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TOP STORY: PSG ponder Madrid triple swoop
French champions Paris Saint-Germain are considering a sensational triple swoop for Real Madrid trio Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Isco, in a deal potentially worth more than €200 million, according to Le Parisien.
PSG sporting director Antero Henrique is keeping a close eye on the developing situation of each player, with all three Galacticos facing uncertain futures at the Bernabeu following a disastrous season for Los Blancos on both the domestic and European fronts.
Twenty-nine-year-old Bale has been left out of back-to-back La Liga squads in recent weeks, and Isco also has had a tough season, scoring just three goals and delivering a solitary assist in a disappointing league campaign. Kroos’ future, meanwhile, has come under continued speculation amid manager Zinedine Zidane’s persistent interest in Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, and the 29-year-old could be moved on to make room for the Frenchman.
Milan on lookout for cream of South American crop
Calciomercato claims AC Milan sporting director Leonardo has outlined his side’s plans for the upcoming transfer window, and the Brazilian has identified several young South American players whom he hopes can make a big impact on a side that looks set to miss out on qualification for next season’s Champions League.
On the Rossoneri wish list are two Argentinian midfielders: Juan Sebastian Sforza of Newell’s Old Boys and San Lorenzo’s Matias Palacios. Juventus are also interested in a move for Sforza, who doesn’t turn 18 until February, while Palacios turned 17 a matter of days ago.
Milan’s primary transfer target in South America is in neighbouring Brazil, however, with the club prioritising a move for Flamengo attacking midfielder Reinier Jesus Carvalho. The 17-year-old has earned rave reviews for his performances in the Brazilian youth sides, where he has been anointed as the heir to Lucas Paqueta, who himself joined Milan just five months ago.
Man City seek to ‘freshen up’ squad with summer splurge
Manchester City could be set for a major summer spending spree as Pep Guardiola looks to “freshen up” his title-winning side, and has identified as many as four potential signings, the Mail reports.
Among the Catalan coach’s targets is Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri, while an additional midfielder, defender and striker are also on the agenda.
The report states that City are also interested in a move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, but Guardiola is sceptical about his side’s chances of signing a player whom Barcelona are also interested in. Leicester City centre-half Harry Maguire is seen as a cheaper alternative.
Should midfielder Ilkay Gundogan depart the Etihad for pastures new, City will also target a move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, who impressed Guardiola and co with his displays in the Champions League this season.
United to pip Arsenal to Pepe?
The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international has been in stunning form for his club side this season, scoring 21 goals and providing a further 12 assists — form that has guided Lille into next season’s Champions League.
Pepe’s great form in front of goal had alerted the likes of PSG and Arsenal, but with United in desperate need of creativity in the final third, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks set to make a move sooner rather than later.
United are also interested in signing PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer when his contract expires in June, but the Red Devils face competition from the likes of Juventus and Chelsea.
– Everton have an opportunity to sign Inter midfielder Joao Maria for a cut-price £15m, writes the Mail, but face competition from Porto and Monaco for the former West Ham man’s signature. The Portugal international has scored just once in 20 Serie A appearances this season.
– Barcelona teenager Jean-Clair Todibo will be allowed to leave the Camp Nou on loan only if the 19-year-old is guaranteed regular first-team football, according to Marca. The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Napoli, but concerns have been raised about Todibo’s path into the first team at the Serie A side.
– Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign 14-year-old Norwegian wonderkid Isak Hansen-Aaroen. The Norway under-15 international has enjoyed trials at Liverpool and Everton during his fledgling career, but looks set to officially join United on his 16th birthday in August 2020, writes the Mail.