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Manchester United target World Cup hero and top Premier League defenders as Zaha sparks transfer debate: transfer rumours


Jose Mourinho wants to bring in two more players this summer. According to today's transfer rumours, that could mean a winger and a defender coming in with one current Old Trafford star moving out.

Here's a round-up of the day's transfer rumours:

What the papers say

Manchester United are keen to sign Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic before they let Anthony Martial leave, the Daily Mirror reports. United want at least £70million for Martial, the paper says, and want him to move abroad rather than to a Premier League rival with Chelsea and Tottenham interested. PSG and Bayern Munich are also said to be keen on the Frenchman, who would favour a move to Paris according to the article. United are under pressure to bring in a replacement for the 22-year-old before letting him go, with Croatia World Cup star Perisic the top of their list, the paper adds.

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is still Jose Mourinho’s top choice for a new centre-half this summer, according to the Independent. United have been looking at other options, the paper says, but still believe a deal for the 29-year-old could be done. Spurs, if they're not getting Anthony Martial in a swap deal, are demanding that United pay the full £55m valuation but the Old Trafford decision-makers are reluctant to stump up. That's partly because they could land the Belgian on the cheap next summer. He currently has one year left to run on his Spurs contract, with the option of a further year that includes a £25m release clause.

That news comes after United had reportedly told Leicester they wanted to sign England World Cup star Harry Maguire. According to the Mirror, the centre-half is 'confident' he'll be on his way to Old Trafford but it is understood that his current club are intent on staving off any interest. Leicester do not want to lose Maguire after they sold Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City for £60million earlier this month and they intend to reject any offer which may be made for the 25-year-old.

Meanwhile, Wilfried Zaha has sparked rumours on his future with a cryptic social media post after being linked with Chelsea and Tottenham. The former Manchester United winger posted on Instagram that 'Today is the day I make a change with everything...'. Football fans being football fans, that has sparked social media to debate if he's leaving Crystal Palace.

Arsenal will face competition from West Ham to land Torino midfielder M’Baye Niang, the Daily Mirror says. The 23-year-old has impressed both Unai Emery and Manuel Pelligrini following his performance for Senegal in the World Cup, the paper reports, with Premier League interest building. However, he could still end up in France, with Nice said to be the closest to launching a bid for the player.

Chelsea officials have travelled to Italy for new talks with Juventus over defender Daniele Rugani, according to The Times. The 23-year-old has been a target for the Blues for much of the summer but the club are reluctant to meet his £40million valuation, the paper reports.

Juventus’ Daniele Rugani (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Barcelona have reportedly entered the race for Arsenal target Steven N’Zonzi. The Daily Mirror reports that the World Cup-winning midfielder had been expected to leave Sevilla, and that Arsenal were set to be the front-runners for his signature. But the former Blackburn midfielder is said to be keen on a link up with Ernesto Valverde, the paper adds, which could prove a blow for the Gunners.

Social media round-up

Players to watch

Billy Arce: Brighton are reportedly closing in on a deal for the Ecuadorian forward. The Sun says the player – one of Ecuador’s brightest prospects – is in advanced talks with the Seagulls and is gearing up to sign a four-year contract.

Alvaro Morata: Chelsea have told AC Milan they will need to cough up £62million for the 25-year-old, according to Sky Sports News. The site says initial negotiations got underway on Wednesday, with the clubs remaining poles apart on their valuations of the player.


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