Tottenham have a three-man shortlist to potentially replace Christan Eriksen this summer, while Arsenal are on the brink of signing a £26m defender, according to Friday’s papers.
TRIO OF NAMES TIPPED TO REPLACE ERIKSEN AT SPURS
Tottenham have lined up Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo or Giovani Lo Celso of Real Betis as a replacement for Christian Eriksen should he quit the club this summer.
Spurs smashed their transfer record to sign £63m Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele this week but they are also looking a signing a more attacking midfielder, as doubts continue over whether Eriksen’s future.
The Daily Star reports that Ceballos, Zaniolo and Lo Celso, who are all under 24 years of age, all fit in with the kind of high-tempo football manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to play.
Spurs held more talks with Betis over Lo Celso recently but appeared to baulk at the Spanish club’s asking price, with Betis wanting at least £67m for the Argentina international.
They are also keen on Real Madrid and Spain star Ceballos, who has struggled for regular game time at the Bernabeu, while Zaniolo has been mentioned as part of a swap deal with Roma for defender Toby Alderweireld.
But having already splashed out close to £75m this summer, with Jack Clarke also arriving from Leeds, it would appear that Pochettino will have to part company with Eriksen if they are to add to their squad again.
Tottenham are believed to value Eriksen at £75m, given that he only has one year remaining on his contract, with Real Madrid and PSG already showing a significant interest in the Dane.
Indeed, Eriksen went public earlier this summer with his wish to leave and his representatives are currently gauging interest around Europe in their client.
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Arsenal are on the brink of completing a £26m deal for Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba before sending him back to the Ligue 1 club on loan for the forthcoming season (Daily Mirror)
Premier League new boys Sheffield United are trying to pull off an audacious record swoop for prolific Brentford striker Neal Maupay (Daily Mirror)
Flop Southampton midfielder Sofiane Boufal is plotting a return to France with Marseille (Daily Mirror)
Marcelo has told Real Madrid he wants to leave this summer with Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, Juventus and AC Milan all on the lookout to sign him up (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has agreed to sign a new five-year deal keeping him at Stamford Bridge until 2024 (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool contacted FIFA over fears Lazio tapped up their youth star Bobby Adekanye while he was still at the Merseyside club (The Sun)
Inter Milan are stalling on meeting Romelu Lukaku’s £75m price tag so the striker will have to join Manchester United on their pre-season tour (The Sun)
Gianfranco Zola, who left Chelsea on Thursday following the arrival of Frank Lampard, is upset the Blues did not tell him of his exit earlier (The Sun)
Chelsea want Mason Mount tied down to a new long-term deal before they fly out to Japan – on the orders of Frank Lampard (The Sun)
Nacho Monreal has signed a new one-year deal at Arsenal with the option of extending for a further year into the 2020-21 season (The Sun)
Leyton Orient have rejected a £300,000 offer from Tottenham for sought-after centre-back Dan Happe (The Sun)
Gianluigi Buffon’s agent Silvano Martina has revealed the goalkeeper turned down rich offers from the Premier League to return to Juventus (Daily Mail)
Leicester will have to pay at least £40m to land Burnley’s James Tarkowski (Daily Mail)
UEFA are considering ‘protecting’ teams who reach the closing stages of the Champions League by guaranteeing them a spot in the following season’s competition (Daily Mail)
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has warned Barcelona there will be ‘consequences’ if they are found to have signed a pre-contract agreement with Antoine Griezmann last March while his release clause was £73m higher than it is now (Daily Mail)
Axel Tuanzebe is expected to sign a new contract with Manchester United on Friday (Daily Mail)
Middlesbrough have accused Garry Monk and his agent of deceiving them in the transfer market while the 40-year-old was manager of the club in 2017 (Daily Mail)
Manchester United are losing patience with David de Gea and have made him a take-it-or-leave-it deal worth £350,000-a-week (Daily Star)
Manchester United are in talks with Andreas Pereira over a new contract (Daily Express)
Newcastle will give their new manager a £100m transfer budget as they look to reinvest money generated by player sales (Daily Star)
Celtic are weighing up a £1.6m move for Israel and Hapoel Be’er Sheva defender Hatem Abd Elhamed (Scottish Sun)
Liverpool will not sell Divock Origi this summer despite interest from European sides including Real Betis (Daily Express)
Former Dundee United and Hibernian midfielder Ryan Gauld is on the verge of a move to Portuguese side Moreirense (Scottish Sun)
Ryan Moore will get a second chance to secure a contract at Hibernian (Scottish Sun)
Alloa have received more than 50 applications from around the world to become the club’s new boss after Jim Goodwin’s departure to St Mirren (Scottish Sun)
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is aiming to snap up Dylan McGeouch before Friday night’s European signing deadline (Scottish Sun)
Jon McCracken has been given a chance to win a deal at Burnley – after the Scotland U19s goalkeeper was told he could leave Norwich (Scottish Sun)
Rangers star Ross McCrorie is set to seal a switch to Sky Bet League One side Portsmouth on a season-long loan deal (Daily Record)
Rangers’ move for Ryan Kent could be delayed with Liverpool set to give their star players extra time off (Daily Record)
Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo says he would have no problem replacing Kieran Tierney – should the Scotland international leave Celtic (Daily Record)
Hearts could miss out on persuading Arnaud Djoum to come back to the capital after he reportedly agreed a deal with Saudi side Al-Raed.
Former Ajax defender Danzell Gravenberch is aiming to win a move to St Johnstone (Daily Record)
Dundee United are running the rule over Equatorial Guinea star Pablo Ganet as the midfielder is training with Robbie Neilson’s squad this week at their St Andrews’ training camp (Daily Record)