Man Utd transfer news: £21m bids for Hummels and Bacca
Manchester United have launched a move for Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels, says broadcaster Talksport.
It claims that United have "opened the bidding" for the German World Cup winner with an offer of £21.5m bid as Louis van Gaal seeks to strengthen the spine of his side ahead of next season.
Subscribe to The Week
Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.
The 26-year-old Hummels has been the subject of transfer speculation all season. He is out of contract in 2017 and like Dortmund teammate Ilkay Gundogan, wanted by Arsenal and Manchester City, he is allegedly eager to leave Dortmund and take up a fresh challenge elsewhere.
United are also prepared to fork out a similar amount to secure the services of Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca, claims Metro. The paper says the 28-year-old has attracted interest from across Europe after a stellar season in La Liga, and claims United have lined up a £21.3m offer.
With doubts over the futures of Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie, Bacca is seen as "a reliable option", adds the paper.
But Van Persie may not be about to quit Old Trafford after all, reports the Daily Mirror, which says that Dutch veteran is set to turn down a lucrative offer from Fenerbahce, worth £220,000 a week, in order to take another tilt at winning the Premier League.
Man Utd transfer news: Depay keen to join, Falcao could stay
Dutch winger Memphis Depay is expected to be the subject of a tug-of-war between some of Europe's biggest clubs this summer. Liverpool are said to be keen on the PSV star but Manchester United have established themselves as favourites to land the the player thanks to their manager Louis van Gaal.
According to Talksport, United's decision to enter the race has "set off some alarm bells" at PSV because Depay is keen to work with the United boss again after playing for him when he was manager of Holland.
The official Manchester United website has announced that Chris Smalling has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until at least June 2019. In recent weeks the 25-year-old England international has been linked with Arsenal but Smalling has extended his stay at Old Trafford, the club he joined from Fulham in the summer of 2010.
"Chris has improved and developed immensely during the short time that I have been at the club and has become an integral part of the first-team squad," said United manager Van Gaal on completion of the new contract, while Smalling was similarly gushing, declaring: "I'm delighted to sign my new contract. I am so proud to play for such a great club. We have developed as a team over the course of the season under Louis van Gaal and we are now playing as a complete unit."
Meanwhile Sky Sports has been reading French rag Nice Matin and reports the comments of Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev concerning Radamel Falcao, who moved to Old Trafford on loan last summer and has so far failed to impress. Claiming that United "have not yet decided if they will exercise the option [to sign Falcao permanently]," Vasilyev added: "It's not his best season but they retain the opportunity to talk at the end of the season. We are not in any further negotiations for the moment, even if big clubs are interested."
Man Utd transfer news: Clyne in, De Gea and Da Silva out
Southampton star Nathaniel Clyne "has set his heart on a summer switch to Manchester United" and will replace out-of-favour Brazilian Rafael da Silva in Louis van Gaal's plans
The Daily Star says the Saints full-back has been on United's radar for months and the Old Trafford club are at the front of the queue to sign the 24-year-old England defender this summer.
According to the Star, Van Gaal has told Brazil international Rafael da Silva he's now surplus to requirements and Clyne is his successor-in-waiting. At one point, says the Star, van Gaal had contemplated a move for Barcelona's Daniel Alves but he's now focused his attention on Clyne and it's believed United are expected to table a a £25m bid at the end of the season.
The Star quotes a source close to Clyne saying: "The player has made it known that United are his first choice, the deal is not done yet but it is a clear indication of his thinking."
While Clyne is eager to continue his career in Manchester, there are fears that goalkeeper David de Gea wants to move on to pastures new. The Spanish stopper, who has been in fantastic form this season, has only one year left on his contract and has so far resisted United's efforts to tie him to an extension, says the Daily Mirror. It adds that he is aware that Real Madrid want him to replace Iker Casillas.
Many United players are now convinced that De Gea will leave at the end of the season claims the Mirror. But it suggests that United will demand a fee close to £50m for the keeper, or will try and negotiate a swap deal involving Gareth Bale.
Man Utd transfer news: Gundogan and Depay on radar
Jurgen Klopp's departure from Borussia Dortmund could prompt changes at Old Trafford, but on the field rather than in the dugout.
Klopp's resignation has reportedly intensified Manchester United's desire to sign Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. The Sun says that Gundogan "is on United's list of summer targets" and the changing of the guard at Dortmund (who on Sunday unveiled Thomas Tuchel as Klopp's successor) is likely to work in United's favour. Apparently Louis van Gaal sees Gundogan as the type of deep-lying midfielder that the club needs and the Dutchman is ready to meet the German club's asking price of £20m.
