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Today's Gossip: Griezmann Signs; Chelsea Lodge £45m Bid For Napoli Star


Chelsea have lined up a deal for the man they think could replace Eden Hazard, while Man Utd’s Adnan Januzaj could be sold to a La Liga side, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.

Chelsea Plot £45m Insigne Bid
Chelsea are plotting a £45m move for Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne, according to reports on Tuesday.
Accordng to The Sun, the Blues are making the contingency plans in case Real Madrid sign Eden Hazard and Italy star Insigne has emerged as their No 1 option if the Belgian does leave.

Hazard remains very much on the European champions’ radar, with the forward recently admitting he would give a move ‘serious consideration’ if the La Liga giants make a concrete bid for his services.

Chelsea remain hopeful of keeping Hazard and reportedly willing to make him the Premier League’s top earner on £300,000 a week in a bid to ward off Real’s interest.

But they have spoken to Insigne, 26, who worked under Blues boss Antonio Conte during his time in charge of Italy.

He feels the winger, with 20 goals  last term, is one of just a few players who could replace Hazard.

Januzaj Off To La Liga
Speaking of Belgium wingers, Adnan Januzaj is an £8.8m target for La Liga side Real Sociedad, according to the Daily Mail.
The winger has been told he can leave Manchester United this summer after failing to convince Jose Mourinho he is worth another shot. Januzaj, who made his breakthrough at Manchester United under David Moyes, spent last season on loan with Sunderland.

But despite speaking of his determination to still care out a career at Old Trafford, United have told the winger he will be allowed to leave for just under £9m.

Januzaj has a year left on his Manchester United contract, and while there was initial interest from Ligue 1, it seems the player could move to Spain with the player discussing a switch to Sociedad.

And the Mail claims the Spanish club are willing to meet his £8.8million asking price, though United are reportedly keen to include a buy-back option and sell-on clause in the Deal, should the player finally fulfill his early potential.

Griezmann signs new Atletico Madrid contract
Antoine Griezmann has been given a massive pay-hike by Atletico Madrid as part of a new contract that ties him to the club until 2022.
But the Frenchman has resisted the club’s attempt to raise his buy-out clause and will cost Manchester United the same €100m (£88m) fee he would have cost them this summer if they come back in for him next year.

The 26-year-old Frenchman moves into the big pay league with a salary estimated to be worth €14million net a season, at £12.3million that means he will pick up around £235,000 a week net.

Juventus keeping tabs on Leicester's Mahrez
Earlier this month, Chelsea and Arsenal seemed the clubs most likely to battle it out for the signature of Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez, but both were said to have been put off by Leicester's demand for about £50 million.
Now, according to the Mirror, Serie A champions Juventus could swoop.

It reports that Juve "have the Algeria international in their sights as a potential alternative in case they are unable to agree a deal with Bayern Munich for Douglas Costa."

Chelsea are still "monitoring" the situation, while Arsenal could yet opt to table a bid.

United 'submit bid for Madrid's Morata'
Speculation linking Manchester United with Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has grown stronger in recent weeks, and now the Mail reports that the English giants have lodged an official bid.
"I can say that their proposal is a very, very important one, and now the decision rests with Real," agent Juanma Lopez said on Monday.

Jose Mourinho's side had been thought likely to move for Morata, Torino's Andrea Belotti or Romelu Lukaku of Everton, but Morata is now the key target.

The Mail says the 24-year-old will cost "upwards of £60m," with Bernabeu officials "hopeful of thrashing out a deal somewhere around £70m and further talks expected in the coming days."

Morata, the report adds, "wants his future to be fixed within the fortnight, and Mourinho is keen for United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to handle business quickly."

The news comes as the Mail reports that former United target Antoine Griezmann will sign a new Atletico Madrid deal until 2022, but his €100m release clause will not be increased.

Chelsea legend Terry could move in at Villa
Not long ago, it seemed likely that John Terry could head to the south coast, with Bournemouth interested in signing him.
But now the ex-Blues skipper could be off to the Midlands after meeting Villa boss Steve Bruce "for talks about his future over a game of golf in Portugal at the weekend," according to the Sun.

It says 36-year-old Terry "is keen on the idea of leading Villa out of the Championship," in which they struggled at times last season, and would be given a contract "with a big promotion bonus."

Sky Sports reports that he "is considering a number of offers, and Villa hope he can be persuaded to see out his career with them."

Hammers mull Hart loan if price is right
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is yet to receive an offer after his loan spell at Torino ended, but West Ham could step in, the Mirror reports.
The Hammers were linked with a move for England international Hart earlier in the year and are interested in taking him on loan.

But the Mirror says that he would have to lower his £175,000-a-week pay packet if he is to switch to the Londoners, who are not prepared to pay more than £100,000 a week.

Others
Manchester City are set to begin talks with Tottenham over the potential signing of 27-year-old England full-back Kyle Walker

Former Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann has agreed a new five-year contract at Atletico Madrid

Crystal Palace missed out on hiring Marco Silva partly because chairman Steve Parish was on holiday (Daily Mail)

Arsenal will not sell Alexis Sanchez to a Premier League rival, ruling out Chelsea or Manchester City (Daily Mail)


Manchester United have lodged a bid for Alvaro Morata, with Real Madrid holding out for £70m (Daily Mail)

United are favourites to sign Morata after his agent ruled out a switch to AC Milan

Chelsea deals for Romelu Lukaku and Tiemoue Bakayoko are close while Antonio Conte wants Marco Verratti (Daily Mirror)

Everton are closing in on deals for Davy Klaassen and Gylfi Sigurdsson (Daily Mirror)

Joe Hart will have to lower his wages by £75,000 to seal a loan move to West Ham (Daily Mirror)

Juventus have joined the race for wantaway Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez (Daily Mirror)

Aleksandar Mitrovic expects to leave Newcastle this summer (Daily Mirror)



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