Inter Milan Contact Manchester United Over van Persie

Robin van Persie Manchester UnitedInter Milan have been in contact with Manchester United over a move for striker Robin van Persie.

Reports from Italy claim Inter have initiated contacts with the Old Trafford hierarchy over a summer transfer as coach Roberto Mancini eyes up a strike-force of van Persie and young Argentine striker Mauro Icardi.

Van Persie is out of contract at the end of next season and reports last week suggested he wasn’t interested in a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce. The Istanbul side were reported to be ready to offer van Persie £220,000 a week to move to Turkey, but the reports suggested he wanted to remain at Old Trafford for one last crack at a Premier League title.

But van Persie’s wages will be a problem for Inter. The 31-year-old earns almost £200,000 a week at Old Trafford; however, he could be interested in a move if he is offered a long-term deal.

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Inter Milan To Lodge Bid for Arsenal Transfer Target

Paulo Dybala Arsenal transfer newsArsenal transfer target Paulo Dybala is wanted by Serie A side Inter Milan.

Reports from Italy today claim that Inter will offer Palermo €25million plus bonuses for Dybala; however the deal is structured so that very little cash will actually change hands. Defender Marco Andreolli, goalkeeper Francesco Bardi – currently on loan at Chievo Verona – forward Samuele Longo and midfielder Lorenzo Crisetig – both at Cagliari – and young striker Gaston Camara are being touted as possible makeweights in the deal.

However, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini is looking for €40million (just under £30million) for Dybala. He claims to have received bids of €30million from both Juventus and Arsenal, a claim that Arsene Wenger has angrily denied. Dybala’s agent claims Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are both interested and have lodged bids of €40million and €45million respectively.

Zamparini will almost certainly reject Inter’s valuation. There must also be doubts as to whether he would accept a player-exchange deal as Inter are proposing.

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Southampton Transfer News Monday 27 April

Saints Linked With Austrian Defender

Aleksandar Dragovic Southampton transfer newsSouthampton are keen on Dynamo Kiev central defender Aleksandar Dragovic, according to reports from Italy.

The 24-year-old Austria international has been linked with the Saints’ Premier League rivals Arsenal in recent weeks, but Tuttomercatoweb claims he is now in Southampton’s sights.

Arsenal were keen on Dragovic before he moved to Kiev from Swiss side Basel two years ago, but this is the first time Southampton have been linked with a player who is expected to quit the Ukrainian club this summer.

Dynamo will demand somewhere between €15million and €20million (£11-15million) for Dragovic.

Southampton, Baggies Track Phillips

Southampton are also being linked with QPR winger Matt Phillips. The Scotland international cost the west London side £5million from Blackpool in 2013 and was the subject of interest from the Baggies in January.

However, Southampton are monitoring Phillips’ situation at Loftus Road and could put in a bid themselves if QPR lose their Premier League status.

The Rs are likely to demand back the fee they paid for Phillips who has two years left on his contract at Loftus Road.

Europe Is Our Focus, Says Alderweireld

Southampton central defender Toby Alderweireld insists that the club’s players are concentrating only on European qualification and not on potential transfer moves away from the club. The Belgium international is one of the players who could be on his way out of St Mary’s at the end of the season when his season-long loan from Atletico Madrid expires.

“Every player is focused and that’s the whole thing. Nobody is busy thinking about next season, just what happens now,” said Alderweireld after Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Spurs, their chief rivals for a Europa League spot.

“We have enough to play for so there is no problem. It would be very special.

“The desire is big and every week we give 100 per cent to win and to try to achieve that. It will be amazing.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea are the latest club to be linked with Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. However, reports claim the Premier League champions-elect could make a move for Marseille’s Gianelli Imbula as an alternative to the £25million-rated Frenchman.

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Liverpool Transfer News Monday 27 April

Liverpool Linked With Trio

Memphis Depay Liverpool transfer newsLiverpool are looking to bring in at least three new faces before the start of next season. However, the Reds face stiff competition over at least one of the names they are being linked with, while manager Brendan Rodgers will be at a disadvantage without Champions League qualification.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, Burnley’s Danny Ings and PSV Eindhoven forward Memphis Depay are all being linked with interest from Anfield and it was the latter name that engaged reporters’ minds when Rodgers was interviewed after Saturday’s goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion.

