Four names have been mentioned as Newcastle look for a new boss, while Man Utd look set to turn to other defensive targets, according to Thursday’s papers.
MAGUIRE CHASE DOWN TO ONE
Manchester United have decided to pull out of the race to land Harry Maguire this summer due to his colossal £100m price tag, a report claims.
The Foxes are reportedly willing to sell Maguire this summer if any club matches their huge asking price, while they are already believed to be lining up replacements.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to solve the team’s defensive problems before the start of pre-season training on July 1, but that is looking more unlikely by the day.
Recent reports suggested that the Red Devils are willing to spend just £40m on the England international, which is just half of what Leicester apparently value him at.
City have always been mentioned as a potential suitor for Maguire as they look to replace the influential Vincent Kompany, and now it appears they have a clear path to sign the England man.
City boss Pep Guardiola on the other hand has not ruled his side out of signing the centre-half, but they are only willing to pay £65m as they aim to give Aymeric Laporte a new partner.
AND THE REST
Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt has accepted a contract offer from Juventus, who will now hold talks with his club to try to agree a deal worth £70m for the 19-year-old. However, PSG have still not given up on signing the Dutch international. (Guardian)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola feels that Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri is a “great player” but refused to be drawn on whether the club will sign him.
Serie A side Inter are set to make a £63m bid for Romelu Lukaku. (Guardian)
Everton are in line for a £5m windfall if Manchester United manage to make a small profit on the £75m they splashed out on Romelu Lukaku. (Express)
Manchester United could focus on transfers for James Maddison and Sean Longstaff after securing the signature of Aaron Wan-Bissaka. (Telegraph)
Bayern Munich have held talks with Barcelona and France striker Ousmane Dembele’s agent over a move for the 22-year-old. (Mirror)
Manchester City could scupper Watford’s deal to sign Fluminense forward Joao Pedro in January 2020 by taking advantage of a £17.9m clause in the contract to hijack the move for the 17-year-old Brazilian. (Star)
Nice boss Patrick Vieira, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, and Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta, are all on Newcastle’s shortlist to replace Rafa Benitez. (Telegraph)
Spaniard Arteta has been backed to take on the Manchester City manager’s role when Pep Guardiola leaves the club. (Evening Standard)
Burnley boss Sean Dyche is also on Newcastle’s radar but the Magpies would have to pay the Clarets a £10m compensation fee. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal will have to offer “a lot more” than £15million to take Kieran Tierney to north London, says Celtic boss Neil Lennon.
Huddersfield Town’s English defender Tommy Smith is wanted by Championship rivals Stoke City and Scottish champions Celtic. (Huddersfield Examiner)