The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.
United prepared to spend big on Benfica wunderkind
Benfica’s 19-year-old Joao Felix could be set for a £100 million summer switch to Old Trafford.
So says the Sun, who report that Manchester United scouts have seen the kid in action and had nothing but good things to report back to gaffer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United looked desperately short of creativity against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, and that has heightened the desire for the club to bring in a player who is rapidly becoming the hottest young prospect in European football.
His age would make him the perfect target for United, who are now intent on investing in younger players in a bid to transform this United squad. Benfica have long since given up on keeping hold of their prized asset, but they won’t let him leave on the cheap. It’s believed the Portuguese giants will demand at least £100m.
Juve planning Salah swoop
Will this season be Mo Salah‘s last at Liverpool? Well, stranger things have happened. Tuttosport reports that Juventus are preparing to stretch their seemingly endless finances to bring the striker to Turin, with Paulo Dybala going in the opposite direction.
Dybala has been a shadow of the player who performed magnificently for Juve in recent seasons, and now it appears the Serie A giants are ready to use him as bait in a bid to lure the Egyptian to Italy.
They are prepared to put their money where their mouth is too, per the report, offering the Merseyside giants €50m (£43.9m) for any deal involving Salah moving to Italy and Dybala coming to Liverpool.
Douglas Costa one way, Pogba the other?
The rumours surrounding Douglas Costa refuse to go away, and now Tuttosport is fanning the flames by claiming he could still make the switch to United as part of an extraordinary deal that would see Paul Pogba move in the opposite direction.
The Brazilian moved to Italy’s serial champions only in the summer and still has more than three years left on his current deal. But that hasn’t stopped speculation over his future. And although Pogba is cutting a far happier figure in the northwest now that Jose Mourinho has gone, the lure of Juve after a difficult few seasons at Old Trafford could prove strong.
– The Sun reports that Machester City boss Pep Guardiola is stepping up his bid to sign Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. He sees Ndombele as the natural successor to Fernandinho and is readying a £70m offer. Guardiola will hope that is enough to put the club ahead of Manchester United and Juventus in the battle for his signature.
– Reports in Colombia suggest that Arsenal’s dream of landing James Rodriguez in the summer might remain just that. Marca Colombia reports that the Colombian superstar is intent on returning to Real Madrid when his two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich expires at the end of the season.
– Barcelona are limbering up for a summer transfer splurge — and have taken out two huge loans to increase their financial muscle, according to El Pais (via the Mirror). The Spanish paper says that Barcelona have secured an extra £122m with two American companies — cash which Barca are free to spend however they see fit. Europe, beware.