Depay was reportedly in talks with Liverpool last week after he flew to England along with his agent – something he has denied – but Rodgers was keen not to commit himself.

“I can’t confirm either way – you know me, in terms of speculation of players,” he said.

“The kid is a very talented player, of course, but I wouldn’t like to confirm either way.”

Rodgers acknowledged that his spending power may be limited without Champions League money to back up his transfer kitty and that could affect the calibre of player he goes for.

“That would be more for the players,” he added. “But if it is right for the players and if the project is right for them to learn and develop …

“If we are not in the Champions League, which now looks likely, players will still maybe want to come. Of course, they want to play in the Champions League. I just think if they have watched us over a few years – and this is a season we miss out on – if we can regroup, get some quality starters in for the summer, we can go on another great adventure next season and hopefully get back in there.

“It’s clear we need the goal threat for next year. There’s going to be a whole raft of players that I’m sure will be looked at, then will be up to the club if they’re affordable and if they’re available.

“We’ve identified that as a priority. We’ll have to see availability first, and then take it from there.”

The Daily Telegraph adds Ings and Benteke to the list of Liverpool targets and while Ings has long been regarded as an Anfield target Benteke is a more recent addition to what is a speculative list of targets. The Belgium international is rated by Villa at around £30million. Ings would cost much less.

Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini are all likely to be sold to raise cash to re-invest into the squad.

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Premier League Transfer News Monday 27 April

Monday’s Premier League Transfer Gossip

Premier League transfer newsManchester United boss Louis van Gaal will allow Javier Hernandez to leave the club this summer despite the Mexican’s heroics for Real Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final victory last week. Southampton and West Ham are among the clubs interested. Manchester United face competition from Liverpool over PSV Eindhoven forward Memphis Depay, though Brendan Rodgers refused to confirm or deny Liverpool’s interest.

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Liverpool are also being linked with Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke and Burnley front man Danny Ings.

Arsenal are interested in another Manchester United target, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, but the Germany international has a £90,000-a-week offer on the table.

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Brazilian starlet Nathan has rejected overtures from FC Porto and looks set to complete a £4.5m move to Chelsea. The 19-year-old was at the Emirates Stadium yesterday for the Blues’ game with Arsenal. Chelsea are also interested in Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula and Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin.

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has dismissed rumours linking him with the manager’s position at Sunderland. “There is only one thing that needs to be sorted out here and that is me sitting down with the owners when they are ready to talk about me being at West Ham and nowhere else,” said Allardyce. Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic is also being linked with the Sunderland job which will be vacated by caretaker-boss Dick Advocaat at the end of the season.

Southampton central defender Toby Alderweireld says the club’s players are concentrating only on European qualification and not on moves away from the club. The Belgium international is on his way out of St Mary’s at the end of the season when his season-long loan from Atletico Madrid expires. Meanwhile, the Saints are being linked with QPR winger Matt Phillips though they face competition for his signature from West Bromwich Albion. Reports from Italy add Dynamo Kiev defender Aleksandar Dragovic to Southampton’s wish-list. The Austria international is also wanted by Arsenal.

Tottenham Hotspur are keen on Marseille midfielder Florian Thauvin. Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor could be on his way back to former club Monaco this summer.

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Arsenal Transfer News Monday 27 April

Arsenal Join Race for Gundogan

Ilkay Gundogan Arsenal transferArsenal are interested in making a move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan this summer, according to reports from Germany.

Gundogan was linked at the weekend with interest from Manchester United with some reports claiming that the two clubs were close to a £21million deal. But Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc denied that a deal is imminent and he added: “My last contact with Manchester United was last November.”

But German newspaper Bild claims Arsenal are also interested in the Germany international, although it adds that perhaps the biggest competitor for the Premier League duo could be Dortmund themselves.

Gundogan is out of contract at the end of next season. He has been offered a new deal by Dortmund that could see him pick €6.5million a year – the equivalent of £90,000 a week. It remains to be seen whether Arsenal or United would be in a position to offer him the same.

