Manchester United are ready to trigger the exit clause for a French hot-shot, while Arsenal have launched a third, and probably, final offer for an in-demand Celtic star, according to Wednesday’s papers.
MAN UTD READY SWOOP FOR WISSAM BEN YEDDER
Manchester United have contacted the agent of Wissam Ben Yedder to inform him they are ready to meet the £36m exit clause in his Sevilla contract.
The skillful France forward is one of the most-feared strikers in LaLiga, scoring 30 times in 51 appearances in all competitions last season.
The 28-year-old has also been mentioned as a potential target for Barcelona, but ABC De Sevilla, via The Sun, claims United want him as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who they hope to offload this summer. The Belgium striker’s agent provided a key update on the future of Lukaku on Tuesday night amid heightening claims he is wanted by Inter Milan.
Ben Yedder has a €40m (£36m) exit clause in his Sevilla contract and it’s believed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants him to replace Lukaku in his squad – and also hopes to make around a £30m – £35m profit in the process.
Ben Yedder has admitted he is open to moving on this summer – but only if he is given permission by Sevilla to move on.
He said: “I dream of playing at the highest level, in the biggest clubs in the world and be next to world class players. To see how far I can go.
“I cannot be disrespectful in the club. Whatever the final decision, I’ll be fine. I’m not worried about my future.
“I will find a balance after the choice is made, but it will also be Sevilla who decides.”
Ben Yedder turns 29 in August and has two years remaining on his current Sevilla contract.
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Arsenal are set to return with an improved and potentially final offer of £19m for Celtic star Kieran Tierney (Daily Mail)
Jose Mourinho has appeared to rule himself out of the Newcastle job, claiming he would not join a club that doesn’t share the same lofty ambitions (Daily Mail)
Garry Monk, John Eustace, Darren Moore and Derek McInnes are all being considered as replacements when Frank Lampard leaves Pride Park for Stamford Bridge (Daily Mail)
Mikel Arteta and Sean Dyche are among the managers being touted as Rafa Benitez’s successor at Newcastle (Daily Mail)
Aidy Boothroyd will hold talks with Gareth Southgate and FA officials about England U21s’ disappointing Euro 2019 campaign (Daily Mail)
Bournemouth have agreed a deal to sell winger Connor Mahoney to Millwall (Daily Mail)
Frank Lampard will start work as Chelsea boss next week on a three-year deal worth £5.5m a year (The Sun)
Lampard beat off a late bid from Portuguese coaching legend Vitor Pereira to land the Chelsea job (The Sun)
Britain’s richest man, billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, ‘enquired about’ a Manchester United takeover (The Sun)
Ayoze Perez is one of several stars doubting their Newcastle future after Rafa Benitez’s exit (The Sun)
Shay Given, Jody Morris and Claude Makelele are being linked with roles on Chelsea’s coaching staff, with Lampard’s appointment imminent (The Sun)
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is planning moves for Scott Sinclair and Paddy McNair ahead of next season (The Sun)
West Ham have had a £10m cash-plus-player bid for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon rejected, with Wolves ready to pip the Hammers to his signature (Daily Star)
Crystal Palace are weighing up a move for £8m Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (Daily Star)
Tottenham are competing with Arsenal to sign St-Etienne defender William Saliba. The Gunners have had an opening offer of £27m for the 18-year-old turned down (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool have laughed off claims linking them with a £71m deal for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe (Daily Mirror)
Leicester appear to have beaten Aston Villa and Celtic to sighing of the Luton defender James Justin for £8m (Daily Mirror)
Former Arsenal midfielder Giovanni van Bronckhorst is interested in becoming the next manager of Newcastle, according to his agent (Daily Mirror)
Barcelona are set to complete the £107m signing of Antoine Griezmann after his release clause kicks in on July 1 (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester United are considering signing 15-year-old Lyon midfielder Mathis Rayan Cherki (Daily Telegraph)
Jose Mourinho and Arsène Wenger have distanced themselves from the Newcastle manager’s job (Daily Telegraph)
Lucas Torreira is not seeking a move away from Arsenal despite strong interest from AC Milan (Daily Telegraph)