Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, June 20: Real Madrid to move for Leicester sensation? Manchester City to sign Brazil starlet?
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers..
Leicester City and France sensation N’Golo Kante has emerged as a target for Champions League winners Real Madrid. The France midfielder has been offered to the Liga giants and is being considered to provide competition for Casemiro. (AS)
Juventus have told Paul Pogba he can move on this summer – as long as they pay a world record fee. Real Madrid are the favourites ahead of Manchester City and Manchester United to sign the Frenchman. (Marca)
Manchester City have made a £16.7million offer to sign one of Brazilian football’s most promising young forwards, Gabriel Jesus. City’s bid, which matches a $24m specified-club release clause in the under-23 international’s contract with Palmeiras, is intended to trump competing interest from Barcelona and Juventus. (OneWorldSports)
Arsenal expect to have Wojciech Szczesny back on their books in the summer, before they decide on their next move with him, as negotiations with Roma over another deal for the goalkeeper encounter problems. (Guardian)
West Brom have made their first move in the summer transfer market with a £4m bid for QPR winger Matt Phillips. (Express & Star)
Swansea are to make stunning £10million moves for West Ham’s unsettled striker Enner Valencia and Liverpool star Danny Ings. (The Sun)
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will get no favours from old club Liverpool after asking for both Andre Wisdom and Joe Gomez on loan. Rodgers wants the defensive pair — as we revealed — but the Reds have snubbed short-term deals. (The Sun)
Sheffield Wednesday aim to order a double Scotch to fire up a fresh promotion push. The Owls fancy Blackburn centre-half Grant Hanley and free agent Steven Fletcher. Scotland defender Hanley, who is sought after by several clubs, will cost about £5million. Fletcher, capped 28 times by the Scots, is available after a brief spell with Marseille. (The Sun)
Roberto Di Matteo wants Watford No.2 keeper Costel Pantilimon to join him at Aston Villa. But the Italian 29-year-old Romanian is understood to be unwilling to take a pay cut to trade Vicarage Road for Villa Park. (Daily Mirror)