Three Premier League sides are in the race for a €55m-rated defender, while Manchester United are plotting a sensational €200m swoop according to Monday’s European papers.
PREM TRIO EYE €55M DEFENDER
Manchester United will reportedly battle Arsenal, Tottenham and Juventus for the signature of Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez.
TransferMarketWeb claims that Premier League trio are interested in the Uruguay international, who could be set to leave Atleti after five seasons.
It is believed that Los Colchoneros might put him up for sale for a fee of around €55million.
However, it was claimed last month that Atletico boss Diego Simeone would not sanction the sale of Gimenez unless a replacement was found.
El Gol Digital reported that Simeone was eyeing Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny as a possible counterpart, with the Gunners most interested out of the English sides.
Earlier in the season, Gimenez revealed that he has no plans to leave, claiming: “I have a contract until 2020. I’m not thinking of leaving Atletico Madrid because I feel very connected with this club.”
Reports also suggested that Liverpool had sent scouts to watch Gimenez.
MOURINHO PREPARES £176M MOVE
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is ready to break the bank to land a Real Madrid ace this summer, according to a report.
Spanish publication Don Balon claims that the Portuguese boss is prepared to spend up to €200million to sign Marco Asensio.
The report states that even ex-United star Cristiano Ronaldo is aware that a bid for Asensio could be arriving from his former club.
The player is under contract at the Bernabeu until 2023, however recent reports have suggested that the 22-year-old could seek pastures new amid concerns over his playing time next season.
Real Madrid have been linked with big money moves for forwards like Mo Salah, Neymar, Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski, all of which could limit Asensio’s opportunities.
The Spain international has scored 10 goals and provided four assists, despite seeing his progress at the Bernabeu stall a little under Zinedine Zidane this season.
It was even reported last week that United’s Premier League rivals Chelsea had seen a £132m bid rejected for Asensio.
AND THE REST
Bayern Munich have decided they will pay the €42m specified inJames Rodriguez’s loan contract to make the move permanent (Marca)
Samuel Umtiti has revealed that he is happy at Barcelona and suggested he is trying to convince Antoine Griezmann to join him at the club
Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City are just two of the teams set to battle for Fenerbahce midfielder Elif Elmas (Bild)
Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe says reports linking his team-mate Neymar with a move to Real Madrid are “nothing but hot air”
Barcelona will know the future of highly-rated teenager Robert Navarro in the next ten days. The midfielder turns 16 on April 12 and will have to decide if he stays with Barca or moves elsewhere. Should he leave the club, Manchester City lead the race to sign him (Sport)
Edinson Cavani, Adrien Rabiot, Javier Pastore and Angel Di Maria will all consider their futures at Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season (L’Equipe)
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has told Real Madrid they must promise him two things if he is to move to the Spanish capital this summer (Don Balon)
PSV’s Hirving Lozano is being lined up by Juventus as a possible replacement for Paulo Dybala, who’s attracting interest from Atletico Madrid (Sport)
After Thomas Tuchel turned them down, Bayern Munich are considering Frankfurt boss Niko Kovac as the man to replace Jupp Heynckes at the end of the season (Bild)
Monaco midfielder Fabinho says he has not been in contact with Paris Saint-Germain over a possible transfer
Borussia Dortmund are one of several clubs interested in Napoli midfielder Marko Rog (Calciomercato)
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