Meanwhile Goal.com claims that 21-year-old Dutch sensation Memphis Depay is also on United's radar. The Netherlands international is reportedly "keen on a move" to Old Trafford although Tottenham and Liverpool are also monitoring the twinkle-toed winger.
Currently with PSV, Depay's popularity in the Premier League has prompted the club's technical manager, Marcel Brands, to declare: "There is serious interest [in Depay] from big clubs. If it comes to a deal, he must make the choice. Then it's up to us to come out with such a club."
According to the Sunday People Angel di Maria has told Louis van Gaal he is "happy to stay" at the club next season. Signed for a British record £59.7m last year, the Argentine has failed to fire at Old Trafford this season and it's been alleged he was shaken after an attempted burglary at his family home in Cheshire.
But the People claims that the 27-year-old winger and his family "are over their ordeal" and he also starting to adapt to the physical demands of the Premier League. For his part, Van Gaal has been "impressed with his attitude", and believes Di Maria will flourish next season.
Man Utd transfer news: Cavani blow as LVG eyes young Italian
Manchester United's hopes of landing Edinson Cavani this summer have taken a knock, with the Daily Mirror reporting comments by the Paris Saint-Germain striker declaring his loyalty to the the club.
The South American has been linked with a move to Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal looks to replace misfiring Radamel Falcao, but the 28-year-old told Sky Italia he was fed up with the speculation.
"There is too much talk about my future but I will remain here. I will respect my contract and I'm only focusing on doing well for PSG."
Cavani, who moved from Napoli to PSG for £50m in 2013 has another three years to run on his current deal, but rumours that the Uruguayan might be sold to help the French champions meet FFP regulations refuse to go away.
The Uruguayan is not the only striker in Louis van Gaal's sights. He is also said to be keen on Palermo youngster Paulo Dybala, who is poised to switch clubs this summer.
Palermo have admitted defeat in their efforts to hang onto the 21-year-old, valued at £29m, and club president Maurizio Zamparini has even announced: "Dybala will be sold by the end of April."
However, United face competition from Arsenal, PSG and other big Italian clubs.
That is also the case in the battle for the hand of another youngster, 16-year-old Hachim Mastour. The Italian, is seen as one of the hottest prospects to have emerged from the AC Milan academy in recent years, but has attracted interest from a host of clubs including Chelsea.
Man Utd transfer news: is Falcao set to join Liverpool?
How do you solve a problem like Radamal Falcao? Not even Fleet Street's finest are sure at the moment, with opinion divided over the future of Man United's Colombian hitman.
According to the Daily Express "Liverpool are edging closer to a deal" for the forward after a proposed move to Juventus broke down. Falcao, who arrived at Old Trafford in the summer on a loan move from Monaco, has failed to fire and United are apparently ready to let him leave rather than make the deal permanent as was their option.
The Express says that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is prepared to hand over a "whopping £35m" to Monaco in order secure a loan deal for the 29-year-old. That's because Rodgers has realised Mario Balotelli no longer has an Anfield future.
However, the Daily Star claims that it's Porto who are in pole position to sign Falcao with Manchester United in hot pursuit of Jackson Martinez, scorer of one of Porto's goals in their shock 3-1 win over Bayern Munich last night.
The £40m-rated Martinez is also being eyed up by Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool but the 28-year-old is also wanted by United boss Louis van Gaal. It seems he will ditch Falcao and make a move for Martinez, allowing Porto to use the money from Old Trafford to pay Monaco the £42m asking fee they want.
Man Utd transfer news: Cavani staying put, says PSG
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has pooh-poohed the idea that Edinson Cavani is going anywhere this summer.
The Uruguay hitman has been linked with Manchester United in recent days – as well as Arsenal earlier in the year – after allegedly falling out with PSG boss Laurent Blanc.
With the French champions believed to want to offload some of their stars this summer to keep within Financial Fair Play rules, Cavani was expected to leave. But Talksport says that in an interview with French rag Le Parisian, Al-Khelaifi said: "Edinson Cavani is a player I like a lot. I can tell you that he is very much with us, and the question of his departure does not arise. Paris loves him and he loves Paris."
However, Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Mats Hummels is "thinking" about a summer move to Manchester United.
According to Sky Sports the World Cup-winning defender is edging closer to Old Trafford and Klopp has confirmed as much in comments to broadcaster DW Sport.
"He's good enough for Manchester United," said the Borussia boss, whose side have struggled this season. "He's told me he's thinking things over." Asked how he would view the departure of the 26-year-old, Klopp said: "That we want to keep Mats is beyond question. How that works out I don't know."
Man Utd transfer news: van Gaal plots £55m raid for Cavani
Louis van Gaal could be about to splash the cash and swipe Edinson Cavani from under the nose of his Premier League rivals.
