Sunday, May 10
Liverpool are eyeing up a summer move for Bukayo Saka, but Arsenal are poised to reject any offers they receive
Manchester United are open to agreeing a swap deal with Juventus for Paul Pogba in the summer transfer window
Dries Mertens is Chelsea’s top priority ahead of the summer transfer window with the Napoli star yet to agree a new deal at the Stadio Sao Paolo
Liverpool readying Arsenal raid
Liverpool are eyeing up a summer move for Bukayo Saka, but Arsenal are poised to reject any offers they receive. The Gunners are currently locked in talks to extend the teenager’s deal, which is due to expire next year.
The 18-year-old is making the Arsenal hierarchy sweat on his future and the north London club are now fearing losing him on a free transfer.
Saka has made the step up to senior football look easy since being handed his debut at the Emirates Stadium and he is now a regular under Mikel Arteta.
He has operated as both a left-winger and left-back, with his dribbling and crossing ability catching the eye.
According to Football Insider, Liverpool are ready to capitalise on his uncertain future at Arsenal.
The Reds are said to be lining up a move at the end of the season, but Arsenal are ready to reject any offers.
Man Utd swap deal possible
Manchester United are open to agreeing a swap deal with Juventus for Paul Pogba in the summer transfer window. The France international has hinted he’s open to a move at the end of the season.
Juventus, Real Madrid and PSG are all eyeing the midfielder, while Inter Milan have also been credited with interest in the World Cup winner.
United are aware the coronavirus pandemic will affect the summer transfer window, with clubs unlikely to pay large fees.
And according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, United are willing to agree a swap deal with Juventus involving Pogba.
The Red Devils are said to be eyeing former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot.
Either player could be used in a player-plus-cash deal to entice United to sell Pogba.
Tuttosport also add that United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has lowered his asking price for Pogba from £150m to £100m due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Chelsea identify top target
Dries Mertens is Chelsea’s top priority ahead of the summer transfer window with the Napoli star yet to agree a new deal at the Stadio Sao Paolo. The Belgium international is out of contract at the end of the season and Frank Lampard is keen to snap up the veteran and bolster his attacking options.
Chelsea were linked with Mertens in January when Olivier Giroud looked certain to leave Stamford Bridge but the Frenchman stayed put and a move failed to materialise.
However, reports from Holland suggest the Blues are back in for Mertens and Lampard has singled out the 33-year-old as his prime target this summer.
Het Laatste Nieuws claim Mertens is a ‘top priority’ and Mertens himself is ‘ready for a new adventure’ after a seven-year spell with Napoli.
The forward is tied all-time top scorer for the Naples outfit alongside Marek Hamsik, but may not have a chance to claim the outright record due to the coronavirus crisis.
Published at Sun, 10 May 2020 06:37:00 +0000