Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pursuit of a Real Madrid midfielder may well have hit a brick wall, while Liverpool’s hope of keeping Sadio Mane has been given a boost, all in Sunday’s papers.
€500m FOR UNITED TARGET VALVERDE
Any hopes Manchester United had of getting their hands on rising star, Federico Valverde have been dashed.
The 21-year-old Real Madrid midfield enforcer has been superb in LaLiga and via the Sunday Mirror “comparisons have even been made between him and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard”.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane looks like a big fan of the Uruguay international and, according to Diario Madridista, Real will insist any interested party will have to match the player’s release clause of €500m to prise him away from the Bernabeu.
According to OK Diario (via Le10 Sport), United have made a deal for Valverde a “priority” for the summer transfer window in a deal that will be done to make up for Paul Pogba’s exit.
Valverde enjoyed a solid breakthrough season in LaLiga last term with 25 appearances last term but he has stepped his performances up a notch this campaign with 32 outings.
Indeed, with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos in mixed form throughout the season, Valverde has impressed to fill the gap and has become a vital part of Zidane’s side.
AND THE REST
Tottenham have set their sights on veteran Inter defender Diego Godin (Football London)
Chelsea have asked super-agent Mino Raiola to keep them updated on contract talks between AC Milan and highly-rated goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. (Sunday Express)
Chelsea are looking to hijack Manchester United’s attempts to sign Birmingham City youngster Jude Bellingham (Daily Mail)
Real Madrid’s top midfield target this summer is Rennes starlet Eduardo Camavinga (Marca)
Real Madrid have made Erling Haaland their top priority in the summer transfer window, ahead of Liverpool’s Sadio Mane (Daily Express)
Chelsea have made an approach to sign Real Madrid youngster Achraf Hakimi (Daily Mirror)
Lazio could be interested in making a double move for Chelsea stars Pedro and Olivier Giroud (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Everton are set to wait on a decision regarding the upcoming transfer window prior to making a move for Lille star Gabriel Magalhaes (Liverpool Echo)
Everton have made a £30m bid for 22-year-old Brazilian Lille forward Gabriel Magalhae. (Football Insider)
A potential move from Juventus for Paris Saint-Germain star Angel Di Maria could be off (Calciomercato)
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone – football’s highest paid manager – will have to take at least a 30% pay cut in his £3.3m monthly wage. (Sunday Times)
Manchester United face being denied a £16m-worth summer tour including a ground-breaking game in India as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep across the world (Sunday Mirror)
Manchester City believe Arsenal are behind the plot to have their European ban upheld if the Covid-19 crisis prevents an appeal (Sunday Mirror)
Manchester City are fully committed to finishing the football season – but will refuse to play again until they are given 100 per cent guarantees that the health crisis is over (Sunday Mirror)
Liverpool are prepared to sell Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri, with Sevilla interested in the 28-year-old. (Football Insider)
Jurgen Klopp’s team are the favourites to sign striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig – and the German, 24, would have his preference of shirt number at the Merseyside club. (Sunday Express)
Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho’s agent has denied the player holds a grudge against Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy after a proposed transfer fell through. Brazil’s Coutinho, 27, is currently on loan at Bayern Munich. (Sunday Star)
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti says he and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp thought it was “criminal” that Liverpool’s Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid was played during the coronavirus outbreak. (Corriere dello Sport)
Roma are keen on signing Atletico Madrid’s former Chelsea striker Diego Costa. The 31-year-old has nearly signed for the club twice before. (Mundo Deportivo)
Spain boss Luis Enrique revealed Adama Traore is closing in on an international call-up as the Wolves star deliberates on his international future. (Daily Mail)
Valencia want at least £36million if they are forced to sell Arsenal target Carlos Soler (Daily Mail)
Crystal Palace are monitoring developments with Hearts left-back Aaron Hickey but have yet to make a bid (Daily Mail)