Manchester United suffer a setback in their hunt for a LaLiga star, while Everton are told the asking price for a strike target – all in the latest Paper Talk.
MAN UTD SETBACK IN HUNT FOR PARTEY
Atletico Madrid plan to end Manchester United’s hopes of signing Thomas Partey by handing the midfielder a lucrative new contract, according to reports.
Partey, who has been part of Atletico’s first team since 2015, has grown in prominence over the past few seasons to become a key part of Diego Simeone’s defensively-minded team.
Indeed, the Ghanaian was excellent in both legs of the Champions League last 16 tie against Liverpool, in which the Spanish giants sat deep for the majority of the tie.
Such performances reportedly made Partey a transfer priority this summer for United, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to be keen to find a long-term replacement for 31-year-old Nemanja Matic.
However, according to Spanish outlet AS (via the Daily Express), Atletico plan to reward Partey, 26 with a new deal which will all but end interested parties’ hopes of landing a swoop.
It is claimed that the LaLiga side plan to double the midfielders’ release clause – currently at a “manageable” £47million – which would make Partey one of the most expensive signings in recent transfer windows.
Partey has made 35 appearances for Atletico this season, chipping in with three goals and one assist.
AND THE REST
Everton and West Ham are interested in signing Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite, who will not be sold for less than £16million (Diario Sport)
Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has admitted that there are “many questions” to be answered regarding his future at the club (Sky Sports)
Former Newcastle striker Nolberto Solano has apologised after being caught by Peruvian authorities breaking strict quarantine measures (Guardian)
Wigan and Stoke have been keeping tabs on Hamilton defender Scott McMann ahead of a potential summer swoop (Scottish Sun)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s pursuit of Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci could put John Stones’ future at the Etihad in jeopardy (Daily Star)
Bayern Munich will look to replace goalkeeper Manuel Neuer – who has been linked with Chelsea – with Barcelona’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Daily Mail)
Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s return to fitness following an Achilles injury is being affected by the lack of first-team training with the squad (Evening Standard)