Liverpool are one of the clubs ready to move for a €120m winger, while Manchester United are set to make a big-money bid for a France forward, according to Monday’s European papers.
MAN UTD STEP UP LUKAKU REPLACEMENT HUNT
Manchester United are ready to make their move for Lyon star Moussa Dembele this summer, according to reports in France.
With Romelu Lukaku’s future firmly up in the air, United have been forced to look at potential replacements for the Belgian.
Just two years after joining the Old Trafford giants, the 26-year-old is believed to be keen to move onto pastures new and Antonio Conte is keen to bring the striker to Serie A, though Inter face competition from rivals Juventus.
Recently, Sky Sports revealed that Dembele is the man that United are targeting to replace Lukaku, with the former Celtic star having score 23 goals and added six assists in 52 appearances across all competitions last season for Lyon.
The 22-year-old former PSG youngster was recently the subject of a €45m bid from United, which followed an uncertain admission over his future.
Now, French outlet L’Equipe (as translated by Sky Sports’ live transfer centre) claim that United are readying a bid of over £40million.
It is mentioned that the Red Devils were left impressed by the double he netted against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in preseason over the weekend.
The Gunners have also been linked with a possible swoop for Dembele as Unai Emery eyes a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a reported Man Utd target.
MAN CITY TO MEET OYARZABAL EXIT FEE
Manchester City have reportedly agreed to pay the €75m exit clause for Mikel Oyarzabal as Leroy Sane’s transfer to Bayern Munich inches closer.
Germany star Sane is expected to join the Bundesliga champions this summer, with City only reluctantly letting him move on once a replacement has been identified.
And according to Spanish daily AS, City boss Pep Guardiola has instructed his side to meet the €75m release clause in the contract of exciting Spain Under-21 left winger Oyarzabal.
The 22-year-old is seen as one of Spanish football’s brightest young talents and it’s claimed Guardiola sees him as a direct replacement for Sane, with the two transfers set to leave City marginally in profit.
Oyarzabal, who recently won the Euro Under-21 Championships with his country, has 38 goals in 151 matches for Sociedad, having seen his influence grow at the Anoeta Stadium.
While Sociedad want to tie their prized asset to a new deal, they except it’s likely his exit clause won’t prove prohibitive to the game’s big hitters – and it seems like it is City who look set to bring the talent to the Eithad this summer.
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AND THE REST
Liverpool are one of the clubs ‘positioned’ to swoop for the transfer of Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele this summer. (Don Balon)
Gareth Bale’s proposed move to Jiangsu Suning is off after the Chinese Super League club reached their foreign player limit.
Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye is edging closer to a move to PSG after passing a medical with the French club. (Le Parisien)
Marcos Rojo will consider leaving Manchester United if he believes first-team opportunities will be limited next season. (ESPN)
Real Madrid have changed their mind about James Rodriguez and told the Colombian that he won’t be leaving the club this summer after all. (AS)
Franck Ribery has reportedly turned down an approach from Monaco after setting his sights on a return to former club Marseille (Le10 Sport)
Gareth Bale’s proposed move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning was reportedly abandoned due to his family’s reluctance to uproot their lives to China (Marca)
Douglas Costa looks likely to stay at Juventus this summer following words of encouragement from new coach Maurizio Sarri (Calciomercato)
Flamengo boss Jorge Jesus has confirmed that defender Leo Duarte is on his way to join AC Milan this summer (Radio Brasil)
Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder has rejected a lucrative move to China as he holds out Manchester United or PSG (AS)
Moise Kean has agreed to join Everton in a reported €40m deal, but the sticking point remains Juventus’ insistence on a buy-back clause (Goal)
Juventus have switched their attentions to Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, having lost out on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to Man Utd (Calciomercato)
Monaco are favourites to beat Arsenal and Tottenham in the race to sign Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz this summer (Marca)
Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti insists he is “not too disappointed” at losing out on the signing of Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Napoli will switch their focus to the signing of Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan after missing out on the signing of Pepe (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Paul Pogba’s brother Mathias claims the Manchester United star wants to play in Spain before too long as he’s a “big fan of LaLiga” (AS)
Wolves will this week complete the signing of Patrick Cutrone, having agreed to pay €18m up front, with a further €4m in add-ons (Milan News)
Romelu Lukaku has ‘begged’ Manchester United to lower his asking price so he can join Inter Milan this summer – that despite reports Juventus are favourites to sign him, having offered Paulo Dybala in return (Tuttosport)
Barcelona are confident they can conclude a deal for Real Betis wing-back Junior Firpo in the coming weeks. Liverpool are also tracking the Spain U21 star (AS)
German Pezzella is unhappy with Fiorentina after it was claimed they are giving his captain’s armband to Federico Chiesa (Calciomercato)
Atletico Madrid are now pessimistic about their chances of completing the signing of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid (Marca)
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is preparing for life after football and plans long-term business ventures rather than going into the game as a coach (Marca)
AC Milan remain confident of a deal for Atletico Madrid forward Angel Correa this week (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Asier Illarramendi believes his new teammate Martin Odegaard will enjoy a successful season and add quality to Real Sociedad (AS)
Paris Saint Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp is eyeing a move to Portuguese side FC Porto (L’Equipe)