Barcelona are desperate to sign two forwards in a potential €300m+ swoop, while Real Madrid have offered a swap deal for Paul Pogba, according to Sunday’s European papers.
REAL MADRID ACCELERATE POGBA PURSUIT
Manchester United have been offered five names by Real Madrid in order to get a swap deal for Paul Pogba over the line, according to a report.
Madrid are set for a busy summer having fallen well short of their targets this season, finishing third in La Liga and being eliminated in the Champions League Round of 16 by Ajax.
Chelsea star Hazard is largely expected to arrive at the club, having already informed the Blues about his intentions, and Pogba is seemingly a major target for them too.
The report states that Real are looking to bring down the price tag on Pogba, who is already set for a massive wage cut at United due to their failure to qualify for the Champions League.
And in doing so, Los Blancos want to trim some money off their own wage bill, and have let United pick from five players in an attempt to strike a deal.
Gareth Bale is one of the names mentioned, as is midfielder James Rodriguez who looks set to be moved on this summer.
The other three names are defender Theo Hernandez, goalkeeper Keylor Navas and playmaker Isco, however the latter is still rated by Zinedine Zidane and would feature more frequently next season.
Reports in the Spanish press suggested that Bale has been made available for loan instead of a permanent transfer this summer, and that would cost just £5million, while recent reports have suggested a permanent deal would cost €70m.
AND THE REST
Barcelona are still hopeful of concluding a deal for Matthijs de Ligt but Manchester United are ready to pull out of the race to sign the Ajax defender. (Sport)
Tottenham could be set to battle Real Madrid for the signing of Luka Jovic. (Don Balon)
Bayern Munich has placed a £20m price tag on Germany defender Jerome Boateng who is a target for Arsenal and Manchester United. (Bild)
Arsenal would like to sign Paris St-Germain’s 27-year-old right-back Thomas Meunier. (Paris United)
Watford face a fight to keep hold of Gerard Deulofeu, with the striker attracting interest from three Serie A sides. (Calciomercato)
Benfica are targeting the capture of Real Madrid’s number two goalkeeper Keylor Navas. (Record)
Barcelona want to sign Atletico Madrid’s France forward Antoine Griezmann and re-sign Paris St-Germain’s Brazilian striker Neymar. (Mundo Deportivo)
Meanwhile, Barcelona’s leading forward Lionel Messi says he has a private WhatsApp group with Neymar and team-mate Luis Suarez. (Marca)
Zinedine Zidane is planning a mass culling of the Real Madrid team, with as many as 14 players up for sale. (AS)
Manchester United have made contact with agent Mino Raiola over a move for Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. (Corriere della Sera)
Juventus are interested in signing Red Bull Salzburg teenager Dominik Szoboszlai. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Antonio Conte has secured Roma striker Edin Dzeko as his first signing at Inter. (SportMediaset)
Experienced defender Filipe Luis is closing in on a move to Barcelona. (Marca)
Fiorentina, who escaped relegation from Serie A on the final weekend of the season, are up for sale. (Corriere della Sera)
Inter Milan are interested in Roma’s Serbian full-back Aleksandar Kolarov. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Milan may be set to hire Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo as the replacement for Gennaro Gattuso. (Calciomercato)