Manchester United look set to pip Liverpool to Thiago Alcantara after making contact over the deal, while an unhappy Tottenham star has been put up for sale, according to Wednesday’s paper gossip.
THIAGO REPRESENTATIVES APPROACHED BY MAN UTD
Manchester United are set to pull clear in the hunt for Thiago Alcantara after making their move for the Spaniard.
The 29-year-old is looking to leave Bayern Munich this summer to take on a fresh challenge.
With just a year left on his contract, the European champions know they won’t be able to command his market value. As such, the €30m (£27m) asking price appears a bargain for a player of his quality.
Liverpool had been touted as favourites to sign the player, but appear unable to raise the funds unless a player leaves. Reports have stated that Georginio Wijnaldum could be sacrificed. The Dutchman is a ‘priority’ for new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman.
The sale of Wijnaldum should give Liverpool licence to sign Thiago.
However, by then that could be too late.
Over the weekend it was claimed United are also keen on Thiago.
The Red Devils tried to land the Spain star under Louis van Gaal’s regime, but they are now back in for the player. That’s despite closing in on a deal for Donny van de Beek.
As per Bild, via the Daily Mirror, United have now made an approach to Thiago’s agents over the prospective deal.
The report states that while United are yet to contact Bayern, they have reached out to his representatives to set the ball rolling. With the asking price unlikely to be a problem, United know agreeing personal terms will be the main obstacle to overcome.
However, that is not likely to be prove difficult. As such, Liverpool now look in serious danger of missing out on the player, just as they were warned.
TOTTENHAM READY TO SELL NDOMBELE
Tottenham are ready to listen to offers for record signing Tanguy Ndombele a year after paying £54m for the France star. (Daily Mail)
Premier League clubs will vote on Thursday on a curtailment plan to be used to determine final league positions if subsequent seasons are abandoned. (Daily Mail)
Jordan Pickford’s position as England’s undisputed first-choice goalkeeper is in doubt heading into the international restart. (Daily Mail)
Crystal Palace have rejected an offer for Alexander Sorloth in the region of £20m from RB Leipzig. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal want to sell Matteo Guendouzi with Valencia interested in the out-of-favour French midfielder. Greek defender Sokratis is also on his way out and looks set to join Napoli. (Daily Mirror)
VAN DE BEEK, MAN UTD LATEST
Donny van de Beek made up his mind over joining Manchester United when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer outlined his long-term plans in a private chat. (Daily Mirror)
Dani Ceballos turned down three offers from other clubs to return to the Premier League on loan, as he declared he wanted to play for “only Arsenal”. (Daily Mirror)
Everton have agreed to sign Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez from Real Madrid on a three-year deal. (Daily Telegraph)
Kepa Arrizabalaga is prepared to stay and fight for his Chelsea place, even if the club sign a new goalkeeper. (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester City chief Txiki Begiristain has travelled to Barcelona to try and get a deal for Lionel Messi over the line. He also plans to negotiate terms with Napoli for centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly. (Daily Star)
Lionel Messi’s father has been pictured boarding a private jet as he looks to accelerate his son’s exit from Barcelona. (Daily Star)
Lionel Messi has agreed terms to complete a stunning move to Manchester City. (Daily Express)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Manchester United will not give up on Jadon Sancho until the England star publicly admits he wants to stay at Borussia Dortmund. (The Sun)
Scott Parker will sign a new three-year contract with Fulham after leading the club back into the Premier League. (The Sun)
Chelsea have lost Samuel Iling-Junior to Juventus after the 16-year-old rejected a new deal at Stamford Bridge. (The Sun)
Kyle Walker has admitted to being a bad role model due to his lockdown madness. (The Sun)
Brighton have agreed to cut a loan deal with Celtic after a personal plea from Shane Duffy. (The Scottish Sun)