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– Man Utd have tabled a huge contract offer to Adrien Rabiot to lure him to Old Trafford
– Arsenal will make Gabriel Martinelli their first signing once Edu comes technical director
– Mohamed Salah has suggested he will stay at Liverpool long term with their Champions League triumph just the start
Man Utd open Maddison talks
Manchester United are leading the race to sign Leicester star James Maddison.
According to The Independent, United want the £60m-rated playmaker.
The Red Devils are yet to make a bid but they’ve held initial talks and Ed Woodward is keen to add Maddison to the team’s ranks.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate for fresh faces this summer as United look to bounce back from a disappointing campaign.
Maddison has been tracked since he was a teenager at Coventry and he’d add much-needed creativity to their midfield.
Arsenal double bid
Arsenal have launched a double transfer raid on Sampdoria.
According to Tuttosport, the north London club have lodged a €42m (£37m) offer for Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen.
Andersen is a centre-back and would go some way to fixing Arsenal’s leaky defence while Praet would provide creativity in midfield.
Sampdoria are willing to do deals for both players and AC Milan are also interested.
And Arsenal may have to up their bid in order to avoid missing out.
Tuttosport claim the Serie A giants would demand at least €50m (£44m) for the pair but may ask for even more.
Depay to Liverpool?
Liverpool fans are convinced Memphis Depay is joining this summer after spotting a clue during the weekend’s celebrations.
Georginio Wijnaldum posted a photo with the Champions League trophy on the plane home alongside international team-mate Virgil van Dijk.
On the table in front of the pair was a copy of Depay’s autobiography.
And some fans were convinced it was a clue that the 25-year-old could be on his way to Anfield.
“I think Memphis is coming to Liverpool,” replied one.
While another added: “memphis coming mate????”
West Ham rivalling Everton for Gomes?
West Ham are willing to fight Everton all the way for midfielder Andre Gomes after upping their bid for the Barcelona misfit to £20m.
It’s understood the Merseyside club believe they are the player’s chosen destination and hope to use that to bring the asking price down.
Barcelona want close to £30m for Gomes, but Everton risk missing out with West Ham willing to pay at least £25m for him.
Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is a big fan of Gomes, who has two years left on his contract but is surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp.
Lukaku agrees Inter terms?
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku wants to join ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.
According to Italian outlet SportMediaset, Lukaku’s agent – Federico Pastorello – has agreed personal terms between Inter and the Belgian hitman.
The Serie A side must now reach an agreement with United over their asking price.
The Red Devils, who paid Everton £75m, want at least in excess of £60m for the 26-year-old.
Emery talks to Meunier?
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has personally held talks with PSG ace Thomas Meunier over a move, it has been claimed.
The Belgium international could be available for as little as €20m (£17.7m) due to his contract expiring at the end of next season.
According to Paris United, Meunier’s camp believe the potential move to Arsenal is progressing nicely.
But Gunners bosses are reportedly reluctant to firm up their interest with an offer until they secure guarantees from Meunier that he wants to join.
A lack of Champions League football is unlikely to be a problem for Arsenal because their only transfer rivals are also facing a season in the Europa League.
De Ligt to make Man Utd transfer decision?
Manchester United will be told of Matthijs de Ligt’s transfer decision in the coming days.
A number of elite sides are chasing the 19-year-old, including Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich.
But United are able to blow them all out of the water with a mammoth offer, while De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola has close ties with the Old Trafford chiefs.
And the time is nearing where the £75m-rated Dutchman will tell the Red Devils what he intends to do this transfer window, according to the Telegraph.
The fact that De Ligt has not yet officially signed for Barca has given United hope and the Telegraph have reported that he might yet still be tempted despite the absence of Champions League football.
Juventus, meanwhile, have made a £75m bid to Ajax, according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport.
Shaqiri to fight for Liverpool future?
Liverpool star Xherdan Shaqiri is hungry to bring more silverware back to Anfield in the wake of the club’s Champions League triumph.
The Swiss international was on the bench for the Madrid showpiece but didn’t see any action on the pitch.
Jurgen Klopp kept Shaqiri sidelined for much of their Premier League run in, leading to speculation regarding his future.
But the former Stoke star reiterated his commitment to Liverpool and his desire to win more trophies on Merseyside.
“Is this why I came to Liverpool? Yes,” he said. “This club needs to win titles, and it’s a good start to win this one, no?
“Now next year we are going to go again and try to win the Premier League.
“That’s my big dream, to win the Premier League with this club.”
Trippier to join Sarri at Juventus?
Tottenham star Kieran Trippier is being lined up to be Maurizio Sarri’s first signing when he takes over at Juventus.
Sarri looks set to be confirmed as the new Juventus manager soon after telling Chelsea that he wants the job.
He wants to take a bit of London back to Turin with him – in the form of Napoli and Atletico Madrid target Trippier.
Mauricio Pochettino is ready to let the ex-Burnley defender go and has already eyed up Nice full-back Yousef Atal to replace him.
Trippier has caught the eye of several sides on the continent, one of which is Juventus, and a £35m fee has been talked up.
Rabiot to Man Utd?
Manchester United have offered Adrien Rabiot a mammoth contract to fend off interest from Tottenham.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to land a new midfielder as soon as possible after the departure of Ander Herrera, who is set to join PSG.
And that means they will offer Rabiot – who is leaving the Parc des Princes on a free – a deal that Spurs simply cannot afford, according to Le10Sport.
The French report has revealed that United will negotiate a deal worth £13.3m (€15m) – including a £4.43m (€5m) signing-on fee.
That equates to wages close to £170,000-a-week which would blow rivals Tottenham out of the water.
Arsenal to land Martinelli?
Arsenal are set to make Gabriel Martinelli the first signing of the Edu era.
Edu, who was part of the club’s ‘Invincibles’ team, has agreed in principle to become technical director at the Emirates Stadium.
He is currently working for the Brazilian FA so will not officially take up his new job until the Copa America finishes on July 7.
Edu has reportedly been working on deals behind the scenes, however.
According to Italian football journalist Nicolo Schira, Brazilian wonderkid Martinelli will be the first signing at Arsenal made under his direction.
“The first purchase of Edu for Arsenal will be an amazing young talent: Gabriel Martinelli,” Schira wrote on Twitter.
“Gunners agreed to a deal which will see the Brazilian striker arrive in the summer from ItuanoFC after he will turn 18.”
Martinelli, 17, will not need a work permit due to having Italian heritage.
Salah to stay at Liverpool?
Mohamed Salah believes Liverpool’s Champions League triumph is just the start of something special.
The Reds superstar, who has been linked to Real Madrid in the past, appears to have decided his long-term future lies on Merseyside.
The 26-year-old said: “It’s the start of something. Honestly, it’s just the start for us.
“Of course we feel we can win it again next season. We play with ambition, we set targets for ourselves and the target this year was to win the Champions League and also the Premier League.
“The Premier League was just one point. That was also disappointing and you just can’t finish your season with losing this game so we did everything and won the game today.”
Sarri to quit Chelsea over transfers?
Maurizio Sarri looks set to leave Chelsea for Juventus this summer – and it’s emerged there are three key reasons why.
It’s understood the Chelsea boss’ gripes are:
* Not having enough of a say in the club’s transfer dealings
* Being upset at the club’s fans criticising his style of play
* His family being homesick