Tottenham have seen an offer turned down for a Manchester United target, while a one-time Chelsea target is on the verge of a shock move to Cagliari, according to Thursday’s European papers.
SPURS BACK IN FOR FERNANDES
Tottenham have rejoined the race to sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP, reports in Portugal claim.
Attacking midfielder Fernandes, who scored 32 goals in all competitions last season, has been regularly linked with a move to Manchester United this summer.
However, both Record and A Bola claim that another Premier League suitor have made an offer for the Portuguese star – with Spurs making contact with a €45m bid.
That bid has been swiftly rejected by the Lisbon-based side, who want somewhere closer to €70m.
Despite that setback, it was claimed earlier today that Sporting have already lined up a replacement for Fernandes, who has suggested that he would be interested in playing in the Premier League.
A Bola believe a second meeting between Spurs and Sporting to determine the player’s future could occur as early as Friday.
DYBALA READY TO REJECT MAN UTD OVER CONTRACT CLAUSE
Paulo Dybala has reportedly refused to sign for Manchester United unless they remove the contract clause that affects all their senior stars.
United are hoping to persuade Argentina forward Dybala to move to Old Trafford this summer in what would effectively be a swap deal with Romelu Lukaku already agreeing terms on a move in the opposite direction.
And while Dybala will discuss his future at Juventus with coach Maurizio Sarri on Thursday, he will go into his meeting with the Serie A champions having reportedly rejected United’s initial approach to sign him.
That’s because, according to Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri, Dybala is refusing to sign a contract that will see his salary reduced by 25% in the event the club fails to qualify for the Champions League.
Manchester United currently impose that policy on their entire squad and their sixth-placed finish last season means it’s a reduction in wages currently affecting every member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team squad.
But Dybala has reportedly told United he wants exemption from the clause before signing for the club – and the club’s failure to negate on that rule would see him reject a move to Old Trafford.
And in terms of his wages, Dybala is also demanding a significant bump up from what he earns in Turin, with the Argentine having reportedly requested a salary worth £9.1m a year, which is equivalent to £175,000 a week.
It all means Lukaku could be sold in a separate deal to Juventus, leaving the two clubs having to negotiate on a fee for the Belgian. United are understood to be seeking €75m for the striker, having snubbed a €60m bid from Inter Milan last month.
And according to reports in Italy, United could instead sign Mario Mandzukic as a cut-price replacement for Lukaku.
Tuttosport claims Solskjaer is keen to bring in the veteran Croatian this summer, with Calciomercato claiming he has been told he can leave on a free transfer this summer if a club picks up his reported €6m a season salary.
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AND THE REST
Bayern Munich have tweeted that reports saying Leroy Sane has agreed to join them “do not correspond to the facts” (various)
Newcastle have had an €18m bid accepted for Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin (RMC Sport)
Out of favour Inter Milan midfielder Radja Nainggolan is close to completing a sensational return to Cagliari (various)
Barcelona are considering a move for Ajax’s David Neres if their pursuit of Neymar fails to bear fruit (Don Balon)
Lazio want to sign Fernando Llorente, who is a free agent after leaving Spurs (Marca)
Bordeaux are interested in Argentina winger Cristian Pavon (L’Equipe)
Juventus and Marseille will battle for Barcelona starlet Juan Miranda after he snubbed a loan to Real Betis in favour of a move abroad (Sport)
Monaco are leading the race for Juventus goalkeeper Mattia Perin, who has been demoted to third choice following the return of Gianluigi Buffon (Tuttosport)
Inter are prepared to offer a €60m package including winger Matteo Politano to Atalanta for striker Duvan Zapata (FCInterNews)
Borussia Dortmund are close to signing striker Patrik Schick from Roma (Corriere Dello Sport)
Lazio have made an enquiry about Bayern Munich and former Swansea midfielder Renato Sanches (Transfermarketweb)
Barcelona forward Malcom has missed training with the Spanish giants this week as he prepares to join Zenit St Petersburg in the coming days (ESPN)
Junior Firpo has told Real Betis he wants to join Barcelona this summer amid reports of a €20m approach from the LaLiga champions (Sport)
Paris Saint-Germain have told Barcelona to make a decision on whether they are signing Neymar by August 10 – or walk away from the deal (Mundo Deportivo)
Fiorentina are readying themselves for a fight to keep Federico Chiesa amid claims Juventus are plotting a €60m approach (Tiki Taka)
Antonio Conte wants a reunion with Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal this summer, with Inter Milan preparing an enquiry for the Chile midfielder (Corriere dello Sport)
Leganes striker Youssef En-Nesyri has criticised the club for ‘caring too much about money’ after they rejected a €20m approach from Brighton (Marca)
PSG striker Edinson Cavani has rejected a move to Inter Milan this summer – and will only return to Serie A with Napoli (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Lille have opened talks for Napoli for Algeria international winger Adam Ounas as they seek a replacement for Nicolas Pepe (Le 10 Sport)
Inter Milan have switched attentions towards Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Ante Rebic after missing appearing to miss out on Romelu Lukaku (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Monaco are refusing to give up on a deal to sign Andre Silva with AC Milan sticking a minimum €25m asking price on the Portuguese forward (Tuttosport)
Roma have not given up on a move for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld this summer (Sky Italia)
Kieran Trippier has made it his ‘priority’ to become fluent in Spanish following his transfer to Atletico Madrid (ESPN)
AC Milan goalkeeper Alessandro Plizzari is poised to join Serie B side Livorno (Calciomercato)
Joao Felix has revealed he intends to become an Atletico Madrid great and has been inspired by the club’s list of legendary strikers (ESPN)
Galatasaray have agreed a deal to loan Celta Vigo winger Emre Mor for the season with an option to buy (Faro de Vigo)