Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, July 21: Manchester United on verge of £92m Pogba deal, City launch £50m Kroos move

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

Manchester United are close to finalising the purchase of Paul Pogba from Juventus in a transfer worth £92m but will have to pay the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, up to £18.4m to conclude the deal. Juventus had originally said that they would only let the player go for £100m but will now accept £92m if United pay Raiola’s fee. United have also agreed to buy Pogba’s commercial rights and pay him an extra £4.2m a season, taking his earnings to £290,000 a week. (Guardian)

Manchester United are also expected to complete the signing of 17-year-old Joshua Bohui from Brentford. United are yet to finalise a deal for the teenager, who was called up to the England Under-17 squad earlier this year, but Bohui should move in time for the new academy season and is set to sign a three-year contract. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester City are on the brink of completing the £42million transfer of Leroy Sane from Schalke on a four-year contract worth £100,000 a week. The £42m move will be the second-highest amount paid for a German player, with Mesut Ozil’s £42.5m move to Arsenal in 2013 the only higher fee. (The Sun)

Manchester City have launched an audacious £50million bid to sign Toni Kroos from Real Madrid. City’s new boss Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of Kroos and would like to be reunited with his former Bayern Munich playmaker at the Etihad. The Blues have made an approach and have received encouragement that a deal may be possible. (The Sun)

Chelsea turned down a £14.25m offer from Borussia Monchengladbach for Andreas Christensen with the club firm in their belief the young Dane can become a key man at Stamford Bridge. Highly-rated Christensen, 20, is currently in the middle of a two-year loan with the Bundesliga side, where he picked up the fans’ player of the season award last term ahead of new Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool have accepted an initial £13m bid for Joe Allen from Stoke City. Swansea City have registered interest in a reunion with their former player, who is understood to favour a return to the Liberty Stadium, while Sevilla are also keen on a key component of Wales’s progress to the European Championship semi-finals. Only Stoke have lodged a firm offer for Allen, however, and he has been left to consider his options while on holiday after the tournament in France. (Guardian)

Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan is considering a loan move to Burnley. The full-back was left out of the pre-season squad to face Huddersfield on Wednesday night and has been given the chance to join the Premier League new boys for the season. (Daily Mail)

Georginio Wijnaldum is set to be pulled out of Newcastle United’s friendly against Doncaster Rovers – as a £25million move to Liverpool edges closer. The two clubs are involved in an advanced talks over the midfielder. (Sunderland Echo)

Watford are trying to steal a march on their rivals for Lille hot prospect Sofiane Boufal. Representatives of the £18m-rated Moroccan attacking midfielder have held talks with Watford, which are understood to have taken place in Austria where the Hornets are on pre-season tour. Boufal, 22, is on a host of clubs’ radars including Chelsea , Tottenham, Juventus and Lyon but Watford are hoping to force their way to the front of the queue. (Daily Mirror)

Swansea City are plotting a move for Tottenham’s Belgian winger Nacer Chadli. Spurs are understood to value Chadli, 26, at around £15m, a fee would represent a club record for Swansea and is more than double the £7m Spurs paid FC Twente to sign Chadli three years ago. (Daily Mirror)

Here are the latest headlines:

REJECTED! Alvaro Morata set to stay at Real Madrid after Chelsea have £62m bid turned down

Chelsea FC transfer news: Antonio Conte eyeing £25m deal for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof

Everton FC transfer report: Toffees to launch stunning £46million swoop for Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly

Arsenal FC transfer report: Gunners launch stunning £41m move for Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi

Manchester City target Leroy Sane tells Schalke he wants to leave this summer

Manchester United transfer news: Latest on Paul Pogba and more rumours

CONFIRMED: Liverpool sign Estonia defender Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg for £4.2million

CONFIRMED: Middlesbrough sign striker Alvaro Negredo from Valencia on a season-long loan

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