Transfer news LIVE – Sunday June 30
- Manchester United have been handed a boost in their quest of Sean Longstaff – all thanks to Rafa Benitez
- Liverpool have been offered Real Madrid star Marco Asensio – but only if Sadio Mane goes the other way
- Arsenal are convinced Crystal Palace will lower their demands for Wilfried Zaha
Longstaff eyeing Toon exit
Newcastle ace Sean Longstaff is considering his future following the shock exit of Rafa Benitez – and that’s great news for Manchester United.
Sources close to the Newcastle midfielder, wanted by Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, confirm he is ‘bitterly upset’ with the news that Benitez is leaving St James Park.
All of which is further encouragement for United in their pursuit of Longstaff, 21, who is currently recovering from knee ligament damage sustained in March.
Solskjaer views the Newcastle playmaker as another vital piece in the on-going overhaul of his United squad after being impressed with his breakthrough season in the Premier League.
Mane swap offer
Real Madrid are prepared to offer Marco Asensio to Liverpool – but only if the Reds send Sadio Mane in the opposite direction.
According to the Express, Zinedine Zidane and co are willing to part with winger Asensio.
The 23-year-old Spain international made a total of 44 appearances last term, and was a regular for Los Blancos in one of their most disappointing season’s in recent history.
However, they will also ask that the Reds send them Mane in exchange.
Zidane’s scouts have reportedly been watching the Premier League Golden Boot joint-winner for a while, and were impressed by his efforts in Liverpool’s successful Champions League campaign.
Arsenal’s Zaha hope
Arsenal are convinced Crystal Palace will accept less than £80m for Wilfried Zaha this summer.
The north London outfit failed to qualify after losing to Chelsea in the Europa League final but this has not put Zaha off.
And the Gunners believe Palace will be forced to accept a much lower valuation of the player because he wants to join them.
Any move for Zaha depends on Arsenal being able to sell players – but there is growing confidence they will be successful with a summer clear-out.
Ndombele still set for Spurs
Tottenham are closing in on a club-record swoop for Tanguy Ndombele despite a late charge from Juventus.
The Lyon midfielder is still poised to join Spurs, according to Football London.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are said to be in the final stages of completing a deal.
And he could be confirmed as a Tottenham player as early as next week.
Man Utd to fork out £140m on trio?
Manchester United believe they are on course to land both Sean Longstaff and Bruno Fernandes by next week.
The signing of Crystal Palace’s talented right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka is expected to finally be confirmed today for £50m and he has already completed a medical and penned a contract.
Next on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s agenda is sorting out his midfield, with moves for Sporting star Fernandes and Newcastle youngster Longstaff in the pipeline.
United face no competition now for either player and their free run at Longstaff means he is poised to join for just £25m, according to the London Evening Standard.
Fernandes, meanwhile, is expected to cost £65m as ESPN say talks have been held with the Portugal international’s agent.
United spent £18m on first summer addition Daniel James, and he is on course to be joined by the trio for a collective £140m, with all three potentially becoming United players by next week.