Manchester United still want Alderweireld despite Maguire talk
Manchester United’s first-choice defensive target remains Toby Alderweireld this summer, despite much talk of a bid for Leicester City’s Harry Maguire.
Amid speculation over Maguire’s future, The Independent claims it is the Tottenham Hotspur man who remains Jose Mourinho’s number-one target, with talks for the Belgian expected to go all the way to deadline day.
United have been preparing ‘Plan B’ options should they not be able to negotiate the deal they want with Spurs, and have identified Maguire along with Inter's Milan Skriniar as possible alternatives.
However, other reports including the Daily Mail claim Leicester have deemed Maguire not for sale at any price.
Martial will only leave Old Trafford if Perisic arrives
Meanwhile, Manchester United also want to land Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic before allowing unsettled star Anthony Martial leave.
Speculation over the future of Martial has been ongoing for some time, with exit talk only ramping up since the French forward returned home early from United’s pre-season tour for the birth of his second child. It is reported that the former Monaco star is desperate to leave Old Trafford having fallen out with Jose Mourinho.
MirrorSport claims United want at least £70m for Martial and are keen for him to move abroad and avoid him coming back to haunt them with Premier League suitors Chelsea and Tottenham.
In addition, United want a ready-made replacement before they agree to sell Martial and long-term target Perisic is back at the top of the shortlist. However, the Croatian’s stellar World Cup campaign and fine season in Serie A has pushed his price tag up to around the £60m mark.
Valencia ace Parejo is Barca’s latest summer target
Barcelona are considering a move for Valencia midfielder Dani Parejo and the Catalan giants have made contact with the player's representatives over a potential summer move.
According to SPORT, the feeling over the player isn't unanimous in the boardroom, but manager Ernesto Valverde is believed to be a huge admirer of the 29-year-old, formerly of Real Madrid and Queen’s Park Rangers.
Parejo joined Los Che for just €6m in 2011 and has since become an integral part in the setup at Mestalla.
Valverde views the Spaniard as a midfield option who is excellent on the ball and can pick out a pass. However, the La Liga title holders will be careful not to overspend given past mistakes and will only look to bring Parejo to Camp Nou if Valencia's asking price is a reasonable one. Andre Gomes could be used as a makeweight in any deal.
Spurs still confident of cut-price Grealish deal
Tottenham are still confident of landing Aston Villa star Jack Grealish for £20m, despite the Villans’ recent takeover.
Mauricio Pochettino is an admirer of the talented midfielder as he looks to add depth to his squad.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had been eyeing a cut-price deal for Grealish and was hoping to take advantage of Villa’s financial issues, with the club having been on the brink of administration before Chinese businessman Xia sold his majority stake to Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.
However, despite the new ownership MirrorSport claims Spurs are still convinced of a cheap deal amid ongoing Financial Fair Play concerns at Villa Park, while Grealish himself would be keen to move to North London to compete in the Premier League.
Chelsea eye Milinkovic-Savic after missing out on Golovin
Amid speculation over the future of talisman Eden Hazard, Chelsea are now targeting Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, with the Serbia international reportedly keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.
The 23-year-old has constantly been linked with a move to some of the world’s biggest clubs, most notably Manchester United who were reportedly put off by the price tag.
However, according to The Independent it is now the 2016/17 Premier League champions who are apparently 'monitoring' Milinkovic-Savic and will step in if any rival clubs make a move.
Regardless of Hazard’s future, Chelsea appear to be still in the market for another attacking midfielder having lost out to Monaco in the race to sign Aleksandr Golovin.
Crystal Palace enter race for coveted Liverpool man
Crystal Palace have made a bid to sign Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic on loan for the season, but face stiff competition for the Serbia international according to the Daily Mail.
Newly-promoted Cardiff City are also said to be interested in the 22-year-old, with Grujic having played on loan for the Bluebirds in the second half of the 2017/18 season as they gained promotion back to the Premier League.
Liverpool are thought to be open to the idea of the Serbia international returning to the Cardiff City Stadium for a second spell, but would want £20m for a permanent deal.
In addition to interest from the Premier League, both Lazio and Galatasaray have been linked with Grujic to add further competition for Roy Hodgson’s side.
Palace are looking to replenish their midfield following the end of Ruben Loftus Cheek’s loan spell and are also interested in Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater.
Roma president ‘demands’ Messi as part of Barcelona apology
Roma president James Pallotta has joked that Barcelona should offer his club Lionel Messi by way of apology for hijacking their move for Brazilian star Malcom.
Barcelona swooped in at the eleventh hour to sign Malcom after the Italian club already had already arranged a medical and agreed a deal with the player and his former club Bordeaux.
Roma’s sporting director Monchi has since spoken out claiming he is considering legal action, while Pallotta has upped the ante by demanding Messi to make things right.
He told SiriusXM FC: "They knew that this was done. In point of fact yesterday they apologised to us about their actions and how they did things and I don't accept the apology, I mean, at all.
"The apology, the only way I'll except it is either one of two things. I mean at the end of the day, send [Malcom] to us, and you know that's not going to happen.
"But maybe, as a goodwill gesture, at the very least they should send Messi to us."
Fresh twist in race to sign Colombia star Yerry Mina
Everton appear to be back in pole position to sign Barcelona ace Yerry Mina after reportedly making a £27m bid for the central defender.
According to Goal, the Toffees have increased their efforts to sign the 23-year-old by making a formal offer and are on the verge of landing the Colombia international.
Premier League new boys Wolves and Ligue 1 outfit Lyon were also believed to be in the running for Mina, but Everton appear to have beaten off competition to seal the deal before the start of their 2018/19 Premier League campaign.
Barcelona will make almost three times what they forked out for Mina back in January and it is believed they are planning to insert a buy-back option in the deal.
Best of the rest: Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl is not for sale despite speculation he will reunite with his former boss Thomas Tuchel at PSG (Kicker). Oleksandr Zinchenko wants to stay and fight for his place at Man City despite the Citizens accepting a £16m offer from Wolves (The Mirror). Everton’s Davy Klaassen looks set for Werder Bremen after been granted permission to talk to the Bundesliga club (Liverpool Echo). Croatian World Cup hero Sime Vrsaljko could be on the verge of a €25m switch from Atletico Madrid to Italian giants Inter (Football Italia). Fenerbahce have made a loan offer for Stoke star Bruno Martins Indi (Takvim). Burnley have opened talks for West Ham target and Swansea star Alfie Mawson (Wales Online).