Man Utd target £127m club-record transfer, Barcelona two-player deal, Chelsea £42m talks

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Thursday, February 27

  • Manchester United are still interested in signing Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly
  • That’s despite the Senegal international having just purchased an apartment in Paris
  • Barcelona are focused on signing Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez in a two-player swap
  • Chelsea are ready to pursue Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar in the summer for £42m

Fabian Ruiz bid

Real Madrid are ready to beat Barcelona to the signing of Napoli star Fabian Ruiz.

The two LaLiga giants, along with Manchester United, are known to be interested in the Spanish midfielder.

But Zinedine Zidane wants to act quickly to secure his signature.

Italian publication Calciomercato claim Real Madrid will submit a £59million offer for the 23-year-old, whose price-tag is expected to increase during Euro 2020.

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  • Man Utd star Fernandes could stop Solskjaer signing one player

Emil Forsberg offered

Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign RB Leipzig’s wantaway attacker Emil Forsberg this summer.

However, head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may struggle to fit the Swedish international in his squad.

According to SportBild, Forsberg has grown frustrated with the limited opportunities he is being offered by Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann.

A minimal fee of £17million (€20m) is all that would be required, which is short change to Premier League clubs.

Gunners interest

Florian Grillitsch is a target for Arsenal.

That’s according to German publication Sport Bild, who claim Mikel Arteta could launch an approach this summer.

The 24-year-old, who has featured in 21 Bundesliga matches for Hoffenheim this season, has a £21million release clause in his current contract.

Premier League rivals Southampton and Newcastle are also thought to be interested.

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  • Barcelona news LIVE: Barca eye £94m two-player transfer, bid submitted

Wanted: Kalidou Koulibaly

Manchester United are still interested in signing Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly.

That’s despite the Senegal international having just purchased an apartment in Paris with ‘stunning views of the Eiffel Tower.’

The 28-year-old centre-back, who is worth around £127million, bought the £3.4m property amid reports he could join PSG this summer.

However, Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport claim United, Bayern Munich and Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton remain in the hunt.

Lautaro Martinez to Barcelona

Barcelona are focused on signing Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez, Calciomercato say.

Martinez, 22, is enjoying a terrific season under Antonio Conte at the San Siro having scored 16 goals and provided four assists in 30 appearances.

And his exploits haven’t gone unnoticed with the Catalan giants desperate to bring him in to partner Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona can’t afford to pay Martinez’s £94million release clause that MUST be activated between July 1 and July 15 because of Financial Fair Play restrictions.

To navigate that, the Spanish champions will either include two players in an audacious swap deal or offer a figure higher than his release clause intended to be paid in instalments.

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  • Man Utd news LIVE: Woodward wants to complete £127m record transfer

Houssem Aouar transfer

Chelsea are ready to pursue Houssem Aouar in the summer and will reportedly lodge a £42million (€50m) for the Lyon midfielder.

The Blues are on the hunt for reinforcements and are expected to be busy in the upcoming transfer window as Frank Lampard puts his stamp on the squad.

Chelsea have Aouar in their sights and are set to battle Juventus for the 21-year-old, who is an integral part of the Lyon first-team.

The Blues have already made contact with the Ligue 1 outfit over a potential move, according to a report from Tuttomercatoweb.

Mesut Ozil to Fenerbahce

Mesut Ozil ‘could join Fenerbahce at some point in the future.

That’s according to Ozil’s Arsenal colleague and Fenerbahce loanee Mohamed Elneny, who says the playmaker sings Fenerbahce songs.

The Egytian told beIN SPORTS: “Mesut really loves Fenerbahce. He’s always speaking about the club and the fans.

“If you ask me, I think he could come to Fenerbahce. He’s always trying to annoy me by singing Fenerbahce chants.”

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  • Man Utd tipped to sign ‘very quick’ defender to partner Harry Maguire

New CB needed

Manchester United could improve their defence by bringing in a quick centre-back to partner Harry Maguire, says transfer expert Duncan Castles.

United splashed out a world-record fee for a defender of £80million on Maguire when he joined from Leicester last summer.

“They’ve got the goalkeeper, they can hang onto the goalkeeper, very difficult to improve on him at the kind of prices that you’re looking at for goalkeepers,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.

“You could, and I think this is where they will have to go if they want to upgrade the defence, put a higher quality centre-back in beside Maguire and he will need to be quick, will need to be very quick, to compensate for Maguire’s lack of pace and his positional errors.”

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