Man Utd agree world record Harry Maguire deal as Leicester find replacement
Manchester United have agreed a world-record £80m deal to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City, according to The Sun.
The report claims that the England international will become the world’s most expensive defender - surpassing the £75m for PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk in 2018 - after he completes a medical on Monday.
Following a protracted transfer saga, it appears that United have seen off competition from rivals and Premier League champions Man City to land Maguire, whose fee will be split as £60m upfront and a further £20m in add-ons.
The Sun also claim that Leicester have moved immediately to sign a replacement for Maguire by agreeing a £45m deal for Brighton’s Lewis Dunk.
However, in contrast to the Sun’s claims, the BBC’s Simon Stone insists that Leicester have not yet made or received any bids.
Liverpool make offer to bring Coutinho back to Liverpool on loan
Italian outlet Calciomercato have made the sensational claim that Liverpool have tabled a bid to bring Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield.
The Brazilian has struggled to show his best form since his £142m move from Merseyside to Barcelona in January 2018, following a protracted transfer saga.
Despite winning consecutive La Liga titles and scoring 21 goals in all competitions, the 27-year-old has looked out of sorts and out of favour at times, with much speculation surrounding his future at Camp Nou.
According to the rumour, Coutinho has ‘given his approval’ for a return to Anfield, with Liverpool supposedly offering a two-year loan with a purchase option set at £88m.
However, Calciomercato add that this proposal isn’t particularly attractive to Barcelona who would prefer an outright sale this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain also an option.
Meanwhile Coutinho’s agent has admitted that Liverpool ‘lies very deeply’ in his client’s heart.
Man City expect Sane to stay despite Bayern Munich interest
Manchester City are not concerned about the prospect of Leroy Sane quitting for Bayern Munich, as the Premier League champions expect the German winger to stay and sign a new deal.
23-year-old Sane has been a target of Bayern for some time, with the Bundesliga champions keen to find a marquee replacement for the departing duo of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
City have set an asking price of £100m, according to The Mirror, but they do not expect Sane to push for an exit even if a fee is agreed.
The report adds that manager Pep Guardiola ‘will not stand in Sane’s way’ but it seems more likely that the player will remain at the Etihad and sign a new deal to more than double his current wages.
Currently on £60,000 a week, City will offer £150,000 a week to keep the player content to remain part of City’s Premier League record-breakers.
Best of the rest
Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd are all chasing £20m-rated Fedor Chalov from CSKA Moscow (Mirror).
Tottenham will offer Toby Alderweireld plus £22.5m to sign Roma wonderkid Nicolo Zaniolo (Corriere dello Sport).
West Ham are set to make an offer for Brentford’s Neal Maupay as they seek more strikers (Football Insider).
The Hammers are also interested in a move for Ajax centre back Joel Veltman (Telegraaf).
Bologna are interested in free agent Daniel Sturridge but the ex-Liverpool star will need to compromise on wages (Express).
Tottenham and Arsenal target Dani Ceballos’ exit from Real Madrid is no longer guaranteed (Marca).
Burnley are eyeing a £20m double deal for Genk duo Joakim Maehle and Ruslan Malinovskyi (Sun).
Everton are close to an £8m deal for Manchester City utility man Fabian Delph (Times).