Manchester United could find the answer to their defensive prayers in an £18m LaLiga bargain, while Chelsea have made the capture of Liverpool’s No 1 target a top priority, according to Monday’s European papers.
MAN UTD LEAD CHARGE TO SIGN DIEGO GODIN
Manchester United are reportedly leading a number of large European clubs in the hunt for Uruguayan central defender Diego Godin.
According to Spanish daily AS, the Atletico Madrid star is entering the final year of his contract at the Wanda Metropoliano and could be signed for as little as £18million due to a clause in his contract.
Although talks are ongoing over a new deal between the player and the LaLiga giants, Atletico fear the defender could be enticed away, with Juventus also in the running to sign him.
The defender was branded as the “best central defender in world football right now” by BBC co-commentator Phil Neville during Uruguay’s recent World Cup win over Saudi Arabia.
Jose Mourinho is in the hunt to sign a new central defender this summer and efforts to land Samuel Umtiti and Toby Alderweireld have so far met with frustration. But he could find more joy if he moves for Godin, who despite being 32 years of age, would still represent a real coup at £18million.
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Chelsea are officially ready to join the race for Roma goalkeeper Alisson and will make the Brazilian their No 1 target to replace Thibaut Courtois. Incoming boss Maurizio Sarri has told the Blues he believes Roma will sell if they offer a straight £61m deal (Il Matino)
Marco Asensio – linked with a British record switch to Liverpool – is concerned about his future at Real Madrid and will seek assurances about game-time from new coach Julen Lopetegui before deciding whether to quit the club or not (Diario Gol)
Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe will make a decision on his future ‘after the World Cup’ amid interest from Atletico Madrid (Marca)
Federico Bernardeschi’s agent has dropped a strong hint that the Chelsea and Liverpool target will only move to Juventus if he leaves Fiorentina this summer (Calciomercato)
Manchester United and Manchester City are set to go head-to-head in the race to sign €180m-rated PSG forward Kylian Mbappe (L’Equipe)
Harry Kane was close to signing for lower league Italian side A.S. Livorno back in 2013, the club’s president has claimed (MediaSet)
Real Madrid are hoping to use Luka Modric as part of a package to tempt Bayern Munich to sell them Robert Lewandowski this summer (Marca)
Unai Emery has made personal contact with his former player Ever Banega to discuss a potential move to Arsenal (Estadio Deportivo)
Athletic Bilbao are closing in on the €20m signing of Paris Saint-Germain forward Yuri Berchiche (L’Equipe)
Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is closing on a move to Juventus – but the Red Devils will hold out for their €85m asking price (Tuttosport)
Real Sociedad are closing in on the signing of Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino for a fee of around €12m (Marca)
Luciano Spalletti has told Juventus to forget any chance of signing Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan this summer (Corriere dello Sport)
Antonio Candreva will extend his Inter contract ‘soon’ according to his agent, who also claims extensive talks have taken place for Bordeaux winger and Chelsea and Spurs target Malcom (Domenica Sportiva)
Roma are ready to land former Fiorentina attacker Ianis Hagi and PSG’s Javier Pastore in a double deal (Il Messaggero)
West Ham’s £35m pursuit of Felipe Anderson might not be dead in the water after all, contrary to reports over the weekend (Gazzetta dello Sport)