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TOP STORY: Brooks on the books for United
A relative unknown signing from Sheffield United ahead of the 2018-19 season, Brooks emerged as one of the Premier League’s most exciting young players, scoring eight goals in 42 appearances in all competitions, and earning himself regular call-ups to the Wales national team.
Now, Manchester United are reportedly willing to part with £50 million to sign the 21-year-old, who was a fan of the Red Devils as a boy. The move would be another chapter in Brooks’ rapid rise to the top.
United have already shown their willingness to invest in young players after signing 21-year-old winger Daniel James from Swansea City earlier this month for around £15m.
10.04 BST: Diario AS report that Bayern Munich have now joined the race to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.
A reported target of Manchester City, Rodri has told Atletico he wants to leave this summer although the Spain international has yet to decide his next move. City are one of the clubs reportedly willing to pay the 22-year-old’s €70m release clause but Bayern are also keen.
Atletico, meanwhile are closing in on the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente as Rodri’s replacement. According to AS, the deal could be made official on Thursday as Atletico have already agreed personal terms with Llorente and the two clubs appear to have reached an agreement for his transfer.
09.42 BST: Neymar, Neymar, Neymar… Sources have told ESPN that PSG are open to sale this summer and now Mundo Deportivo report that Real Madrid have offered €130m plus James Rodriguez or Gareth Bale for the Brazilian.
Le Parisien say that PSG want €300m, though it’s a bit hard to understand how his value has increased from the €222m they paid Barcelona given all that has happened in the two years since.
PSG might not get a better deal and as long as they can keep hold of Kylian Mbappe, they should be able to persuade a high profile replacement to join.
09.05 BST: Apparently it’s now super normal for all English players to be linked with a move abroad…
Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan reportedly want Ryan Bertrand from Southampton, according to the Daily Mail. The club want to sell for £15m, but realistically a £10m bid would probably see things sorted.
08.29 BST: West Ham will hold talks with centre-back Issa Diop‘s representatives next week amid interest from Manchester United, Sky Sports reports.
Diop has recently emerged as a target for United just a year after joining the Hammers from French club Toulouse in a £22m deal.
The 22-year-old started 33 Premier League games last season, and Old Trafford chiefs are reportedly willing to spend £45m and include a player in a deal to sign him.
Sky also report, however, that Diop’s West Ham teammate Declan Rice is not for sale amid links with United and Premier League champions Manchester City.
08.00 BST: Maurizio Sarri will be officially presented as Juventus’ new coach in a couple of hours’ time at 10.00 BST, and the Italian may not be the last to make the trip from west London to Turin this summer.
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, who came to Stamford Bridge with Sarri from Napoli last summer, wants to reunite with his boss at Juve, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Brazil-born Italy international helped the Blues to a top-three finish in the Premier League (in which he started all but one game) and victory in the Europa League final. However, like Sarri, Jorginho has had plenty of critics among the club’s supporters despite that success.
Just a few months after selling Cesc Fabregas to Monaco, Chelsea will not want to lose another central midfielder this summer without a quality replacement lined up.
PAPER TALK (by Stephen Wright)
Lukaku one step closer to Inter
Lukaku will reportedly be allowed to leave the club for £75m, and all that’s left to do is for the two clubs to settle on the fee.
That may not happen in the immediate future though, as Inter are still hopeful of offloading Mauro Icardi before bringing Lukaku in. That chain of events is expected to start with Antoine Griezmann heading to Barcelona and being replaced by Paulo Dybala at Atletico Madrid, allowing Icardi to move to Juventus.
Arsenal target plays hard to get
A dynamic midfielder for RB Salzburg, Szoboszlai has been identified as a target for the Gunners, who will reportedly have to compete with the likes of Juventus, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Lazio for his signature.
Despite the speculation, Szoboszlai’s agent, Matyas Esterhazy, insisted the player remains fully focused on playing for Salzburg, but the Austrian club would consider bids in the region of £15 million for him.
Ramsey will leave Arsenal for Juventus on July 1 upon the expiration of his contract at the club.
Ndombele nearing North London
Tottenham Hotspur are edging closer to completing the signing of Tanguy Ndombele, Football.London reports.
Speculation has surrounded the Frenchman’s future for weeks, but now the prospect of him becoming a Spurs player is looking more likely after Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy met with Lyon.
Ndombele is at the top of Mauricio Pochettino’s transfer shortlist, and Spurs are expected to break the bank with a record deal for the 22-year-old.
Earlier this week, Ndombele said: “Tottenham are a big club, they finished in four place in their league, they were Champions League finalists — which player would not be interested in a big club?”
– A homecoming could be on the cards for Neymar, as Spanish outlet Sport reported that the Brazilian is looking to buy his old house back in Barcelona. Luis Suarez had his say: “Neymar? Who wouldn’t enjoy playing with a player like him.”
– Tom Heaton has rejected a new contract at Burnley, spiking interest in a move to AFC Bournemouth, The Sun reports. Inconsistent performances from both Asmir Begovic and Artur Boruc have meant the Cherries struggled to find a regular number one shot-stopper last season, and it’s thought that Eddie Howe may deem Heaton to be that man. Aston Villa are also interested.