A medical has been booked in for Wednesday as Arsenal close in on a £27m defender signing, while AC Milan won’t be signing a Liverpool star and Man Utd have made an offer to bring one of the world’s top stars to Old Trafford, according to Tuesday’s European papers.
EMERY CLOSES IN ON DEFENSIVE TARGET
Saint Etienne centre-back William Saliba is set to undergo his medical ahead of a move to Arsenal on Wednesday.
The Gunners are reported to have agreed a £27m deal with the French club a few days ago, with the French youngster set to head back to Ligue 1 on loan to gain further first-team experience.
Arsenal managed to fight off late competition from north London rivals Tottenham to land the highly-rated Saliba, who Spurs wanted to sign but were not as keen on loaning the youngster back.
Saliba enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2018-19 as he played a part in Saint Etienne having one of the best defensive records in Ligue 1.
The prospective signing will not please many Arsenal fans, however, given the club’s desperate need for new defesnive recruits to strengthen their team right away – rather than waiting another year for a young player to develop.
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SARRI ROW PROMPTS MAN UTD TO TABLE RONALDO BID
Manchester United are making a fresh attempt to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club this summer, according to reports in Spain.
And according to Don Balon, United believe they have a good chance of landing their man, amid claims the Portuguese superstar is at loggerheads at the club over their appointment of Maurizio Sarri this summer.
They claim Ronaldo is looking for a way out of Turin after just one season, with their differences of opinion coming to the fore during Sunday’s defeat to Tottenham in Singapore when Ronaldo was subbed off during the game.
It’s also reported that Ronaldo has expressed reservations about Sarri and his wish to leave to the club’s board.
While it looks fanciful at this stage to suggest that could lead to his departure, there are few at Old Trafford who wouldn’t welcome Ronaldo’s return to the club.
Despite his advancing years, Ronaldo remains one of the world’s elite footballers and remains prolific in front of goal for both club and country.
And the report claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is willing to make an exception to his plan to furnish United’s side with young, hungry stars – as exemplified by the captures of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka – to get his hands on Ronaldo, with United chiefs already making contact with Juve over a potential deal.
The report claims there is also interest in the Portuguese superstar from China.
It’s also worth noting that the Daily Mail claims United are far more likely to pursue his Juve teammate Paulo Dybala, while The Times has suggested the only likely attacking arrival will be Nicolas Pepe.
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AND THE REST
Kylian Mbappe has no plans of renewing his contract at Paris Saint-Germain with Real Madrid waiting in the wings (AS)
Valencia have rejected offers of €40m from Wolverhampton Wanderers and an unnamed English club for defender Mouctar Diakhaby (Levante EMF)
AC Milan have ended their interest in Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren and will instead move for Juventus’ Merih Demiral (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Antoine Griezmann has downplayed suggestions that Barcelona need to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain this summer (AS)
Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has agreed to join Rennes this summer – but thew two clubs must still agree on a fee (RMC Sport)
Arsenal have launched a €35m offer for Juventus forward Moise Kean. The Old Lady are happy to accept the fee, but want to include a buy-back clause – something the Gunners are hoping to avoid (Tuttosport)
Inter Milan have launched a third approach for Romelu Lukaku, with a straight €55m cash payment – plus Croatian winger Ivan Perisic (FCInterNews)
Juventus will launch an audacious approach to sign Neymar – and will offer PSG Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi as part of the deal (Goal)
Dyala will hold talks with Maurizio Sarri to see if he figures in his Juventus plans, amid claims the Italian giants have stuck an €80m price tag on his head (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Wolves are struggling to convince AC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone to join them – and hope words of reassurance from agent Jorge Mendes will help them finalise the potential €25m deal (Corriere dello Sport)
Barcelona want to sign Bayern Munich’s David Alaba this summer because of his versatility and ability to play across the defence (Mundo Deportivo)
Arsenal have been left with a clear run at signing Dani Ceballos after both AC Milan and Tottenham were both put off by Real Madrid’s insistence that there is no chance the deal can be made permanent (Calciomercato)
Nikola Kalinic has not travelled with Atletico Madrid on their pre-season tour to the United States with a transfer now looking imminent (Marca)
Federico Chiesa has told Fiorentina he wants to be allowed to join Juventus this summer (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Thiago Alcantara has confirmed Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale would be ‘welcomed’ at German champions Bayern Munich (Kicker)
Monaco are favourites to sign Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi this summer (Soccerlink)
Roma are targeting Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu as an alternative to AC Milan forward Suso (Calciomercato)
Sampdoria are on the verge of securing Zenit St Petersburg winger Emiliano Rigoni on loan with obligation to buy for €12m (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Atletico Madrid have decided to pursue a move for Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez over Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen (Marca)
Hertha Berlin are trying to sign teenage Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson (Kicker)
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