Man Utd are hoping Mino Raiola can help them beat Liverpool to a defender, while Arsenal are leading the race for a Benfica star, according to Friday’s European papers.
THERE IS DE LIGT THAT NEVER GOES OUT
Super agent Mino Raiola will help Manchester United beat Liverpool and other elite European clubs to the signing of Ajax starlet Matthijs de Ligt, a report claims.
De Ligt is understood to be a man in demand with Barcelona and Man Utd linked with the 19-year-old central defender.
Meanwhile, on Friday morning The Sun claimed Pep Guardiola had identified De Ligt as the man to bolster Manchester City’s defence.
De Ligt though claimed he has no thoughts of following Frenkie de Jong, who wrapped up €75million move to the Camp Nou earlier this week, to Catalonia, although he did suggest in time it could be a destination of choice.
“I can’t stop journalists talking about that, it’s part of football,” he said after Ajax’s 3-1 cup victory over Heerenveen on Thursday.
“We’ll see where I end up, but for now I’m very happy at Ajax and I hope to have a good season here. Or seasons, maybe.
Now, Don Balon are suggesting that Raiola could be key in deciding where the Dutch international goes next, and the agent has strong connections with United.
Raiola’s involvement could help the Red Devils beat their bitter rivals Liverpool to De Ligt’s signature for a fee of just €80million, the report claims, despite speculation Ajax are after €100m.
AND THE REST
Barcelona are ready to compete with Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid for the signing of Joao Felix (Mundo Deportivo)
Paris St-Germain could make a summer move for Chelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kante, 27 (Le10 Sport)
Juventus are eyeing a move for Roma’s teenage sensation Nicolo Zaniolo (Tuttosport)
Barcelona look like they are going to have to hand over €200M if they want to seal a return to the club for former player and current PSG superstar Neymar (Don Balon)
Arsenal and Atletico Madrid are leading the race to sign Barcelona academy graduate Alex Grimaldo from Benfica (Mundo Deportivo)
Inter are considering a summer bid for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Real Madrid have learnt exactly what they need to do to seal a deal to bring Spurs and England forward Harry Kane to the Spanish capital, and it involves Gareth Bale (Don Balon)
Ernesto Valverde is set to continue as Barcelona’s coach at least until the end of his current contract (Mundo Deportivo)
Bayern Munich harbour an interest in young Schalke striker Ahmed Kutucu (Bild)
Jakub Blaszczkowski has signed a six-month contract with Wisla Krakow, but will be paid the lowest salary possible in a bid to aid the club’s financial problems (przegladsportowy.pl)
Real Madrid are looking set to announce the signing of Chelsea and Belgium winder Eden Hazard should the club be knocked out of the Copa Del Rey by Barcelona later this month (Don Balon)
Real Madrid are ready to launch an advance for Juventus star Paulo Dybala, but they will have to send two players and around €20 million (£18m) the Serie A side’s way if they want to land him (Don Balon)
Juventus’ 24-year-old Italy defender Daniele Rugani – who is a target for Chelsea – is set to receive an improved contract until 2023 at the Serie A club (Calciomercato)
Arsenal are leading the race to sign Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo, 23. Manchester City, Napoli and Inter Milan have all been linked with the Spanish left-back (Mundo Deportivo)