Juventus readying £120 million bid for Manchester United star Paul Pogba

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Perennial Serie A champions Juventus are preparing to make a £120 million bid for Manchester United star Paul Pogba, according to reports. 

Juventus want their former star back as the club seeks to build a side that can win the Champions League, according to The Times.

Real Madrid are also known to be interested in the French star, with manager Zinedine Zidane known to be a big fan of his countryman. It has been thought Madrid prefer a player-plus-cash deal for Pogba, with Welsh star Gareth Bale a potential makeweight in the deal.

Pogba is believed to want to leave United – he is on record saying he could fancy a new challenge – and a move to Madrid or Turin would doubtless appeal to him.

However, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears determined to hold on to the World Cup Winner and is thought to see him as a vital part of his side for next season as they seek to regain a spot in the Champions League. He is expected to join their pre-season tour too.

It seems this transfer saga could run for some time yet.

Manchester City and Barcelona set for battle to sign Juventus star Joao Cancelo

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Manchester City face a battle to sign Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo with Barcelona ready to enter the race. 

City have been looking to strengthen their options at right-back – despite having Kyle Walker and Danilo in the squad – and have earmarked Cancelo as their top target. Should Cancelo sign, then it is expected that Danilo would be sold.

The Portuguese international, 25, would cost about £60 million. He has been impressive in his two seasons in Turin, helping Juve to successive Scudettos and also was a part of the Portugal squad that won the Nations League recently.

However, while a deal is thought to be close, City could yet face competition for his signature, with Spanish champions Barcelona reportedly set to join the race for him. Barca are looking for upgrades to their squad as they seek to retain their La Liga title and make another assault on the Champions League trophy.

Juventus appear prepared to sell, and make a profit on the £35 million they paid for him.

Real Madrid want to include Gareth Bale in deal to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba 

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Spanish giants Real Madrid want to include Gareth Bale in a player-plus-cash deal to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United, according to reports.

Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has made signing his countryman one of his priorities as he revamps his squad after Madrid’s poor – by their standards – season in 2018/19.

However, having already spent more than £300 million on new players this summer, Madrid are reluctant to meet United’s £150 million asking price in full. This is why they want to include a makeweight such as Bale, who has been told he isn’t part of Zidane’s plans for next season.

United have previously been linked with Bale – especially during the Jose Mourinho era – but appear to have cooled their interest in the 29-year-old now. Whether his inclusion in any offer for Pogba changes their stance remains to be seen.

Pogba is understood to be keen to move to Madrid but United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reluctant to lose him. If this stance continues Pogba could submit a formal transfer request.

Meanwhile Bale has previously said he is happy to stay at Madrid, so whether he would agree to be the makeweight in any deal remains to be seen.

Manchester United bid for Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes

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Manchester United look set to continue their summer spending after bidding for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes. 

However, Sporting have rejected the £31 million bid, according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport.

Sporting want to keep hold of their star midfielder and have offered him a contract worth £5.4 million plus bonuses, the Gazzetta reported.

Another consideration for Sporting is that if Fernandes leaves, they will have to pay the player £4.5 million.

Fernandes, 24, scored 19 goals in 31 Primera League matches last season, and 31 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions.

United are thought likely to come back with another bid. Other clubs are thought to be interested in the Portuguese international but United are the only ones to firm up their interest with a bid.

Sporting want £60 million for the player, but United are hoping to bag him for less than £40 million.

In addition, United are thought likely to make a £25 million bid for Newcastle United youngster Sean Longstaff this week.

Real Madrid prepare sensation deal to swap Marco Asensio for Liverpool star Sadio Mane

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are preparing to offer Liverpool the chance to sign forward Marco Asensio – but want Sadio Mane in return, according to reports. 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is known to be a big fan of £85 million-rated Asensio, who scored 6 goals in 44 appearances last season for Madrid. The Reds have been linked with him in the past too.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is willing to let Asensio go as part of his overhaul of the squad this summer. He is known to rate Mane and sees him as a potential part of a front three next season.

However, whether Klopp would be willing to let Mane go – he scored 22 goals in 36 Premier League appearances last season – is another matter.