Paul Pogba wants out at Manchester United, Inter Milan place massive price tag on Ivan Perisic and Unai Emery wants two more players this summer, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
POGBA OUT, VIDAL IN AT UNITED
Paul Pogba has told Manchester United he wants to return to Juventus, according to Italian outlet Tuttosport.
The France World Cup winner has finally decided to leave Old Trafford after becoming frustrated with life under Jose Mourinho.
Pogba left Juve to rejoin United two years ago, but he is now ready to head back to the Serie A champions following their capture of Cristiano Ronaldo.
And Mourinho could well be ready to replace him with Arturo Vidal.
Manchester United have a long-standing interest in the 31-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder, but Bild are reporting that Vidal is surplus to requirements in Germany.
Vidal has one year remaining on his Bayern Munich contract and new manager Niko Kovac does not see the Chilean with a future with the German champions.
CHELSEA SEEK OUT SHOCK FEKIR RAID
Chelsea have made contact with Lyon over a surprise deal for top Liverpool target Nabil Fekir, according to reports in Spain.
The Reds had been set to unveil Fekir as a summer signing ahead of the World Cup but the £53million deal collapsed at the last minute in strange circumstances with a row emerging over his fee and a long-standing knee injury.
While there is strong talk that the deal could yet be resurrected, reports in Spain claim Chelsea have now emerged as strong suitors for him.
According to Spanish paper Sport, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has identified Fekir as a replacement for Eden Hazard, who looks poised to join Real Madrid in a record-breaking deal this summer.
The European champions look ready to fork out around €200m to sign Hazard as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo this summer – leaving Chelsea with a huge hole to fill in their attack.
And while Liverpool previously stalled over meeting Lyon’s asking price over Fekir, Sport reckons the Blues would have no hesitation in matching the required £53million asking price.
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BALE FEE DISSUADES MAN UTD FROM SWOOP
Manchester United are moving further away from the prospect of signing Gareth Bale this summer after learning what it would cost to bring the Welshman to Old Trafford.
The Real Madrid star has been strongly linked with a move to United this summer as Jose Mourinho looks to bring the X-factor to his attack.
However, after it was reported that Bale could give the club another season following talks with new manager Julen Lopetegui and after Cristiano Ronaldo’s €103m move to Juventus, Manchester United themselves are said to have had second thoughts about a potential deal for Bale.
That’s because, according to Spanish outlet, El Confidencial, Bale would be looking to match his current £350,000 a week deal AFTER tax at Real Madrid. And thanks to the tax laws in the UK, that would mean paying Bale around £600,000 a week to ensure parity – a wage that would make him the club’s top earner above Alexis Sanchez.
Furthermore, after the departure of Ronaldo, the paper claims Real would now only consider selling Bale if they were offered €150m (£133.7m) – much more than United had anticipated the former Tottenham star would cost and that’s even after his Champions League final exploits.
With Bale’s contract not expiring until 2022, Real currently hold all the aces over the player, meaning United would have little room for negotiation.
And with United calculating that signing Bale on, say a four-year deal, would cost them a total of £258million (£125m of which would be in wages) it seems Mourinho, Ed Woodward and Co have cooled their interest in efforts to bring the four-times Champions League winner in this summer.
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AND THE REST
West Ham are leading Everton and Bournemouth in the chase for Genoa left-back Diego Laxalt (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Inter Milan are not interested in selling Ivan Perisic unless a mammoth offer of €80million arrives (FC Inter News)
AC Milan centre-back Leonardo Bonucci has met with Paris Saint-Germain officials over a move to Ligue 1 (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Chelsea representative Fali Ramadani met with Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici on Wednesday to discuss a deal for centre-back Daniele Rugani (Goal)
Former Manchester Untied defender Fabio da Silva has signed for Nantes from Middlesbrough.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants two more players before the end of the transfer window, but he will have to sell players first (Goal)
Lyon are interested in signing Barcelona’s Yerry Mina as the club search for a new central defender (France Football)
Atletico Madrid have agreed terms with Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins although the two clubs are yet to strike a deal (Marca)
AC Milan have made contact with Juventus over a deal for Chelsea striker target Gonzalo Higuain (Sky Italia)
Barcelona are keen to speed up negotiations with Ajax for the transfer of midfielder Frenkie de Jong and will bring him in as a replacement for Arsenal target Andre Gomes (Mundo Deportivo)
Wolves have been offered the chance to sign Joao Mario, who was on loan with West Ham in the latter half of last season (A Bola)
Serie A giants Napoli have reportedly made contact with Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria (Corriere dello Sport)
Real Madrid have made a €300m offer for PSG star Kylian Mbappe (TransferMarketWeb)
Liverpool have seen a €100m offer for Paulo Dybala fail, with Juventus determined to keep him at the club and form part of their attack alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. The Serie A giants plan to offset the cost of Ronaldo by offloading the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Gonzalo Higuain and Moise Kean (Tuttomercatoweb)
Roma have a shortlist of three goalkeepers to replace Liverpool and Chelsea target Alisson this summer: Robin Olsen of FC Copenhagen, Barcelona’s Jasper Cillessen and Paris Saint-Germain’s Alphonse Areola (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sevilla have identified Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida as a summer target. The Croatia star has also been linked with Liverpool and West Ham (Fanatik)
Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic is emerging as Borussia Dortmund’s top target this summer after they decided Michy Batshuayi was too expensive (Bild)
Diego Godin has told Atletico Madrid he is keen on a move to Juventus this summer – but the LaLiga side have vowed to fight to keep him (Sport)
Mauro Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda Nera will hold talks over a new deal for her husband, which will see his pay rise and his buyout clause raised significantly from the previous mark of €110m (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Atletico Madrid have not received any offers for goalkeeper Jan Oblak this summer (Onda Cero)
Lazio have denied claims they want to sign Bayern Munich’s veteran winger Arjen Robben (Cittaceleste)
Juventus will listen to bids for Moise Kean this summer. The striker, 18, has already been approached over a loan move to Monaco, while Leeds United are also said to be keen (Calciomercato)
Fiorentina insist that Federico Chiesa will not be sold this summer, amid links to Inter Milan, Roma and Chelsea (Calciomercato)
Leicester are weighing up a €18m move for Getafe central defender Djene (AS)
Levante midfielder Jefferson Lerma is the subject of a €19m (£17m) transfer bid from Bournemouth (AS)
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo believes Diego Simeone will coach Argentina at some point in his managerial career (Onda Cera)
Huddersfield are keen on a deal to sign Monaco striker Adama Diakhaby (Le10 Sport)
Napoli star Jose Callejon is edging closer towards a €10million move to AC Milan (Calciomercato)
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