Tottenham to Back Mauricio Pochettino in Transfer Market With Top Targets Identified
Fresh from their Champions League final defeat to Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur will spend big this summer in order to persuade manager Mauricio Pochettino to stay on as manager.
Spurs famously brought in zero new recruits in the last two transfer windows, while Pochettino has publicly urged the club to back him in the transfer market or risk falling behind their rivals.
According to The Mirror, chairman Daniel Levy is eager to spend to prove his and the club’s ‘ambition’ and stop Pochettino being lured away by other another club.
Spurs have been linked with a host of players in recent weeks but the Mirror’s report identifies midfielders such as Argentina international Giovani Lo Celso and coveted Lyon star Tanguy Ndombele as targets, as well as left-sided wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon and Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez.
It could be a summer of change in north London, with Kieran Trippier and Victor Wanyama likely to be sold and the futures of Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen still unclear.
Man Utd Offer Huge Money to Beat European Rivals to ‘Free’ Transfer of Adrien Rabiot
Manchester United have apparently offered Adrien Rabiot £170,000-a-week as they bid to land the French midfielder this summer.
Rabiot's contract with French champions Paris Saint-Germain is set to expire at the end of June and, due to his fractious relationship with the club, the 24-year-old will not be receiving an extension.
After a public fall out midway through the 2018/19 season over his contract situation, Rabiot failed to make a single appearance in 2019.
According to Le10Sport, Manchester United have offered a bumper contract to lure him over to Old Trafford this summer.
The deal, said to be worth £170,000-a-week, has been tabled to ward off interest from the likes of Juventus and Tottenham, who have both recently expressed an interest in Rabiot. In addition to the rather generous wages, Le10Sport claim that Rabiot would also be presented with a signing on fee of £4.43m at United.
Manchester City Interested in Lyon Star Nabil Fekir With Liverpool Still Linked
In the latest update to the transfer story that just won’t go away, Premier League champions Manchester City and European champions Liverpool could go head to head in the transfer window for Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir.
Fekir was famously a few signatures away from completing a £53m move to Liverpool last summer, but issues discovered during the medical saw the Reds pull their offer.
The 25-year-old France international is expected to move clubs this summer, with City touted by The Express as a next possible destination.
However, the report admits Pep Guardiola’s number one priority is a defensive midfielder.
The Express add that Liverpool are ‘still interested’ in Fekir, but unwilling to pay the agreed £53m fee of a year ago, prior to the discovery of his knee problems.
Speaking back in March, Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas conceded that Fekir will move on this summer although his next destination is unclear.
Arsenal Manager Unai Emery Desperate to Offload Mesut Ozil at Any Cost
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is said to be desperate for the Gunners to part ways with Mesut Ozil this summer, regardless of what it may cost them.
Ozil's future under Emery has been the subject of much debate since the start of last season, and, according to the Daily Star, the manager will demand that the club get rid of the World Cup winner this summer when he meets club officials to discuss transfer strategy for the upcoming summer window.
The 30-year-old earns around £270,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium, where he is under contract until the summer of 2021. However, with transfer funds hard to come by, freeing up money by cutting ties with Ozil is thought to be high on Emery's wish list.
The problem is, having watched his uninspiring performances this season, few clubs are seriously interested in signing Ozil this summer, especially given the finances of the deal.
Arsenal may be forced to agree to a free transfer, or even pay a portion of his wages to send him away on loan. The final option, which Emery is said to be prepared to act on, is to pay Ozil £24m to buy him out of his contract.
Best of the rest
Real Madrid have offered Man Utd a choice of five players in their bid to sign Paul Pogba (Times).
Kieran Trippier could be Maurizio Sarri’s first signing at Juventus as the Serie A champions search for a Joao Cancelo replacement (Mirror).
Man Utd want €60m from Inter for Romelu Lukaku and aren’t interested in a part-exchange with Ivan Perisic (Sport Mediaset).
Manchester City are interested in Benfica defensive midfielder Florentino, who has a release clause of €60m (Correio da Manha).
Rafael Benitez wants PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp if the takeover deal at Newcastle goes through (Express).