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Man Utd target £137m Atletico transfer, Chelsea plot £55m bid, Arsenal, Barcelona latest


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Wednesday, March 18

  • Chelsea have been linked with £55m-rated Juventus star Miralem Pjanic
  • Jude Bellingham was given a tour of Manchester United’s training facility
  • Ed Woodward and chief negotiator Matt Judge were in attendance
  • Barcelona are in talks with Marc-Andre ter Stegen to discuss a new contract
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign a defender in the summer transfer window

Jude Bellingham decision

Jude Bellingham will join Borussia Dortmund.

That’s according to Goal journalist Ronan Murphy, who claims the Birmingham teenager has decided to join Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland at the Westfalenstadion.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich were desperately trying to convince the talented 16-year-old to sign with the former inviting him for a tour of their Carrington training facility.

But the midfielder wants Dortmund.

“Birmingham City’s Jude Bellingham will join Borussia Dortmund after rejecting Bayern Munich, according to Sport Bild,” Murphy tweeted. “He also visited Man Utd recently, but will move to Dortmund this summer. Could be a fee decided by tribunal because of his age.”

David Beckham recruitment

Manchester United legend David Beckham will attract some ‘very big names’ to Inter Miami.

Inter Miami have opened their debut MLS campaign with two defeats to Los Angeles FC and D.C. United – but help could be on the horizon.

“Becks will definitely have the reach to bring big in names because of who he is and what he can do, and the connections and network he has,” former Manchester United and Portland Timbers defender Mikael Silvestre told Bet-PA .

“We should be seeing some very big names at Inter Miami in the near future. Perhaps Cristiano Ronaldo could come!”

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Marash Kumbulla valuation

Hellas Verona have named their price for defender Marash Kumbulla.

That’s according to website Passione Inter, who claim the Serie A side value their sought-after 20-year-old at £23million.

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Hellas Verona expect to lose the Albania centre-back and that’s hardly surprising given that several European heavyweights are looking to secure his signature.

Inter Milan are in the driving seat, but Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli have all expressed interest.

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Saul Niguez links

Clubs are queuing up to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.

Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claim Diego Simeone’s side are looking to offer Saul an improved contract and increase his £137million release clause.

However, talks haven’t progressed with the two parties ‘very far apart’ and the La Liga side are worried that European heavyweights will come knocking.

Mundo Deportivo says Saul is ‘becoming more affordable’ for club’s with greater financial resources including Manchester United and Manchester City.

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Inter vice-president on Lautaro Martinez

Lautaro Martinez will remain an Inter Milan player.

That’s according to Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti, who believes the 22-year-old’s future lies in Italian football.

The Argentine forward has been heavily linked with Barcelona but interest from the Premier League has emerged with Chelsea and Manchester City said to be in the frame.

“Of the talents that have emerged, Lautaro is certainly among the best,” Zanetti told Radio Continental. “Today I see his future in Italian football. “He is one of the interesting players of Argentine football.”

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Gareth Bale on a free?!

Real Madrid are prepared to part ways with Gareth Bale.

That’s according to newspaper Marca, who claim the Spanish heavyweights could allow the Welshman to leave win a free transfer.

Bale, 30, has completed just six 90-minute La Liga fixtures this season and looks surplus to requirements under Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.

Now, Marca claim Real Madrid can no longer justify his £350,000-a-week after tax wages and understand nobody would be prepared to meet their valuation.

The Daily Star believe Premier League duo Tottenham and Manchester United could be interested.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes defender

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign a defender in the summer transfer window – but not a top-profile one because of Harry Maguire.

The England international set the club back a huge £80million during the summer window and the Red Devils won’t be spending a similar amount on a centre-back this summer.

That would appear to spell an end to speculation linking them with a move for Napoli bulldozer Kalidou Koulibaly.

Koulibaly is set to leave the Serie A giants but the Senegal international has been slapped with a massive £90m price tag.

And with United having other players on their radar, it appears they won’t be moving for the 29-year-old.

Read the full article here.

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Lautaro Martinez swap

Antonio Conte has decided which Barcelona player he would like to sign should Lautaro Martinez join Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp.

The Catalan giants are eager to sign Argentina international Martinez this summer and view him as a long-term successor to Luis Suarez.

But with a release clause of more than £100million, Barcelona will look to lower that fee by exchanging players.

Spanish outlet Sport suggest that Inter Milan aren’t interested in Arturo Vidal but would prefer Arthur Melo instead.

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Leroy Sane interest

Leroy Sane has two different offers on the table.

That’s according to German publication Bild, who claim ‘two top clubs’ are competing to sign the Manchester City winger.

The 21-capped Germany international has frequently been linked with Bayern Munich, whose sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic ‘secretly’ met with Sane’s representatives this week.

Bild continue to add that Spanish heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid are also interested in the 24-year-old star.

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Miralem Pjanic bids

Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are set to battle it out for Juventus star Miralem Pjanic.

Pjanic, 29, is a regular under manager Maurizio Sarri and has contributed three goals and four assists in 32 appearances this season.

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However, Italian publication Calciomercato claim Juventus would be prepared to offload.

It’s said the 92-capped Bosnia international is available for £55million and that would help Sarri fund other signings later this summer.

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Jude Bellingham to Man Utd

Manchester United are desperate to add Birmingham teenager Jude Bellingham to their ranks.

According to the Evening Standard, the 13-time Premier League champions are ‘obsessed’ with beating their rivals to the 16-year-old’s signature.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co. took Bellingham on a personal tour of their Carrington training complex last week with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and chief negotiator Matt Judge also in attendance.

The Red Devils had initially expected to spend £20million plus performance-related add-ons, but with several other clubs interested, they will offer in the region of £30m.

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Marc-Andre ter Stegen contract

Barcelona are in talks with goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to discuss a new contract.

Ter Stegen’s current deal is set to expire in June 2022 and the Catalan giants are eager to secure his long-term future.

Spanish newspaper Marca claim discussions are progressing well with Ter Stegen very happy with life at the Nou Camp.

The Catalan giants could potentially offer a five-year deal with a significant wage increase that would represent a ‘last big contract’ for the Germany international.

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Liverpool transfer latest

Liverpool are interested in signing Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho this summer but it is unlikely they will complete transfers for both.

That is unless one of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino leave Anfield, according to The Athletic.

England international Sancho is also wanted by Manchester United and would cost around £120million.

While Werner has expressed his desire to play for Liverpool and praised Jurgen Klopp in the process.





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