told Maxi Gomez’s suitors he is free to leave this summer, with a move to one of West Ham, Tottenham or Liverpool looking most likely. However, the LaLiga side will demand close to the full €50m exit fee for the Uruguayan striker (Estadio Deportivo)
Juventus have seen efforts to name Jurgen Klopp their new manager fail after making a tentative approach to the Liverpool manager over replacing Massimilano Allegri (Tuttosport)
Leroy Sane is closing on a €70m move to Bayern Munich, with Pep Guardiola prepared to sacrifice the German in order to give Riyad Mahrez more playing time next season (Kicker)
Leicester are reportedly closing on the transfer of AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu for a fee of around €30m (Sport Witness, via Gazzetta dello Sport)
AC Milan are closing on the signing of Sassuolo and Italy midfielder Stefano Sensi for €13m (Tuttosport)
Zinedine Zidane has admitted for the first time that Gareth Bale does not fit in his Real Madrid team amid growing reports the Welshman is set to leave the Bernabeu this summer (various)
Simone Inzaghi, Maurizio Sarri and Sinisa Mihajlovic are the three frontrunners to replace Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Nelson Semedo, Philippe Coutinho, Marc-Andre Ter-Stegen, Clement Lenglet and Ousmane Dembele are all doubtful for Barcelona’s clash with Valencia in the Copa del Rey final, while Luis Suarez is definitely out. It all means Lionel Messi will be joined by Malcom and La Masia graduate Abel Ruiz in attack (Sport)
Roma will reportedly offer Francesco Totti the role of technical director, which would see him command more power at the club (Corriere dello Sport)
PSG forward Edinson Cavani admits he would consider a return to previous club Napoli if they approached him this summer (Canal+)
Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has moved to end rumours linking him with Real Madrid, by pledging his loyalty to the Serie A side (Corriere dello Sport)
Departing Roma legend Daniele De Rossi could join Sampdoria as a player-coach in an unexpected move (Sky Calcio)