Paper Talk: Man Utd keen on Kante; Spurs close on £11m target

Date published: Sunday 12th June 2016 10:55

Manchester United will meet the transfer release clause in N’Golo Kante’s contract, while Tottenham are closing in on the signing of one of their long-term targets, according to reports in Sunday’s papers.



Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is ready to launch a £22m raid for Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Kante, who played in hosts France’s 2-1 win over Romania on Friday, played a major part in the Foxes’ shock Premier League triumph.

And Man United are now ready to trigger the release clause in his contract and bring him to Old Trafford.

Mourinho wants the midfield powerhouse to add steel and energy to United’s midfield as he continues his plans to rebuild after the £30m signing of defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal.

But United will face competition from Arsenal, Chelsea and PSG have all expressed their interest in the midfielder, who joined the Foxes in a £5.6m deal from Caen last summer.

Meanwhile, the Sunday Telegraph claims the Foxes have offered the Frenchman a £100,000-a-week deal in a bid to ward off interest in the midfielder.



Victor Wanyama: linked to Leicester and Spurs

Spurs believe they are close to securing an £11m deal for Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been keen to land another defensive midfielder ahead of next season, when the White Hart Lane club will be returning to the Champions League.

He believes Kenya international Wanyama – who he signed from Scottish giants Celtic for £12.5m three years ago when he was the Saints ‘ boss – will be an ideal fit, and has had a long-standing interest in the powerful midfielder.

According to the Sunday People, Saints have now reluctantly accepted the 24-year-old, who has one year remaining on his current contract, wants to rejoin his old boss in London.

And it’s believed negotiations have moved on in the last 24 hours, with Spurs eager to conclude this deal and move on to fresh targets.



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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s planned move to Manchester United is being held up by his desire to play for Sweden at the Olympics, which would make him unavailable for pre-season preparations (Sunday Mirror)

Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would cost Manchester City a British record transfer fee of £65m (Sunday Mirror)

Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been linked with AC Milan (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool want £10m for Swansea target Joe Allen (Sunday Mirror)

Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason is a target for Stoke and Hull (Sunday Mirror)

Romelu Lukaku could be set to end his two-year stay at Everton, with Serie A champions Juventus leading the race for his signature (Mail on Sunday)

Crystal Palace could replace Emmanuel Adebayor and Marouane Chamakh with Khouma Babacar of Fiorentina and Villarreal’s Cedric Bakambu (Mail on Sunday)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic can be new Eric Cantona for Manchester United, claims Roy Keane (Mail on Sunday)

Potential new Everton boss Ronald Koeman is plotting a move for Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (Sunday People / The Sun)

West Ham are on the trail of another entertainer – Celta Vigo star Nolito (Sunday People)

Leicester have approached Sevilla over a deal for centre-back Adil Rami (The Sun)

Real Madrid are pushing David de Gea to make his mind up about a move to the Bernabeau (The Sun)

Fenerbahce boss Vitor Pereira is in the running for the Southampton job (The Sun)

Pep Guardiola wants Jerome Boateng to come back to Manchester City (The Sun)

Jurgen Klopp is monitoring Argentina right-back Gabriel Mercado (The Sun)

Liverpool want to use Jordon Ibe to tempt Southampton to sell Senegalese star Saido Mane (The Sun)

Patrick Bamford is looking to leave Chelsea on another loan and may try his luck in Spain (The Sun)

Blackburn boss Owen Coyle hopes to beat Ipswich to the signing of Liam Feeney (The Sun)

Arsenal will focus on Edinson Cavani if Leicester and England striker Jamie Vardy, 29, turns down a move to Emirates Stadium. The Uruguayan has rejected a £500,000-a-week move to China (Sunday Express)

Hull and Aston Villa will have competition from Celtic for Scotland international striker Steven Fletcher, 29, who has been released by Sunderland (Daily Record)

Real Madrid will be told by Juventus that midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, will cost 120m euros (£94.7m), plus Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, 26 (Marca)

Ronald Koeman’s opening move as Everton boss will be to land goalkeeper Fraser Forster from his former club Southampton (Sunday Express)

Mark Warburton looks likely to remain as Rangers manager despite talks over a new contract collapsing (Sunday Express)

Chelsea have reportedly made an enquiry to sign West Ham talisman Dimitri Payet (Sunday Express)

Jose Mourinho has been handed a £200m transfer budget to spend on overhauling the squad at Manchester United (Sunday Express)

Roma are preparing a move for Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (Sunday Express)

Arsenal are weighing up a £15m swoop for Albania ace Elseid Hysaj (Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester City are set to cause a storm down under after pulling strings to sign Melbourne City’s Aaron Mooy (Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta could follow former manager Manuel Pellegrini to Italy if he joins AC Milan (Daily Star Sunday)

Juventus are set to sign Roma’s Miralem Pjanic for £30m after triggering a release clause in the 26-year-old’s contract (The Observer)

Juventus striker Alvaro Morata will reportedly only agree to join Manchester United if they pull out of a deal to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic as Jose Mourinho continues his Old Trafford rebuild (Independent on Sunday)

Manchester City are reportedly confident of wrapping up a deal to sign Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte this week (Independent on Sunday)

Premier League newcomers Burnley have expressed an interest in West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, 33, who is entering the last year of his contract at The Hawthorns (Birmingham Mail)

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