Liverpool are favourites to sign a £35m-rated Ajax star, while the £42m-rated central defender Manchester United are most likely to sign has been identified, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.
LIVERPOOL POISED TO MAKE OFFER FOR DAVID NERES
Liverpool have emerged as favourites ahead of Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid for the signature for Ajax forward David Neres.
The Brazil forward, who recently won his first senior cap for his country, has enjoyed an outstanding season with Ajax, with the Dutch giants just a clean sheet and 90 minutes away from a place in the Champions League final.
According to reports in both the Daily Mail and The Sun, Liverpool have already spoken with Ajax about the player and have asked to be informed the moment Neres is put on the market. However, it’s also suggested they could set the wheels in motion early by registering their interest in the Brazilian now.
Ajax stand to make a huge profit on the £13million they paid to Sao Paulo back in 2016 to get Neres over from South America – with widespread reports claiming he could leave for a fee of around £35m this summer.
The 22-year-old is seen by Jurgen Klopp as someone who can only get better and worth the reported asking price. Liverpool’s strong Brazilian contingent also means the player would comfortably slot in were he to move to Merseyside.
It’s also suggested that Liverpool scouts will be present in Amsterdam on Wednesday night for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Tottenham, with a number of their outstanding young talents also poised the subject of big-money interest from European football’s super-powers.
In total, Neres has 29 goals in 95 appearances for Ajax since his arrival in January 2017.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to boot Anthony Martial out of Old Trafford due to his bad attitude in training (The Sun)
Tottenham and Everton will engage in a summer transfer battle for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso (The Sun)
Tottenham are set to battle Arsenal for the signature of Ajax maestro Donny van de Beek in the summer (The Sun)
Maurizio Sarri has urged the Chelsea board to land Gonzalo Higuain on a permanent deal in the summer (The Sun)
Arsenal are interested in Lille winger Nicolas Pepe but his £69m price tag could price them out of a deal (The Sun)
Newcastle are tracking Young Boys star Loris Benito, who is available on a free transfer this summer (The Sun)
Highly-rated Chelsea youngster Marcin Bulka has reportedly agreed a free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain (The Sun)
Napoli and Inter Milan are both reportedly keen on making a move for young Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney this summer (The Sun)
Everton are keen to sign Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma on a permanent basis but the Blues are planning to bring the Frenchman back to Stamford Bridge for pre-season (Daily Mail)
Gareth Bale was told he is not wanted at Real Madrid in a face-to-face meeting with coach Zinedine Zidane, but he remains adamant that he wants to stay at the club (Daily Mail)
Arsene Wenger has turned down Fulham as the Cottagers offered him their managerial position for the second time since November (Daily Mail)
Southampton and Brighton are reportedly keen on Rangers full-back James Tavernier with an £8m fee being mooted (Daily Mail)
Manchester United are in talks to sign £50m-rated Juventus defender Joao Cancelo and offer Matteo Darmian as part of the deal (Daily Star)
Liverpool target Maxi Gomez insists he is “very comfortable” at Celta Vigo amid speculation of a move to Anfield (Daily Star)
Liverpool forward Bobby Adekanye has had a medical ahead of a move to Lazio (Daily Star)
Arsenal have been linked with a move for £21m rated Sao Paolo teenager Antony (Daily Mirror)
Southampton are lining up a £20m move for Standard Liege wide-man Moussa Djenepo (Daily Mirror)
Steve Bruce aims to begin his Sheffield Wednesday rebuild by snapping up Michael Hector from Chelsea for £3m (Daily Mirror)
Paul Pogba is ready to push for a summer transfer to Real Madrid – but his hopes of a move are likely to hinge on Manchester United dramatically lowering their £160m valuation (Daily Telegraph)
Tottenham hope to be boosted by the return of Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final clash against Ajax (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester United have Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt under consideration despite Barcelona appearing front-runners in the race to secure the player’s signature (Daily Express)