Man United, PSG to battle over Ronaldo as Madrid hold out for €200m
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.
Man United, PSG to do battle for Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has begun to pack his bags, it would seem. The Times reports that the Portuguese, "angered and saddened" by the accusation of tax evasion and the reporting of the case in Spain, has informed Real Madrid that he intends to leave that club -- and asked representatives Gestifute to find him a new club.
And it appears as though a bidding war could break out. According to the Times, Manchester United are "exploring the viability of buying the 32-year-old back" eight years after they sold their No. 7 to the Spanish giants for £80 million. Meanwhile, Corriere dello Sport writes that Paris Saint-Germain are plotting a €140 million offer.
The Italian newspaper claims that PSG chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi will sanction a record-breaking offer to land manager Unai Emery the Portuguese superstar. Wages worth €30m a season -- or more than €575,000 a week -- will be tabled in a bid to convince both the player and agent Jorge Mendes that Paris should be Ronaldo's destination.
All the while, Madrid-based outlet Marca writes that Los Blancos have set their price for their talisman, and that United and PSG will have to nearly double the transfer world record if they're to get their man. According to Marca, Real Madrid will push for as close to €200m as they can before they'll give up their prized possession.
Chelsea aim to hijack Morata from United
Chelsea are aiming to take advantage of prolonged negotiations between Manchester United and Real Madrid to swoop in and sign Alvaro Morata, reports the Mirror.
The Red Devils have been reluctant to meet Los Blancos' asking price, but the Blues are less resistant. Roman Abramovich is prepared to sanction a £70m bid for the Spain striker, who has grown frustrated with the lack of first-team opportunities due to Zinedine Zidane's preference for compatriot Karim Benzema.
Diego Costa, Morata's international teammate, will be heading out the Stamford Bridge exit door this summer with a return to Atletico Madrid now most likely. Los Colchoneros will bid £26m, £6m less than what the Blues paid in 2014, but the Spanish club aim to include incentive-related add-ons to take the fee up to £32m and effectively offer the Londoners their money back.
Sanchez makes outrageous Bayern demands
Alexis Sanchez's wage demands are pushing Bayern Munich away and pressuring Arsenal to negotiate with Manchester City, reports the Mirror. The Chilean is asking for a staggering £21.85m a year, or equivalent to £420,000 a week.
The Gunners want £50m for Sanchez and are threatening to let his contract expire rather than allow him to join a Premier League rival. Sanchez's demands could be much less if the Gunners give the green light for a move to the Etihad, with City believing they can agree on terms worth £300,000 a week.
City close in on Alves but want Walker too
Manchester City are close to signing Dani Alves to reunite the Brazilian with Pep Guardiola, but the Sun reports that they want Kyle Walker, too.
The Juventus right-back will cost just £5m but with Alves 34 years of age and only a short-term option, Guardiola wants Walker to provide him with a second top-class full-back due to City's plan to contend in the Premier League and Champions League.
The England star fell out of favour with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino last season and is seen as a prime target to help Guardiola add pace and power from the full-back areas.
- Everton's summer spending spree looks set to fly past £60m with the addition of Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez, who should complete his move to Merseyside in the coming days, according to the Daily Mail.
- Inter Milan are aiming to sign Sampdoria star Milan Skriniar for €25m, reports Tuttosport. The Slovakian centre-back, 22, is wanted by Luciano Spalletti to shore up a weak area with Roma star Antonio Rudiger another target from the manager's former club.
- Arsenal look set to edge out Everton for Norwegian defensive midfielder Sander Berge from Belgian club Genk, according to the Mirror. Sevilla and Monaco are also in the running for the 19-year-old, who has shone since moving from Valerenga.