Gundogan had a year out of the game after picking up a back injury during Germany’s friendly international game with Paraguay in August 2013. He made his comeback in October 2014 and has made 27 appearances for Dortmund this season all but one of which have come as a member of the starting eleven.

Meanwhile, Michael Zorc insisted that the situation will not be allowed to drag on.

“There will soon be a decision on whether or not Ilkay extends,” he said.

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Manchester United Transfer News Monday 27 April

Hernandez Will Still Be Sold Says Van Gaal

Javier Hernandez Manchester United transferManchester United will still sell forward Javier Hernandez this summer. That’s despite the Mexican scoring the winning goal for Real Madrid in last Wednesday’s Champions League clash with local rivals Atletico Madrid.

Hernandez has already been told by United that he will be sold when his loan spell at the Bernabeu comes to an end next month and manager Louis van Gaal said on Sunday that even after last week’s heroics he won’t change his mind.

“I gave him a chance and then I said the same thing as I did to Danny Welbeck,” said the United boss.

“When you are a substitute it’s no good and I won’t change over that, so if you score a goal, are you suddenly different? I don’t think so.”

Van Gaal is believed to have told both Hernandez and Welbeck at the start of the season that the pair faced spending this season on the substitutes’ bench. As a result both left Old Trafford: Welbeck to Arsenal for £20million and Hernandez to Real Madrid on a season-long loan. But the Mexican has made just eight starts all season, only three of which have come in La Liga.

Southampton, West Ham United and La Liga side Valencia are all keen on the 26-year-old. United will demand a transfer fee of around £7million.

Rivals Chase United Targets

Manchester United face competition over two of their transfer targets, Memphis Depay and Ilkay Gundogan.

Liverpool are reported to have had talks last week with Depay. The 21-year-old PSV Eindhoven forward denied having talks with Manchester United, and
Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers said simply that he “wouldn’t like to confirm either way” whether or not he is interested in the Netherlands international.

United are believed to be firm favourites to secure Depay’s signature if only because he had a good working relationship with Louis van Gaal when the pair were with the Dutch squad at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are all interested in the youngster who is likely to cost around £25million.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are interested in Gundogan. Borussia Dortmund denied at the weekend that United are close to a deal for the Germany international midfielder and much depends on new coach Thomas Tuchel’s assessment of the squad when he succeeds Jurgen Klopp on 1 July.

Gundogan will cost around £20million.

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Manchester United Transfer News: Lloris, De Gea, Bale, Hummels

Lloris In Manchester United Transfer Link

Hugo Lloris Manchester United transfer newsManchester United will make a move for Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris if David De Gea quits Old Trafford this summer. That’s the view of the Sunday Mirror which claims that United are already considering a successor to De Gea in case he moves to Real Madrid.

The Spaniard is heading for the final year of his contract with United and is being linked with a move to Real Madrid. United are prepared to offer him a £200,000-a-week contract to remain at Old Trafford, but he is tempted by the chance of a move to the Bernabeu. Real Madrid know they will get him at a knockdown price so close to the end of his contract.

We reported last month that Lloris has a £15million release clause in his contract with Tottenham if the north London side fail to qualify for the Champions League. Spurs currently lie in sixth place, seven points off the pace with just four games to play.

Lloris signed a new deal with Tottenham last summer that sees him pick up £80,000 a week, but it also gives him a get-out clause if the club fail to qualify for Europe’s top competition.

Real To Ditch Bale?

There is also speculation about a United move for Gareth Bale. Some newspapers claim that Real Madrid could be set to cash in on the Welshman following a second season at the club that hasn’t lived up to his first campaign.

But the reports are purely speculative and it would be a great surprise if Bale is sold by Madrid.

Dortmund Deals Could Be Scuppered

Finally, Mats Hummels’ Manchester United transfer could be under threat. Incoming Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel doesn’t want to sell any players until he has fully assessed his squad.

The former Mainz boss takes up his position on 1 July and has been told that no players will leave without his blessing.

Presumably, that would also include Ilkay Gundogan. Dortmund are denying that Gundogan is close to a £21million move to Manchester United.

More of Sunday’s Manchester United transfer news here.

