Paper Talk: Man Utd want £125m duo and free agent in triple deal

Date published: Tuesday 14th May 2019 8:05

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to bring a star trio to Manchester United in a £125m triple swoop, while an impressive West Ham star is wanted at Tottenham, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.



Manchester United are targeting a £125m double deal for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Lille winger Nicholas Pepe – and also want Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer when his PSG contract expires.

That’s according to the Daily Mirror, who claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to spend big in order to help Manchester United reclaim their place among the elite.

Napoli powerhouse Koulibaly has long been a United target, but the club knows they will have to break the world-record fee for a defender, with Napoli likely to demand around £80m for the 27-year-old.

While United were initially thought to have turned their attentions elsewhere due to the costs involved, they are said to have now made him their No 1 priority again as Solskjaer looks to build from the back at Old Trafford.

The paper also claims United are in the hunt to sign £45m-rated Lille winger Nicolas Pepe this summer and believe he would be an excellent addition to their attack. The Ivorian has enjoyed a stellar season with the Ligue 1 side, scoring 21 goals and providing 12 assists and bringing him to the attention of the likes of PSG, Bayern Munich and Arsenal.

The Mirror says United have scouted him extensively this season and are now ready to lodge an opening £45m bid.

United, who were also linked with four players in a €270m raid in Monday’s European papers, may, however, have to offload one or two of their big hitters in order to finance the massive spree; Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez look the most likely to move on.

The Mirror also claims United are keen to bring Rabiot to United on a free transfer this summer. The midfielder will leave PSG at the end of his contract, but his huge £10m signing on fee and excessive wage demands has so far scared off a number of high-profile suitors.

But the paper says United will open talks with the Frenchman in a bid to persuade him to move to Old Trafford.


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West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku is being tracked by Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund (The Sun)

Gareth Bale has been offered back to Tottenham in a £10m loan, with Real Madrid desperate to offload the Welshman. The Spanish club would also want Spurs to subsidise about half of the Wales forward’s £400,000-a-week wages (The Sun)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek will seek assurances over first-team chances before committing his long-term future to Chelsea (The Sun)

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 30, says he has no intention of leaving the club (Daily Mirror)

UEFA investigators want to give Manchester City a one-year ban from the Champions League (The Times)

Brighton want Graham Potter as their new coach but also like England Women’s boss Phil Neville (The Times)

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis is set to meet the club’s chairman Steve Gibson to discuss his future and the talks could lead to him leaving the Riverside outfit (The Times)

Everton have been offered chance to sign 26-year-old Portugal midfielder Joao Mario from Inter Milan for £15m (Daily Mail)


Tottenham are in pole position to land Ryan Sessegnon, although Paris Saint-Germain retain an interest (Daily Mail)

Pep Guardiola is targeting as many as four new faces to keep Manchester City on top in a spree that could reach £200m (Daily Mail)

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen is confident he will recover from an ankle injury to be fit for the Champions League final against Liverpool on Saturday, 1 June (The Guardian)

Liverpool and Tottenham’s players are keen for UEFA Nations League action with England, despite playing in the Champions League final (The Guardian)

Leicester are in talks to tie up a quick-fire deal for £40m-rated Monaco midfield star Youri Tielemans (Daily Star)

Chris Hughton was brutally axed by Brighton because owner Tony Bloom did not trust him to spend any more money (Daily Star)


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