Paper Talk: United’s first summer deal named; Vardy to LaLiga

Date published: Sunday 20th May 2018 10:01

Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal to sign an Atletico defender, while the LaLiga giants want a Premier League striker to replace Antoine Griezmann this summer, according to Sunday’s newspapers.



Jose Mourinho will kick off Manchester United’s summer spending spree with a £35m move for Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko, according to reports on Sunday.

The Sunday Mirror claims a deal for the 26-year-old has been agreed, with the move set to be confirmed imminently and the Croatia international set to become the club’s first signing of what promises to be a busy summer.

United are on the hunt for a new right-back this summer, with Matteo Darmian poised to return to Italy with Juventus and Antonio Valencia approaching the end of the line.

Vrsaljko has been at Atletico since 2016, but it seems the LaLiga club are ready to cash in for the right price – and Mourinho appears ready to spend £35m to land his man.

A deal for Napoli right-back Elseid Hysa was suggested on Tuesday, but at £44m, United have decided to plump for the cheaper option.


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Nabil Fekir’s move to Liverpool is reportedly close to completion (Sunday Mirror)

Atletico Madrid are planning a shock move to sign Leicester’s Jamie Vardy to replace Antoine Griezmann (Sunday Mirror)

James Collins was released by West Ham via email after 11 years’ service to the club over two spells (Sunday Mirror)

Everton do not want Wayne Rooney to shelve his MLS transfer despite Sam Allardyce’s exit from the club (Sunday Mirror)

Newcastle’s potential takeover deal is close to collapse with Mike Ashley now wanting £400m (Sunday Mirror)

Marouane Fellaini has moved out of his Cheshire home in the biggest hint yet that he will leave Manchester United (Sunday Mirror)

Emre Can from Liverpool to Juventus has been “confirmed” (Sunday Express)

Juventus are set to renew their interest in Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin – but only if the Gunners reduce their £50m asking price for the 23-year-old Spaniard (Sunday Express)

Crystal Palace are interested in Fulham right-back Ryan Fredericks on their radar as the 25-year-old Englishman nears the end of his contract at Craven Cottage (Sunday Express)

Former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry will get the chance to pitch for the manager’s role at Emirates Stadium on Monday (Mail on Sunday)

Mikel Arteta will demand full control over transfers if he takes over as Arsenal boss (Mail on Sunday)

Tottenham are close to agreeing a deal to sign Barcelona youth prospect Riqui Puig (Mail on Sunday)

Everton are ready to hand the reins to Marco Silva as the former Watford boss nears an appointment (Mail on Sunday)

Tottenham are confident Mauricio Pochettino will commit to a new deal after positive talks with Daniel Levy (Sunday Telegraph)

Aston Villa have invited the Duke of Cambridge Prince William to their Wembley play-off final against Fulham (Sunday Telegraph)

Mauricio Pochettino is targeting Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios for Tottenham this summer (The Sun on Sunday)

Leicester will make a daring £18million move for Barcelona’s Brazilian defender Marlon (The Sun on Sunday)

Paris Saint-Germain want to sign Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, according to reports in France (The Sun on Sunday)

Alex Zinchenko may be offered as part exchange by Manchester City as they try to land Napoli midfielder Jorginho (The Sun on Sunday)

Everton have joined the race to land Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in a £60m deal (The Sun on Sunday)

Joe Hart has suffered another blow with Southampton ruling out a summer swoop for the Manchester City goalkeeper (The Sun on Sunday)

Steve Bruce will have to fight Cardiff boss Neil Warnock for Sam Johnstone if Aston Villa secure promotion (The Sun on Sunday)

Tom Heaton is ready to quit Burnley after holding talks with Clarets boss Sean Dyche (The Sun on Sunday)

Bristol City are ready to offer £1m for Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson (The Sun on Sunday)

Liverpool youngster Harry Wilson is wanted on loan by Steven Gerrard at Rangers (The Sun on Sunday)


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