Man Utd are confident of beating Liverpool and Barcelona to a £45million midfielder, while Harry Kane has angered Tottenham owner Joe Lewis over his exit strategy, all in Sunday’s papers.
UNITED BANKING ON GETTING THEIR SAUL MAN
Manchester United reportedly believe that they can sign top Liverpool midfield target Saul Niguez for £45million this summer.
The Red Devils have so far snapped up long-term target Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton. A deal for Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane also remains on the cards, but United are now primed to beat their bitter rivals and Barcelona to Atletico Madrid ace Saul.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains keen on bolstering his central midfield, with ongoing concerns over Paul Pogba’s future.
And one way of doing that is landing the Spain star, who Atletico are looking to sell in order to balance their books.
Liverpool have been the frontrunners to sign the 26-year-old as a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum. Barca, meanwhile, are looking to swap former Atletico forward Antoine Griezmann for the midfielder.
However, the Daily Mail claims that optimism is building at Old Trafford that they can strike a deal instead.
United are convinced that an offer of £45m will be enough to secure the player, especially with Liverpool having to sell before they can buy. Barcelona are also hampered by major wage issues, with Lionel Messi already taking a cut to remain at the Nou Camp.
Rennes prospect Eduardo Camavinga also remains a major target, although he’s said to fancy a move to Spain instead.
But while Camavinga could, eventually, become a generational talent, Saul is a proven performer at the highest level.
Other midfield options include Bayern Munich star Leon Goretzka. However, the Germany star favours remaining at the Allianz Arena.
KANE STRATEGY ANGERS TOTTENHAM OWNER
Harry Kane has weakened his chances of leaving Tottenham this summer by annoying the club’s billionaire owner Joe Lewis in the way he’s gone about trying to get a move to Manchester City. (Mail on Sunday)
Donny van de Beek has snubbed Barcelona and wants to stay and fight for his place in the team at Manchester United. (Mail on Sunday)
Crystal Palace are closing on a £20m deal for Lyon defender Joachim Andersen and remain in talks over a deal for Schalke’s Ozan Kabak. (Mail on Sunday)
Arsenal hope to confirm the £50m signing of Ben White from Brighton with the defender undergoing a medical this weekend. (Mail on Sunday)
Manchester City are set to almost double Ruben Dias’ salary following his impressive debut season for them. (Daily Star Sunday)
VILLA TO OFFER HUGE GREALISH INCENTIVE
Aston Villa are prepared to offer Jack Grealish a club record £200,000-a-week in wages. That is in their bid to keep him out of the clutches of champions Man City. (Sun on Sunday)
Watford have seen a £15m bid for Blackburn striker Adam Armstrong turned down. (Sun on Sunday)
Manchester United are ready to sell Anthony Martial now they have landed Jadon Sancho. (Sunday Mirror)
Kylian Mbappe has reportedly finally reached a decision on his future at Paris Saint-Germain. The France international is set to be the subject of a major bidding war after his contract entered its final year. (Sunday Mirror)
MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP
Harry Kane will miss the start of the Premier League season for Tottenham and step out of the spotlight over his attempt to leave the club. (Sunday Telegraph)
Connor Goldson has agreed to extend his Rangers stay by three years as he targets title domination. (Sunday Mail)
Celtic have submitted a bid for Royal Antwerp defender Aurelio Buta, according to reports. (Sunday Mail)