Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet could find himself at the centre of a transfer tug of war this summer, with L’Equipe carrying news of interest from Manchester United and Barcelona.
Lenglet impressed Jose Mourinho with his performances against United in the Champions League, although the Frenchman’s form toward the end of the season wasn’t enough to earn him a place in Didier Deschamps’ World Cup squad.
The 22-year-old could make up for that disappointment with a move to one of Europe’s leading clubs as United weigh up meeting his €35 million release clause.
Barcelona are also keen on the ball-playing centre-back, with Lenglet tipped for a bright future following his first full season at Sevilla.
Liverpool launch winger bid
Liverpool might already have found the perfect replacement for Sadio Mane after the Senegal international was linked with a move to Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Transfer Talk.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds are stepping up their interest in Gent forward Moses Simon , who could be available for a bargain fee of £10m.
Simon was denied a place in Nigeria’s World Cup squad due to injury, but that hasn’t deterred Jurgen Klopp in his pursuit of the 22-year-old. The talented winger is viewed as the ideal understudy to Mane and Mo Salah at Anfield, possessing the pace and trickery to stretch teams on the break.
Rondon in demand
Salomon Rondon might be set to jump ship at relegated West Brom as Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham duke it out for his signature, reports the Daily Mirror.
The striker managed just seven goals in 36 Premier League appearances as the Baggies dropped into the Championship, but it seems that hasn’t put off his list of suitors.
Rondon’s £16m buyout clause makes him a tempting Plan B for Chelsea or Spurs, while there is potential for a little-and-large partnership with Javier Hernandez at West Ham.
The 28-year-old enjoyed impressive spells at Malaga and Zenit St. Petersburg before joining West Brom in 2015, and looks destined for another move in the near future.
— Former Bayern striker Luca Toni has told Sportbild that the German champions should sell Robert Lewandowski if the Poland captain wants out of the club. Toni has a successor in mind, too, saying: ” Mauro Icardi of Inter Milan would be perfect for Bayern. He is very strong and younger.”
— Leicester are looking to wrap up their business early in the transfer window, with deals for James Maddison and Jonny Evans in the pipeline. The Independent says the Foxes are leading the race for Norwich playmaker Maddison, who would cost around £20m, while Evans is available for just £3m following West Brom’s demotion.
— Wolves are plotting a £35m move for Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo , according to The Sun. The 24-year-old spent the season on loan to Inter Milan, but missed out on a place in Portugal’s World Cup squad to new Leicester full-back Ricardo Pereira.
— Everton director of football Marcel Brands is planning to shift as many as 12 players this summer, reports the Daily Mirror. The Toffees made some costly mistakes during Ronald Koeman’s reign and will need to recoup some of that outlay before they can give any funds to Marco Silva.
— One player who won’t be joining Everton though is £40m-rated Watford winger Richarlison . The Evening Standard says the Hornets will refuse to enter talks with the Goodison Park club following the manner of Silva’s exit in January.