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Top clubs on alert as Anthony Martial’s agent says he wants to leave Manchester United

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Anthony Martial wants to leave Manchester United this summer, after negotiations on a new contract have stalled, according to his agent.

While United are believed to want French international Martial, 22, to stay and extend his deal, Philippe Lamboley says that after several months of negotiations no agreement has been reached and the player now feels it is time to move on.

Speaking to French news outlet RMC Sport, Lamboley said: “After thinking about all the factors and possibilities, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United. There are lots of factors, and right now it’s too early to talk about them.

“I think that when United, the most powerful club in the world, do not find an agreement after eight months of negotiations then they do not really want to keep such an important player in their squad. That’s why this decision has come – it’s a well-thought-out decision.

“Everyone will have their opinion but I think he needs to resume his career. The time has come.”

Martial has been known to have been frustrated at United last season, when he was in and out of the starting XI, and found his opportunities more limited after the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January.

This news will be noted by several clubs around Europe who have been monitoring Martial’s contractual situation. In England,

Tottenham Hotspur have been rumoured to be interested in signing him – and they do need additional strikers to support Harry Kane.

Meanwhile Italian champions Juventus are also said to be interested in bringing him to Turin. Doubtless other sides will also be looking at Martial now they know that he is wanting a move.

Martial joined United in 2015 for £36 million, and the club would want to at least recoup their money, and probably look for a significant increase on it, for a player who is still contracted and has likely not reached his peak as a footballer.

The sale would also help to balance the books at United; manager Jose Mourinho has already spent £71 million on Fred and Diogo Dalot this summer, and is looking to bring in further players.

Tottenham Hotspur join race to sign Barcelona star

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Tottenham Hotspur have entered the race to sign Barcelona’s Brazilian midfielder Rafinha, who has been told he can leave the Catalan club.

Rafinha, 25, spent the second half of last season on loan at Inter Milan, making 17 appearances for and scoring 2 goals. Inter have an option to sign him permanently for £30.8 million, but they need to do that by June 30 and it is believed that they cannot raise the money in time.

This has alerted Spurs to the possibility that they could steal in and bring him to north London instead. Manager Mauricio Pochettino is seeking to strengthen his midfield this summer, and he is known to be an admirer of the Brazilian.

Other clubs are also monitoring his situation, including West Ham United. However, Spurs can offer Champions League football, while the Hammers didn’t qualify for Europe.

Manchester United in talks to sign £50 million Toby Alderweireld

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Manchester United are in talks to sign Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld in a £50 million deal.

Central defender Alderweireld, who is set to be a starter for Belgium in the upcoming World Cup, has been stalling over a new contract at Spurs, apparently holding out for higher wages. As a result, Spurs are willing to listen to offers for him, rather than let the player walk away for nothing at the end of his contract.

United manager Jose Mourinho has been a long-term admirer of Alderweireld and is said to be prepared to pay £50 million for the 29-year-old.

Mourinho has been known to want to strengthen his defence this summer, and has already signed highly-rated 19-year-old Diogo Dalot from Porto for £19 million.

He wants to get the deal wrapped up before the World Cup starts later this week, although that may not happen.

If the deal happens it will be United’s third signing of the summer, after Dalot and midfielder Fred, who joined from Shakhtar Donetsk, and it would take Mourinho’s spending over the £100 million mark.

A deal would also hasten the departures of players such as Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, who have been deemed surplus to requirements. Other defenders, such as Chris Smalling or Victor Lindelof, may also be allowed to leave this summer.

Liverpool, Everton and Roma compete to sign bargain-price Xherdan Shaqiri

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Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton are set to battle it out alongside Roma and Tottenham Hotspur for the signature of Stoke City’s Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri.

Shaqiri is looking for an exit from Stoke, who were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season, and has a release clause in his contract of just £12 million.

With a player of Shaqiri’s quality available for such a relatively little amount – the 26-year-old scored 8 goals and made 7 assists in 36 appearances for the Potters last season – it is no surprise that clubs are queuing up to sign him.

Shaqiri can play in a number of positions in midfield, and his versatility would appeal to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, as he seeks to further boost his options, having already signed Fabinho and Naby Keita for next season.

Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be interested – and both could offer Shaqiri more playing time that Liverpool could – Spurs could also offer Champions League football. As could Italian side Roma, who are also said to be tracking him.

However, despite all the interest in him, it is unlikely that Shaqiri will make any decision until after the World Cup, which starts later this month. He is in the Switzerland squad and is focusing on that for now.

Manchester United lead chase for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale

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Manchester United are at the head of a queue of a number of clubs looking at signing Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale this summer.

Bale, who scored two goals in Madrid’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final, is reportedly unhappy at the club. He hasn’t been a regular starter recently – Zinedine Zidane preferred Isco in the final – and Bale’s relationship with his manager is also apparently strained too.

The Welshman, who turns 29 this summer, has made it clear he wants to be playing week-in, week-out at this stage of his career. This has been taken as a hint he is looking to play elsewhere, despite winning four Champions League winners medals in 5 seasons.

United have a long-standing interest in Bale, having tried to sign him on 2 previous occasions. Manager Jose Mourinho is thought to be planning an overhaul of his squad as he seeks to get closer to runaway Premier League champions Manchester City. Bale would fit the bill as the sort of marquee signing United are looking for.

Madrid are also looking at a major refresh of their squad, so could be willing to let Bale go. However, he wouldn’t come cheap – Real would be looking to make a profit on a player they signed for a then-record £85 million in 2013, with some speculation they would be looking for up to double that amount.

Other clubs are likely to be interested in signing Bale, including German champions Bayern Munich, although apparently there is no interest from Manchester City. Bale’s wages, said to be £650,000 a week, would also be a stumbling block for many sides – including former side Tottenham Hotspur – but not United.

However, any move will be down to the player himself and will depend on any assurances over playing time and if there is any prospect of repairing his fractured relationship with Zidane.