Paper Talk: Barcelona snub leaves Man Utd, City in straight fight for £135m midfielder; Liverpool step up winger chase

Man Utd and Man City are in a straight fight for an Atletico Madrid midfielder, while Liverpool have stepped up their efforts to sign a winger, according to Friday’s paper gossip.

 

MANCHESTER CLUBS BATTLE FOR £135M LALIGA ACE

Manchester United and Manchester City have been given a free run at Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez after Barcelona decided against taking up their first option to buy the midfielder.

The Catalans agreed a £15million deal in October to have first option on Niguez among several other Atletico players, allowing them to match bids from other clubs.

However, with increasing concern over Barcelona’s finances during the suspension in football due to coronavirus, it seems they will not be opting to purchase the Spaniard, as reported in the Daily Mail.

Both City and United have registered their interest, however, Atletico are reportedly unwilling to accept anything less than his £135million release clause this summer.

Players have seen their value drop dramatically during the period of financial uncertainty surrounding football, but the Spanish giants are said to be standing firm to make sure they get the full amount for one of their top stars.

Atletico also have no incentive to sell, as Saul signed a huge contract extension in 2017, keeping him at the club until 2026.

For United, the sale of Paul Pogba will play a major part in whether they can complete a move for Saul, who they scouted as the midfielder helped Atletico knock holders Liverpool out of the Champions League last month.

 

 

Reports earlier in the month said the Red Devils were willing to offer the highly-rated star £85,000-a-week more than he gets now, increasing his pay packet to £200,000 per week.

Manchester City have also been linked with Saul, with legendary playmaker David Silva set to leave the Etihad when the current campaign comes to an end.

Saul has scored four times in 37 appearances for Atletico this season, including the only goal in the home-leg victory over Jurgen Klopp’s side.

 

AND MORE GOSSIP

Manchester United have refused to trigger the 12-month extension in Paul Pogba’s contract – and remain determined to sell him in the next transfer window (Daily Star)

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Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius looks likely to turn down the chance of a £7m move to Wolves (Daily Star)

Ajax star Hakim Ziyech will be free to join Chelsea in a planned £36.6m move in June with the Eredivisie set to be cancelled – but the midfielder won’t be able to play for his new team this season even if it is delayed (Daily Mail)

Manchester United have slapped an astonishing £35million price tag on Paris Saint-Germain target Diogo Dalot (Daily Mail)

British billionaire Alki David is confident he will attain the naming rights for Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium in a potentially record-breaking deal (Daily Mail)

Borussia Dortmund are confident they can ward off transfer interest from Man Utd to convince Jadon Sancho to sign an extension to his contract (Daily Mirror)

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Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi would reportedly prefer to rekindle his partnership with Neymar than for the club to sign Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan in the summer (Daily Mail)

Chelsea are struggling to come to a decision on the future of goalkeeper and record-signing Kepa Arrizabalaga (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool have reportedly made contact with Philippe Coutinho over transfer speculation linking the 27-year-old with a return to Anfield (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool’s controversial Champions League match against Atletico Madrid is the subject of an official inquiry into whether there is a link between the game and a rise in coronavirus cases (Daily Mirror)

Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey has denied his father’s claim that the Gunners were in negotiations to sign the midfielder (Daily Mirror)

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Inter Milan have reportedly entered the race to sign Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba (Daily Mirror)

Kyle Walker and Jack Grealish will avoid being frozen out by England manager Gareth Southgate despite their lockdown antics (The Sun)

Philippe Coutinho can get back to his best by leaving Barcelona and joining Chelsea, Brazil legend Rivaldo insists (The Sun)

Sol Campbell is on the brink of quitting as Southend boss (The Sun)

Real Madrid have been tipped to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba this summer (Daily Express)

Wolves star Adama Traore is being monitored by Liverpool and Arsenal (Daily Express)

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Manchester United target Jadon Sancho has had his transfer value slashed by Borussia Dortmund ahead of the summer window, reports say (Daily Express)

Celtic fans have been told to stay away from Parkhead if the Hoops are crowned nine-in-a-row league champions during lockdown (Scottish Sun)

Jason Naismith insists it would be an honour to wear a Hibs shirt hailing our NHS heroes next season (Scottish Sun)

Aberdeen’s plan to restart the season behind closed doors is set to be rejected after UEFA bosses effectively green-lighted the SPFL’s plan to crown Celtic champions (Daily Record)

 

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