A complex series of full-back deals could be done Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham this summer, while Liverpool want a £...
A complex series of full-back deals could be done Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham this summer, while Liverpool want a £50m-rated Serie A talent, according to Thursday’s newspapers.
Liverpool Plot £50m Raid On Napoli Star
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is considering a move for Lorenzo Insigne, according to reports in Italy.
The German is a long-time admirer of the Italy forward, but he was always considered an unlikely target. However, after the 25-year-old’s contract talks with Napoli stalled, the Reds boss is ready to rival Arsenal for his signature this summer, claims calciomercato.
The playmaker’s current contract runs until June 2019 but talks over an extension have stalled – leading to claims he could be the subject of a bid from Liverpool this summer.
Klopp plans to shake up his squad this summer and could raise funds by selling Daniel Sturridge, for which he could raise half of Insigne’s £50million asking price.
However, Arsenal are also known to be keen, with Insigne also earmarked as a possible replacement for the wantaway Alexis Sanchez.
United Prepare Monster Kane Bid
Manchester United have identified Harry Kane as a potential trophy signing if a move for Antoine Griezmann fails to materialise, reports the Star.
While the Atletico Madrid forward remains the Red Devils' No. 1 target and his £85 million buy-out clause could be met, Mourinho would like Kane if he fails to acquire the France international.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic yet to commit to a second season at Old Trafford and Wayne Rooney likely departing, United will need a striker to lessen the burden on Marcus Rashford.
An £80m offer would likely be tabled in a bid to tempt Spurs into selling, despite the 23-year-old recently penning a new five-year contract.
City To Raid Spurs For Rose
Spurs will be forced to fend off more interest from rivals with Manchester City eyeing Danny Rose and the Mirror reports that Pep Guardiola sees the England international as the perfect left-back for his side.
Rose's contract runs until 2021 and will fetch a hefty sum given his outstanding run of performances since Spurs challenged for the title last term and the fact that he is in the prime of his career.
The 26-year-old's athleticism and attacking instinct would make him an ideal fit for City, to improve on Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov. Leaving would still represent a surprise though, given the potential of the side assembled by Mauricio Pochettino.
Complicated Full-Back Merry-Go-Round Suggested
If Tottenham do end up losing Rose, then the Mirror believes Luke Shaw is their primary target, having slipped down the pecking order at Manchester United.
Shaw has suffered a tough season and is widely considered to have fallen as far as fourth in Jose Mourinho's list of left-back options.
The 21-year-old is behind Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian, and would be prepared to accept a pay-cut from his £80,000-per-week wages in search of regular first-team football.
They suggest Shaw could come in as a direct replacement for Danny Rose, who is being linked with a £50million move to Manchester City, with Gael Clichy set to leave the club in the summer. Clichy wants to stay in the Premier League and could yet find himself moving to Spurs too.
Shaw’s inactivity at Old Trafford comes despite Denis Irwin insisting his chance will come.
Meanwhile, City could land both new left and right-backs, with the Independent claiming that in addition to Rose on the left, they could pip United to Monaco star Fabinho.
The player’s father claims the Brazilian could snub United for City because the player has a ‘soft spot’ for the Citizens, and as reported by the Independent.
Chelsea have identified Monaco duo Djibril Sidibe and Thomas Lemar as they prepare to acquire a new left wing-back to provide competition for Marcos Alonso, claims the Telegraph.
The Blues wanted to add strength in depth in January and failed in a move for Schalke's Sead Kolasinac, though Nathan Ake, returning from his loan at Bournemouth, now provides cover for the Spaniard.
Monaco's Sidibe is seen as one potential replacement, with his ability to play on both flanks as a full-back, though Lemar is also a shock option.
The 21-year-old has played in advanced wide areas and even centrally in midfield, but the report suggests Chelsea have an idea to convert him into a left wing-back as Conte perseveres with the 3-4-3 system.
West Ham flop Simone Zaza will remain with Valencia for four more years, claims Gazzetta dello Sport, with Juventus taking a €16m fee for the Italian striker.
The Spanish club have paid €2m for a six-month loan and will automatically convert that into a permanent deal if he plays 10 times and Valencia sporting director Jose Ramon Alesanco has confirmed their intention to keep the player long-term.
