Manchester United have agreed to meet Barcelona’s £48.3m asking price for a midfield star, while Liverpool are taking a keen interest in an upcoming Leeds United full-back, according to Wednesday’s newspapers.
UNITED IN TALKS OVER RAKITIC DEAL
Manchester United are working on a deal to bring Croatia international Ivan Rakitic to Old Trafford, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.
The Daily Express are among several papers to report that United are in discussions with Barcelona after they put him on the market for €55m (£48.3m) this summer.
Barca are willing to sell after securing a deal to bring in Frenkie de Jong this summer from Ajax for €75m and see the chance to recoup a large portion of that from the sale of Rakitic, 31, as good business.
The paper claims Rakitic, who had previously insisted he wants to stay at the Nou Camp, is coming round to the idea that he may need to move on this summer after seeing his first-team place come under serious threat, with the Catalan club looking for a refresh after their Champions League semi-final humbling at Liverpool.
Rakitic is contracted at Barca until 2021, hence the sizeable fee, but it’s reported Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees the Croatian as an upgrade on Ander Herrera, who left on a free transfer at the end of the season and looks likely to join PSG.
In other United transfer news, United are on the verge of completing a £15m deal with Swansea for their Welsh winger Daniel James.
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AND THE REST
Liverpool have checked out Leeds’ 19-year-old whizkid left-back Leif Davis and are plotting a summer swoop as they look for cover for Andy Robertson (The Sun)
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez wants to join the race to sign Juan Mata on a free transfer if he stays at the helm (The Sun)
Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri will cost any club that wants him just £5m in compensation this summer (The Sun)
Chelsea may accept a transfer ban this summer in the hope a CAS appear will let them buy again in January (The Sun)
David de Gea has turned down Manchester United’s final contract offer piling the presser on the club to sell (The Sun)
Tottenham are to ask fans if it is time for them to stop using the Y word at matches (The Sun)
Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet will snub the club’s return to Wembley in the League One play-off final (The Sun)
Plans to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams look set to finally hit the deck at the FIFA congress next month (The Sun)
Liverpool star Sadio Mane will not be joining Real Madrid with Florentino Perez unwilling to fork out for the Senegal international (Daily Express)
Manchester United are ready to make an opening bid for Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff (Daily Telegraph)
The booming overseas demand for Premier League television coverage will boost the spending power of England’s top tier clubs by £1.1billion (Daily Telegraph)
Leicester are interested in 21-year-old Luton Town full-back James Justin (Daily Mail)
Manchester United have sold out their season tickets for the 2019-20 in record time despite their dismal campaign (Daily Mail)
West Ham are targeting Salomon Rondon to provide competition for Marko Arnautovic next season (Daily Mail)
Swansea U23s coach Cameron Toshack, son of Wales legend John Toshack, has emerged as a contender to fill the managerial vacancy at Swansea City (Daily Mail)
Tottenham’s youth players have cancelled their holiday plans to help the first team train for the Champions League final (Daily Mail)
Wolves and West Ham will engage in a transfer battle to sign Cardiff loanee star Victor Camarasa as Real Betis ponder selling their highly-rated midfielder (Daily Mail)
Kylian Mbappe has accused boss Thomas Tuchel of stopping him winning the Golden Shoe ahead of Lionel Messi after he benched him for Paris Saint-Germain’s games against Strasbourg and Nantes (Daily Mail)
Antonio Conte has won his legal battle against Chelsea with the club ordered to pay their former manager £9m in compensation after sacking him last summer (The Times)
Manchester United are pushing to sign Swansea’s Daniel James and Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Daily Mirror)
Newcastle and West Ham are considering a move for 22-year-old Club Brugge Brazilian striker Wesley Moraes (Daily Mirror)
Derby fear Chelsea are ready to launch a ram-raid to snatch manager Frank Lampard this summer (Daily Mirror)
Jonathan Woodgate is the red-hot favourite to take over at Middlesbrough from Tony Pulis (Daily Mirror)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to make Paul Pogba the Manchester United captain in a bid to convince the France midfielder to stay at Old Trafford (Daily Star)
New Brighton boss Graham Potter is lining up a £4m move for Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke (Daily Star)
West Bromwich Albion will hold talks with Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill in their hunt for a new manager (Daily Star)
Chelsea youngster Jay Da Silva is considering an offer to join Bristol City (Daily Star)
Cardiff’s chairman Mehmet Dalman has called for radical regulation of agents rules in the wake of Emiliano Sala’s death (The Guardian)