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Today's Gist: Reds Ready To Pay £100m For Mbappe; Fabinho Bid "Accepted"


Manchester United have been boosted after Bayern Munich slashed the asking price on one of their targets, while PSG could be set to test Man City’s resolve to keep a star player, according to Saturday’s papers.


Liverpool Willing To Pay £100m For Mbappe
Liverpool have registered an interest in signing Kylian Mbappe and, according to the Mirror, are willing to pay a world-record Transfer fee of £100 million for the Monaco Striker.
Real Madrid, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with the 18-year-old, but he is yet to decide if he will move this summer. If he does, Liverpool are ready to enter the bidding, although no official move has been made yet.

L'Equipe reckon Madrid remain favourites, though, and that could see Gareth Bale forced out since Cristiano Ronaldo is staying. 

Reports in France suggested talks have already taken place between Mbappe and Los Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane about a Deal that could see the France international move to Spain.


Fabinho Wants Old Trafford Move
Fabinho, 23, has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his ranks ahead of next season.

The Portuguese boss wants to get his transfer business done early and has already got the ball rolling with the signing of Victor Lindelof from Benfica.
But he has identified the defensive midfield as an area for improvement as he wants to allow Paul Pogba to push further forward.

The Brazil international admitted this week that a move to Manchester United would be "very tempting".
And Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reckons the Premier League giants have now stepped up their pursuit of Fabinho.  It is said the Red Devils have tabled a £44m bid for his services and talks are underway about a possible transfer.

Fabinho established himself in his new role as a defensive midfielder at Monaco, having been converted from right-back.

And his exploits helped them seal the Ligue 1 title for the first time since 2000 and reach the Champions League semi-finals.

But Fabinho has hinted if United tabled a bid for him he would consider leaving France.
He told Brazilian TV station Esporte Interativo: “The offer would be tempting, first I would talk with my agents/representatives and with Monaco to make sure the right decision is made.

“But it's a great team and I would definitely think hard about the offer.”

Fabinho is contracted to Monaco until 2021 and is one of several players who could leave the French side this summer.

Benjamin Mendy, Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and Tiemoue Bakayoko have all been linked with moves to top clubs.
Rooney Stuck At Man United
Wayne Rooney is open to offers in order to get regular playing time, but he is struggling to find a club willing to meet Manchester United's transfer valuation, writes the Mirror.
The report states that United are not willing to let Rooney leave for nothing, or to pay a large chunk of his salary to get him off the wage bill, leaving the 31-year-old, who has one year left on his current deal, facing another season on the fringes of coach Jose Mourinho's squad.

Arsenal To Break Club Record For Lacazette
Arsenal are set to break their club-record transfer fee with a £44m signing of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, the Guardian claims.
France international Lacazette is keen to catch France coach Didier Deschamps' eye in the buildup to the 2018 World Cup and believes a move to the Premier League would help him do that. Negotiations will reportedly continue next week, but the 26-year-old's arrival would bring an end to Arsenal's interest in Mbappe.

The deal could also spell the end of Olivier Giroud at Arsenal, with Lyon and West Ham interested in the striker, who is said to prefer staying in London. Lyon will also target Chelsea's Bertrand Traore and Manchester City's Eliaquim Mangala.

Verratti, PSG Play Hardball
The standoff between Marco Verratti and Paris Saint-Germain is heating up, with the midfielder determined to force through a move to Barcelona, according to Mediaset.
The Italian outlet reckons that PSG offered Verratti a pay increase to €12m a year in order to focus him amid interest from Barca. However, Verratti rejected the offer and told his employers he is set on a move to the Camp Nou -- something the Spanish side are said to be grateful to him for.

PSG, though, have stood their ground and reminded the Italy international he is under contract until 2021, leaving him with two options: fail to show up for preseason on July 4, or give up on a move to Barca.

Renato Sanches Asking Price Reduced By Bayern Munich
Manchester United have received a Renato Sanches transfer boost with Bayern Munich slashing his price-tag from £30.5m to £23million, according to reports on Saturday.
The midfielder was linked with a move to United last summer, but it was the Bundesliga giants who won the race for the Portuguese youngster after they struck an initial €35million deal with Benfica.

