Manchester United are being linked with a surprise €60m move for a Barcelona defender, while Real Madrid have settled on the man they want to replace Chelsea target Mateo Kovacic, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
MAN UTD TO ANSWER LEFT-BACK CONCERNS WITH SHOCK BARCA SWOOP
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has lined up a surprise swoop for Jordi Alba, according to reports in the Spanish media.
With the United boss seeing efforts to strengthen his central defence frustrated, Don Balon claims Mourinho has turned his attention to finding a long-term solution to his left-back search – and Alba is the man he has settled on.
The Spanish outlet suggests Mourinho sees Alba as the man to give his side more width down the left and help United close the gap on champions Manchester City this season. A fee of €60million has been mooted.
Two notes of caution, however: the 29-year-old is pushing for a new contract at Barcelona and could be using United’s reported interest to force Barca’s hand; much the same as Samuel Umtiti did earlier this summer. Secondly, Barca, having already lost Lucas Digne this summer are unlikely to sanction the exit of another full-back.
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Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has emerged as a transfer target for Real Madrid this summer – and the man they want to replace the departing Mateo Kovacic (AS)
Manchester United have offered Juan Mata to Inter Milan as the Serie A side’s hopes of signing Luka Modric face (Sky Italia)
Lazio president Claudio Lotito has named his price for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – but insists he is in no rush to sell the Manchester United (Corriere della Sera)
Hamburg midfielder Albin Ekdal is close to a move to Sampdoria, with a fee of €2.5million being mooted (Corriere dello Sport)
Barcelona do not have the budget to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba but will return for Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong (Sport)
Cardiff City have made a late move to sign Real Betis midfielder Victor Camarasa (Marca)
Gigio Donnarumma is still on PSG’s transfer radar – despite their recent capture of Gigi Buffon (Sky Italia)
Inter Milan are closing on a deal for Monaco forward Keita Balde after the Senegalese star admitted he wanted the switch (Calciomercato)
Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has admitted the club are working to find a solution over the future of Chelsea target Mateo Kovacic (Marca)
Roma are readying a €30m bid for Arsenal and West Ham target Cristian Pavon (Corriere dello Sport)
Real Valladolid will sign Roma forward Daniele Verde on a season-long loan deal with a €2m obligation to buy next summer (Gianluca Di Marzio)
Everton and Borussia Dortmund are also keen on unwanted Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko – but the player has set his heart on AC Milan (Corriere Della Sera)
Real Madrid are expecting Thibaut Courtois to arrive in Madrid on Thursday ahead of completing a move to the Bernabeu (Marca)
Bologna boss Filippo Inzaghi has targeted a move for AC Milan defender Cristian Zapata (Calciomercato)
Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has insisted the club have no wish to lose Inter Milan target Luka Modric this summer and are prepared to offer him a new deal to prove their commitment to him (Marca)
Huddersfield are now in talks with Montpellier winger Isaac Mbenza (Le10 Sport)