Barcelona have made a Liverpool star their top target this summer, while Chelsea have cooled their interest in a Serie A midfielder, a...
Barcelona have made a Liverpool star their top target this summer, while Chelsea have cooled their interest in a Serie A midfielder, according to Friday’s papers.
Barca Eye Liverpool Star As Top Summer Target
Barcelona have reportedly made Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho their top transfer target this summer.
A shake up at the La Liga giants is expected when boss Luis Enrique leaves this summer and The Sun, via Spanish newspaper SPORT, claims that talks are already underway between the clubs for the Reds playmaker.
Barca star Neymar has previously spoken of his wish to see Coutinho at the Nou Camp and it would seem that Barca are preparing a big-money bid to try and lure the 24-year-old to La Liga.
Coutinho is not the only Premier League star wanted by the Spanish giants this summer, with Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin and Everton’s soon to be out of contract forward Gerard Deulofeu also said to be on their list.
Jose Mourinho is eyeing up two blockbuster strikers this summer to form his own potent front three to rival the famous "BBC" and "MSN" at Real Madrid and Barcelona, according to the Sun.
Romelu Lukaku and Antoine Griezmann are on the Manchester United manager's wish list, claims the report, and the Portuguese tactician wants to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic to act as a leader of his new-look attack.
It is reported that the pair could cost as much £160 million, with Mourinho intent on reducing the scoring burden Ibrahimovic currently carries. The 35-year-old would then extend his stay at Old Trafford for a further 12 months on a massive salary of £10m.
Arsenal 'Win' Kolasinac Race
Arsenal are in turmoil, but they appear to be making moves despite not knowing whether Arsene Wenger will stay at the Emirates.
With transfer fees out of control, free agents are becoming more valuable than ever, and the Gunners have clinched the signing of Sead Kolasinac from Schalke on a free, reports the Mirror.
Earlier reports this month had suggested AC Milan, under new ownership, had struck a deal, but the North London side are reportedly close to announcing a deal. The Bosnian international has impressed at Schalke in the Bundesliga but has opted against renewing his deal in search of a fresh challenge.
Roma Agree Deal For Chelsea Target Kessie
Roma have agreed a deal to sign Chelsea target Franck Kessie, claims Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport.
The Ivorian midfielder, who has been compared with compatriot Yaya Toure, has shone for Atalanta this season in Serie A with a series of dominant displays.
The Giallorossi will reportedly pay €28m for the 20-year-old, as well as paying the player a yearly salary of €1.4m.
Kessie has been the subject of intense interest from the Blues, with Antonio Conte keen to pair N'Golo Kante with a more explosive partner than Nemanja Matic, but the player has opted to remain in Italy.
Hart Wants Italy Stay
Joe Hart wants to stay at Torino permanently after enjoying his loan from Manchester City, reports the Mirror, but the England international's wage demands could prevent it from materialising.
City would demand £15m from the Granata to convert his loan into a long-term deal, while Hart's £120,000-per-week wages are another obstacle.
Tornino manager Sinisa Mihajlovic bemoaned the financial restrictions imposed on the club but maintained hope of a second loan agreement.
"Hart would like to stay at Torino," Mihajlovic is quoted as saying. "We're aware, both the club and him, that we can't buy him. At most we can loan him for another year but that depends on Manchester City and on what he wants."
Chelsea are reportedly willing to up their bid for Andrea Belotti to £55m but are reluctant to meet the Torino star’s full release clause of £85m (The Sun)
Manchester United could miss out in their pursuit of Napoli star Dries Mertens because Inter Milan are closing in on a deal for the forward (Daily Star)
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has offered the biggest hint yet he will break the bank for Burnley and England defender Michael Keane this summer (Daily Mirror)
John Terry has been offered a cash-laden end to his playing career in Dubai – by former Blues team-mate Dan Petrescu (The Sun)
Joe Hart wants to stay at Torino next season but the Italian club cannot afford him, according to their coach Sinisa Mihajlovic (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal have acted fast to sign Schalke’s highly-rated left-back Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer (The Sun)
Marc Overmars has refused to rule out becoming the new director of football at his former club Arsenal (Daily Mail)
Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie is “listening to all offers” ahead of the summer transfer window, his agent has revealed (Daily Mirror)
Arsene Wenger has told Alexis Sanchez he will not be held to ransom by the forward’s wage demands (The Guardian)
Liverpool want to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita this summer (Daily Star)
Everton are prepared to match their transfer record as they close in on a move for Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose (Daily Mail)
Chelsea are eyeing Porto striker Rui Pedro, who has a £25m release clause (Daily Star)
Real Madrid are reportedly ready to defy Cristiano Ronaldo’s wishes and sign Chelsea playamker Eden Hazard (Daily Express)
Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has played down reports of a £30m move for Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson (Evening Gazette)
Gareth Bale does not want Real Madrid to sign a midfield playmaker due to his close relationship with former Tottenham team-mate Luka Modric (Daily Express)
Bayern Munich’s 19-year-old attacking midfielder Renato Sanches says he turned down a move to Manchester United last summer because he wanted to play with “world class players” (Bild)
Sunderland boss David Moyes has rejected claims from agent Roberto de Fanti that his clients Fabio Borini and Vito Mannone are “destined” to leave the club this summer (Chronicle)