TRANSFER NEWS LIVE
– Man Utd have reached an agreement with Bruno Fernandes and now hope to finalise a deal with Sporting
– Arsenal are working out how to fund a deal for Wilfried Zaha and would set up a staggered payment structure
– Steve Nicol has urged Liverpool to make a controversial move to re-sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona
Zaha quizzed on Arsenal
Wilfried Zaha has insisted he does not want to get distracted by rumours surrounding his proposed transfer to Arsenal from Crystal Palace.
Amid the Gunners’ £40m bid, he scored for Ivory Coast in their 4-1 group stage win over Namibia last night, but attention inevitably turned to Arsenal following the match.
When asked after the game about the bid from Arsenal, Zaha told BBC Sport: “I don’t know we’ll see in the future.
“I have no comment on it, the only thing that’s on my mind now is trying to win this cup.
“[What] I’m fixated on is how far we go in the tournament.”
Fernandes strikes Man Utd agreement?
Manchester United have reached an ‘agreement’ with Sporing Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, according to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira.
The Red Devils faced competition from rivals Liverpool for his signature, but the Portugal international has decided on a move to Old Trafford.
Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Schira Tweeted: “New contacts today between #ManchesterUnited and #BrunoFernandes’s agent.
“#RedDevils have an agreement with them and now want to finalize the deal with #Sporting.”
Fernandes is valued at £65m by Sporting although United are hoping to knock that price down.
Arsenal plot structure of Zaha deal?
Arsenal are working out a way to fund their move for Wilfried Zaha.
The Gunners’ budget of just £45m, their lack of owner investment and continued pursuits of other targets means they face difficulty landing Zaha.
The winger and Unai Emery are both desperate for the transfer to go through, but Crystal Palace are holding firm.
According to BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein, Arsenal would need the Eagles to reduce their £100m asking price, “and/or raise significant funds through sales”.
In addition, it is said Arsenal would set up a staggered payment structure with Palace receiving the money over an extended period of time, rather than the Gunners handing the whole fee up front.
Liverpool should re-sign Coutinho?
Ex-Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has urged his old club to pursue a controversial return for Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho this summer.
The Brazilian forced his way out of Anfield 18 months ago but his £142m dream switch to Barcelona has turned out to be a nightmare.
His future is up in the air and Nicol believes Liverpool would benefit greatly from bringing him back to Merseyside, even if it does not go down well with some supporters.
“You’re always looking for more goalscorers,” Nicol told ESPN FC. “Somebody like a Coutinho I think would be ideal for Liverpool.
“The problem is could they afford him? Would they pay £100m for him? But I’ll tell you what, if they did, what an option that would be.
“I don’t believe he’s worth what Barcelona paid for him. I certainly believe he’s worth upwards of £90m. This is a guy who’s proven in the Premier League.
“Of course Liverpool need to strengthen, they need strength in depth and when I say depth, they need real quality. That’s what Coutinho would give them.”
Chelsea overpay for Kovacic?
Chelsea have massively overpaid to sign Mateo Kovacic permanently from Real Madrid.
Ex-Liverpool star and Premier League pundit Steve Nicol told ESPN FC: “40m and they have to do it? I mean come on. Can someone tell me what he does?
“Because he doesn’t assist, he doesn’t score goals, he’s not a defensive midfielder, he’s not going to kill you with passes.
“So can somebody please enlighten me what Chelsea are getting for that kind of money?
“I understand why they sign him but at that money I cannot believe it. Even if they were paying £15m or even £20m in the current climate I could understand it with the transfer ban they are under, but to pay £40m, no thank you.”