Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, July 1: Man United to land Pogba for £80m, Costa wants Chelsea exit and Benteke to Palace?

1 Jul

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

Manchester United are closing in on a club record £80m deal for Paul Pogba. The France midfielder is in advanced talks with the Old Trafford outfit and could seal the deal once Euro 2016 is over. Pogba, 23, was on Real Madrid’s radar but wants to link up with Jose Mourinho and return to the club that amazingly let him leave for nothing in 2012. (Daily Star)

Diego Costa has rocked Chelsea by demanding a £40m return to Atletico Madrid. Costa has told the club he wants to go despite Antonio Conte’s arrival – and Atletico have already made their move for the Spain star. It is understood a £40m initial bid for Costa is now on the table, a fee which could rise with add-ons, with both clubs set for talks over his future in the next few days. (Daily Star)

Dimitri Payet’s agent expects the France forward to stay at West Ham despite rumours linking him with a transfer to Real Madrid and Internazionale among others. (Guardian)

Manchester City are ready to take their summer spending through the £100million barrier this summer under new boss Pep Guardiola. City want to add Everton and England defender John Stones and Schalke’s Germany midfielder Leroy Sane to Guardiola’s squad this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal have turned down an approach from Juventus for attacking maestro Alexis Sanchez. Manager Arsene Wenger has no desire to sell the Chile international despite talk the 27-year-old is growing unsettled at the Emirates Stadium. (Daily Mail)

Christian Benteke is willing to consider joining Crystal Palace after conceding his Liverpool career is over after just one season. Ambitious Palace boss Alan Pardew wants to lure Benteke to Selhurst Park and feels the Belgium hitman could solve his side’s striking problems. Benteke is open to the move, although Liverpool want to recoup £30million for him. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace have won the race to land Andros Townsend with the club aiming to confirm the winger’s signature by the weekend. Townsend has agreed to move to Selhurst Park after Palace triggered a £13 million clause in his Newcastle United contract. (Guardian)

Leicester are ready to table a take-it-or-leave-it bid of £15million for Burnley defender Michael Keane. (Daily Mirror)

Robbie Brady is at the centre of a four-way tussle after three Premier League clubs joined champions Leicester in the hunt to sign him. Southampton, Stoke and West Brom have also made enquiries for the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 star Brady, who is set to leave Norwich this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Mark Hughes wants to lure former Manchester United star Nani back to the Premier League. Hughes feels Nani is the sort of game-changing player he needs to maintain Stoke’s progression and has made him one of his top summer targets. (Daily Mirror)

Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 hero Darren Randolph will be allowed to leave West Ham this summer. The 29-year-old caught the eye of a number of Premier League and Championship clubs after a string of impressive performances in France. He now wants to leave Upton Park for first-team football and boss Slavan Bilic will not stand in his way as long as they get a suitable offer of around £3m. (The Sun)

And here are the latest headlines…​

Liverpool transfer news: Reds eyeing Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko in £12m move

Inter Milan looking to hijack Roma’s move for Manchester City star Pablo Zabaleta

Morgan Schneiderlin keen to fight for Manchester United place despite reported Everton interest

Liverpool in bidding war with AC Milan and Napoli for Poland winger Piotr Zielinski

‘I want to move to Tottenham!’ – Dutch striker Vincent Janssen admits frustration as AZ Alkmaar reject Spurs bid

Andros Townsend to join Crystal Palace on a five-year deal, talkSPORT understands

Manchester United BLOW! Raphael Varane snubs Jose Mourinho reunion and decides to stay at Real Madrid

Manchester United news: Zlatan Ibrahimovic announces his next club on social media


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