Manchester United have made an official move for a £65m-rated Leicester defender, while Jose Mourinho wants to sell an Old Trafford attacker, according to Thursday’s papers.
UNITED MAKE OFFICIAL MOVE FOR LEICESTER STAR
Manchester United have reportedly told Leicester that they want to sign £65m-rated England defender Harry Maguire.
And the Foxes defender is said to be confident he will be on his way to Old Trafford before the transfer deadline – in time to line up against his current team in the Premier League opener on August 10.
The 25-year-old, who was named Leicester’s Player of the Season in 2017-18, is only one year into a five-year contract at the KP Stadium after signing from Hull for £17m last summer.
The report in the Daily Mirror goes on to state that Leicester are ready to offer the England star, who had an outstanding World Cup, more than £100,000 a week in a bid to keep him – but Maguire’s ambition could see him move to Old Trafford.
United’s rivals Man City were tracking Maguire prior to events in Russia, but it would appear that Jose Mourinho’s men are now the sole front-runners to land the towering centre-back.
Maguire may also be easier to acquire than Tottenham’s Toby Alderweield, especially given United’s troubles dealing with Spurs chief Daniel Levy over previous transfers down the years.
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Manchester United have made contact with the representatives of Ante Rebic, the Eintracht Frankfurt winger who starred in the World Cup for Croatia (Daily Mail)
Watford have reopened proceedings against Everton over their pursuit of Marco Silva, just days after selling Richarlison to the Merseyside club (Daily Mail)
Newcastle are closing in on a £9m move for Japan striker Yoshinori Muto, while progress is being made on the potential loan swap deal involving West Brom’s Salomon Rondon and Dwight Gayle (Daily Mail)
Rafa Benitez’s £6m buyout clause has expired – but it could now cost rivals more to poach him (The Sun)
Wolves have activated the buyout clause in Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore’s contract, agreeing to pay £18m up front for the 22-year-old (The Sun)
Alex Iwobi has snubbed interest from Lazio and agreed a new five-year deal with Arsenal worth £70,000 per week (The Sun)
Chelsea have missed out on the signing of CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, who has agreed a deal with Monaco (Daily Express)
Liverpool and Everton have made offers for Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, according to the player’s agent (Daily Express)
Manchester United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal after the German club’s chairman said he would not stand in the Chilean’s way if he wants to leave (Daily Express)
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Croatia’s World Cup star Ivan Perisic has turned down a move to Manchester United and opted to stay at Inter Milan (Daily Star)
Jack Wilshere turned down an £8m signing-on fee and Champions League football at Fenerbahce in order to join West Ham (Daily Star)
Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham are working hard to sign players this summer, but insists they will not be forced into rash decisions (Daily Star)
Marcos Rojo is fearing for his Manchester United future after Jose Mourinho made signing a centre-half a priority this summer (Daily Telegraph)
West Brom are the latest club to register interest in the Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo as they bid to make an immediate return to the Premier League next season (The Guardian)
Leeds have made an offer to sign Scotland full-back Barry Douglas from Wolves (Yorkshire Evening Post)
Rangers are set to face a disciplinary probe next month over their handling of the Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace affair (Daily Record)
Rangers are set to net a cash windfall of up to £800,000 if Martyn Waghorn signs for Derby (Daily Record)
Celtic are set to sign Australian wonderkid Daniel Arzani on a long-term loan from Manchester City – as soon as the Premier League side complete his signing from Melbourne City (Daily Record)
Lassana Coulibaly and Ryan Kent are poised to make their Rangers debuts against Osijek – with Josh Windass axed for their crunch Europa League tie (Scottish Sun)
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