Manchester United have told Atletico Madrid how much one of their forwards will cost, while Liverpool have joined the hunt for a Lyon striker, according to Thursday’s European papers.
MAN UTD NAME PRICE TO OFFLOAD BIG-MONEY FLOP
Manchester United are ready to sell Alexis Sanchez to Atletico Madrid for a fee of £44million this summer, a report claims.
The Chilean has failed to live up to expectations since arriving at Old Trafford in a high-profile swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January 2018.
It’s no surprise to see United looking to offload him with his huge £425,000 a week – plus £75,000 appearance money – weighing heavy on the club.
Alexis could find salvation back in Italy with Inter Milan reportedly pondering a move for the former Arsenal and Barcelona star, while Serie A champions Juventus were also mentioned as potential suitors.
However, according to Don Balon, a return to Spain could be on the agenda for Sanchez who has been identified as the ideal replacement for Antoine Griezmann by Diego Simeone.
Griezmann revealed last month that he would be departing Atleti via a video, meaning Simeone has now been tasked with replacing his creativity.
The report goes on to state that the Argentine is a huge admirer of Sanchez who he will be familiar with from his spell in LaLiga at Atletico’s rivals Barcelona.
A transfer fee of £44million (€50m) should be enough to get a deal over the line, although there are no doubt question marks over whether his huge wages are within budget.
LIVERPOOL COULD GAZUMP MAN UTD FOR DEMBELE
Manchester United are reported to have made a firm offer of €40m to Lyon for striker Moussa Dembele.
The France U21 striker moved from Celtic to Lyon last summer and has proved a big hit in Ligue 1 after banging in 20 goals in 45 appearances.
He has been linked as a potential target for Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer, amid claims he believes the powerful frontman would provide an upgrade on Romelu Lukaku.
And now Thursday’s edition of L’Equipe claims United have launched an initial offer of €40m to the Ligue 1 giants amid reports a number of rival clubs are also pondering an approach.
According to the French newspaper, both Barcelona and Liverpool are also hovering over Dembele; Liverpool arein the market for a new centre-forward with Daniel Sturridge allowed to leave at the end of his contract and Barca seeking more cover and competition for the ageing Luis Suarez next season.
While the paper acknowledges that United look most likely to sign the 22-year-old this summer, L’Equipe does raise the possibility of both their rival suitors pondering increased offers for a player whose stock is only likely to rise in the coming years.
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AND THE REST
Real Betis are resigned to losing wing-back Junior Firpo this summer amid interest from Barcelona, Man City and Newcastle (Sport)
Roma striker Patrik Schick admits he is completely in the dark about where he will play his football next season (Sport.CZ)
Real Sociedad have struck a €10m deal to sign Girona forward Portu, with the move set to go through in the coming days (AS)
Fabio Quagliarella is to be rewarded with a new contract at Sampdoria this summer (Calciomercato)
Inter Milan have joined the race to sign Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen – and could offer Spurs the chance to sign Ivan Perisic or Mauro Icardi to sweeten the deal (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Manchester United have launched a take-it-or-leave-it bid of €100m for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly (Corriere dello Sport)
Barcelona could swoop for Bayern Munich right-back Joshua Kimmich if Nelson Semedo leaves the Nou Camp this summer (Mundo Deportivo)
Paris Saint-Germain have opened negotiations with Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas over a potential switch to the Ligue 1 giants (Marca)
Gigi Buffon’s agent claims the veteran keeper has his heart set on a move to Lazio after it was confirmed he will leave PSG this summer (Calciomercato)
Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian is in negotiations with Valencia (Sky Italia)
Ajax and Bayer Leverkusen have been touted as potential destinations for Martin Odegaard after the forgotten Real Madrid man, still only 20, insisted all he wants to do is “play football” (AS)
Piotr Ziolinski insists he would not pick up the phone if Maurizio Sarri attempted to sign him for Juventus, such is the ill-feeling between the two clubs (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Maurizio Sarri’s move to Juventus has stalled with Chelsea demanding that the Serie A champions pay the Italian’s £5.3m release clause (Sky Italia)
Marco Giampaolo will sign a two-year contract to become AC Milan’s new coach after terms were agreed over his exit from Sampdoria (Calciomercato)
West Ham have made a £10m bid for Lorient and France U20 forward Alexis Claude-Maurice (Le10 Sport)
United’s refusal to sign Icardi has led to reports linking the Argentine forward with a surprise move to Roma (Sky Italia)
Talks are ongoing between Everton and Schalke over the loan signing of Jonjoe Kenny (Sky Deutsche)