Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, July 5: Arsenal hold Lacazette AND Lukaku talks, Matuidi heading to Manchester United?

5 Jul

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


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has held talks with Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku as he steps up his pursuit of a striker. The Gunners are looking to bring in more firepower after losing out on Leicester ace Jamie Vardy, who snubbed Wenger to sign a new deal. (The Sun)

Jose Mourinho has made the signing of France international midfielder Paul Pogba his top priority as Manchester United manager and his new club are prepared to shatter the world record transfer fee to bring the player to Old Trafford. An official offer is set to be made to Juventus, which could be as much as £100m, although negotiations are likely to be delayed by the player’s continued involvement in the European Championship. (Daily Telegraph)

Blaise Matuidi is on the verge of a shock move to Manchester United after being given permission to leave France’s Euro 2016 camp to fly to England for talks. (Goal.com)

Manchester United and Liverpool are both interested in signing Porto midfielder Ruben Neves. The exciting Portuguese talent, 19, is poised to leave the Dragons this summer and looks set for a switch to the Premier League. (The Sun)

Juan Mata wants to fight for his place at Manchester United despite interest from Everton. The 28-year-old wants to return to pre-season training and start afresh after the disappointment of missing out on Euro 2016 with Spain. (Daily Mail)

Germany international starlet Leroy Sane is set to become Manchester City’s latest signing under Pep Guardiola in a £40m deal after chief executive Ferran Soriano revealed two more deals are close to completion. The other new arrival could be Everton’s £50m-rated defender John Stones. (Manchester Evening News)

Tottenham are set to finally wrap up the £16million transfer of striker Vincent Janssen this week. The north Londoners have been in pole position to sign the Dutchman since he travelled to England to hold talks with them last month. (Daily Mirror)

Harry Kane will agree a new record £5million-a-year contract with Tottenham this week. Spurs are backing their hotshot with a FIVE-YEAR contract despite his disappointing Euro 2016. (The Sun)

Crystal Palace have sensationally made an improved club-record £31.5m bid for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace are close to finalising a £12million move for West Ham defender James Tomkins. Palace have reached an agreement with West Ham and the 27-year-old is set to complete a switch to Selhurst Park after successful talks with Alan Pardew. (London Evening Standard)

West Ham and Crystal Palace are among the Premier League clubs to have been offered former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie. (Daily Mail)

Ronald Koeman is interested in a reunion with Graziano Pelle as he looks to put his stamp on Everton’s squad. When Koeman took charge of Southampton in 2014, one of the first things he did was sign Pelle from Feyenoord and now he wants to do the same again having arrived at Goodison Park. Another option being considered by Koeman is Hal Robson-Kanu, who has grasped his chance at Euro 2016 after being released by Reading. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea are also considering a £12million swoop for Southampton striker Graziano Pelle if they fail to land Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid. (Daily Mail)

West Bromwich Albion are closing on a £5.5million deal for QPR winger Matt Phillips. The clubs have agreed the fee and Phillips is now expected to agree terms. (Daily Mail)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…

Stoke number two Mark Bowen confirms interest in former Manchester United winger Nan

Arsenal ready to offer Alvaro Morata huge salary increase to tempt striker

West Brom and Burnley chasing Leeds United defender Liam Cooper – talkSPORT sources

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle wanted by new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

Dinamo Zagreb boss admits Euro 2016 star could be on his way amid Liverpool interest

Sunderland: Lyon star Clement Grenier set to snub interest from Black Cats

West Ham and Watford to fight Napoli for £15m-rated Juventus midfielder Roberto Pereyra

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