Liverpool are emerging as frontrunners to sign one of the world’s most in-demand defenders this summer, while Manchester United have received a swap proposal surrounding Paul Pogba from Atletico Madrid, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
RAIOLA PUSHES DE LIGT TOWARDS €80M LIVERPOOL SWITCH
Super-agent Mino Raiola has reportedly confirmed to the Spanish press that his client Matthijs de Ligt has offers on the table from five sides.
Raiola claims the €80m-rated Ajax defender – who has emerged as one of European football’s hottest properties this summer – has proposals to join Manchester United, Juventus, PSG, Liverpool and Barcelona and is due to make a decision on his future after Holland’s involvement in the Nations League is concluded.
Of the quintet, Manchester United and PSG appear to have been ruled out of the running and, according to Sport, it looks like being a choice between Barcelona and Liverpool with Juventus seen as the less likely to sign the teenager.
And according to the Spanish paper, Liverpool have a great chance of bringing the commanding centre-half to Anfield, with Raiola steering his man towards Anfield for three major reasons.
Firstly, it’s claimed Raiola believes De Ligt’s career will benefit enormously from playing alongside Virgil van Dijk on a weekly basis and help the player’s game improve beyond all measure.
Secondly, Raiola believes Liverpool will be strong contenders to dominate Europe for a number of years; the Reds underlining their credentials this weekend by winning the Champions League for the sixth time in their history.
And finally, the super-agent believes that a move to Anfield would be financially rewarding. Manchester United and PSG are said to offered ‘dizzying amounts’ to De Ligt, but Liverpool’s strong financial position – together with their regularity of rewarding improved contracts to their top stars – could prove equally as lucrative to the player over the long-term.
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AND THE REST
Atletico Madrid have offered Paul Pogba the chance to end his Man Utd nightmare – and plan to finance his €100m move by offering another €100m man Antoine Griezmann in a straight swap (Sky Italia)
Manchester United have told Inter Milan they have no interest in swapping Romelu Lukaku with Ivan Perisic – leaving Napoli, who are likely to offer a straight cash deal, as favourites to land the Belgian (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Tottenham are ready to place a €45million bid for Roma playmaker Nicolo Zaniolo (Tuttosport)
PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn will be out to impress for Holland against England and convince Tottenham to push ahead with a proposed €25m summer swoop (Algemeen Dagblad)
AC Milan midfielder Lucas Biglia has told the club he wants to stay at the club with his current contract due to expire in summer 2020 (Calciomercato)
Lyon have denied reports suggesting they have agreed a deal with Real Madrid for defender Ferland Mendy (various)
Sevilla have made contact with Real Madrid over a possible transfer of full-back Sergio Reguilon this summer (AS)
Manchester City have turned down a bid of €15m from Inter Milan for Danilo – and have told them they are still €10m short of their valuation (Corriere dello Sport)
Christian Eriksen confirms he’s looking for a new challenge and is open to leaving Tottenham this summer (Ekstra Bladet)
Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri insists he’s happy at the club but needs time to weigh up the offer of a summer switch to Manchester City (Cuatro)
Paolo Maldini wants to make Atalanta defender Gianluca Mancini his first signing upon his appointment as Technical Director at AC Milan (Calciomercato)
Alberto Moreno admits his delight at winning the Champions League with Liverpool has been massively dented by the death of his close friend from Sevilla, Jose Antonio Reyes (Mucho Deporte)
Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa has reached a verbal agreement to join Juventus this summer (Sky Italia)