The Daily Express boasts an "exclusive" with its declaration that Manchester United are in talks "to sign Arsenal and Liverpool target".
Apparently United – who thrashed Manchester City 4-2 on Sunday – have begun negotiations with Paris St Germain about a deal to sign striker Cavani at the end of the season. The Express says that United gaffer Louis van Gaal has made Cavani "his top transfer target" with the Dutchman likely to offload Radamel Falcao to make room for the Uruguayan hitman.
It's estimated that PSG will demand a fee of around £55 million, which is what they paid Napoli two years ago for the 28-year-old Cavani. And the Express says that Cavani will in all probability want to be paid the same as United's highest-paid star Wayne Rooney – that's £300,000 a week, £35,000 than Falcao banks each week.
Man Utd transfer news: on the alert for Odegaard
It wasn't so long ago that Norwegian 'wonderkid' Martin Odegaard was being linked to every club in Europe before he settled on Real Madrid.
But according to Talksport the 16-year-old is "struggling" to adapt to life with the European Champions and that's alerted Man Utd to a potential transfer target. Real forked out £2.3m for Odegaard in January but he's now been dropped from the club's B team and Talksport says its man in Spain has confirmed that a "meeting between his father and the club's hierarchy is planned to discuss the situation and the midfielder's future."
Man Utd would jump at the chance to sign the teenager but so, apparently, would Liverpool and any number of German and Italian clubs. It seems Odegaard's English suitors may have to dig in for the long haul, and prepare for another period in which rumours of the starlet's destination come thick and fast.
Man Utd transfer news: Darmain in, Valdes out
Man Utd are vying with Bayern Munich for the hand of Torino defender Matteo Darmian, who is expected to leave the Serie A outfit at the end of the season.
Talksport reports that the two clubs, along with Real Madrid, are all monitoring the Italian international, who featured for Italy in last week's 1-1 draw with England.
According to Sport Italia, the right back is being targeted by Louis van Gaal with the United boss ready to pay Torino's asking price of £15m.
Meanwhile, it appears that Victor Valdes may leave Old Trafford without ever having played a game for United? The Daily Star, claims that Real Madrid might make a "shock swoop" for the Spanish gloveman.
Valdes arrived at United in January after years of devoted service with Barcelona, but with David de Gea keeping him on the bench he has yet to appear for the Red Devils.
The Star, citing Spanish paper 'Sport', report that Real Madrid want to bring the 33-year-old Valdes to the Bernabeu as "a successor to current No 1 Iker Casillas."
Man Utd and Arsenal poised as Cavani hints at summer move
Tuesday's Transfer Talk features more speculation about the future of Edinson Cavani – and is another Liverpool star thinking of jumping ship as the Reds look set to miss out on Champions League action next season?
Talk of a summer move for Cavani has taken another turn with Talksport reporting that the Uruguayan striker has dropped his strongest hint yet that his future may lie away from Paris Saint-Germain. With both Arsenal and Manchester United linked to the sharpshooter, Cavani has apparently told Italian website calciomercato.com: "For now I think only to finish the season well here and give my best for the club that pays me. In Paris, I'm fine, but in football you never know what can happen in the future."
Talksport says that the Gunners and United are both "keeping close tabs on his situation" although Juventus are also said to be circling the 28-year-old. According to the Daily Star, United may fund a move for Cavani by offloading Robin van Persie with manager Louis van Gaal considering the Dutch striker "surplus to requirements" at Old Trafford.
The side Arsenal crushed 4-1 on Saturday are "facing a battle" to keep hold of Jordan Henderson, according to the Daily Star. The midfielder was in the Liverpool side slaughtered by the Gunners, but apparently he may not be there for much longer. The Star says that he's turned down a new contract "understood to be worth £80,000-a-week", and that's come to the attention of Chelsea, who are said to be monitoring the situation "closely".
If Chelsea do make a play for Henderson will it be to replace Oriol Romeu? The International Business Times reports that the playmaker is set for "crunch talks" with Jose Mourinho in the coming weeks. Romeu, currently on loan at Stuttgart, spent last season at Valencia and he's clearly growing frustrated with the situation. "In June I'll speak with Chelsea to know their intentions," he said. "After two seasons on loan, the ideal would be settling into a club to get some stability. Every player needs continuity."
The Daily Mirror says that Manchester United will table an offer of £40.1 million to get their hands on Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos in the summer. United had two January bids for the defender knocked back but the Mirror says the Red Devils are confident it will be third time lucky and that the French champions will find their £40m offer irresistible.
Continue reading for free
We hope you're enjoying The Week's refreshingly open-minded journalism.
Subscribed to The Week? Register your account with the same email as your subscription.