Manchester United are ready to invest heavily in their squad this summer with three big-name stars in their sights, while Chelsea are ready to re-sign a former winger, according to Wednesday’s Paper Talk.
MAN UTD PLAN TO SIGN MADDISON, GREALISH AND SANCHO THIS SUMMER
Manchester United have allocated an enormous budget this summer to invest in their playing squad – with three big-name stars very much at the top of their wanted list.
According to The Sun, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to snap up both Jack Grealish and James Maddison in a sensational double raid.
The report claims the midfielders are close pals off the field and hopes they can bring their chemistry to Old Trafford next season and help the club embark on a concerted push for Premier League title glory.
It’s claimed United plan to finance the moves – both expected to cost £80m apiece – by offloading the unhappy Paul Pogba this summer and even hope to raise the entire £160m with his sale. Realistically, however, United expect Pogba to leave for nearer the £120m mark given his inactivity this season due to a persistent ankle injury, but still want the windfall to help them with their squad rebuild.
News of their interest in the pair comes amid increasing speculation that Grealish has been made their No 1 target this summer. Their interest in Maddison was thought to have cooled amid claims he is in talks over a new deal with Leicester.
However, any new deal he earns at Leicester would be dwarfed by the wages on offer at Old Trafford.
And a move for the pair is being backed by under-fire executive vice- chairman Ed Woodward who said: “As part of the rebuild we see this summer as an important opportunity.”
That’s according to the Daily Mirror, who claims the England man remains very much on their transfer radar and see him as key to their return to the top.
And while the teenager is likely to command a world-record fee, it’s reported Woodward knows he would be a worthwhile investment with the Borussia Dortmund star seen as a future Ballon d’Or contender.
AND THE REST
Chelsea are planning a sensational move for their former player and current Sassuolo winger Jeremie Boga, with talks scheduled to take place this week (The Sun)
Crystal Palace will wait until the end of the season before making a decision on the future of Roy Hodgson (The Sun)
Chelsea have been told they will have to find £40m if they want to re-sign defender Nathan Ake from Bournemouth (The Sun)
Mark Noble and Declan Rice have been told to let their West Ham team-mates take up some of the slack as the Hammers prepare to fight their relegation battle in the Premier League (Daily Star)
Gareth Southgate is planning to watch Leicester City winger Harvey Barnes on Friday as he steps up his planning for Euro 2020 (Daily Telegraph)
Inter Miami, the new Major League Soccer franchise part-owned by David Beckham, have lost the first stage of a legal battle with Inter Milan over their choice of name (Daily Telegraph)
Former Manchester United defender Daley Blind insists he has been given the all-clear to resume playing for Ajax despite being diagnosed with a serious heart condition (Daily Telegraph)
Paul Pogba is set for a return to outdoor training with Manchester United in the next fortnight, increasing hopes he might be able to return for the derby clash with City in March (Daily Mail)
EFL clubs fear losing their best young talent to the Premier League due to post-Brexit quota proposals which could place a premium on squad places for home-grown young players (Daily Mail)
Barcelona will be able to go to the Spanish Football Federation and argue their case to sign a player on a short-term deal, amid Ousmane Dembele’s recent injury (Daily Mail)
The Premier League’s winter break will again clash with FA Cup fourth round replays in 2020-21 leading to fears more clubs will be denied their full period of rest (Daily Mail)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek will take another step forward in his bid to return to fitness by playing for Chelsea’s U23s next Monday (Daily Mail)
Napoli striker Dries Mertens is increasingly likely to move on a free transfer in the summer – with Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all vying for his signature (Daily Mail)
Liverpool reportedly looked into re-signing Philippe Coutinho last summer before the Brazilian made the move on loan to Bayern Munich (Daily Mail)
A Premier League takeover of the Women’s Super League will not happen for at least another year after a feasibility study was delivered to clubs at their meeting in London last week (Daily Mail)
Real Madrid are eyeing a move for Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic in the summer (Daily Mail)
New Hammers coach Kevin Nolan insists he has needed just a week to be convinced that West Ham will beat the drop (Daily Mirror)
Shane Long has agreed a new deal with Southampton after the club was urged to extend his stay by strike partner Danny Ings (Daily Mirror)