Manchester United get a big lift as a target is left feeling bitter with his current employers, while Rafael Benitez could make a shock move – both in all the latest Paper Talk.
MAN UTD BEGIN VARANE TRANSFER
Manchester United hope to meet with the agents of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane next week to seal his transfer to Old Trafford, a report claims.
Varane is approaching a decade at Los Blancos after signing from Lens. In that time, he has become one of Europe’s most admired – and decorated – centre-backs, both domestically and internationally. However, his career has reached a crossroads with only one year left on his contract.
Madrid have attempted to tie him down to a new deal amid Sergio Ramos’ exit. According to the Sunday Mirror, though, the French World Cup winner has rejected the offer.
Furthermore, in a fresh twist, Varane feels ‘unhappy’ that Luka Modric, Lucas Vazquez and Ramos had their respective futures clarified before him.
As a result, Madrid will reportedly look to sell for £50million and United, who have had strong links with a swoop in recent weeks, have jumped on the development.
Club chiefs hope to meet with Varane‘s agents, knowing that they are the ‘main candidates’ for his signature, the newspaper report adds.
Indeed, while Paris Saint-Germain have shown interest, the centre-back wants a move to the Premier League.
He has also reportedly informed his representatives that he wants a four-year deal for his next career move.
Varane has proved a fantastic signing for Madrid, racking up 360 appearances and winning four Champions League titles.
Further forward for United, meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho remains manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top target.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Rafael Benitez’s move to Everton is not a foregone conclusion. Despite advancing in talks, advisers have told the Spaniard to wait for the Newcastle job. (Football Insider)
Everton could also star man Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who is wanted by ex-Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid. (Sun on Sunday)
Ancelotti also wants to reunite with James Rodriguez, whose spell at Everton has turned sour. (Sport)
Meanwhile, Nuno Espirito Santo has named the star he would bring with him if he became Toffees manager. (Football Insider)
NEW MAN UTD, SANCHO OFFER
Manchester United have submitted a new and improved transfer offer for winger Jadon Sancho. As a result, Borussia Dortmund are now ‘considering’ his future. (Sky Sports)
West Ham have turned their attention to Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard, after Leicester won the race for fellow striker Patson Daka. (Football Insider)
Arsenal are on the verge of tying left-back Kieran Tierney down to a new contract. (Daily Mail)
Paris Saint-Germain have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier. (France Football)
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino could also scupper Arsenal’s hopes of signing Brighton centre-back Ben White. (Sunday Mirror)
MAN CITY EYE KANE BID
Manchester City will make a take-it-or-leave-it £100million offer to Tottenham for striker Harry Kane. (Sunday Star)
But Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is ready to end England captain Kane’s hopes of securing a transfer this summer. (Sunday Telegraph)
The Premier League is set to copy UEFA’s ‘low-intervention’ VAR model, which has proved a big success at Euro 2020. (Sunday Times)
BARCELONA CLOSE TO MESSI EXTENSION
Barcelona are closing in on extending Lionel Messi’s contract and could announce it on the forward’s 34th birthday on Thursday. (Sun on Sunday)
Juventus are preparing to offer exciting youngster Radu Dragusin and a significant cash sum to lure Arsenal target Manuel Locatelli away from Sassuolo. (Goal)
Bayern Munich have registered interest in PSV and Netherlands star Denzel Dumfries, but he could prove too expensive. (Sky Germany)