Euro Paper Talk: Defender to snub Barcelona in favour of Man Utd extension; Turkish side want former Prem pair
One Manchester United defender is set to extend his contract, while a Turkish side are closing on signing two former Premier League midfielders, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
MAN UTD STAR READY TO BE REWARDED WITH NEW DEAL
Victor Lindelof is set to sign a new contract at Manchester United, according to reports in his native Sweden.
Despite taking some time to settle in the Premier League, Lindelof had emerged as a surprise transfer target for Barcelona this summer – a move which technically could still happen, since the European transfer window remains open.
Three years still remain on Lindelof’s present deal, so it would appear he could be in line for an increase in wages.
DORTMUND CHIEF DROPS HINT AT JADON SANCHO SALE
The England winger was linked with a move to Old Trafford over the summer and are expected to come back in for him either in January or next summer.
And their hopes of bringing the €100m-rated star back to the North-West have been given a lift after Watzke conceded it would be difficult for his side to retain Sancho’s services for much longer.
Speaking to Ruhr Nachrichten, Watzke said: “There aren’t many 19-year-olds with such a potential.
“He is also not a player from the region or one who would have any connection to it.
“When you have a player like Jadon Sancho, you must reassess the situation every single year. Everything else would not be honest. If a foreign player is not convinced that the club is right for him at the exact time, it just does not make any sense.”
Sancho enjoyed a stellar campaign last time out, scoring 12 goals and providing 14 assists in 34 Bundesliga appearances as Dortmund finished as runners-up behind Bayern Munich.
AND THE REST
Napoli are closing in on the signing of Hirving Lozano, with a deal for the Mexican set to be announced on Friday (Calciomercato)
Meanwhile, Napoli are preparing to offload striker Arkadiusz Milik, who has not fully convinced Carlo Ancelotti despite scoring 17 goals last season (Gazzetta Dello Sport)
The Turkish club are also close to signing Steven Nzonzi on a season-long loan from Roma, having confirmed they have entered negotiations with the Italian side via their social media channels (various)
Real Betis have agreed a fixed fee of €7m for Rayo Vallecano defender Alex Moreno (ABC De Sevilla)
Ligue 1 side Dijon are ready to sign goalkeeper Alfred Gomis from SPAL (Gianluca Di Marzio)
Real Madrid are increasingly resigned to the probability that Gareth Bale will stay at the club this summer (Marca)
Bayern Munich are interested in signing Philippe Coutinho on loan, should he not be involved in a potential swap deal with Paris Saint-Germain which would involve Neymar returning to Barcelona (Sky Deutsche)
Italy striker Mario Balotelli is reportedly on the verge of joining Serie A new boys Brescia (Sky Italia)
Leganes have confirmed the signing of Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo for a fee reported to be around €4.5m (Marca)
AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is still being pursued by Paris Saint-Germain this summer (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Former Man City defender Aleksander Kolarov is set to leave Roma and make a move to Turkey with Fenerbahce (Fotomac)
Sevilla have admitted defeat in their attempts to sign PSV Eindhoven winger Steve Bergwijn after the Dutch side demanded €40m – €10m more than the LaLiga side were willing to pay (Estadio Deportivo)