Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, July 26: Manchester United to battle Man City for Leonardo Bonucci, while Liverpool challenge Borussia Dortmund for Euro 2016 star

26 Jul

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


Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba’s world record £100m move to Manchester United is being held up by a row over who pays the 23-year-old’s agent a £25m fee. (Sun)

Juventus could replace Pogba with 32-year-old Barcelona player Javier Mascherano, who can play in defence and midfield, if the France international moves to Old Trafford. (Corriere dello Sport)

Manchester United are ready to rival Manchester City for the signing of Juventus and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci, and are willing to pay £50m for the 29-year-old. (Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool could bring in more than £100m in transfer fees this summer, with £30m-rated striker Christian Benteke, 25, among those expected to leave.(Daily Mail)

Manchester City believe they would be Lionel Messi’s first choice if he left Barcelona – and a former Barca president has claimed there is a “conspiracy” to get rid of the 29-year-old forward. (Catalunya Radios)

Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund have both made offers to 26-year-old Newcastle and France midfielder Moussa Sissoko(Le 10 Sport)

Leicester City director of football Jon Rudkin has met the club’s owners to discuss new contracts for five players – goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, 29, defender Danny Simpson, 29, midfielders Danny Drinkwater, 26, and Jeffrey Schlupp, 23, and forward Riyad Mahrez, 25. (Daily Mirror)

Mahrez is “not bothered” about speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal, according to team-mate Demarai Gray, 20. (Independent)

Palmeiras forward Gabriel Jesus, 19, who has a minimum fee release clause of £20m, is a target for both Manchester United and Manchester City. (UOL Esporte)

Hull City have a five-man shortlist topped by former Everton boss Roberto Martinez as they seek a successor to Steve Bruce(Guardian)

Argentina forward Carlos Tevez, 32, says both Chelsea and Napoli want to take him back to Europe, but he wants to stay with Boca Juniors(Gazzetta dello Sport)

Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:​​

talkSPORT exclusives

Arsene Wenger was NOT first choice to be England manager, claims FA technical director Dan Ashworth

England players will respect me and buy into my philosophy quickly, says Sam Allardyce

Glenn Hoddle ‘slightly disappointed’ over England snub but not desperate for a managerial job

Transfer rumours

Manchester United transfer news: Deal hopes boosted as Juventus plan to replace Paul Pogba with Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic

Manchester City transfer news: Aymeric Laporte snubbed huge contract to remain with Athletic Bilbao

Liverpool transfer news: Roma edge ahead in race to sign ex-Arsenal star Thomas Vermaelen

Chelsea and Everton on red alert as agent says Kalidou Koulibaly WILL leave Napoli

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