Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, June 17: Manchester United target Germany star, Chelsea to swoop for Dimitri Payet?

17 Jun

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

Manchester United are plotting a move for Wolfsburg midfielder Julian Draxler, 22, less than a year after the German international joined them in a £25.5m switch from Bundesliga rivals Schalke. (Bild)

Manchester United will explore the chances of signing Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane this summer. The Red Devils have splashed £25m on Eric Bailly from Villarreal but there are doubts over whether he is ready to be a first-team regular. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham fear Dimitri Payet may become impossible to hold onto if he continues to light up Euro 2016. Payet has been the player of the tournament so far, further enhancing his reputation after a stunning debut season in the Premier League. Chelsea are monitoring Payet’s situation but it is the interest of Spanish giants Real Madrid that is likely to cause more alarm for Hammers chiefs. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham United are weighing up a second bid of £8 million for Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie. Slaven Bilic is ready to return with an improved offer for the Scotland international after a joint bid for Ritchie and striker Callum Wilson was rejected last month. (Daily Telegraph)

Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe has dropped off the current shortlist of candidates to replace Ronald Koeman at Southampton, with former Lille and Roma manager Rudi Garcia also now under serious consideration. (Daily Telegraph)

Juventus are worried they will not get to bring Juan Cuadrado back to Italy because new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is prepared to hand him another chance in the Premier League. (Daily  Mail)

Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan has “promised” he’ll stay at Roma this summer, says Luciano Spalletti. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool hope to offload Kop flop Mario Balotelli to Besiktas. Balotelli, 25, has been looking for a new club since AC Milan opted not to sign him when his loan spell ended last month and the striker’s agent Mino Raiola says Besiktas are keen. (Daily Mirror)

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is close to clinching the £12million signing of Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy. (Daily Express)

Robbie Brady is expected to leave Norwich following their relegation last season and is a possible transfer target for Hull, who sold the Irish winger last summer for £7m. (Hull Daily Mail)

West Bromwich Albion have confirmed interest in Franco Vazquez, but denied the Italian international’s claim a bid had been made. (Birmingham Mail)

Anthony Stokes has agreed to join Blackburn Rovers. The Ireland international will pen a three-year deal with Owen Coyle’s side after leaving Celtic. (Daily Express)

Queens Park Rangers’ attempts to sell Sandro have been hit after the Brazilian midfielder failed a medical at Sporting Lisbon. Sandro had agreed a three year deal in Lisbon, after QPR had accepted a cut-price fee of £1.5m for a permanent transfer.  But a medical in Portugal last week revealed a problem with Sandro’s knee which saw the move collapse. (Independent)

And here are the latest headlines…

‘He wants to go to Manchester United!’ – Agent reveals Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s Red Devils dream

Rangers transfer news: Gers close in on Clint Hill as former QPR defender set for Friday medical

Chelsea and Manchester City battle for Switzerland defender Stephan Lichtsteiner

Tottenham transfer news: Spurs face fight as Bundesliga side confirm talks with Vincent Janssen

Chelsea transfer news: Inter Milan rivalling Blues for Italian international Antonio Candreva

Chelsea transfer news: Blues face battle with Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich for Kalidou Koulibaly

Manchester United transfer report: Breel Embolo offered stunning wage package but starlet’s MUM holding up deal


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