Julian Draxler in, Matteo Darmian out as Mourinho plots Man Utd overhaul
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TOP STORY: Man United table Draxler bid
Manchester United appear to be imminently preparing their summer overhaul to appease Jose Mourinho, with the Sunday Star reporting that a £30 million bid has been submitted for Germany international Julian Draxler.
The Wolfsburg star has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, as Mourinho looks for attacking talent to revitalise the Red Devils, with Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan also a target. Talks have taken place already for the 22-year-old, though Wolfsburg seem reluctant to sell just a year after capturing Draxler from Schalke for £25.5 million.
Mourinho might prefer Draxler to Mkhitaryan, due to the former's versatility, which could help United's attack to be more fluid, with Anthony Martial capable of playing both from the left or through the middle.
Mourinho ready to allow Darmian to join Barcelona
Matteo Darmian looks set for a quick exit from Old Trafford, with Mourinho less than keen to slot the Italian into his back four next season.
Surprisingly, the former Torino full-back could make a move to Barcelona, with the Star suggesting Italian director Ariedo Braida is intent on acquiring his compatriot as a replacement for Juventus-bound Dani Alves.
Darmian started well with United but struggled toward the end and lost his place to Antonio Valencia. His versatility to fill in at left-back could make him a valuable addition at the Camp Nou.
Koeman looking to reunite with Schneiderlin
Ronald Koeman will look to link up with Morgan Schneiderlin once again at Everton and bid £20 million for the Manchester United midfielder, according to the Mirror. The French international joined the Red Devils last summer for £24 million, but Mourinho appears to be less than enthusiastic about working with the 26-year-old.
With Gareth Barry's career winding down and James McCarthy struggling for form the past year or so, Koeman needs a defensive screen in front of the back four, and the former Saints star appears to be just the man.
Juventus line up Alexis after Morata departs
Arsenal will face a battle to maintain Alexis Sanchez once he returns from the United States after the Copa America, as Juventus are keen on the Chilean to replace Alvaro Morata after Real Madrid activated their buy-back clause.
The Express reported that the former Barcelona star is the Old Lady's preferred target to replace the Spaniard, though Romelu Lukaku and Edinson Cavani have also been mentioned as targets.
Juventus have already added Miralem Pjanic as they prepare to strengthen to launch a bid for the Champions League. Paulo Dybala has enjoyed a sensational start to his Juventus career, while Mario Mandzukic is also trusted by Massimiliano Allegri, but the Bianconeri are looking to secure strength in depth.
- Everton will stump up £18 million for Porto's Vincent Aboubakar, according to the Star, though it remains unclear whether the Cameroonian is a replacement for Romelu Lukaku or an additional attacking option for Ronald Koeman.
The Toffees will be acquiring an athletic, languid centre-forward who managed to score 18 goals in all competitions for the Dragoes the past season.
- FC Twente's attacking midfielder, Hakim Ziyech, is one of the most in-demand players in the Premier League, with Crystal Palace and West Ham at the front of the queue, according to the Star.
The Dutch-born Morocco star is also on the radar of Swansea, Sunderland and Southampton. He enjoyed a sensational season in the Eredivisie, with 17 goals and 12 assists for The Tukkers.