Liverpool are braced for a gigantic opening bid from Real Madrid for arguably their best player, while Tottenham may have found Hugo Lloris’ successor, according to Monday’s European papers.
REAL MADRID TO LAUNCH €150M MANE BID
Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid are set to show Liverpool their desire to sign Sadio Mane this summer is genuine by tabling a huge opening offer of €150m for the player.
Mane has taken his form onto another level this season and he has arguably been Liverpool’s most consistent performer this season as Jurgen Klopp’s side have marched tantalising close to a first league title in 29 years.
Zidane has always been a fan of Mane and would have tabled an offer last summer had the Frenchman not stepped down as Real boss. But his return to the hotseat has seen their interest rekindled – and now El Confidencial claim a gigantic opening offer is imminent.
According to the Spanish paper, Real are ready to make an opening bid of €150m (£129.4m) for Mane. While Liverpool are certain to reject the approach, the paper claims Zidane and president Florentino Perez are prepared to do ‘whatever it takes’ to tempt Liverpool to sell – and will increase their bid until Liverpool eventually relent.
While Mane – who has four years left on his Liverpool deal – has kept his counsel on links to Real, the paper suggests he could look to force the move to the Bernabeu once the season is over.
AND THE REST
Tottenham are looking to beat Crystal Palace and Watford to Osijek FC goalkeeper Marko Malenica, who has been tipped as a successor to Hugo Lloris (ESPN)
Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has blasted reports that he may be leaving the club this summer as ‘absolutely false information’ (AS)
Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran has confirmed that the club have offered him a contract extension, but he is delaying a decision on his future until the end of the season (Marca)
Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed that the Bavarins are interested in signing young Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo this summer (Sky Germany)
Caleb Ekuban’s agent, Graziano Battistini, believes the on-loan Leeds striker is loving life with Trabzonspor and will look to make the move permanent this summer (Tuttomercatoweb)
Barcelona will set a €80m tag on the head of Samuel Umtiti this summer after clearing the way for the France defender to leave. Man Utd and Juventus are interested (Calciomercato)
Brazilian teenager Rodrygo – who is to join Real Madrid in June 2019 – has spoken out about his frustration of playing for Santos under the management of Jorge Sampaoli (Globe Esporte)
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that highly-rated defender Matthijs de Ligt will be leaving the club this summer to join either Barcelona or Bayern Munich (Suddeutsche Zeitung)
Zinedine Zidane wants striker Raul de Tomas back at Real Madrid next season following his heroics at relegation-threatened Ray Vallecano this season (AS)
Roma are ready to challenge AC Milan for the signature of Atalanta’s Belgian full-back Timothy Castagne (RAI Sport)
Juventus will sell Argentine forward Paulo Dybala, 25, to help fund a €100m (£86.4m) move for Benfica’s Portuguese forward Joao Felix this summer (Tuttosport)
Qatari side Al-Sadd Sport Club will make a move for Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery this summer when his contract comes to an end (Kicker)
Inter Milan’s Argentine striker Mauro Icardi, 26, can leave for just €60m (£52m) this summer (AS)
Icardi has made a move to Real Madrid his No 1 priority this summer (AS)
RB Leipzig’s in-demand head of recruitment, Paul Mitchell, has revealed he will make a decision on his future at the end of the season amid interest from Manchester United and Arsenal (Bild)