Unnamed Chinese Super League club ready to pay Ronaldo €120m a year
The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.
Ronaldo to receive mega-offer from China
An as-yet-unnamed Chinese Super League club is set to make a mega-money offer to Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Spanish outlet AS.
The report states that the Chinese club is prepared to offer Madrid €200 million for the signature of their talisman, and can offer the 32-year-old wages of €120 million a season.
Senior executives from the unnamed club reportedly will fly to Madrid next week to meet with Madrid president Florentino Perez and negotiate what's said to be a concrete offer.
However, the Spanish outlet reports that it's all but impossible that Madrid would allow Ronaldo to leave, citing the player's importance to the club, which has won three Champions League trophies in the past four seasons.
In January, agent Jorge Mendes told Sky Sports Italia that his client had already rejected a move to China, one that would have paid the Portugal captain €105m a season.
Man United to undergo extensive overhaul
Signing replacements for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney could be just the beginning of Manchester United's summer transfer activity, with the Independent reporting that five deals are in progress, starting with the arrivals of Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti.
Multiple outlets claimed on Friday that terms have been agreed with Real Madrid striker Morata and a £60m transfer is in the offing, while the Independent report states that a £70m starting offer has been made to Torino for Belotti, who has an £84m release clause.
And while those signings will sate manager Jose Mourinho's desire to strengthen his options in attack, Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, Monaco midfielder Fabinho and Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic are also tipped to come in as part of an extensive upgrade of the United squad.
Bayern prepare bid for Lyon's Tolisso
L'Equipe reckons that Bayern Munich are ready to spend €40m on Lyon's Corentin Tolisso, whom they view as Xabi Alonso's replacement in midfield.
Tolisso, a 22-year-old France international, has been one of a number of young players to impress at Lyon, alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir, and has caught the eye of Juventus, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City.
Bayern, aware of the rival interest in Tolisso, want to move fast to finalise a deal, and negotiations are already underway for what could be a record sale for the Ligue 1 club.
Wages keeping Costa from Milan
Chelsea's hopes of a quick resolution regarding the future of Diego Costa have been dealt a blow, with AC Milan not keen on his £200,000-a-week wage demands, the Telegraph claims.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has told Costa that he is surplus to requirements with the Premier League champions. Costa wants a big payday to move to Serie A, and Milan could opt to try to sign Belotti or Nikola Kalinic instead.
Costa's future will not have a bearing on Romelu Lukaku's return to Chelsea, but Everton are keen to take Michy Batshuayi, either permanently or on loan, as part of that deal.
-- Burnley's Michael Keane is Everton's No. 1 defensive target, the Liverpool Echo writes, with Everton manager Ronald Koeman eager to recruit the £25m-rated player ahead of Manchester United. Las Palmas defender Mauricio Lemos is another option, but Keane's Premier League experience makes him the preferred choice.
-- Chelsea will have to part with £52m if they wish to sign Alex Sandro from Juventus, according to the London Evening Standard. The 26-year-old left-back played a key role as the Bianconeri won Serie A and reached the Champions League final, but three years remain on his contract, so they are under no obligation to sell.
-- Leeds striker Chris Wood is a man in demand, according to the Sun, with Crystal Palace, Swansea, Stoke, West Ham, West Brom, Southampton and Huddersfield targeting a move for the £15m-rated New Zealand international who scored 30 goals in all competitions last season.
-- The Mirror reports that Tottenham could turn to Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier if Manchester City decides to meet Spurs' asking price of £60m for Kyle Walker. A 24-year-old Ivory Coast international, Aurier has two years on his contract and would consider a move away from PSG.