Manchester United are set to revive their interest in signing Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld this summer, but are likely to face stiff competition from Barcelona and Juventus.
Spurs appear resigned to losing Alderweireld in the summer as he has refused to sign a new year. The club activated a clause to extend his existing deal last year but it included a clause that said with one year left he could be sold for £26 million.
That price is viewed as a bargain for the 30-year-old Belgian international and means there will be great interest in him.
United were linked with a £50 million bid for Alderweireld last summer, but no deal was struck. Both manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy were staunch in their refusal to let him go.
Since then, United have been linked with pretty much every top central defender in Europe. However, Alderweireld appears cheaper and more gettable than most others. His Premier League experience would be invaluable too.
However, at that bargain price, others are bound to be interested. La Liga leaders Barcelona have been linked, as have Italian champions Juventus.
Alderweireld could have his pick of the clubs. Whether United stand a chance may well hinge on whether they qualify for the Champions League and who is in permanent charge of the club. Interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is favourite to land the job on a full-time basis but others are still in the frame.
Manchester United look set to press ahead with an £80 million move for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho this summer, according to reports.
Sancho has been a standout performer for Dortmund this year, producing a string of impressive displays and goals in the Bundesliga and Champions League. He has managed to keep more established players, such as Christian Pulisic, on the bench.
Inevitably, this has led to rumours of other clubs looking to sign the England player in the summer. The rumour about United’s interest first surfaced some weeks ago, but it is continuing to gain traction.
The Independent is the latest to report United’s interest, saying that an £80 million bid is on the cards. It is thought Sancho fits the ethos of buying young talent in, and he would provide competition for the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Any such move would also likely hasten Alexis Sanchez’s departure from Old Trafford. The Chilean has struggled since he joined in January 2018, and could be allowed to leave, either on a permanent or season-long loan.
However, whether Sancho would come is open to question. He is enjoying life in Germany and may decide that another year starting regularly in the Bundesliga might be the best thing for his development.
History shows that while Dortmund may not want to sell, if the price is right they will do a deal.
Real Madrid could break the world transfer record this summer as the club’s president says he wants to sign Paris St-Germain stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Florentino Perez made his comments on the strikers as he unveiled Zinedine Zidane as Real’s new manager – taking the reigns just 10 months after he left.
Zidane has been tasked with taking Real back to the top of Spanish and European football next season. To do this, it is anticipated that he will instigate a major shake-up of the playing staff.
This will likely include one marquee player – at least – as the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus has never been adequately filled.
Neymar and Mbappe are the obvious choices, having proved themselves in the European and World stages.
There have been constant rumours of Neymar’s disaffection with life in Paris over the past couple of years and he would likely welcome a move back to Spain. He has also been coy on talk about his future in recent weeks.
Meanwhile Mbappe has said he is happy at PSG right now, but has hinted he would like to move to Madrid at some point in his career.
Perez said, perhaps with tongue in cheek, that he thought the presence of fellow Frenchman Zidane could be a full factor in convincing Mbappe to come to the Spanish capital.
But a transfer deal for either would inevitably involve a world record fee. The current £198 million record is held by PSG, when they bought Neymar from Barcelona two summers ago.
PSG would want a fee greater than that for either player, perhaps as much as £250 million. Both are under long contracts and are either at, or not yet reached, their peak years as players, given Neymar is 26 and Mbappe 20.
It is likely that Real would be able to afford one or the other from the pair – plus PSG would not sanction selling both players.
Premier League clubs Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are all considering making a bid for Real Madrid star Isco this summer as his relationship with the club continues to deteriorate.
Isco has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu under manager Santiago Solari this season and was left out of the match day squad last weekend over concerns over his fitness and focus. Solari has reportedly also requested that Real bosses take disciplinary action against the forward.
Isco also refused to board the team bus ahead of Real’s Champions League defeat against Ajax last week, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
With Real planning a major clearout of players this summer after their poor season – culminating in being knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax at the last 16 stage – it looks increasingly likely that Isco will be one of the players to depart.
There will be no shortage of interest in the 26-year-old. Manchester United are looking for creative attackers, especially if misfit Alexis Sanchez moves on.
Meanwhile London rivals Spurs and Arsenal will be looking to bolster their squads in order to be able to make a sustained bid to win the Premier League title.
However, Arsenal May have to sell before they could buy a player of Isco’s value. Mesut Ozil would The the obvious name to be sold in that case, given his fractious relationship with manager Unai Emery and £350,000 per week wage packet.
Isco would likely command a transfer fee in excess of £50 million, given his age and record prior to this season.
Manchester United are considering making a bid for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala this summer – but only if current striker Romelu Lukaku leaves, according to reports.
United scouts have been impressed with Dybala for some time with his performances in Serie A and the Champions League.
The Sun claim that United have already sounded out their counterparts at Juventus about the possibility of a deal, and it seems that a bid of £120 million may be enough to get their man.
However, this bid may only happen if United sell Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian has appeared to recapture his best form in the past couple of weeks with 4 goals in his last 2 games but there has been speculation that he may leave in the summer.
One potential destination for Lukaku could be Juventus. There has been rumoured interest in him from Turin for some time, so a player-plus-cash deal involving Dybala is not beyond the realms of possibility.
Other clubs in Serie A, notably Inter Milan, are also said to be interested in Lukaku. At 26, he is in the peak of his career so United would want to at least recoup the £75 million they paid Everton for him two years ago.
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