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Wednesday, March 4
- Tottenham face a battle to keep hold of talisman Harry Kane
- Kane prefers a switch to Manchester United rather than remain at Spurs
- Manchester United could complete the signings of Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish
- Arsenal have made an approach for Franck Kessie ahead of the transfer window
Neymar to Barcelona
Barcelona are determined to complete the capture of Neymar this summer.
That’s according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, who claim Brazilian superstar Neymar is now the club’s priority signing.
The Catalan giants had several attempts to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp rebuffed by Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2019.
But they plan to try their luck again and an offer in the region of £157million is expected to be enough for PSG to sell.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen contract
Barcelona are set to open talks with goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to discuss a new contract, ESPN FC claim.
Ter Stegen has two years left to run on his contract and will be free to leave in June 2022.
However, president Josep Maria Bartomeu would like to offer the stopper a new and improved deal before his mandate runs out in 2021.
It’s claimed Bartomeu wants the 27-year-old and superstar Lionel Messi to sign extensions in the next nine months.
Harry Kane interest
Tottenham face a battle to keep hold of talisman Harry Kane.
According to Goal, Kane would prefer a switch to Manchester United rather than remain at Spurs while Jose Mourinho carries out a total squad transformation.
It’s said that the England striker would be ‘reluctant’ to wait for Tottenham to rebuild and lack of Champions League football would leave him even more disillusioned.
Goal believe United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward would be encouraged by the news and that could lead to a mega-money offer in the future.
- Arsenal make transfer approach for midfield star amid revamp plans
Wanted: Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish
Manchester United could complete the signings of Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish.
That’s according to Bleacher Report, who believe the double capture is a realistic possibility for the 13-time Premier League champions.
The Borussia Dortmund winger is wanted by several European giants including Chelsea and Liverpool but United executives are ‘increasingly optimistic’ of signing the £100million-rated forward, who ‘loves the idea’ of an Old Trafford arrival.
The report claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could even offer Sancho the No. 7 shirt – previously worn by Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham and Eric Cantona.
Aston Villa’s Grealish, meanwhile, is now ahead of James Maddison in United’s list of potential transfer targets and could join for £60million and receive a £150,000 per-week contract.
- Liverpool legend decides on PFA Player of the Year after Chelsea loss
Franck Kessie to Arsenal
Arsenal have made an approach to AC Milan for Franck Kessie ahead of the summer transfer window.
Kessie has been linked with a move to the Gunners ever since January when Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery at the helm.
The central midfielder has made 120 appearances at the San Siro ever since joining on loan in 2017 from Atalanta – the Serie A giants signed him on a permanent transfer two years later.
According to CalcioMercato 24, Arteta has been examining his squad and analysing which areas need strengthening as he is preparing a major rebuild in the summer.
And it has been claimed that the north Londoners have made ‘concrete advances’ for the Ivory Coast international, who has played 24 times for Stefano Pioli’s side this season.
Mohamed Salah staying
Liverpool needn’t worry about losing Mohamed Salah in the summer, according to Steve McManaman.
Both Real Madrid and Barcelona are still seen as the big powerhouses in Europe, plucking some of Europe’s best players particularly from the Premier League.
But McManaman believes there is a shift in Europe with the Premier League now seen as the elite league and the former Liverpool star doesn’t think Salah will be attracted by a move away from Anfield.
“I see his future at Liverpool to be honest,” McManaman said in his column for HorseRacing.net.
“Regarding this whole aura about Real Madrid and Barcelona, I think players are consistently linked with them because they were both considered the best sides in the world back in the day. The best teams in Europe now are in England, so I don’t understand the premise of why you need to go to La Liga at the minute.”
- Man Utd transfer target Jack Grealish told to ‘spread his wings’
Spread your wings…
Manchester United transfer target Jack Grealish has been told by Steve McManaman to “spread his wings” and leave Aston Villa this summer.
The playmaker has been heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford.
“I think he’s ready for the very top level of English football. Unfortunately, it all depends on what Aston Villa do this season,” McManaman told HorseRacing.net. “If they stay up then there’s a chance that Aston Villa may be able to hang onto him.
“Aston Villa and their fans won’t like to hear this but sooner rather than later he needs to spread his wings and leave I think.”
Ivan Rakitic to Atletico
Atletico Madrid are leading the race to sign Ivan Rakitic, Marca claim.
The Barcelona midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp and looks certain to leave the club this summer.
The 31-year-old, who was linked with Manchester United in January, is said to want to remain in Spain.
And having made contact with Rakitic previously, Atletico Madrid believe they are leading the chase for his signature.
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