Alexis Sanchez’s Manchester United nightmare could be coming to an end as Italian giants Inter Milan and Juventus are both keen on signing the forward.
The Independent has reported that both clubs have met with Sanchez’s intermediaries about the potential for a deal.
United are keen to offload Sanchez and want to do a deal. However, both sides have indicated that they will only look at a deal if the Chilean drops his wage demands. It is believed that there could be some compromise on this.
Sanchez joined United from Arsenal in January 2018 but the move has been a disaster. Injuries and a loss of form have hit the 30-year-old and he has scored just 3 goals in 32 matches for the Reds. Nevertheless, he still remains a talent if he can recapture his best form.
Ligue Un Champions Paris St-Germain have made Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale one of their top summer transfer targets, according to reports.
PSG are looking to make signings after yet again failing to progress past the last 16 of the Champions League. Their form in France also tailed off and they were beaten on penalties by Rennes in the French Cup Final.
Bale could be an option as a marquee signing for the Parisian side. His future at the Bernabeau is in doubt after the return of Zinedine Zidane earlier in the season.
Zidane is expected to have a clear-out if playing staff after a mediocre season by their standards and Bale could be one of those. His transfer fee could also help to fund a raft of acquisitions.
Bale is estimated to be worth about £70 million, which is nothing to the Qatari-backed club.
However, whether Bale wants to leave Madrid is not known.
Other clubs may also be in for the Welshman. Manchester United have been linked with him for a couple of years, and his former side Tottenham Hotspur could also be interested.
Premier League side Chelsea are considering making a move for Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho this summer – but only if they manage to get a transfer ban overturned.
Coutinho has endured a difficult spell in Barcelona since his initial £106 million love from Liverpool in January 2018. While he has scored 21 goals in 74 appearances, he has been hampered by injury and loss of form during that time.
However, the Brazilian remains highly rated by Chelsea as they seek attacking options, with playmaker Eden Hazard widely expected to depart Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid this summer.
However, whether they will be allowed to make signings is unclear. Last week, Chelsea lost an appeal to FIFA against a 2-window transfer ban for contravening rules regarding the signature of young players. They are now appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The ban remains in place as legal proceedings are ongoing.
There has so far been little interest in Coutinho from England, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Sur, with only the Blues showing an interest.
If Chelsea could sign him, Barca would want to recoup most if not all of their initial outlay. They could be willing to sell as they contemplate making reinforcements after yet another failure to land the Champions League title after surrendering a 3-0 first-leg lead to lose 4-3 on aggregate to Liverpool last week.
Paris St-Germain star Neymar is said to be unhappy in Paris and wants a transfer – which could reawaken Real Madrid’s interest in him.
Neymar has been prolific on the pitch since he made the move to the Parc des Princes in 2017 but there have long been rumours that he is not happy at the club or in the city.
However, it was thought that he was happier playing under Thomas Tuchel but Le10Sport has reported he has had a change of heart after PSG’s latest failure to land the Champions League title. PSG threw away a 2-0 first-leg lead to Manchester United to lose 3-2 in the last 16 of the tournament.
This, coupled with a slump in form that also saw the side again throw away a 2-0 lead to lose the final of the Coupe de France on penalties to Rennes, has changed his mind.
If this is correct, it will no doubt alert Real Madrid, who have had a long-standing in the Brazilian. Manager Zinedine Zidane is expected to have a major overhaul of his squad this summer and a marquee signing like Neymar would be what Los Blancos’ fans have wanted since Cristiano Ronaldo left last year.
It would doubtless take a world record to take him from PSG – reports have said as much as £300 million – but that would not put Real off.
It may put other potential suitors off, except perhaps Barcelona, who have also been linked with a bid for a player they sold for £198 million to PSG.
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