But the 19-year-old has struggled to make an impact at the Allianz Arena and featured just 25 times all competitions for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, with many of those appearances coming off the bench.

With the deal for the player reportedly including another €20million in bonuses and add-ons owing to Benfica, Bayern are ready to cut their losses on the player and had reportedly made suitors aware he would be allowed to leave the club after just one season.

Bayern were looking to get their initial investment back on the player, but after no takers emerged, The Sun claims the Germans have now slashed Sanches’ asking price to just £23million in a bid to get more clubs interested.

And the paper reckons that at that price, a move to Old Trafford could be on, with Jose Mourinho looking to add a quality addition to the centre of the park this summer.

Bayern are also expecting to say goodbye to Brazilian winger Douglas Costa, who is closing in on a switch to Champions League finalists Juventus.

Psg To Tempt City With £60m Aguero Bid
Paris Saint-Germain are set to put in a bid of over £60m for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, according to Saturday’s Times.
The French club are confident of persuading City to sell the Argentinian due to his tricky relationship with boss Pep Guardiola, who often prefers January arrival Gabriel Jesus as the focal point of his attack.

Guardiola has insisted that Aguero will remain at the Etihad Stadium next season but the player has been more ambivalent and could be tempted if PSG offer him a guarantee of first-team football.

The former Atletico Madrid striker has two years remaining on his £220,000 a week City contract, but PSG are ready for a major rebuild this summer after losing their Ligue 1 crown to Monaco and would build their team around the free-scoring Argentine.

PSG had previously targeted Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, but feel Aguero offers a more obtainable target and a bid of £60million for the 28-year-old could persuade City to sell.

Others
Liverpool are prepared to lead the bidding for Kylian Mbappe if they receive any encouragement from the France striker that he fancies a move to England (The Times)

Antonio Conte is prepared to sanction the sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United to accelerate the signing of Tiemoué Bakayoko (The Times)

But United have dismissed suggestions they have agreed a deal with Matic (Daily Star)

Chelsea want Swansea striker Fernando Llorente as a replacement for Michy Batshuayi (Daily Star)

Wayne Rooney is struggling to find a new club with interested parties unwilling to meet his transfer fee or salary demands (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal believe they have won the race for £44m Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette

The signing of Lacazette could mean compatriot Olivier Giroud leaving Arsenal (The Guardian)

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is plotting a move for Andre Gray as striker enters final 12 months of his Burnley deal

Brighton are the first team to move for Middlesbrough midfielder Stewart Downing, 32, who has been told by Garry Monk he can leave the Riverside (The Sun)

Huddersfield are prepared to offer a club-record £11.5m for Montpellier’s Steve Mounie (Daily Mirror)

Luton midfielder Cameron McGeehan has flown back from holiday for his Barnsley medical (Daily Mirror)

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is planning an £8m raid for Huddersfield striker Nahki Wells (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea have put contract talks on hold with Thibaut Courtois with the goalkeeper looking to double his £90,000 a week wages (Daily Mail)

Newcastle are closing on Benfica and Greece midfielder Andreas Samaris in a £17.5m deal (Daily Mirror)

Watford are upset after the FA rejected a work permit for Venezuelan Adalberto Penaranda for a second time (Daily Mail)

Chelsea will net £2.3m from Mohamed Salah’s move to Liverpool after they inserted a sell-on clause into 2015 deal with Roma (Daily Mail)

Arsenal fringe players Lucas Perez, Kieran Gibbs and Wojciech Szczesny fear they are being priced out of a summer transfer switch (The Sun)

Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is refusing to return to Crystal Palace for pre-season training after losing his place to Wayne Hennessey (The Sun)

Chelsea are ready to release Loic Remy for a nominal fee to allow the striker to relaunch his faltering career (The Sun)

Arsenal are ready to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool with as many as eight other first-team players following him out the exit door (The Independent)

Manchester City want a buy-back option on striker Kelechi Iheanacho, the Nigeria international who has become a target for West Ham and Leicester City (Daily Telegraph)


RB Leipzig must “live with the fact they are destroying the dreams” of Emil Forsberg, according to his agent, as the midfielder pushes for a move to Arsenal (The Independent)


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