Liverpool, Man Utd and Arsenal are ready to battle for a Real Madrid playmaker, while four United stars will be shown the exit door this summer, according to Friday’s papers.
THREE-WAY FIGHT FOR COLOMBIAN PLAYMAKER
Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are all reportedly ready to battle for Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, who is not expected to stay at Bayern Munich after his loan deal from Real Madrid ends this summer.
The 27-year-old was shipped off to the German giants on a two-year loan deal in 2017, having struggled to impress at the Bernabeu.
Despite enjoying more first-team football than he did in Spain, Rodriguez has been unable to fully settle at the Allianz Arena – scoring 15 goals and providing 20 assists in 67 appearances in all competitions, although he did help Bayern win the Bundesliga twice in that time.
The German giants had the option to purchase the attacker for £37million but, according to Sky Germany, Rodriguez was not keen on extending his stay in Germany.
He wants to return to Real Madrid where his representative, super agent Jorge Mendes, will discuss his next move.
However, it is expected that Rodriguez will have to look for another new club, with Real boss Zinedine Zidane planning a huge revamp to his first-team squad – targeting the likes of Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen.
The report in the Daily Mirror goes on to state that the Frenchman does not see the playmaker as part of his long-term plans, and this has alerted the attention of Premier League clubs.
Liverpool, United and Arsenal are all known admirers of the player but are expected to face competition from Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
AND THE REST
Arsenal want to sign winger Ryan Fraser after the Europa League final, but Bournemouth want £30m for the Scotland international (Independent)
Tottenham have contacted Real Madrid in an attempt to start negotiations over midfielder Marco Asensio but have been told Spain international is not for sale (BBC Sport)
Four players – Matteo Darmian, Romelu Lukaku, Juan Mata and Marcos Rojo – are likely to leave Manchester United this summer (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United have improved a £12m-a-year deal offered to Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt and are hopeful the 19-year-old Dutch centre-back will sign for them (Daily Express)
Lukaku fears Manchester United’s £70m asking price for him will scupper a move to Inter, who are prepared to pay about £50m for him (Daily Mirror)
Manchester City want £15m for midfielder Fabian Delph, with a number of Premier League clubs interested in the 29-year-old (The Sun)
Leeds United are also interested in bringing England international Delph back to the club where he began his professional career (Daily Star)
Manchester United remain interested in signing France’s 24-year-old midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who is set to leave Paris St-Germain on a free transfer during the summer (Manchester Evening News)
Napoli are favourites to sign Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier and the England international will be allowed to leave for the right offer (Independent)
Arsenal are one of several clubs tracking Reading’s English striker Danny Loader (Goal)
Manchester United are expected to sign 16-year-old Dutch forward Dillon Hoogewerf after he left Ajax’s youth set-up (Metro)
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is considering a reunion with winger Patrick Roberts, who he managed during the 22-year-old’s loan spell at Celtic. The Englishman is available for a cut-price £4m from Manchester City (The Sun)
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has told Marseille and Roma that his main priority is agreeing a new contract at St James’ Park after being approached about their managerial vacancies (Chronicle)
The Magpies are weighing up making a move for CSKA Moscow right-back Mario Fernandes, with Atletico Madrid also interested in the Brazil-born Russia international (Daily Star)
Fulham have identified Newcastle’s £20m-rated English forward Dwight Gayle and Nottingham Forest’s DR Congo striker Britt Assombalonga as replacements for Aleksandar Mitrovic, if the 24-year-old Serbia international leaves Craven Cottage this summer (Evening Standard)