Neymar to ruin Man Utd plan, Chelsea want £20m Liverpool target, Barcelona eye Arsenal ace

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  • Neymar could hurt Manchester United’s hopes of signing Jadon Sancho
  • Chelsea are eyeing £20million Gent striker Jonathan David
  • Tottenham must pay £17m to sign Chris Smalling
  • Jack Grealish joining Man Utd could result in Paul Pogba’s exit
  • Barcelona are confident of signing Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Liverpool told to beat Man Utd to Grealish

Liverpool have been urged to sign Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish, who is a summer transfer target for Manchester United, because he could easily fit into Jurgen Klopp’s side. That is the opinion of Liverpool hero Danny Murphy.

The former Liverpool midfielder thinks Grealish is the best player among this group and thinks the Villa captain could slot straight into the Reds’ side.

“[Grealish] has the mix of physicality and technical skills to operate in a number of areas,” Murphy said in his Daily Mail column.

“His best roles for me would be as a No 10 in front of two holding midfielders or as one of the two more advanced midfielders in a 4-3-3.

“But managers do also have the option of using him on the left of a front three where he can make and score goals.

“He could also do a job in a deeper-lying midfield role as he’s so comfortable receiving the ball under pressure, though you’d be sacrificing his creativity there, which would be a waste.

“If you’re Klopp for example, having that variety at your disposal is a Godsend.

“I’d already put Grealish ahead of Naby Keita or James Milner and the only thing Gini Wijnaldum has over him at the moment is experience of consistently playing big matches.”

Man Utd’s Smalling price

Roma face being gazumped by Tottenham if they fail to seal a deal to keep Manchester United defender Chris Smalling in the Italian capital next season.

Smalling has made a massive impression since joining the Serie A club on a season-long loan last summer, and his form hasn’t gone unnoticed by his former boss Jose Mourinho, who is now at Spurs.

Express Sport understands Roma are already in advanced talks with the former England international about extending his stay and with Tottenham lurking know that they cannot afford to wait to agree to a fee.

United are demanding around £17million for Smalling, while Roma believe that they can get him for about £14m as they look to meet UEFA’s Financial Fair Play requirements.

They have accepted that the 30-year-old is unlikely to return to Old Trafford next season but are determined to squeeze as much money as they can out of the deal.

Chelsea want £20m striker

Chelsea have joined the £20million race to land Canadian strike ace Jonathan David from Belgian club Gent this summer.

Blues boss Frank Lampard has been impressed by reports on American born David who is the leading scorer in Belgian First Division A with 18 goals in 25 games.

Express Sport understands the Blues had a spy in the stands to see David, who moved to Canada when he was six, score against Roma as Gent failed to reach the last 16 of the Europa League.

Lampard, who is preparing a mass clear out of his squad at the end of the season, wants to bolster his strike force, and David is keen to move to a bigger league.

Premier League champions-elect Liverpool also checked him out along with Manchester United, Tottenham and Champions League-chasing Leicester City.

Aston Villa, Wolves, Southampton, and West Ham United all had scouts at the game as well to watch David, who has scored 11 goals in 12 games for Canada.

David, who scored 14 goals in his first season in the Gent first team, already has 24 to his name in all competitions this time around.

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Neymar could thwart Man Utd plans

Paris Saint-Germain could ruin Manchester United’s plans to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund this summer, reports say.

The Ligue 1 giants may lose Neymar and are eyeing the England international, who has been in stunning form for the German titans this season.

Brazil international Neymar could leave PSG at the end of the current season with Barcelona still keen on snapping the forward up.

And the Sunday Mirror say that the Ligue 1 giants are eyeing Sancho to replace him amid the teenager’s sensational form for Borussia Dortmund.

Until now, United have always been considered as frontrunners in the race to sign the 19-year-old.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted Sancho last summer but he was unable to sign the Dortmund star due to United’s failure to secure a place in this season’s Champions League.

This summer, Solskjaer is hopeful the Red Devils will have the right resources in order to acquire Sancho – though he may face added competition for the teenager’s signature from PSG.

Aubameyang to Barcelona

Barcelona are ready to move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Arsenal preparing to cover a black hole on their finances this summer.

The Gunners are desperate for a return to the Champions League next season after posting losses of £27.1million for the 2018/19 campaign.

Aubameyang, who is the Premier League’s joint-top scorer with Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, is out of contract at the end of next season.

The Gunners are desperate for him to sign a new contract and are ready to open talks with the Gabon international but may face a squeeze on finances.

Express Sport understands Barca have been keeping a close eye on developments and have got him on their wanted list and believe that they can tempt him to leave with the lure of the Champions League.

Inter Milan have also got the Arsenal captain on their shopping list and could move into pole position if Barca meets Lautaro Martinez’s £94m buyout clause.

Grealish to Man Utd, Pogba out?

Manchester United have a transfer plan to sign Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish in the summer window and if this move is completed it would likely lead to Paul Pogba leaving the club.

Grealish is turning out great performances for Villa this season. The 24-year-old has scored nine goals and provided eight assists in 29 appearances in all competitions.

And according to The Sun, if the playmaker does complete a summer move at Old Trafford, his arrival would likely signal the end of Pogba’s time the club.

The report claims that United are prepared to loosen their purse strings to secure a deal and are willing to triple Grealish’s current contract to get it over the line.

Grealish signed a new £50,000-a-week five-year deal with Villa last year, but United are willing to offer the youngster a contract worth £150,000-a-week if he agrees to make the switch to Manchester.

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