Manchester United are exploring the possibility of doing a massive midfield swap deal this summer, while Kylian Mbappe has finally picked his next club – both in Friday’s Paper Talk.
SWAP DEAL ON CARDS FOR UNITED
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has long been a fan of the 22-year-old Hammers star, who has continued his meteoric rise to become Gareth Southgate’s defensive midfield pivot.
Chelsea are also among a host of European giants keen to re-sign their former academy product, who David Moyes insists will cost in excess of £100m.
The West Ham boss is keen to keep Rice, however – especially if his side qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The 28-old-old has been is sensational form since moving to the London Stadium on loan. He has been involved in a league-high nine goals since his debut, level with Harry Kane.
Moyes is desperate to make Lingard’s loan move permanent, with the latest reports suggesting that United will demand at least £30m for the player.
But the Red Devils could shave that figure off any asking price West Ham demand for their top man.
Rice, who is currently out injured, is seen as a long-term replacement for 33-year-old Nemanja Matic at Old Trafford. His ability to also play centre-back makes him a dual option for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and a valuable commodity in today’s game.
MBAPPE MAKES HIS MIND UP
Kylian Mbappe has reportedly made up his mind that he wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain in order to move to Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)
Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick looks set to take over as manager of Germany once Joachim Low steps down after this summer’s European Championships. (Daily Mirror)
Marcos Rojo has vowed to try and persuade Edinson Cavani to swap Manchester United for Boca Juniors. (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea flop Danny Drinkwater will try to force his way into Thomas Tuchel’s plans next season. (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal will make a ‘firm offer’ to sign Achraf Hakimi, according to reports. (The Sun)
Tottenham flop Gedson Fernandes has reportedly been chosen by Marseille as a replacement for Oliver Ntcham. (The Sun)
AGENT NAMES JORGINHO PRICE TAG
Jorginho’s agent claims it would cost more than £40m to prise his client away from Chelsea amid speculation over a possible return to Napoli for the midfielder. (Daily Express)
Barcelona chief Joan Laporta wants Erling Haaland signed first before negotiating a big new contract with Lionel Messi. (Daily Express)
Michail Antonio fears he could be sidelined for most of the Premier League run-in, dealing another significant injury blow to West Ham United’s bid to qualify for the Champions League. (The Times)
MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP
Jack Grealish is reportedly set to miss out on the rest of April for Aston Villa due to injury. But he remains confident he will be fit enough for Euro 2020 this summer. (Daily Mail)
Raul Jimenez may not play for Wolves again until next season. The club are determined to adopt a prudent approach to their star striker’s return. (Daily Mail)
Napoli have opted against making Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko’s contract at the club permanent. (Daily Mail)
Celtic-linked Lucien Favre could be set to sign a bumper £6m-a-year offer to take charge of Saudi Arabian champions Al Hilal. (Scottish Sun)
Dundee United have opened talks with St Johnstone target Peter Pawlett in a bid to keep him at Tannadice. (Scottish Sun)
Borussia Dortmund are weighing up a move for Jordan Larsson as a replacement for Erling Haaland. (Scottish Sun)