Manchester United have put together an incredible deal they hope will help them win the race for a much-sought after defender, while Arsenal are readying a €20m bid for a LaLiga centre-half, according to Thursday’s European papers.
MAN UTD SUBMIT INSANE BID TO WIN DE LIGT RACE
Manchester United have reportedly submitted what can only be described as a ludicrous offer to Matthijs de Ligt in an effort to win the race for the €70m Ajax defender.
De Ligt, just 19, has emerged as one of European football’s most-sought after defenders after an incredible season with the Dutch champions.
The player is widely believed to be hoping to join Barcelona, who his Ajax teammate Frenkie De Jong is also due to sign for this summer.
But with Barcelona struggling to agree terms for De Ligt, thanks in no small part to his agent Mino Raiola trying to engineer him a bigger package elsewhere, United have now submitted an incredible offer to lure the teenager to Old Trafford.
According to Sport, United have offered De Ligt an incredible €14m a year deal over a five-year contract – a salary that would equate to £235,000 a week – and more than double what Barcelona had been willing to pay.
Furthermore, it’s suggested United have topped Barcelona’s offer of €65m to Ajax by a further €5m in an effort to convince Ajax to do business with United first and foremost; the argument being that United see the player as someone who will only get better and the man they want to build their side around – potentially for the next decade.
Sport also believes the offer puts United firmly at the front of the queue to sign De Ligt – quite the turnaround given the player was reported to have scoffed at the Red Devils’ approach earlier this year.
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AND THE REST
Arsenal are expected to lodge €20m offers for Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso in the coming week – but PSG and Bayern Munich are also keen (AS)
Liverpool look like being beaten to yet another target with Ajax winger David Neres poised to join Atletico Madrid in a €50m deal. Other Reds targets Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard moved to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday (AS)
Manchester City are closing in on the signing of Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo, who will join Pep Guardiola’s side in a €50m deal ahead of interest from Man Utd (Record)
Atletico Madrid have been handed a boost by the news that Saul Niguez will remain at the club this summer and the player has no wish to quit irrespective of Man City or Man Utd potentially meeting his €150m exit clause (Marca)
Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe is unhappy with his status at the club and feels he has less influence than teammates and would still welcome a move elsewhere, despite the French club’s denials (AS)
Wolves have launched a bid to sign Porto striker Moussa Marega, who is rated at €40m. Roma are also keen on the powerful frontman (A Bola)
Agent Jorge Mendes is working on a deal to get Andre Silva a move away from AC Milan, with the Italian side open to the possibility of a swap deal (Calciomercato)
Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has reportedly shown a willingness to joining Juventus this summer (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has admitted he “would love” to be on the same team as departing Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann (Marca)
Barcelona are closing in on the signing of Groningen’s teenage midfielder Ludovit Reis in a deal worth in the region of €8m (Sport)
Inter Milan are hoping to beat Barcelona to the signing of Sao Paulo winger Helinho (UOL Esporte)
Filipe Luis – who is out of contract at Atletico Madrid this summer – has offered himself to Barcelona (Sport)
Real Madrid are looking at Torino no. 9 Andrea Belotti as a possible alternative to Luka Jovic (Chiringuito)
Barcelona have denied reports they made a €25million offer for Celta Vigo forward and Liverpool target Maxi Gomez (Mundo Deportivo)
Galatasaray have reached an agreement to sign Ryan Babel, who spent the second half of this season with Fulham (Turkish-Football)