By Masoom Kalra,
Manchester City agree £50m fee for Tottenham’s Kyle Walker
Manchester City are now prepared to pay the £50m fee it will take to sign Kyle Walker, report the Telegraph.
The right-back has been a target of City since the end of last season and has made no secret he would be happy to leave north London.
After releasing Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna, Pep Guardiola is currently without a natural senior right-back. He had hoped to sign Dani Alves, who played under him at Barcelona, but the Brazilian was snatched away by Paris Saint-Germain at the last moment.
Walker has been at Tottenham since 2009 and has spent the last six seasons as first choice right-back. The 27-year-old has developed enormously under Mauricio Pochettino but is said to have fallen out with the Argentine on more than one occasion.
Since that deal was announced on Wednesday, City have acted quickly to ensure they don’t miss out on another target. They had previously been unwilling to go above £40m for Walker but have now reportedly agreed to pay the £50m Spurs are after.
The £50m fee would match the world record transfer fee for a defender, paid by Paris Saint-Germain for David Luiz three years ago.
Juventus demand €40m from AC Milan for Bonucci.
Vincenzo Montella has targeted the Italy international, but the Serie A champions are holding out for more than Milan are currently offering
AC Milan have bid €30 million for defender Leonardo Bonucci, but Juventus are unwilling to sell the 30-year-old for less than €40m.
Milan had initially been in contact with Bonucci’s agent Alessandro Lucci, who also represents Milan’s Andrea Bertolacci, to assess the possibility of a switch from Juventus Stadium to the San Siro. Following these initial meetings, talks have opened between Milan sporting director Marco Fassone and Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta.
A possibility to help push through the transfer would be the inclusion of Mattia De Sciglio in the deal. The full-back has been linked with a move to China, but Milan could use the 24-year-old as an addition to sweeten the deal.
Bonucci has previously played at the San Siro with Inter Milan but left the club in 2009 after failing to break into the first team. He then spent one season at Bari before joining Juventus, where he has played over 300 games and won six Serie A titles, three Coppas Italia and three Supercoppas Italiana.
Transfer news: The latest rumours from Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and all the top teams
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer stories from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond throughout the ongoing summer window
JUVE TARGETING KROOS
Juventus are planning on using the funds generated from selling Leonardo Bonucci to target Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, according to SportMediaset.
The clubs are not yet engaged in negotiations but Juve reportedly are looking for an influential central midfielder after missing out on Blaise Matuidi and Axel Witsel.
MAN UTD EYE NAINGGOLAN
Manchester United are ready to move for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan as Tottenham continue to resist bids for Eric Dier, according to the Daily Mail .
The report claims Nainggolan, who was a top target for Chelsea last summer, would be open to leaving the Italian capital.
BARCA EYE CHELSEA’S AZPILICUETA
Barcelona have made Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta their number one target this summer, according to a report from Spanish publication Marca .
The Catalan club continue their search for a right-back, having failed to lure Arsenal Hector Bellerin to Camp Nou, which has led them to the Chelsea defender instead.
DORTMUND IN FOR GIROUD
Borussia Dortmund will look to sign Olivier Giroud as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should the striker depart for Chelsea, reports the Mirror .
The France international is not confident of his place at Arsenal after the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette and may now be keen on a move away from the Gunners.
Dortmund would join Everton, West Ham and AC Milan in the race to sign Giroud.
ROMA KEEN ON MAHREZ
Italian side Roma are interested in a deal for Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez, according to Sky Italia .
The Algerian has played a massive part for the Foxes since joining in 2014, helping the club to promotion and a Premier League title, but seems ready to move on.
Barcelona transfer roundup: Lionel Messi urges club to make quality signings in Dele Alli.
Messi and Neymar urge Barcelona to buy Dele Alli
With the likes of Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets reaching the twilight of their careers, Barcelona have been on the hunt for fresh legs to take up the reins in the centre of the pitch. The Express (via Spanish outlet Diario Gol), reports that Barcelona superstars, Lionel Messi and Neymar, want Tottenham starlet Dele Alli’s services secured at Nou Camp.
Barcelona have been heavily linked with Guangzhou Evergrande’s Paulinho. But the Chinese club’s officials have said that they will not let their players leave midseason. The Chinese Super League club are the reigning champions and the 28-year-old Brazilian has scored 11 times in 25 appearances this season for them.