The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow live with our daily blog throughout the summer.
TOP STORY: United targeting £100m PSG star
We could be watching a new-look Manchester United midfield next season, according to the Mirror, which says Jose Mourinho “wants to make Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti his marquee summer signing.”
Mourinho has identified Italy international Verratti as his “top target,” but United might have to pay around £100 million to persuade the French champions to sell.
Verratti could be playing alongside Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazil international Fred, for whom a deal might be done in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the Manchester Evening News says Mourinho might also move for West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic after watching him play for Austria last week.
West Ham “are said to value their player of the season, who has four years left on his contract, at £50m.”
11.30 BST: Birmingham City and Aston Villa could be competing for Hull’s Abel Hernandez, who will leave the Tigers in the summer, the Birmingham Mail reports.
11.00 BST: Hull City’s Poland international winger Kamil Grosicki is being linked with Serie A side Genoa, the Hull Daily Mail reports.
10.30 BST: The changing of the guard at Arsenal has, unsurprisingly, seen plenty of players linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, and here’s another – reports in France suggest the Gunners could be ready to pay more than £40 million for Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard.
10.00 BST: Earlier this month, there was talk that Marseille would try to keep Mario Balotelli in Ligue 1 when he leaves Nice, and now reports in France say they will step up attempts to sign the Italy forward.
09.30 BST: To Germany now, where Bild reports that the potential departure of star striker Robert Lewandowski could see Bayern Munich make a move for RB Leipzig’s sought-after Timo Werner.
09.00 BST: Good morning from the Transfer Talk live blog, where our first piece of news of the day sees Sky Sports reporting that Brighton have made an improved bid for Reading defender Liam Moore.
Seagulls boss Chris Hughton wants to strengthen his defence and has moved again for Moore after having an initial bid turned down.
PAPER TALK: City ‘hit roadblock’ in Jorginho pursuit
What next for Manchester City’s attempts to sign Jorginho after Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said he had “refused an offer worth €45 million plus €5m in bonuses” for the midfielder?
The Independent reports that a bidding war could develop, with City’s pursuit having “hit something of a roadblock.”
It says the latest developments could encourage Chelsea, with City’s hopes of announcing the signing next week now appearing to have been dashed.
The Manchester Evening News reports that the Premier League champions “will have to dig a little deeper to get a deal over the line.”
But it says they still hope to sign Jorginho, and potentially also Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, before the World Cup begins.
Hammers in talks over PSG’s Pastore
Manuel Pellegrini wants to sign Javier Pastore, whom he once attempted to bring to Manchester City, for West Ham, the Guardian says.
It reports that the Hammers are in talks with PSG about a switch for the Argentina playmaker as Pellegrini begins work to reshape his squad.
Pastore, who “may have to accept a drop in wages to complete a move,” struggled for regular playing time last season, starting 16 games.
The Guardian says Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho, linked with West Ham in previous windows, also remains a target, while Barcelona defender Marlon Santos and Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone are being considered.
– Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to be reunited with Sevilla midfielder Steven Nzonzi, according to the Mirror.
Emery, who signed Nzonzi for Sevilla from Stoke, is keen to work with him again — but the Mirror says he “had to convince the club’s hierarchy to push ahead with a deal for the 29-year-old.”
– Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, reported to be interesting both Tottenham and Liverpool, “is demanding a bumper £60,000-a-week contract to stay,” according to the Mirror.
It reports that McCarthy, a free agent next summer, “will only sign an extension if Saints match the £3m-a-year deal they gave former No. 1 Fraser Forster last year.”
– Brighton have had two bids for Sunderland’s Paddy McNair turned down, with the player eager to move to the Premier League side, the Chronicle reports.
It says the Black Cats “face a battle” to keep the 23-year-old, with Brighton “chasing hardest” and interest coming from Norwich, Derby and Stoke.
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