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 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.
Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea, along with Italian champions Juventus, are set for a battle to sign AC Milan defender and captain Alessio Romagnoli this summer, according to reports in Italy.
Calciomercato have claimed that United have been watching the player this season, with a view to making a bid this summer.
Romagnoli, 24, has been central to Milan’s push for a Champions League place in Serie A this season. The side currently sit in 4th in the table.
United are well known to be in the market for a defender this summer and have been linked with most of the top stoppers in Europe in the past few months.
Chelsea are also looking for defenders as the side continues to rebuild in order to take on Manchester City and Liverpool.
Romagnoli would not come cheap. As a defender in the prime of his career, he would likely cost about £50 million.
However, Milan do not want to sell. Manager Genaro Gattuso has recently said that Romagnoli “doesn’t have a price”. The player himself is also happy at Milan and has apparently rejected moves away before and would be prepared to do so again.
Champions League chasing Manchester United are planning to bolster their attack this summer and have targeted Juventus striker Paolo Dybala for that.
And United are prepared to offer Romelu Lukaku as part of any deal, according to reports.
Argentine striker Dybala could be available as he has fallen out with Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri this season and has been overshadowed by the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. He also fits United’s requirements of a mobile goalscoring striker.
Dybala could cost up to £100 million, so to try and mitigate some of that cost, United are willing to offer Belgian international Lukaku as part of the deal.
Lukaku may have cost £75 million when he joined United from Everton but he has fallen down the pecking order since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as interim manager, with Marcus Rashford often being preferred.
It is reported that both Juventus and Lukaku would be open to such a deal. Lukaku would relish the chance to join the Italian champions, while they would be getting a prolific striker who is in the peak years of his career.
Champions League chasing sides Manchester United and Chelsea have enquired about the availability of Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic with the view to making a offer, according to reports.
The 30-year-old is under contract to Barcelona until 2021 and wants to open talks on an extension but the club have no intention of doing so at the moment, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.
This will give heart to a number of clubs chasing the Croatian international. As well as Chelsea and Manchester United, Italian sides Juventus and Inter Milan and German side Bayern Munich are also interested.
However, Rakitic is an integral part of Ernesto Valverde‘s side, having made 34 appearances this season. Barcelona would appear reluctant at best to want to part with one of their stars.
That said, Barca signed Dutch star Frenkie de Jong in January – he’ll join the side the in the summer – so that would provide Rakitic with competition.
Nevertheless, Rakitic himself went on record last month saying he was happy at Barcelona and wants to stay long-term. His agent, Aturo Canales, also ruled out a move last week.
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