MOURINHO WANTS REAL MADRID SWAP
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will ask Real Madrid for Raphael Varane and Alvaro Morata in exchange for David De Gea, according to an exclusive on Saturday.
Mourinho will play “hardball” with his old club this summer in a bid to get as much as he can from the La Liga giants.
Real are believed to be desperate to secure the signing of De Gea this summer and they are willing to pay as much as £60million to get hold of the 26-year-old.
They almost landed the former Atletico keeper two years ago for £30million, but the deal fell through on transfer deadline day when a dodgy fax machine was blamed for De Gea staying at Old Trafford.
And last summer Real did not activate a £30million get-out clause in De Gea’s, which expired in June 2016,
Now The Sun report Mourinho will ask for Morata, 24, and Varane, 23, with the aim of getting “at least one player thrown into the bargain”.
The prospect of landing former Juve striker Morata is a more real one than that of landing Varane, who is rated very highly in Madrid.
CITY CHASE GRIEZMANN
Manchester City have placed Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann at the top of their summer wanted list, according to a report.
Pep Guardiola wants the France international to team up with Gabriel Jesus with the future of Sergio Aguero in doubt, report the Daily Mail.
United are rumoured to be in pursuit of Griezmann, 26, who has been guarded over his future after a penning a new deal last June that runs until 2021.
Griezmann is believed to have a €100million buyout in his Atletico Madrid contract but that will not put off either of the two Manchester clubs or Chelsea, who are also rumoured to have an interest in the striker.
There is very little substance to the latest report, but if City do lose Aguero in the summer then they will no doubt spend big to bring in a replacement.
Griezmann has scored 26 goals in 50 games for club and country this season.
AND THE REST
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, could be out until 2018 amid fears the former Sweden captain ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Anderlecht in the Europa League. (Various)
Ibrahimovic’s injury is so bad that his career could be over. (Daily Star)
Manchester United are set to re-sign 24-year-old England defender Michael Keane – two years after selling him to Burnley. (Daily Express)
Burnley are prepared to let Keane leave for nothing when his contract expires in 14 months’ time if the right deal is not forthcoming this summer. (Burnley Express)
Luke Shaw finally won over Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho following his performance against Anderlecht in the Europa League. (Sun)
Chelsea have joined the race for Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe after sending scouts to watch the hotshot on Wednesday. (Sun)
Manchester City’s chase for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has gathered pace as they line up a world record defender fee for the Italian. (Sun)
Arsenal are closing in on the £20m signing of Barcelona’s Turkey midfielder Arda Turan, 30, to replace 28-year-old Mesut Ozil, whose contract expires in 2018. (CNN Turk, via Sun)
Manchester United will now step up their bid to beat Chelsea to the signing of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku in light of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s season-ending injury. (Star)
Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos have told Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, 28, to join them at Real Madrid. (AS)
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will use the prospect of Champions League football next season to try and lure the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita and Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon to Anfield. (Daily Mirror)
Everton want Anderlecht’s Belgian 19-year-old midfielder Youri Tielemans but face competition from Monaco for the £20.9m-rated player.(Daily Telegraph)
Chelsea are also interested in Tielemans, but Ligue 1 side Monaco are close to finalising a deal. (Le 10 Sport)
Crystal Palace are considering a move for Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez, 27, with West Brom also interested.(Daily Mirror)
Defender John Terry, 36, is irreplaceable for Chelsea as the long-serving captain prepares to leave Stamford Bridge, says team-mate Cesc Fabregas.(TalkSPORT)
Bournemouth are refusing to rule out a move for Terry – with Cherries boss Eddie Howe saying “age is not a barrier”. (Daily Echo)
Southampton have lined up Toulouse centre-back Christopher Jullien, 24, as a potential replacement for Virgil van Dijk, who is a £50m target for Chelsea, Everton and Liverpool. (Sun)