What the papers say
Real Madrid is understood to be willing to pay £135million for Paul Pogba as part of Zinedine Zidane’s rebuild, the Mirror reports. But United want at least £150million to let the World Cup-winning midfielder unite with Eden Hazard at the Spanish club.
Maurizio Sarri will not be allowed to depart Chelsea two years early for Juventus until the Italian giants compensate the Blues for the manager, according to the Daily Mail.
Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is reportedly no longer being sought by Manchester United. The Red Devils’ executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has long targeted the Welsh winger but the Evening Standard says that goal has been surrendered in the face of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s vision to recruit the strongest domestic prospects to Old Trafford this summer.
The Telegraph reports Aston Villa are willing to pay £14million to secure Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips, but his club are seeking up to £20million for the hometown midfielder.
Social media round-up
Arsenal give Napoli until end of next week to complete £3.1m transfer of outcast David Ospina https://t.co/HstLPH2tFz
— Sun Sport (@SunSport) June 13, 2019
Real Madrid make Lyon’s Ferland Mendy their third summer signing, Griezmann expected to join Barcelona https://t.co/Ft6Xf3s7zk
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) June 12, 2019
Players to watch
William Saliba: The 18-year-old St Etienne defender is the subject of advanced talks with Arsenal, Le10Sport reports.
Dejan Lovren: Liverpool’s Croatian centre-back is being courted by AC Milan, according to Sky Sports.