Paper Talk: Man Utd to reignite interest in £90m defensive powerhouse

Date published: Sunday 2nd February 2020 10:04

Manchester United have made a defensive powerhouse their top summer target, while Barcelona are close to agreeing a deal for a Chelsea star – all in Sunday’s newspapers.

 

MAN UTD MAKE NAPOLI STAR TOP SUMMER TARGET

Manchester United remain hell-bent on bringing Kalidou Koulibaly to Old Trafford, with the Napoli centre-half reportedly viewed as the perfect partner for Reds skipper Harry Maguire at the back.

The Sunday Mirror reports that Koulibaly is at the top of their transfer targets list and that the Red Devils will resume their efforts to sign him in the summer.

United’s hierarchy have so far failed in their attempts to lure the 28-year-old to Old Trafford, but the report adds that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to make Koulibaly the top-paid player at the club should he join.

They will also have to shell out a hefty transfer fee, with the Senegal international rated at around £90million.

Koulibaly is one of the top-rated defenders in Europe, and understandably has attracted a lot of interest from other clubs such as PSG, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Tottenham.

Indeed, PSG were willing to offer the player a £10.2million-a-year salary in January, but that deal never materialised.

The report adds that Solskjaer wants Koulibaly team up with Harry Maguire and form his dream centre-back partnership at Old Trafford.

 

AND THE REST

Juventus are plotting a £150m summer swoop for Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk (Sun on Sunday)

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Mike Ashley is yet to accept an offer to buy Newcastle, backed by Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Sun on Sunday)

Blackburn are keen to take Curtis Jones on loan in the summer after his impressive appearances in the FA Cup for Liverpool (Sun on Sunday)

Southampton want to line up a summer deal for Celtic midfield powerhouse Olivier Ntcham (Sun on Sunday)

Crystal Palace fancy snapping up Norwich’s Jamal Lewis as question marks still hang over Patrick van Aanholt’s future (Sun on Sunday)

West Ham boss David Moyes is still keen to sign Barcelona right-back Moussa Wague, despite missing out on him in January (Sun on Sunday)

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil was the subject of a late deadline-day bid from Qatar but with no time left to find a replacement, the proposed deal fell through (Sunday Mirror)

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Prince Mohammed bin Salman is still interested in buying Manchester United, despite being linked with a takeover of Newcastle (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester City are set for a huge summer rebuild after Pep ­Guardiola warned his players they face ‘Judgement Day’ at the end of the season (Sunday Mirror)

Tottenham’s new signing Steven Bergwijn turned down a huge bonus payment from PSV in order to join the Premier League club in the January transfer window (Sunday Mirror)

Spurs midfielder Giovani Lo Celso says he is inspired by Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles, who won the 1978 World Cup with Argentina and became Tottenham legends (Sunday Mirror)

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has warned Barcelona they would be wasting their time if they submit an improved offer for Brazil forward Richarlison, 22, in the summer (Daily Star Sunday)

Barcelona are close to agreeing a deal for Chelsea’s Brazil winger Willian, 31, whose contract expires at the end of the season (Marca)

Arsenal must pay £8m to turn the loan signings of Spain defender Pablo Mari, 26, and Portugal right-back Cedric Soares, 28, into permanent deals (Daily Star Sunday)

Chelsea’s France striker Olivier Giroud, 33, was upset after Serie A side Inter Milan pulled out of a transfer for him (Mail on Sunday)

Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is not happy with star forward Neymar organising a birthday party in the middle of a stretch of two games in four days (Sunday Express)

Manchester United completed the shock transfer of Odion Ighalo on deadline day only after being rebuffed in a bid to sign Salomon Rondon on loan (Sunday Times)

Neil Lennon believes Craig Gordon is good enough to be Scotland No 1, even if he’s not playing regularly for Celtic (Sunday Mail)

 

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