Frenkie de Jong deal finally agreed as Ten Hag targets three more; Raphinha choice clear as Tottenham top Arsenal offer

Manchester United are finally close to sealing a mammoth deal for Frenkie de Jong, with three more Erik ten Hag targets revealed, Raphinha has made his choice amid claims Tottenham are launching a bid, while Wednesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Newcastle are ready to snatch a big -money Chelsea target.

FRENKIE DE JONG DEAL CLOSING IN FOR MAN UTD

Manchester United are finally nearing an agreement to sign Frenkie de Jong after reportedly backing down to Barcelona’s demands.

The quest to bring the Dutch midfielder to Old Trafford has been ongoing for several weeks now. He has been identified as a priority signing by Erik ten Hag as he looks to bring in midfield reinforcements.

That need has intensified following confirmation that Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard are all departing.

However, reaching an agreement with Barcelona has been far from easy. Indeed, United CEO Richard Arnold has lifted the lid on the reasons behind the delay.

To that end, Barcelona have always made clear their £73.8m (€86m) valuation of De Jong has no room for negotiation.

That has not stopped United trying to bring the deal down by offering a series of incentives and add-ons to make up the shortfall. To that end, their offer of £51.5m (€60m) together with add-ons has fallen short.

Indeed, Barca remain immovable, insisting they want the entire fee as a guarantee up front.

Now, according to AS these talks are finally nearing a conclusion, with United relenting to Barcelona’s demands.

Barca now want the deal wrapped up before June 30 in order to comply with their FFP regulations by July 1.

As such, El Chiringuito TV claim the deal is now ’90 per cent done’ with final negotiations likely to conclude this week.

Ten Hag wants a new defender after Frenkie de Jong

With a deal for De Jong now close to fruition, Ten Hag is reportedly turning his focus on to signing a new defender.

Now the DailyMail claims the United manager has drawn up a shortlist of three names.

They claim two players from Ajax comprised that list, with Jurrien Timber their No 1 target.

Manchester United will likely have to pay as much as £40m to land the 20-year-old defender.

If they fail to land him, then Pau Torres is reportedly next in line.

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The Villarreal defender held talks with United last summer, only for them to sign Raphael Varane instead. He remains a player of interest, though his fee is likely to be nearer the £50m mark.

And finally, Ten Hag is also considering a move for Lisandro Martinez, who also impressed under Ten Hag’s guidance at Ajax.

The Argentina international is also on Arsenal’s shopping list.

RAPHINHA WAITING FOR BARCELONA AS TOTTENHAM MAKE MOVE

Raphinha, Leeds United's Brazilian winger, celebrates his penalty in the 2-1 win over Brentford

Raphinha has no intention of signing for Arsenal this summer, despite their bid and will wait it out for a move to Barcelona. (Marca)

However, Tottenham are ready to make a rival bid for the Brazilian that will come closer to Leeds’ £50m asking price. (Sport)

Newcastle are ready to launch a mammoth bid to sign Jules Kounde and snatch him from under Chelsea’s noses. (Mundo Deportivo)

Chelsea are, in turn, turning their attention to Matthijs de Ligt and believe they can land the Juventus defender. (Calciomercato)

Everton are looking to beat the likes of PSG, Barcelona and Genoa to the signing of Vasco da Gama youngster Andrey Santos. (Le10 Sports)

Arsenal and Newcastle continue to chase Fabian Ruiz amid claims he will be sold by Napoli this summer. (Corriere dello Sport)

MARCO ASENSIO KNOCKS BACK LIVERPOOL TRANSFER

Marco Asensio of Real Madrid during the Spanish championship La liga football match between Real Madrid and Sevilla FC on November 28, 2021 at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid

Marco Asensio prefers a move to AC Milan over Liverpool should the Spanish winger depart Real Madrid this summer. (Marca)

Eintracht Frankfurt wing-back Filip Kostic is emerging as a top target for Juventus as they look to beat Tottenham to his signature. (Mundo Deportivo)

Inter Milan plan to sell Milan Skriniar to PSG for £55.6m (€65m) before landing Gleison Bremer for £34.3m (€40m). (SportItalia)

Edinson Cavani is offering his services to Rayo Vallecano as he looks for a route out of Manchester United this summer. (Marca)

AC Milan are turning their focus to Sassuolo’s Hamed Junior Traore, with claims Renato Sanches is signing for PSG. (Gazetta dello Sport)

Sadio Mane admits it was easy to quit Liverpool once he knew Bayern Munich’s intentions to sign him this summer. (Bild)

RUDIGER DEAL WILL SEE NACHO LEAVES REAL MADRID

Roma and Inter Milan are trying to persuade Real Madrid to sell Nacho Fernandez following Los Blancos’ deal to sign Antonio Rudiger. (Mundo Deportivo)

Valencia midfielder Goncalo Guedes is asking to leave so he can finalize a move to Roma. (SportItalia)

AC Milan are standing by to pinch the signing of Paulo Dybala from under Inter’s noses, with Tottenham also reportedly still keen. (Gazetta dello Sport)

PSG chief executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists they are not looking to appoint Zinedine Zidane as their new manager this summer. (GFFN)

Chelsea are pursuing a deal for Raheem Sterling after growing frustrated by Ousmane Dembele’s delays in finalizing a move. (Sport)

Manchester United are preparing an improved bid to bring striker Evanilson to Old Trafford, with the help of Jorge Mendes. (Newspaper)

WEST HAM FLOP READY TO SIGN FOR BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Seabastien Haller, Ajax striker, Three Little Birds kit, pictured during Champions League clash against Benfica

Borussia Dortmund are closing on a £31m capture of Ajax striker Sebastian Haller as they continue to beef up their attack. (ESPN)

Fiorentina are in talks with Real Madrid over a deal to sign Luka Jovic on a season’s loan. (Fabrizio Romano)

PSV Eindhoven are working on a deal to bring Luuk de Jong back to the Netherlands from Barcelona. (Sport)

Axel Witsel is ready to sign for Atletico Madrid as a free agent from Borussia Dortmund this summer. (Mundo Deportivo)

Robert Lewandowski insists he wants to quit Bayern Munich this summer despite sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic’s desperate pleas for him to stay. (Sky Deutschland)

Emerson Royal’s agent claims the defender has held talks with Atletico Madrid – but is refusing to say whether his client will quit Tottenham. (Marca)

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