Tottenham and Manchester United are poised to bring a pair of Real Madrid superstars back to the Premier League, while Barcelona are ready to spend €90m to land a Liverpool target, according to Thursday’s European papers.
SPURS, MAN UTD TO WIN RACE TO SIGN REAL MADRID PAIR
Cristiano Ronaldo has decided officially to leave Real Madrid this summer, with a move to Manchester United imminent, according to multiple reports in the European media.
The European champions have told Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes they will not satisfy his economic demands in a possible contract renewal, reports Madrid-based publication AS, leading Portuguese paper Record to claim the player’s decision to leave the Bernabeu is ‘final’ and that a return to Old Trafford is widely on the cards.
It’s claimed United have told Ronaldo he can have his favourite No 7 shirt number back – news which put current incumbent Alexis Sanchez’s nose out of joint and possibly lead to his exit.
Ronaldo is likely to cost €150m (£131m) which despite the player turning 34 next season might seem extremely steep. However, the commercial value – as well as the player’s obvious qualities – means the deal will make perfect sense for United.
United’s decision to sign Ronaldo will end their interest in his Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale – but that is likely to spell good news for Tottenham, who could now be given a relatively free run at re-signing the Wales winger.
Bale admitted following last month’s Champions League final he would look to leave this summer amid frustrations over his lack of a regular place.
And that could push him back into Spurs’ arms with Don Balon reporting that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are ready to submit an opening £60m offer to Real Madrid.
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Barcelona are keen on Monaco ace Thomas Lemar and will not be put off by his reported €90million (£79m) asking price (Sport)
Alisson will join Liverpool after Real Madrid decided to instead trigger the €100million exit clause in Jan Oblak’s Atletico Madrid contract (AS)
Sime Vrsaljko, Stefan Savic and Kevin Gameiro are expected to be sold by Atletico Madrid this summer with the La Liga side hoping to raise around €70m for the trio (AS)
Gameiro is expected to move to Valencia this summer after the France striker snubbed a move to St Etienne (Sport)
Marseille are interested in a move for Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder this summer -with the Andalusians ready to listen to offers (El Desmarque)
Atletico Madrid have contacted former Liverpool winger Suso over a possible transfer – with Milan believed to have lined up long-term Jurgen Klopp target Dani Ceballos as a replacement (Cadena Ser)
Everton lead West Ham and Juventus in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho after holding talks with the €40m-rated star’s agent (A Bola)
Malcom’s agent has denied reports the Man Utd, Chelsea target has agreed terms on a move to Inter Milan from Bordeaux (L’Equipe)
Sevilla are keen on a return for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak this summer and believe a bid of €10 – €15million could secure him. The Pole spent last season on loan with West Brom (Estadio Deportivo)
Juventus are refusing to be ‘blackmailed’ over the €20m fee Manchester United want for right-back Matteo Darmian (Tuttosport)
Guangzhou Evergrande and Inter Milan have both submitted offers for Roma star Radja Nainggolan (Corriere dello Sport)
Manchester United are locked in a battle with two unnamed Chinese Super League clubs for the £35m signature of Anderson Talisca from Benfica (O Jogo)
Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante is in Rome and is currently undergoing his medical ahead of a move to Roma (Corriere dello Sport)
Tottenham star Dele Alli has refused to rule out a future move to Barcelona or Real Madrid – but he insists he is happy where he is at this stage of his career (ES Magazine)
Watford are closing in on the signing of Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu (Sport)