Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, April 29: Manchester United on verge of stunning £46m deal, Theo Walcott set for shock City switch?

29 Apr

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers and online…


Manchester United are set to seal a £46million deal for Benfica’s teenage midfield sensation Renato Sanches. Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira was in London on Thursday night to complete the move. Sanches, 18, is under contract at Benfica until 2021 and has a buy-out clause of nearly £60m, but it is understood the club are willing to sell for £31m up front with £15m in add-ons. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City have added Arsenal forward Theo Walcott to their list of potential summer signings. Incoming manager Pep Guardiola is a keen admirer of the 27-year-old and he has asked City to monitor Walcott’s situation closely as he faces a crossroads in his career at Emirates Stadium. (London Evening Standard)

Chelsea winger Willian is a £50million target for Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande. Guangzhou boss and former Brazil national team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has targeted Willian after signing their countryman ­Paulinho from Spurs last summer and another South American, Colombia’s Jackson Martinez, in February. (Daily Mirror)

Southampton keeper Fraser Forster has admitted he is flattered by Chelsea’s interest in him. The Blues have the giant 28-year-old in their sights if Belgian Thibaut Courtois decides he wants to leave this summer. Forster has just two years left on his current contract at Southampton and has yet to sign a new deal. (Daily Mirror)

Claudio Ranieri is monitoring Southampton’s Victor Wanyama as a possible replacement for N’Golo Kante. Leicester boss Ranieri is set to lose his PFA Player of the Year nominee this summer, with Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, ­Manchester City and Arsenal all huge admirers. (Daily Mirror)

Swansea City will move to re-sign Joe Allen from Liverpool this summer, setting up a potential reunion with Brendan Rodgers. Allen will enter the final year of his contract at Anfield at the end of June and preliminary talks are currently not even planned over a renewal. Swansea were keen to sign their former academy player on loan in January and will make him one of their top targets again when the window re-opens. (Daily Mirror)

Leicester are facing a big fight to sign the NEW Jamie Vardy. The Foxes want whizkid Charlie Coppola, who plays for non-league Lewes. But Premier League rivals Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have joined the race for the striker, 16, who can also play as a wide man. (The Sun)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is interested in rising Atletico Madrid star Borja Baston. The 23-year-old striker is currently on loan at Eibar, for whom he has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle are targeting a summer move for Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs. The north Londoners are ready to listen to offers for Gibbs this summer amid a growing likelihood that he will not be at the club next season. (Football Insider)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…​

Leicester transfer news: Juventus eye N’Golo Kante as Paul Pogba replacement

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United ready to move for Barcelona star Sergio Busquets

Roberto Mancini: Inter Milan signing Manchester City star Yaya Toure will be tough

Slaven Bilic confident ‘Liverpool target’ Aaron Cresswell will stay at West Ham

Liverpool transfer news: Is this the goalkeeper to replace Simon Mignolet?

Transfer news: Lazio and Sampdoria ready to offer former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner a career lifeline

Transfer news: Borussia Dortmund expected to beat Liverpool and Tottenham to signing of starlet Dembele

Transfer report: Blow for Tottenham and West Ham as Barcelona join chase for prolific striker Alexandre Lacazette

Transfer news: Barcelona defender Marc Bartra set to spark summer transfer fight between Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham

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