Date published: Thursday 28th February 2019 4:13
Chelsea want to sign a Croatian midfielder if they can delay their transfer embargo, while Man Utd are seeking to trigger the combined €180m exit clauses of two young stars, according to Thursday’s European papers.
MAN UTD WANT BENFICA DUO TO BECOME CLUB ICONS FOR YEARS
Manchester United are leading the chase to sign Benfica duo Joao Felix and Ruben Dias – and want the duo to become cornerstones of their side for the next decade.
That’s the view of Portuguese paper Record, who claims United scouts have identified the Portuguese pair as prime summer targets – and believe the pair can become club icons for years to come.
According to the Portuguese sports daily, United and Juventus are the two main suitors for playmaker Joao Felix, with neither club put off by Benfica’s €120m exit clause in the teenager’s contract.
That is a view backed up by respected Italian transfer journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, who has claimed United have held talks with the player’s agent this week.
In addition to the signing of Felix, the report claims United are also leading the charge to sign his teammate Dias, who has shone in the centre of Benfica’s defence this season.
Benfica turned down a €35m offer from Lyon last summer for Dias and instead extended the player’s contract until June 2023, which now contains a €60m release clause. But that’s not considered too prohibitive, with United very much in the market for a new centre-half this summer.
The 21-year-old has already played 70 times for the Portuguese giants and is well on his way to establishing himself as one of world football’s best upcoming defenders.
United’s prime rivals to his signature, however, are Atletico Madrid, who has cited Dias as their No 1 replacement for veteran Uruguayan defender Diego Godin, who is tipped to join Inter Milan this summer.
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AND THE REST
Chelsea are leading Wolves and Leicester in the race to sign Maritimo’s Croatian midfielder Josip Vukovic – though any deal depends on the club being able to delay or beat their transfer embargo imposed by UEFA(O Jogo)
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will hold a meeting over the future of playmaker James Rodriguez, who has been linked with Arsenal (TZ)
Barcelona are interested in a deal to sign Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, who spent the early stages of his career at the club, his agent has confirmed (Catalunya Radio)
Arsenal are readying a huge, if not unlikely, €100m swoop to bring in Real Madrid star Marco Asensio – and believe they can part-fund the move by allowing Mesut Ozil to move on and removing his huge wages from their expenditure (Don Balon)
Liverpool, Arsenal and Barcelona are among the long list of clubs showing an interest in the transfer of Sporting Lisbon wonderkid Felix Correia (Don Balon)
Napoli and Inter have both joined the race to sign Real Madrid midfielder and Juventus and Chelsea target Isco (Corriere della Sera)
Genoa defender Cristian Romero has pleaded for Manchester United to make a move to sign him this summer – and admits he is unsure if his proposed move to Juventus will materialise (Corriere dello Sport)
Barcelona are set to meet with Matthijs De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola to discuss a summer swoop for the Ajax defender (Mundo Deportivo)
Real Madrid have cooled their interest in both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and will instead focus on a summer deal for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (AS)
Roma have officially signed midfielder Bryan Cristante from Atalanta on a permanent basis after making his loan-to-buy a permanent arrangement (Corriere dello Sport)
Barcelona are very much considering the sale of Ivan Rakitic this summer with a decision to be made on the Chelsea, Man Utd and Inter Milan target at the end of the season (ESPN)
Juventus have agreed a deal to sign Flamengo defender Wesley (Tuttosport)
Villarreal plan to extend the contract of playmaker Santi Cazorla by a further season (El Periodico Mediterraneo)
Inter Milan and Watford are going head to head in the battle to sign Boavista defender Goncalo Cardoso (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has escaped punishment following a controversial goal celebration against Atletico Madrid earlier this month (Marca)
Real Madrid have identified Ajax full-back Nicolas Tagliafico as Marcelo’s replacement (Tuttosport)
Former Portugal international Ricardo Quaresma’s wage demands have put Toronto FC off signing the 35-year-old Besiktas winger (ESPN)