Manchester United have eyes on a swoop for a top Liverpool target, while Sergio Aguero offers Chelsea a big transfer boost – both in all the latest Paper Talk.
MAN UTD EYEING LIVERPOOL TARGET
Manchester United are keeping tabs on Liverpool target Ibrahima Konate in their search for a new defender, a report claims.
Both clubs head into the summer transfer window looking to bolster their back line. The Reds only began the season with three senior centre-halves, all of which have suffered long-term injury. United meanwhile, are looking to find Harry Maguire’s long-term defensive partner.
RB Leipzig’s Konate is one player who Liverpool have been heavily linked with in recent weeks.
The Athletic first reported that Jurgen Klopp’s side have entered advanced talks for the Frenchman. The player then responded, insisting that he is not focused on speculation over his future.
Talk of the move has quietened since then, but Eurosport now reports that United have livened up the pursuit.
The Red Devils have a number of targets on their radar, including Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Villarreal’s Pau Torres.
However, they ‘have an eye’ on Konate and the 21-year-old is just as much of a target as the others on United’s radar.
Some influential Old Trafford figures believe that Eric Bailly could be Maguire’s long-term partner if he can prove his fitness.
However, with only a year left on the Ivorian’s contract, he has become frustrated, sparking the search for reinforcements in case contract talks fail.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to prefer Victor Lindelof, but could end his partnership with Maguire.
Konate, who would be available for around £34million, has played 10 Bundesliga games this season amid injury.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Sergio Aguero has handed Chelsea a transfer boost with his desire to break Premier League records. (Evening Standard)
Furthermore, the departing Manchester City striker is willing to miss out on Champions League football next season. As such, the Argentine would also consider a move to Tottenham. (The Telegraph)
Arsenal are willing to sell Alexandre Lacazette in the summer transfer window to raise funds. (90min)
ARSENAL PREPARING FULL-BACK BID
As for incomings, meanwhile, the Gunners are preparing a bid for Inter full-back Achraf Hakimi. (AS)
Arsenal, alongside Chelsea, have also shown interest in AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu. The midfielder is in the final year of his contract, but it remains unclear if he will renew. (Sky Sport Italia)
In return, Arsenal could let go of Hector Bellerin, but they will not accept anything less than their asking price. (Fabrizio Romano)
Southampton are pondering another move for Manchester United full-back Brandon Williams. The Saints wanted the 20-year-old in January, but United held firm. (The Sun)
WALCOTT TO LAND PERMANENT SOUTHAMPTON DEAL
Meanwhile, Theo Walcott will move to St Mary’s on a permanent deal after this season’s loan spell from Everton. (talkSPORT)
In contrast, though, Joshua King is unlikely to secure a contract with the Toffees after his loan move from Bournemouth. Ex-Cherries boss Eddie Howe wants the striker as his first Celtic signing. (The Scottish Sun)
United are confident of creating a bidding war for Jesse Lingard by setting West Ham a premium fee for a long-term deal. (Daily Mail)
MILAN’S DONNARUMMA OFFER TRUMPED
AC Milan have offered goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma a new deal, but another club has trumped their offer. Therefore, they are fighting to keep the 21-year-old at the club. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Derby, Cardiff and Huddersfield have entertained links with a move for Accrington Stanley striker Dion Charles. (The Sun)
Man City’s other priority alongside a deal for a new striker is to tie Phil Foden, Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling down to new deals. (Eurosport)