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Liverpool Transfer News Sunday 26 April

Reds Linked With Milner and Jovetic

James Milner Liverpool transferLiverpool will sign the Manchester City duo of James Milner and Stevan Jovetic this summer. That’s according to the Daily Star Sunday which claims the Milner deal in particular is “a done deal” and that the 29-year-old will make the move at the end of the season.

Milner is out of contract this summer and has been linked with clubs in Serie A as well as Arsenal, but Liverpool look set to win the race to secure his signature.

Jovetic has also been linked with a move back to Italy – he was signed by City from Fiorentina in 2013 – with Inter Milan said to be keen on a season-long loan next season followed by a £7million permanent transfer in the summer of 2016.

Liverpool were interested in Jovetic before he made the move to City. The Montenegro international was left out of City’s squad for the Champions League knockout stages as the club struggled with restrictions following breaches of Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules and he is said to be unhappy at the Etihad.

But City won’t accept any Inter’s offer. The Premier League side want £16million.

Reds In New Papadopoulos Link

Liverpool are also interested in Schalke 04 central defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos. The Greece international was first linked with Liverpool in 2012 and they were reported to be pursuing their interest in the summer of 2013. However, he was recovering from a serious knee injury at the time and Brendan Rodgers decided against putting in a bid.

Papadopoulos has been on loan at Bayer Leverkusen this season and is looking to quit Schalke this summer. He has one year left on his current deal and his agents were in contact with Liverpool this week. Scouts from Anfield have watched him on a number of occasions this season.

Papadopoulos would replace Kolo Toure. The 34-year-old isn’t likely to be offered anything more than a one-year deal when his contract expires this summer and looks set to join New York Red Bulls. The MLS side are willing to offer a three-year deal.

Liverpool central defender Lloyd Jones could be off to Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen next season. The 19-year-old recently completed a month-long spell at League Two outfit Accrington Stanley having been at another fourth-tier side, Cheltenham Town, earlier this season.

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Premier League Transfer News Sunday 26 April

Sunday’s Premier League Transfer Gossip

Premier League transfer newsBorussia Dortmund have denied any Manchester United interest in midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. The news comes following reports United were close to agreeing a £21m summer transfer for the Germany international. PSV Eindhoven forward Memphis Depay has also denied rumours of an imminent agreement with United. Meanwhile, Louis van Gaal has hinted that Radamel Falcao could be on his way out of Old Trafford when his contract loan spell comes to an end this summer.

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Speculation links Manchester United with a move for Tottenham Hotspur keeper Hugo Lloris if David De Gea quits Old Trafford for Real Madrid.

Arsenal are interested in Lyon forward Nabil Fekir. However, the 21-year-old may only be interested in moving to a club where he is guaranteed first-team football. The Gunners will face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for Chelsea keeper Petr Cech.

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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will reject the chance of a move to Bayern Munich.

Manchester City are in talks with the agent of Hoffenheim midfielder Roberto Firmino ahead of a £20m move. City are also keen on Fulham striker Patrick Roberts.

Liverpool could make a move for two Manchester City players with James Milner and Stevan Jovetic both on the Anfield radar. The duo are also wanted by clubs in Serie A. Inter Milan are willing to take Jovetic on a season-long loan with a £7m permanent transfer next summer. Liverpool are keen once again on Schalke 04’s defender Kyriako Papadopoulos. The Greece international has been linked with interest from Anfield in the past. Papadopoulos would replace Kolo Toure. The 34-year-old is out of contract this summer and looks set to join MLS side New York Red Bulls. Liverpool defender Lloyd Jones will head off to Aberdeen on loan next season. The 19-year-old has had a spell this season at League Two side Accrington Stanley.

Southampton are eyeing up Spartak Moscow’s £8m-rated Dutch winger Quincy Promes. The Saints are also interested in Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford who has impressed while on loan at Championship side Middlesbrough.

Crystal Palace are being linked with a move for another Newcastle United player. This time it’s striker Papiss Cisse. Palace will have to fight off Tottenham Hotspur as well as Liverpool to hold on to winger Yannick Bolasie.

West Bromwich Albion are keen on Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. The Baggies are keen on Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak.

Sunderland want West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce to succeed caretaker-boss Dick Advocaat.

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