Paper Talk: Messi asks Barca to lure Chelsea man; United eye Champ star

James Marshment

Manchester United will move for a £40m-rated Fulham sensation this summer, while Roberto Firmino has been linked with a £100m switch to a European giant, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.



Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is planning a £40m summer move for Fulham’s 17-year-old Ryan Sessegnon, according to reports.

The Sun claims Mourinho will make the teenager United’s long-term replacement for Shaw, who was once again substituted by his manager in embarrassing fashion during Saturday’s FA Cup win over Brighton.

It’s suggested United plan to swoop for Sessesgnon as soon as the window opens and beat the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham to his signature.

It’s suggested Shaw will be allowed to leave and England U21 international Sessegnon will spend a year under the guidance of Ashley Young – on Monday handed a new one-year deal – before succeeding the veteran as first choice left-back by the time the 2019/20 season gets underway.


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Bayern Munich will target £100m-rated Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who has been linked with an £80million move to Real Madrid (New York Times)

Lionel Messi has told Barcelona transfer chiefs to sign Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso instead of Bayern Munich’s David Alaba (Daily Express)

EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool are considering a £15million swoop for Stoke star Ramadan Sobhi

Arsenal and Tottenham have been given a boost in their attempts to sign Malcom from Bordeaux after Bayern Munich ended their interest in the player (Daily Express)

Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona have contacted Liverpool to inform them they are willing to pay a world-record £200m for Liverpool’s top goalscorer Mohamed Salah (The Sun)

Liverpool have no intention of selling Salah, even if Real Madrid offer him contract terms they are unable to match (Daily Mail)

Arsenal have identified Bayer Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno as a successor to Petr Cech and are planning a £25m move for the 26-year-old (The Sun)

Burnley are ready to double England goalkeeper Nick Pope’s wages to fend off interest from Newcastle (The Sun)

Luke Shaw feels he has been unfairly targeted by Jose Mourinho and is considering complaining directly to Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea have let  Shaw’s representative know they are willing to sign the Manchester United defender if he wants to leave Old Trafford this summer (Daily Mail)

EXCLUSIVE: West Brom could lose two of their players to Middlesbrough this summer after Tony Pulis targeted Craig Dawson and Chris Brunt

Tottenham are preparing to make a £40m bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, but the Eagles believe he is worth significantly more (Daily Mail)

Manchester United have enquired about signing Hector Bellerin from Arsenal but Juventus remain in pole position to sign the Spaniard (Daily Mirror)

Thousands of Liverpool fans are planning an intimidating welcome for Manchester City’s team coach at Anfield ahead of their Champions League quarter-final with flares, flags and pyros (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has refused to enter talks about extending his Newcastle contract until he has assurances he will be backed in the summer transfer market (Daily Mirror)

Steve McClaren has told Arsenal to replace Arsene Wenger with Eddie Howe this summer (Daily Star)

Jose Mourinho is weighing up a summer move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey who is yet to extend his contract which expires in 2019 (Daily Star)

Paris Saint-Germain are ready to rival Manchester United and Barcelona to sign Toby Alderweireld after the Belgium defender stalled on contract talks with Tottenham (Daily Telegraph)