Manchester United have been quoted £55million to sign an under the radar centre-back target this summer, while Arsenal missed out on a Barcelona star in the winter window – according to Friday’s transfer gossip.
UNITED TOLD PRICE FOR LALIGA CENTRE-BACK
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to bolster his leaky defence in the next transfer window, with a new partner for Harry Maguire his top priority.
However, Kounde has emerged as an under the radar option for the Red Devils.
Despite firing in attack, United have conceded 30 league goals this season from 23 matches. That is more than any other side in the top half of the table – barring Leeds.
A report in the Daily Express states that Solskjaer still has concerns over the quality of Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Axel Tuanzebe.
To that end, United scouts have been tracking Kounde extensively in recent months.
The 22-year-old put in another impressive display as Sevilla beat Barcelo a 2-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final.
And it’s claimed United will have to pay a fee of around £55m to bring the centre-back to Old Trafford.
That would potentially make him the second most-expensive defensive signing in the club’s history, behind only the £80m they spent on Maguire in 2019.
FAILED ARSENAL BID FOR BARCA STAR
Arsenal failed with a loan move for Barcelona star Riqui Puig before they secured Martin Odegaard. (Daily Express)
West Ham’s European hopes have been hit by the news that Angelo Ogbonna could be out for a month. (Daily Express)
Jose Mourinho was fuming with Gareth Bale’s Instagram post after he was left out of the Tottenham team to face Everton. (Daily Mirror)
Donny van de Beek has been told he may have to leave Manchester United if he wants to be the “special player” and avoid being the “side dish” by Jermaine Jenas. (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United are concerned about the treatment of Hannibal Mejbri in the club’s under-23s matches. (Daily Mirror)
Patrick Bamford is striking up a partnership with Brazilian Raphinha – by speaking French. (Daily Mirror)
LEEDS, LIVERPOOL GIVEN DE PAUL HOPE
Udinese may be powerless to stop Rodrigo de Paul leaving the club this summer, according to their sporting director. (Daily Mail)
Tottenham have hired a commercial chief who landed one of the most lucrative stadium naming-rights deals in the NFL. (Daily Mail)
Southampton, Leeds and West Ham are ready to rival Tottenham for Sampdoria sensation Mikkel Damsgaard. (Daily Star)
UEFA have dismissed complaints from Real Sociedad that Manchester United have been handed a huge advantage when the two sides meet in the Europa League next week. (Daily Star)
Liverpool face the prospect of more Champions League disruption. The Anfield leg of their clash with RB Leipzig is likely to be switched to a neutral venue. (The Times)
Gareth Bale believes that he needs a run of matches at Tottenham Hotspur if he is to prove his worth. (The Times)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping his new neighbour isn’t a noisy one – after Liverpool’s Andy Robertson moved onto his road. (The Sun)
Wayne Rooney wants Gareth Southgate to play both Phil Foden and Jack Grealish at the Euros. (The Sun)
Celtic defender Stephen Welsh appears to have got a lucky break and avoided any serious injury from his horror injury at St Mirren. (Daily Record)
Tommy Wright wants to make Kyle Lafferty his first Kilmarnock signing. (Scottish Sun)