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TOP STORY: United target Dembele as Lukaku replacement
The 22-year-old has scored 14 goals in Ligue 1 this season, warranting himself a price tag of around £40 million, according to the report. In a summer in which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to heavily overhaul his ageing squad, Dembele could come in for Lukaku, who has been linked with moves away from the club to Inter Milan and PSG after a less-than-stellar year at Old Trafford.
United are expected to adopt a different approach in the transfer market ahead of the 2019-20 season, by buying young players to develop rather than marquee signings, and Dembele would fit that category.
08.00 BST: Gianluigi Buffon, 41, has revealed that Paris Saint-Germain have offered him a new contract that will take him into his 25th year as a professional.
The goalkeeper told Sky Italia: “The club have offered me a renewal and this really delights and gratifies me. We’ll meet in the coming days to have a look within this project and understand if we both feel it is right to carry on.”
The 2006 World Cup winner has made 23 appearances for PSG this season as the club retained the Ligue 1 title but once again fell short in Europe, losing to Manchester United in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
PAPER TALK (by Stephen Wright): Saints and Magpies targeting Bolasie
Yannick Bolasie is on the shortlist for Southampton and Newcastle United, as the two Premier League clubs prepare to take the winger away from Everton, while Crystal Palace would consider a season-long loan deal. The Sun reports.
Bolasie signed for Everton from Crystal Palace for £25m in 2016, but the Frenchman’s time at Goodison Park has left a lot to be desired, with Marco Silva sending him out on loan spells to Aston Villa as well as RSC Anderlecht in 2018-19.
Should Everton sell him, they will not get a great return on their investment, as he is currently worth around £7m. Elsewhere in Europe, Turkish sides Besiktas and Galatasaray are also keeping tabs on Bolasie.
Madrid to offload 14 players
Real Madrid have been frequently linked with signing a number of players in recent weeks, including Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba, but the size of their squad is not infinite, and Zinedine Zidane intends to make way for new signings by offloading as many as 14 of his current outfit, Marca understands.
Those who are expected to make way include fringe players such as Keylor Navas, Sergio Reguilon, Jesus Vallejo, Theo Fernandez, Dani Ceballos, Martin Odegaard, Marcos Llorente, Oscar Rodriguez, Borja Mayoral, and Raul de Tomas, as well as heavy hitters Mateo Kovacic and Gareth Bale.
Such an overhaul indicates a busy summer ahead at Santiago Bernabeu, with plenty of Europe’s biggest names in football continuing to be linked with big-money moves to Madrid.
– Crystal Palace full-backs Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Patrick van Aanholt may both be on their way to Manchester United this summer, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to strengthen his defence for next season, The Sun understands. Put together, the pair would cost United around £50m.
– Alexis Sanchez‘s departure from Manchester United is looking more and more likely, as The Independent reports that meetings have been held with Juventus. Inter Milan are also interested, but neither are keen on his current wage demands, which have been causing some complications.