"Zaza is doing well here," said Alesanco. "He'll have four more years here where we can all enjoy him fulfil his potential."
Chelsea are set to renew contract talks with Thibaut Courtois, with the Mirror claiming the Blues are eager to extend his deal with just two years remaining from this summer.
The Belgian shot-stopper has been linked with a move back to La Liga, where he starred for Atletico Madrid on loan, but after recapturing his finest form to help Antonio Conte's side top the table, a new deal is now seen as a priority for the Blues.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants two more years at Manchester United (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United will try to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 23, if they fail to tempt Atletico Madrid to part with Antoine Griezmann, 25, this summer (Daily Star)
Chelsea are not worried over suggestions manager Antonio Conte will ditch the club in the summer after just one season, amid reports Inter Milan want to take him back to his native Italy (Daily Mirror)
Conte wants to sign a wing-back in the summer, despite Victor Moses, 26, agreeing a new deal with the Blues (Daily Telegraph)
Leeds boss Garry Monk, 37, is wanted by Rangers as a replacement for departed manager Mark Warburton (Daily Star)
Borussia Dortmund pair Ousmane Dembele and Christian Pulisic have opened up on rejecting moves to Liverpool (Daily Mirror)
Mesut Ozil has given Arsenal a major fitness scare ahead of Saturday’s crunch trip to Liverpool
Wayne Rooney would consider a return to Everton this summer as the curtain comes down on his Manchester United career (Daily Mail)
Arsenal risk losing midfielders Jack Wilshere, 25, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, as well as 27-year-old defender Kieran Gibbs. The Gunners have yet to make formal contract offers to the England trio, whose deals expire in the summer of 2018 (London Evening Standard)
Everton boss Ronald Koeman is on Barcelona’s shortlist as Luis Enrique announces he will leave at the end of the season (Daily Mail)
Arsenal are giving a trial to a 17-year-old midfielder from Chile dubbed the ‘the next Alexis Sanchez’. Marcelo Allende plays for second division side Deportes Santa Cruz (The Sun)
Michy Batshuayi is set to leave Chelsea this summer if he cannot be convinced that his future at Stamford Bridge will involve first-team football (Daily Mail)
Liverpool have made a bid for 17-year-old Santos forward Rodrygo, but the teenager has concerns about moving to Europe (Daily Express)
Michail Antonio is in line for a new deal at West Ham as a reward for turning into one of Slaven Bilic’s most reliable stars this season (Daily Mail)
Leicester have sent scouts to watch Basel winger Mohamed Elyounoussi, as the club continue to work on summer targets despite their managerial uncertainty (Daily Mail)
The Football Association have hatched a plan to pluck the best African players in academy football to play for England after losing Alex Iwobi and Wilfried Zaha (Daily Mail)
Simone Zaza’s audition for a new permanent club appears to be going better in Spain than it did in England as Valencia are keen on signing the forward (Daily Mail)
Chelsea are leading the race for Lyon starlet Willem Geubbels after making contact with his father (Daily Star)
Reading have joined Norwich in the race for Arsenal youngster Nathan Tella (Daily Star)
Manchester City and Liverpool are monitoring West Ham whizz-kid Ajibola Alese (The Sun)
Southampton are set to launch a move for Leeds defender Pontus Jansson this summer (Daily Star)
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is preparing to offer up a reality check by telling chairman Daniel Levy that he will need a stronger squad to keep the club punching above their weight next season (Daily Telegraph)
Barry Hearn has launched a scathing attack on the man he sold Leyton Orient to, after the club was issued with a winding-up order that could drive them into extinction (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester City expect a number of European clubs to bid for Sergio Aguero this summer but will only let the player leave for a near world record transfer fee (The Independent)
Andy Carroll’s future at West Ham has been thrown into serious doubt after the club attempted to sell the England striker to China behind his back (The Times)
John Terry is ready to finish his career in America – with LA Galaxy favourites to sign him (The Sun)
Victor Lindelof was scouted again by Manchester United in Benfica’s win at Estoril (The Sun)
arcelona are set to bid £70m for Marco Verratti this summer (The Sun)
Marseille are ready to spend £100m on Porto stars Andre Silva and Yacine Brahimi (The Sun)