Liverpool have targeted a move for a £35million-rated Roma central defender, while Manchester United face a race to sign a Benfica right...
Liverpool have targeted a move for a £35million-rated Roma central defender, while Manchester United face a race to sign a Benfica right-back, according to Sunday’s newspapers.
Man United Facing Competition For Semedo
Manchester United are facing competition from Juventus and AC Milan in the race to sign Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo
The 23-year-old is believed to have a clause in place allowing him to leave the Portuguese giants if an offer of the more than £20million comes in, according to OJogo.
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Jose Mourinho is looking to revamp his defence this summer and wants to sign a natural right-back, rather than continue playing with a converted one in Antonio Valencia.
However, the United chief now has competition from Serie A giants Juve and Milan for the defender, who has also been linked with Bayern Munich in the past.
Monaco's Most Wanted Men
It looks like it could be a long summer for Monaco. First Kylian Mbappe and Tiemoue Bakayoko have been linked with several sides across Europe, and now, according to the Mirror, Chelsea are lining up a £40 million double swoop for Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva.
Both 22 years old, Mendy, a left-back, and Silva, a midfielder, have caught Antonio Conte's eye as they have helped Monaco storm to the top of Ligue 1 and into the Champions League quarterfinals.
It is widely reported that Conte is keen to add depth to his Chelsea squad ahead of a return to European football next season, but Monaco will be keen to avoid too much upheaval.
Iniesta Snubs China Interest
Andres Iniesta rejected the opportunity to leave Barcelona and move to the Chinese Super League in a €35 million-a-year deal, according to AS.
The midfielder, who is contracted to Barca until 2018, turns 33 soon and despite being offered a two-year extension which would enable him to finish his career as a one-club man at Camp Nou, is said to be unsure because of reduced playing time this campaign. In addition, the Catalan club may ask him to take a pay cut in order to afford Lionel Messi's demands.
However, the report adds that Iniesta's best chance of going to the 2018 World Cup with Spain is by staying at Barca, meaning Iniesta is likely to see out the remainder of his contract.
Three Clubs Monitoring Roma's Manolas
Liverpool want to strengthen their defence with the signing of Kostas Manolas, the Mirror claims, but if Roma decide to sell then Arsenal and Manchester United could firm up their long-standing interest.
Jurgen Klopp sent scouts to watch £35m-rated Manolas in Europa League action against Lyon this week and received a good report back, leading to speculation that he is readying a move for the 25-year-old.
But Arsenal, who saw a bid for Manolas rejected last summer, and United, who are also said to be monitoring proceedings, could make it a three-way battle for the Greece international who would stand to earn a big pay rise should he swap Serie A for the Premier League.
Manchester City have lined up Leonardo Bonucci as a £50m replacement for Vincent Kompany, according to the Star.
The Belgium international has started only five games under Pep Guardiola this season, and it's believed that he is considering his future at the Etihad.
Barcelona remain keen on Ousmane Dembele, despite missing out on the 19-year-old forward to Borussia Dortmund last summer. Mundo Deportivo reckons Dembele chose a move to the Bundesliga in order to gain more playing time but, having reportedly made contact again before Christmas, Barcelona will make another play to sign the France international next summer.
The Mail on Sunday claims Chelsea are ahead of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign £50m-rated striker Romelu Lukaku this summer.
But Everton retain hope of convincing their top goal scorer to reverse his decision and remain at Goodison Park. It is said uncertainty around the future of Diego Costa is behind Chelsea's desire to land the Belgium international, whom they sold in 2014.
Arsenal and Manchester United both want to sign 14-year-old Leicester forward Terrell Pennant. The Mirror claims that Pennant, who has already trained with Leicester's first-team squad, will be available when his contract expires in the summer but Arsenal are trying to push a move through sooner after watching him in action on Saturday.
Arsenal will join the chase for Ross Barkley if the Everton star is put up for sale this summer (Sunday Mirror)
Romelu Lukaku will have the final say on his future, under a deal he struck with Everton last summer (Sunday Mirror)
Chelsea are preparing a £40m double swoop for Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva, two of the Monaco stars who helped knock Man City out of the Champions League (Sunday Mirror)
Harry Kane will be England’s captain for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia – and beyond (Sunday Mirror)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is trying to land Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele (Sunday Mirror)
Steven Gerrard will be ready to succeed Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool boss after coming through the Kop kindergarten, says Reds legend Ian Rush (Sunday Mirror)
Tottenham are waiting to hear whether Real Madrid are willing to sell midfielder Mateo Kovacic this summer (Sunday Mirror)
Stoke, Crystal Palace and Newcastle are all interested in ending Luke Shaw’s Manchester United woes (Daily Star on Sunday)
Antoine Griezmann says his future is in Atletico Madrid’s hands as Manchester United continue to be linked with the frontman (Daily Star on Sunday)
Manchester City have again made Leonardo Bonucci a £50m target to strengthen their defence, replacing Vincent Kompany (Daily Star on Sunday)
Mino Raiola has expressed Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s fondness for Napoli but has also ruled out a potential move from Manchester United to the Serie A side (The Sun on Sunday)
Manchester United and Arsenal both sent scouts to watch Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko in action this week (The Sun on Sunday)
Harry Redknapp is interested in making his return to management as he eyes up the vacant role at Middlesbrough (The Sun on Sunday)
Manchester City have been in negotiations with Benfica over the Portuguese club’s 23-year-old goalkeeper Ederson (Record)
Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli has denied being approached over taking the Barcelona job next season (AS)
Arsene Wenger is set to infuriate thousands of Arsenal fans by signing a new one-year contract (Sunday Express)
Chelsea are ready to pounce if Everton fail to convince striker Romelu Lukaku to sign a new contract at Goodison Park (Mail on Sunday)
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is mulling over a £30m bid for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Mail on Sunday)