Manchester United will battle Juventus and Atletico Madrid to sign a young Brazilian defender, while Arsenal are ready to spend £45milli...
Manchester United will battle Juventus and Atletico Madrid to sign a young Brazilian defender, while Arsenal are ready to spend £45million on a possible Alexis Sanchez replacement, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.
Manchester United Bid For Top Brazilian Defender
Manchester United are said to have launched a £10million swoop to sign Sao Paulo defender Lyanco.
Both the Daily Star and the Daily Mirror claim United are ready to battle both Juventus and Atletico Madrid for the Brazil Under-20 defender, with the Italians said to have seen a £4.3million bid rejected in the January transfer window.
But the Mirror suggests he will be allowed to leave for a fee of £10million this summer with United having already lodged the offer for the 20-year-old, who holds a Serbian passport.
United are expected to have a busy summer transfer window after Jose Mourinho admitted he was already making plans for a raft of new recruits.
Sweden defender Victor Lindelof is already thought to have signed an agreement to join United in a €45m deal from Benfica, while a number of other top targets have been linked including Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann and Real Madrid star Toni Kroos.
Arsenal Make Lorenzo Insigne Top Summer Target
Arsenal have made Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne their number one transfer target, according to reports.
The Gunners had scouts in the stands to watch Insigne score in Napoli’s 3-1 win over Chievo in Serie A on Sunday.
But The Sun claim the Italian has a string of admirers across Europe after scoring eight league goals and registering six assists with Napoli sitting third in Serie A this season.
The playmaker is contracted until the summer of 2019, but that won’t prevent Arsenal launching a £45million bid for his services this summer. A move for Insigne, however, will increase concerns the Gunners could lose Alexis Sanchez in the summer amid claims he’s unhappy at the Emirates.
According to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Arsenal will hope to open talks over a potential deal in the near future.
Barcelona Set Sights On Saints Star Cedric
Barcelona are weighing up a summer move for a new right-back -- and the player they could turn to is Southampton's Cedric Soares, according to the Telegraph.
Portugal international Cedric joined the Saints from Sporting Lisbon for a fee approaching £5 million in 2015 and is under contract with them until 2020.
And the Telegraph says that means Barca would have to pay "at least £15m" in order to bring him to the Camp Nou.
It adds that they are looking to sign another right-back "having suffered problems in that position since the departure of Dani Alves" and see Cedric as a player whose style would suit them.
But the paper adds that with the Saints facing uncertainty over the futures of defenders Virgil van Dijk and Ryan Bertrand -- linked with Chelsea and Manchester City respectively -- they "would be extremely reluctant to sell him."
Milan Set To Step Up Sissoko Interest?
He has only been at White Hart Lane since the final day of the summer window, but it appears AC Milan are increasingly confident that they will be able to tempt Moussa Sissoko to Italy come the season's end.
Spurs signed Sissoko for a club record £30m, but life in London has not so far worked out as the France midfielder, 27, might have imagined.
He has made only six Premier League starts since arriving from Newcastle, and the Mirror reports that Milan are among "a number of clubs monitoring his situation."
Meanwhile, Schalke are poised to sign midfielder Nabil Bentaleb on a permanent deal from Spurs, according to the London Evening Standard.
It says Bentaleb, on loan at the Bundesliga club, will move for £16m at the end of the season after reports in Germany suggested his weekend appearance had "triggered an option in the deal that will ensure a transfer goes ahead."
The Algeria international is out of the first-team picture at White Hart Lane, and the Standard adds that although neither club has confirmed a full-time move "it is understood Spurs are prepared for his departure."
Bentaleb, 22, came through the Tottenham academy ranks and has hit four goals for Schalke so far this season.
Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud, 30, is a target for Marseille (Metro)
Barcelona have put Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino on their list of candidates to replace Luis Enrque
Manchester United are set to revive their interest in Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos
Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly preparing to battle it out to sign Toulouse defender Issa Diop (The Sun)
Stuart Pearce is set for a surprise return to management after being shortlisted by the Indian Football Association to become their Under-17s coach (The Sun)
Tottenham misfit Moussa Sissoko is a target for AC Milan after just one season in north London (Daily Mirror)
Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim has hinted at interest in the Arsenal job by admitting he wants to manage in the Premier League (Daily Mirror)
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund are prepared to offer Thomas Tuchel a new contract – ending speculation of him joining Arsenal (Daily Express)
Man United and Chelsea target Bernardo Silva has interest from ‘major European clubs’, according to Monaco (Daily Mirror)
Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham are fit enough to fight on three fronts this season (The Guardian)
Wayne Rooney is facing Wembley heartache as Jose Mourinho prepares to bench him for the EFL Cup final (Daily Mirror)
Harry Kane claims cup runs run will help Wembley Stadium feel more like ‘home’ for Spurs next season (Daily Mirror)
Former West Brom manager Alan Irvine is a surprise candidate to take over at Rangers (Daily Express)
Antonio Conte has reportedly agreed a new long-term deal with Chelsea (Daily Express)
Southampton’s Cedric Soares is a shock name on the list of right-backs Barcelona are assessing ahead of the summer transfer window (Daily Telegraph)
Teenage Brazilian star Malcom has spoken out on being linked with Manchester United and Liverpool (Daily Star)
Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City target Fabinho has admitted he would be open to moving to England (Daily Star)
Galatasaray winger Bruma wants to play for Manchester United, Barcelona or Real Madrid in the future (Daily Star)- Both Crystal Palace and Watford are interested in Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, according to the Sun.
Citing reports in Italy, it says the 23-year-old Gabon international would cost around £17m. He has previously been reported to be a potential target for Arsenal, Monaco and Leicester after failing to become a regular first choice under Massimiliano Allegri.
But Watford and Palace have emerged as the favourites -- although any Palace bid would depend on whether they can save their Premier League status.
Sky Sports says that despite reports linking Hull City's Abel Hernandez with a move to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan, no official bid has so far been received by the Premier League strugglers.
The forward is part of the Hull squad that travelled to Portugal for warm-weather training -- but with the Chinese transfer window not closing until the end of the month, there is still time for a £15m deal to be done.