Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, July 7: Manchester United to table £100m bid for Pogba, Man City prepare £50m-plus swoop for Bonucci

7 Jul

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


Manchester United are poised to make a world record £100million move for Juventus superstar Paul Pogba. United are ready to offer the 23-year-old Frenchman a £300,000-a-week deal over five years to see off interest from Real Madrid and Chelsea. Initial contact has been made and United are hopeful of concluding a deal to shatter the £85million paid by Real for Gareth Bale three years ago. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City are considering offering Juventus €60m (£51m) for Leonardo Bonucci. Pep Guardiola, the City head coach, is a keen admirer of the centre-back and described him in February as “one of my favourite ever players”. Juventus do not want to sell Bonucci but a bid in the region of €60m may be difficult for the Serie A champions to reject. (Guardian)

West Ham are looking to hijack Crystal Palace’s £30million move for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke. The 25-year-old Belgium ace has been on Hammers boss Slaven Bilic‘s radar for several weeks. Benteke‘s representatives are aware of the interest in the former Aston Villa star, and talks are thought to be planned with West Ham this week. (The Sun)

West Ham are poised to complete the signing of winger Gokhan Tore on loan from Besiktas. (London Evening Standard)

Bournemouth last night slapped in a £15million bid for Jordon Ibe. Liverpool are weighing up the offer before deciding whether to let the 20-year-old winger talk to the south-coast club. West Brom have also shown interest but Eddie Howe is ready to offer Ibe the chance of regular football next season after finding his chances limited under Jurgen Klopp. (The Sun)

Newcastle have told Spurs they will have to pay £25million for midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. The Magpies are hoping to claw back nearly double the £14.5million they paid for the 26-year-old Dutchman from PSV last summer. Spurs are now weighing up their alternatives to pursue unless Newcastle lower their asking price. (Daily Mirror)

Middlesbrough are exploring a shock move for Robin van Persie. The newly-promoted Premier League side are in the market for a new forward and the Dutchman has come to their attention. (Daily Mail)

Leon Osman is being targeted by Leeds as they continue to shape the squad under new boss Garry Monk. The veteran midfielder left Everton this summer after Ronald Koeman opted not to offer Osman a new contract. (Daily Express)

Former Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell is wanted by Wolves. Powell is available on a free transfer after being released from Old Trafford last month. (Express & Star)

Birmingham City are considering a move for ex- Aston Villa defender Kieran Richardson. The 31-year-old is a free agent after being released at the end of Villa’s disastrous 2015/2016 campaign. (Birmingham Mail)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…​

Leicester City transfer report: Foxes tracking Fiorentina and Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic, claims agent

AZ Alkmaar chief warns Tottenham they could miss out on signing striker target Vincent Janssen

Sunderland’s Emanuele Giaccherini holding out for ‘dream’ Chelsea move despite rumours of £2m Italy switch

Paris Saint-Germain star Blaise Matuidi ‘awaiting offers from the Premier League’, reports in France claim

Crystal Palace ready £3m bid for Inter Milan full-back Davide Santon

Real Madrid and Germany star Toni Kroos reacts to Manchester City speculation – ‘You should never rule anything out in football’

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