Arsenal have failed with a lowly bid for Harry Maguire amid reports Leicester have raised their asking price, while Man City are poised to sign a £40m Dutchman to fill Vincent Kompany’s shoes, according to Wednesday’s newspapers.
BIG DEVELOPMENTS OVER HARRY MAGUIRE FUTURE AS ONE APPROACH FAILS
The transfer saga surrounding Harry Maguire is poised to heat up amid a flurry of reports in Wednesday’s newspapers.
We’ll start with The Sun, who, just a day after Arsenal were reported to have launched a lowly £40m offer for Wilfried Zaha, are now reported to have submitted an amusing £50m offer for Leicester and England defender Maguire. That bid has, understandably, been rejected by the Foxes, who have now apparently stuck a staggeringly-high £90m asking price on the 26-year-old’s head.
Whether they’ll achieve that fee remains to be seen, but the paper also claims the player has now told Leicester for the first time he wants to move on this summer; news which has perhaps forced the newly-raised fee stuck on his head.
That view is backed up by the Daily Telegraph, who claims all of Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal have been told it will take the world-record fee of £90m before they would consider selling the in-demand defender this summer.
The Telegraph claims United have now matched City’s £70m offer for the defender, which is slightly nearer to Leicester’s asking price, but still one that will be rejected, as per reports on Tuesday.
The Daily Express also has their say on Maguire’s future and claims the defender would prefer a move to City over United and Arsenal, owing to what is perceived as a seemingly regular guarantee of Champions League football.
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AND THE REST
Manchester City are ‘likely’ to beat Tottenham in the race to seal a £40m transfer for Nathan Ake, according to reports (The Sun)
Mike Ashley will attempt to lure Roberto Martinez to Newcastle, with the Belgian FA braced for an approach (The Sun)
Nemanja Vidic could make an emotional return to Old Trafford as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching set-up (The Sun)
Manchester United and Werder Bremen are both interested in signing Stoke’s 18-year-old defender Nathan Collins (The Sun)
Aston Villa are set to make an £8m bid for Egypt’s highly-rated striker Mahmoud Trezeguet (The Sun)
Napoli are ready to make their move for Kieran Tierney as they prepare to outbid Arsenal for the Celtic star (The Sun)
Derby County will replace Chelsea-bound Frank Lampard with former Barcelona and Netherlands utility man Phillip Cocu, 48, who is a free agent after leaving Fenerbahce last year (The Guardian)
Real Madrid are eager to include Gareth Bale in a potential deal for their No 1 target Paul Pogba (Daily Mail)
Tottenham are ready to sell Toby Alderweireld to Roma to raise funds for their £40m-rated starlet Nicolo Zaniolo (Daily Mail)
Sheffield United face a race against time to finish the Bramall Lane renovation project ahead of their Premier League return (Daily Mail)
Christian Eriksen has told Tottenham he wants to leave – but only for the right club (Daily Star)
Crystal Palace are determined not to sell Wilfried Zaha to Arsenal because they believe the Gunners have deliberately tried to unsettle the player (Daily Mirror)
Peter Crouch has had a lucrative offer from China to continue his playing career in the Far East (Daily Mirror)
Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Alexandre Lacazette from Arsenal to replace Barcelona-bound Antoine Griezmann (Daily Mirror)
Lacazette’s agent met with Arsenal chiefs on Tuesday to discuss the forward’s future at the club (Daily Express)
Chelsea have agreed a new long-term contract with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, which is expected to run for at least five years and could be worth over £150,000 a week (Daily Telegraph)