Liverpool look set to beat Man Utd to a £45m defender, while the Red Devils are set to be offered two tempting swap deals, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
CLUBS LINING UP FOR PAUL POGBA
Manchester United look set to be offered the choice of two swap deals this summer as Real Madrid and Juventus up their pursuit of the midfielder, reports claims.
Pogba dropped his biggest hint yet that a summer exit is firmly on the cards by admitting he is looking for a ‘new challenge’.
The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford this window, with Serie A giants Juventus reportedly keen on the idea of bringing Pogba back to Turin, while LaLiga giants Real Madrid have also been heavily linked.
Now, Spanish outlet Marca claim Los Blancos want to include winger Gareth Bale as part of a swap deal for Pogba, a player who has been mentioned as a possible target for United.
Reports have suggested that Bale is worth around £75million this summer, despite doubts over his long-term future at the Bernabeu.
Meanwhile, journalist Nicolo Schira of Italian paper La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Juventus are readying their own cash-plus-player deal.
He states that Mino Raiola is insisting on the idea of taking his client back to Turin, with Juve director Fabio Paratici ready to offer €60-70m plus Paulo Dybala for the €150m-rated Pogba.
#Juventus insist with Mino #Raiola to return Paul #Pogba. Paratici is ready to offer money (€60-70M) plus Paulo #Dybala for him, but #ManchesterUnited want €150M. Meanwhile #RealMadrid and Zidane are in race for Pogba and want to close. #transfers #MUFC #mutd
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) July 3, 2019
The paper goes on to add that the player’s preference is a return to the Biaconeri, something which could work in their favour in the battle against Real.
Finally in the Pogba saga, AS are reporting that Raiola is playing up the interest of Juventus in order to get Real Madrid to make a move.
AND THE REST
Liverpool are ready to trigger the €50m release clause for Real Betis defender Junior Firpo. (Marca)
Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho has agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer. (Sport)
Neymar is planning on rejoining Paris Saint-Germain for preseason amid rumours of a potential departure. (El Transistor)
Barcelona are ready to listen to offers for 25-year-old France central defender Samuel Umtiti, who is a target for Manchester United. (Sport)
Liverpool have reportedly made contact with Barcelona to determine whether Ousmane Dembele is for sale this summer. (France Football)
Manchester United are putting together a bid for Spain U21 star Dani Olmo after he put in some star performance at the recent European Championships. (Sportske Novosti)
Dani Ceballos is set to leave Real Madrid on loan this summer with Spurs and Milan two of the clubs interested in his services. (El Transistor)
Arsenal’s French defender Laurent Koscielny is wanted by Bordeaux. (L’Equipe)
Barcelona and France winger Ousmane Dembele wants to stay at Nou Camp despite interest from Liverpool and Bayern Munich. (L’Equipe)
Lyon have completed the signing of Lille midfielder Thiago Mendes in a deal worth a reported €25million (£22.4m).
Southampton have already made an offer of a loan with a view to buy worth €18m + bonuses for AC Milan striker Andre Silva, but the bid was rejected. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Arsenal are going head-to-head with Galatasaray in the race for Roma midfielder Steven N’Zonzi. (Takvim)