TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Gossip, deals and rumours from Friday, June 21
Man Utd agree terms with Ndombele
Manchester United have reportedly agreed terms in principle for one of Europe’s brightest stars, Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, according to French outlet SoccerLink.
Along with Juventus, Liverpool and Tottenham, the Red Devils have proposed a £53m offer to sign Ndombele.
However Lyon President Aulas is demanding a fee in the range of £80m for the central midfielder.
United could face a stumbling block in their attempts to sign the 22-year-old after 90min.com revealed he has his heart set on moving to London.
“Tottenham are a great team, a big club,” Ndombele said recently. “They finished fourth in their league and reached the Champions League final.
“They are a big club and what player would not be interested by a big club?”
Arsenal Umtiti hint
Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette has been pictured on holiday in Miami with Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti with fans taking that as a hint a move for the defender could be on.
The World Cup winner lost his place in Barca’s side last year and he has been linked with a move to Arsenal.
Reacting to the Instagram image of the duo, one Arsenal fan wrote: “Bring Umtiti to Arsenal,” while another added: “Agent Alex.”
“I have a contract with Barcelona. I have had a difficult season but that does not mean I want to go elsewhere,” Umtiti recently said, when discussing his future with Get French Football News.
“I will be at Barcelona next season.”
Klopp plotting spending spree?
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he is determined to build on last season’s Champions League glory.
The Reds were expected to have a quiet transfer window, but Klopp has fired a warning shot at his rivals.
The club are in the market for a replacement for Daniel Sturridge and the German is prepared to spend big given the opportunity.
“Liverpool is an ambitious club and if we didn’t spend the same amount of money as others, we wouldn’t be able to compete,” Klopp told German broadcaster ZDF.
“Everybody’s splashing the cash, so we have to do the same.”
The Daily Mail state that Reds have looked at 12 players this summer, including former Chelsea star Bertrand Traore and Germany striker Timo Werner.
Everton’s Zouma talks
Everton have opened talks with Chelsea about signing Kurt Zouma on a permanent deal.
Zouma was a key player for Marco Silva last season and the manager has made it clear to Everton that he wants him to sign a long-term contract.
The defender is due to return to Chelsea as things stand, but according to the Daily Telegraph, negotiations for his sale are underway.
The appointment of the new Blues boss could hold up the deal however as Antonio Rudiger is set to miss the start of the season through injury.