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TOP STORY: Man United and Barca eye Lenglet
Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet could find himself at the centre of a transfer tug of war this summer, with L’Equipe carrying news of interest from Manchester United and Barcelona.
Lenglet impressed Jose Mourinho with his performances against United in the Champions League, although the Frenchman’s form toward the end of the season wasn’t enough to earn him a place in Didier Deschamps’ World Cup squad.
The 22-year-old could make up for that disappointment with a move to one of Europe’s leading clubs as United weigh up meeting his €35 million release clause.
Barcelona are also keen on the ball-playing centre-back, with Lenglet tipped for a bright future following his first full season at Sevilla.
12.00 BST: Crystal Palace are looking at Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai , who would cost around £12 million, as boss Roy Hodgson plans summer reinforcements. Right-back Sakai has emerged as a target, the London Evening Standard reports, saying he “is thought to be happy at Marseille but it is believed they are willing to sanction his departure.”
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11.15 BST: The Mirror reports that financial problems at Aston Villa are growing after their failure to win promotion from the Championship, with “stars like Jack Grealish in the dark about their futures and the growing likelihood of a firesale to generate quick cash.”
11.00 BST: Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards wants to leave the club in the summer, the Guardian reports. It says the 19-year-old has “reluctantly accepted that his chance of a first-team breakthrough under Mauricio Pochettino has gone.”
10.45 BST: Preston North End striker Sean Maguire is staying exactly where he is, committing his future to the Championship club for a further three years.
10.30 BST: Birmingham City could move for Middlesbrough winger Marvin Johnson as they reshape their squad following two successive close brushes with relegation from the Championship, the Birmingham Mail reports.
10.15 BST: Arsenal have been linked with Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, but the London Evening Standard says they are “unlikely to pursue a deal as they eye alternative options in central areas.”
Seri, who would cost around £35 million, is said to be keen on a move to either Chelsea or Manchester City, while Manchester United have also been linked with him.
10.00 BST: To Scotland, where Rangers are being linked with a plethora of players as Steven Gerrard looks to rebuild his squad. The latest, says the Scotsman, is West Brom defender Gareth McAuley, for whom Gerrard will face competition from several Championship clubs.
09.30 BST: Bryan Cristante will leave Atalanta for Roma next month, Gazzetta dello Sport reports. The 23-year-old midfielder will sign a five-year contract.
09.10 BST: Saint-Etienne coach Jean-Louis Gasset hopes to tempt Atletico Madrid forward Kevin Gameiro to return to France, L’Equipe reports — but Gameiro would rather remain in Spain.
08.50 BST: Mattia Perin, who made his debut in the starting XI in Italy’s friendly against Netherlands in Turin on Monday night, has remained in the city and will reportedly undergo a medical today and tomorrow in advance of his move to Juventus.
La Repubblica reports that he 25-year-old is leaving Genoa, of whose youth system he is a product and where he has spent virtually all of his career, to become Szczesny’s reserve. Should the Polish goalkeeper wish to keep his current shirt number, as it seems likely, Perin will inherit Buffon’s no.1 shirt. Perin is moving for around €12m.
08.25 BST: Antoine Griezmann promised that he would make a decision on his future before the World Cup starts, amid strong interest from Barcelona, and he told Spox that he is yet to make a choice: “I am thinking about it, I’ve not decided yet.”
The France forward’s Atletico Madrid teammate Koke told AS: “Antoine knows what he has to do. It is a question for him, and he must decide. He is under contract at the moment.”
According to Mundo Deportivo, Atletico met Edinson Cavani and his brother and agent a few weeks ago in Madrid. The Paris Saint-Germain striker is a long-time target for Atletico coach Diego Simeone.
08.00 BST: Manchester United announced they had reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Fred on Tuesday, and the Brazil international midfielder could soon be joined at Old Trafford by another new arrival. Porto full-back Diogo Dalot has been in talks with United since last week, and a deal for the 19-year-old could be announced as early as today.
PAPER TALK: Liverpool launch winger bid
Liverpool might already have found the perfect replacement for Sadio Mane after the Senegal international was linked with a move to Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Transfer Talk.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds are stepping up their interest in Gent forward Moses Simon, who could be available for a bargain fee of £10m.
Simon was denied a place in Nigeria’s World Cup squad due to injury, but that hasn’t deterred Jurgen Klopp in his pursuit of the 22-year-old. The talented winger is viewed as the ideal understudy to Mane and Mo Salah at Anfield, possessing the pace and trickery to stretch teams on the break.
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Rondon in demand
Salomon Rondon might be set to jump ship at relegated West Brom as Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham duke it out for his signature, reports the Daily Mirror.
The striker managed just seven goals in 36 Premier League appearances as the Baggies dropped into the Championship, but it seems that hasn’t put off his list of suitors.
Rondon’s £16m buyout clause makes him a tempting Plan B for Chelsea or Spurs, while there is potential for a little-and-large partnership with Javier Hernandez at West Ham.
The 28-year-old enjoyed impressive spells at Malaga and Zenit St. Petersburg before joining West Brom in 2015, and looks destined for another move in the near future.
— Former Bayern striker Luca Toni has told Sportbild that the German champions should sell Robert Lewandowski if the Poland captain wants out of the club. Toni has a successor in mind, too, saying: “Mauro Icardi of Inter Milan would be perfect for Bayern. He is very strong and younger.”
— Leicester are looking to wrap up their business early in the transfer window, with deals for James Maddison and Jonny Evans in the pipeline. The Independent says the Foxes are leading the race for Norwich playmaker Maddison, who would cost around £20m, while Evans is available for just £3m following West Brom’s demotion.
— Wolves are plotting a £35m move for Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo, according to The Sun. The 24-year-old spent the season on loan to Inter Milan, but missed out on a place in Portugal’s World Cup squad to new Leicester full-back Ricardo Pereira.
— Everton director of football Marcel Brands is planning to shift as many as 12 players this summer, reports the Daily Mirror. The Toffees made some costly mistakes during Ronald Koeman’s reign and will need to recoup some of that outlay before they can give any funds to Marco Silva.
— One player who won’t be joining Everton though is £40m-rated Watford winger Richarlison. The Evening Standard says the Hornets will refuse to enter talks with the Goodison Park club following the manner of Silva’s exit in January.
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