Paper Talk: Man Utd face competition for £335m summer target

Manchester United face competition in their pursuit of a £200m winger, while Riyad Mahrez is on the move for £60m according to Wednesday’s papers.


Tottenham are monitoring the situation surrounding Real Madrid star Gareth Bale and could launch a move to bring him back to North London this summer, a report claims.

Rumours over the future of the Welshman continue to intensify after comments he made following Real’s 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool in Kiev.

He has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but Real bosses immediately slapped a £200m price tag on the 28-year-old, although reports on Tuesday claimed that Bale could cost as much as £335m.

The Independent claims that Spurs may present a bid to secure a sensational return just in time for the opening of their new stadium.

The paper says sources close to Bale believe he would be open to a return to Spurs, and could even be willing to make a financial compromise if a deal could be arranged.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly told the club to make a big statement in the summer window, and Tottenham would be willing to offer Bale a £200,000-a-week deal, one similar to Harry Kane’s.

Sources claim that £200k-a-week is roughly the same as what he earns in Madrid after tax, but other sponsorships take him over £500k.

Roma will demand 90m euros (£79m) for goalkeeper Alisson and plan to resist Liverpool’s advances for the 25-year-old Brazilian until after the World Cup. (Guardian)

Manchester City believe they can sign Leicester’s Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez, 27, for a knockdown fee of £60m – though it will still break their transfer record. (Sun)

The president of Italian third-tier side Rimini FC has offered to take Liverpool keeper Loris Karius on a year-long loan deal as a gift for his birthday, which is 22 June, so the 24-year-old German can “rediscover calm and his self-belief” after his Champions League final disaster. (Rimini FC)

The Hammers are also keen to bring Genoa’s 26-year-old Italian defender Armando Izzo to the club. (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid are favourites to beat Arsenal to the signature of Atletico Madrid’s Uruguayan defender Jose Gimenez, and are set to active his £53m release clause. (Talksport)

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery is set for a backroom shake-up that could see Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann leave the Emirates. (Sun)

Tottenham fear that their hopes of signing Fulham’s 18-year-old English midfielder Ryan Sessegnon will be damaged by Cottagers’ owner Shahid Khan’s bid to buy Wembley. (Evening Standard)

Meanwhile, Spurs are keeping a watch on developments concerning Southampton’s English goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, 28. (Mirror)

Burnley want to re-sign English forward Jay Rodriguez from West Brom. The 28-year-old spent five years at Turf Moor before moving to Southampton in 2012. (Times)

Manchester City’s English midfielder Phil Foden, who turns 18 on Monday, will be offered a new contract and will not be sent out on loan next season. (Telegraph)

Bournemouth’s 26-year-old Norwegian striker Joshua King says he is unhappy with how his manager Eddie Howe used him last season. (VG via Independent)

Newcastle want to sign Fulham’s 25-year-old English defender Ryan Fredericks. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Rafa Benitez’s side could also swoop for Middlesbrough’s 22-year-old Spanish winger Adama Traore. (Yorkshire Post)

Leeds United’s Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson, 27, is unclear about his future at the Championship club. (Fotboll Direkt via Yorkshire Evening Post)

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